Part of what makes a great hotel is a great dining experience. Whether it’s for a vacation or a business trip, quality hotel restaurants can offer a valuable and delicious convenience when visiting a new city — especially since most are open for three meals a day. You know they’re good, too, when even the locals recommend them.
That being said, not all hotel restaurants are created equal. If you’re headed to Minneapolis, for either personal or professional reasons, some hotels’ dining options rank above others, so make sure to consider this list when planning for your next Minneapolis outing.
Prairie Kitchen, Hyatt Regency
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner the Prairie Kitchen & Bar is located in the Hyatt Regency. The restaurant "features cuisine and décor designed to reflect the natural resources and unique growing seasons of Minnesota and surrounding states." In line with these "seasonally inspired" menus, the restaurant serves locally grown produce, meat, grains, and dairy products. The dinner menu bison osso bucco with celery root potato purée and roasted root vegetables is a dinner menu standout.
FireLake Grill House, Radisson Plaza
Also focusing locally grown cuisine, the FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar at the Radisson Plaza Hotel is open for three meals a day, as well as for weekend brunch. The kitchen features a hickory rotisserie, brick oven, and a mesquite grill to help deliver the very best dishes to the table. A highlight of their dinner menu is their fresh herb rotisserie chicken: Minnesota raised half chicken, white Cheddar-herb mashed potatoes, and natural jus.
Manny’s Steakhouse, The W Foshay
Continuing the locally sourced trend, Manny’s Steakhouse at the W Foshay serves ingredients from nearby areas, including chops, chicken, produce, and "USDA-certified, dry-aged, center-cut beef, hand trimmed by master butchers." When available, Alaskan king crab legs and claws are also on the menu. They cater to private dining events and are also open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Their Flat Iron au poivre is more than enough to make any meat eater’s mouth water.
Cosmos, Graves 601 Wyndham GrandFlickr
Located in the city’s theater district, Cosmos is an award-winning and nationally-recognized hotel restaurant. The restaurant offers a sleek and hip dining ambiance and is committed to "impeccable service and exquisite cuisine." They’re open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, wine, cocktail, and happy hour menus in addition to special menus for certain holidays. Their house pad thai, with rice noodles, peanuts, cilantro, lime, vegetables, and a choice of shrimp, chicken, or beef is an ideal lunch choice.
Rare, Grand Hotel
Specializing in steak and sushi, Rare at the Grand Hotel serves a spectrum of menu options in downtown Minneapolis. They’re open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and have a happy hour special featuring $5 sushi rolls, $3 wines and beers, and $5 featured cocktails. The 10-ounce bison flank steak is a must-order when visiting this restaurant.