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The Butcher's Tale

The Butcher's Tale

American Restaurant$$$$
Downtown West, Minneapolis
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    The experts at The Wall Street Journal and Eater recommend this place
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    Shelly Z.
    "Get the sausage sampler to share with your table."(6 Tips)
    Allison K.
    "... Brussel sprouts, smoked beef long rib, oysters"(7 Tips)
    Greg W.
    "My favorite restaurant - Get the Wild Boar hot link!"(10 Tips)
    Rebecca M.
    "The peanut butter jalapeños and fried green tomatoes are a must."(8 Tips)
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  • ribs
  • pork chops
  • wild boar
  • good for dates
  • sausage
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  • Eater
    EaterApril 23, 2013
    Butcher & the Boar's got everything: a wide variety of housemade sausages and cured meats, a great selection of local beers, and a year-round patio (heated and enclosed during the winter).
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    City PagesJuly 19, 2013
    This rich sandwich is a definite knife-and-forker! The fun starts with two buttery-edged pieces of Texas Toast, loaded up with a warm cheesy lobster salad. Topped with an optional fried egg.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 8, 2014
    Butcher & the Boar's got everything: a wide variety of housemade sausages and cured meats, a great selection of local beers, and a patio (heated and enclosed during the winter). [Eater 18 Member]
  • Jennifer and Haroldheart icon on user image
    Jennifer and HaroldAugust 18, 2023
    Heavens!!! We shared the long ribs, corn bread, Mac and cheese, Brussel sprouts and greens…and some sort of slaw and every single bit of it was amazing! I wish I had room for dessert
  • Jeff S.heart icon on user image
    Jeff SchmidtDecember 22, 2016
    Went here for the first time for my GF's Birthday. Everything was absolutely perfect. Atmosphere, waitress and food were all amazing! Experience is something special! Will be returning!
  • Meighan M.
    Meighan McGuireJune 13, 2014
    You really cannot go wrong with this place, my biggest problem is my client appts are so last minute it's hard to make reservations. It's a must if you want the full menu experience.
  • Karin C.
    Karin ConwayMay 13, 2016
    So so many amazing flavors and delicious things to eat here but I think my favorite of all was the rib eye steak. Also the peanut butter stuffed jalapeños were amazing!
  • Simon A.
    Simon ADecember 28, 2016
    I had the triple smoked ribeye. It was the best piece of meat I have ever had. Well seasoned too with a mustard and vinaigrette dressing and garnished with a small salad.
  • Kate P.
    Kate PalmMarch 31, 2015
    Meat, meat, meat! The Charcuterie plate is to die for. The pork chop is enough for two. The rib is all you Fred Flintstone fantasies come true. Bourbon drinks are amazing too. Sit in the bar.
  • Jason P.heart icon on user image
    Jason PattitOctober 12, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The new beer garden menu is a hit. Creative sandwiches and a variety of sausages, how can you go wrong? Tasty sides, too. Finish it all off with a hot apple hand pie and the house Buffalo Trace.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    The beer garden has almost 30 brews on tap, but the smart money goes to the spectacular selection of bourbons, some from the restaurant's own bottling. Read more
  • Alisonheart icon on user image
    AlisonNovember 17, 2023
    Incredible. We had a huge party and ordered dishes from all over the menu to share. There wasn’t a single thing I disliked. My favorites were the steak, the pork sausage, and the jalapeño corn bread
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy CNovember 14, 2014
    Worth going 2 Minneapolis just to go here. Asian glazed pork ribs and glass of smoked porter. Excellent. Great whiskey and beer list, homemade sausages, lively but not obnoxious scene. Eat here!
  • Katie M.
    Katie MillerMarch 4, 2013
    This was some of the best food I've had in a while. The samplers are great, the fries are amazing and I'd recommend the fried green tomatoes. Definitely going back soon. Great drunk list too.
  • Claudio
    ClaudioAugust 27, 2012
    The best in town for meat. I love stuffed jalapenos as snack. We had the rib eye that when we went, was the butcher's cut. The must is the smoked beef long rib: I've never eaten so tender meat before!
  • aj (andrea jo)
    aj (andrea jo)December 29, 2012
    Duck carnitas salad was amazing - best duck I've ever had. Sausage sampling and hot buffalo Brussels sprouts w/ blue cheese sauce were sooo satisfying. I will dream about those sprouts! Nice staff too
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
    Mpls.St.Paul MagazineDecember 11, 2012
    Best Bourbon List - Some joints use “bourbon” as a come-on, but these guys walk the walk. The deep, long list delivers various proofs of known brands plus private-label you won’t find elsewhere. Read more
  • Annaheart icon on user image
    AnnaMarch 1, 2015
    Incredible! Best pork I have ever had in my entire life. Their Foie Gras is also very tasty. Make reservations FAR in advance! (I know the Soux chef!)
  • Cyndy E.
    Cyndy Eng-DinselApril 5, 2013
    Incredible. Go with the sausage appetizer. The pork chop was abig winner, butcher's cut not far behind. Dessert winner was the grasshopper semifreddo, the banana dessert next favorite. Bring 6+ people
  • Brian S.heart icon on user image
    Brian StraussOctober 8, 2023
    Fabulous. Feels like only great times are possible here. We loved the homemade sausages and the cocktails.
  • Susan R.
    Susan RussoSeptember 28, 2014
    The brat was great: soft, chewy bun, juicy, crisp brat, and horseradish- spiked kraut. Downside: Wish our server was more engaged.
  • Kristen A.heart icon on user image
    Kristen AMarch 11, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Check social media before you head to the beer garden to make sure it is not closed for a private event.
  • Ben M.heart icon on user image
    Ben MoormeierMay 2, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    The beer garden is a great place to hangout after work. The menu is much more affordable than the restaurant. Awesome atmosphere and food
  • Rebecca M.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca MazzaAugust 29, 2018
    Loved everything about this restaurant. The peanut butter jalapeños and fried green tomatoes are a must.
  • Stacie F.
    Stacie FreasierMay 2, 2016
    Bourbon drinks, links, fried green tomatoes, grilled oysters, and brussel sprouts were all great.
  • City Pagesheart icon on user image
    City PagesAugust 21, 2014
    Most all of B&B's dishes that include pork actually use the bolder-tasting wild boar, and the drink menu revolves around bourbon. Read more
  • Abby A.heart icon on user image
    Abby Anderson JonesJune 11, 2015
    It's all amazing. I had the pork chop and it was the best I ever had. Huge portions too!
  • Zack Z.heart icon on user image
    Zack ZamoraMay 6, 2014
    Come hungry! Green chorizo and the beef long rib made up one of the best meals I've ever had. Take your leftovers in case you run into a hungry person downtown.
  • Albert L.heart icon on user image
    Albert LeungMarch 15, 2016
    The beef long rib is one of the best pieces of meat I've ever eaten. Its smoked and glazed with a delicious sweet and spicy sauce.
  • Mike M.heart icon on user image
    Mike McDonnellMay 27, 2016
    Great cocktails, great sausages, great steaks, great ribs, great pork chops...hell, it's all good!
  • Tom H.heart icon on user image
    Tom HorgenApril 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Smoked Beef Long Rib. It's huge. Succulent meat and a sweet (but spicy) Tabasco-molasses BBQ sauce. It's serves two people, so the $32 price is a great deal.
  • Kristen A.heart icon on user image
    Kristen AAugust 11, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    The beer garden burger is fantastic. Add on fries for only $1.
  • Lindsay
    LindsayMay 29, 2013
    Not a great spot to bring kids. Mussels are awesome and do order a side of Texas toast to sop up that glorious garlicky butter that they steam them in. (The mussels only come w/ 2 pieces of toast.)
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    PabloJune 25, 2013
    Food is great, and service as well. But the valet parking guys leave around 10:30, and they will place everyone's car keys at the bar. Makes you wonder what would they do if someone takes your car?
  • Amy J.
    Amy JarrardApril 6, 2013
    Holy cozy! What a fun bar. Great cocktails, cute bartenders and a fireplace outside! Hope it doesn't get overrun by douchebags...or their female equivalents in the summer.
  • Allison K.heart icon on user image
    Allison KaminskiApril 5, 2016
    Omgggggg meat!!! Get the sausage sampler, Brussel sprouts, smoked beef long rib, oysters
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistMay 14, 2012
    The vegan chorizo sausage will surprise meat-eaters with its deliciousness. They've also got 30 craft taps and a 65-strong bourbon program. Read more
  • Lynn H.heart icon on user image
    Lynn HuJune 27, 2017
    Liked the Brussels sprouts more than the meat! Meat was amazing too.
  • Teddy E.heart icon on user image
    Teddy EisenbergOctober 22, 2015
    Amazing pork chops and ribs. Decent cocktails, including private selection Knob Creek Single Barrel.
  • City Pagesheart icon on user image
    City PagesNovember 13, 2012
    Voted City Pages top ten Sandwhiches! Butcher and the Boar brings luxury and decadence to the forefront with its lobster grilled cheese ($18, or $20 with a fried organic egg).
  • Arielle L.
    Arielle LenoxMay 23, 2018
    Great food with a whiskey garden in the back. Awesome place to sit outside and enjoy the weather and a beverage!
  • METRO magazine
    METRO magazineMay 23, 2012
    Try the wild Texas Boar with "red white and bleu" sauce, or go for a venison summer sausage sandwich slathered in hot mustard with a gooey slice of horseradish-spiked Havarti cheese. Read more
  • Huy L.heart icon on user image
    Huy LeSeptember 5, 2015
    Amazing! Lobster grilled cheese is to die for. Beer battered fries will give you life. And the cheese platter is a MUST!!!
  • Savon S.
    Savon SJune 13, 2012
    Excellent bourbon list! Pork chop was amazing along with the bison ribs. Sides were good as well - we had the sweet potato, cornbread and spinach.
  • METRO Magazine
    METRO MagazineApril 27, 2012
    Try the wild Texas boar with "red, white and bleu" sauce, or go for a venison summer sausage sandwich slathered in hot mustard with a gooey slice of horseradish- spiked Havarti cheese.
  • Michael L.heart icon on user image
    Michael LosselyoungSeptember 30, 2018
    You have to have the double pork chop, it’s absolutely amazing! And don’t forget the bone marrow appetizer.
  • Craig D.heart icon on user image
    Craig DNovember 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork chop is the best thing you'll taste this year. Long rib is right behind that. Texas hot link and boar sausage rule. As well as the footlong . Homemade bun ftw.
  • Cassie U.heart icon on user image
    Cassie UttNovember 24, 2016
    Amazing Brussels sprouts, I tell everyone I can about them!
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdNovember 11, 2014
    Hands-down one of the best restaurant I've ever eaten at. Impeccable service incredible food and an experience of a lifetime
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksDecember 6, 2016
    Butcher & the Boar was one of the more wished for places throughout 2015’s I Want Somewhere holiday campaign. Where’s your somewhere? Enter to win a bucket list experience. Read more
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