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Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

Jazz Club, Music Venue, and Restaurant
Downtown West, Minneapolis
  • Jiabei C.
    "Catch the late show, sit in a romantic booth and order from the..."(2 Tips)
    Gary H.
    "Check out late night groups like Viva Brazil."(2 Tips)
    Minnesota Living
    "Even the knee wall next to the bar is a pretty good spot to sit."(2 Tips)
    Hi M.
    "Live music is great, just get the set menu option, sit..."(4 Tips)
62 Tips and reviews
  • music
  • late show
  • cocktails
  • romantic
  • good for a late night
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  • City Pages
    City PagesDecember 7, 2012
    Voted Best Jazz Club by City Pages in 2012. Whatever your music tastes may be, you are bound to come across either an old or a new favorite playing at the Dakota on any given night of the week.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SchlawinAugust 13, 2013
    I've never had oysters as phenomenal. And if you are with a group not as fond of oysters as you, the bread that comes with it dipped in the sauce is heavenly.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • October
    OctoberJune 9, 2013
    Great atmosphere! Great "date" spot. We could actually talk and the music was great. Only Downfall no ranch dressing 😳! The food was great - Salmon Sandwich yummy!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • City Pages
    City PagesJuly 19, 2011
    Voted Best Jazz Club by City Pages in 2011! The club is regarded as one of the premier jazz clubs in the world, and the sound is always first rate.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • City Pages
    City PagesFebruary 22, 2011
    Voted as Best Late Night Dining by City Pages in 2010. Get in before midnight and you can have a nice little feast for less than you’d get for that old Miles Davis album.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Jiabei C.
    Jiabei ChenSeptember 4, 2013
    Catch the late show, sit in a romantic booth and order from the late night happy hour menu for the perfect (inexpensive) date
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Myung
    MyungDecember 11, 2013
    My FAV place to hangout when I'm in the Cities. Great music and food. Love their Belvedere gimlet cocktails:)
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerDecember 30, 2013
    Along with Yoshi's in San Francisco, this is one of the two nicest jazz clubs I've ever been to.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Paul B.
    Paul BarberJuly 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are there for the music, before they seat you, ask if your seats have an unobstructed view of the stage. Many don't and are sold at same price without warning.
  • Lisa G.
    Lisa GrimmOctober 20, 2012
    Order the scallops! So good. The fries with bernaise are also great.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Albert M.
    Albert MDecember 17, 2014
    Great place to catch some really good music and nice bite to eat. Romantic, eclectic, a good classic!
  • City Pages
    City PagesAugust 5, 2014
    The standard line on the Dakota is that it has the best food of any jazz club in the country. Read more
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
    Mpls.St.Paul MagazineMarch 14, 2011
    Try the Jalapeno Poppers. These trashy-wonderful bar menu poppers are stuffed with fontina cheese, wrapped in speck ham, and lolling in chipotle cream.
  • Claudia H.
    Claudia HoltFebruary 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Their pisco sour is one of my favorite cocktails in town. Bitter blood orange juice and honey peppercorn syrup. Amazing.
  • AMI
    AMINovember 28, 2011
    Minneapolis! R&B vocalist José James plays the Dakota 12/14/11 at 7 & 9:30pm!! You won't want to miss this one! Give us a shout (@AMIagency) when you check in!
  • Soul Train
    Soul TrainMay 5, 2011
    Cover for the shows are waived w/ a $20 per person purchase on Foodie Nights. Live music from folks like Les Nubians, Judy Collins and Bobby Lyle.
  • Wesley S.
    Wesley StoryJanuary 1, 2011
    Don't sit on the upper level against the wall directly in front of the stage. Seems counter intuitive but upper level seats on the sides of the stage have better views of the stage.
  • Solange G.
    Solange GuillaumeAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best late-night music in town - for $5 Friday and Saturday come see great local musician - some jazz, some not.
  • Melinda H.
    Melinda HaneyOctober 9, 2013
    Went here for my cousin's rehearsal dinner. The food was delicious, but the music was incredible! What an amazing evening.
  • Sonia B.
    Sonia Brisson-SmithMay 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the assortment of smoked fish & the cheese plate!! To die for!!! (cheese plate may not be on the menu but they'll make u one) happy nibbling!!
  • City Pages
    City PagesJune 12, 2015
    The perfect mix of music and great food. The food enhances listening experience, and the music enhances the food. It's the perfect dance! Read more
  • Hi M.
    Hi MeAugust 17, 2014
    Live music is great, just get the set menu option, sit back and relax
  • Kenna C.
    Kenna CottmanMarch 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Flatbread and spreads are great for a classy app while enjoying jazz and cocktails.
  • Gary H.
    Gary HartJuly 31, 2011
    An intimate place for incredible music, food, and drink. Check out late night groups like Viva Brazil.
  • David S.
    David SimmerApril 23, 2011
    Nachito Herrera playing? Don't sleep. Less $$ than the big names that come through, but consistently amazing on the keys.
  • MPLSco
    MPLScoOctober 24, 2010
    Be sure to hit the Dakota next time Nellie McKay comes through town. You won't be disappointed.
  • Gaby S.
    Gaby SanchezJuly 15, 2014
    The potato leek and arugula soup is just the best!
  • Paul B.
    Paul BarberJuly 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't tip on the admission fee that is added onto your food and drink bill.
  • NMarie
    NMarieJanuary 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Expensive, not entirely sure it's worth the price but great concert venue!
  • Andrew Thomas Evans
    Andrew Thomas EvansNovember 19, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    one of the best sounding rooms for a show, bar seats are awesome!
  • Shalani J.
    Shalani JainSeptember 30, 2012
    Make sure to catch Kevin Bowe and the Okemah Prophets/Alison Scott!
  • Leonora A.
    Leonora AllumAugust 2, 2013
    Great food, great service and a wonderful atmosphere
  • City Pages
    City PagesJune 2, 2014
    Voted Best Jazz Club by City Pages Best of 2014!
  • Eric Hempler Keller Williams Classic Realty NW
    Favorite spot to hear jazz in Minneapolis. The knee wall isn't too bad of a spot to sit.
  • Matthew W.
    Matthew WyattSeptember 3, 2011
    Two words, Viva Brazil! The local music here is 1st rate must hear!
  • Minnesota Living
    Minnesota LivingOctober 29, 2011
    Even the knee wall next to the bar is a pretty good spot to sit.
  • Jana M.
    Jana MecklerDecember 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the JNG's favorite places to play!
  • Erik L.
    Erik LundinDecember 18, 2015
    Check out the free jazz nights to hear some great jazz, for free.
  • Patrick D.
    Patrick DoringDecember 26, 2010
    Burger with white cheddar was the best burger we have ever had... Top notch
  • Jack B.
    Jack BushSeptember 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food. Fabulous venue.
  • Sterling Cross Group
    Sterling Cross GroupAugust 3, 2011
    Mango Gaspacho is a great cooling treat on a hot day!
  • Charles E.
    Charles EdgeJanuary 14, 2012
    Lots of alcohol. If that's not what you're after, keep going. Great steak though!
  • Lynhurst
    LynhurstMarch 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The band Lynhurst has a show here Saturday, May 7 at 11 pm! Read more
  • Scott N.
    Scott NelsonDecember 30, 2012
    Stop by for the late shows - (Midnight ish)....see legit up and comers....
  • Victor D.
    Victor DragonoDecember 14, 2013
    Awesome Jazz life music
  • Josh S.
    Josh SwainAugust 21, 2010
    The BLT with bacon is an amazing sandwhich
  • Dan W.
    Dan WhelanMarch 5, 2011
    So the bathrooms are really clean. I say that's a plus.
  • Jonathan
    JonathanJune 16, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Order drinks as soon as possible.
  • Maria T.
    Maria TaylorJanuary 3, 2014
    Great Show!
  • Sylvia G.
    Sylvia GlynnFebruary 23, 2013
    Amazing music! And food!!
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