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Sake Bar, Japanese Restaurant, and Bar$$$$
Lyn Lake, Minneapolis
  • Has a stamp of approval from Heavy Table and City Pages
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  • Austin H.
    "Great rooftop patio, awesome steamed buns, delicious sake"(5 Tips)
    Marcos L.
    "the dried squid is delicious and a must try."(3 Tips)
    Debra B.
    "Great food and frou-frou drinks are a must for happy hour!"(18 Tips)
    Aaron L.
    "Junmai Nama Nigori and Junmai Nama Genshu"(2 Tips)
142 Tips and reviews
  • sake
  • rooftop
  • happy hour
  • ramen
  • dried squid
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  • Christina K.
    Christina KalinowskiJuly 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is awesome; great food/drinks, great atmosphere, great staff. Fantastic weekend brunch place, can't beat $1 Bloody Mary's! Go during happy hour to sample tasty snacks for less.
  • Peter O.
    Peter OrganisciakAugust 7, 2014
    Maitake Ramen is delicious choice for vegetarians. Though it's not labelled as such, it can conceivably be made vegan: wife got it without the runny egg and it was great.
  • Danielle L.
    Danielle LenaeJanuary 30, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    I'm a fried rice connoisseur and their Thai Fried Rice is the best fried rice I've ever tasted & I've tried them all. It dosen't need soy sauce- that tells ya something. Be sure to add PORK!
  • City Pages
    City PagesJune 22, 2011
    Voted Best Outdoor Dining by City Pages in 2011! Not only is moto-i the first restaurant outside of Japan ti brew its own sake, but it also has one of the few rooftop bars in the area
  • Megan H.
    Megan HadleyDecember 28, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Come on a Tuesday night after 10pm for some of the best live music the cities have to offer. It's cleverly disguised under the name "open mic night"
  • Food Republic
    Food RepublicMay 23, 2012
    In the basement, Blake Richardson concocts more than seven different sakes, which are served alongside sumo on the television and excellent bar nibbles.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MayDecember 12, 2016
    Pork ramen is heavenly. Their take on bibimbop is my favorite dish so far. And rooftop patio in the warm months!
  • Justine L.
    Justine LeeOctober 15, 2013
    Overall, great place to hang out and enjoy uptown at a reasonable price. Two thumbs up. And that's coming from an Asian.
  • Tina F.
    Tina FloerschAugust 10, 2015
    Had my first saki here. The bartender was very friendly and gave great recommendations for my first tasting of saki.
  • Dana N.
    Dana NApril 7, 2012
    Thai beef jerky & bulgogi sliders-yummie! Pulled spicy chicken- ok. Bristro steak & yakisoba w/chicken delicious. Veg udon-ok. Pork ramen-ew
  • Carolyn M.
    The Bulgogi sliders are delicious and very filling. The equivalent of two burgers at the happy hour price of $8!
  • will d.
    will determanMarch 27, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Seriously, don't fck around. The miso garlic braised pork & egg sandwich is the best breakfast sandwich i've ever tasted, in 35 years of trying.
  • Thrifty H.
    Thrifty HipsterMarch 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Thrifty tip: 3.50 taps and half off sake... And I'm talking 2 types of fulton, harriet, summit, finnegans, and surly... All 3.50!
  • Angie E.
    Angie ElliottMay 12, 2014
    The Thai fried rice was so flavorful with a surprise of some slight heat. Definitely recommend!
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RahejaOctober 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The bulgogi burgers are so good they made me call my grandmother to thank her for procreating with my grandpa and having my mom so I could be born to eat them.
  • Andrew
    AndrewAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the buns with spicy chicken! They're also available on discount during late night HH.
  • katie m.
    katie megabyteJuly 20, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Come see katie and sinoun on Thursday nights for 2.00 GTLs (gin tonic limes)!! in the big boy lounge (2nd floor) and listen to DJ JEZUS JUICE!!
  • Joe H.
    Joe HalvarsonSeptember 28, 2011
    Excellent happy hour. You won't find a cheaper point of Lift Bridge. Also, Tuesday open mic is crowded and fun.
  • Colin T.
    Colin ThompsonAugust 9, 2014
    Lovely rooftop, lovely server named Chizuka, lovely buns, lovely beer. Lovely happy hour.
  • Lisa D.
    Lisa D.April 29, 2011
    Great background music if you like 80's pop and alternative. Glenn style sweet potato fries come with amazing. Miso bernaise.
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SullivanJuly 29, 2013
    Ask for Dana. She'll get you set up the right way. Love the rooftop. Also bulgogi is where it's at.
  • Shawn B.
    Shawn BurtisJanuary 25, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Unique, delicious menu but I like it simple - the fried rice (add a protein!) is to die for.
  • chris b.
    chris bastedoApril 26, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Great selection of local beers and they're all $3.50 during happy hour. Good happy hour deals on snacks too. Well worth a visit
  • Sharifa S.
    Sharifa SimonAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the Plum Wings - absolute favorite in the area! Great happy hour.
  • Lauryn
    LaurynMay 2, 2010
    Prices are so-so (small portions), but the service is great. Recommend the Junmai Nama Tokubetsu sake, corn & shrimp fritters, and the Yakiudon stir fry. Half price sake at happy hour!
  • Jay P.
    Jay PierceAugust 28, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    The best view in Uptown and LynLakes only rooftop patio. Kanpai 🍻
  • Austin H.
    Austin HolmAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Great rooftop patio, awesome steamed buns, delicious sake
  • Angela G.
    Angela GassettOctober 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Perfect for Sunday afternoon happy hour: patio + $5 fried rice + half-off sake. Yum!
  • katie m.
    katie megabyteAugust 17, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    OPEN MIC ON TUESDAYS AT 10:00! HH starts then as well!
  • MPLSco
    MPLScoJune 20, 2011
    Forget Red Bull - Sip some sake & order your own plum wings from this place & you'll be beyond satisfied.
  • Tiffany R.
    Tiffany RuppJuly 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Drunken noodles are spicy!!! Smoked pork buns are amazing.
  • Vivian W.
    Vivian WangSeptember 6, 2015
    Great service. The sake flight is a great deal!
  • Nick A.
    Nick ArcherJanuary 22, 2012
    I respect the idea of not having mirrors in the restrooms but it is really hard to bend down to see your reflection in the tile backsplash.
  • Desarae V.
    Desarae VeitApril 3, 2010
    I think Melissa said it best: overpriced. The food is good but the portions wouldn't even fill a kid. Love the rooftop view. First USA place to serve hot & cold sake (outside of Japan), so that cool.
  • Alexia D.
    Alexia D.December 13, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Awesome open mic here on tuesdays!! Free, 2nd floor, 10-2, come check it out! Kick ass happy hour too!
  • DDMcsnatch
    DDMcsnatchAugust 31, 2013
    Tofu lettuce wraps. Amazing! Careful- spicy :)
  • Dan H.
    Dan HendricksApril 8, 2010
    The rangoons use salmon instead of fake crab - extremely tasty! Recommend the steamed buns and dumplings also. Don't forget a Surly!
  • Eric B.
    Eric BurnhamOctober 5, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Best bartenders, best happy hour. So-so mayor. The only bar you need.
  • Anne B.
    Anne B.April 3, 2016
    The corn ramen is deeply meh, but the sake was delicious!
  • Lucas D.
    Lucas DohertySeptember 2, 2011
    These fries are the beat sweet potato fries are the best I've ever had.... Must try!
  • Ilene M.
    Ilene MooreMay 17, 2011
    Ask for the veggie version of okonomiyaki (without bacon)- it's delicious!
  • Solange G.
    Solange GuillaumeSeptember 15, 2011
    Get week night work done here - the servers are friendly and the atmosphere subdued.
  • Tim L.
    Tim LangMarch 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The doughnuts are fucking delectable! Order them for dessert if you know what's good for you!
  • City Pages
    City PagesAugust 5, 2014
    The first sake brewpub outside of Japan is in...Minneapolis? You betcha. Read more
  • Dyl M.
    Dyl MaxberryAugust 19, 2014
    The JFC is the best, also best fried rice in town.
  • Debra B.
    Debra Boyd-KalerSeptember 17, 2011
    Great food and frou-frou drinks are a must for happy hour!
  • Jesse D.
    Jesse DraegerMay 28, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Have the delicious moto-jito from Katie. She does a bomb rendition.
  • Brian C.
    Brian CollinsMay 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    the happy hour is great, 3 doller taps, half price sake. the beers on tap are great as well!
  • John J.
    John JohnsonOctober 22, 2016
    Check out the roof top patio, sake and food.
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyFebruary 10, 2015
    Miso soup plus hoisin pork buns makes me a happy camper.
  • Brian L.
    Brian LoebJune 6, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    If you don't get the corn soup you're doing it wrong.
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole Buergers 🐝September 9, 2010
    You'll want to dip your whole life in the bearnaise sauce that comes with the Steak Frites plate.
  • Debbie F.
    Debbie FriezAugust 8, 2014
    Great Japanhatten and view!
  • Doug H.
    Doug HamlinJuly 24, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The bulgogi is a great snack with sake or beer.
  • Jesse D.
    Jesse DraegerJuly 16, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    See Sinoon and have her give you a lovely hard time.
  • Drew F.
    Drew FullenkampMay 29, 2011
    Sit at the bar. Try some sake, especially the genshu Nama.fantastic
  • Vicky M.
    Vicky MoffatNovember 11, 2010
    Their Sake is amazing and the bar itself is very fun to hang out in.
  • Dave G.
    Dave GerbrandsJanuary 24, 2013
    Happy hour specials are like a meal! Enjoy!
  • Whitney S.
    Whitney ShawOctober 13, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Cucumber coolers are the way to go. They maybe $10 but you only need one or two!
  • Abby A.
    Abby Anderson JonesApril 19, 2015
    Excellent Happy Hour and rooftop patio!
  • Annamarie S.
    Annamarie SellmanFebruary 5, 2012
    I chose not to drink and was charged $1.50 for Soda Water. As a server myself, I though that was stupid and maybe the waiter should have let me know I was going to be charged for carbonation.
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie PolusDecember 29, 2014
    Not too loud, nice place to chat over a beer or sake.
  • Katelyn L.
    Katelyn LJune 26, 2011
    Apparently you only get $1 off per drink unless joel is there- no one else seems to know about the promo and its not in the computer- sad days friends!!
  • Saba
    SabaSeptember 17, 2015
    Rooftop seating provides a great view.
  • Natalie W.
    Natalie WiresJanuary 21, 2010
    This place was SO good. Good Luck Cocktail is refreshing, rangoon and corn/shrimp fritters are delish. Read more
  • Anna S.
    Anna ShieldsJuly 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The brunch is ridic! $1 sake mimosas...yeah. $1. Delish!
  • Ben O.
    Ben OvermyerAugust 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The draft sake is awesome.
  • Gigi F.
    Gigi FerrozzoJuly 9, 2010
    Rooftop is fabo and same with the 2nd floor lounge! Sake rocks also.
  • Erica D.
    Erica DaoMarch 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The shiitake, soy beans, garlic & butter dumplings w/ginger ponzu are delicious!
  • jason p.
    jason perryJanuary 20, 2015
    rooftop drinks and good late night menu
  • Emmy K.
    Emmy KeglerAugust 16, 2012
    Food is good, drinks are good, rooftop is cool, waitstaff is slow.
  • Sharma K.
    Sharma KNovember 11, 2010
    Don't order the corn/shrimp fritters, unless you love corn. Also i mentioned i used foursquare and my bartender had no idea what i was talking about.
  • Heavy Table
    Heavy TableMay 20, 2009
    The steamed hoisin pork buns are delicious, and impossible to avoid gobbling up. Also excellent is the silken and richly flavored yakiudon. Read more
  • Jared A.
    Jared AsayApril 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Yamahai Futsuu is where it's at! New batch just tapped!
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LowerApril 30, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Looking for Korean Specialties? The Kim Chee and Bulgogi are incredible!
  • Shelly Z.
    Shelly ZordichOctober 27, 2015
    The ramen is excellent.
  • Nikki G.
    Nikki GrazianoSeptember 18, 2010
    Fried rice with firm tofu, easy and tasty at the same time.
  • Lucy S.
    Lucy SchneemanAugust 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Delicious and try the house sakes!
  • Douglas W.
    Douglas WallerApril 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    they have an awesome patio and sake all in one
  • Jennifer
    JenniferJanuary 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Abura ramen. Delicious.
  • Christo C.
    Christo CollinsAugust 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Watch out for Punchy. He's in the sake. Bathing. Waiting. Watching.
  • Kyle G.
    Kyle GreenFebruary 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Brussel sprouts have never tasted better! Eat them by the handful.
  • Marcos L.
    Marcos Lopez-CarlsonJuly 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Spectacular mussels; rich & buttery with a bit of sausage.
  • Betsy B.
    Betsy BornNovember 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Green curry is awesome if you like spice!
  • Barry K.
    Barry KennedyOctober 31, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great rooftop, too many fratboys.
  • Emily S.
    Emily SueMarch 17
    Late night happy hour -- great specials
  • Todd O.
    Todd OlsenJanuary 2, 2010
    Go to Moto-i and order the "Moto-i Mary" (specialty drink). Challenge friends to shuffleboard. Read more
  • Tim B.
    Tim ButlerJune 24, 2012
    Order the vodka and energy drink.... If you like wasting money on nasty vomit inducing cocktails
  • Bridget J.
    Bridget JordanJuly 12, 2011
    Amazing rooftop...when it's available. Read more
  • Moto-i L.
    Moto-i Lyn-LakeJuly 26, 2010
    Chef Jason is roasting a whole pig tomorrow. Go get some, plus sides and genshu.
  • Victoria S.
    Victoria SJanuary 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Steamed buns. So addicting. spicy chicken all the way!
  • Shandamarie S.
    Shandamarie StracekJuly 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic tofu lettuce wraps!
  • Kristin M.
    Kristin MarieAugust 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If your server is Vinnie, get a new server.
  • studioL
    studioLMay 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Service is hit or miss, food is so-so and Americanized. Patio and drink specials are fab!
  • Megan V.
    Megan VolkmanFebruary 15, 2012
    The hot sake tastes like banana bread. Seriously.
  • Victoria S.
    Victoria SSeptember 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    I keep a stash of napkins in my purse......for the drool of course.
  • Barry S.
    Barry SangAugust 15, 2012
    Worst service ever!! Told to seat ourselves. No one brought us water or menus. Bartender, server, and manager all chatting...then looked confused when we walked out.
  • Azlan M.
    Azlan MacleodSeptember 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Genshu sake is fantastic, highly recommend.
  • Matthew W.
    Matthew WellsOctober 19, 2010
    Best happy hour, period. Super good!
  • Rick M.
    Rick MahnSeptember 19, 2009
    Try the Nigori Sake! A cloudy, lightly sweet, but totally awesome sake experience.
  • Ashley N.
    Ashley NicoleJune 3, 2011
    Service is horrible. A server spilled food and drink on 3 of us. The manager is short tempered and miserable to deal with, Craig. How this place is still open, I wonder.
  • Greta L.
    Greta LindbladDecember 14, 2011
    Try the Crab Rangoon - #crab&bacon
  • Errrrrrrrrin
    ErrrrrrrrrinJune 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Decent spot, but the bathroom is always such a shit hole - no pun intended.
  • Maggie S.
    Maggie SchultzJanuary 11, 2010
    Prompt service, decent prices, delicious food. I recommend the mussels!
  • Nick U.
    Nick U.January 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the dried squid, it's salty, chewy and just awesome.
  • Emily C.
    Emily CizinskiFebruary 13, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Their brunch is outstanding!!! $1 bloody?? Come on now
  • Dane
    DaneJuly 22, 2012
    Came for brunch, got a coffee, it was 2.95, wtf?
  • Doug A.
    Doug AdelmannAugust 12, 2016
    The rooftop view
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MeyerJune 10, 2014
    also sushi restaurant
  • Lucas S.
    Lucas S.January 17, 2013
    Try the sukakke.
  • Dan B.
    Dan BatdorfAugust 27, 2011
    Broth-less pork ramen is the realness!
  • Sara T.
    Sara TekulaJune 2, 2010
    Love the house made steamed buns!
  • Matt A.
    Matt AndersonJanuary 22, 2016
    The ramen is sub par to crap. More is not always better. Drinks are also no good. Save your money and look for better.
  • Heath M.
    Heath MaySeptember 2, 2011
    Try the sweet potato fries
  • Emily C.
    Emily CizinskiDecember 11, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Sake check! Ramen check! Happy check!
  • ROAM
    ROAMJune 13, 2012
    great rooftop!
  • Marcos L.
    Marcos Lopez-CarlsonDecember 18, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    the dried squid is delicious and a must try.
  • Julian H.
    Julian HartwickSeptember 18, 2011
    Gotta have the kimchi
  • Tiffany R.
    Tiffany RuppJuly 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Smoked pork buns
  • Jonathan P.
    Jonathan ParkeAugust 11, 2009
    Went to Moto-I, the Yakiudon and Thai jerky are awesome
  • Jacob A.
    Jacob AbernathyMay 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great rooftop. Read more
  • Alex F.
    Alex FreconMarch 4, 2012
    Frecon bombs!!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SzymanskiAugust 16, 2011
    Killer rooftop.
  • Christopher S.
    Christopher SchoutFebruary 17, 2011
    Futsuu genshu nama = delicious
  • Chad D.
    Chad DombrockJuly 1, 2011
    Had to harass our server in order to get acknowledged on the roof top. Poor service.
  • William M.
    William ManningAugust 24, 2011
    Awful service, and mediocre food. Wouldn't be worth a second's thought if not for the gorgeous rooftop bar!
  • Sam S.
    Sam StanleyAugust 1, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Right faucet
  • Lauryn
    LaurynApril 29, 2010
    First sake brewery outside of Japan
  • Emily C.
    Emily CizinskiJuly 7, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask Joel to dance for you
  • Conner M.
    Conner McCallNovember 29, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    sake, steamed buns, and Rangoon. nothing else to say.
  • Chris E.
    Chris ENovember 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Say hello to bartender Garret
  • Matt
    MattMay 31, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    get the junmai Nama genshu, and the dried squid is nomtastic.
  • Jordan W.
    Jordan WolterstorffMay 11, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Order the tokubetsu... Now!
  • Brandon D.
    Brandon DvorakApril 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I wish this bar didn't have such bright fucking TVs ... It's way too distracting in a bad way. Who gives a fuck about the front lawn?
  • Clarity W.
    Clarity WJanuary 19, 2010
    Decent selection for vegetarians.
  • Emily
    EmilyJanuary 26, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy hour starts at 10pm now
  • Mike N.
    Mike NgoFebruary 28, 2010
    go to Moto-i and try the sake
  • Dave E.
    Dave EckbladSeptember 1, 2011
    Try the gay sex
  • Aaron L.
    Aaron LandryMarch 6, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Enjoy the flight of all three sakes: Junmai Nama, Junmai Nama Nigori and Junmai Nama Genshu
  • Charlee W.
    Charlee WeekesJune 30, 2010
    Wow this place sucks.....waited strait up 25 minutes for a server and then 30 for some wings......
  • Molly D.
    Molly DunneJune 2, 2013
    This place actually has the worst service ever. I'm timing it...10 minutes and counting since I sat down, and have yet to be greeted.
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa ChapmanMarch 28, 2010
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