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moto-i

Sake Bar, Japanese Restaurant, and Bar$$$$
Lyn Lake, Minneapolis
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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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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"
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Carolyn M.
    The Bulgogi sliders are delicious and very filling. The equivalent of two burgers at the happy hour price of $8!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Angie E.
    Angie ElliottMay 12, 2014
    The Thai fried rice was so flavorful with a surprise of some slight heat. Definitely recommend!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Andrew
    AndrewAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the buns with spicy chicken! They're also available on discount during late night HH.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Colin T.
    Colin ThompsonAugust 9, 2014
    Lovely rooftop, lovely server named Chizuka, lovely buns, lovely beer. Lovely happy hour.
  • Sharifa S.
    Sharifa SimonAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the Plum Wings - absolute favorite in the area! Great 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!
  • MPLSco
    MPLScoJune 20, 2011
    Forget Red Bull - Sip some sake & order your own plum wings from this place & you'll be beyond satisfied.
  • katie m.
    katie megabyteAugust 17, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    OPEN MIC ON TUESDAYS AT 10:00! HH starts then as well!
  • Lucas D.
    Lucas DohertySeptember 2, 2011
    These fries are the beat sweet potato fries are the best I've ever had.... Must try!
  • Tiffany R.
    Tiffany RuppJuly 8, 2015
    Drunken noodles are spicy!!! Smoked pork buns are amazing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Eric B.
    Eric BurnhamOctober 5, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Best bartenders, best happy hour. So-so mayor. The only bar you need.
  • Vivian W.
    Vivian WangSeptember 6, 2015
    Great service. The sake flight is a great deal!
  • Ilene M.
    Ilene MooreMay 17, 2011
    Ask for the veggie version of okonomiyaki (without bacon)- it's delicious!
  • DDMcsnatch
    DDMcsnatchAugust 31, 2013
    Tofu lettuce wraps. Amazing! Careful- spicy :)
  • Solange G.
    Solange GuillaumeSeptember 15, 2011
    Get week night work done here - the servers are friendly and the atmosphere subdued.
  • Anne B.
    Anne B.April 3, 2016
    The corn ramen is deeply meh, but the sake was delicious!
  • 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
  • Debra B.
    Debra Boyd-KalerSeptember 17, 2011
    Great food and frou-frou drinks are a must for happy hour!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Jesse D.
    Jesse DraegerMay 28, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Have the delicious moto-jito from Katie. She does a bomb rendition.
  • Dyl M.
    Dyl MaxberryAugust 19, 2014
    The JFC is the best, also best fried rice in town.
  • John J.
    John JohnsonOctober 22, 2016
    Check out the roof top patio, sake and food.
  • Brian L.
    Brian LoebJune 6, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    If you don't get the corn soup you're doing it wrong.
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyFebruary 10, 2015
    Miso soup plus hoisin pork buns makes me a happy camper.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jesse D.
    Jesse DraegerJuly 16, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    See Sinoon and have her give you a lovely hard time.
  • 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!
  • 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!!
  • Dave G.
    Dave GerbrandsJanuary 24, 2013
    Happy hour specials are like a meal! Enjoy!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie PolusDecember 29, 2014
    Not too loud, nice place to chat over a beer or sake.
  • Anna S.
    Anna ShieldsJuly 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The brunch is ridic! $1 sake mimosas...yeah. $1. Delish!
  • Saba
    SabaSeptember 17, 2015
    Rooftop seating provides a great view.
  • Gigi F.
    Gigi FerrozzoJuly 9, 2010
    Rooftop is fabo and same with the 2nd floor lounge! Sake rocks also.
  • 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.
  • Erica D.
    Erica DaoMarch 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The shiitake, soy beans, garlic & butter dumplings w/ginger ponzu are delicious!
  • Emmy K.
    Emmy KeglerAugust 16, 2012
    Food is good, drinks are good, rooftop is cool, waitstaff is slow.
  • Ben O.
    Ben OvermyerAugust 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The draft sake is awesome.
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LowerApril 30, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Looking for Korean Specialties? The Kim Chee and Bulgogi are incredible!
  • 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
  • jason p.
    jason perryJanuary 20, 2015
    rooftop drinks and good late night menu
  • Nikki G.
    Nikki GrazianoSeptember 18, 2010
    Fried rice with firm tofu, easy and tasty at the same time.
  • Jared A.
    Jared AsayApril 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Yamahai Futsuu is where it's at! New batch just tapped!
  • Betsy B.
    Betsy BornNovember 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Green curry is awesome if you like spice!
  • Lucy S.
    Lucy SchneemanAugust 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Delicious and try the house sakes!
  • Christo C.
    Christo CollinsAugust 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Watch out for Punchy. He's in the sake. Bathing. Waiting. Watching.
  • Douglas W.
    Douglas WallerApril 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    they have an awesome patio and sake all in one
  • Shelly Z.
    Shelly ZordichOctober 27, 2015
    The ramen is excellent.
  • Marcos L.
    Marcos Lopez-CarlsonJuly 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Spectacular mussels; rich & buttery with a bit of sausage.
  • Jennifer
    JenniferJanuary 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Abura ramen. Delicious.
  • Kyle G.
    Kyle GreenFebruary 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Brussel sprouts have never tasted better! Eat them by the handful.
  • Tim B.
    Tim ButlerJune 24, 2012
    Order the vodka and energy drink.... If you like wasting money on nasty vomit inducing cocktails
  • Todd O.
    Todd OlsenJanuary 2, 2010
    Go to Moto-i and order the "Moto-i Mary" (specialty drink). Challenge friends to shuffleboard. Read more
  • Emily S.
    Emily SueMarch 17
    Late night happy hour -- great specials
  • Moto-i L.
    Moto-i Lyn-LakeJuly 26, 2010
    Chef Jason is roasting a whole pig tomorrow. Go get some, plus sides and genshu.
  • Bridget J.
    Bridget JordanJuly 12, 2011
    Amazing rooftop...when it's available. Read more
  • Barry K.
    Barry KennedyOctober 31, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great rooftop, too many fratboys.
  • 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!
  • Victoria S.
    Victoria SJanuary 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Steamed buns. So addicting. spicy chicken all the way!
  • Kristin M.
    Kristin MarieAugust 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If your server is Vinnie, get a new server.
  • Shandamarie S.
    Shandamarie StracekJuly 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic tofu lettuce wraps!
  • Victoria S.
    Victoria SSeptember 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    I keep a stash of napkins in my purse......for the drool of course.
  • Megan V.
    Megan VolkmanFebruary 15, 2012
    The hot sake tastes like banana bread. Seriously.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Rick M.
    Rick MahnSeptember 19, 2009
    Try the Nigori Sake! A cloudy, lightly sweet, but totally awesome sake experience.
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