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Sake Bar, Japanese Restaurant, and Bar$$$$
Lyn Lake, Minneapolis
140 Tips and reviews
  • sake
  • rooftop
  • happy hour
  • ramen
  • scenic views
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  • 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.
  • 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.
    Upvoted Sep 1
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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"
  • 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
  • Angie E.
    Angie ElliottMay 12, 2014
    The Thai fried rice was so flavorful with a surprise of some slight heat. Definitely recommend!
  • Andrew
    AndrewAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the buns with spicy chicken! They're also available on discount during late night HH.
  • 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!
  • Carolyn M.
    The Bulgogi sliders are delicious and very filling. The equivalent of two burgers at the happy hour price of $8!
  • Colin T.
    Colin ThompsonAugust 9, 2014
    Lovely rooftop, lovely server named Chizuka, lovely buns, lovely beer. Lovely happy hour.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sharifa S.
    Sharifa SimonAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the Plum Wings - absolute favorite in the area! Great happy hour.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Jay P.
    Jay PierceAugust 28, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    The best view in Uptown and LynLakes only rooftop patio. Kanpai 🍻
  • 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!
  • Austin H.
    Austin HolmAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Great rooftop patio, awesome steamed buns, delicious sake
  • Tiffany R.
    Tiffany RuppJuly 8, 2015
    Drunken noodles are spicy!!! Smoked pork buns are amazing.
  • Anne B.
    Anne B.April 3
    The corn ramen is deeply meh, but the sake was delicious!
  • Vivian W.
    Vivian WangSeptember 6, 2015
    Great service. The sake flight is a great deal!
  • katie m.
    katie megabyteAugust 17, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    OPEN MIC ON TUESDAYS AT 10:00! HH starts then as well!
  • Angela G.
    Angela GassettOctober 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Perfect for Sunday afternoon happy hour: patio + $5 fried rice + half-off sake. Yum!
  • Metromix
    MetromixSeptember 20, 2010
    The hot Ginger Toddy's like ginger tea w/ a malty rice wine finish. The ginger masks the cognac's bite then melts into the slow burning sake. Read more
  • MPLSco
    MPLScoJune 20, 2011
    Forget Red Bull - Sip some sake & order your own plum wings from this place & you'll be beyond satisfied.
  • Lucas D.
    Lucas DohertySeptember 2, 2011
    These fries are the beat sweet potato fries are the best I've ever had.... Must try!
  • 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.
  • DDMcsnatch
    DDMcsnatchAugust 31, 2013
    Tofu lettuce wraps. Amazing! Careful- spicy :)
  • 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!
  • City Pages
    City PagesAugust 5, 2014
    The first sake brewpub outside of Japan is in...Minneapolis? You betcha. Read more
  • Eric B.
    Eric BurnhamOctober 5, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Best bartenders, best happy hour. So-so mayor. The only bar you need.
  • 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.
  • Dyl M.
    Dyl MaxberryAugust 19, 2014
    The JFC is the best, also best fried rice in town.
  • Solange G.
    Solange GuillaumeSeptember 15, 2011
    Get week night work done here - the servers are friendly and the atmosphere subdued.
  • Ilene M.
    Ilene MooreMay 17, 2011
    Ask for the veggie version of okonomiyaki (without bacon)- it's delicious!
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyFebruary 10, 2015
    Miso soup plus hoisin pork buns makes me a happy camper.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Debbie F.
    Debbie FriezAugust 8, 2014
    Great Japanhatten and view!
  • Brian L.
    Brian LoebJune 6, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    If you don't get the corn soup you're doing it wrong.
  • Abby A.
    Abby Anderson JonesApril 19, 2015
    Excellent Happy Hour and rooftop patio!
  • Jesse D.
    Jesse DraegerMay 28, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Have the delicious moto-jito from Katie. She does a bomb rendition.
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