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Sample Room

New American Restaurant and American Restaurant$$$$
Bottineau, Minneapolis
  • The experts at Eater and Heavy Table recommend this place
    • Eater
    • Heavy Table
  • Brandon S.
    "as well as the charcuterie platter!"(2 Tips)
    City Pages
    "Voted Best Meatloaf by City Pages in 2012!"(6 Tips)
    Noah F.
    "try the tuna, Reuben, and artichoke augratin !"(3 Tips)
    Lori E.
    "... plates and cocktails- hidden gem!"(2 Tips)
54 Tips and reviews
  • charcuterie platter
  • good for dates
  • Reuben sandwiches
  • cocktails
  • pork belly
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  • Eater
    EaterApril 9, 2014
    Order the charcuterie platter & a $5 beer flight specially designed to pair with the house-made meats, & don't neglect the vegetable section of the menu, which elevates dino kale.[Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Dilshani R.
    Dilshani RajaratnamSeptember 7, 2014
    Good beers on tap. The jambalaya sausage is flavorful and delicious :) You just get their homemade sausage so be sure to order fries or a side! Their raspberry chocolate torte is to die for!!
  • Angela C.
    Angela CMarch 11
    Love all the flight options! Lots to choose from whether you like red or white wine. They also have several spirit flights and decent cocktails.
  • City Pages
    City PagesJuly 10, 2012
    Voted Best Meatloaf by City Pages in 2012! Combining bison, pork, & beef- theres a complexity thats a little more appealing than meatloaf's usual "complexity." The warm meatloaf sandwich soothes souls
  • Krista H.
    Krista HenningsFebruary 21, 2012
    I love this place! I just wish they shook up the sample menu every once in a while--tried almost everything, and while I love it all, I wish there was a possibility of something new next time.
  • Simone S.
    Simone StroscheinJuly 17, 2015
    Amazing! Food was great. Drinks were great and service was fantastic despite some past comments. The views from the water can't be beat. Highly recommend!
  • City Pages
    City PagesAugust 5, 2014
    In the 1890s there was a saloon in the old Thies Hotel up on Marshall Avenue Northeast called the Sample Room, and as of 2002, there is a saloon of the same name in the same place again. Read more
  • Tony R.
    Tony RileyJune 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Ryan is the best musical quizmaster and an excellent Server/Bartender/Genuinely all around great guy!
  • Brad
    BradJune 13, 2015
    Great servers who didn't judge us for ordering/devouring an unreasonable amount of food for two. Short rib Philly was tremendous.
  • Antone H.
    Antone HammersMay 16, 2011
    Girlfriend loved the Ruben, I enjoyed some cheese the waiter picked and the pork belly was very tastey. A little pricey for the portions, but that's kind of the point.
  • Lori E.
    Lori EricksonNovember 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome brunch til 3pm excellent small plates and cocktails- hidden gem!
  • Harmony B.
    Harmony BlakewayDecember 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Trivia Tuesdays at Ten. Tip your fantastic servers. They rock (and give great drink suggestions).
  • Theresa
    TheresaOctober 6, 2013
    Brunch was excellent. I suggest the "farmers breakfast" with Apple-cinnamon French toast
  • Bruce B.
    Bruce BrownJanuary 6, 2015
    Everything is good. Portions are small and a bit on expensive side but it is really good.
  • Shelly Z.
    Shelly ZordichMay 28, 2015
    The cheese selection never disappoints! Get a glass of wine and a couple cheeses for a great afternoon snack.
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BranscombMarch 19, 2014
    Fried Chicken Thigh Sandwich melts in your mouth with incredible flavor
  • Sarah A.
    Sarah AunaApril 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The calistoga zin from the "copious reds " sampler is a stand out for lovers of reds that punch you in the face.
  • Dai S.
    Dai ShiMay 12, 2014
    Duck carpaccio and Sweet Child of Vine are the way to go.
  • Doug A.
    Doug AdelmannNovember 17, 2016
    Love their cheese selection. The reuben is great as well.
  • Duane A.
    Duane AtterApril 25, 2013
    Beet Salad is awesome so is the Reuben
  • Kat M.
    Kat MeowOctober 18, 2012
    A sorta hidden gem. Great atmosphere, soup, and service!
  • Heavy Table
    Heavy TableJuly 24, 2010
    Any of the small tastes of seafood on the menu are a real treat; carefully and simply executed, and a good value. Read more
  • Shawn S.
    Shawn SeifertAugust 2, 2014
    The Wandering Star drink reminds me of Spritz Aperols from Italy. Fantastic!
  • Nathan M.
    Nathan MoralesMarch 10, 2012
    Try the latest of their "100 Sausages project." If you don't like it there's always the next one!
  • Dee B.
    Dee BoomBoomSeptember 29, 2013
    The zesty spicy bloody is zingy! Pro tip-Ask for gin instead of vodka. Smooth sailing.
  • Vernon M.
    Vernon McIntoshMay 23, 2015
    The hog head is double the price and half the quality that it used to be .
  • Ben B.
    Ben BDecember 9, 2016
    Order the Old Fashioned. One of the best around.
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SassDecember 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Bottineau burger is a must have as well as the charcuterie platter!
  • Erica H.
    Erica HannaJuly 5, 2010
    Mushroom pasta is great :) just the right size. Approx serving size of a lean cuisine. :)
  • City Pages
    City PagesJanuary 21, 2014
    Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 3pm-6pm & Sun-Thur 10pm-midnight!
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KurcanJanuary 1, 2015
    Wonderful intimate space with fantastic food!
  • Aaron H.
    Aaron HarjuJuly 8, 2016
    Meatloaf is to die for
  • Lisa D.
    Lisa DOctober 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Small plates, nice bar, neighborhood place
  • Heather P.
    Heather PolivkaApril 2, 2011
    Must have the warm Camembert with the caramelized onions... Nirvana!
  • Lisa S.
    Lisa SCHERBERNovember 12, 2011
    The plates, the wine, the charcuterie!
  • J J.
    J JeskeSeptember 12, 2014
    The Son of Bourye Old Fashioned is awesome
  • Marcy T.
    Marcy TweteOctober 24, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Have the salmon with maple glaze and root vegetables - it's so wonderful, it almost tastes like dessert.
  • Amanda
    AmandaDecember 27, 2012
    On Mpls St Paul's list of Insider Eats for hogs n' eggs!
  • Carolina M.
    Carolina MarañonApril 20, 2012
    Cant miss the lamb crostatta!!!
  • Brent M.
    Brent MillerMay 20, 2015
    Wonderful brunch menu.
  • Kevin G.
    Kevin GreenSeptember 16, 2013
    It seems they fry everything in bacon fat.
  • Amy K.
    Amy KeastJuly 27, 2011
    Love the Tuna, great martini!
  • Peter Q.
    Peter QualeJune 15, 2012
    Keep the pigs head teeth and take them home to make a creepy necklace.
  • Luke L.
    Luke LutherDecember 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't be afraid to nibble.
  • Richard S.
    Richard StayneSeptember 12, 2016
    Get baked and head on in for a pint!
  • Bob R.
    Bob RowenMay 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Wonderful burger..
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DomeierDecember 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Eat the sausage, that is all.
  • Lisa K.
    Lisa KellyNovember 13, 2010
    Amazing pork belly and meatloaf
  • Erik B.
    Erik BoeMarch 17
    Great food
  • Joy M.
    Joy Marsh StephensAugust 9, 2010
    Drive a sub-compact car if you're hoping to park in their lot. It's a tight squeeze.
  • Terry D.
    Terry DanielMarch 14, 2010
    The meatloaf sample platter is stellar!
  • Alexander G P.
    Alexander G PruittMarch 19, 2011
    Amazing bloody marys!
  • Noah F.
    Noah FrohlichNovember 4, 2009
    try the tuna, Reuben, and artichoke augratin !
  • DDMcsnatch
    DDMcsnatchJanuary 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They drink here on shift. Yay...?
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