Bloomington is the fifth largest city, as of 2016 estimates, in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It is located in Hennepin County on the north bank of the Minnesota River, above its confluence with the Mississippi River. Bloomington lies 10 miles (16 km) south of downtown Minneapolis. As of the 2010 census the city's population was 82,893, and in 2016 the estimated population was 85,319.
Things to do in Bloomington
4.5 based on 502 reviews
After reading many reviews, decided to give Ciao Bella a try. Even though it was Valentine’s Day, Ciao Bella did a fantastic job! We had a reservation at 8:15 and did not have to wait. The entire staff was on top of their game! The server described the specials and the menu with such enthusiasm and knowledge we wanted to try it all!! Service was great! The second our water glass was empty, it was refilled. Very attentive staff!!
They have a very good wine list and we started with a Rombauer Zin. The fruit forward wine was perfect for the evening. My husband had the chicken and kale soup and I had the basic blue salad. Very delicious! For entrées we had the short rib ravioli (full order) and the Caio e Pepe/grilled shrimp with Parmesan pasta (small order) The ravioli was absolutely fantastic but the shrimp over cooked. I only ate one shrimp from my dish.
Keep up the good work! Your entire staff should be complimented!
4.5 based on 239 reviews
The Original Pancake House is open only for breakfast and lunch. I had breakfast there 3 times and always got a satisfying meal of good quality. Their oatmeal is one of the best. Egg and meat dishes have been cooked exactly as I asked and are of good quality. Be careful not to order too many things - the portions are generous. Great meals for reasonable prices.
4.5 based on 173 reviews
Sometimes this is a fun local bar/restaurant. Sometimes the food is great. Sometimes it is not obnoxiously noisy. But, I have quit going as sometimes just wasn't good enough for me. Lunch times are better. I like sitting near the "raging" Credit River (a small creek), and the menu is nicely varied with typical sandwiches and a few unique additions. But too often I haven't gotten what I ordered, the wait times can be long, and the noise can be unbearable
4.5 based on 147 reviews
This is a counter service Mexican restaurant. They have a huge menu (almost too much to take in). Prices are reasonable. The food is very good and prepared quickly. We've had the chilaquiles, fish tacos, barbacoa quesadilla, and more. They were all good. For the price, this is one of the best Mexican restaurants in the Twin Cities. The market next door is great too if you need any ingredients to make your own Mexican cuisine.
4 based on 307 reviews
Are dinner on a Sunday evening. The food was delicious. The menu is quite varied with lots of natural offerings. The service left something to be desired, though. I had trouble getting the attention of the waiter, even though the restaurant was not full. The food preparation was quite slow. I waited a long time after ordering. The non-alcoholic beverages at this restaurant are grossly overpriced. I was charged for a refill on iced tea. Almost every restaurant I have been to gives free refills on iced tea. My recommendation is to skip the overpriced beverages and just order the food.
4.5 based on 252 reviews
In the Minneapolis area and found this local recommendation on Trip Advisor.
Jillian was our server and her service was above average. My dining companions included my husband and two grandchildren, ages 8 and 4. The pancakes with whip cream and strawberries, from the kids menu, received two thumbs up from our 4 year old. Also ordered from the kids menu were eggs, ham, toast and fried red potatoes. Our 8 year old enjoyed the eggs and toast. He did not care for the potatoes or ham. Me and my husband had eggs, bacon/sausage, the red potatoes and toast. My husband also had a pancake. Eggs were not served as requested. Bacon and sausage were highly average. Our toast was okay but a little hard. I enjoyed the red potatoes, while my husband did not. Buttermilk pancake were given a solid four, out of five.
Overall, we were very satisfied with the ambience and local flavor of the area we felt while dining at Jensen’s Cafe. We were slightly disappointed in the food, given the glowing reviews I read online. However, we would probably return to try out lunch and dinner options.
4.5 based on 487 reviews
Featuring woodfired rotisserie cooking, Doolittles Woodfire Grill is an experience that ignites all of your senses! The woodfired rotisserie grills meat over an open flame for a savory wood roasted flavor. The rotation of the rotisserie creates self basting and slow roasting skewers resulting in juicy and succulent meats such as Spit-Roasted Chicken, and Smoked Hanger Steak with Horseradish-Whipped Potatoes and Red Wine Demi. Doolittles boasts over 60 wines by the bottle and 30 selections by the glass. Gluten Free & Vegetarian menus available. Warm, relaxing atmosphere...come as you are!
The interior of the restaurant is really nice and it helped that it was snowing and they have a nice fireplace. The server was perfect. He recommended the chicken wings and they were great. The chicken and wild rice soup was perfect and amazing on a cold winter night. A great evening.
4.5 based on 158 reviews
Good pizza, including by the slice. Good staff - casual and popular place in the Twin Cities (multiple locations). Have been there with friends and family. Great for meeting friends.
4.5 based on 74 reviews
Hazelwood Food + Drink, a full-service restaurant and bar debuted in Bloomington on August 16, 2016 on 8150 26th Avenue South, just across the street from the Mall of America. Hazelwood features several favorite menu items, along with many new selections. Customers will be able to enjoy rotisserie, wood-roasted and hand crafted specialties such as pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, appetizers, steaks and seafood. In addition, Hazelwood’s bar greets customers with a variety of cocktails, distinctive wines and an expansive selection of beer. Happy hour is available; both early and late night – 4 to 7pm and 10 to close, Monday – Friday. Hazelwood’s private dining room is equipped with a LED HDTV and fireplace; it caters office gatherings and parties for up 40. Outdoor patio seating is also available, along with fireside couches & chairs.
I would start by saying.....get a reservation as this is a busy place. Bartenders were friendly and helpful as we waited for a table. Big selection of beers and specialty drinks. We had the Brie cheese curds were great. I had a juicy Lucy with tator tots. Tots were super tasty.....not out of a bag, but tasted like deep fried mashed potatoes. The bun was a pretzel tasting bun. My wife had a mushroom with caramelized onions and arugula cheese with a salad in the middle. We were too full for dessert!!!
4.5 based on 77 reviews
Broadway Pizza in Richfield is a regular lunch spot for us for over 20 years! Hands down our favorite pizza!
Donna & the rest of the staff are terrific people - always welcoming, timely service and consistently hot, never disappointing pizza! We also enjoy their hot hoagies & spaghetti! The Chef Salad is big!
They have recently expanded the dinning area, so generally getting a table over the lunch hours is quick. We like to call ahead, so we are arriving as the pizza is coming out of the oven. Parking Lot is on the smaller side and some days is full so it can be a tight squeeze.
We like it so much, we treat our office staff to occasional lunch meetings & everyone makes sure they are in for those lunches!
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