Northfield Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Northfield

April 14, 2018 Deane Carmody

Northfield is a city in Dakota and Rice counties in the State of Minnesota. The city is mostly in Rice County, with a small portion in Dakota County. The population was 20,007 during the 2010 census.
Things to do in Northfield

1. Tavern of Northfield

212 Division St S, Northfield, MN 55057-5194 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 507-663-0342
Excellent
40%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 215 reviews

Tavern of Northfield

Reviewed By Shoreviewmom - MN

Enjoyed our 20th anniversary dinner here on 9/20/17. The server was wonderful and the food an excellent value. I enjoyed the filet mignon, which was done perfectly. My husband had the tenderloin tips, which were tender and very flavorful (kind of spicy though). Highly recommended!

2. Cake Walk

303 Division St S, Northfield, MN 55057-2016 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 507-786-9255
Excellent
67%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 56 reviews

Cake Walk

Reviewed By MNTraveler2017 - Northfield, Minnesota

We ordered a large number of cupcakes for a party. Had other great food available also, but everybody was talking about how great the cupcakes were

3. Goodbye Blue Monday Coffee House

319 Division St S, Northfield, MN 55057-2128 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night +1 507-663-6188
Excellent
57%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 71 reviews

Goodbye Blue Monday Coffee House

Reviewed By oaklandexplorer2016 - San Francisco, California

Have dined or desserted here many times in recent years. The staff is friendly and accomodating, the furniture and outdoor tables just invite you to sit down and enjoy your food. Recently I arrived after closing, and they took pity on me and sold me a piece of chocolate cake anyway. Sandwiches and entrees are excellent. Check out all the different rooms and nooks, too.. This place is special to me as the first restaurant I visited after deciding to eat more vegetarian ... the non-meat lunch I had got me thru some initial anxiety about my decision, and its held for 5 years.

4. Ole Store Restaurant

1011 Saint Olaf Ave, Northfield, MN 55057-1530 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 507-645-5558
Excellent
54%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 189 reviews

Ole Store Restaurant

Reviewed By IowaMum - Des Moines, Iowa

Our family came over here to the "St Olaf side of town" from Carleton for brunch on a Sunday. It was great for breakfast/brunch. We came on the early side and were glad we did. We did not have any trouble getting a table for five at around 10 am on a Sunday. When we left after 11 am it was starting to fill up. We all shared an Ole bun to start, which is a cinnamon bun with a caramel top. It is very sweet and a bit over the top. Unfortunately, it filled up our boys and neither of them ate their breakfasts. There are no kids portions and one of them ordered the biscuits and gravy which has chunks of sausage in it. He ate two bites. The other ordered two pancakes with blueberries and he ate about one bite. We had to bring those two orders home. The rest of us did better on our orders. There are a number of Eggs Benedict options. I had mine with spinach. My husband had a make-your-own omelet, chose his own filling and declared it was great. My daughter tried the huevos rancheros and liked it. There are many things you can get ala cart or on the side, including eggs, a sausage, the ole bun, etc. The only thing I did not like was the grapefruit juice. It was from a container and was sour and bland. It would be nice if the juices were fresh squeezed or those options were a bit fresher, more natural, etc. Otherwise, it was a great brunch. There is ample parking next door and on the street.

5. Brick Oven Bakery

630 Professional Dr, Northfield, MN 55057-2755 (Formerly Brick Oven Specialty Breads) Takeout Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 507-645-9517
Excellent
65%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Reviewed By HappyTrvlrMn - MN

They have the best bread!!! Their location has changed though and they are not on Professional Drive anymore. They're on Hwy 3 just on the north side of town. Big sign on lower level of building!

6. James Gang Coffeehouse & Eatery

2018 Jefferson Rd, Ste H, Northfield, MN 55057-3259 +1 507-663-6060
Excellent
76%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Reviewed By Ron_and_Shirl - Rochester, Minnesota

We recently visited Northfield and because we enjoyed the James Gang Eatery so much in the past, we decided to eat there again -- and we were not disappointed. The place is charming, the staff is welcoming, and the food & drinks are great. My wife and I sat at a small table for two in the front window, where we people-watched while sharing a wonderful BLT-avocado sandwich and drank Sangria.

7. Hogan Brothers

415 Division St S, Northfield, MN 55057-2019 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Soups, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 507-645-6653
Excellent
47%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 130 reviews

Hogan Brothers

Reviewed By berg2405 - Riverside, California

When we were traveling in Minnesota this summer, we were told by family that we should stop in Northfield as the town is a scenic college town. While we were visiting Northfield, we stopped for lunch at Hogan Brothers.

We found that the restaurant is one of the main restaurants on the main street and was easy to find. The restaurant is in an older turn-of-the century building. The interior of the building has some beautiful woodwork and antique lighting,

The restaurant was a bit crowded, and we waited for 15 minutes, and eventually found a place to sit down. The restaurant was busy with a lot of activity, but there was a friendly accommodating quality to the servers and restaurant staff. The wait for food was worth it! Once, we received our food order, we realized why so many people stopped at Hogan Brothers. We ordered up ham sandwiches, the soup of the day, and coffee. The sandwiches and soup were freshly made and tasty and the coffee was rich, dark, and mellow. The food was excellent! We realized why so many people stopped at Hogan Brothers.

When we return to Northfield, we would return to Hogan Brothers for another meal. I would also return for just a cup of coffee and a chance to talk with the locals about life in a small town in Minnesota.

8. Tokyo Grill

1301 Bollenbacher Dr, Northfield, MN 55057-3607 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible Japanese, Sushi, Asian Lunch, Dinner +1 507-664-0888
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

Tokyo Grill

Reviewed By lwpmjp - Northfield, Minnesota

Walking in the door we were greeted by a friendly smiling face. Seconds later we had water. After walking out of the Tavern Restraunt because we couldn't get waited on this was a nice surprise. Casual atmosphere with booths avaiable. Love Rock shrimp for an appetizer, but you may have to ask, I don't think it's on the menu, but it's baddered shrimp with some heat to it. I also have ordered the spring rolls which also very tastee.We both had the (Yake Soba) noodles which were yummy.. Fried rice with shrimp or vegies is good too with the Yummy sauce. You won't go away hungry. I've ordered take out for small groups at work too.

9. Basil's Pizza Palace

301 Water St S, Northfield, MN 55057-2045 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza Dinner +1 507-663-1248
Excellent
68%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 49 reviews

Basil's Pizza Palace

Reviewed By 300gem - Northfield, Minnesota

Basil's is an old and old style pizza joint. Family run and doing a great job. Thin crust pizza with many choices for toppings. The simple shrimp pizza is light and satisfying.

10. Chapati

214 Division St S, Northfield, MN 55057-2013 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Buffet Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 507-645-2462
Excellent
43%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 86 reviews

Chapati

Cuisine of India located in the Archer House River Inn in the heart of Northfield, Minnesota. We serve a selection of traditional Indian dishes as well as several of our own creation. Wine and beer available. Lunch buffet. Rang Jamaye! Enjoy!

Reviewed By LivetheWay - Flossmoor, Illinois

My daughter and I had dinner after a day of visiting Carleton College. The food was outstanding, perfect after a day of exploring. I am a carnivore, but had the vegetarian dish of cauliflower and potato in tomato sauce (I asked for spicy) and my daughter had the lamb rack. We would definitely come again!

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