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

April 14, 2018 Janean Rudisill

Savage /ˈsævɪdʒ/ is a suburban city 15 miles (24 km) south-southwest of downtown Minneapolis in Scott County in the State of Minnesota. The city is situated on the south bank of the Minnesota River in a region commonly referred to as South of the River, comprising the southern portion of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the sixteenth largest metropolitan area in the United States. The population of Savage was 26,911 at the 2010 census.
Things to do in Savage

1. Buffalo Tap

4990 W 123rd St, Savage, MN 55378-1343 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 28 - SGD 39 +1 952-808-7317
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 173 reviews

Buffalo Tap

Reviewed By chl0e48 - Minneapolis, Minnesota

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

2. Chianti Grill

14296 Plymouth Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337-5785 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks SGD 26 - SGD 52 +1 952-892-7555
Excellent
63%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 301 reviews

Chianti Grill

Reviewed By jammerspot - Minnesota

They have gluten free menu which one friend needs. Excellent choices on that menu as well as regular menu. Choices ranged from pastas to seafood to sandwiches, salads and soups. Have alcoholic and non alcoholic. Service excellent.

3. Tropical Smoothie Cafe

8330 Egan Dr, Savage, MN 55378-2555 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 16 +1 952-226-1633
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s menu boasts bold, flavorful food and smoothies with a healthy appeal, all made to order from the freshest ingredients. We find that superior, simple ingredients including real fruit and veggies set our smoothies apart from the others.

Reviewed By Foodies0520

LOVE the food and smoothies, its a bit pricey but I still go back every couple of months. Great healthy options as well!!

4. Dunn Brothers Coffee

5801 Egan Dr Ste C103, Savage, MN 55378-4918 +1 952-226-2026
Excellent
33%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 6 reviews

Reviewed By FLfromMN - Minneapolis, Minnesota

I love the fact Dunn Bros is back in Savage. It's a great place to hang any time of day. The fresh-roasted coffee is the best in the area, even the decaf. Ken and Sharon, the owners, are there almost all the time, and their service and knowledge is outstanding.

5. Jensen's Cafe

12750 Nicollet Ave, Grande Market Place, Burnsville, MN 55337-4091 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 952-808-0500
Excellent
65%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 252 reviews

Jensen's Cafe

Reviewed By snee1652 - Omaha, Nebraska

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.

6. Windmill Cafe

5367 Highway 13 W, Savage, MN 55378-1210 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff American, Cafe, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 952-895-1869
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 39 reviews

Windmill Cafe

Reviewed By Travolo - United States

Been looking at this small box building from the highway for a while wondering if they are out of business or something. Then my neighbor said - nope, they are legit and actually really good. so finally we went there last weekend and it just felt good. the owner Diane works there as a waitress and is super nice. the food is homey (hashbrown was a little greasy though) and coffee was very good. Nice interior, you have trucker folks in there so it surely feels right - a classic American diner.

Also, looks like they are selling the place as i hear they are planning to retire. One thing that I almost took one star off but then decided not to is that huge hole in one of the seats (see pic). I mean it's not just a small rip, it's a huge one. and honestly, it only takes a few pieces of duct tape to fix it. hope the owners will take that as a recommendation. I mean i'd rather be looking at good ol' duct tape (and sitting more comfortably) than with this large glowing hole.

Anyway, we might go there again some time as it's a 5 minute drive from our house. Very nice diner breakfast.

7. Porter Creek Hardwood Grill

14201 Burngarten Dr, Burnsville, MN 55306-4929 Takeout, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover Steakhouse, Seafood, American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks SGD 10 - SGD 37 +1 952-698-1888
Excellent
60%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 345 reviews

Porter Creek Hardwood Grill

In the spirit of wine country, Porter Creek features a fresh contemporary American menu with California-Mediterranean influences. Signature to the brand are fire roasted meats and rustic vegetables from the rotisserie and woodfired oven where temperatures approach 600 degrees.<br><br>As a complement to the menu, Porter Creek offers 80+ bottles of wine – 60 of which are featured by the glass, and over 100 premium brands of spirits. Scotch, tequila and wine flights encourage EXPLORE-ation!<br><br> Rejoice during the warmer months on this outdoor patio! Whether you’re dining al fresco or enjoying a cocktail at the outdoor bar, a fireplace or water feature is never far away…your oasis in the city!<br><br>Inspire, Create, Explore Porter Creek today!<br><br>OUR DOORS OPEN DAILY AT 11:00<br>Lunch Menu served from 11- 3 pm<br>Dinner Menu served from 3-11 pm daily<br><br>HOURS of OPERATION <br>Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 11pm<br>Friday & Saturday: 11am – midnight<br><br>Burnsville 952-698-1888 | Fargo 701-369-3669<br><br>Whether you walk-in or make a reservation, EXPLORE Porter Creek today!

Reviewed By JTMinneapolis - Minneapolis

We have been to Porter Creek on many occasions and have always enjoyed the food, ambiance and service.
During our latest family visit, half way though the meal the restaurant lights dimmed down to a point most of us could hardly see our plate. Ambience is nice, but this was really dark.
We noticed guests at a table across for us were also having a hard time reading the menu due to the poor light. I mentioned it to our server who responded that “the lights are on a timer”.
Feeling the timer was not the problem, but rather turning up the dimmer on the lights would resolve the issue. I was told that “I would need to speak with the manager”.
I asked if the manager could come to our table, but unfortunately the manager never did. Magically the check found its way to the table although it was hard to read as well. I just hope I calculated to total correctly…
I would recommend adding a flashlight app to your cellphone if you’re going to dine after sunset.

8. Woodland Take N Bake

5741 Egan Dr, Savage, MN 55378-4917 Takeout, Seating Pizza, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner SGD 26 +1 952-447-9663
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

Reviewed By Travolo - United States

We live here nearby and we really appreciate that it's so conveniently located for us. The guy makes the healthiest and the greatest tasting pizzas in a pretty big radius. He also keeps the prices lower than comparable competition and their pizzas are not even better than his. He loves his customers and does a great job of making them want to come back. We get pizzas from there about couple of times a month.

9. Spice Thai Cuisine

3989 Egan Dr, Savage, MN 55378 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Asian, Thai Lunch, Dinner +1 952-882-9272
Excellent
55%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 56 reviews

Spice Thai Cuisine

Reviewed By Maia M - Minneapolis, Minnesota

The chicken pad Thai is Excellent and the absolute Best we've ever eaten!!!
We've been dining here since 2004 and It's a solid and consistent dish served family style. There is an abundance of meat in this dish now where it feeds 2-3 people easily (new owners doubled meat portions as a standard with no price increases). The flavors are slightly sweet but Zesty and spot on with garnishments of fresh scallions and cilantro.
We've had pad thai's from various restaurants and resorts in California, Nevada, Florida, Illinois, four islands in Hawaii and Europe. Honestly, the Best Pad Thai we've eaten is from Spice Thai here in Savage!!!
The secret really is in their sauce here! There is no flavor, consistency or certain touch I can explain about this dish except for the facts the pad Thai is superior to all others my family and I have eaten.
Now The cheese puffs are in a category of their own... They are always soft with a slightly crisp edge (scalloped trim) and they have a tiny crunch to them. It's water chestnut minced with the filling and folded neatly into triangles. They're not balled up sloppy to where you bite into it and have a mouth full of cream cheese... You can actually bite into these ones and savor the filling and the crisp wonton [email protected] the same time! These are served with a clear, sweet dipping sauce ( Not the red sweet and sour chicken sauce other's serve with cheese puffs). It's a Very unique creation and always a solid appetizer also. We recommend pad Thai any way you want it and the Exquisite cheese puffs.
The lunch [email protected] Spice offer the same recipe but single serve portion which is great! If you want quality, delicious and consistent Pad Thai, try this place!
Places like taste of ThaiYai compromise their recipes on certain lunch and dinner entrees because of specials pricing... I can't enjoy your dish to its full extent if you remove ingredients to scale back on pricing... I'd rather pay more for a good, solid dish than save $2 dollars on an altered lunch special. Cutting cost doesn't market well...
Back in 2014 we ordered the chicken pad Thai (salty and Americanized, not worth mentioning) and chicken laab.
To our displeasure the laab we received from ThaiYai was only sliced chicken and tossed with Pantai's sweet chili sauce, the kind they serve with egg rolls chili sauce... Yes, they did do this and thought we couldn't tell it wasn't genuine laab... Chicken laab is minced, tossed with fresh lemongrass, ginger, garlic etc... Returned the pad Thai and laab dish and We never went back to that place. Been loyal to Spice ever since.

10. Mediterranean Cruise Cafe

12500 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337-2804 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 28 - SGD 39 +1 952-641-6222
Excellent
47%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 213 reviews

Mediterranean Cruise Cafe

We are located at the intersection of Hwy 13 and Nicollet Avenue in Burnsville, across from the Burnsville Performing Arts Center. Free parking in our lot and the ramp across the street. We are also adjacent to Nicollet Commons Park.

Reviewed By LOVEROFPV - Minneapolis, Minnesota

The food is fresh and very good! We all enjoyed a lunch buffet....service was great too!! My favorite dish was the gyros!

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