Buster's on 28th
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 19 | Show All Ratings:
4.69/5 rDev +15.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
Busters is the reason I found out about so many craft beers. The staff is amazing and friendly. Although Buster's is a bit small and can be crowded it doesnt bother me too much.
I am eagerly awaiting the return of Buster's after their kitchen fire on June 21st 2013.
Many Saturday mornings I found myself sitting at the bar, at open, with some friends trying out new beers and eating fantastic brunch. Bartenders quickly became friends and made the experience all the more worthwhile.
The previous GM Paul was the main reason Buster's did so well. He knew your face after just a few visits and would always ensure the experience was up to snuff. I was saddened to see him leave.
Come back soon Busters.
01-06-2014 20:56:32 | More by Zarnold_Quigley
4.28/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Glad I came here! Was lucky to get a spot at the bar and the owner even brought me a stool! Little warm where I'm sitting right across from the griddle n friers, but the door is open and a nice breeze is wafting in. Air is good. Customers on my right are super friendly, ditto the bartender. The cooks are cranking the food out and to my eye, it looks faultless. And they sure are serving a lot of it! Got a tv on with the Olympics on behind the bar; small, good picture, and works for me. Lots of dark wood in the place including ceilings. Good selection of draft and bottled beers. Patio in front is busy but has some open tables. If I lived anywhere near here, I can see being a regular. Probably give it a better score too.
08-03-2012 00:04:10 | More by drpimento
3.94/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in for the first time on a Saturday afternoon. This little neighborhood bar is pretty small, but had a nice patio to go along with the inside seating. About a 15-20 solid choices on tap. Went with a Surly Mild while my counterpart had a Hopslam. The bartender was attentive and courteous and prices were par for the course. Not a destination bar by any means, but if your in the neighborhood, this would be a great choice for quality brews and burgers. Didn't have any food, but it looked mostly like burgers and fries, but I do know that they like to use craft beer in their cooking as well.
03-26-2012 22:56:14 | More by jera1350
4.24/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Incredibly packed that night. Louder than shit which is what the 'atmosphere' consisted of. Beer menu changes daily with menus that change with it - pretty handy. Pretty well varied selection with zero BMC. I didn't have any of the food but I tried my buddy's and it was pretty goddamn good: Onion Rings beer battered in Magic Hat #9, and hot 1554 mustard sauce for ze dipping. Tasty shat.
I think I ended up having a Three Philosophers, Surly Bender on cask and a Hop Stoopid (for $14... my fault though, I should've asked, everything else was well priced).
01-20-2012 01:54:51 | More by yamar68
4.72/5 rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Buster's a a great neighborhood place, I just moved in nearby and bring all beer lover's who visit over there as an intro to the neighborhood. Really can't say enough about the place, extensive continually rotating tap list which probably numbers in the 20's, "99+" bottle selection, servers are familiar if not knowledgeable about the beers and importantly friendly. The food is fantastic, have tried almost all the sandwich/burgers with the Walleye Rachel being my favorite and the Buster's wings being a great way to kick things off. I have heard the pizza is fantastic I just haven't made it to that part of the menu yet. If you're in the area a stop here is a must!
05-12-2011 20:01:02 | More by therobot
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Buster's On 28th is a small neighborhood bar. It is a pretty nice looking place with wood covering everything. However, it is extremely dimly lite, and the classic rock they play is awful. Their tap selection is among the best in the Twin Cities. They carry a nice mix of local, regional, and imported craft beers with a good mix of styles. The food is good, but nothing to write home about. The service is prompt, and the bartenders seem to know what they are serving. They serve all their beers in the proper glassware, but it is always far too cold. Overall, Buster's is a nice place to have a good beer, but I can't see myself going there all that often. The depressing lighting and bad music are enough to keep me away. If I'm in the area and want a good beer I'll choose Town Hall Tap over Buster's nine times out of ten.
05-10-2011 15:35:54 | More by KarlHungus
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
my wife and i went here last Friday..the place was packed @ 6pm but we got a seat fast..our waitress was right there and knew what was on tap ..the selection of taps was outstanding..surly.bells/stone/ and locals like Fulton and lake Harriett probably 25 taps and 100 bottled beers lots of domestic taps and bottles with lots of import taps and bottles.. and i like that they had a beer menu..we had some great chicken wings first..then some 1/2 pound hamburgers that were great with french fries that were hand cut and very good.. i really like this place for both beer and food and would recommend this to anyone that like both
04-05-2011 22:54:54 | More by gatornation
3.58/5 rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
My first impression of Buster's was a good one. A glance over the bar showed an extensive variety of draft beers and when I took a look at the beer list the bottled selection was equally impressive.
From there it was mostly downhill, but not much. The food was fine, though if not for the beer selection I can think of a number of places I'd rather go. Our service was a little slow, but I've definitely had worse.
Bottom line...It wasn't the best I've been to in the Twin Cities, but I'll probably go back.
07-06-2010 19:54:59 | More by greggj
3.53/5 rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
We took our out of town guests to Buster's for dinner as we were in search of good burgers and good beer and had been hanging out by Lake Nokomis. I was moderately excited to go as the reputation of the place is strong. Initially I was a little taken aback as it seemed that they didn't really want us to stay and eat. The hostess (she may have just been one of the servers, but wasn't our server) kept telling us this or that and then pausing like we were just going to leave and go away. It wasn't the best way to start things off. The episode was exacerbated by the fact that when we walked in we saw the "please seat yourself" sign, but due to the size of our party wanted to give them the option to put us where they wanted. The tables in the back that we would have taken got grabbed by some other folks "seating themselves" and we ended up in the middle of the bar. I tell this story simply because they seemed a little disorganized and not really sure what to do with us. This really surprised me for such a busy place. Once we were seated our server was very good. She knew the beer and was very prompt with everything.
The atmosphere was good, but not really out of the ordinary for a bar that fashions itself a "beer bar." There are many other places that are just as good to hang out.
The quality is where this place begins to separate from some others. Everyone loved their meals. The burgers were great, the pizza was tasty, the walleye was excellent. The beers were all very good as it appeared the list was carefully selected and represented the region very well.
Selection was very good for beer and limited for food. The food items were terrific, but limited. The beers represented the region well. There were some belgians on tap as well. The bottled beer list said 116 but I didn't count. Plenty of taps for the size of the establishment.
Food as I said was great. No complaints there. The side of fresh fruit is a nice option.
The value was decent. Given where it is, the size of the establishment, and how busy it was they can charge the prices they do obviously. I had no problem paying them, but there are other comparable places cheaper and for that reason I would click "a bit pricey" simply to fulfill the role of the reviewer for others who might be "shopping" for a place to go. Its worth the money, but if you are on the cheap side find another place.
To conclude, I feel that I would offer the following advice to families. There were children there dining with their families. There was a kids menu. The kids food was good. I saw at least one high chair. I offer that up simply because overall I didn't get the feeling that kids were "encouraged." I think they are "welcome," but I just don't think they are preferred. This is simply my opinion based on the vibes the staff were throwing off. I could be wrong, but its my opinion.
08-14-2009 19:43:48 | More by Ragingbull
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
So here is my story for my first trip to Busters.... which we went to for Surly Week.
We got their and it was jam packed. So we put our names on the list for a table in-doors, but the greeter said we could get a drink and go wait outside on the patio until a table opens up. So we go to the bar and wait around for about 5 minutes... not to bad... before we get out drinks (DARKNESS!!!). Then we go to the patio and eventually get a table to sit down out their, but we informed the greeter we still wanted a table inside. A party arrived 10 minutes after us and put their name on the list and got a table before us which was one of the only parts that made me upset during my trip their.
Eventually we finally got our table and things were great from their on out. I got a Surly Three and the menu said it was a 16 oz glass, but it was brought to me in a 10 oz tulip, so I just talked to the bartender and he was ok with correcting the mistake.
The bar was pretty long with a bunch of tables and booths. No darts, pool, fooz, ect. It was more of a chill place. Nice establishment, however. I also liked the extra of being able to go outside and drink.
The selection was off the hook. It was absolutely amazing. They had way to many beers to choose from. It was Surly week so I stuck to the Surly, but could have enjoyed many of the other beers their.
We did get some pizza and it was amazing. WOW. It was a little expensive, but it was sure worth it!
Overall value was pretty reasonable. $7 for a 10 oz of darkness and $5 for a pint of Three. I will be coming back.
05-29-2009 14:36:22 | More by mothman
Buster's on 28th in Minneapolis, MN
91 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.