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3 Squares Restaurant

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Taps: 25
Bottles: 15
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

12690 Arbor Lakes Pkwy N
Maple Grove, Minnesota, 55369-7172
United States
phone: (763) 425-3330

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @3squaresmn

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(Place added by: Scoobydank on 06-02-2008)
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Reviews by kbaker91:
Photo of kbaker91
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%

Visited 3 Squares Friday night for the first time with my wife. It is located in the Arbor Lakes area of Maple Grove, as such has a sort of upscale strip mall feel to it.

This site used to be a Green Mill a couple years ago, and has the same feel as a chain restaurant like a Chilis or Applebees. A lot of older couples and families with kids dining in the dining room, so the place doesn't really have a beer destination feel to it. The bar area is small.

The beer selection is a little better than average. The beer menu boasts every type of Summit brewed, but they were out of the ESB, which was disappointing. They also were out of the Rush River Bubblejack, which made me believe that being out of items from the beer menu is a trend here. They did make it up by having Dark Horse Scotty Karate on tap, which was delicious as always.

The service was good, from the hostess seating us to the waitress who sympathized with the missing beer menu items by making it up to us on the bill.

The food is decent, but nothing to go out of your way for. My wife had some form of pasta she enjoyed, I had a fish burrito that was average. Prices were average for both the food and drink.

Overall, the only real difference between 3 Squares and a Ruby Tuesdays is the name on the door and the slightly better beer selection. The atmosphere and the food are exactly the same as any number of suburban chain restaurants. Not bad if you find yourself in Maple Grove, but not a place I would recommend going too far out of your way for.

kbaker91, Jun 22, 2009
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4.44/5  rDev +10.7%

This is one of the few good beer spots in the suburban area. Atmosphere is okay, there is a pretty busy bar with tv's and it feels like a denny's in the sit down area.

The service is very good from my experience. What sets this place apart is its beer selection. They are the only place in the burbs that gets a nice variety and rare stuff. I've attended sweet release partys at this place for BCBS and HopSlam. They also get very unique stuff such as Nitro beers. They aren't exactly proper glassware advocates.

The happy hour also crushes, and they used to offer $2 Surly Furious but they upped it to $3. Appetizers are quality and it's reasonably priced. One of my go to spots. If you hear phish on the jukebox, I apologize.

mnphish, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of motorhed
4.78/5  rDev +19.2%

Love Three Squares. This is our go-to spot in the Grove. Great menu filled with traditional american food with a twist. The tap selection is some of the best you'll find in Maple Grove. We had Surly Darkness on tap for a month straight after the release at Three Squares. We've been to this location about half a dozen times and have been pleased every time we have gone.

Service is excellent, size of the location is great, ambiance is good. They have quite a few TV's for sports events as well. Seems to attract the younger crowd with a taste for good beers.

motorhed, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Chaz
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%

For years I'd heard nothing but rave reviews and finally had a chance to check it out when a friend recently moved back to the area (literally right across the street).

While it's quite different from the grit of the urban 'beer bars' that I regularly frequent, Three Squares is a pleasant change of pace. It's not much to look at from the outside (not nearly as colorful as the Claddagh next door) but the interior designers didn't miss a beat: A combination of muted earth tones and brighter reds, designer lighting fixtures, 'dark wood' bar, yep, this place is right at home in historic downtown Maple Grove ; )

Although the place was absolutely packed on a Saturday night, we were fortunate enough to be seated at a two-top in the bar after a wait of only a few minutes. Service was prompt and friendly throughout the night, even though we were only in for a couple of drinks and an appetizer or two.

Did I count right at twenty taps? I was happy enough that they had a seasonal I'd been looking forward to trying, and it was a better than average selection, especially for the northwestern 'burbs. I'm pretty sure they had a firkin on hand, and it might've been Surly Darkness. Other selections included Alaskan Winter, Odells 90 Schilling, and Deschutes Jubelale.

Although we didn't tuck into the menu proper, the selection and prices are what I've come to expect from the Blue Plate group, and I'm comfortable in recommending them to someone looking for a change of pace that won't necessarily break the bank. For what it's worth, our appetizers were the proper balance of sweet/savory and hot/greasy, perfect for pairing with a rich and slightly-boozy seasonal beer : )

Altogether Three Squares is definitely worth a visit if you're in the area and looking for a better than average selection of beer and adult beverages; The level of quality achieved in relation to both the food and overall service is a real bonus.

Chaz, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of John_M
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%

At the recommendation of tokerace, I stopped by here tonight with some family and friends before an upcoming wedding. I've already sent a BM to thank Matt (tokerace) for the recommendation.

A couple of comments at the outset... I read the reviews of this place before stopping by (it's close to my hotel), and so was expecting at best a decent experience this evening. The place doesn't exactly inspire a whole lot of confidence upon walking in, looking for all the world like your typical pizza hut, that just happens to have a bar area (towards the left) as well.

As for the selection, it's very good, though probably not great. They have a nice selection of beer (stuff from summitt, surly and bells, along with some local and regional beers), but you won't see anything mindblowing (for the most part). Still, with things like two hearted, furious and cask dragons milk, I was more than a bit impressed by the selection here.

In terms of service, our server was very, very friendly. Most of the staff were on the young side here (and so not very experienced), and so some mishaps are to be expected I think (our server inadvertently brought me the wrong dish - everyone else's was fine). Still, our server was very conscientious, and everthing came out pretty quickly.

Rating the food is where I'm having the most trouble with this place. 3 squares has sort of a pizza hut, sports bar vibe about it, the sort of place that you'd be happy if they just got your pizza order and burger order right... but that's not what we got. My ceaser salad was outstanding (real anchovies and cheese, and the dressing was terrific), my GF's spinach salad was amazing (had brie and fresh strawberries in it), and her sister got an excellent beef strogonof (WTF??? Beef Stragonof, and it was delicious!). We didn't need dessert, but after listening to the options, the sister got the strawberry shortcake (which comes in a pint glass, but the whip cream is real and fresh, and the orange zest intermix is just genius). It was the topping on the cake for an all around excellent meal.

I checked with everyone else at the dinner table, and I believe we have a consensus.... the food here is seriously very, very good.

If I'm ever in this part of the twin cities again, there's just no doubt.... I'll definitely be back.

John_M, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of GrouchoM2K
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%

Most important part to note is the 7-day happy hour til 6, and then from 9 to close - $2 for any beer on the list, which includes several Summit offerings, Surly Furious, and a couple other things like Odell, Schell, Tallgrass, and Bell's. For being in the 'burbs, this is an exceptional list of beers!

Happy hour food was pretty good - we went with sweet potato fries and gorgonzola fritters - both decent but not terribly memorable.

We were there late (for Maple Grove), and were pretty much the only ones at the bar, so a "vibe" was hard to pick up, but nice decor and we were able to have a conversation over not particularly intrusive music.

Overall, I'll go back if I'm in the area during happy hour - Blue Plate restaurants are kinda all the same, but they do a nice job.

GrouchoM2K, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of dpnelson1978
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%

Three Squares has a wonderful vibe walking in. It has a nice bar, and while small, the restaurant proper is not too tight.

The wait to get in was about 30 minutes on a Friday night at 6pm.

It has a large patio that would make for a great evening during the summer (I went in November).

Unfortunately, there isn't much room at the entrance for people waiting in line... so if it is cold out, be sure to dress warm.

The beer quality is quite good. While I was there I had a pint of Fulton's Sweet Child of Vine ($5), and a pint of Surly Darkness ($9). Also on tap was a selection of Summit (available as a flight of 8 5 oz. beers) and Schell, as well as a few macros. Goose Island Matilda was also on tap, but I didn't think it would be safe to have another beer...

The food was decent, but not great. On the upside, it wasn't very expensive. My pulled pork sandwich was $11. I would suggest this place for an early dinner, perhaps a place to start out before going down town, or for a nice lunch.

The service was poor. Our waitress had to be asked twice to bring us water, and in general she seemed preoccupied with getting away from us.

Overall, the bar was great, and the food was decent. I'll be keeping my eye on their tap list and waiting for next summer to use the patio.

dpnelson1978, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of hardy008
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%

Wow, this place is usually very busy and last night was no exception. 45-50 minute wait. The people at the hosting stand messed up. They said they called us, but if they did, they pronounced our name wrong and had the wrong number of people. No big deal, it still worked out ok.

The food looks like your standard fare from the menu, but is quite good. They use good quality ingredients, and have rotating weekly specials.

The beer selection is ok. They have too many Summit taps in my opinion.They rotate what they have available on tap and by cans and bottles. A brewery whose beer is available one week may be gone the next, but there is always something good. Not replaced by BMC, although you can still get some BMC if that's what you want.

Overall a good experience and we will be going back.

hardy008, May 09, 2009
Photo of Scoobydank
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%

I have been to this place a few times now. Living in Maple Grove, this is really the only place that could be considered a good beer bar. They have plenty of things on tap not available anywhere around Maple Grove. IE Ommegang Hennipin and Surly Bender. To boot, during their happy hour, pints are $2. More than anything thats a great reason to go.
Past that, I have had a few bad experiences with the service. Unless you are sitting at the bar, the servers I have had don't know much. When asked what kind of Surly they have they say "Surly. Thats the only kind they make" Oops. Than I have to explain to them....oh forget it. Plus service can be pretty slow. The food is decent.
I will continue to go back because it is virtually in my back yard and those $2 pints are a great deal.

Scoobydank, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of oner0002
4.13/5  rDev +3%

If you live in the NW metro, check this place out. The tap list is great for the location (all the Summit Beers, Surly, Oberon, etc.) and the food, while smacking of chain restaurant, is OK. It's hard to compare this place to other Twin Cities beer places because it IS out in the Grove. Sadly I cannot often come in to town to get the good stuff because I live 20 miles outside the Grove and unless I want to get a hotel room just so I can bar hop from the Blue Nice to Acadia to Town Hall, the 3 Squares offers an alternative.

Update: 07/13/2010 - Looks like the 3 Squares is changing their beer menu. Instead of carrying the entire line of Summit beers on tap, they are going to give some of their lines to a bigger variety of beers including a Deschutes and an Odells. I don't remember the exact list.

oner0002, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Finally, a Maple Grove restaurant and bar with a real craft beer tap list. Three Squares offers the full line of Summit beers, along with other local favorites like Surly Bender. I had the Boulevard Lunar Ale with my grilled meatload, and all was good.

This establishment is run by the same folks that own Groveland Tap in St. Paul - a place I've had nothing but good experiences with. The menu was diverse, interesting, yet familiar. Entrees ranged from slow-roasted pork to mac and cheese. Other options include sweet potato fries (which are quite hard to find in MN) and waffles.

The staff was almost too friendly, as in they could have checked in a few times less. Service was very quick and after arriving at 7:30, were seated in 5 minutes (they said they were very busy an hour earlier). They also have $2 happy hour taps until 6 and after 9. Definitely a place to check out if you're stuck in Maple Grove.

tempest, Jul 16, 2008
3 Squares Restaurant in Maple Grove, MN
90 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.