3 Squares Restaurant
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Taps: 25 / Bottles: 15
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by oner0002:
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
If you live in the NW metro, check this place out. The tap list is great for the location (all the Summit Beers, Surly, Oberon, etc.) and the food, while smacking of chain restaurant, is OK. It's hard to compare this place to other Twin Cities beer places because it IS out in the Grove. Sadly I cannot often come in to town to get the good stuff because I live 20 miles outside the Grove and unless I want to get a hotel room just so I can bar hop from the Blue Nice to Acadia to Town Hall, the 3 Squares offers an alternative.
Update: 07/13/2010 - Looks like the 3 Squares is changing their beer menu. Instead of carrying the entire line of Summit beers on tap, they are going to give some of their lines to a bigger variety of beers including a Deschutes and an Odells. I don't remember the exact list.
08-25-2008 16:46:17 | More by oner0002
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4.44/5 rDev +12.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
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.
04-03-2013 04:07:21 | More by mnphish
4.78/5 rDev +21.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Love Three Squares. This is our go-to spot in the Grove. Great menu filled with traditional american food with a twist. The tap selection is some of the best you'll find in Maple Grove. We had Surly Darkness on tap for a month straight after the release at Three Squares. We've been to this location about half a dozen times and have been pleased every time we have gone.
Service is excellent, size of the location is great, ambiance is good. They have quite a few TV's for sports events as well. Seems to attract the younger crowd with a taste for good beers.
01-14-2012 20:56:38 | More by motorhed
3.83/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
11-07-2011 02:04:05 | More by Chaz
3.83/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 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.
09-17-2011 03:13:13 | More by John_M
3 Squares Restaurant in Maple Grove, MN
89 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.