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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by MPLS:
4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
The atmosphere at the Bryant Lake Bowl (BLB) is typically lively, loud, and you can always hear the sound of bowling pins crashing down. This place is a staple for a lot of people in uptown and it can be a refreshing place to go to.
They craft beer selection is small, but hey they have craft beers on tap. I wouldn't say that they are extremely overpriced either. I noticed a few weeks ago an account for the BLB on BA pimping there stuff.
The food selection is good. I have primarily gone here for brunch on the weekends more so than in the evening hours. They have some good bloody marys...is that blasphemy on a beer site? As a conscious consumer I think it's great that they buy fresh, organic, and local ingredients.
The service like every damn place can change from time to time. Typically the servers are top notch, but the bartenders suffer from some kind of pretentiousness common to uptown.
02-09-2010 09:28:44 | More by MPLS
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4.45/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
According to my notes, 2002 was the last time I logged a beer at Bryant Lake Bowl. I think I've been there since--just no new beers on tap for me. My recollections of BLB walking in the door again was of an adequate tap list, memorable pad thai and a night of fun but frustrating bowling due to some lanes, though pitchers of Summit smoothed out the rough patches. Last night's Friday night gathering of Sibley friends was a revelation.
Finding a truly amazing beer for the first draft helped the night along: Bourbon Barrel Aged Bell's 9000. Boozy bourbon wafts above a dark ale with an original gravity of over 1.100. Big beer with a complex taste of wood, chocolate, vanilla and sweetness that's smooth, elegant and slightly overbalanced from the high alcohol. A real treat by itself, but it also happens to be the "batch" beer that I was missing. Before last night, I've been able to sample, 5000, 6000, 7000, 8000 and 10,000. Better to be lucky than good, I guess, but frequently good bars will tend to make one lucky as well.
The food is also fantastic. My wife had the mock duck rolls, which she reported as very good--good enough that I didn't get a sample. I did the pad thai with mock dock and my recall on this dish was spot on. Dan ordered medium compared to my hot, which Lori compared and said mine was significantly hotter, as expected; my bald head was sweating slightly, but it wasn't stupid spicey--just nicely at the limit. Plus, I had purposely ordered a double IPA, Bell's Hopsolution, to counterpoint with high hop: an excellent combination that I would love to repeat.
My wife was surprised at how loud it was sitting in the restaurant, but, evidently, she's always been there late at night or not on a Friday. With a full house and a waiting list for the bowling lanes, I was hoarse after our three hour dine and drink session with friends. Not an uncomfortable volume for our group of six and everyone could participate in the conversation, but it did take a bit of effort to speak.
For entertainment, in between the other drafts, I had a little beer you may have heard of...Surly Darkness. With a half a dozen additional beers that I would happily drink, Bryant Lake Bowl has seemingly upped its beer game. I saw on an RSS feed that BLB did have a Bell's event tapping earlier in the week, so maybe we picked a good night is all. But, I intend to test the theory in the near future and not wait so long to return to Bryant Lake Bowl.
11-21-2012 18:57:14 | More by FightingEntropy
2.95/5 rDev -28.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I'll give them yet another shot, but it's happened a couple times that we've had a server who is so distracted and overcommitted that they can't keep our order straight. After getting a glass of wine when I asked for a beer, and didn't get the replacement for another ten minutes, we scratched our dinner this time and put it off til later. Similar things have happened on busy nights before, and a place like this should be pretty sure of when they're getting busy.
Good selection, and the bowling can be part of the mood or a distraction, depending on who you are. I'd like to see an update to the restaurant area sometime.
09-30-2012 04:57:16 | More by DCC
4.08/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I love this place. I come here all the time for their beer selection and usually always find one or two things on their tap list that make me say, "Alright! I know what I'm getting!".
The food is good too, but I've never paid full price. I usually only order food when they have the happy hour specials. None the less nothing I haven't tried that I was disappointed with.
Great atmosphere too. They have a bowling alley if you want to bowl with some friends or just sit at some candlelit tables for some drinks and apps.
I have to say the waitstaff here isn't the greatest. The bartenders are great, but due to the waitstaff always seeming grumpy or mad for no reason, I've chosen to always just order from the bartender. I really don't understand why they are, and it isn't all the time, but definitely most of the time.
Overall I love this place and always grab a drink here when I can.
02-15-2012 01:16:34 | More by JoRado
3.85/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Re-review on 2/9/2012
Atmosphere is a crowded little restaurant bar in the front of a divey bowling alley. This is a good thing! It's typically crowded. We stopped in on a Saturday night and were able to snag a little 2 top adjacent to the bar. There's a great uptown vibe at BLB. I like it!
The qaulity of BLB is good. The pints are well poured and the food option are always a-plenty. I would like to see Bryant Lake Bowl supporting more craft breweries. I would say 35-40% of tap offerings are local which isn't bad but I think they could go oven further.
Service can be hit or miss. Our server on our last visit was a space case. It took him a long time to get to us. He was knowledgeable of the beer list and food and got our drinks promptly. It took a while until he returned to take our order. We got the mock duck rolls (excellent) to split. I don't recall what my fiance got for an entree but I had the crab cakes on special. I think it was 12 bucks and was the most fantastic roasted potatoes I've ever had topped with 2 excellently done crab cakes, slaw and some type of spicy remoulade or coulis. What a bargain for an excellent dish! We didn't see or server much during the rest of the visit. Other servers popped in on us and got us waters and more beers. Overall, not a great server but the others servers seeing us in need shows that this isn't how the whole place runs.
Overall value is quite good. The food is great and affordable and the beer isn't expensive either. Definitely check this out if you haven't.
02-09-2012 06:18:12 | More by Greggy
Bryant-Lake Bowl in Minneapolis, MN
92 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.