Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

8 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

1010 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55403-2403
United States

(612) 332-1010 | map

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by feloniousmonk:
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Edit: June 14, 2005
On my last visit, 2 of the taps were switched to Guinness and Amstel Light, and all, ALL, of the Bell's, Schell & Capital were gone from the bottle list. Some hands must have changed in the management, and the new guy must be trying to run it like a business. The fools. Oh, well, there was a time...
It used to be that if I wanted to appreciate the pianistic passion of McCoy Tyner with a Bell's Third Coast Old Ale in my hand, it would have to be in my home, through the magic of recorded Cds and Lps. Used to be...Why, just days ago, I had the pleasure of the real McCoy being not far away from my person with his excellent trio, and a fine ale in hand, right here in my own city. What the hey happened?
The Dakota moved, that's what! I, as a jazz fan who doesn't drive, suffered from the Dakota's stature as the premiere venue in the Twin Cities, drawing major acts, and situated in a faraway mall in St. Paul, where the cab fare would kill me. I visited a handful of times (all I can remember is Abdullah Ibrahim, Anthony Cox, and Valery Pomonerov, with surprise guest T.S.Monk), and every time, I was pleased with good food, and always some nice beers to while away the musical hours.
So, they moved this past fall to downtown Minneapolis, practically my backyard, and now I can catch jazz legends with greater frequency, except I've got to know...how's the beer?
And here we hear the sound of surprise!
I stopped in for the first time recently to see a certain vocalist who was backed by pianist Junior Mance and a favorite saxophonist, Houston Person, who did an exceptional version of "Blue Monk" that left this monk anything but blue. And as I perused the beer list, I was amazed.
Check this out: 8 taps, all from Minnesota! Either Summit, or Schell's, and I can live with Summit Porter or the Seasonal on tap.
And the bottle list? A handful of Miller and Bud, Heineken, and Guinness, Anchor Steam, and Sam Adams...but the rest is Minnesota (James Page, Lake Superior, Schell) or Wisconsin (Capital), or as far away as Michigan (Bell's TwoHearted, Kalamazoo Stout and Third Coast Old Ale).
I've never seen such dogged devotion to local, MidWestern brew, to the sacrifice of so much typical crap. My hat is off, and I admire their brilliance in this approach. After all, they're not getting typical drinkers, who'll just go to the next bar for their Corona, no, they've got a captive audience, and a diverse one. Being so close to the Convention Center and all the major downtown hotels, there's got to be a lot of out-of-town business, who are looking for a jazz show, and want some local brew to enjoy it with.
And they've got 20 or so choices.
For that, I salute the Dakota, and I'll be back again and again, 'round Midnight, or for lunch or anytime!
It's an excellent jazz club, a terrific restaurant, and a nice, little bar, and they combine wonderfully. Let it be known, if you want an evening of good jazz, and great local beer, this is the place!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RangeRooney
3.32/5  rDev -21.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Taybeh
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of einman
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of pat61
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

This is a class joint with good food where we often go to hear Jazz. The food is excellent but perhaps a little spendy for some tastes. They have 7 beers on tap and 19 bottled beers - most are craft. Sometimes the craft selection is very good and sometimes it is meh.

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Photo of mholm815
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of mattmarka1
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of ADR
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

NOTE: Since this review was logged, the Dakota has moved to the Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.

Tucked into Bandana Square, a converted train house, this place can often be overlooked because of the dubious health of other businesses in the mall. Known for jazz, a nice stage, and its fine acoustics, the centrallly located bar has a good selection of fresh local micros on tap along with rotating offerings of things from farther away. A healthy bottle selection as well, with a wine and beer list that got some note from Wine Spectator. The food is more ambitious than pub grub or TGIF style stuff, with good fish, venison, buffalo, and wild game offerings. There are many nights when the best jazz in the Twin Cities is here. I like it after work, its calm and the bar service is friendly.

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Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant in Minneapolis, MN
Place rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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