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Barbette - 45 Reviews - 1600 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408, Minneapolis, MN - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (612) 827-5710


1600 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 827-5710
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Barbette - Minneapolis, MN


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My mom ended up bringing me to this place for my birthday a year or two ago, and it was so good! I ended up getting this steak with this reduction wine sauce and I also got french...


Got seated right away, hmmm, no wait on a saturday for brunch? That should have been our first clue. Slow, poor service from the start. Wanted a Waffle, sorry it is 2:05, can't...

best french fries in the twin cities 11/23/2010

My mom ended up bringing me to this place for my birthday a year or two ago, and it was so good! I ended up getting this steak with this reduction wine sauce and I also got french fries with it. Both absolutely fantastic. But seriously the french fries were for sure the best I've had. The service seems pretty good, and I've started going their pretty regularly. more

Nice place 6/20/2010

Food delicious and service so so. I really have luck sitting outside for the service.. maybe it is the sun. They are happier with the breeze and the sun. Sitting at the bar is annoying as far as service goes. We live in the neighborhood and it is one of our favs. Food is outta this world. Pros: food, chefs Cons: service more

Small portions of expensive food. 5/5/2010

I just returned to Barbette for a third time. The first two times were during a weekday when I and perhaps three other tables made up the entire clientele. Each time I ordered a simple omelet. I had originally planned to order a belgian waffle, but learned that the restaurant does not carry non-sugared syrup. When I suggested that the restaurant perhaps carry such an item, I was told that one regular customer brought his own and that the syrup is kept in the restaurant for him. So, it would seem such requests fall on deaf ears. Overall, however, I enjoyed my omelet and my coffee. Last week, I returned with a friend during the dinner hour. The place was packed and we were offered seats at one of the counters which we accepted. The server was a young man who was a bit obsequious but pleasant enough. My friend and I ordered salads. The salade nicoise that I had was served with lovely seared ahi tuna and was really quite delicious although it was somewhat lacking in enough greens. For two of us with salads, one soda, and a delicious dessert, it was about $50.00. I think that Barbette is one of those hit-or-miss type of establishments. My suggestion: avoid it during the rush hours and plan to pay a lot of money for feeling completely full. Pros: Nice atmosphere, good tasting food, great presentations Cons: Expensive, small portions, service can lack when busy more

French cafe?! Well, they have the rude part down! 1/24/2009

I wish I would have read the reviews before visiting Barbette's. My brother and I decided to try Barbette's for brunch after seeing it mentioned in the Best of Twin Cities City Pages. It was a horrible experience from start to finish. As we walked in, we looked to the baristas/host for direction as to where to sit. No one made eye contact with us or talked to us for a good 5 minutes as we stood there next to them. Instead, they continued their conversation which included one barista referring to a customer as ""the guy whose face looks like something I threw up this morning"". A very educated staff -- I think not. That should have been our first clue to leave. Finally, a passing waitress motioned for us to just sit anywhere as she rolled her eyes (maybe a sign that read ""please seat yourself"" would have been appropriate?). After sitting in our ripped up and dirty seats for nearly 15 minutes, we were getting extremely frustrated. When the waitress finally made her way over to us, she helped a table next to us that had arrived about 5 minutes after us. When we finally ordered, the waitress was bothered by our question regarding meat in the quiche and failed to mention any specials etc. on the menu. When our food finally arrived, it was a pathetic attempt at French cuisine, reminding me much of any other granola restaurant that decided to call themselves French because they threw a crepe and some brie on the menu. Barbette?s was described as ""romantic"". If ""romantic"" means being treated horribly, insulted, and dining in a dirty lamp-lit garage, so as to hide that dirt -- then yes, Barbette's is romantic. In this market, a restaurant and its staff should be more than polite, especially when the food is such a disappointment. Do not waste your money here -- you will be sorry you did. more

Nice atmosphere, limited menu 12/8/2008

Barbette is a nice choice for locals who support organic and local farmers, as the restaurant uses such... more

Nice atmosphere, limited menu 12/8/2008

rosevillefoodfan Provided by Partner
Barbette is a nice choice for locals who support organic and local farmers, as the restaurant uses such ingredients whenever possible. In addition... more

What a surprise 11/3/2008

Brunch this past Sunday was a pathetic experience. Food, service, bathroom, cost: not worth it. Have tried over and over to write a detailed and factual review, but it is always rejected here. Great honesty citysearch. Read the true review at City Pages regarding brunch on November 2. more

High expectations with low results 10/22/2008

My husband and I went here for our anniversary hearing that it was voted the 2008 Most Romantic restaurant. First of all, the entrance was not super obvious and once we finally found the correct door we were ignored for 10 minutes. We finally got a table next to some very obnoxious wine tasters, who obviously were not dumping their wine samples after the taste, and again were ignored for another 10 minutes. When the server finally came around to us she did not even attempt to explain the menu or any specials, even though I told her it was our first time there. She merely asked if we wanted drinks and then ran away without asking if we wanted an appetizer. We had to snatch her as she was running away to ask if it was ""ok"" if we put in an appetizer order because we were hungry. I had to ask the manager if she could describe the specials and suggest anything on the menu, and surprisingly she didn't even know the specials! We ordered seafood and it took at least an hour to make and when we got it we were very unimpressed. The fish special seemed overcooked and very blah, and the salmon was very blah as well, although it was incredibly fresh. more

Very Surprising 7/24/2008

Perfectly cooked french style omelet with no browning. French fries without fault. Sauces made from homemade stock. Awesome hanger steak. Fantastic mussels. Cool atmosphere. Great beers and wine. What's not to love about this secrcet spot for people love good bistro fare? Pros: Totally cool spot with great bistro fare. more

Perfect Uptown Restaurant 6/20/2008

Barbette is hands down one of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities. The food is consistently impressive and served with attention to detail. Beyond the menu, the wait staff is courteous, professional and attentive. This restaurant has perfected the balance between great food and great service. I can't wait for next week's special. Pros: atmosphere, service, cuisine more

Perfect outdoor eatery 6/2/2008

This is my first review of any restaurant but I would HIGHLY recommend Barbette to anyone and everyone. A perfect place to take a friend/family member(s) for a great food and wine. They have an extensive wine list with a large variety of wine choices. For food, I recommend the farm chicken entree - it was prepared and seasoned well and the carrots and beans were cooked just right. I frequent Barbette quite often and the staff is friendly and accommodating. Their outside tables area is a great place to relax and people-watch. Give it a try! Pros: Food/Wine and location Cons: A little spendy more

expensive 5/22/2008

This is restaurant definitely is NOT cheap. Who gave it $ rating. It is more like $$$. more

YUM!!! 5/13/2008

My mother and I ate at Barbette over the weekend and it was fantastic! I had the wild rice salad with lamb sausage, which I heard the chef makes herself and my mother had the mussels. Both were fresh-tasting and delicious. For entrees I had the shrimp risotto- to die for- and mom had the steak with a HUGE pile of those great fries. I was reluctant to go after hearing a few reviews about bad service, but everything we had was great. They did seem a little slow with the entrees, but considering the place was completely full it seemed ok with us. I will definately be going back. Pros: Excellent food, great atmosphere Cons: Noisy, a little warm more

Save your money or go elsewhere! 5/5/2008

My husband and I dined with another couple at Barbette over the weekend. We both hired babysitters and were very excited to be out on the town and leaving our younguns at home! Very very disapppointed and wished we would've eat elsewhere. Food was cold, bland flavors. My chicken dish all tasted the same. Husbands steak was okay. The best part of the whole dinner out from appetizers to dessert was the fries. Although they were good I'd rather pay $1.35 for McDondalds fries. We felt awful when we left that we spent $150 on a crappy meal. We were dissappointed to say in the least and wil never return. more

Great breakfast with a relaxing atmosphere 3/24/2008

I recently meet a friend at Barbette for breakfast and it was great as usual. The coffee and espresso/latte can't be beat. The eggs benedict I ordered was excellent but I didn't really like the greens served with it. I love this place because the food is great and it's a very relaxing place to come. We drank coffee and ate breakfast for about 90 minutes and we never felt rushed. Another great visit! Pros: Great food and atmosphere. Cons: Parking more

Lamb, oh my! 3/12/2008

Oh how I love Barbette! They have a new-ish chef and the menu there has never been better. We went the other night and the Lamb was divine as was the always good Steak Helene. The Chef seems to use very fresh ingredients and pairs flavors together seamlessly. YUM. You can always count on so so service at the bar, but any of the female servers are excellent! Pros: great food, good service at tables Cons: parking, bar service is spotty more

Breakfast Review: Most of it is excellent except their meat (bacon, sausage) is terrible. 3/10/2008

I'll keep this short and sweet: Best French Toast I've ever had. Incredible organic eggs. Nice mixed greens. Very average Eggs Benedict. Terrible bacon and sausage. The sausage is like a beefstick you get at the gas station, the bacon is a funky smoked variety, very poor. If they wouldn't be insulted if I brought my own ham, bacon, or sausage I'd be there every weekend. Pros: Great breakfast more or less. Cons: Horrible breakfast meats; can get annoyingly loud in the morning. more

Great Food Great Service! 3/3/2008

After years of poor dining experiences at Barbette I think they finally reached a solid stride. The menu is fantastic and the service has improved, FINALLY! I think that rude, arrogant bartender that's always there is finally gone, haven't seen him in my last two trips. I know he's turned off more than one customer to Barbette, I literally would not go back because of how rude he was and how he seemingly would chose who he would wait on and simply ignore other people until they got up and left or asked him several times for a drink. Anyway, to the good stuff, we went and had the always delicious pommes frites, so crispy, so hot, so delicious! We also had the tar tar of the day which was great, tuna with avocado and citrus vinaigrette. We shared a platter of cured meats and chicken liver pate which was a great value and presented very well. We also shared the creme brulee with chai.... my goodness I've never had such a fantastic dessert! The only con this trip was that there was a very loud, obnoxious hostess working the night we were there. She was literally yelling at guests and the staff. That was kind of weird. Pros: Better bartenders finally! Excellent food Cons: Loud obnoxious hostess, no parking more

Give it a Second Chance! 12/3/2007

After receiving rude and curt service on many occassions I hadn't been to Barbette in some time. I was pleasantly surprised recently when a friend convinced me to give it another go and had dinner there. We were greeted warmly and seated promptly, our server was excellent. We explained we hadn't been to Barbette in quite some time. She took the opportunity to let us know that Barbette had a new Chef and this was her new menu. The food was amazing! We had the short rib and the masa crepe, both highly recommended. The short rib was so tender it could be cut wtih a fork and served with creamy gorgonzola mashed potatoes and grilled asaparagus. The masa crepe sounded a bit strange on the menu but Danielle assured us it was worth trying. The flavor combinations were amazing. I will be back, and look forward to sampling many of the new menu items. Pros: great menu! Cons: loud, bathroom toilet doesn't flush easily more

Adorable and circus-y 11/20/2007

My favorite place in Minneapolis! The food is always fantastic and the service is generally good. (And if it isn't, the manager will take care of it). Pros: Food, ambience, happy hour Cons: Sometimes the service isn't the friendliest more
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  • In Short
    This spacious spot on Lake Street in yuppie-fied Uptown has cushy burgundy banquettes and tables for twosomes. Framed prints feature vintage French circus posters--Barbette was a...

  • 6/8/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Fri-Sat: 8am-2am, Sun-Thu: 8am-1am
  • Payments:

    Discover, Visa, Master Card, American Express
  • Neighborhoods:

    Uptown, Calhoun Isles