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The Butcher Block
Italian Restaurant$$
Today 5:00 – 9:00 pm
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308 E Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55414
308 East Hennepin AvenueUSMinnesotaMinneapolis55414
$$Italian Restaurant, Wine BarToday 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Monday 5:00 – 9:00 pmTuesday 5:00 – 9:00 pmWednesday 5:00 – 9:00 pmThursday 5:00 – 9:00 pmFriday 5:00 – 10:00 pmSaturday 5:00 – 10:00 pmSunday 5:00 – 9:00 pm
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Informal spot for classic Italian meat & pasta dishes plus a robust wine list & full bar.- Google
"I did the butternut squash ravioli the first time and licked the plate clean."
"Instead we ordered artichoke dip."
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lindsay jacobson
a month ago
Cant believe it has an overall 3.6 star rating. The only positive thing was that we used a Groupon so we didn't pay full price. Starting from the beginning of our dining experience, we entered and there were only 2 other people dining in the restaurant -- but we had to make reservations. But who knows, maybe they get busy sometimes. Anyways, we sat down and I was immediately turned off because the restaurant smelled -- similar to a funeral home. We weren't greeted for about 4 minutes and like I said, there was literally 2 other people in the restaurant. When we were greeted it was just to say hello and welcome us to the restaurant, our waitress took even longer to come by and get our drink and appetizer order. We ordered fried calamari to begin with. It came out instantly. Too quick however, because the "fried" calamari was barely cooked. It was slimy. We asked the waitress to take it back and declined her offer to have it recooked. Instead we ordered artichoke dip. Well. That took longer to come out. And when it came -- the bread was burnt!! Haha. We didn't say anything about it because its better to be burnt than under-cooked and make us sick. When our food came out I was feeling hopeful because our dishes looked awesome! Then when mine was placed in front of me it all changed, the pork chop was burnt. Just as bad as the toast from our appetizer. I could literally taste the char. Mind you, I requested it be cooked medium-well. My potatoes tasted like there was no seasoning what so ever. Basically my food sucked. I had 2 bites and that was it. My husband got the stuffed chicken. His meal was pretty good. Cooked just right. Juicy chicken. But he described the flavor as that of KFC. Not a $25 plate. I agree. When we left I got Jimmy Johns from across the street. I have never been disappointed in the food at any restaurant before. I've been disappointed by the service. But not the food. This was a terrible experience. We tried to laugh about it and not let it ruin our date night. Oh and did I mention that the "chef" was cussing in the kitchen while having a very loud conversation with someone in the back (the kitchen is one where you can see into it - and hear what goes on in it). Definitely didn't help the ambiance especially when paying a pretty hefty price for your meal.
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Erin Welch
3 months ago
As another reviewer pointed out, their Living Social deal was completely misleading. They told us that it covers $75 towards our meal. A 3 course dinner for 2 with wine could not be covered by $75 there. My date even went back to the waiter and clarified that the deal specifies we get a 3 course meal with wine and the waiter told him, "you can get that, it will cover it." So we ordered wine, an appetizer, 2 salads, and 2 main dishes. We were not being extravagant in any way with what we ordered and were being mindful of the $75 limit. Long story short: the Living Social deal did not cover our 3 course meal with wine. We were upset. But that is not the only reason. The food was not worth the price. The pasta dish I ordered came out with over-cooked noodles and the artichoke dip came out with burnt pieces of toast. The sauce and sausage in my dish were good, but nothing remarkable. It was literally noodles, pasta, and sausage. That's all. We ordered the tiramisu afterwards and were underwhelmed. Not to mention, the serving was so small we ate it in 3 bites. For these prices, look elsewhere. Minneapolis has a lot more to offer.
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Whitney Stewart
5 months ago
Absolutely one of the quaintest restaurants in the cities. Walk into Italy and enjoy authentic regional cuisines from around the country, a wonderful selection of Italian wines and even a bit of Puccini if you can persuade the chef to come out and serenade you. Many lovely memories made there.
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Nicola Evoli
a year ago
This is without any doubt the most authentic Italian restaurant in Minneapolis-St Paul. Filippo is a master, the wine cellar is great. Do not look at the menu, let be guided by his inspiration. Sit, relax, drink, eat and enjoy life.
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Jessica Johnston
2 months ago
What I ordered was great and the service was wonderful. We also got to use all groupons with no hassle. Just disappointed that on a Saturday night u run out of stake. Then my chicken comes out and it is burnt all around the edge of the chicken.
Danielle G
4 months ago
Overall, I was disappointed. Well, not really because the reviews prepared me. But, for the price I expected more. First, the Living Social I bought was misleading. It said 3 course dinner with 2 glasses of wine. Generally, these types of deals involve a prix fixe from which you pick something from a limited number of choices. However, when I got there they basically said order whatever and the Living Social is good for $75. That is fine, but then the Living Social should have been "pay $45 for $75" or whatever. Anyways, I am not judging my review on that, but wanted to throw it out there. The menu overall looked quite good. We started with the Bruschetta. The menu said tomato and artichoke, which led me to believe it was a traditional tomato bruschetta with artichokes in it. However, it was a bruschetta trio with 1 tomato, 1 olive, and 1 artichoke. The quantity was tiny and the quality did not make up for it. It was basically a standard loaf of plain white Italian bread cut in to slices with some flavorless spread on top. The artichoke spread was just that, artichokes blended in a spread. Second course was the radicchio pear salad. This was pretty good. More pear would have been nice, but the walnut vinaigrette was tasty. For the final pasta course, I ordered the bucatini all' amatriciana ( guanciale, tomato, chili, pecorino romano). Although it was basically sauce on noodles (bucantini are hollow spaghetti) the sauce was SOOOOO good. This was seriously one of the best pasta sauces I have ever tasted. I would go back here to eat this sauce, but nothing else. Also, not sure if I would pay $18 for the small bowl of it that I received. My service was ok. Not great, not good. Some of the items I asked for were never brought (fresh cracked pepper) and the menu wasn't explained at all. But she was friendly.
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Douglas Rachko
a year ago
Par excellence Spouse and I enjoyed our 5th visit to the Butcher Block. Their Caesar salad is the best in the Twin Cities! Over the past 18 months, we’ve shared 4 pasta selections and 6 entrées and we have never been disappointed. Besides the Caesar salad (which is a must for us), our favorites have included the rice balls, short ribs, lamb chops, veal liver marsala, chicken parmesan, gnocchi, ravioli, and spaghetti w meatballs. The Butcher Block tops our list of ‘go to’ places for dazzling out of town guests and friends. Once we’ve tried all the selections on the menu, we plan to simply start over. The Butcher Block is that good.
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Donovan Kovar
a year ago
I am a fussy, fussy eater - and I just kept saying "WOW!" with nearly every bite at this restaurant. It's not super "fancy" or "highbrow", but the food is clean, fresh and prepared with grace by chefs who care. Thank you for making great food for us!


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