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The standard line on the Dakota is that it has the best food of any jazz club in the country. That’s got to be true, but doesn’t really cover it. When there is no music playing at all, the Dakota is a very classy lunch or dinner spot… During dinner, the spacious, contemporary dining room’s well-spaced tables are graced with a rotating list of all-American originals. When there is live music, in the two-level bar and concert area, the Dakota offers all kinds of edible treats to enhance your jazz-going experience–or quiet your teenager into appreciating the beauty before him: fun, forthright desserts, skinny fries, and killer burgers.

City Pages

For a pair of jazz loving Londoners from the UK visiting the twin cities, an evening at the Dakota was a revelation.

On the night we went, the warm up artist was 60s-style folk singer Rebecca Pidgeon, who hails from Scotland. She put everyone in the mood for the appearance of the fabulous singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux, who started out busking in the streets of Paris.

The Dakota is a fairly large but intimate venue in downtown Minneapolis with an appreciative audience and the added bonus of serving delicious food. The service was fast but discrete; all in all a night to remember.

We just wish we could have stayed in Minneapolis longer, which would have allowed us to sample more of what the Dakota has to offer on the jazz scene.

Stephen and Ann Barry, London

Jazz is still a relative entertainment bargain. You can sit five feet from the world’s best jazz musicians at the Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant for the same amount you’d spend just on parking for a Vikings game or a T-shirt at a U2 show.

Best of the Twin Cities, Minnesota Monthly, Dec 2007

Dakota has found a winning combination – innovative food prepared with culinary deft and great live music from the best Jazz musicians…It’s an absolute delight to be on the receiving end of a dining experience where all aspects of the restaurant seem to work in such harmony.

Thank you again for coordinating a wonderful lunch for our group. The entire experience was absolutely wonderful! The menu items you suggested including the soup, salad and dessert were all fabulous. Not only in taste but in presentation as well. I was lucky enough to sit at a table where I was able to try everything – your chef is amazing!!! I look forward to returning for dinner!

Jodi Schmidt, Gray Plant Mooty

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