Burnsville is in a convenient location just a few miles south of the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis-St Paul. It’s only a small city, which makes it the perfect mix of small-town charm with all the conveniences of a cosmopolitan city nearby. It is home to plenty of green spaces and opportunities to spot wildlife, as well as a ski resort. Read on for our selection of the best restaurants in Burnsville.
Cafe, Restaurant, American, $$$
Jensen’s Cafe is hugely popular with Burnsville locals looking for a filling breakfast. Favorites include oatmeal pancakes, chipotle eggs benedict, or stuffed French toast. While breakfast is available all day, there is also a dinner menu, with burgers, nachos, and other sandwiches. The interior is welcoming and bright, with cozy booths and large windows looking out onto the street and the outdoor terrace. The waitstaff is also friendly and enthusiastic, offering a lovely family vibe.
For a true taste of family run Asian cuisine, head to Nha Sang. The restaurant has a taste of a variety of Asian flavors, including Vietnamese, Thai, and Chinese. Although unassuming from the exterior, the restaurant’s interior is cozy with traditional Asian table settings and charming Tibetan background music. While many Asian restaurants lower the spice levels for Western customers, Nha Sang retains the authentic flavors found in the food they prepare. Dishes include chow mein, pad Thai, and teriyaki chicken.
Located conveniently in the Burnsville Center near to many other commercial outlets, Pimento Jamaican Cuisine aims to bring Jamaican food to Minnesota. The restaurant has branched out into food trucks around the city and has several more restaurant openings in sight. The restaurant believes in healthy home cooking, with menu options including classic jerk chicken, jerk pork, and sweet fried plantains. The restaurant won the TV reality cooking show Food Court Wars, due to its great flavor and fresh ingredients.
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Embracing stylish Californian cuisine, with the wine to match, Porter Creek Hardwood Grill offers classy twists on American dishes in a sophisticated atmosphere. The restaurant is modeled in a lodge style, with an outdoor patio with a fire pit, a dark wood interior and modern bar area. The food includes sesame tuna, clam linguine, or glazed hanger steak. The service is friendly and knowledgeable about the menu, while the cozy interior makes the restaurant a perfect spot for a special occasion or romantic dinner.
With a classic Middle-Eastern interior (arched ceilings, columns, and hanging lamps) and a lively atmosphere, including belly dancers, Mediterranean Cruise Cafe offers guests a real taste of the east. The menu offers enticing dishes such as stuffed vine leaves, falafel rolls, or shish kebabs, with a buffet throughout the week. The food is fresh and healthy, the service attentive, and an event calendar perfect for large groups and parties. With great food and entertainment, this restaurant caters to all tastes.
Offering an Italian menu, Chianti Grill is set within a beautiful building with high vaulted ceilings, comfortable booths, and a modern bar area. The specials change regularly depending on availability of produce, while the menu features more permanent favorites such as bruschetta, seafood cannelloni, and veal saltimbocca. The wine menu is also fantastic, along with a tempting range of beers (including regional draughts) and specialty cocktails. The food is full of flavor, and the restaurant features a great ambience and excellent service.
Offering a selection of sandwiches and subs, as well as soup and smoothies, Blue Ox provides a welcome alternative to chain sandwich shops. Blue Ox offers a sandwich menu, with regularly changing specials, using fresh ingredients such as meatloaf, corned beef, and a variety of cheeses. The café has a rustic, farmhouse-style vibe, with chalkboard menus and fairy lights. For a lighter, budget option, Blue Ox is an excellent choice. Address: 14270 Buck Hill Rd, Burnsville, MN, USA, +1 952 898 2583
Restaurant, Indian, $$$
One of the top restaurants in Burnsville is India Palace, an Indian restaurant offering popular classics as well as lesser-known traditional Indian dishes. As well as a daily lunch and dinner buffet, the amazing range of dishes includes familiar chicken tikka masala and lamb rogan josh plus the unusual fish shahi korma and shrimp balti. The waitstaff is extremely friendly and willing to give tips, while the atmosphere feels classy and elegant.
Byblos Lebanese Grill is popular in the local Burnsville area for its fresh ingredients and strong flavors. The owners are from Lebanon and offer authentic dishes such as tabouli, kafta, and baklava. The service is welcoming and friendly, with the owners regularly working the front of house. The restaurant also offers an extensive gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian menu, which makes Byblos a great spot for anyone without the worry of having to make special requests.
Although there is a significant Somali population around Burnsville, not many are familiar with their traditional cuisine. Tawakal is a Somali restaurant, introducing new flavors and unfamiliar dishes to this corner of Minnesota. The meat and seafood is all halal, and the restaurant also bakes its own breads and pastries daily. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available, with exciting dishes including East African-style bbq chicken, goat meat in various forms, and traditional curries. For those looking to try a new kind of cuisine, Tawakal is an excellent option.