The 10 Best Restaurants In West End, Minneapolis

Michelle Schmid

Minutes from downtown Minneapolis, West End is an exciting shopping area, offering new tastes in everything from clothes to food. The following restaurants are definitely making a lot of waves amidst this eclectic Minnesotan neighborhood, bringing flavors from around the world to one convenient locale. Check them out.


1. Blackstone Bistro

Bistro, Restaurant, American

Fusing Mediterranean with classic American, this trendy restaurant is the result of the founder’s travels all over the world, where he experienced a range of diverse cultures and delicious foods. These were brought home and modified to create the fantastic cuisine encountered at Blackstone Bistro, in dishes such as pastas, fresh seafood, lamb and Spanish Paella. All of these are made with the best quality ingredients and can be enjoyed in the comfortable, classy atmosphere of the restaurant.

2. Wok In The Park

Restaurant, Asian

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Simple, handcrafted recipes makes the Asian fusion sensation, Wok in the Park, an incredibly delectable destination. This friendly restaurant brings together cultural dishes from Japan, Vietnam, China, Thailand and France, in a mix of savory flavors. If the smell of fresh and quality food doesn’t draw visitors in, the promise of a welcoming dining setting and outdoor patio will. Guests can have an augmented experience for dinner by sitting in the lamp-lit patio garden, which offers a special atmosphere for enjoying all the best flavors of sweet Zen basil, spring zhing, or hot and spicy seafood, just a few selections from the excellent range of possible entrées here.

3. Taste Of India

Restaurant, Indian

Hamburger and fries
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For those craving the mixed spices of the Indian subcontinent, Taste of India is the perfect solution. This warm and friendly restaurant brings together delicious blends of exotic ingredients in original sauces and curry dishes that are absolutely mouthwatering. The menu also features a wide selection of tasty naan bread, a flat bread that is made in a traditional Indian tandoor. Make sure to get a glass of delicious lassi too, an Indian drink that comes in refreshing strawberry or mango.

4. McCoy's Public House

Restaurant, American

CRAVE sign
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Get a taste of some favorite American comfort foods with a creative twist at McCoy’s Public House, an attractive and intimate space to enjoy tasty foods like brick-oven pizza and gourmet hamburgers. All the food is made with fresh ingredients and the restaurant participates in Eat Local, a collection of local restaurants that has special offers for customers. At McCoy’s, guests can explore a wide range of tasty seasonal beers that rotate as well as an extensive wine list. This restaurant is even a gluten-free friendly zone, featuring a variety of foods to suit every customer’s needs.


Bar, Restaurant, Contemporary

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Featuring ingredients that are locally sourced as well as seasonal, CRAVE offers an experience uniquely its own. Here, guests can relax in the sophisticated yet friendly dining room, or enjoy stellar cocktails on the sunny patio. Visitors can even observe the creation of a meal by taking a seat at the sushi bar. CRAVE is a welcoming atmosphere to all different individuals, and on Sundays, children eat free all day. The restaurant also serves up a selection of intriguing events that make for a good date night, such as ‘Theater Night Out’, which includes dinner and a show.

6. Yangtze

Bar, Restaurant, Chinese

Proudly presenting all four types of cooking found in China, this restaurant is an exciting and delicious encounter for guests. For this authentic experience, visitors can relax in a warm and comfortable dining room with friends or family. The restaurant has many options, including all the favorite dishes, such as sweet and sour Chicken. At the same time, Yangtze has a full bar and makes a diverse selection of tasty island drinks such as the Yangtze special and Gi Gi. There will be no trouble for guests to find food that fills the stomach at this one.

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