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The Craftsman Restaurant and Bar

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$$ - $$$
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4300 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406-2301 (43rd Avenue)
+1 612-722-0175
11:00 - 22:00
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Sat - Sun 09:00 - 22:00
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Anoka, Minnesota
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92 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went for an anniversary dinner, the food and service was excellent. Probably the first time I’ve ever wanted to try every item on the menu!

Thank Stephen C
St. Paul,MN
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59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I have been going to this restaurant for years and we were unaware of the ownership change when we visited this month. We were kindly greeted by the new owner ( as of Jan. 2017) who explained that he had hired a completely new staff and had made changes to the menu. Our waitress was very helpful... More 

Thank ponsib
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111 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

As a person who has been going to this restaurant since 2005, I feel that I have a decent perspective on this establishment. It's been a place I have taken dates, business colleagues, and special friends. I have felt a sense of pride regarding Craftsman because I always appreciated how they were okay with keeping the menu largely the same... More 

2 Thank Jordan S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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1,303 reviews
524 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 573 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2016

We rolled down here after having a few drinks at the Longfellow Grill and enjoyed another round, Surly Furious for me($6), Vodka($6.50) drink for my friend while we contemplated dinner. There are a lot of options nearby and the menu wasn't really speaking to me, but alas, we were there and our waitress Natalie was being a good champion of... More 

Thank TryppAdams
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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208 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2016

When the server begins by saying that they are out of 2 of the 3 specials for the evening and you are the first people in the restaurant, be concerned. The items ordered all fell into the 'acceptable but forgettable' range, not what you go out for dinner and expect.

1 Thank eatplaylove
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

Running a high-end restaurant is ridiculously hard, and I hate to knock a locally-owned place. But Craftsman charges fabulous prices while delivering a less-than-fabulous experience. The menu is very small, and we waited a very long time for service. I was informed that the salmon was "from Scotland" meaning farmed. It was the only fish on the menu. That mean... More 

Thank Tim M
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

This restaurant is on East Lake and has been around long enough to be very solid. The décor is, of course, Craftsman style and very comfortable. This is a good place to relax and have a nice visit. The drink, beer and wine list is not huge. But all items are well thought out. There is a good selection of... More 

Thank David A
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 April 2016

Craftsman is a favorite destination - the food is delicious, the service staff well-informed, and the drinks are creative and tasty. What more could you want?

Thank Peter C
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72 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2016

Lots of Craftsman-style wood, dim fixtures, wood flooring and seating...all puts guests into "the era." A bit more fabric, a few pillows and soft comfort would make the great dining area more hospitable...some brighter art lighting and more of the handicraft visuality would make the room warm and inviting in ALL SEASONS. We visited on a dark wet day in... More 

Thank deem705
Bloomington, Indiana
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2016

Had dinner with a friend here. The restaurant is very attractive in a minimalist way, but it's rather noisy due to an abundance of hard surfaces. Service was excellent. I had a nice glass of wine, a root vegetable salad, and a polenta entree. The polenta dish was very good, but the root vegetable salad suffered from an over-abundance of... More 

Thank GaleGN

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4300 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406-2301
    (43rd Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 612-722-0175

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?