428 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540144.986059 -93.274541
Neighborhoods: Warehouse District, Central
Excellent food, great service – I was truly impressed by the service and the taste of food. They have lived up to the name of the restaurant "Sapor" which actually means Flavor. The food is simply great and you can relish the distinct flavor of each of the ingredients in the meal! It is worth all the money.
High Expectations - Low Performance – I stopped in for a beer and happy hour and was was unimpressed. The prices were right, but the amount of food for the price was way off. I ordered the quesadilla and onion rings (each were $3). The plate of onion rings came very neatly stacked, but there were only 5 rings on the plate and I literally could have eaten the quesadilla in one bite it was so small. In addition, they only had one beer on the happy hour menu. I won't go back for happy hour and I don't think I would eat dinner there either.
This slick Warehouse District restaurant turns out New American creations with an emphasis on local ingredients. – In Short
The décor at Sapor mirrors its Warehouse District counterparts: it's industrial, with cement walls and exposed beams. But everything else here is inviting and warm, from the excellent service to the seasonal menu. Owners Tanya Siebenaler and Julie Steenerson specialize in creating dishes that are as colorful and inspired as they are delicious and distinct. Their goal is to offer an experience, and they succeed in spades. The dishes here span the globe, taking inspiration from Latin, Asian, Greek and French cuisine both old and new.
I have been to this resturand on two seperate occasions. Each time I go I enjoy the food and the service is great. The decor, on the other hand, is pretty lame. This resutrant needs to hire someone to design a resturant that is in line with the North Loop. I swear to god I thought I was at a howard lake or community center resturant and not at an upscale place.
Other than that..... a change in the menu every once in a while and some fusion entree's wouldn't hurt.
Happy hour was OK, but not great. – My friends and I got together for happy hour drinks and appetizers. Perhaps because everyone was busy with people having their meals at the restaurant, is why we took last place. Our table was sticky and our drinks took a long time and the food was overcooked. So I even though we will not return there for happy hour, I do want to try out their food.
Best lamb I've ever had! – I really wish I could afford to eat dinner here every weekend. The service was great, the staff was friendly and the food was out of this world! The portions were just perfect, not too much, not too little. My boyfriend had the pork loin on pancakes with a blueberry topping, which looked a little weird but tasted great. I had the lamb which about melted in my mouth. Also, the atmosphere was intimate enough for actual conversation. My only complaint is that the bill came to about 80 dollars for the two of us, but if you have the money, go for it. You won't regret it.
More Sapor! – What a wonderful place. Nutricious and beautiful food. A wine list. Very nice service in an un-hurried and beautiful space. I was suprised by the kale soup, which was wonderful. I had the lamb shank with kale,too. It was excellent. It was like a big Fred Flintstone piece of meat on a bone. I can't wait to go back.
C+/B- A dozen better restaurants in town – Food was pretty bland (even by Minneapolis standards). Service was decent, ambience was an excellent classy but casual contemporary. But in this price range (entrees $19-26), I can think of a dozen better restaurants in town with similar ambience and service and that's why I score Sapor down. Thin wine list as well.
Nice Wine Bar – Sapor is a nice, casual, unassuming wine bar. Wine list is decent and priced well. We ate small plates in the bar (five samplings) and everything was very tasty with the exception of the Wasabi balls. They needed a little something to add flavor - either a sauce or more spice.
On a Friday night it was not hard to find parking or get a table in the bar - making it a nice choice for an impromptu dinner. Service was excellent and prices are very good. Two of us had a nice bottle of wine, five appetizers, dessert (did I mention they have great dessert?), champagne with dessert, and got away for less than $100 with tip.
Definitely on my repeat list, either as a couple or with a group of friends.
Great night out – I was entertaining friends from out of town, so we picked Sapor out of a listing from the March issue of Mpls/St. Paul Magazine.
We all rated the food, service and atmosphere a 10.
Dining experience was more like a fine dining experience in Europe, as we were not rushed in the least and our server was professional, discrete, and non-obtrusive. It was fairly quiet for a restaurant, in a peaceful, soothing way.
The food was heavy on the protein portions, so if you are on a low-carb diet, this place would serve you well. Everything was very fresh, even the tiny chocolate pieces (home-made), which were to die for.
Great place for a business meeting or a special evening with friends.
2 appetizers, 3 entrees, 2 desserts and 2 bottles of wine came to about $162, not including tip, and was a bargain at the price!
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