65 Main St SE, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5541444.985774 -93.257758
Mon. - Tue. 11am - 11pm;Wed. - Thu. 11am - 12pm;Fri. - Sat. 11am - 2am;Sun. 10am - 10pm
Neighborhoods: Nicollet Island, University
Great Place for drinks, food, atmosphere, & dance – The atmosphere in this place is great from the lighting to the curtain placement. It's always decorated very classy & attractive. The food is Great, from the salads & appatizers to the entrees, very unique and flavorfull. Drinks are great especially the freshly made mojitos. The staff is always very friendly & helpfull. There is a free dance lesson with instructors from local dance studios before the band each time there is Live music I Love this place :) Stop by & try i t!!!
I love Picosa!!! – I go to Picosa almost every weekend. They have great live latin bands on weekends. The crowd is filled with all types of people and very friendly. They've got a great Caribbean jerk chicken with huge portions!
I would recommend this place to anyone!
Excited for Summer – I stopped by Picosa on Sunday which to my surprise they were open. I know that they usually close on sunday throughout the winter season but living nearby my friend and I walked by and saw that they had set up the patio and the doors were open! I couldn't wait to see what they had done in the past year. We ordered a bottle of wine and had some delicious Shrimp and scallops, and there Caribbean chicken entree! It was also so nice to see that they still have some of their best staff on that have been there for years! (I don't know who Lorg, below had) but I've never left angry It always puts a smile on my face when summer rolls around thinking about all the beautiful places NE has to offer!
I would never come here again! – I thought this would be a fun place to try for a big birthday bash since it would have salsa dancing. The food is horrible! Even taco bell is better~ I ordered the paella which was more on the soggy side and had no flavor, I had to add my own salt just to be able to eat it. The price for this kind of food is ridiculous. The online menu showed more options than what the restaurant actually had. If I would have known how limiting the menu was, I would have chosen a different place.
We had a large group and only had one waiter who was just not competent in his job. It took forever to get water and for some reason he would not bring it out all at once. He kept going back to get a few at a time while taking some orders and what not. I was trying to be patient and help him out because the group was so large but he's just not competent enough to do his job. He for some reason wouldn't just make one round to get everyone's orders, he would start on one end and then disappear than come back and get the other side and back and forth. I asked specifically at the beginning for separate checks. He was smart enough to come back around and make sure that he had everyone's order right. But what really pissed me off was that we didn't order until about 8 pm and even by 11:20 pm, our checks weren't ready. We had asked for our checks 4 times towards the end of the night. His excuse was that it takes a long time to separate 20 checks. Why wasn't it separated to begin with when I already told him we needed separate checks? And again, he didn't bring everyone's check at the same time...he would bring a few out then took their payments right away. Then he would come back and give a few more then go back. He just kept disappearing so we couldn't get our table situated! I was so annoyed with the waiter. We were so annoyed that no one wanted to stay for salsa anymore. Although few of the friends did get to take the salsa lesson. The chef should be ashamed of his food and the owner should learn to train their staff better. I would never come back to this place even if someone paid me.
Baaaad Service! – Slow service at the door when paying the cover, the people who work as "hosts" had blank looks on their faces whenever I asked a simple question!
A server never arrived at our table, so I got myself a drink at the bar and started a tab. Later, back at the table, the waitress finally showed up, but I couldn't order a drink from her, because my tab was at the BAR! (And my friend who managed to get a drink from the server, could not later get a drink from the bar!)
The only saving grace of this place is the salsa lessons and live salsa music!
(I was also charged $4.50 for "$4 margaritas")
Don't Go for Brunch – We made reservations for Father's Day Brunch, specified brunch when we made the reservation, however when we arrived we were informed they do not due brunch. However the website clearly shows a brunch menu. We also had a little difficulty finding Picosa, so called and asked where they were from St. Anthony Main, no one could tell us. They also neglected to let us know Main Street was closed due to the Art Fair. The saving grace was our server, he was fantastic and offered good feedback on the menu. The food was fair to good, the tamales were probably the best item ordered. Overall though a Father's Day disappointment. Doubtful that we would return.
Food, drinks & music! A+ – Had dinner on Friday night with a group of my girlfriends, 20 of us, and the service was awesome! I wasn't expecting much from the food because of some of the reviews but I was pleasantly surprised! I think we pretty much ate everything from the menu from trying each others plates - no complaints on anything. When the band started at 10pm we got to keep our table by the dance floor which was very cool because the place got packed. Yeah, this won't be my last time at Picosa!
Good atmosphere, BAD food! – The food had little to no flavor starting with the appetizer all the way through dessert. Very disappointing. The atmosphere/music was nice though. Would not go back for dinner.
Cornerstone Latin Establishment in the Making! – As a Vegetarian and Thrifty Hipster, I must say I love Picosa! There are great veggie options for a very reasonable price, especially during the lunch buffet (M-F).
Service is also key to my rating. Lindell and Jennifer Mendoza are fantastic people who provide top-notch customer service and seem to have made it their mission to take their the local customer base in as family.
The atmosphere is varied. In general, Picosa is very laid-back environment with the feel being a interesting mix between an antique Mexican saloon and tech-oriented yuppie bar. The restaurant is much more a neo-urban lounge than prim-and-proper cafe.
That being said, the patio does add another unique and complementary feel to Picosa. During the summer months, the patio provides a great view toward the Stone Arch Bridge, Downtown, Nicollet Island, and the Hennepin Avenue Bridge. During the happy hour, many people strolling down historic Main Street just stop and chat; especially dog-lovers, as Lindell and Jen always a have a doggie bowl and treats out for their companions. And as the sun goes down and the lights come up (especially the candlelight), it becomes one of the most romantic places to dine one-on-one in a more relaxed setting.
Another great aspect of this restaurant is their dedication to entertainment and community involvement. They have salsa dancing complete with lessons a couple a times a week and are very open to other local Latin or Caribbean musicians and acts.
If you're in the University or NE Minneapolis area, I would definitely recommend coming down to Picosa and joining the celebration of life, good food, and community!
The Tuesday Taco Bar is fabulous! – I don't know how Picosa can afford to be so generous with their taco bar, but I'm glad they are! I had a crispy taco with juicy shredded pork and a yummy soft taco with tender chicken. There was beef too. I couldn't pass up the beans- they were cooked to perfection. I tried both of the soups- they were good. They had salad, fruit, flan and all of the taco fixings too- guacamole, salsa, sour cream, cheese). All I could eat for only $7.95! If you come between 4 and 7 you also get two for the price of one Mexican Beer Imports. They have my favorite- Negra Modelo for only $5. I didn't know about the the beer special the first time I went; so when I asked the waiter for a Negra Modelo and he came back to the table with one to drink (with a glass) and one chilling in a small ice bucket I thought the he didn't hear me correctly (asking for just one beer). He explained that this was an additional perk offered on Tuesdays! In todays economy it's good to know a place to go where your dollar goes far...
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