509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5541344.990302 -93.253629
11am-2am Monday-Friday, 9am-2am Saturday & Sunday
Neighborhoods: University, Nicollet Island
Do not bother – I am actually joining just so I can review this restaurant. I've now been 3 times and I will never go again. The experience honestly just kept getting worse and worse.
First of all, the food is expensive for what you get. REALLY expensive considering the quality. I've ordered undercooked meat, fish that was so bad it had to be sent back- and I never send back food. The service each time has bad and borderline rude.
I don't understand why people like this place or why it stays in business. I constantly see it being positively reviewed and it surprises me and makes me leary of trusting any Twin Cities food critics!
Don't go here.
Food & service was BAD!! – Gave them a second chance and same old thing . Didn't feel welcome server was to busy texting on her phone then giving us good service. NEVER will be back! To many other great place in NE.
Great place to get out of the cold – Red Stag has a super cool vibe. They have live music on weekends and the drinks / food is amazing. If you're into hearty meaty foods, dark tables and want to get away from the downtown / uptown d-bags, this is the joint for you.
Great bar, pretty good dining. – I'm not really sure what the idea is behind the menu at Red Stag. I've eaten there three times, in three different settings and can't really figure out what the idea is.
The first time I went to Red Stag, my wife and I sat at the bar and, after a couple of very generous bourbons, I went with the salmon sliders. They were very tasty and recommended by the bartender. Thank god I didn't wait and go to White Castle after I left.
My second experience was with a larger group and we sampled a lot of different menu items. I couldn't figure out the theme, and aside from the potato chips that actually tasted like potatoes, I wasn't terribly impressed with the fare. My friend had the beet salad, and while it looked great, she said it was "all right."
Because I had fond memories of the salmon sliders, I tried again--the last time being just my wife and I. My wife's mac and cheese was great but my stroganoff was a bit bland and served a little to far on the cold side. The crackers and bread served with dinner were good, but nothing extraordinary. I wasn't upset with the food, but not impressed.
I understand that Red Stag is environmentally friendly and veggie friendly, while still accommodating to meat-eaters, but I just don't get what the idea is. It's not really a "trendy" NE place, it's not at all like a Northwoods bar/supper club and it's not a vegan restaurant.
My wife and I love the bar and bar staff, and while the food is not horrible, it doesn't do much for me away either.
I don't have any major complaints about the service, at any of my three visits. However, the DJ did push our group of six out the door on my second visit.
Cheap Date Night Incredible Value – Red Stag became our second dinner this month for our 3-couple Dinner of the Month Club so that we could take advantage of the Cheap Date Night. We were a little disappointed that the only options were vegetarian or non-vegetarian, but the roasted pork loin and "dirty" rice entree was wonderful, as was the Cappuccino Cheescake dessert. Drink choices were a Merlot, a Chardonnay, or 4 draft beers. We chose the 2007 Summerfield Merlot, which while not a top-end wine, was certainly a very pleasant choice and paired well with the entree. Service was very good, and the lodge decor was a nice match for dining with friends. The regular menu also looked good and prices were reasonable (although no where as good a deal as the Cheap Date). We all talked about wanting to come back again to try the menu or see what the offering would be on another Cheap Date night.
Terrible Service is True! – Very disappointing experiance! I took a number of out of state members of our Board to dinner believing they'd enjoy a MN lodge experiance. I should have done more research as I didn't read the reviews about the service until right before heading to the restaurant. I should have looked for an immediate alternative but thought we'd give it a try. In short, this was some of the worst service I have experianced in a restaurant, regardless of price or status. Unfortunatly the food didn't make up for it either. I would rate the food very average. There are too many good restaurants in Minneapolis & St Paul to waste your time and money here.
Red stag gave me the Blues~ – Sunday Brunch!
First of all lets just get this out there, the food is tremendous. The service is Terrifying!!! We arrived on Sunday morning without reservations, so we were expecting to take seating where ever we could get it. The hostess says while running away from us that it would be "at least 35 minutes!!!!" than while we had upon our own accord sat at the bar, she came and asked us if we wanted a table ten minutes after we had been there. The clearly burnout bartender Jeff, whom spoke a cumulative of two sentences to us the entire time, completely ruined our experience. We literally ordered three bloody mary's and our dishes, no extra requests, demands or inquiries. With no response ever!!! he grabbed our bill and threw it back with exact amount of friendliness as when we arrived. How we were being a complete burden to this establishment was very concerning.......We normally have great dining experiences so this was enough to look bleakly upon the red stag in the future...
Anytime you see a review for this restaurant - the most time is spent on the LEED designed aspect. I think that's the most positive thing it has going for it. Food is average (bones in my fish, fish tased like mud, fish on my cheesecake). We also waited 20 minutes to sit even though we had a reservation and the whole party was there at the same time. They did bring us appetizers to make up for the wait - that was nice. I won't be going back. If you're looking for great organic/local food in the Twin Cities with a great atmosphere - go to The Corner Table on Nicollet.
Worth trying in NE Minneapolis – I recently tried Red Stag for the first time. I was joined by two dining companions on a Friday evening. The restaurant became busier after we were seated, but there was no wait when we arrived without reservations for a pre-theater dinner. My dining companions both had the cod, which was one of the specials of the Friday Night Fish Fry. They both said the fish was quite good. It was accompanied by an unusual large "chip", which is similar to a supersized potato chip. It is not an English "chip", which we would call a French fry. The fish fry specials are among the less expensive entrees on the menu. I had the pork chop, accompanied by cheese grits and a shrimp and bacon succotash. It was very good, not overly done, so as to dry it out, as is often the case, and I would recommend it. The pork chop was very moderately seasoned and so the grits and the succotash were an excellent complement.
The service was attentive and the food was brought promptly. The dining room was not too loud. There was no annoying music as noted by a previous reviewer. This was a time when there was no live music being performed. The atmosphere may be different then, so it may be a good idea to check on the schedule, if that would make a difference.
The restaurant is sort of off by itself in Northeast Minneapolis, but it is very close to downtown or St. Anthony Main. The dining room is attractively finished with large exposed beams of this old industrial building. Free parking was easily available and convenient.
I will try Red Stag again to check other menu items and give it a good overall recommendation.
Thank you Jesus! – I like this place. I like the food. It is good. Seriously, every time I go there I have a good experience. Is the food out of this world? No. But it is good and reasonably priced. I've had the pork chop, the strip steak, the salmon, the squash ravioli-it's all done very well. My only complain was the freaking DJ. Seriously, is there anything more lame than some loser trying to spin records? I go for the food and festivity, not to listen to some greasy hipster's gym mix. Keep that stuff to a minimum.
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