Overrated. A lot of bravado without super high quality to back it up. Prices are ridiculously high. Ambiance is lacking in the bright, cafeteria-style dining room.
Best Steak in the Twin Cities, No Contest!. My wife and I revisited Manny's for the 1st time in a while recently, and it made me wonder what kept me away so long. From the start of our visit, the service was spectacular! We enjoyed a couple very well prepared and visually appealing cocktails before ordering our dinners. When they arrived, I once again remembered what a steak is SUPPOSED to taste like. So many restaurants now use such poor cuts of meat and prepare them so badly, that you tend to think that's the way it's supposed to be. At Manny's, the New York Strip I had was outsdanding! It was very flavorful, and cooked to perfection. The side of mushrooms added to it were the perfect touch. My wife ordered crab legs, and received 2-pounds of the best crab she's ever tasted. We also had sides of hash browns, and asparagus to accompany our meal. Although it was a bit expensive, I would do it again in a second. I would recommend ordering meals that can be shared, as we did. The portions are EXTREMELY generous, and too much for any one person to eat. My only wish would be that they offer more wines by the glass. Their list is extensive, but if you don't want an entire bottle, your limited as to what you can enjoy. However, this is just a small setback in what was otherwise a perfect night out. We will return soon.
Good food, excessive portions. We went to Manny's because we've heard so many rave reviews about it over the years and temptation finally got us. As others have mentioned, the ambiance was loud and tables were in close quarters to one another. The food was very good and the steaks were cooked exactly how we asked, so in that respect we were very pleased. However, we didn't feel their food was any better than other steakhouses we have tried and that the high price was due to the excessive portion sizes rather than quality above and beyond what you can get anywhere else. For example, my ribeye was 20 oz and $44.95 and our $9.95 key lime pie was 1/4 of a whole pie, I believe. We would've been perfectly happy with 1/2 the portions and paying 1/2 the price. We enjoyed our meal and appreciate an expensive meal that offers something unique to the dining experience, we just didn't feel like we found that here. We're glad to tried Manny's, but given the cost, we'll probably eat our steak elsewhere.
Exceptional Food. This 58 year old male's first visit to Manny's and it won't be my last. Had the best filet I've ever eaten. Rest of group had similar experience with the food. All of the food - the asparagus, the loaded mashed potatoes, the brownee/strawberry/ice cream/wiped cream dessert as well as the entree was extremely well prepared, flavorful and enormous in size. The potatoes and dessert can feed 6 (not 2 as advertised). The service was outstanding. My only complaint would be it was quite noisy. The layout of the restaurant and the hard surfaces create a loud atmosphere making conversation a little bit difficult. All in all, though, an exceptional dining experience.
the dream lives. Manny's is a perfect restaurant it delivers amazing food every single time. It makes you happy to be an American male in some sort of way. Red meat, great red wine and service, guys like that along with dark wood, plenty of cool photos and the occasional courageous hot visiting woman. The cesear salad delicious, the house chips perfect, and everything is overblown yet tasteful cus it delivers the flavor of excess. Manny's is the best of what America wants to be. It is the only restaurant in Minneapolis that is world class. The bar and wait staff are fabulous and I'm goin there tonight to put my teeth into a perfect bone in rib eye.
not sure how they'd overcook your food here.
You're in a high dollar steakhouse. Carnivores eat here. The waitstaff is sassy (they should be!), and they know why they're employed. They're diverse, exceptionally talented, and accurate representatives of the Manny's vibe. Dry humor? Perhaps. Forward and perhaps tastefully offensive? Periodically! Rude? Absolutely not. If you want to be pampered, go somewhere else, and you won't be missed. When I want to devour a steak, Manny's delivers no disappointment.
Don't forget, you're still in a high dollar steakhouse. A rapport is built and when you pick your steak your server will tell you exactly what your level of doneness means before you order. How this disconnects for those reviewers saying "they overcook the food" from this point is confusing due to the effort spent maintaining a level of understanding before you make your choice. I am suspicious that ignorance wrecks one's meal more often than bad service in these cases. Beyond that, if I ever EVER received a steak that was overcooked from Manny's, I'd simply send it back, and so should you. It is not disrespecful or an embarassment to one's self to address mistakes when they're made. With admitted zeal I will say that I'm not convinced that this is something that actually happens that often.
Also, if you think pure and simple recipes with quality ingredients are bland, don't come here, we don't want you. Feel free to pick up a spicy ranch pesto chipotle flavor-of-the-year steak at Outback or Timber Lodge or whatever instead. Salt and pepper for me, thank you.
Not worth it.
First, the ambiance. I'd describe it as a sort of white linen cafeteria. The bar is cozy and dark (and small) but the dining room is lit up with more fluorescent lights than my office. The walls are sparsely decorated with framed comic panels (??!) and I spied more than a few cheesy fake floral arrangements that would be well at home in great-aunt Edna's basement den. They seated our party of five right next to the entrance, which was also right next to the station where they keep the carts with the selections of the day. The whole time the staff was rolling the cart in and out directly behind me. I think the live lobster was staring me down and trying to get me to put it out of its misery with my butter knife.
The prices were about where I'd expect them to be at a high-end steakhouse. The portions are generous, of course, but I suspect you're paying for quantity over quality. I had the New York Strip and the rest of my table had the 14 oz filet mignon. We also got a side of the biggest asparagus I've ever seen, which came with hollandaise, and mashed potatoes built into a volcano-like situation with sour cream, bacon, cheese, and chives.
I asked for my steak medium-rare. It arrived medium on one half and medium-well on the other. The outside was absolutely crusted with salt and maybe a tiny bit of fine ground (read: cheap) pepper. The salt was distracting and the overcooked meat was bland. When I get a good New York Strip I expect it to be tougher than a filet, but the amount of knife sawing I had to do was ridiculous. It wasn't juicy at all and it tasted like a cheap supermarket steak. That is to say, it hardly tasted at all.
For dessert we got key lime pie (a huge portion), cheesecake (also huge), and strawberries that shouldn't have cost as much as they did because they were just plain ol' boring supermarket strawberries in a fancy glass. The strawberries came with a plate of a glop of sad, waxy-looking, half melted whipped cream.
Known for the best steak, but also has great dessert!. When I arrived, the restaurant had already stopped serving dinner, but kindly offered to let us have a table for dessert. The employees were extremely friendly and genuine. We had the pumpkin pie and it was delish! It was also HUGE! Practically half the pie! (well worth the $12) The other dessert selections looked tempting as well- everything from key lime pie to a traditional (and huge) sunday. The atmosphere of Manny's is upscale, but not uptight. I plan on going back to eat an actual meal!
Awesome Steak Great Wine List. What a great place. One of, if not the finest bone in Rib-eye I've ever eaten. Pleasant atmosphere, and good service. Highly reccomended, if you're in the twin cities you must eat at Manny's.of
Wonderful food and great service. Manny's is by far the best steak place in the Twin cities and top ten in the US. You will not be disappointed. My steak has always been cooked to perfection and the service has been great(with the exception of one time). Some on here have complained that they ordered the steak well done and it wasn't cooked enough. Tip- all steaks that are burnt taste the same, try the seafood.
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