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PinKU Japanese Street Food

20 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413-2247
+1 612-584-3167
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Overview
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good19%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“seared salmon” (5 reviews)
“potstickers” (4 reviews)
“rice” (8 reviews)
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Hours
CUISINES
Japanese, Asian, Street Food, Sushi
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
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Value
LOCATION
20 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413-2247
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great lunch spot with friends, the food is great for sharing or just eating it yourself (which is what I ending up doing!) The crispy shrimp is my all-time favorite dish, definitely a must-have. It's a bit pricey, but the quality definitely makes up...More

Thank 302allisonb
Xiaoteng H, Owner at PinKU Japanese Street Food, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Allison!! We appreciate your review and sharing your experience with the world. Look forward to your next visit!! ...X

Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

Really a poor concept for a tapas restaurant. You wait in line and order from the menu on the wall. Well when I eat small plates I often want to order more food and there's no way I wait in line again and again and...More

Thank PlanetR
Xiaoteng H, Owner at PinKU Japanese Street Food, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2018

Thank you PlanetR for your visit and feedback. If you prefer table service you just have to let us know and we would be more than happy to take our orders at your table and start a tab for you! But you're right, most of...More

Reviewed 9 August 2018

What a treat! This is an order at the front, be seated place. Small, beautiful space. We were helped to decide what to order and suggested four to five small plates to share with two people. The crispy shrimp rice was so delicious we ordered...More

Thank Minneapolis_MnBear
Xiaoteng H, Owner at PinKU Japanese Street Food, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2018

Thank you Minneapolis_MnBear for coming in and sharing your experience!! We really appreciate your feedback! Hope to see you again soon!!

Reviewed 15 July 2018

The "yellow tail" did not really seem like the real thing (perhaps they were). The Shrimp/rice was tasty and the gyoza was quite good. The salmon roll was mostly rice with little else.More

Thank Doug B
Xiaoteng H, Owner at PinKU Japanese Street Food, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2018

Thanks for coming in Doug. Yellowtail is also known as hamachi or Japanese amberjack. Perhaps you were thinking of the yellowfin tuna, which is a different fish. We're glad that you liked the shrimp and gyoza. There is leaf lettuce, burdock, avocado, cured and seared...More

Reviewed 20 June 2018

Pinku is located in the Minneapolis north loop. They serve a small selection of small dishes which are very tasty. There are raw (sushi) and cooked seafood, meat on cakes, for a variety. We tasted 8 of the dishes between 3 of us and were...More

Thank Arjun S
Xiaoteng H, Owner at PinKU Japanese Street Food, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Thank you 697arjuns for your visiting us and taking the time to write this review!! We are so happy that you enjoyed everything!! Glad that you tried our sake too!! Hope to see you again soon. ...X

Reviewed 17 June 2018

I had the spicy tuna poke and the seared salmon rice which were both very good. They recommend 2 or 3 items per person which I like because I like small plates. I was there for lunch so didn't try anything on the drink menu....More

Thank TamsAdventures
Xiaoteng H, Owner at PinKU Japanese Street Food, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2018

Thanks TamsAdventures!!! We actually have wooden chopsticks if you ask for them! Fork and spoons are also available if you want to scoop up that last piece of rice! We love the metal chopsticks for its aesthetics, environmental friendly nature, and consistency with our restaurant...More

Reviewed 27 April 2018

The decor is nice, but the food is overpriced and inauthentic. After living in Japan in both the countryside and in Tokyo, I have a love of Japanese bar and street food. So, my expectations were not met when I went to PinKU. Instead, I...More

Thank baronforo
Xiaoteng H, Owner at PinKU Japanese Street Food, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2018

Thanks for visiting us baronforo. We're sorry that you never got your coke. We take orders at the counter and pour your drinks at the counter when you order your food. We do not have servers, so we're a little confused on why you were...More

Reviewed 24 April 2018

I was meeting friend for dinner and she suggested this place - was a little concerned at first because the gnu is quite limited for vegetarians, but the cashier explained some options and made recommendations which turned out to be great. My companion loved her...More

Thank Raoul M
Xiaoteng H, Owner at PinKU Japanese Street Food, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2018

Thank you Raoul!! So glad that you tried our vegetarian options and loved it. We appreciate you recommendation and hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 26 March 2018

I was on a business trip to Minneapolis this week and just happened to pick PinKU because the Izakaya spot with pork belly and Kimchi I was craving was closed. We had been out the night before, had gotten a little carried away with drinks...More

Thank tfiddy
Xiaoteng H, Owner at PinKU Japanese Street Food, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2018

Thank you tfiddy for visiting us on your trip and taking the time to write such detailed review!! We're so glad that you found us by accident. Is it that what out of town trips are all about! Happy to hear that you loved the...More

Reviewed 11 February 2018

I have been twice to this restaurant. The food is exquisite. The menu has been carefully curated with great options. The shrimp is out of this world. You have to try it. Both versions (Crispy Shrimp Rice and Crispy Shrimp Radish) delicious. They do a...More

Thank Aconcagua2013
Xiaoteng H, Owner at PinKU Japanese Street Food, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2018

Thank you Aconcagua2013 for your kind words!! Glad you loved everything!! I'll let Jess know about your feedback and I'm sure she'll be thrilled to hear it. We appreciate you for taking the time to write this review. See you again soon!! ...X

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 16
Meals
After-hours, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413-2247
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 612-584-3167
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Description
PinKU Japanese Street Food is a brand new chef-inspired, authentic fine-casual restaurant concept in Minneapolis. Founded by two start-up entrepreneurs, it is a compelling local story performing an art form rooted in culture, entertainment, and education.
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