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Sparks Restaurant

$$ - $$$
American, International, Contemporary
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230 Cedar Lake Rd S, Minneapolis, MN 55405-2006
+1 612-259-8943
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10:00 - 21:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Had dinner mid week with two other couples in October. Was my first time dining at Sparks. Service was attentive and friendly, but the food was just mediocre. They had a beef stew special that was very light in beef and way too salty.

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Thank Kevin R
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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74 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

I drive by Sparks every day on the way to work near Bryn Marr and took the family (8-15 yo) there for dinner. Everyone found multiple small plates they would like to try. We ordered in courses and the small plates and, like following a map, we had room and were eager to try the large plates. We made a... More 

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Thank Marcel D
minnetonka. minnesota
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208 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

This neighborhood restaurant has a friendly, casual way about it, no pretensions, but does it deliver! Superb waitstaff, very good food, and a terrific selection of beers and wines. One of the better Happy Hours in the Twin Cities. And two standouts: the Cuban sandwich and the sweet potato tacos. It's also quiet, this is not a place with loud... More 

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Thank zadkine
Minneapolis
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122 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

I just had lunch there. I like the ambiance, service was attentive, menu was small, but interesting. I tried the small plate of Spanish style shrimp which was very tasty, but a bit too spicy for my taste. There was a nice piece of grilled bread accompanying it which I thought might soothe my palate, but alas, the bread had... More 

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Thank bryantaveMinneapolis
Amherst, NY
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54 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

We got there around 5:30 on a Wednesday. It wasn't filled, but there was a nice amount of customers present. My husband is a micro-brew fancier and they brought him 3 samples, gratis. We started with a small plate that was pasta with smoked gouda & bread crumbs. We progressed to two plates of tacos (4 4"-5"); one of smoked... More 

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Thank showingmydog
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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60 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

I stopped by here with a friend to unwind and catch up. Great local beer selection on draft, excellent appetizers. I did not stay for dinner, but the menu looks great so I plan on returning

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Thank marchiquita
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Great location for dinner on the way to a downtown show. Nice neighborhood zen. Our waitress was very attentive and service was spot on. We enjoyed the hummus which is a must-have and followed up with a flat crust pizza and a pulled chicken taco which was more than enough for my wife and I. The menu had more options... More 

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Thank David I
New York City, New York
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190 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016

Whilst the food is very mediocre, there is NO service. Two waiters to a restaurant full of people agitated as their food was taking so long to arrive. Wait staff are totally stressed and they will let you know as they cannot cope, kitchen is tiny, and also cannot cope. What a shame a lovely neighborhood restaurant has deteriorated so... More 

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Thank sanmerle
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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437 reviews
296 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2016 via mobile

I visited a couple years back and then again last weekend. Service was just ok. Hummus was very good. Fish tacos were so spicy they were barely edible. I don't think I will be racing back anytime soon. If I lived in the area I may try it more often but for a 20 minute drive it wasn't worth it.

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Thank Beth P
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015 via mobile

I have eaten here on 3 separate occasions. It's in a nice neighborhood location close to downtown. We had concert tickets and it was easy to stop on the way for dinner and then only a few minute drive to get to show. Quaint atmosphere - we love the garage doors and would like to visit in summer when it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 30
Cuisine
American, International, Contemporary
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 230 Cedar Lake Rd S, Minneapolis, MN 55405-2006
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 612-259-8943
Description
Amor and Jonathan, the owners of Rinata Restaurant in Minneapolis, decided to take on a new venture when Jonathan moved to Bryn Mawr neighborhood in Minneapolis and noticed the lack of a restaurant. After about a week of living in Bryn Mawr, Jonathan fell in love with a location and decided to take the leap.

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