Barbette in Uptown, Minneapolis

Katie Cannon / Heavy Table

Katie Cannon / Heavy Table

There may be no restaurant in the Twin Cities that is as flexible as Barbette. Whether you’re interested in brunch, lunch, happy hour, a light supper or a full-on gourmet repast, Barbette’s extended hours and flexible, ever-changing menu will cover your needs. Typical items are French or Cajun/Creole inspired, but rooted in local ingredients that keep pace with the seasons. Quality is consistent and high.

Barbette is less fussy and clubby than Cafe Maude and more flexible and seasonally oriented than Salut, two comparable restaurants in terms of price and fare. Better still, its extremely versatile menu means that you can walk out the doors having paid a $12 check for a light, elegant nosh or a $50 check for a full-bore gourmet experience.

The atmosphere can be cheerfully loud, but it avoids the full-on crush of places like Blackbird or Town Talk Diner. It’s also a warmly sophisticated interior design that a Brooklynite or San Franciscan would appreciate as fully civilized.

BEST BET: The fries (some of the best Continental style fries in town) and the always delicious tartare, which changes frequently in terms of style.

Learn more about this business on Heavy Table’s Atlas of Ethical Eating and Drinking.

Bistro in Uptown Minneapolis
1600 W Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408
OWNER/CHEF: Kim Bartmann / Sarah Master
Sun-Thu 8am-1am
Fri-Sat 8am-2am
BAR: Beer + Wine
ENTREE RANGE: ($12-38)

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