Born and raised in Minnetonka, Minnesota, I've found myself on a never-ending gastronomic journey in my hometown.
Growing up, family dinners were always a feast for the senses, with the delicious aroma of home-cooked meals filling our kitchen.
It's no wonder that, as an adult, I've developed an insatiable love for food.
I've spent years exploring Minnetonka's food scene, from its hidden gems to its famed establishments, and I'm still constantly amazed and delighted by the culinary prowess that this city has to offer.
It's high time I share some of my favorite spots with you.
So, let's embark on this delightful culinary journey together and discover the best restaurants in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
Our aim is not just to guide you to popular eateries but to encourage you to venture out and experience the city's diverse culinary landscape for yourself
My cravings for something unique and flavorful always steer me towards DelSur Empanadas.
I recall the first time I stepped into this place; the aroma of freshly baked empanadas wafted through the air, enticing me to try a bite.
I decided to be adventurous and ordered a dozen different types of empanadas.
Each one was more delicious than the last, but I developed a particular fondness for the barbecue variant.
As a frequent visitor, I can vouch for the fact that these empanadas are made to order and ready in mere minutes.
Time seems to stand still in the peaceful atmosphere of DelSur, and I often find myself relaxing in the comfortable dining area.
On days when the weather is pleasant, I prefer to enjoy my meal at one of the outdoor tables.
The menu at DelSur is as simple as it gets, but each item is made with care and attention.
Apart from their signature empanadas, they also offer sandwiches, salads, and desserts.
Their version of a chicken sandwich is nothing short of fabulous.
And if you're in the mood for dessert, I highly recommend the Tres Leches - it's better than anything you could imagine.
They're always helpful, and it's evident that the place is managed efficiently.
But what really sets DelSur apart for me is the beautiful mural in the main dining area, a tribute to the great Diego Armando Maradona.
As a soccer fan, it's a touching reminder of the game's rich history and always brings back fond memories.
Toma Mojo Grill
Ah, the joy of stumbling upon a hidden gem in your own city.
That was precisely the case with Toma Mojo Grill.
I've been here more than a dozen times, and it never fails to impress.
The charm of the place is it's not your standard restaurant.
Think Buffalo Wild Wings but with more flavor, more balance, and a whole lot more heart.
Their menu is a dream for any food lover.
Among my personal favorites is the Pork Rice Bowl.
Every bite of the tender meat paired with their special sauce, beans, and rice is a celebration of flavors.
But the real magic here is the homemade sauces.
Not only does Toma Mojo Grill excel in terms of food, but the service is also top-notch.
Each visit here feels like a warm invitation into a friend’s home, where the food just happens to be extraordinary.
Ham's Sandwich Shop
Sometimes, you just need a no-frills, solid sandwich - and that's exactly what I find at Ham's Sandwich Shop.
It's tucked away in our local strip mall, unpretentious yet reliable.
Just as the name suggests, sandwiches are their game.
Their offerings may not be anything extravagant, but they're consistent and delicious.
The ingredients taste fresh, the flavors meld together perfectly, and the prices won't break the bank.
It's the kind of sandwich I could make at home - if I had the time.
Instead, I let Ham's do the work while I just savor the product of their craft.
What sets Ham's apart for me is not only their sandwiches but their service.
They're quick too!
It's almost like fast food but without all the grease and guilt.
It's no wonder there's always a steady stream of customers coming in and out.
And the customers themselves?
It's almost like there's an unspoken agreement amongst us all: We're here for a good sandwich and a good time.
Now, I've been to chain sandwich shops like Jersey Mike's, but Ham's Sandwich Shop?
It's on par, if not better.
Their sandwiches have an incredible flavor that keeps me coming back for more.
Have you ever craved a delightful sushi roll in the heart of Minnesota?
Well, I've found just the place - Kazoku Minnetonka.
As someone who knows their way around the local food scene, it’s a charming little Japanese oasis nestled in our neighborhood.
Step inside, and you're greeted with a cozy atmosphere.
Plenty of seating indoors and a quaint outdoor patio for those splendid Minnesotan summer days.
They even have a sushi bar where you can savor your meal and a full bar for those who fancy a drink or two.
Got an after-work meeting or just want to chill?
Kazoku is just the spot, complete with screens for laid-back viewing.
A real treat!
Their sashimi tacos are a thing of beauty - crispy fried wontons filled with generous portions of sashimi, topped with a tasty sauce.
The variety of sushi rolls offers something for every palate.
The Screaming Orgasm - perfectly done with shrimp tempura and an amazing sauce.
And if you fancy the classic rolls, you won't be disappointed.
One thing that stood out for me was their TGI Friday roll, where every bite was an explosion of flavors.
But the real charm lies in the people.
And if you're lucky enough to visit on a Wednesday, you'll be entertained by the husband-wife duo bartenders - a real hoot, I tell you.
Kai's Sushi & Grill
Sometimes, in the heart of Minnetonka, you stumble upon a gem - and that gem is Kai's Sushi & Grill.
I admit, it's tucked away in an older shopping mall, but don't let that deter you.
It's like a hidden treasure, just waiting to be discovered.
The back door of the mall leads straight to the restaurant, and there's ample parking to boot.
Once inside, you're welcomed by a clean, simple, uncluttered interior that lets you focus on what's important - the food.
And oh, the menu!
The variety is mind-boggling.
Whether you're a sushi enthusiast or just a casual diner, there's something for everyone.
The voodoo roll was a revelation - it's not just sushi; it's an explosion of flavors.
The freshness of the ingredients shines through, making each bite a delight.
If you're one to enjoy a quiet, low-key dining experience, you'll appreciate the unobtrusive service here.
It's not too pushy, giving you space to enjoy your meal at your own pace.
What about the price, you ask?
Let's just say, for the quality and quantity of food you get; it's a steal.
Their lunch specials are a personal favorite - soup or salad and 3 rolls for just $17!
Try their salads.
Or if you're in a soup mood, the Miso soup is the way to go.
Ever since I discovered Taco Teresa's, my Sunday brunches have been a fiesta!
This Mexican restaurant is a hidden gem tucked away in our neighborhood, offering the most delicious tacos, burritos, and more.
Relishing their Beef Street Tacos and Chicken American Tacos has become somewhat of a weekend ritual for me now.
The magic truly lies in their fresh ingredients.
Every bite is a burst of flavors, making you savor each morsel.
To top it off, their Flan dessert is the perfect sweet ending to a hearty meal.
While you're there, you can't miss their signature drinks, especially the cinnamon one.
It's the perfect blend of sweet and spice, something I often crave when I'm not there.
One of the highlights of Taco Teresa's is their salsa bar.
It's an exciting palette of diverse flavors and dips that perfectly compliments their freshly made tortilla chips.
I've spent many an afternoon trying out their fun and varied tastes.
The Vegetarian Street Burritos are another favorite of mine.
It's a fantastic, fresh alternative for anyone looking for a meat-free option.
Despite its unpretentious setup, it's always neat and clean.
Snuffy's Malt Shop
Oh, the nostalgia that washes over me whenever I step into Snuffy's Malt Shop.
It's like stepping back into the '50s, surrounded by the winsome charm of a classic diner.
The walls are adorned with an assortment of memorabilia from local sports teams, making it not just a dining spot but also a mini museum of sorts.
They are always quick to serve and do so with a genuine smile, making you feel like you're part of the Snuffy's family.
When it comes to food, Snuffy's never disappoints.
The burgers are always cooked to perfection with fresh toppings, and the fries are incredible.
But let me tell you, their signature malt shakes are the stars of the show.
They come in a variety of flavors, and each one is a delicious treat that will transport you back to simpler times.
Another thing that makes Snuffy's stand out is its affordability.
When you consider the quality of the food and service, the prices are simply unbeatable.
BLVD Kitchen & Bar
Sunday mornings in our city aren't complete without a family brunch at BLVD Kitchen & Bar.
The charm of this upscale bistro, with its exposed-brick walls and reclaimed wood décor, is as irresistible as their American bar & grill cuisine.
The crowd at BLVD is always buzzing, adding to the lively atmosphere.
Last Sunday, I decided to bring my family along.
A tiny mix-up with my order only showcased their exceptional service.
They not only presented my meal quickly but also graciously comped it, turning a minor hiccup into a memorable experience!
And let's not forget about the food - their truffle fries are nothing short of heavenly.
It's not just the weekends; the place also shines on special occasions.
Celebrating Easter here was an unforgettable experience.
We tried a non-coconut flavored caramel for the bread pudding was a delightful surprise.
Not to mention, the top-notch service even on a holiday makes BLVD a winner for me.
Another thing I love about BLVD is you can see all kinds of patrons here - families, friends, and even small gatherings like baby showers.
A friend of mine tried BLVD for brunch recently, and she loved the mimosas, the friendly atmosphere, and the extensive menu.
The pricing is reasonable, and the location, just off the freeway, is super convenient.
If you're looking to enjoy a delightful mix of New American cuisine with a side of sushi & cocktails, Kona Grill is the place to be.
The restaurant's interior is sleek and modern, making it a cozy spot for casual get-togethers or celebratory dinners.
One of my top picks from their extensive menu is the crab roll and chicken & shrimp lettuce wraps - a must-try from their happy-hour selection.
Trust me, I could rave about their mouthwatering food all day!
Wait, there's more.
Not only does Kona Grill offer an amazing dining experience, but their customer service is also top-notch.
Whether it's a busy holiday or a regular day, they manage to maintain their high service standards.
I once visited the restaurant on a busy Mother's Day, and even though they forecasted a long wait time for the food, we were pleasantly surprised when our order arrived sooner.
Yum! Kitchen and Bakery
Amid the hustle and bustle of my daily routine, when the craving for a hearty, homemade meal kicks in, I head over to my favorite food haven, Yum! Kitchen and Bakery.
Just imagine walking into a sunlit restaurant that welcomes you with the warm aroma of freshly baked goods.
Even the most mundane Tuesday feels like a holiday when you're here!
On one of my many delightful visits, I decided to take my mom along for lunch, and she was equally smitten by the place.
We enjoyed their signature lemon chicken sandwich and cannot forget to mention the delectable desserts.
The taste of their cupcakes still lingers on my taste buds.
It's as if they have been baked with love by the most skilled hands.
On another venture, I decided to try something from their seafood menu, and boy, was I in for a delight!
The fish and chips - made with Alaskan cod - was simply scrumptious.
Each bite was a perfect blend of crunch and flavor, making me want to savor every bit of it.
Weekends at Yum!
Kitchen and Bakery are reserved for hearty breakfasts.
Their breakfast sandwich and breakfast burrito are a fantastic duo, making my morning deliciously complete.
And the baked goods?
They're the cherry on top.
I always look forward to the chocolate chip cookie and the slightly dry, delicately sweet scone that complements my morning coffee perfectly.
Every corner of the restaurant is adorned with cute gifts that add to its unique charm.
It's not just a place to fill your belly.
Other Restaurants Nearby
Brito's Burrito (Minneapolis)
Have you ever had a bite of something so delicious that it instantly transports you to a place where all you know and feel is sheer delight?
That's exactly what happened when I bit into my first burrito at Brito's Burrito, located on Cedar Lake Road.
Oh, the pleasure of watching your tortilla being freshly pressed as you stand in anticipation, waiting for the masterpiece to come together!
They make it right there when you order, ensuring utmost freshness.
The options for meats and toppings are aplenty, making sure there's something for every palate and preference.
Trust me, the chain burrito places have nothing on Brito's Burrito.
You know what makes their burritos even better?
Not only are they friendly and welcoming, they serve you with such warmth that it makes you feel right at home.
And did I mention the prices?
They offer such amazing food at prices that won't burn a hole in your pocket.
When I say Brito’s Burrito is like Qdoba but authentic, I mean it.
You can taste the authenticity in every bite, and it's something that sets them apart.
In addition, they use eco-friendly packaging and even offer recycling on site.
It's a place that not only satisfies your palate but also stays true to the environment.
Vann Restaurant (Spring Park)
I had been hearing murmurs about this new joint in the city, Vann Restaurant.
Its reputation of serving upscale international dishes with a Scandinavian twist had me curious, to say the least.
So I decided to take my partner for a dinner date one fine evening, for a taste of the unexpected.
Upon arriving at Vann, I immediately took note of its picturesque location, nestled right across the street from the shimmering waters.
The ambiance of the place felt delightfully Scandinavian.
Stylish, inviting and the perfect blend between comfort and luxury.
The wild rice dish that he suggested was just outrageously delicious.
I could easily have indulged in several more servings of it!
The menu at Vann changes daily, a concept I absolutely adore.
It keeps the dining experience fresh and exciting.
Their sea bass dish, though a tad bit fishy for my liking, was decent.
But the real star of the show was their Octopus dish.
It was easily the best dish we had that night.
It was cooked to perfection and had a flavor profile that was simply out of this world.
We ended the night with some desserts.
They were good, but didn't quite hit the high note like the Octopus dish.
The overall experience was nice.
I enjoyed the unique flavors and the impeccable service, although I felt it lacked the "wow-factor" that one would expect at this price point.
Casa Deli Hopkins
There's nothing quite like tucking into a hearty sandwich or a well-seasoned taco at a local go-to spot.
For me, that place is the Casa Deli Hopkins.
The charm of this quick-serve eatery doesn't lie in its aesthetics but in its offerings.
The moment you step inside, you're welcomed by the smells of fresh, flavorful food.
Let's talk about their Gyros - expertly seasoned and served in generous portions that leave you satisfyingly full.
The same goes for their burgers, an absolute treat for your taste buds.
But what I always look forward to are their French fries.
With what tastes like a beer batter coating, each bite delivers a unique crunch that you won't find just anywhere.
On days when I'm rushing, I appreciate how quickly they prepare the meals.
I usually grab my order to go and head over to a nearby park to enjoy my meal amidst the outdoors.
My most recent discovery, though, was their California Burrito.
This one, seasoned to perfection, was an explosion of flavors in my mouth.
What made it even better were their salsas - fresh, tangy, and super tasty.
I asked for extra cheese and some spice, and they were more than happy to oblige, which gets them extra points in my book.
The only thing that stops me from visiting more often is the slightly steep pricing.
But the taste and quality of food make it worth every penny.
On my last visit, I tasted their horchata.
Haven Asian Eatery (Eden Prairie)
I've always been a fan of exploring my city's different dining spots, and one such place that caught my attention was the Haven Asian Eatery.
The first thing you notice when you step in is the inviting atmosphere - a beautiful indoor patio that provides an ideal setting for a relaxing lunch.
My lunch began with the Chicken Satay, a personal favorite.
The flavors combined harmoniously, satisfying my appetite just enough to make room for more.
Another plus is the view from the restaurant's large windows, which overlooks a lovely pond, adding to the overall charm of the place.
Campiello (Eden Prairie)
Isn't it amazing when you find a little piece of Italy right in your neighborhood?
That's precisely the feeling I get every time I visit Campiello.
Hidden in a strip mall, with a welcoming patio and a tantalizing wine list, this Italian gem always offers an elevated dining experience.
The first thing that hits you as you step inside Campiello is the aromatic blend of spices that wraps around you like a warm Italian embrace.
Even just thinking about it makes me crave their food!
Unlike some other Italian joints, they're open seven days a week which unfailingly provides a comforting and convenient culinary escape.
One of the highlights of dining at Campiello has to be sitting at the bar.
It offers a captivating view of the chefs artfully crafting the dishes and the bustling staff passionately serving them.
It's like watching a well-rehearsed ballet with the added bonus of indulging in their delicious creations.
The food is always served piping hot, enhancing the flavors and the overall dining experience.
The mussels and bruschetta are my go-to appetizers when I dine here.
And, if you are in the mood for an entrée, the rotisserie chicken risotto and pork tenderloins never disappoint.
Samarkand Restaurant (Plymouth)
From the moment I stepped into Samarkand Restaurant, I was transported from the heart of the Twin Cities to the fascinating world of traditional Russian and Azerbaijani cuisine.
Lush decor, mellow lighting and splendid videos of Uzbekistan playing in the background replaced the usual sportscast.
The food here is the star of the show.
Succulent, rich, and authentic - Samarkand offers a culinary experience that is hard to find in this part of the world.
I remember the first time I tried their Chicken kebabs and borscht, which were a delightful treat for my taste buds.
They were so tender and juicy, not dry like the ones I've had at other places.
My kids absolutely adored them!
Subsequent visits led me to discover more tantalizing delights.
The cabbage rolls and plov were amazing - really flavorful and rich without being too greasy.
And the kabobs?
They were grilled to perfection, seasoned just right.
I can vouch for their wine too, which they pour generously.
One thing that really sets Samarkand apart is their attention to detail.
Whether it's their piping hot bread or the pasta dish, everything is prepared with great care.
The lahmun, a dish I tried on my last visit, was particularly memorable.
Fresh, well seasoned and absolutely delicious!
That said, Samarkand isn’t just about the food.
It’s also a great spot for a date night, just by the movie theater.
The ambiance is very pleasant and relaxing.
Moreover, the restaurant reflects a warm, homey vibe.
Yes, there were a few service hiccups during peak hours, but every dish was worth the wait.
No dining experience at Samarkand is complete without tasting their desserts.
The honey cake is a must-try, it's the perfect sweet ending to a wonderful meal.
Punch Pizza Wayzata
Let me tell you about a hidden gem I stumbled upon right in the heart of our city.
Having a craving for an authentic, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, I found myself at Punch Pizza Wayzata.
The vibe is warm and inviting, the kind of place where the aroma of fresh, wood-fired pizza immediately engulfs you.
The pizza menu is something to behold.
My personal favorite is the Maximus, a hearty pizza topped with delicious ingredients.
Adding sun-dried tomatoes to it adds a unique twist that I highly recommend.
If you fancy something different, the Tuscano pizza is a solid choice.
Punch Pizza doesn't hold back on the flavors, every bite is a testament to the love and care they put into their pizzas.
Now, let's talk about their Caesar salad.
I've tried Caesar salads from different places, and I must confess, Punch Pizza's version is hands down, the best I've ever had.
It's light, creamy, and the perfect accompaniment to their pizzas.
Beanhaven Cafe (Wayzata)
When it comes to taste and service, there's a place in the west metro that never disappoints.
It's a place that serves up the kind of food that makes you wonder why you wasted all those years eating anywhere else.
Uncover the hidden gem at the Beanhaven Cafe.
My favorite pastime?
Exploring the city for the best sandwich spots and I must confess, the Ruben at Beanhaven is in a league of its own, easily making it into my top five.
And if you like your Italian sandwiches hot, look no further!
This quaint cafe whips up a version that is bound to leave you yearning for more.
The first time I walked into Beanhaven, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and the vibrant chatter instantly made me feel at home.
The food was an explosion of flavors - perfect, to say the least.
The breakfast options are divine.
I tried the Smoked salmon eggs benedict, the Corned beef hash, and the Captain Crunch French Toast, each one earning a perfect 10 in my books.
The Black Coffee?
Let's just say it's the kind of coffee that keeps you going back for more.
The secret ingredient to Beanhaven's charm is possibly their house-made bagels.
I ordered a breakfast sandwich once with egg, cheddar, and sausage patty on a bagel, and I could instantly tell that it was a house-made delight.
But what truly sets Beanhaven apart is their impeccable service.
The staff is always so warm and welcoming, making sure that my coffee cup never runs dry and that I have everything I need.
In my years living here, I've come to realize that Minnetonka, Minnesota, is indeed a treasure trove for food enthusiasts.
This list just scratches the surface of what our city has to offer in terms of dining options.
I guarantee that it will be a gastronomic journey worth embarking on!