Join me on this delicious adventure as we delve into some of the best restaurants in Plymouth, Minnesota.
While this list showcases some remarkable restaurants, it's important to note there are many other exceptional dining establishments in Plymouth that are not featured here. 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.
I count myself lucky to live near a gem like Oyama Sushi in Plymouth.
On my last visit, my taste buds were in for a real treat.
The fried rice, arguably one of the best I've ever tasted, was simply divine.
The combination of flavorful rice, vegetables, and generous amounts of meat left me craving more.
They were incredibly attentive and ensured a seamless dining experience.
I felt like a valued patron, not just another diner.
Their menu is a well-curated selection of Japanese cuisine, with a special emphasis on sushi and classic noodle dishes.
Their sushi, in particular, is a must-try.
The freshness of the raw fish was undeniable, and each roll was crafted with precision and care.
Their attention to detail extended even to their packaging for take-out orders, each item was properly labeled, leaving no room for confusion.
It's been a while since I found a place that serves authentic Uzbek cuisine, and Samarkand Restaurant does just that!
My first experience with their menu was the chicken kebabs and borscht – a classic dish that's often too dry elsewhere, but Samarkand got it just right.
The restaurant has this unique charm that's hard to find elsewhere.
You'll often hear Russian spoken at the tables around you and instead of the usual sports on TV, they show beautiful videos of Uzbekistan.
It's like stepping into a different world.
When you're there, make sure to try their wine.
They don't skimp on the pour, and it goes perfectly with the kebabs.
If you're more a fan of tender, juicy meat, their Uzbek food is a must-try.
Every dish is seasoned to perfection, and the flavors are just superb.
One thing that really took me by surprise was the medovik dessert.
It's a rich, sweet dish that's the perfect way to end your meal.
The food is great, but it's the ambiance that keeps me coming back.
There's always live music and dancing, especially on Saturday nights, creating a lively atmosphere that's a nice change from the usual.
Samarkand isn't just a restaurant, it's a cultural dining experience.
Just one visit and you'll feel like you've been transported to Uzbekistan – it's truly a unique experience.
Be sure to come hungry, as the portions are generous, and you'll definitely want leftovers.
Can't wait for my next visit!
ElMar's NY Pizza
Everyone in the city knows I'm a die-hard pizza enthusiast.
A few months ago, I finally made it to a place I had been hearing so much about - ElMar's NY Pizza.
Despite being a bit of a drive from my place, it was worth every mile.
The moment I walked in, I was struck by the mural-covered walls and the inviting patio area.
What struck me next was the aroma of their heavenly pizzas.
The pie I ordered was simply the best I've had in the 20+ years of my life here in Minnesota.
The crust was flawless, and the toppings were in perfect harmony.
Their homemade sausage is something I dream about now.
They offer pizzas by the slice or a whole pie, but I would say go for the whole pie, you won't regret it!
A special note to all the NY-style pizza lovers out there, ElMar's is a must-visit.
I even started to plan my daily lunch here, that's how enthralled I was by their pizzas.
The place has this easygoing vibe that makes you feel at home.
Northern Taphouse- Plymouth
Northern Taphouse- Plymouth has gradually become my favorite spot to grab a hearty meal.
Their chicken chopped salad with blue cheese dressing is a must-try, while the May special coconut shrimp with mixed greens also doesn't fail to tantalize the taste buds.
Portions are generous, making it a great place for shared dining.
The creamy tomato soup is no less than a treat for your palate, with its rich flavors and smooth texture.
The place is also well-equipped with TVs, making it a fantastic spot for sports enthusiasts.
Their pizzas are delightful and help balance out any minor food disappointments.
Northern Taphouse- Plymouth also impresses with its drink offerings.
They make an excellent bloody Mary and the happy hour specials add to the overall dining experience.
Its location is another plus - just off the freeway, making the access seamless.
Original Pancake House
There's no better way to start a snowy morning than with a hot pancake breakfast at the Original Pancake House.
The fireplace often hums with warmth, making it a cozy spot for breakfast or lunch.
Their pancakes are a must-try, with the chocolate chip being my personal favorite, although I am tempted to try the pumpkin or banana next time.
They boast a selection of over 20 varieties, so there's a pancake for every taste.
Their daily omelet specials are a delight.
I've tried the chili cheese and the Sicilian, and, let me tell you, they are massive!
Enough to feed two people easily.
The chili cheese was so big I couldn't even finish it.
On my recent visit, I had the grilled egg salad, and it was just perfect!
The prices are so reasonable, making it a preferred spot for breakfast.
Ceviche Seafood & Sushi
One evening, I decided to try something new for dinner and found myself at Ceviche Seafood & Sushi.
As I walked in, I was instantly taken in by the calming atmosphere with its dimmed lighting.
The fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine intrigued me, and I couldn't wait to get started on the eclectic menu.
I started off with the Yellowtail Jalapeno, which was a delightful 4 out of 5.
I followed it up with the Minnesota Roll, and oh boy, it was nothing short of a culinary masterpiece!
Each bite was an explosion of flavors, earning a perfect 5/5 from me.
Wanting to sample the Peruvian side of things, I ordered the Ceviche Aji Amarillo.
The freshness of the fish, the tanginess of the lime, everything melded together perfectly for a solid 4/5.
My friend, who was gluten intolerant, was thrilled to find that they had gluten-free options!
Their Pasta a la Huancaina was a great hit, and they were kind enough to make it gluten-free for us.
We also tried the Grilled Octopus, which was a good 3.5 out of 5.
However, the star of the night was definitely the Seafood Rice.
Full of delightful seafood goodness, it was an absolute delight and my personal favorite of the night.
A must-try for anyone who visits this gem of a restaurant.
But it wasn't just the food that won me over.
The service was impeccable.
A quick visit to Latuff's Pizzeria has become a tradition for me.
I've spent countless evenings in its homey surroundings, enjoying classic Italian pizzas and pastas.
I remember one evening, I decided to try something different - the broasted chicken.
It was crunchy, tasty, and absolutely perfect!
The chicken alone redeemed Latuff's in my eyes.
To my surprise, I also noticed a few local celebrities dining nearby, which added a little extra excitement to the night.
Gina Maria's Pizza
My weekends are never complete without a trip to Gina Maria's Pizza.
Situated in an unassuming location in our city, this pizzeria chain has always been my go-to spot for a quick and fulfilling lunch.
The place always exudes a casual vibe that's perfect for a laid-back weekend.
My usual pick is their lunch deal - a hefty slice of pizza and a can of soda.
And let me clarify when they say a slice, it’s a quarter of a pizza cut in half.
Yes, it's that big!
Nothing beats the rich flavor and thin crust of their pizzas, and they give you a variety of toppings to choose from.
It's boxed up hot and ready to go, but if you wish, you can also enjoy your meal at one of the tables inside or outside the pizzeria.
Finding a Chinese restaurant in the suburbs that serves good, flavorful food is like discovering a hidden treasure.
Plymouth Garden, tucked in a corner of our city, is one such jewel.
Their no-frills approach is quite appealing.
You walk in, place your order, and within ten minutes, you're handed a bag of piping-hot food.
Yet, it's not just the speed that impresses me, but the quality of their offerings.
Though not strictly authentic Chinese, their dishes cater to the American palate with a heavily meat-laden menu.
Even the beef broccoli, which I often order, tips the scales in favor of meat over greenery.
Now, don't get me wrong.
I love a good amount of rice in my meals, but the ratio they provide gives the impression you're in for a meaty feast.
So, I usually supplement my food with some home-cooked rice to balance it out.
But that’s just me, a local with a hearty appetite for rice, tweaking my meals a bit.
The freshness of their ingredients is what stands out in every dish.
Whether it's the crispy orange beef or the vegetable fried rice, the flavors are vibrant, and the portions are generous.
And, oh, their eggrolls and wings are simply delicious.
The service is quite impeccable too.
They assure you of a definite wait time and deliver on it, a trait not commonly found these days.
Another standout on their menu is the Shrimp Mai Fun, a rare find in most places.
It has become a favorite of mine, alongside the sesame chicken, chicken fried rice, and cream cheese wontons with sweet and sour dipping sauce.
One thing to remember, Plymouth Garden is beloved by us locals.
It can get busy, especially during peak hours.
So, if you're planning a meal from there, do consider ordering ahead.
But rest assured, the little wait is worth it for the bounty of flavors that Plymouth Garden brings to your table.
Kobe Japanese Restaurant
As the sun sets, there's one place that comes to my mind when I think of a great dining experience - Kobe Japanese Restaurant.
This vibrant eatery has become my go-to place, especially when I want to treat myself to some delectable hibachi grilled meals.
Although I usually don't sit at the hibachi tables, the lively cooking performance from a distance adds a unique charm to the ambiance.
The food here is simply divine.
I remember the time when I ordered filet mignon and shrimp hibachi along with two sushi rolls.
The food was so delicious that the memories of the flavors still linger in my taste buds.
The sushi rolls are well-portioned, and the menu offers a wide variety of options to cater to different tastes.
What complements the food is the exceptional service.
The drinks here are equally good, and I always make sure to pair my meal with one of their special cocktails.
Other Restaurants Nearby
Robert's Craft Kitchen & Bar (Medina)
One of my favorite places to indulge my taste buds is definitely Robert's Craft Kitchen & Bar, a hidden gem located inside the entertainment center off Highway 55.
You can find their menu and more on their website.
My typical meal there usually starts with their Steak Bites, an appetizer that never disappoints.
These bite-sized pieces of steak are perfectly cooked to medium-rare, which is usually a rarity at most places.
Paired with crispy onions and crimini mushrooms, this dish has the perfect blend of texture and flavors - a little crunch, a little softness, and a lot of deliciousness.
But what really sets it apart is the smoky chipotle crème attached to it.
Savory and full-bodied, it compliments the steak in an unexpected but immensely enjoyable way.
Next on the menu for me is usually the Chipotle Chicken Burrito - a dish that could feed an army!
I kid you not, this burrito is massive and smothered with so much queso that you might need a shovel to dig in!
The chicken is marinated with a house-made chipotle sauce, giving it a robust and smoky flavor.
The burrito's filling - jasmine rice, corn & black bean salsa - adds a fantastic depth of texture to every bite.
Then there's the cheese!
Oh, the cheese!
It's like a river of deliciousness blanketing the burrito.
You might need a mighty appetite (and probably a nap afterward), but trust me, it's worth it!
If you're in the mood for something a bit lighter, my dining companion would highly recommend the Teriyaki Rice Bowl.
Grilled chicken, stir-fried veggies, and jasmine rice come together in a delectable harmony.
The sweet Asian plum sauce provides a satisfyingly sweet note to this dish, while the crispy wontons and green onions add a little crunch.
Brick & Bourbon (Maple Grove)
If you're looking for a good late-night spot, Brick & Bourbon is it!
This place has quite a reputation around the city for its American classics and inviting atmosphere.
I remember the first time I visited - I couldn’t help but be impressed by its stylish, spacious design.
The food is quite on point.
I still remember the Hot Honey Chicken & Waffle sliders I ordered on my first visit.
The combination of spicy and sweet was a delight to my taste buds.
My partner decided to go with the Lobby Mac & Cheese - the lobster was cooked to perfection.
And let’s not forget about their bourbon BBQ sauce, it added a fantastic kick to the meal.
It is a bit on the pricier side, but I believe the quality and taste justify the cost.
But what sets Brick & Bourbon apart is their cocktail game.
Trust me, their drinks are as delightful as their ambiance.
With a variety of craft brews and cocktails, there's always something new to try.
Though I must admit, their food can sometimes fall a bit short compared to their drinks.
It’s good, but not something I’d go out of my way for.
One thing I can't ignore about this place is the fantastic service.
I once visited just a minute before the kitchen was about to close, yet they were still gracious enough to serve us - with a smile, too!
That's what I call stellar service.
There's an undeniable charm to starting your day at Benedict's located in Wayzata.
It's a modern diner that offers more than your everyday breakfast experience.
Here, you'll discover American fare served with a twist in a trendy atmosphere that somehow also feels cozy.
We often head to Benedict's on a weekend morning after a leisurely stroll around the bay area.
Yes, it can be pretty busy, and they don't take reservations, but the wait is always worthwhile.
On a good day, you just might be able to find a spot in under 40 minutes for a party of four.
My personal favorite is the California Benedict, an absolute delight for vegetarians like me.
It comes laden with avocado, chiles, and spinach, not to mention the sweet potato hash browns that I simply can't resist.
If you're not a vegetarian, there are plenty of other options.
A friend of mine swears by their Bloody Mary, which apparently hits all the right notes with its dill vodka and a unique garnish of ham, cream cheese, and asparagus.
You can also find healthier choices like the keto hash, a crunchy blend of cabbage, and egg.
Benedict’s isn’t just about the food, though.
It's also about the ambiance – bright, lively, and modern, yet with the warmth of wooden interiors and cozy booths where you can have a private conversation.
My partner and I are always on the lookout for new places to try out.
This time it was the turn of Josefina.
We decided to celebrate our anniversary there, and it turned out to be an excellent choice!
From the moment we walked in, it was clear that Josefina was a place crafted with a lot of thought and attention to detail.
It's a beautifully designed restaurant with a hip and cool vibe to it.
We started off with their unique cocktails.
I must say, each one was a delight, completely different from anything we'd tasted before.
The focaccia bread was delicious - so much so that we ended up ordering a second batch.
For the main course, we had the pork chop, which was cooked to perfection - tender and full of flavor.
But the real showstopper was the dessert.
The chocolate mousse was something I couldn't get enough of.
The service was top-notch.
I also loved the fact that this place caters to different dietary preferences.
Josefina also has a beautiful patio environment that we discovered on our way out.
The greenery was a refreshing sight, adding to the overall allure of the place.
6Smith has been one of my go-to places for a relaxed evening out.
This restaurant, with its prime lakefront location, offers a serene setting that's hard to resist.
The spacious patio gives you the perfect opportunity to enjoy your New American meal while taking in the breathtaking views of the lake.
One of my favorite experiences at 6Smith was when I decided to treat myself to some seafood.
The seared scallops and Chilean Sea bass I ordered were fantastic.
The scallops were perfectly cooked, and the sea bass was simply mouthwatering.
And the service?
Another memorable meal at 6Smith was when I had a client dinner.
The octopus, calamari, and beef tartar served as appetizers were exceptional.
The main course - scallops with sides of Brussels sprouts and cauliflower - was superb, leaving both me and my client impressed.
And the desserts?
Let's just say the 50 Shades of chocolate cake and red velvet left us wanting more.
From the fresh flavors of Oyama Sushi and Ceviche Seafood & Sushi to the comforting and hearty meals at Samarkand Restaurant and Northern Taphouse, there's always something to satisfy any craving in Plymouth, Minnesota.
There's a whole culinary world waiting to be explored here in Plymouth.
I hope this list inspires you to try something new, revisit an old favorite, or just enjoy the diverse cuisine we have right here in our backyard.
Grab your fork and dig in!