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Moto-i

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Japanese, Brew Pub, Bar, Asian, Pub
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2940 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Lake)
+1 612-821-6262
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12:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 02:00
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Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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80 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Perfect portions. Wide variety. Great ambience. Fast service. And most importantly - good Japanese food. I ordered a veg corn soup, mushroom bun (soft and delicate and yummy), edamame and Yaki Soba! A special mention to the Mushroom Bun that was delicious. Yaki Soba had fresh, crunchy and perfectly flavored veggies and noodles. Enjoyed every bite. Rounded it off with... More 

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Thank SeemaTiwari
minnesota
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

One of my favorite things to eat at Moto-I is their okonomiyaki. It is a thing of beauty. Their happy hour is also great with half priced Sake-which they brew there and is amazing! Also good beer and really great rooftop dining-great in summer.

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Thank wanttobetraveler
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Ok I'm not a ramen expert, but I know a damn good bowl of ramen when I eat one -- piping hot, velvety broth, a perfectly poached egg, fresh green onion, and just the right level of heat (augmented by a little sriracha). I had the tempura miso ramen and the corn soup and the sake flight. Would go back... More 

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Thank Allison J
Greensboro, North Carolina
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223 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

This was our final destination of the evening. We split a noodle bowl and had a few more drinks. Not much light, it was very dark but that's ok with me.

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Thank BeachGirl0214
San Ramon, Costa Rica
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75 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

We had several differentent cocktails made with sake. All good. Rangoon, tempura plate, edamame, chicken wings, and "buns" to die for! Soft and chewy with awesome fillings. We left stuffed, but we spent a lot.

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Thank Teri G
Daly City, California
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

The title says it all - hit the rooftop bar and taste some sake. But they do have great cocktails (sake based and other spirits) and pretty good food too.

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Thank Victoria S
Minneapolis
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We tried dinner on the rooftop, where our server was so friendly and most helpful. The food was fine. What wasn't fine was waiting over an hour for two bowls of ramen to arrive, when we ordered well after 730 on a Monday night and everything but the rooftop was completely dead.

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Thank MCSZQ
Mendota Heights, Minnesota
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

I ate a moto-i with family and had a very nice dinner. We all had different food and we were all happy with our choices. The server answered our questions and the staff kept our water glasses full continually.

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Thank Tom49MN
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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141 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

I got three buns, a pork, a shrimp tempura and a maitake mushroom. They were all tasty. I got the maitake abura ramen. It was OK. I probably should have gotten something more traditional. I also got a sweet sake, which I liked.

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Thank Gordon175
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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1,179 reviews
449 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 495 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

I met a friend here for a few drinks on the roof top and will say anywhere you can be outside in Minnesota is amazing when the weather is nice but the rooftop of Moto-i is better than some of the on street patio options nearby as it gets you away from the traffic. Nick did a great job as... 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
US$6 - US$30
Cuisine
Japanese, Brew Pub, Bar, Asian, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 02:00
Monday
12:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 02:00
Thursday
12:00 - 02:00
Friday
12:00 - 02:00
Saturday
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2940 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
    (Lake)
  • Public Transportation: On the MTC #4, #21 and #53.
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 612-821-6262
Description
Located in Uptown Minneapolis, moto-i is a craft sake brewpub and ramen house. We serve Junmai Namazake on draft and feature asian inspired small plates.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?