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The Butcher Block

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308 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414-1016 (University)
+1 612-455-1080
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
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Sun - Thu 16:00 - 21:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The food is always exceptional! A great diverse menu that makes me hungry just thinking about it. Service is excellent, very welcoming and homey.

Thank sewingoncentral
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here. From the moment we walked in we felt welcome. The atmosphere was relaxed and quiet. Just right for sharing how we felt at our table. The waitress was genial and helped us with her recommendations. Wine paring was perfect and all the dishes were prepared to perfection: fried calamari cooked just enough... More 

Thank Saratori
Mendota Heights, Minnesota
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

My wife and I have come here several times and the service, food and atmosphere are consistently very good. The owner is the head chef and is a master butcher who personally butchers the meat - all of which is sourced locally. The wait staff is quite knowledgeable about the dishes and make solid recommendations. One additional bonus is that... More 

Thank cr12015
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

We have eaten here at least 10 times over the past 3 -4 years. It is always a wonderful experience -- Filippo is a master butcher as well as a great chef, and also always a very friendly host. The carpaccio is a great dish, but the pastas are good and on occasions when they have osso buca, that this... More 

Thank 2Minnesotans
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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78 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Took a friend there last night because I was excited to show her the new bar area and have some really good Italian food. We left disappointed although she was too polite to say so. It started with the atmosphere. When you walk into a restaurant and it's crowded and the tables are close together because they are trying to... More 

Thank Pilar C
Mendota Heights, Minnesota
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

This was my first time at this restaurant and I must say I was impressed. My wife and I sat at the bar and the bartender was great - very knowledgeable about the dishes, excellent service and attentive to our needs. A bonus of sitting in the bar area is the addition of a small plates menu that is not... More 

Thank cr12015
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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117 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We'd hoped the excitement of the food would have ratcheted up since the remodeling and new chef a while back. Sadly, we did not feel it has. The food was "okay" but not as exciting as some restaurants in the Twin Cities whose Italian cuisine is worth a trip. Our risotto with wild mushrooms was "boring," and I had to... More 

Thank Doug B
Wayzata, Minnesota
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40 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Always look forward to returning to the Butcher Block, Great unique Italian fare. Attentive friendly staff. Owner/Chef, Flippo works the tables explaining dishes and recommending wines. Expanded and remodeled dining/bar adds a upscale romantic touch.

1 Thank T H
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

The spaghetti was watery and bland, the bruschetta was basic, the Alfredo was okay, the $26 "Red Sapper" special (it was misspelled on the specials menu) was nothing spectacular at all. We visited around 8:30 and they said they would serve until 10 - we were pretty much the last people in, and they were REALLY ready to go home.... More 

Thank Chris M
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Meals inspired by an Italian butcher with good wine and delicious desserts. Recently renovated and beautiful!

1 Thank Monica B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Television
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 308 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414-1016
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 612-455-1080
Welcome to the Butcher Block, where meat is our passion; organic, grass-fed, and sustainable are our principles; and serving great-tasting food – with or without meat – is our priority.We’re inspired by the cozy neighborhood trattorias you find in Rome and throughout Italy, but we're located right here in Northeast Minneapolis.We chose the name "Butcher Block" in honor of Filippo Caffari, our butcher, who was a skilled master-butcher in Rome for almost two decades, before moving to Minneapolis to become head chef at I Nonni in Mendota Heights. Chef Caffari is one of the finest Italian chefs in the Twin Cities.To accompany our remarkable Italian meals, we offer an extensive Italian and international wine list, as well as many fine domestic wines and beers. Our goal is to fuse the best of Italian culinary skills with the freshest ingredients, so you can experience authentic Italian dining.The only passport required is your love of great Italian food.

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