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Best Restaurants for Celebrating Derby Day in Minneapolis - St. Paul

To mark this year's Derby Day, OpenTable and Woodford Reserve have come together to bring you a list of restaurants offering Derby Day drink specials and celebratory dishes near you. Whether you are donning your finest Derby attire and heading to a local watering hole or planning a feast for the festivities at home, we've got the restaurant (and game day tipple) for you. CRAFTED CAREFULLY. DRINK RESPONSIBLY. Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Whiskey, 43.2%-45.2% Alc. by Vol., The Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, KY. Woodford Reserve is a registered trademark. ©2021

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OpenTable x Woodford Reserve
Updated April 08, 2021
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Thirty Bales

Price: Moderate
760 reviews
We have never been disappointed with this gem of a restaurant. Delicious scratch food, great service, pleasing ambience, and great acoustics so you can visit. One of our favorites.

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Gold Nugget Tavern & Grille

Price: Moderate
572 reviews
The food and service here is always good but last night the noise level was too much to tolerate.

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The Smack Shack

Price: Expensive
Downtown / North Loop
1600 reviews
Service was great. Enjoyed happy hour drinks and food. Recommend lobster rolls and clam chowder. Fish sandwich is the biggest fish sandwich I’ve ever seen.

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Nicollet Island Inn

Price: Expensive
Downtown / North Loop
3129 reviews
NII is a great restaurant in a great location. Normally, I love the food and ambience. Last time, my biscuits and gravy were exceedingly salty.

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Nolo's Kitchen & Bar

Price: Moderate
Contemporary American
Downtown / North Loop
959 reviews
Beat poached eggs ever! Super service!

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Price: Expensive
5390 reviews
We've had amazing brunch experiences here! The food is for sure delightful and full of flavor. The people really make the place; our server Darrell has helped us out on 2 different occasions and has been our absolute favorite. He's helpful, jokes with us and offers advice on food and drinks. We also like that we can get to know the people who work there and actually ask them about their day. That's what we look forward to the most - the people connections.

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Gianni's Steakhouse

Price: Expensive
Wayzata / Long Lake
2292 reviews
My wife and I have been celebrating our wedding anniversary at Gianni's for a couple of decades. We try to visit once a year, and it's always a treat, even though it's expensive. Wayzata is a wealthy town, and Gianni's is a popular restaurant for special occasions. Our server was friendly, attentive, and checked in with us often. The other staff members were also great. They brought out our food, bread, and leftovers quickly and efficiently. My steak and my wife's scallops were cooked perfectly and were exceptionally good. Overall, it was another wonderful anniversary dinner at Gianni's!

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