Staff Picks: Best Bars and Restaurants in Northeast Minneapolis

Tech Guru, Minneapolis’s most trusted source for small business IT support, is located at one end of an up-and-coming neighborhood.  Find out what the Caring IT company’s equally hip team members call their favorite neighborhood bar or restaurant in Northeast Minneapolis.

Anchor Fish and Chips

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302 13th Avenue NE

Minneapolis, MN 55413

If you want a romantic dinner with your spouse, stay away from Anchor Fish and Chips. But if you want to have a blast in a friendly and happy restaurant, this is the place to go. It’s a “Fun relaxed atmosphere with lots of personality and great food,” says Micah Thor, Tech Guru’s VP of Operations.

Anchor Fish and Chips is busy for a reason: Micah (and most Yelpers) say it is the best fish and chips in town—and at a reasonable price to boot.



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600 E Hennepin Ave

Minneapolis, MN 55414

This is a staff pick from CEO Dan Moshe. At Brasa, the food is delicious, the ingredients are locally sourced, and the atmosphere is perfect. If you enjoy healthy food—including a great selection of gluten-free and vegetarian options—and a relaxed ambiance, you’ll love Brasa.

Don’t be fooled by the exterior. Yes, it feels a little like you are entering an abandoned auto garage. Come inside anyway. And bring a group—you’ll want to try everything on the menu.


Hazel’s Northeast

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2859 Johnson St. NE

Minneapolis, MN 55418

Maria Lundberg, Tech Guru’s client relations manager, sums it up with this: “Drunken Banana French Toast. Need I say more?”

Probably not, but here’s two cents anyway: Hazel’s is good ol’-fashioned comfort food. Order the French Toast for breakfast, the Rueben for lunch, and the Swedish meatballs for dinner.


Que Viet Village House One

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2211 Johnson St. NE

Minneapolis, MN 55418

Que Viet isn’t the type of place that has a website. It’s the kind of place that has the best egg rolls ever.

Don’t believe us? Just ask Nate Blomquist, service desk analyst at Tech Guru. “They have the best egg rolls. Ever,” he said.

So there you have it.

You can check out the menu here.


Seven Steakhouse Sushi

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700 Hennepin Avenue S

Minneapolis, MN 55403

This staff pick comes from Tech Guru’s executive assistant, Donna Marchand. (OK, so it’s across the river from Northeast Minneapolis, but since Donna’s fairly new to the Twin Cities, we’ll cut her some slack!) Seven Steakhouse Sushi is an ultralounge and skybar that combines a classic American steakhouse with fresh sushi and a rooftop view.

It’s a bit pricier than our other staff picks, but the view is one of the most spectacular the city has to offer. So this is the place to go for that romantic dinner. It’s also big enough for corporate events and trendy enough for a great night out.  Be sure to order Donna’s favorite: the firecracker shrimp.


Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room

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2500 University Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55418

You’d be able to name more than a few great reasons to visit Stanley’s:

  1. You’ll finally see those famous vintage urinals you’ve yearned to see.
  2. It’s got a mean “hangover cure” burger.
  3. Stanley’s is the kind of place where everyone knows your name. In fact, “I know all the bartenders; they know me,” says Anthony Schwab, service desk analyst at Tech Guru.

Stanley’s used to be Stasui’s, but it underwent a makeover a few years back to become Stanley’s. Now it boasts a massive food-and-drink menu at college-kid prices. And if you go on Wednesdays, you’ll enjoy happy hour prices all night long.

One word of warning though: The lot can get busy, so you might need to park around the block.


And our bonus beer-only pick:

Dangerous Man Brewing Company

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1300 2nd St. NE

Minneapolis, MN 55413

If you love trying new beer, check it out. Dangerous Man has an ever-changing and large selection of small-batch production beers. Pack a lunch: Dangerous Man doesn’t serve food, but patrons are invited to bring take-out or other food.  And get this: The website says it is family friendly, so you can bring your baby… to a bar.  Proof, pictured above: brewer John, his girlfriend Alesa, and their baby Ryka.

Need a reason to scope out Northeast Minneapolis?  Stop by for and event at Tech Guru’s office in the Grain Belt Brewery Building, and get to know the neighborhood!


Dan Moshe helps business owners in the Minneapolis area with all things tech, and is the CEO of the Caring IT company Tech Guru.  He cares about your business as much as you do!