Minneapolis is known for many things, but seafood may not be one of the first things that come to your mind. We know Minnesotans can prepare walleye and trout, but did you know that there are some truly phenomenal seafood restaurants in Minneapolis? We’ve done our research and found the best seafood restaurants in the Twin Cities. From shrimp and lobster to po’boys, you’ll find what you’re looking for on this list!
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1. Oceanaire Seafood Room
Oceanaire Seafood Room is perfect for your next special dining moment and will not disappoint! From the finest, freshest seafood to their out of this world creamed corn, you are sure to find a dish to suit your taste buds. While you’re here, enjoy the beautifully decorated restaurant as you sip wine perfectly paired to go with your meal.
Address: 50 South 6th Street, Minneapolis.
2. The Anchor Fish & Chips
If fish and chips are your preferred seafood meal, look no further than this delicious Minneapolis restaurant. Many people claim that the fish and chips served at The Anchor are the best they have ever had. The crispy batter and flaky meat is enough to make your mouth water, and when paired with their house made tartar sauce, you can’t lose!
Address: 302 13th Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis.
3. Seafood To Go
While it might not look like a seafood place from the outside, customers of Seafood To Go will tell you that the deep fried shrimp is worth coming for! Their unique platters of catfish, shrimp, and fried chicken mean there is something here for everyone.
Address: 2930 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis.
4. Cajun Boiling
What is more Cajun than a po’boy? I can’t think of much! The po’boys served at Cajun Boiling are the best you can find in Minneapolis. The shrimp po'boy will keep you coming back again and again, but that's not all this delicious Minneapolis restaurant has to offer. Everything on the menu is delicious and their excellent service, generous portions, and fair prices make eating at Cajun Boiling is a no-brainer.
Address: 1931 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis.
5. Jax Cafe
The best day to hit up Jax Café is Sunday. Why is that? For $30 you can get a whole Maine lobster fresh from the salt water tank at Jax. Your meal includes half-pound fresh Maine Lobster, a vegetable side, and a potato. Make sure to call ahead for a reservation, as their tables fill up fast for this delicious deal.
Address: 1928 University Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis.
6. Sea Salt Eatery
Although Sea Salt Eatery is not open year-round, it is still a Minneapolis favorite. Work up a sweat with a nice hike around Minnehaha Falls, then enjoy a tasty fried crawfish po’boy with clam fries or fish tacos. Anything you order is sure to delight. This restaurant is a great place to grab some lunch, order a brew, and people watch. Enjoy their menu from April through October.
Address: 4825 Minneahaha Avenue, Minneapolis.
7. The Cajun House
Here you will find a real Cajun boil made just for you! The menu is extensive, with offerings such as octopus, snow crab, and po’boy sandwiches. A fan favorite is the Cajun Combo #3, which includes one pound of shrimp, one pound of crawfish, one pound of mussels, two corns, two potatoes, and two pieces of sausage. It's the perfectly sized for two people wanting to share some good old-fashioned Cajun cuisine.
Address: 2600 University Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis.
8. Smack Shack
There is a reason people are always raving about how great this place is, and that reason is the lobster rolls. The rolls at Smack Shack can be ordered a few different ways - none of which will disappoint - and are served with Cajun fries. Coupled with the excellent service, this is one restaurant you do not want to miss out on.
Address: 603 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis.
9. Sea Change
Next time you see a show at the Guthrie, scoot on over to Sea Change for dinner. Reservations are recommended due to the close proximity of the theater, but you will be glad you dined here. Sea Change does not have a single less than stellar item on the menu. After one visit, you'll make this your go-to spot for after-show dinner and drinks.
Address: 818 South Second Street, Minneapolis.
10. Stella's Fish Cafe
From the fun rooftop patio to the beautiful dining room, Stella’s Fish Café will not disappoint! This restaurant is known for its friendly service and attention to detail, and when accompanied by extraordinary food, it's no wonder people keep going back. A menu favorite is the coconut shrimp paired with the spicy pineapple marmalade. You’ll want to spend all your warm sunny days here on the rooftop patio!
Address: 1400 West Lake Street, Minneapolis.
Minneapolis has tons of places for quality seafood. Have a favorite that didn’t make the list? Let us know in the comments below!