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Bar La Grassa

Map & Directions 800 N. Washington Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
  • Italian
  • Sun 5pm-12am, Mon-Sat 5pm-2am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Takeout
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Recommended, Accepted
  • Meters, Street, Valet


City Pages' Description

Chef Isaac Becker, who runs the 112 Eatery with his wife Nancy St. Pierre, partnered with some of the restaurateurs behind Barrio, to launch this trendy, Warehouse District pasta bar. The space exudes the relaxed luxury of a wealthy person's family cabin and even though La Grassa means "the fat" in Italian, the eats aren't necessarily fancy or spendy. The menu looks like an Italian version of a Spanish tapas bar, including raw halibut antipasti, burrata bruschetta, and nearly two dozen fresh and dried pastas, the best of which is the pillowy gnocchi perked up with caramelized cauliflower and citrus. The pork ribs, marinated in garlic, rosemary, and chiles, are better than those at some places that call them their specialty: magically crusted on top, yet moist and fatty underneath. But don't eat too many or you won't have room for caramel crepes or lemon lavender mousse.

Member Reviews

  • Farolsen wrote a review for Bar La Grassa
    on 11/23/12

    The gnocchi was amazing! The staff was very friendly.

  • bsegreto wrote a review for Bar La Grassa
    on 07/17/10

    One of the few underpriced restaurants in town. Great food - try the Egg and Lobster bruschetta and the pesto dish from the fresh pasta menu.

  • peaceablepie wrote a review for Bar La Grassa
    on 07/17/10

    I thought the food I had was good but not great. Given all the hype, I expected to be blown away. I dined with one other person and we ordered small plates and shared everything so we'd be able to try the most things. The bean/veggie appetizer was fun. The bread was ok, but the candy they gave us after dinner was quite tasty. The Beet and Avocado with citrus antipasti was good... More >>

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Tips from foursquare

  • Bon Appetit Magazine on 09/21/10

    Chosen as one of the 10 Best New Restaurants in America in our annual restaurant issue!

  • Heavy Table on 10/19/09

    Bruschetta with Soft Eggs and Lobster ($13) transcends breakfast -- it's got an earthy, herby flavor contributed in part by chives and truffle oil.

  • Heavy Table on 09/20/10

    Try the gnocchi with cauliflower and orange -- separately, each ingredient is flavorful, but together they elevate the entire dish to a level worthy of applause.

  • Bon Appetit Magazine on 03/31/11

    Order: No matter what the season, customers love the gnocchi with cauliflower and orange. We'd suggest ordering the crab ravioli, too.

  • City Pages on 02/22/11

    Bar La Grassa was voted as Best Italian Restaurant by City Pages in 2010! Take your big-city guests here to convince them that not everyone in Minnesota could have been cast as an extra in Fargo.

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