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Gold Nugget Tavern and Grille

Map & Directions 14401 Excelsior Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55345
  • American, Burgers
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Not Necessary, Accepted
  • Lot Available


City Pages' Description

The new Gold Nugget, which replaced the former shoebox-size dive bar beloved for its burgers, swapped character for class when it reopened in a massive new building with pretty wood booths, a faux tin ceiling, and suspended televisions. The Tavern and Grille's owners recruited a former general manager and chef from the D'Amico empire to inject fine-dining talent into casual fare. The Minnesota burger, for example, stuffed with a barely detectable amount of wild rice and topped with a portabella mushroom cap, may not be worth a drive across town, but it's certainly among the best burgers in the area. As is the Kobe burger, which has a more tender texture and a robust, steak-like flavor. The homemade tater tots, which are a sort of potato-based riff on the cheese-stuffed Jucy Lucy burger, have a delicate crust and molten cheddar core that put the frozen ones to shame. The new Nugget may have higher check averages, but it seems a fair price to pay for the upgrade.

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  • Heavy Table on 04/03/12

    The Stadium Burger is all you need for a satisfying burger experience. After all, once you go pretzel bun, it’s hard to go back.

  • City Pages on 07/26/13

    Order a Funky Monkey-Lada from Deanna. This delicious twist on a piña colada is made with Malibu Rum & banana...Maybe she'll even show you some of the dance moves she's been perfecting since age 2.

  • Joseph B. on 02/04/11

    Jalepeno Juicy Lucy... Cant beat it. Not too spicy, awesome. Staff is great!

  • Ryan B. on 03/03/10

    Great beer for under 5 bucks. Try the Gold Nuggets

  • Nicholas K. on 04/12/13

    The beer list boasts a pretty solid selection of local/craft offerings and good happy hour prices.

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