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Map & Directions 1070 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
  • Mexican, Wine Bar
  • Business Dining, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Accepted
  • Valet


City Pages' Description

D'Amico's Mexican restaurant Masa opened to the kind of reviews that kept using words like upscale and high design; words that made most people assume: expensive. Not so! Masa is really just an everyday Mexican restaurant, albeit one in a nicely polished room with some splashy cocktails. At lunch you can get $2 tacos that look just like the little round ones they serve in the most authentic mercados, except here they come on white china and the al pastor one contains chunks of fresh-grilled pineapple. At dinner, expect to find basic Mexican food done with fresh, premium ingredients: The sea bass ceviche is so bright and crisp it tastes moments old; the huaraches are exactly what they should be--cornmeal comforts offset with a bit of spice. The cocktails are the most surprising part of Masa; their delicious Margaritas contain various top-shelf silver tequilas. Some contain a liqueur made with honey from the xtabentun flower, which, again, sounds so exotic that it should be unaffordable. Not so! Have another beside hot churros with chocolate dipping sauce, and discuss amongst yourselves whether Masa feels more like a museum cafeteria, or the drinks area near an upscale resort's pool, or the fresh, everyday Mexican restaurant downtown direly needed.

Member Reviews

  • gerhart2k@gmail.com wrote a review for Masa
    on 04/22/10

    One of the best happy hours for small plates. Excellent food. GT

  • citypagesbestof wrote a review for Masa
    on 05/06/09

    Still mourning the loss of Pineda Tacos #2, the no-frills pit stop in the old Hi-Lake Pizza Hut? Here's what you do: Head over to Masa and start to console yourself with one of the six top-shelf margaritas. Once the alcohol starts to take effect, notice how the light streams in through the windows and bounces all over the colorful tile, making everything—you included—look a... More >>

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Tips from foursquare

  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine on 03/14/11

    Try the Pozole. This silky soup is a tonic for the soul with optional add-ins such as tortillas, jalapeno, and lime.—Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, February 2011

  • Patrick K. on 02/17/10

    Cucumber Marg. do it.

  • Metromix on 10/22/10

    Order the “Mayan Margarita” if you like the flavor of honey and anise. The top-shelf pricing is worth it for this liquid gold.

  • Cole G. on 05/24/11

    Free chips and 2 salsas, get the fresh guac, and the churros and mex chocolate are amazing

  • Jill B. on 02/09/12

    Try the devil margarita

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