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The Sample Room

Map & Directions 2124 Marshall St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
  • American, Health
  • Sun 10am-11pm, Mon 11:30am-11pm, Tue-Fri 11:30am-1am, Sat 10am-1am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Catering, Patio/Sidewalk Dining
  • Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Call-Ahead Seating Available, Not Accepted, Accepted
  • Free, Lot Available, Street


City Pages' Description

In the 1890s there was a saloon in the old Thies Hotel up on Marshall Avenue Northeast called the Sample Room, and as of 2002, there is a saloon of the same name in the same place again. Visit this 19th-century-feeling saloon to sample the restaurant's two slightly incongruous kitchen specialties: on the one hand, contemporary American haute dishes like roasted asparagus, and baked goat cheese; on the other hand, American diner classics done from scratchlike meatloaf. This cacophony of options makes for a perfect neighborhood saloon: Half the party can sup upon a platter of various roasted vegetables and artisanal cheeses paired with a glass of wine, while the other half can opt for a Grain Belt on tap and meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

Member Reviews

  • BBrockman76
    BBrockman76 wrote a review for The Sample Room
    on 12/19/09

    The theme was date night. The atmosphere was perfect. The flights of wine were fun. The food was beyond delicious. I am a fussy eater. If it sounds grose; I haven't eaten it; or it is an animal I couldn't fathem eating; it must taste nasty to eat. WRONG! For the first time tonight, I ate three items that I have never eaten before or ever considered eating. First was the goat... More >>

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Tips from foursquare

  • Heavy Table on 07/23/10

    Any of the small tastes of seafood on the menu are a real treat; carefully and simply executed, and a good value.

  • Erica H. on 07/05/10

    Mushroom pasta is great :) just the right size. Approx serving size of a lean cuisine. :)

  • Heather P. on 04/02/11

    Must have the warm Camembert with the caramelized onions... Nirvana!

  • Joy M. on 08/09/10

    Drive a sub-compact car if you're hoping to park in their lot. It's a tight squeeze.

  • Marcy T. on 10/24/09

    Have the salmon with maple glaze and root vegetables - it's so wonderful, it almost tastes like dessert.

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