If you prefer to skip out on the food at the mall, then you haven’t experienced these top places to eat at Minnesota’s Mall of America.
The malls of days past conjure up images of crowded food courts with a number of national chains serving up quick meals. This was because most people didn’t go to a mall to eat. It was never the main purpose, and therefore, was a bit of an afterthought.
Today, malls have stepped up their game when it comes to dining, including sit-down restaurants, modern eateries and even high-end establishments. Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota is the epitome of the modern mall. It is a true destination, and among its many attractions are some elite dining options that will satisfy every visitor’s taste buds.
Mall of America hasover 60 dining options, so it can be difficult to decide which one to pick. You can select from casual eateries serving American-style food, or seafood restaurants with sushi and fish fillets. The choices are endless. Here are the top eight places to eat in Mall of America—just to get you started.
Do you love a good taco? This is the place for you. Cantina Laredo takes authentic Mexican food and adds a modern twist. Enjoy grilled chicken, pork or steak topped with signature sauces such as chipotle-wine or guajillo-tamarind. Dive into a plate of slow-roasted brisket or mahi mahi tacos, served with marinated vegetables. Top it all off with an award-winning margarita.
An eclectic scene with inviting décor mixed with locally sourced ingredients and high-quality food. This is Crave American Kitchen & Sushi Bar. Located on the third floor on the south side, Crave is a great spot to take a break from shopping or to do some people watching from the Parkside Patio. Munch on crab artichoke dip and edamame, before filling your belly with a Béarnaise Burger or miso-glazed salmon. Sushi fans will delight at the Grand Sushi Bar, where they can sit and watch as their meal is prepared before their eyes.
Firelake Grill House & Cocktail Bar
If you want a place that embodies Minnesota dining, head to Firelake Grill House & Cocktail Bar. This modern and comfortable restaurant captures the essence of Minnesota with farm-to-table items that incorporate fresh and local produce, creative flair and amazing presentation. Morning visitors can enjoy classic eggs benedict or sourdough malted waffles. Stop by at dinner for rosemary rotisserie chicken or a Minnesota walleye burger. Wash it all down with a glass of red or white or a craft cocktail.
Hard Rock Cafe
Large groups can settle in for a meal at the Hard Rock Cafe Mall of America. Located on the first level, inside Nickelodeon Universe, the Hard Rock Cafe features 15,000 square feet of space and seating for 408 guests. Enjoy traditional American cuisine and some local specialties as you listen to live entertainment or just gaze at the music memorabilia that covers the walls. After your meal, you can peruse the collection of music history at The Rock Shop®, stocked with pins, t-shirts, glasses and more.
A newbie to the Mall of America dining scene, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville opened in September 2016, marking the first Margaritaville restaurant in Minnesota. The tropical escape serves up island-inspired meals amidst a family-friendly environment. Groups can sip on house-made margaritas and cold LandShark Lager while nibbling on signature food items, including Volcano Nachos and the Cheeseburger in Paradise.
A modern day “roadside” burger stand, Shake Shack began as a hot dog cart in Manhattan and has grown into a popular dining chain, with locations all over the country. The first Minnesota Shack found its home in Mall of America’s Culinary on North space. Visitors will enjoy a menu of burgers, hot dogs, crinkle-cut fries, shakes and custard.
Are you a fan of Italian food? Reserve a table at Tucci Benucch. This restaurant cooks up traditional Italian fare, including the signature dish: Pizza. Enjoy entrees like Chicken Parmesan and classic carbonara, or share one of Tucci’s amazing pizzas. The meal wouldn’t be complete without some Italian libations. Sip on a glass of Chianti or enjoy homemade Italian lemoncello. Delicioso!
Twin City Grill
Retreat from the non-stop action of the mall and settle into the dining room at Twin City Grill. Located on the first floor of the Mall, Twin City Grill serves classic comfort food sure to satisfy anyone’s dining desires. Try the Prime Meatloaf or a Roast Turkey Plate with made-from-scratch stuffing. Or opt for a crispy flatbread, grilled burger or fresh-tossed salad. Pair your meal with a local craft beer or a glass of wine, and you’re ready for a memorable experience that will leave you full and content.
No matter what kind of food your group enjoys, Mall of America delivers a wide selection of options to suit everyone’s tastes.