moto-i | Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Exceptional based on 17 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

2940 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota United States 55408 [ print map ]
612 821 6262 | facebook | twitter

Hours: Mon - Sun 12 Noon to 2 am

Mayor: BVery (1) | Affiliated user(s) here blakebrewer | Taps: 16 |


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Beer Available At moto-i (arranged by most recent)
moto-i Junmai Nama Nigori Sake , moto-i Junmai Daiginjo , moto-i Junmai Nama Genshu Sake 55, moto-i Futsuu Namasake 45, moto-i Junmai Nama Ginjo 1801 Sake , Herkimer American Red Ale
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17 reviews for moto-i
 Ambiance  85%
 Service  78%
 Selection  67%
 Food  72%
 Value  65%
 Overall  78%
 Rating  83%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
jmikolich  (110) North Ridgeville, Ohio | April 2, 2014
Stopped on a Tuesday night, not astoundingly busy and seat yourself type service, server was friendly but brief offering very little insight into the sake they make, food was good, the steamed buns were tasty and the noodle bowl was good but difficult to eat for a westerner with chopsticks. Sake is cool to see come from a tap, and had a wide range of flavors, down to $10 a flight, and parking was no problem found a street 2 blocks away. touch on the high side for pricing but would definitely come back to try more sake.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
mnmike  (33) Minnesota | March 5, 2013
Cool place, but you go here for the sake. Turns out Iíve been drinking bad sake my whole life, so thanks to this place Iíve seen the light. All MN beers on the tap list. Cool food. Hipster. Annoyance of uptown parking.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
cards04  (104) Steinbach, Manitoba | January 6, 2013
Cool atmosphere...even had japanese tv on. It gets high marks for being what it is. A sake brewpub. Pretty cool. They didnít have a lot of their sakes on tap when we were their, but the sampler flight I had was good, and the bartender was very helpful. The japanese street food was excellent as well.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
northropfrye  (188) Steinbach, Manitoba | January 6, 2013| Updated January 7, 2014
This concept (a sake brewpub with Japanese street food) is excellent and they pull if off. Cool vibe, excellent food, and quality sakes. Plus, if youíre not into sake they have a decent selection of draft beer. Overall a must visit in Minneapolis.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
XmnwildX12  (51) Farmington, Minnesota | July 29, 2012
Checked this place out due to the Beer Buddy app. Tried a flight of their sake which was $12 for 3 small samples. Had a couple Surly beers on tap as well as Summit Oatmeal Stout. Pretty cool patio upstairs as well.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Gar4016  (10) , Iowa | May 10, 2012
We stumbled upon this randomly on a Thursday in mid-afternoon. It was a dark but modern looking atmosphere. It probably picks up quite a bit at night, I would hang out there really if I lived here. Iím not sure who else in the US makes their own Sake, but this place does, itís good, and itís on tap(along with some local favorites). We had great service and the waiter went into great depth explaining the concept of the brewing operation and their business, very informative. The food was excellent and though I donít remember my exact dish it was creative and went well withe sake. We were able to check out the smaller room where they do the sake brewing and also the upstairs patio is next on our list when we come back. Worth the visit, and I will have to come back for the patio, if not the sake!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 14/20
BVery  (448) Burnsville, Minnesota | April 1, 2012
Fun spot in Uptown. Trendy dark vibe. Sake flights available. Rooftop patio. Great service.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
Atom  (109) Minneapolis, Minnesota | August 3, 2011
I love this place, Iíd always enjoyed Sake but nothing beats fresh Sake on tap! Lots of different styles of Sake. If Sake isnít your thing they have Local beers on tap also. I also would recommend going in at happy hour as the Sake is rather expensive, really nice to have a 10pm-2am late happy hour. The food is hit or miss and some things can be a bit pricey, but they do change it up a lot. Service is usually friendly and if they have time will go over the Sake menu with you. All in all nothing beats a late happy hour Sake drunk.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen  (422) Fort Collins, Colorado | April 8, 2011
Way cool, hip atmosphere along with great service, excellent food, and homemade sake make this place a must-see! A tour of the brewery was especially interesting. I would recommend showing up at Happy Hour as you can get a huge discount on their sake.
theisti  (525) Leawood, Kansas | August 12, 2010| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited for a late lunch on a Thursday. When I walked in, I was the only person in the place - which turned out to be great because the bartender spent a lot of time chatting with me and explaining the Sake and Food menu, as well as the concept of the plave in general. Itís a cool space, and each of the three levels has something to offer. The first level has bar seating, table seating around the back, and a couch-type loung area in back. The second floor is more of an extra bar area, and the third floor / rooftop has outdoor seating with great views of Uptown. I had the Sake sampler, which was three different 2 ounce pours, along with an educational placemat that was really helpful in understanding each style. In addition to the Sake, I ordered a Pork Ramen dish which was really fresh and tasty. Beyond Sake, they had about 8 tap handles dedicated to local beers. Overall, a cool place and certainly unique. I hope to get back in the evening with a larger group. Happy hour had some pretty great deals as well.

76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.

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