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Smack Shack

₱₱ - ₱₱₱American, Seafood,
603 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1220
+1 612-259-7288
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good31%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (23 reviews)
“lobster roll” (230 reviews)
“po boy” (33 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Bar, Gluten Free Options
₱₱ - ₱₱₱
603 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1220
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Had heard about the Lobster rolls and wanted to try on a recent visit. Glad we did!! The roll and the lobster mac n cheese were excellent. Not only was the food great but could not ask for better service. Our server Ashlee was great....More

Thank travelnut
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food, excellent service. Definitely would return. Great atmosphere, and fun place to socialize.

Thank Joshua S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Overall, the food was good and the service was very good. We went on a Friday night and the restaurant was very busy. We had reservations and were 10 minutes early; we were seated immediately. Unfortunately we were seated next to a long table with...More

Thank CaptTrouble
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went there today during brunch and was seated at the bar. I received very good service from the bartender who served a great mimosa. I ordered the Connecticut lobster roll and it was the best decision I made all weekend. It is great and...More

Thank Shelby A
Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

Went to Smack Shack on a Saturday night, with reservations (recommended) and left wanting to return the next day. Upon arrival the service immediately blew us away, between the bartenders, host and hostess and waiter, it was one of the best experiences we had. I...More

Thank Emily E
Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

You’ve gotta go for Happy Hour. Killer appetizers! Crab and lobster guacamoles. To die for. Lobster Mac n Cheese is deeelish. Friendly staff and good drink selection. Can’t wait to return. Wait, this is my second visit this week!

Thank M J B
Reviewed 4 April 2018

I ordered the original lobster roll sandwich. It came with fries and I think a speared pickle. I have had this sandwich at the original restaurant before and it was delicious! This time, the lobster meat tasted diluted and a little watery. It just didn't...More

Thank Kagee V
Reviewed 2 April 2018

We went here late on St. Patrick's day and the dining area was closed. The bar was busy and we were able to order off the menu. We love their lobster rolls. They are overflowing with delicious lobster. This is a must-stop when we are...More

Thank _chrissanchez96
Reviewed 19 March 2018

I don't see the MSP location listed on TA and that is probably a good thing. It was a dismal experience. I read all the amazing reviews of the downtown location and think, what is so different about the airport? I tried the signature sandwhich...More

Thank lucycan
Reviewed 16 March 2018

Once again very disappointing. $21.00 (And this was lunch!) For a fish sandwich and coleslaw. Barely any of the smelly fish under the breading. Never had such foul smelling WALLEYE . And this was lunch! We also had the LOBSTER GUACAMOLE, appetiser ("STARTERS") that was...More

Thank PaulEcon
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Shannon K
14 January 2018|
Response from DeAnna S | Reviewed this property |
We have always found parking on the streets. Sometimes a few blocks away, but the food is worth the walk!
Shannon K
14 January 2018|
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Response from Bustrav8585 | Reviewed this property |
Parked across the street. Depends on how busy but always within a block or two.
4 September 2016|
Response from TravelingFamx | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they have Gluten Free options and. Their web site has their menu
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Valet Parking, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Families with children, Bar scene, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 603 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1220
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 612-259-7288
  • E-mail
Our History

Although named for the boats used to catch lobster, Smack Shack was launched as a food truck in 2010 serving lobster rolls from a land-locked downtown Minneapolis parking lot. Owner Josh Thoma had a great recipe and a belief that appetite for fresh lobster in the Twin Cities was as strong as any coastal city.

Food Truck

As the truck menu evolved, so did the relationship between the City of Minneapolis and food trucks. In 2011, new legislation was passed allowing trucks to park at city meters on designated streets, allowing the truck to get out and gain new fans. It could be often found on Marquette Avenue and 7th. With a commercial kitchen within the City of Minneapolis, and the want to continue serving Lobster rolls through the winter months, Smack Shack developed a fortuitous and legendary partnership with The 1029 Bar in Northeast Minneapolis where they still serve today.

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

In December 2010, Smack Shack began cooking out of the kitchen at the 1029 Bar, kicking everything off with a traditional lobster boil in January 2011. The relationship grew and lobster fans as well as local and national media flocked to the 1029 Bar. In November 2011, Guy Fieri and the crew from The Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" showed up to tape a segment about the truck and the 1029.

603 Washington Avenue

As the "Diners, Drive Ins and Dives episode aired in April 2012, plans for the brick and mortar restaurant in a historic building in Minneapolis' North Loop were announced and construction began shortly thereafter. Smack Shack opened on a snowy night in February 2013 and continues to be heralded by fans and food critics as one of Minneapolis' best.
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