Marin Restaurant & Bar
⋆⋆⋆ out of four stars
www.marinrestaurant.com • 612-252-7000
Location: 901 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls.
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 6:30 a.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat.
Atmosphere: A sophisticated yet Midwestern-approachable dining room with — hurrah — conversation-friendly acoustics.
Service: Always gracious yet uneven, moving from right on the money to absent-minded and inattentive.
Price ranges: At breakfast, entrees $6-$15. At lunch, salads $6-$15, sandwiches $12-$14, entrees $14-$27. At dinner, salads and small plates $6-$13, entrees $16-$33, side dishes $4-$6. Dessert $3-$11.
Recommended dishes: Scallops, pork tenderloin, roast chicken, flatbreads, hummus, watermelon-peach salad, cookie plate.
Wine list: A nicely varied, California-heavy selection, with frequently reasonable prices.
Special menus: An emphasis on vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
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