Great Places to Eat In and Around Shakopee
O’Brien’s Public House
You’ll think you’re truly in the heart of the Old Country at O’Brien’s Public House located in Downtown Shakopee. With their authentic Irish cuisine, it makes sense why they’ve become such a hot spot for both locals and travelers! Having traveled to Ireland a few years back, I know what amazing Irish food tastes like. Let me tell you, O’Brien’s fish & chips are one of the closest I’ve found to the real deal. They serve some other delicious Irish classics as well like shepherd’s pie and corned beef and cabbage. They also have daily specials including all you can eat ribs on Mondays for $14, fish tacos & a pint for $13 on Tuesdays, and kids can even eat for free on Sundays from 4 – 9 pm! If you’re a breakfast person, check out their brunch menu on Saturdays from 11 am – 2 pm and Sundays from 9 am – 2 pm!
Turtle’s Bar & Grill
Want to watch your favorite sporting event while sipping on one of the best local craft beers & tasting delicious food right off the grill? Look no further than Turtle’s Bar & Grill. Choose one of their 90+ tap beers while taking a bite out of their juicy lucy burger which happens to be one of my personal favorites. If you’re going for lunch, check out their $6.99 lunch menu (from 11am – 2 pm) which includes a one-topping pizza, fettuccine alfredo, or their famous beer-battered walleye sandwich. They also have quite a few lunch specials that change each day so be sure to check out their specials calendar to stay up to date!
Mr. Pig Stuff
Great BBQ in Minnesota? You betcha! Just a taste of Mr. Pig Stuff’s tender ribs will most definitely have you craving more. With a full menu of all BBQ favorites, you can try something new every time you stop in and each meal will not disappoint! If you’re feeling slightly adventurous, order their pulled pork pizza! Or go with their classic pulled pork sandwich, add a side of their incredible coleslaw and maybe some of their tasty cornbread and you’ve got yourself a meal you won’t soon forget. They also offer catering which includes a whole hog roast option!
Amidst the rapid growth of Shakopee, Wampach’s has kept their small-town diner feel through the years. You’ll feel right at home when you walk through the doors; greeted by some of the friendliest faces in town. While they do offer great options for lunch & dinner, they’re known for the best breakfast south of the river. The most important meal of your day can be the one you’ve always dreamed of without burning a hole in your wallet! Their tagline “good food at good prices” is exactly what you can expect during your next visit!
Not only does Shakopee have quite a few places to satisfy your sushi craving, each spot has very photo-worthy presentations of their food! At Sapporo, check out their sushi boat which is jam-packed with all the sushi you could dream of. At Tokyo Sushi & Grill, arrive with some extra time to make your order decision because their selection is huge!
Thai Tempo makes all ingredients and sauces for every dish from scratch with fresh vegetables and fine herbs. Their spring rolls are a must-try or their fan favorites like the red curry or pad thai. They also have quite a fun story on their Facebook page about how they got started. Check it out here!
For your local Italian cuisine, Zuppa Cucina has a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps, and pizza to choose from. Their homemade recipe is what sets them apart; they’re truly one of a kind! If it’s your first time, start out with one of their gourmet sandwiches like my personal favorite – the marinated chicken breast. The next time you stop in, switch things up by ordering a bagel sandwich with smoked ham or turkey!
I had never tried Pho before so, when heading into Pho 83, I didn’t have much of an idea of what to expect. I was blown away by how delicious everything was! I tried their classic, sweet and sour chicken with fried rice, but I was also able to try their famous Pho and I’m trying to contain myself from going back every day this week! I was very impressed with their large menu. They had something for everyone! Definitely put this spot on the top of your to-try list!
Shakopee has a few great options when it comes to Mexican Cuisine and it’s impossible for us to pick a favorite! Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant – voted a top five Mexican Restaurant in the Twin Cities – has been around for decades and it is their mission to make every dining experience memorable for customers. They’re known for their homemade salsa and it’s so great i wish I could take some to go every time! For a great deal, go for their 2 for $24 special that includes an appetizer and two entrees!
The newer spot on the scene is Bravis, located in Downtown Shakopee. Often referred to as “mexican food with a twist,” with their street-food style options, you can taste some of the best food around without breaking the bank! Their pineapple bowl is a fan-favorite and is served up exactly how it sounds – in a pineapple! How fun! When ordering one of their fantastic burritos, be sure to add a little extra flavor with one of their many unique add-ons like hot Cheetos or french fries!
For another dining experience to remember, El Toro has an incredible list of deals for lunch, dinner & happy hour! Their lunch specials, from 11 am – 2:30 pm are all under $12! For dinner, take it up a notch with one of their grill options. Looking for a smaller meal? Order off their a la carte or appetizer menu to start!
Another great Mexican dining experience in Shakopee is Taco Loco. Their specialty is their double corn tortilla tacos – voted some of the best in the Twin Cities! They also have wonderful carne asada, guacamole, burritos, enchiladas, and more!
Known for their outstanding hamburgers, Lion’s Tap boasts one of the best in the Twin Cities. Having won multiple awards in this category, it’s a stop on any foodie’s list that cannot be missed. Start off by ordering their classic hamburger, or if you’re feeling adventurous, make it a double with a side of their amazing fries. You’ll never walk out of here wanting more. You’ll be happy with your choice every time you stop by!
Dangerfield’s has an atmosphere that’s hard to find anywhere else. With their high-end menu and beautiful space, you’ll feel like royalty from the second you walk through the door. Start out with one of their snack options like the tomato bruschetta or coconut shrimp. For your main dish, order one of their delicious steaks or their fresh grilled salmon! They also have quite an impressive full bar with whatever wine, beer or cocktail you’re in the mood for!
Hy-Vee Market Grille
With my unfortunately choosy palette, I sometimes struggle deciding what to order when I dine out. At Hy-Vee Market Grille, I never have! No matter the mood I’m in, I can always find something that sounds great whether it be breakfast, seafood, salads, burgers, or flatbreads! I’ve pushed myself to try new things here and boy am I glad I did – their peanut butter burger has become my absolute favorite thing on the menu! Their margarita flatbread pizza is a close second. For all you sushi fans out there – stop by on Wednesdays for half-off any of their fabulous sushi selections!