Aug 302010
 

Cuisine: Steak
Restaurant Features: Bar, Valet Parking
Location: Downtown Minneapolis
Address: 26 6th Street South, Minneapolis, MN‎ -(612) 339-0909
Hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30a-2:30p    Dinner  Sun-Sat  4:30-10pm
Links: Murray’s Website * Murray’s on FacebookGoogle Map

Marquee ~ Murray's Restaurant

Marquee ~ Murray’s Restaurant

Atmosphere: Opened in 1946, Murray’s is one of the oldest established Steakhouses in the Twin Cities area.  Located in the Heart of Downtown on 6th St at Hennepin Ave, Murray’s is a big, open space that resembles an old ballroom.  With the chandeliers, white table clothes and mirrored, curtained walls, I almost felt like I was at a wedding reception.

Inside Murray's Restaurant

Inside Murray’s Restaurant

Murray’s has a Cocktail Lounge that is just to the right of the main entrance.  The Cocktail Lounge has been a popular place to catch a drink while waiting for a fabulous steak meal for seven decades!

Bar Area ~ Murray's Restaurant

Bar Area ~ Murray’s Restaurant

Menu: Starters at Murray’s include Smoked Shrimp, Crab Cakes, Steak Tartar, Shrimp Cocktail, Calamari, Walleye and Wild Rice Spring Roll, Tuna Tartar,  Lobster Tail Skewers, Escargot, Halibut Cheeks, Truffled Mushroom Canape, Broiled Oysters and Appetizer Sampler (crab cakes, shrimp, and spring rolls).

Salads include Caesar Salad, Gorgonzola Pear Salad, Crab and Mango Salad, The Wedge, Roasted Beet Salad and Cole Slaw.

Entrees include a variety of delicious steaks including the famous Silver Butter Knife Sirloin Steak ( 28 or 42 oz of aged beef), 14oz New York Strip, 14oz Peppercorn Strip, 10 oz Filet, 8 oz Sirloin, 20 oz Ribeye, 28 oz Bone-in Porterhouse, Tenderloin Medallions, Cedar Plank Salmon, Lobster Tail, King Crab Legs, Pork Chops, Chicken Saltimbocca, Beef Tenderloin Sandwich, Rack of Lamb and a Burger.

Price guide: Appetizers $9-37   Salads $5-15    Entrees $16-53   Butterknife Steak $94/$135
Weekly Specials:

  • M-F 4:30-6pm Early Bird 3 Course Dinner $19.95
  • Sun-Thurs 3 Course Dinner $29.95
  • Friday Night Special Dinner for Two  20oz Beef Tenderloin $69.95

What we ordered: My companions and I started with this complimentary basket of bread.  There were dinner rolls as well as seasoned parmesan toast.  The toast was delicious, salty with just a subtle hint of parmesan cheese and butter.  Warning! It is hard to resist this heaping basket of carb goodness.

Bread Basket ~ Murray's Restaurant

Bread Basket ~ Murray’s Restaurant

We also had an order of Calamari that was served with a seasoned mayonnaise. The portion was decently sized for the price. We all agreed that it was good and cooked just right so that the texture of the calamari was cooked without being chewy, but the breading wasn’t quite crispy enough and easily fell apart.   Although I liked it, I probably wouldn’t order this again.

Calamari ~ Murray's Restaurant

Calamari ~ Murray’s Restaurant

There was no doubt I was going to order the Ribeye, my “usual” steak.  One bite had me declaring this the best steak of my life! The ribeye was huge; 20 oz without the bone.  I ordered it medium and it was cooked just the way I like it.  I could tell that the quality of this steak was excellent, it was extremely tender and seemed to be completely gristle free.  The fat was barely noticeable except for the delicious flavor it added.  The aged beef had a robust flavor and was really well seasoned while also being served atop a small amount of au jus.  Magnificent!! Worth every penny of the $42 price tag.  It was served with choice of potato or salad.  I had baked potato which was also very good.

Ribeye Steak ~ Murray's Restaurant

Ribeye Steak ~ Murray’s Restaurant

One of my companions ordered the Porterhouse, a giant 28 oz bone-in steak containing the short loin and tenderloin, unquestionably the best part of the beef.  This steak was also amazingly tender and juicy.  Choice of potato was fries, which were fresh cut and lightly fried.

Porterhouse Steak ~ Murray's Restaurant

Porterhouse Steak ~ Murray’s Restaurant

French Fries ~ Murray's Restaurant

French Fries ~ Murray’s Restaurant

Two of my companions shared the Silver Butter Knife Steak for Two, a giant 28 oz Strip Sirloin.  One bite and you might just think this sirloin is tenderloin, it was so tender.  I am not typically a fan of sirloin but I tried this steak and can attest that it is exceptionally tender and flavorful.  With the Steak for Two, each person gets choice of salad or soup and choice of potato.

Silver Butterknife Steak ~ Murray's Restaurant

Silver Butterknife Steak ~ Murray’s Restaurant

Dinner Salad ~ Murray's Restaurant

Dinner Salad ~ Murray’s Restaurant

Service: We were lucky to get a table on a busy Thursday evening, after arriving at a late hour and not having a reservation.  Our server was very professional and the rest of the wait staff was very efficient at clearing plates, refilling drinks, etc.
Overall Impression: I had high expectations for a Steakhouse that is commonly ranked in the Top 3 and I was not at all disappointed with our food or service.  I was a little surprised that the decor didn’t see to have been updated in many decades, but if you want a good steak, you can’t go wrong with a steak at Murray’s.  I highly recommend the Ribeye!

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  5 Responses to “Murray’s Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge ~ Minneapolis, MN”

  1. [...] Murray’s Restaurant ~ One bite had me declaring this the best steak of my life! The ribeye was huge; 20oz without the bone.  I ordered it medium and it was cooked just the way I like it.  I could tell that the quality of this steak was excellent, it was extremely tender and seemed to be completely gristle free.  The fat was barely noticeable except for the delicious flavor it added.  The aged beef had a robust flavor and was really well seasoned while also being served atop a small amount of au jus.  Magnificent!! Worth every penny of the $42 price tag.  It was served with choice of potato or salad.  I had baked potato which was also very good.  I have been to Murray’s a few times now and the steaks are consistently wonderful. [...]

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  3. Murray’s was our favorite dinner spot ever and it still is! In the early years of our marriage, we would go there almost every Saturday, in the early evening, as they had the Early Bird Special, and that was all we could afford then. We almost always had the Silver Butter Knife for two. As I remember, this was in the 60′s, cost $19.95. We moved away for 8 years. We celebrated our 15th. wedding anniversary there and as we were leaving, Mrs. Murray, visited with us. We told her it was our anniversary and she said to us “Wait, I will be right back!” She went to the freezer and brought us this beautiful anniversary cake for us to take home! As you can see, I never forgot it. My husband died 5 years ago but I still go there. Our daughters and their husbands also love it. We sell Real Estate and we have given out many gift certificates for the famous Butter Knife Steak for two. It has a place in my heart. I plan to introduce my grandchildren to Murray’s, too. No matter the price, I still order the Silver Butterknife for two.. P. S. The parmesan toast is to die for. If you haven’t tried it, put it on your ‘bucket list!’

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  5. Murray’s is SOOO good!!! My ex and I went there often for anniversary dinners, and, we got engaged there.

    The staff was very helpful when he proposed… he went earlier that day, they put the ring in their safe, and put it in a vase of flowers he brought. They brought it to the table between dinner and dessert… then the violin player came and played at our table after I said yes. People all over the restaurant were coming over to congratulate us…

    The staff there have always been wonderful, the food has always been perfect. I highly recommend it to steak lovers everywhere!

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