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 Facebook * Google Map
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.
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!
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!