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Stella's Fish Cafe

1400 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
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  • Sun-Thu 11:30am-1am, Fri-Sat 11:30am-2am
  • $$
  • Business Dining, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Valet Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
Minnesota is, obviously enough, practically perfect in every way, except for the notable lack of good oceanfront footage. As we all wait patiently for global warming to remedy that, we finally have a really good, beachy place to wait: Stella's Fish Cafe and Prestige Oyster Bar. It might seem landlocked, but really it's just like a beach vacation: plenty of icy cold beverages, lots of hot fried fish (the fish and chips and catfish po'boy are particularly recommended), fun indulgences like key lime pie and homemade jalapeño poppers, and even plenty of square footage to get a decent sunburn: the enormous rooftop patio.

Related Stories (4)

  • Stella's Fish Cafe Rooftop Now Open
    March 11 at 6 a.m. by Mecca Bos

    Fifty degrees? Good enough! Let's drink! Nobody suffers more than Minnesotans all winter long, and so what do we do? We drink. And when springtime finally hits in all of its glory, what do we do? We celebrate! With a drink! Stella's...

  • Stella's Update: No minimums on patio seats, no reservations, and a new deck
    June 16 at 2 p.m. by Rachel Hutton

    What with all the commenting/Facebooking/Tweeting going on regarding CJ's Star Tribune column about Stella's $100 minimums on patio seats, I called Stella's general manager Gary Windschitl to get more details about their policy and ...

  • Stella's charges $100 for rooftop seats
    June 14 at 2:16 p.m. by Rachel Hutton

    Seriously? Seriously? We know that everyone loves a good roof deck--the things have been popping up in Uptown and downtown faster than you can order a Long Island iced tea--but CJ's reporting that one of the most notable ones, Stell...

  • Out of the Frying Pan
    August 24 at 4 a.m. by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

    Stella's Fish Café turns a notoriously popular location into fishy, family-friendly gold. Stella's Fish Café & Prestige Oyster Bar, Minneapolis


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