frequently asked questions
What is the dress code?
As casual or as fancy as you want to be.
Do you take reservations?
Most of the dining room is held for walk-in guests.We do take limited number of reservations for groups of 6 - 10 people for dinner and weekday breakfast/lunch. (Reservations are not accepted for weekend brunch). ++ Please Note: out of respect for all guests wishing to enjoy an experience with us, we don't seat incomplete parties. Reservations are held for 15 minutes beyond the reserved time, then released to other guests.
What about for holidays and special occasions?
For New Year's Eve dinner, Valentine's Day dinner, the Dining Out for Life fundraiser, and for special events like beer dinners and wine tastings, we take reservations for any group size - call the restaurant to book a table for one of these special dates.
My group is larger than 10, can you accommodate us?
We can host groups of 10-20 in the front area of our dining room. A pre-set Group Dining menu is required for reservations over 10 people. Group Dining reservations are not accepted for Weekend Brunch. To inquire about menus and pricing, or to book a Group Dining Reservation, please call the restaurant at (612) 823-4790.
How long will I have to wait for a table?
Generally speaking, there is little – if any – wait for a table. If you are visiting us during our busier times, if you are a large group, or if your party is incomplete, there will most likely be a wait. We do have small waiting area, plus a friendly bar available for waiting during dinner, and we do our best to accommodate everyone.
But I hate waiting for a table!!!
Visiting us during our slower times can ensure prompt seating.
What are your busiest times?
This varies greatly and depends on many factors beyond our control, but generally speaking, here are some guidelines: DINNER: between 6:30 – 8:00 & WEEKEND BREAKFAST: between 10:30 – 1:00.
Is the restaurant very noisy?
Yes - the restaurant is definitely quite loud, especially during popular dining times when the restaurant is full of buzz, energy, laughter, music and life. Plus, we enjoy spinning records on our turntable. Avoid the noise by dining with us during our slower periods.
Are you kid friendly?
We’re friendly to those who remain seated for the duration of the ride, and use inside voices. Keep in mind that other guests might not want your wee one as a dining companion. We offer a kid’s menu, high chairs, crayons and books. Be sure to bring a lock for parking your stroller outside - we're unable to allow them inside the restaurant.
Where do I park?
As a neighborhood-y, city-oriented establishment, we offer some fine quality, on-street, self-service, city slicker parking.
Can I bring in a cake or dessert or some other type of food?
We request that guests don’t bring in their own food to our food making establishment. We offer a menu of delicious, made-from-scratch desserts.
Do you have vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu items?
Our made-from-scratch menu is a reflection of what we love to cook, and what we love to eat. Our food love affair definitely includes meat, dairy and gluten. That said, we frequently highlight veggies in a solo performance, as well as dishes unencumbered by meat, dairy and wheat. Our menu changes frequently, so the options are ever changing. It’s always best to let your server guide you through the menu by alerting them to your dietary requirements right away.
Would you host a private party at the restaurant?
Presently, we do not close for private parties. But, we can host groups as large as 20 during our regular business hours. Call (612) 823-4790 for our Group Dining menus, pricing and details.
How long have you guys been around?
Blackbird’s original location opened on July 7, 2007 at 50th & Bryant. A fire destroyed that building in 2010, so we moved to our current location here at 38th & Nicollet.
What's the deal with the antlers, anyway?
We just like ‘em. Gail’s fave has a tarnished brass plaque that reads “June Evans, 1964”. Chris likes the one that has an inscription in little kid’s handwriting, “My first buck. With Grandpa”. We’ve received many of them as gifts from Blackbird friends. We currently have five varieties: whitetail, roe deer, mule deer, caribou and Uncle Tony’s moose from Alaska.