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On the Mississippi River just minutes from downtown in historic Northeast Minneapolis, The Sample Room is conveniently located 0.7 miles north of the old Grain Belt Brewery at 2124 Marshall Street NE .

Look for our green star in a restored turn-of-the century brick building that offers skyline views. Plently of free parking is available in our lot or on the street.

We do not take reservations, but to ensure more prompt seating you may call up to one hour in advance to add your name to our waiting list.  Upon arrival, guests will be seated in the order they appear on the list. Parties of 6 or larger, on Friday and Saturday nights, must be present to be seated. Hope to see you soon!
We offer off-premise catering. Ask about bringing The Sample Room to your next event.

History of The Sample Room

In 1849 Henry Sibley and his wife Sarah bought lots 12 & 13 of Auditors Subdivision number 34 from the U.S. Government. The land passed through the hands of 15 different parties during the next 26 years. The names include: Pierre Bottineau, whose namesake neighborhood in Northeast Minneapolis is where you are currently sitting; John Orth, whose Orth Brewery became the Minneapolis Brewing and Malting Company in 1890 and was the predecessor of the Grain Belt Brewery; Gottlieb Gluek, who started Gluek Brewery in 1857 and was located where Gluek Park is now; Louis Kampff, who helped his friend Gottlieb Gluek get the brewery going with a $1000 loan and a handshake and who also built a handful of homes on the river for himself and his children; and finally Anthony Brooks, who operated a saloon owned by the Gluek Brewery at 20th and Marshall. Mr. Brooks employed a bartender by the name of Matthias Thies in the early 1880’s. Matt and his wife Rose purchased lot #13 from Mr. Brooks in 1893. On it they built a handsome two story brick building and started their own business, The Thies Hotel and Sample Room. They lived on the second floor at 2128 Marshall, rented out four rooms and ran a saloon on the ground floor.

About our kitchen

Headed by Chef Matt Knudsen and Sous Chef Taylor O’Brien, we proudly operate a scratch kitchen.  All of our charcuteries, pastas, dressings, mustards and sauces are made by hand in-house.
We work with many small family farmers and artisanal producers to source local ingredients.
Following are some of our current partners:
DragSmith Farms Barron, WI
Bullfrog Fish Farm Menomonie, WI
Schlangen Family Farms Freeport, MN