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. Plenty 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.

Why “The Sample Room”?

In 1893 Matthias and Rose Thies built The Thies Hotel and Sample Room. They lived and rented out rooms on the second floor and ran a saloon on the ground floor. The namesake “sample room” was coined as they rolled kegs over from nearby Gluek Brewery and sampled the beer.

2124 Marshall changed hands several times over the years. In 2001 it was home to the Polish Palace and many of the windows had been filled in, a drop ceiling had been added and countless layers of paint, wallpaper and posters coated the walls. The current owners ­purchased the land, building and business and worked to restore and rebuild the building (discovering the original tin ceiling), and developed a fresh menu concept to pay homage to the Sample Room. We opened our doors July 16, 2002.

Please enjoy your time with us in this much loved, historic space.

About our kitchen

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
Gentleman Forager Minneapolis, MN
Larry Schultz Farms Owatonna, MN
Moo Oink Cluck Osceola, WI
Peterson Limousin Beef Osceola, WI