Grand Forks, a charming city in North Dakota, is a culinary gem waiting to be discovered. Known for its vibrant food scene, it offers a diverse range of dining options that cater to all palates. From upscale eateries serving gourmet dishes to cozy cafes offering comfort food, the city is a gastronomic paradise. This article will guide you through the best restaurants in Grand Forks, each offering a unique dining experience. Whether you're a local foodie or a tourist seeking a memorable meal, these top-rated establishments promise to satiate your cravings and leave you with unforgettable dining memories.
We got there just before the dinner rush on a Friday night, and were seated right away. Just a few minutes later there was a 25 minute wait for a table. The table side guacamole is worth the price. Absolutely fantastic. I could not decide which Tacos to try, and the waiter said that he could do one of each of 3 different types, except the walleye Tacos. I tried the chicken, the steak, and their special for the night, a pork and pineapple concoction. Spectacular. My companion had the chicken in a Chipotle cream sauce with mushrooms which was also divine. Service was also excellent even though our waiter was dealing with a difficult table near us. I would definitely recommend you go early. Food is worth a bit of a wait though!
5 / 5
I was offered guacamole dip from a cart a woman goes around making with different ingredients. When I saw the portion, I should've asked if it cost money. I'm a little angry that I wasn't told. It cost $11.00, and before I found that out by seeing it on the bill, I already made the statement I didn't like it. I was disappointed that my seat couldn't see the TV, which I was very interested in watching. There was a beam blocking my view. The water had an odd taste so I didn't finish it and otherwise it was OK. On the fence if the meat was cut too thin. Very friendly staff. Very clean place. If this was helpful, please give me a thumbs up. Thanks. Remember to leave your review.
3 / 5
Absolutely delicious. Everything was great. My server Chelsea G, awesome. I will be going back every time I'm in forks after 3pm. Can't wait to try all the diff tequilas next time
5 / 5
Great mexican restaurant with nice atmosphere and full bar. Their foods are good and staff are friendly.. Great place for mexican foods in town
5 / 5
Awesome first IMPRESSION! As going in we were greeted and seated quickly. I have to mention being hispanic I felt the atmosphere very nicely decorated. Server was awesome since we got seated. She was on top of our drinks and requests! I will share that the pricing is average to the plate size. Foof was very good!!! Chips and salsa IS A MUST! SALSA WAS GREAT!!! Tasted AUTHENTIC! food was a 100/10. I got a quesadilla fajita plate w steak. Steak had a great flavor! We ordered guacamole and its made fresh by your table which was awesome something i had not seen in any other mex restaurant. We got churros also with ice cream on the side and OMG!!! AWESOME!!! This restaurant is a MUST GO TO if you want to taste AUTHENTIC MEXICAN FOOD! I HIGHLY RECOMMENDED IN ALL GRAND FORKS MEXICAN RESTAURANTS!!
5 / 5
Cass D Lo
Lively chain restaurant serving American seafood standards amid New England-themed decor.
Reb Lobster Grand Forks is best of my favorite. They are awesome for food, service and everything. Food never make you disappointed. They are perfect. Every food for every time I tried it so good. Delicious.
5 / 5
We had a wonderful meal here last night. It took a little longer than expected to get a table, but it was worth the wait. You don't usually go to Red Lobster for steak, but let me tell you, it was delicious! If you're there on a Wednesday night, get the steak and lobster tail daily special. Great price for great food! The steak was cooked perfectly and had just the right amount of seasoning. And of course the lobster tail was excellent. Our server was terrific and took great care of us. Highly recommended!
5 / 5
Had to try the lobster and shrimp tacos during Lobsterfest. Very tasty and good sized portions. Three tacos will fill you up. Can't miss with their biscuits either. Our server, Alison was very friendly and knew when to check on us. Overall a good visit, just a little on the expensive side for lunch. UPDATE AUG 20th DISAPPOINTING! If you don't have cooks or staff the don't open. Went in for the shrimp special, what special? The hostess nor ther server didn't say the were out of the two special flavors. The WHY is it on the wall when you walk in, in the menu and on the table. We sat for 25+ minutes waiting on tacos and chowder, at that point asked for the manager. She explained she was the only cook and offered a discount. The feeling was warm, but won't be back if this is the way they're going, downhill.
3 / 5
Oh the atmosphere peered in here in the afternoon is soooo nice, Thank You! Allison was my serve so kind!
5 / 5
Tammy Jo Schaub
I honestly can’t believe this restaurant is still in business. I do understand that it’s hard to find good help but then maybe they shouldn’t be open. We opted to sit at the bar because there was a thirty minute wait for a table. The hostess told us there was only one other person eating in there. The bartender told us a couple minutes. We waited 25 minutes and then left. She never even asked us for a drink order. There was people waiting in there for 40 minutes for Togo orders! I just can not believe the costumer service these days, I think it’s become a thing of the past. You work hard for your money and with the cost of everything these days, it’s really sad to believe a restaurant like red lobster could be so disappointing. It’s not like we went to a pizzeria. But after we left there, Culver’s was definitely a better option.
1 / 5
10 stars plus! Superb food, atmosphere and staff. I highly recommend the Aloo gobi and tandoori chicken and garlic naan. Staff is super friendly and food is served quickly. House of Punjab is quite the gem in the grand cities!
5 / 5
House of Punjab isn't just the best Indian food restaurant in the region... it's one of the best restaurants in the area, period. The food is immediately transcendent and transportive. As if I'm no longer in Grand Forks, ND anymore. I had the chicken Kashmiri and Onion Naan. Just unreal!! If you're a visitor to Grand Forks, highly recommend!
5 / 5
Surprised to see an excellent Indian restaurant in Grand Forks, ND I only had Paneer Pakora and Aloo Naan. Fair price. Cooked fresh.
5 / 5
Friends have raved about this place, so I drove over an hour to check it out and I was definitely NOT let down! The Palak Paneer was really good, as well as the Paneer Pakora. The garlic cilantro naan is really tasty too! Taking a few meals home as well to try. The Chili paneer and Aloo Gobi. I'll update later on how those meals are :) 😋
5 / 5
Marlena Wieseman (Laney)
Nice, beautiful and simple decor, clean, and the ONLY Indian food in Grand Forks so I was hoping it was good food. I was pleasantly impressed with the quality of the food and the decor and cleanliness of the place. The AC was on just right ... not too strong and not too low for summer heat in late July 2022. The table and menu was very clean and so was the bathroom. I am vegetarian and was happy that they could make me a vege tikka masala which is my favorite dish in the world. I asked for extra veges and I was happy to pay the $1.95 extra for it. Then when I received the dish, the masala was amazing but most of the veges were big potato pieces and carrots. Those are my least favorite veges. I was hoping for more cauliflower, tomato, green pepper, onion, and even broccoli. Next time I will just ask for the regular vege tikka masala and no extra veggies bc I am afraid to get mostly potato. Other than that the servers were nice and kind. The portion of basmati rice with cumin was perfect (generous). I love the parasols all over the ceiling! They are so colorful and beautiful. The decor is not over done. And the music is not too loud and nice. Love it.
5 / 5
Lodge-like locale with a menu ranging from tapas to burgers, seafood to BBQ ribs, plus beer on tap.
Great spot! I’ve stopped here many times while working in the East Grand Forks area and have always had a great experience with good food. The staff are great and work hard to make sure you have your drinks and food in a timely manner. At this visit I had the Ahi Tuna with broccoli & Jasmine rice as sides. The tuna was perfectly seared and tasted great. All of the salads are great here as well as the soups.
5 / 5
The service we received at Blue Moose was the best we got during our whole weekend we spent in Grand Forks. The sandwiches we had for lunch were delicious, and the soup was good too. Given the choice, always choose the seasoned fries. Decore is outdoorsy but tasteful. Staff were friendly. Everything was clean. And I love that they leave a pot of coffee at your table. If we are ever back in Grand Forks, we will be stopping here again.
5 / 5
Food was really good and our server Kayla B wad fantastic. Been awhile since I've been and glad I stopped in. People need to remember to use their indoor voices and think of everyone else trying to enjoy their selves. One table was extremely loud and it wasn't called for. UPDATE - Sept 18th, the Oktoberfest menu is back. A fantastic take on a gyros with The Diner wrap, packed the flavor and great frittes. Must try the new addition of the Bruno's Beer Boat, the German potato salad was spot on, and the wurst with the saurkraut beer gravy is insanely tasty. Got to get it the Oktoberfest menu while it last.
5 / 5
Overall good experience. Food is somewhat under seasoned and over priced but decent. Nice and speedy service. Interesting environment. I had the walleye and onion soup. I did get a couple of bones....
3 / 5
Great family-friendly restaurant. Love the decor - keeps the kids entertained as we like to play I spy The food is always fresh and delicious. Had the Mahi taco 🌮 this time. I loved it!
5 / 5
Family-friendly chain eatery with a broad menu of standards & cocktails in a relaxed setting.
Ground Round is one of my favorite places! With several different seating options and fresh popcorn at the table, GR is the prefect spot for lunch or supper. The server was very friendly. The atmosphere is calm with good lighting, no loud music, and clean seating. My wife and I opted for burgers, which were delicious. My son had mini corn dogs and mac n cheese. The father in law (whos food I never got a pic of) ordered the jambalaya. I got to sample a bit of the jambalaya and was instantly jealous. In the end, we all kept asking each other why we don't go to Ground Round more often! We will definitely be going back.
5 / 5
We had a good experience the first time, the second time not so good. I was impressed with the gluten free cheeseburger. Very good. Kiddo really liked the alfredo. This time, I had a huge salad was good. Kiddos pasta was over cooked and hard. The server ghosted us. I paid at the bar and left. Was just disappointed after a good experience the first time. I miss sickies bar...
3 / 5
My parents used to frequent this joint when I was a young lad, back before Zach Morris graduated from Bayside High. In all that time, the popcorn has not changed. Unfortunately, everything else has. Girlfriend and I were so disappointed with our meals that we actually complained to the wait staff instead of passive aggressively acting like all is well, something typical of us Minnesotans. Instead of offering a way to remedy the situation, both the waiter and manager seemed annoyed that we weren’t enjoying our rubber, grocery-store-like Goodyear ribs and pale broccoli. When asked if we would like them to try make another attempt at something that resembles an edible meal, I quickly lost my appetite when I looked over her shoulder at the kitchen that looked like a college dorm room that hadn’t been cleaned all semester. Gross. Get it together, Ground Round.
2 / 5
It may be typical "bar" food, but it's still tasty and the service was excellent. The staff there seemed to take note that my friends and I were regulars and know what we tend to order. It was nice having the drink order ready pretty much immediately.
5 / 5
Not bad, little pricey for the amount. Sometimes there's obnoxious drunks keeping your waitress busy.....
4 / 5
Classic American bar drawing a boisterous college crowd with booze, pub grub & sports on TV.
Very bustling and alive with a young and energetic crowd. There are lots of fun stuff to do: blackjack, roulette, slot machines, darts, pool. Drinks served non stop w wait staff walking around for more rounds, a ton of flat screen TVs for games being shown, and 2 levels just to lounge and enjoy time w buddies. Music is loud, people are talking, and it’s fun to people watch.
5 / 5
Awesome place to grab lunch with them having different specials every day. When it comes to nightlife, they have some of the best for fun with drinks and shot specials.
5 / 5
Delicious chicken barbecue soft tacos. Yummy spinach dip & nachos for appetizer. Great lunch! Very friendly attentive staff!
5 / 5
I saw some bad reviews about this place and I don't understand it. This place had great service and great food. 5 out of the 7 waiters/waitresses all stopped by our table and I loved that approach. Never had that great of service anywhere else
5 / 5
I Love this place, I come here all the time from Winnipeg, Best clubhouse ever. BUT.. Today, October 5th at dinner - the service was DREADFUL. ABSOLUTELY Pathetic. The server was disinterested, had to flag her down a few times, didn't ask me how my meal was, if everything was ok, etc. Zero customer service. Then I moved to the bar, hoping I'd get more attention and it was just as bad. Had to wave at someone down for my bill??? Absolutely disappointed. You simply cannot treat customers this way. I question whether I'll come back now.
1 / 5
Counter-serve chain offering international noodle & pasta dishes from mac 'n' cheese to Pad Thai.
This is always our first stop in Grand Forks. Best place to come for lunch when craving pasta. The pasta was delicious, I recommend the Wisconsin Mac & Cheese (not pictured). My dish, buttered noodles with seasoning, hit the spot. My only con is that I wish there were more pictures on the menu in-store. It was difficult picturing the dishes with only words describing the entreés. We will always return, there is nothing better than take-out pasta!
5 / 5
Good food and the variety is awesome. They keep the menu fresh. Need to work on their website, wasn't working again. UPDATE: July 8th, food still tasty, portions seem smaller than in the past. The spicy Korean was sweet and no heat, but flavorable. I'd like to see something from Central or South America on their menu as the world favorites are lacking. Service was quick and friendly.
4 / 5
It's kind of spendy, but the food was good. First bite, the Suttle spice heat caught me off guard, but it was good. The reason I didn't give 5 stars was that I and the people I was with were trying to find a place to sit where the AC wasn't blowing directly on us. I would recommend changing the angle or direction of the AC so it's not blowing directly down on customers. No fun eating a hot meal with AC blowing on you and your food.
4 / 5
This location is filthy! The food was good and the service was good but the cleanliness was horrible. It was very off putting while trying to eat. It makes you wonder about kitchen cleanliness as well.
2 / 5
Always a pleasure to go to Noddles and company. The service is usually quick and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The only downside to Noddles these days is that they no longer have the "beef stroganoff" , which was a favorite in our house. Since they discontinued this dish, we rarely go there anymore! With that said, it makes us pretty sad because we would order from there quite often. I'm very sad about this. I wish they would bring it back . 😔 I guarantee if they were to bring back the "beef stroganoff " it would bring in more customers and we would be a regulars again. Here's to seeing it on the flipside. I hope corporate sees this post and takes it into consideration. Here's to wishful thinking. 😏
5 / 5