Sunshine Factory Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 7600 42nd Ave N

    Minneapolis, MN 55427

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  • 763-535-7000

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Hours
Sun-Thu 11am-12am, Fri-Sat 11am-1am
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If they want to open during the holidays, they should be prepared. Went in at 6 on a Saturday night - packed lot as it had been for the past week due to new bar in Plymouth!~ 4 bartenders, busy bar - all walking around like there was no

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★★★★★

If they want to open during the holidays, they should be prepared. Went in at 6 on a Saturday night - packed lot as it had been for the past week due to new bar in Plymouth!~ 4 bartenders, busy bar - all walking around like there was no

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Went there last night with one other person. We were seated right away and I was very impressed as it appeared to be pretty busy in the lobby. When we got to the table I realized there many open tables, so it must have just been a large party in the lobby.

We sat down and the hostess told us our server would be with us shortly. After about 15 minutes she came up and asked if we wanted anything to drink. We ordered 2 beers and off she went. She returned 20 mintues later with the beers and asked if we needed more time. We told her we were ready to order and placed our orders.

15 minutes later the food came out, she asked if we needed anything else, we said no and she left. I had the chicken alfredo and it was horrible. Runny sauce, no flavor, chicken undercooked, just bad. I stopped eating and waited for her to return, however there was no sight of her, so I just ate the noodles and pushed all the chicken to the side and figured I'd explain when she came back. When she did come back we were finished with our meal. She asked if we were done, set the bill down, took the plates and left. Not a word about how our food was, she never even came once while we were eating to check on us. We left cash, as we figured it would take a LONG time to get the credit card back.

Upon leaving there was another server who was trying to get past, she completely cut me off and the rolled her eyes at me. The hostess didn't even say "have a good night" or "thanks for stopping in" when we left. Not a word.

Needless to say, bad service, bad food, won't be back, and won't be recommending this place to anyone.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went there last night with one other person. We were seated right away and I was very impressed as it appeared to be pretty busy in the lobby. When we got to the table I realized there many open tables, so it must have just been a large party in the lobby.

We sat down and the hostess told us our server would be with us shortly. After about 15 minutes she came up and asked if we wanted anything to drink. We ordered 2 beers and off she went. She returned 20 mintues later with the beers and asked if we needed more time. We told her we were ready to order and placed our orders.

15 minutes later the food came out, she asked if we needed anything else, we said no and she left. I had the chicken alfredo and it was horrible. Runny sauce, no flavor, chicken undercooked, just bad. I stopped eating and waited for her to return, however there was no sight of her, so I just ate the noodles and pushed all the chicken to the side and figured I'd explain when she came back. When she did come back we were finished with our meal. She asked if we were done, set the bill down, took the plates and left. Not a word about how our food was, she never even came once while we were eating to check on us. We left cash, as we figured it would take a LONG time to get the credit card back.

Upon leaving there was another server who was trying to get past, she completely cut me off and the rolled her eyes at me. The hostess didn't even say "have a good night" or "thanks for stopping in" when we left. Not a word.

Needless to say, bad service, bad food, won't be back, and won't be recommending this place to anyone.

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Went there last night with one other person. We were seated right away and I was very impressed as it appeared to be pretty busy in the lobby. When we got to the table I realized there many open tables, so it must have just been a large

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★★★★★

Went there last night with one other person. We were seated right away and I was very impressed as it appeared to be pretty busy in the lobby. When we got to the table I realized there many open tables, so it must have just been a large

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It's really too bad, they use to have a great lunch but new managers or owners have changes the lunch hour. You can onl!y eat in the bistro which is loud and overcrowded. Have had numerous business lunches in the past....no more. Need

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★★★★★

It's really too bad, they use to have a great lunch but new managers or owners have changes the lunch hour. You can onl!y eat in the bistro which is loud and overcrowded. Have had numerous business lunches in the past....no more. Need

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There was a previous comment about the management at this restaurant and I couldn't agree more. I went there a couple times and was thoroughly disappointed with the service both times. Unless they change the staff there, I won't be back - very rude and unprofessional. Get a manager who was a clue.

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★☆☆☆☆

There was a previous comment about the management at this restaurant and I couldn't agree more. I went there a couple times and was thoroughly disappointed with the service both times. Unless they change the staff there, I won't be back - very rude and unprofessional. Get a manager who was a clue.

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I've never liked soup. Somebody talked me into trying the cream of chicken/wild rice soup at the Sunshine Factory and it is amazing - huge chunks of white chicken in thick creamy sauce - mmmmm. It's hearty! We used to go there for happy hour when I worked nearby and they've added an outdoor patio since. Good atmosphere and good food!

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★★★★★

I've never liked soup. Somebody talked me into trying the cream of chicken/wild rice soup at the Sunshine Factory and it is amazing - huge chunks of white chicken in thick creamy sauce - mmmmm. It's hearty! We used to go there for happy hour when I worked nearby and they've added an outdoor patio since. Good atmosphere and good food!

Pros: Decent bar, Best Soup, Pan-fried Walleye

Cons: too far from home

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Quote "We were sitting in the sports bar area and kept hearing loud yelling from the kitchen. Most unpleasent atmostphere. The turnaround for the food was slow and the waitress informed us that one of the 4 entrees was done but she was still waiting on the others - it took another 15 minutes. Everything was warm when it arrived - I guess one of us had microwaved food!"

I used to work at the sunshine factory and I have no doubt that this reviewer is accurate. If some entree comes up and the others aren't done yet, then it will sit under the heat lamp for upwards of 15 minutes until the other entrees are complete. If you ask to get your meal warmed up because it was served too cold they will microwave it rather than cook it thoroughly.

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★★☆☆☆

Quote "We were sitting in the sports bar area and kept hearing loud yelling from the kitchen. Most unpleasent atmostphere. The turnaround for the food was slow and the waitress informed us that one of the 4 entrees was done but she was still waiting on the others - it took another 15 minutes. Everything was warm when it arrived - I guess one of us had microwaved food!"

I used to work at the sunshine factory and I have no doubt that this reviewer is accurate. If some entree comes up and the others aren't done yet, then it will sit under the heat lamp for upwards of 15 minutes until the other entrees are complete. If you ask to get your meal warmed up because it was served too cold they will microwave it rather than cook it thoroughly.

Pros: bar

Cons: high prices, poor service, bad management

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Brian the manager is unprofessional and rude beyond belief. Its really too bad the food is excellent.

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★☆☆☆☆

Brian the manager is unprofessional and rude beyond belief. Its really too bad the food is excellent.

Pros: good food bad service

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Happy to share that the new breakfasts are HUGE and that it is great to have drinks for only $1.00!
Brunch buffet is missed but will be served on holidays.
The complimentary caramel pecan rolls are delicious.
The staff is impressive too!

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★★★★★

Happy to share that the new breakfasts are HUGE and that it is great to have drinks for only $1.00!
Brunch buffet is missed but will be served on holidays.
The complimentary caramel pecan rolls are delicious.
The staff is impressive too!

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If strong drinks and cheap food turns you on, then happy hour at the Sunshine Factory is for you. With appetizers ranging in price from $3.95 to $6.95, you can afford to try everything! The Sunshine has a great and spacious outdoor deck that people flock to from noon to midnight. And if you find yourself unable to leave, happy hour starts up again at 9:00 with a cheeseburger special for $3.95! Enjoy!

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★★★☆☆

If strong drinks and cheap food turns you on, then happy hour at the Sunshine Factory is for you. With appetizers ranging in price from $3.95 to $6.95, you can afford to try everything! The Sunshine has a great and spacious outdoor deck that people flock to from noon to midnight. And if you find yourself unable to leave, happy hour starts up again at 9:00 with a cheeseburger special for $3.95! Enjoy!

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After reading a couple other reviews we were concerned about the service but decided to try it anyway based on the food recommendations. We were pleasantly surprised with attentive service from staff, and the food was a good as we had hoped for. Wait staff was polite, quick, and responsive, including when sending a steak back for a bit more atttention. Wild rice soup was creamy and thick. Walleye with cracker crumb crust, shrimp, sirloin steaks were all well-prepared, lightly seasoned. Broccoli was served as a large, bright green bouquet with a side of creamy chicken sauce. Another school district staffer leaving the place said the salmon special was excellent.

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★★★★★

After reading a couple other reviews we were concerned about the service but decided to try it anyway based on the food recommendations. We were pleasantly surprised with attentive service from staff, and the food was a good as we had hoped for. Wait staff was polite, quick, and responsive, including when sending a steak back for a bit more atttention. Wild rice soup was creamy and thick. Walleye with cracker crumb crust, shrimp, sirloin steaks were all well-prepared, lightly seasoned. Broccoli was served as a large, bright green bouquet with a side of creamy chicken sauce. Another school district staffer leaving the place said the salmon special was excellent.

Pros: prompt, friendly service, good food

Cons: skimpy salad

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We love sunshine factory. The kid's meal are the best quality and a great value for the money.
There is a wonderful variety and the food is always very tasty.
We go often and never get sick of it.

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★★★★★

We love sunshine factory. The kid's meal are the best quality and a great value for the money.
There is a wonderful variety and the food is always very tasty.
We go often and never get sick of it.

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We love the Sunshine Factory! We especially enjoy their Sunday and special occasion brunches. The food is excellent - hot, flavorful, delicious. It is a bit pricey, but well worth it for special occasions. The regular menu is also wonderful. The portions are huge. The staff is friendly. efficient and attentive. It's a favorite with our family!

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★★★★☆

We love the Sunshine Factory! We especially enjoy their Sunday and special occasion brunches. The food is excellent - hot, flavorful, delicious. It is a bit pricey, but well worth it for special occasions. The regular menu is also wonderful. The portions are huge. The staff is friendly. efficient and attentive. It's a favorite with our family!

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I've visted Sunshine Factory on three different occassions. Twice in the elegant dinning room and once on the sports bar side. On the first visit into the dinning area, I ate my meal and felt sick later that evening. Didn't really think anything about it. But when it happened again on the next visit, I decided not to venture to that side of the resturant.

I do like the outdoor deck on the sports bar side in the spring and summer for that after work drink. But I haven't ventured into eating there yet again.

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★★☆☆☆

I've visted Sunshine Factory on three different occassions. Twice in the elegant dinning room and once on the sports bar side. On the first visit into the dinning area, I ate my meal and felt sick later that evening. Didn't really think anything about it. But when it happened again on the next visit, I decided not to venture to that side of the resturant.

I do like the outdoor deck on the sports bar side in the spring and summer for that after work drink. But I haven't ventured into eating there yet again.

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Great tasting buffet on Sundays if you are really hungy, can't say that about many buffets. Accomidate our large work group well when we lunch here also. Very Friednly staff.

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★★★★☆

Great tasting buffet on Sundays if you are really hungy, can't say that about many buffets. Accomidate our large work group well when we lunch here also. Very Friednly staff.

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The best buger in town.Alway's have great service and food.I just wish they would bring triva back.We have been going there for about 10 years.You alway's get your moneys worth.

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★★★★★

The best buger in town.Alway's have great service and food.I just wish they would bring triva back.We have been going there for about 10 years.You alway's get your moneys worth.

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On one side is a upscale restaurant. Quiet, dimly lit, good food, a little pricey. On the other side is the Bistro. Loud, sports on the big screen TV's, good food, great happy hour specials. They also have a room you can use for parties in the restaurant area.

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★★★★☆

On one side is a upscale restaurant. Quiet, dimly lit, good food, a little pricey. On the other side is the Bistro. Loud, sports on the big screen TV's, good food, great happy hour specials. They also have a room you can use for parties in the restaurant area.

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My husband hated to join me at the Sunshine Factory. I like the activity in the bar, but he hates the noise.

Now he loves the Sunshine Factory, because we eat in the restaurant. And he loves it...

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★★★★★

My husband hated to join me at the Sunshine Factory. I like the activity in the bar, but he hates the noise.

Now he loves the Sunshine Factory, because we eat in the restaurant. And he loves it...

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Food was great! Service was pretty good. We sat in the bar area which has a differant menu from the nicer side. I like the bar menu better. Great cocktails also. Even the kids loved the food.
Give this place a try.

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★★★★★

Food was great! Service was pretty good. We sat in the bar area which has a differant menu from the nicer side. I like the bar menu better. Great cocktails also. Even the kids loved the food.
Give this place a try.

Pros: Wild rice soup, food, drinks

Cons: service is not always the best but ok

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I love SF's Chicken Wild Rice Soup but the only way to do food from here is to call ahead and pick it up. The food is over-priced which would be worth it if the staff had any interest in serving customers. The service is terrible. There have been several times we have had to walk out due to no service. It's a shame since it could be such a great bar but unfortunately they just don't care to wait on anyone. Very disappointing.

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★☆☆☆☆

I love SF's Chicken Wild Rice Soup but the only way to do food from here is to call ahead and pick it up. The food is over-priced which would be worth it if the staff had any interest in serving customers. The service is terrible. There have been several times we have had to walk out due to no service. It's a shame since it could be such a great bar but unfortunately they just don't care to wait on anyone. Very disappointing.

Pros: Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Cons: Service

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A great family place for dinner, reasonable pricing, great portions. The bar is a great place to hang.

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★★★★☆

A great family place for dinner, reasonable pricing, great portions. The bar is a great place to hang.

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There are two sides and two menus for this place. The bar is by far the best, they have a great happy hour along with wonderful food at a better price then their resturant. The other great thing about this side is they have interactive trivia on the TV's. Simply ask for a controller. Great food and a great price for it!

PROS: Outdoor deck
CONS: Can fill very fast due to being popular

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★★★★★

There are two sides and two menus for this place. The bar is by far the best, they have a great happy hour along with wonderful food at a better price then their resturant. The other great thing about this side is they have interactive trivia on the TV's. Simply ask for a controller. Great food and a great price for it!

PROS: Outdoor deck
CONS: Can fill very fast due to being popular

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I don't know if it's still as good as it was when we first went there 15 years ago. Memories tend to improve with age. However they still have the best prime rib I've even found... bar none. The wildrice chicken soup is fantasic, an also the clam chowder is the best I've found in Minnesota. To top it I had to go to Honalulu. The food is always of great quality, and large portions. My only issue is that over the years the waitstaff may not be quite as friendly and accomodating as they once were.

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★★★★★

I don't know if it's still as good as it was when we first went there 15 years ago. Memories tend to improve with age. However they still have the best prime rib I've even found... bar none. The wildrice chicken soup is fantasic, an also the clam chowder is the best I've found in Minnesota. To top it I had to go to Honalulu. The food is always of great quality, and large portions. My only issue is that over the years the waitstaff may not be quite as friendly and accomodating as they once were.

Pros: Clam Chowder, Prime Rib, Chicken wildrice soup

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We were sitting in the sports bar area and kept hearing loud yelling from the kitchen. Most unpleasent atmostphere. The turnaround for the food was slow and the waitress informed us that one of the 4 entrees was done but she was still waiting on the others - it took another 15 minutes. Everything was warm when it arrived - I guess one of us had microwaved food!

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★☆☆☆☆

We were sitting in the sports bar area and kept hearing loud yelling from the kitchen. Most unpleasent atmostphere. The turnaround for the food was slow and the waitress informed us that one of the 4 entrees was done but she was still waiting on the others - it took another 15 minutes. Everything was warm when it arrived - I guess one of us had microwaved food!

Pros: good parking

Cons: crowded, unpleasant atmosphere

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It was my Birthday and my mom wanted to take me out to dinner, after an hour wait with no line, somebody came over to us, the main waitress had thought we had already eaten, we got up and left!

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★☆☆☆☆

It was my Birthday and my mom wanted to take me out to dinner, after an hour wait with no line, somebody came over to us, the main waitress had thought we had already eaten, we got up and left!

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The Sunshine Factory always has the best food, the daily specials are always "extra special" and tasty. My husband and I always have a good time when we go there, the staff is courteous, friendly and very efficient.

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★★★★★

The Sunshine Factory always has the best food, the daily specials are always "extra special" and tasty. My husband and I always have a good time when we go there, the staff is courteous, friendly and very efficient.

Pros: Good Food, Takes Reservations

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Divided into two sides--the bistro and the restaurant--the Sunshine Factory's dual personality may explain its enduring popularity. The restaurant side boasts dark wood, white tablecloths and generous portions. It's a…

 

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