Moto-i Ramen & Sake House

Brewing American Sake

Since 2008

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  1. What is Okonomiyaki?

    When people try Japanese cuisine for the first time, they often have many questions about what ingredients are used and what certain dishes contain. This is perfectly acceptable, as people are often unsure about a dish the first time they eat it. At Moto-i, we believe in providing every customer with the perfect meal every time they visit, and we’re always happy to answer any questions about ou…Read More

  2. Things to Do While on Vacation in the Twin Cities

    Minneapolis is a great city to visit for vacation, and when paired with its twin city of St. Paul, there are plenty of things to do. Depending on what time of year you’re here, the weather can have an impact on whether you enjoy indoor or outdoor activities, but there’s always something going on in the Twin Cities. At Moto-i, we love meeting people from other parts of the country and the worl…Read More

  3. Celebrate Hanami With Us!

    When people think of Japan, they may think of many things, including sake, ramen, and of course, cherry blossoms. Each year, these beautiful trees blossom from March until early May, and people often travel far to see the progression of the season. At Moto-i in Minneapolis, we love celebrating the arrival of spring and the cherry blossom viewing (known as “Hanami”), and you too can celebrate …Read More

  4. The History of Sake

    At Moto-i in Minneapolis, we’re proud of our on-site sake brewery and the delicious beverages we make on a regular basis. We love when people come into our restaurant and try sake or a sake cocktail for the first time, and we always enjoy seeing the look on their face when they taste the delicious blend of this traditional drink. People have enjoyed sake for centuries, and understanding the his…Read More

  5. Join Our Restaurant’s Loyalty Club

    After you’ve lived in a city for a few months, you most likely find those spots that you frequent for food, drink, and entertainment. You like these spots because of their atmosphere, their service, and their selection. Whether it’s a bar, a restaurant, or a coffee house, you feel at home there and enjoy seeing familiar faces every time you visit. At Moto-i in Minneapolis, we feel the same wa…Read More

  6. Join us for Movie Night Every Sunday Night

    If you’re a fan of Japanese cinema, you most likely have your favorite films, directors, and movie stars. You may have even created your own cinema collection, and often have friends over who love the same films you do, or who perhaps haven’t seen some cult classic you’ve owned for years. If you’re looking to meet people who appreciate Japanese movies as much as you do, then Moto-i is the…Read More

  7. Show Off Your Skills at Open Mic Night!

    If you’re a musician who’s new to Minneapolis, or you simply enjoy getting up in front of people and playing the guitar, then moto-i’s weekly open mic night is perfect for you. Wether you have dozens of open mic nights under your belt or you're nervous about attending your first one, we want to welcome you to our open mic night. We hold our weekly event every Tuesday in the Big Boy Lounge f…Read More

  8. Spend New Year’s Eve at Moto-i!

    December is nearly half over, and that means the New Year isn’t far away. If you always have trouble making plans or finding something to do on New Year’s Eve (NYE), Moto-i is here to help. With NYE falling on a Saturday this year, we’ll be open until 2:00 am, serving sake, beer, and fantastic Japanese cuisine. Even if it’s just you and your significant other, we will do our best to make …Read More

  9. Pairing Sake with Food

    Western civilization has paired wine with food for centuries, and there are now those who specialize in pairing craft beer with certain dishes. There are so many options when it comes to wine and beer pairing that it can seem impossible to find the perfect match. However, it’s important not to forget that Eastern civilization also pairs alcohol with food, and sake, while it can be completely en…Read More

  10. Hold Your Next Corporate Luncheon at Our Restaurant

    As a businessperson, you know the importance of networking. You might be trying to grow your business, or you might already be established in the community, but it’s never a bad idea to meet with like-minded people and share ideas. If you’re planning to host a corporate luncheon in the near future and need a place to hold it, why not have it at Moto-i? Our Japanese restaurant is the perfect s…Read More