About Esker Grove | Minneapolis Dining

Located in the Walker Art Center, chef Doug Flicker and his team celebrate seasonal ingredients at Esker Grove restaurant. 


Doug Flicker
Executive Chef

TJ Rawitzer
Chef de Cuisine

Kim Tong
General Manager

Jon Olson
Bar Manager


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 Located at the new entrance to the Walker Art Center, chef Doug Flicker and his team celebrate seasonal ingredients at Esker Grove. 

Not only does the name Esker Grove celebrate the restaurant’s physical location at the base of the Walker Art Center, but it represents the layered sensory experience of food; taste, visual, texture, aroma.

Esker Grove is now open for lunch and dinner with brunch available this winter and patio dining this spring.

ESKER: An esker is a long ridge of gravel and other earth where water from a retreating glacier or ice sheet accumulates. This represents the flow of guests, between the Walker Art Center, Sculpture Garden, Walker Shop and surrounding communities.

GROVE: A grove is a small group of trees, or in this case, a place for people to gather surrounded by modern art, nature and food.


Recent Press

 Diners’ Choice Award
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