The Nortons' Restaurant Has Moved to Red Wing

Yelpers report this location has closed.
2010 Judging from the name on the awning, "Nortons" has now changed its name to "Sara's".
Sara was Greg Norton's wife but the place is virtually unchanged, name only.
2011 Closed for good. Another cool Red Wing restaurant bites it.



We Are Now Open In Red Wing!!!

The Nortons' Restaurant has moved to Main Street Red Wing.  Our new name is Norton's Downtown & Lucky Cat Lounge!   We will also be opening Lucky Cat World Wine Market adjacent to the restaurant this fall.


New Hours!

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:00am to 11:00pm --Food until 9pm; Lounge until 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday 11:00am to 1:00am --Food until 9pm; Lounge until 1:00am
Sunday 10:00am to 8:00pm
Closed Monday--We plan to be open on Mondays beginning in November.

Welcome to The Nortons', a contemporary American restaurant located in downtown Red Wing, MN --just about an hour's drive from the Twin Cities.

The Nortons' offers an original, chef driven menu that is often described as modern American with international influences.  The Nortons' have also put together  a highly competitive, hand selected wine list  of about 200 bottles and half bottles. This winner of three consecutive Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence also boasts one of the best Spanish selections in the five state area.

The Nortons' Restaurant supports local farmers and organic growing practices.  We use local meat, dairy, and produce, and other organic and recyclable products whenever we can.

Whether you're on a day trip to this gorgeous area of the Midwest or spending the night at one of the unique B & B's in the area, join us for an evening of excellent food and fine wine at The Norton's.


Our New Address is:

307 Main St.
Red Wing, MN  55066


Meet The Chefs

Greg and Sarah Norton are the chefs and owners of the Nortons' Restaurant.  They met in a kitchen on 1995, and have been married for the last seven.  After working together for several years, Greg and Sarah decided it was time to realize their dream--to open their own restaurant.  Dreams became reality when their chef and wine driven restaurant opened the doors on October 24th, 2003.

Greg Norton has spent the last 28 years in the restaurant business working with outstanding culinary teams throughout the region. Over the years, he has taken his passion for food and wine and infused it into his wine lists--most of them winning honors from Wine Spectator Magazine and others. Greg's wine philosophy is to provide excellent wine to customers without the sticker shock. His wines are marked up at a bare minimum allowing diners to enjoy great wines at loveable prices. When he's not helping his wife on the line, or overseeing the bar, he loves to roam the restaurant and help diners hand select the perfect bottle of wine for the evening.

Sarah Norton has been working in the restaurant industry for the last 15 years, she began cooking in her late teens and has been developing her own style ever since.  Her serious passion for Asian cuisine peeks through the menu with such ingredients as shiro miso, kim chee, and fish sauce.  In contrast, Sarah also has a keen interest in traditional European techniques--Stocks, demi-glaces, creme fraiche, and a duck confit that is aged for at least two months before serving.  While her work keeps her in the kitchen where she's most content, she occasionally steps into the dining room to personally check on your meal.

Greg and Sarah have created a menu, a wine list, and a dining room that are creative, satisfying, and entice you back for more.  The Nortons hope their passion for food and wine in a unique space come through in your dining experience, and they invite you to join them in their continuing adventure.


Mr. Norton's Music Page

As most of you know, I was in a band called Hüsker Dü, along with Bob Mould and Grant Hart. The band was together from 1979-1988. After Hüsker broke up I was in a band called Grey Area with Colin Mansfield and Jo Jones. We were only together for a couple of years 1989-1991. After Grey Area broke up I immersed myself in the restaurant business, learning how to cook and run things, which kept me very busy. Too busy for any serious music. I kept playing all those years, but the time commitment to start any new music was a luxury that I was not afforded while working for other people.

After Sarah and I opened our restaurant I had a chance meeting with Dave King, who is the drummer in a jazz trio called The Bad Plus. Dave is a very enthusiastic and dynamic person who saw the opportunity for something special to come together and coaxed me out of musical retirement. With our schedule giving me time to rehearse afternoons, Dave and I got together with another of Dave's friends Erik Fratzke and The Gang Font, feat. Interloper was born. The vision for the band called for us bring in Craig Taborn from New York to join us on keyboards. We recorded our self titled debut CD for Thirsty Ear Recordings at the end of December 2006, with the CD being released on March27, 2007.For more information on the band and to hear some samples of our music, please visit our myspace page.