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Recommendations for Twin Cities Rehearsal Dinner

hey guys-- i'm from baltimore and i need some help finding a great rehearsal dinner restaurant for my wedding this july. i'm looking at 15-25 per entree, someplace in uptown or downtown. thanks for any help you can offer!

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  1. how many people?

    Lots of out of towners staying in a hotel or not?

    Sit down or cocktail style?

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    1. re: St Paul Susie

      about 30 people, sit down, most people are from the twin cities, relatives will be staying at a hotel but we're not sure where yet!

    2. "Uptown" is a neighborhood in Mpls -- do you have a preference for one city or the other?

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      1. re: KTFoley

        i've been to uptown a few times and i really enjoy the neighborhood...i'd prefer it to be around there but downtown is fine too. i just really don't want to do the suburbs...thanks for your help!

      2. Not sure if you wanted your $15-$25 menu to include app, wine and/or dessert -and though it's on the upper end of your budget - if you did want it in Uptown - what about JP American Bistro?

        1. I've found private dining for 20-30 people, unfortunately, a little hard to come by around here (compared with say, Chicago). You're mostly going to be looking at fine(r) dining chairs like Capital Grill and Palamino. Not bad places to eat at all, but not necessarily the best of what the TC has to offer IMO.

          Private Rooms:
          Lurcat (Dowtown, likely over budget) http://www.cafelurcat.com/
          Solera (Downtown, likely over budget) http://www.solera-restaurant.com/
          Capital Grille (Downtown, maybe over budget) http://www.thecapitalgrille.com
          Azia (Eat Street Mpls, not quite private, maybe over budget) http://www.aziarestaurant.com/
          Loring Pasta Bar (in Dinkytown Mpls, but under budget) http://www.loringcafe.com/
          Rossi's (Downtown, steakhouse, over-budget) http://www.rossissteakhouse.com/
          Vincent (Downtown, likely over-budget) http://www.vincentarestaurant.com/
          20.21 skyline room (In the Walker, over-budget

          )

          Big Rooms:
          Palomino (Downtown, maybe over budget) http://www.palomino.com/
          Drink (Uptown, last resort IMO
          )Stella's (Uptown, hope your guests like seafood) http://www.stellasfishcafe.com/
          Chino Latino (Uptown, I would not recommend this at all

          )

          112 Eatery (current darling) just opened their second floor, however, I do not believe their kitchen could take a party of 10 much less 30.

          There are several patios that might be available as well in July for reservation including Stella's and Joe's Garage (Drink Uptown has a large patio as well).

          I am sure I left out a ton...congratulations and all the best.

          1. Foureyes, what a wonderful list!

            Muffuletta in St. Paul does a nice job with situating groups in private rooms and is probably within your budget.

            http://www.muffuletta.com/menu/dinner...

            ~TDQ