MSP - Last minute rec. for Anniversary dinner
Good news: I don't have to cook for our anniversary this year. (Can you hear me smiling?)
Bad news, after being almost exclusively a home cook for years, I have no idea how to answer the Hub's questions: "Where would you like to go?"
Our parameters: Most any cuisine. A room that's not too fancy (i.e., be don't want to "seriously dress" for a Sunday evening meal), but is still rather charming and intimate...maybe soft lighting to hide my wrinkles. Not too noisy (the Hub has hearing issues). Entrees in the 15-25 dollar range. Don't worry about any recs that are heavy on luscious desserts, as we're not sweets eaters (have some nice Prosecco to have in the garden afterwards). Prefer not too far out of town.
Any ideas? I welcome all of them, as I'm still thinking it's easier to cook myself than to make a decision!
Thanks so much. Sorry about the last-minute, but I only just heard myself.
Is there a neighborhood preference? I can think of several places - too many, probably.
I think in Uptown, both of these would work:
Amore Victoria Ristorante
Amore Victoria Ristorante
1601 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Giorgio Restaurant [CLOSED]
2451 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405
I would recommend Kafe 421 in Dinkytown. The food is excellent and interesting, but at a very good price. Make sure you get sat in the back room, the atmosphere is much better back there, and it is quiet. Great prices too.
Heck, this isn't last minute - it's only Friday. Last minute would be posting at 5pm on Sunday!
My standard "nice dinner" places are Alma and Vincent. Both are very quiet and not too terribly fancy. I've seen more dressed-up people at Vincent, but it is right next to Orchestra Hall, after all. Alma has romantic dim lighting (but wrinkles rule, sez I, so go for whatever lighting you want).
I wish I could recommend some other places, but I don't get out enough. I've yet to visit Fugaise, La Belle Vie, or Heartland. And I haven't been to Lucia's for years, so I'm not qualified to recommend it (but my memory is that it's also quiet and not-too-fancy with wonderful, award-winning food).
Oh - one more nice, quiet, romantic place: Al Vento. Small, candle-lit bistro with lovely Italian food.
1432 W 31st St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Vincent A Restaurant
1100 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
5001 34th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417
A strong second on Lucias. I think that La Belle Vie and Heartland may be a little above the OP's price point.
Another favorite of mine with a romantic feel is Cafe Lurcat, which looks out onto Loring Park. I think that most of the entrees fall below $25, but everything is a la carte. I'd call first if this is a concern.