Romance + great chow in Uptown?
Any recommentions for a great romantic restaurant in Uptown? I am looking for something with a rustic and timeless atmosphere...lots of candles and character (and of course great food). Friends have recommended Amore Victoria, Duplex, and Lucia's, with Amore Victoria being the first choice... I guess they have a "Kissing table" of sort as well as great scratch Italian. I've been to Lucias and food was great but decor a little boring.
duplex or Barbette.
I like duplex as it is generally quiet, quaint, and low-key. Good wine list and I have had several good meals there. Barbette is always solid. Sexy food, however the noise level can get rather unromantic, especially on the weekends. Several dishes are overpriced in my opinion, but good none-the-less.
We have never had a good meal at Giorgios on Hennepin, though the one on Lake that Victoria replaced had good food the couple times we went. Personally, I would recommend Campiello over either of those places.
I have heard mixed things about Amore Victoria, both on and off Chowhound. Although I haven't been to Giorgio in several years I had enjoyable meals when there and would probably choose it over Amore Victoria given the choice between the two.
Another nice room with Italian food in Uptown is Campiello. It's a little loud there though, so it may not serve your needs.
I'm not that wild about the food at Chiang Mai Thai. Not so good. They were good when they first started out, but the execution on the dishes really slipped after the first year or so.
Amazing Thailand also has a romantic setting, but I really dislike the place. Service sucks, and the three dishes I've had have all been bad. Worse than Sawadtee.
Giorgio Restaurant [CLOSED]
2451 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405
pgokey - it's interesting that you've had such a bad experience at Amazing Thailand. I'm not trying to start an argument about it at all, but we've had pretty good food there several times. I think a lot of their food is often a little sweet, but you can say that about all of the Thai joints in Uptown.
re: bob s
There's nothing to argue about, but I have had 3 bad experiences there. It's not because of sweetness. I made a post elsewhere, but the pad thai is terrible. It's a soupy ketchup-like sauce that contains none of the classic ingredients for pad thai sauce (tamarind, palm sugar, fish sauce) and was ridiculously over-garnished - a sure sign they are hiding something. The sauce is exactly like that cheap supermarket pre-made sauce you can buy for pad thai. NOT authentic by any stretch.
The service has always involved either ridiculous waits or just being plain old ignored.
I ordered take out once and got the wrong dish (garlic chicken), which was tough and dry.
The crispy noodle appetizer has shrimp and pork bits in it that were so dry they were almost unchewable.
It's possible they have good items on the menu, but after trying 3 of them that were bad, I throw in the towel.
I had my first date with my boyfriend at Tum Rup Thai. It has a nice contemporary decor and it's nice in the evening after dark. If you can, ask to be seated in the booths towards the back - much quieter.
Also, while a little more on the pricey side, JP's American bistro (technically Lake-Lyndale) is also quiet and romantic and has fantastic food. Campiello looks nice too (I always see couples in there!!), but I've never been.