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Nice dinner in Red Wing, MN

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I am organizing a dinner for work in Red Wing and want to find out what the nicest restaurant is there. I had heard positive reviews a couple years back about the Staghead, but have not heard as much recently. Is it still good? Are there other places that are better? We would go outside of Red Wing, but probably want to stay within 15 minutes.

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  1. The St. James Hotel has some fairly decent food. Oar D'oeuvre is supposed to be good, I haven't eaten there, but I was hired to be the line cook there when it was first opening. I ended up not taking the job because the owner kept pushing the opening date back by months.

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    Oar D'Oeuvre
    433 Main St, Red Wing, MN

    St James Hotel
    406 Main St, A Red Wing, MN

    1. I've not eaten there myself, but I've heard good things about The Nortons' Restaurant in Bay City, WI. It's about 5-10 minutes away from the bridge from Red Wing across the Mississippi.

      Their menu on their web site looks pretty good.

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      The Nortons' Restaurant
      135th Ave, Bay City, WI 54723

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      1. re: bob s

        How many people will there be? Oar D'Oeuvre is not really set up for groups larger than, say, 8. Norton's is a good choice for food, nice wine list, but may be just a tad adventurous for a mixed group. Staghead has new owners in past few years and uses pretty much the same menu as before, but they have cheaped out and it shows.

        For any group bigger than 8, I'd go with the St. James.

        There are others on the very edge of a 15 minute trip, but transporting a group nullifies any benefit, IMO.

        1. re: DaKing

          The group will be about 12 people. I believe we are going to the St. James the other night. What are the others that are on the edge of 15 minutes? If they are very good, we would go 15 minutes.

          1. re: Josh Resnik

            Knowing your party, I'd go to Norton's, on the 2nd night. My comment about 'adventurous' was mostly about the decor(as Kate noted). BTW, Norton's is moving back to Red Wing in the next few weeks/months.

            The other places I was thinking of are Nosh in Lake City...haven't been there, but the scoop seems to be good food, good view, not so good room; and a supper club in Miesville(?) that doesn't differ from the St. James enough to make the trip

            1. re: DaKing

              The supper club in Miesville is Weiderholdt's -- a classic, small town supper club. The food, both selection and quality, is exactly what you would expect if you're at all familiar with a supper club. I don't think I'd schlep a dozen people there from Red Wing personally.

      2. We went to Norton's for dinner about 2 years ago. It was good, although for all the hype as one of the nicest restaurants around Red Wing I thought it would be a little fancier. I remember the food being good and not all that untraditional. The strongest memory though was an extremely loud group of women celebrating a birthday. It was really distracting to the entire restaurant but probably won't be an issue for you.

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