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MSP-Dinner for 65th birthday celebration

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My dad is turning 65 this year on a Sat night and we are going to do a dinner celebration. There will probably be 12-20 people plus kids (under 10, but very well behaviored; however that would just mean an earlier time). Any restaurant suggestions? Looking for a comfortable setting with great food. Thinking food similar to Eatery 112 - preferably a little cheaper - and maybe something that is family style? I have no idea really though. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Consider Corner Table in South Minneapolis, very neighborhoody and cozy, but smallish and they may not be able to do that many in 1 party-- on the other hand, they might, and may even be willing to close for you! Also, the Craftsman is nice, has good food, plenty of space, and easy for kids. For something a bit more traditional, we took my MIL to the Lexington, and they accommodated us well.

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    Lexington Restaurant
    1096 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

    Craftsman Restaurant
    4300 Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406

    Corner Table
    4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

    1. I'd recommend Primo's on Lyndale & 52nd or so. Nice, authentic Italian food. Informal, but also classy. It's one of those rare perfect neighborhood restaurants.

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      1. re: discus

        I believe you're referring to Prima, at Lyndale between 53rd and Diamond Lake Road. I must disagree. In my experience, it's a nice room with a nice menu, but the food is prepared indifferently. Definitely not something I would recommend for any kind of special occasion.

        1. re: Jordan

          I (not surprisingly) agree with Jordan. The food at Prima is nothing like 112. I have taken my Dad to Prima, because he is weirded out by all things food-creative. I would not do any sort of special occasion there.