We just celebrated our 2nd anniversary at Vincent and were very pleased. It's certainly not as elegant a room as La Belle Vie (more modern and spare), but the service was top notch and the food similarly excellent (and similarly French). They also were very sweet about it being our anniversary-- I don't want to spoil the surprise for anyone else, but let's just say that dessert came with a cute little surprise.
Vincent A Restaurant
1100 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
As someone mentioned, short notice on reservations might complicate things a bit.
La Belle Vie is the obvious choice if fine cuisine and more austere atmosphere are your idea of romance. I would jump at the chance to take my wife there nearly any time.
That said, it may be a bit subdued for some. For a more energetic vibe without much of a sacrfice in cuisine, Cosmos would be my choice. I can't be sure, but I would imagine it's more likely you can get a last minute reservation there than at LBV.
We've celebrated an anniversary at Fugaise (mentioned above) as well. Wonderful.
I forget what exactly we were celebrating, but back in the late winter, my wife and I had a nice meal at Grand Cafe. We, too, are just past our 10th anniversary, and at this stage in our lives (stress, stimulation from kids, crazy schedules, tight budgets) the more relaxed atmosphere and price of Grand Cafe, and more "rustic" menu offerings were appreciated. It's dark, candlelit and romantic. Service was polished and the food was excellent. These kinds of places are for the days I'm not ready to go from the office right into another shirt and tie and out to a place like La Belle Vie.
One more consideration -- the new location of Manny's is open now in the Foshay tower. Not everyone knows that, so you can probably snag a reservation there on short notice. This is, of course, if an over-the-top steakhouse qualifies as romantic to you.
Really, all of the recommendations sound great including the ribs and drunken sushi fest. It's occasions like this where the food, drink and surroundings play second fiddle to the person across the table (or picnic blanket as it were). Congratulations.
Congratulations on celebrating 10 years together. I will be celebrating my 8 year at La Belle Vie this September. I would also recommend D'Amico Cucina as another option. The service, ambiance and food have been great. I am a seafood lover and my SO loves beef and D'Amico has been able to accommodate our culinary preferences. I really love their egg yolk raviolo and lobster gnocci too.
If romance is your number one goal, La Belle Vie. It has the best dining room in the Twin Cities, and it ain't even a close contest.
However, you are talking about this coming Friday. Resrvations may be tough to come by. So I strongly recommend Fugaise. The dining room is elegant, the service attentive, the food incredible. And you should be able to get in.
It depends on what romance is for you - my favorite anniversary dinner was take-out ribs from Ted Cook's, which we ate at Minnehaha Park as the sun set. But that's me... :-)
If you're looking for upscale places dripping in classic charm, here are a few that come to mind:
- W.A. Frost (lovely setting, pretty good food - though recent reviews vary)
- Nicollet Island Inn (I haven't been for years, but other chowhounds report that the food is good these days)
- La Belle Vie (for a big splurge)
- Vincent's (quiet, elegant, and refined)
- Cafe Barbette (hip, crowded French bistro)
- Jax (old-fashioned steakhouse romance - with a trout pond!)
Congratulations on your 10th anniversary!