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[MSP] Theater District, MPLS--early mid-scale dinner?

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I have an event in the theater district of Minneapolis on a Saturday evening and am looking for a mid-scale level place for dinner either in the theater district or reasonably walkable thereto. Cosmos, Chambers, etc. are a little out of our league for this event... I was thinking Cafe Brenda, except that we wanted to dine around early and Cafe Brenda doesn't open until 5:30pm, which isn't quite early enough for us.

Any ideas?

Thank you muchly!

~TDQ

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  1. Maybe you could try Bellanotte, Firelake or a little bit further is Spill the Wine Restaurant. I have eaten at the first two and have enjoyed both but have had a few friends recommend Spill the Wine. Good luck!

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    Firelake
    31 South 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

    Spill the Wine
    1101 Washington Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55415

    Bellanotte
    600 Hennepin Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    1. Eli's is a favorite of mine pre-theatre. Also nearby is Dancing Ganesha, although I haven't actually eaten there. Of course, Masa is pretty close too. And, if you've got a modicum of self control (and I say that because I don't), Solera is right next door to the Orpheum.

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      Eli's Bar & Grill
      1225 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

      Masa
      1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

      Solera
      900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

      Dancing Ganesha Restaurant
      1100 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

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      1. re: bob s

        We actually did the happy hour menu at Solera last night before a show. It was perfect!! Great happy hour prices! And delicious food and drink, too!

      2. Eli's is a good choice. They have great food at reasonable prices. Rock Bottom Brewery is also good. They are in the same building as the Historic State Theater. Block E has several other dining choices, such as Hard Rock Cafe, Applebee's and Hooters. The latter might not be appropriate. I have never much cared for their over-priced food. But that's just me. Eli's is probaby the best choice.

        1. Thank you to everyone for the recommendations. We ended up at Masa, which I hadn't been to before. Overall, it was a very nice experience. Our server made great recommendations. We thought the calamari with black rice appetizer was lovely; I especially loved the red sauce that came with the complementary chips (though, I confess, I was little confused by the whole "salt your own chips" presentation); I thought it was fantastic that the guac appetizer came with veggies that you could dip for a healthy choice. Our entrees were the seared fish and the roasted pork shoulder. I thought this was a pretty nice evening overall. Thanks again!

          ~TDQ