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Oct 24, 2008 04:17 PM

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

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!


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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!

    31 South 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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

    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.

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

      1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

      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!