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romantic restaurant near MSP airport?

dawneileen67 Dec 17, 2008 06:07 AM

hi everyone... I am meeting up with a friend near MSP soon, and I am not familiar with the area. He asked me to pick the restaurant that we would go to. I'm looking for someplace with a really nice atmosphere (romantic would be good!) with cocktails and good food (a little expensive is okay, but prefer mid-range prices). Someplace that is conducive to intimate conversation. Thanks for any help you can provide!! Happy Holidays! :)

  1. AnneInMpls Dec 17, 2008 09:24 AM

    What first leaps to my mind is Al Vento, but I haven't been there for a long time, and I've seen iffy and negative reviews lately. It's a nice atmosphere, though it can get a bit noisy (like most places these days).

    Another thought is the Riverview Wine Bar - it's warm and cozy and has a fireplace (I think). But it's not very expensive, and has a limited menu.

    Oh, wait - what about Cafe Levain? It's not super-close to the airport, but it's not terribly far away. I haven't been there yet, so I don't know how quiet and romantic the atmosphere is... but I think the food is good (I've seen rave reviews, and my chowish co-worker loves the place).

    If you want a romantic drive up River Road, you could go to Craftsman. It's on Lake Street, about 4 miles from the airport - and you'll want to drive slowly to admire the snow and Christmas lights!

    Best wishes for a romantic get-together!

    Craftsman Restaurant
    4300 Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406

    Al Vento
    5001 34th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417

    Riverview Wine Bar
    3747 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

    Cafe Levain
    4762 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

    2 Replies
    1. re: AnneInMpls
      mncharm Dec 17, 2008 10:19 AM

      There's a great California Pizza Kitchen on the F concourse...

      1. re: AnneInMpls
        Jordan Dec 17, 2008 11:19 AM

        Levain can be quiet if it is empty. On a weekend night or when otherwise crowded, it can be very loud.

        Al Vento would be my choice. My meals have been consistently excellent there. It definitely has romantic atmosphere in spades, too.

      2. m
        MayrMN Dec 17, 2008 05:47 PM

        I'll further recommend Al Vento. Good Food, 'great' lighting for a romantic evening.


        1. b
          Brad Ballinger Dec 17, 2008 05:55 PM

          Because you mentioned "cocktails," I'll pile on and also recommend Al Vento. It is less than 10 minutes from MSP International. The food is good. It will suit your romantic needs (unless it's a crowded weekend night). And they have a full bar.

          1. m
            mnxd9 Dec 23, 2008 09:43 AM

            I'd say Axel's or I nonni

            I Nonni
            981 sibley memorial hwy, Lilydale, MN 55118

            4 Replies
            1. re: mnxd9
              Jordan Dec 23, 2008 09:45 AM

              Axel's is romantic? Huh.

              1. re: Jordan
                MSPD Dec 23, 2008 11:08 AM

                Sure. Nothing says romance like sliding on your favorite pair of penny loafers, firing up the Oldsmobile and hitting Axel's. Maybe they'll even be playing your favorite cassettes on the sound system.

                1. re: MSPD
                  mncharm Dec 23, 2008 01:32 PM

                  Do they have the romantic dualing pianos at the Mendota location? If not, get yourself to the St. Paul location; nothing says romantic like two obnoxious buffoons screaming Piano Man at you.

              2. re: mnxd9
                mnxd9 Dec 23, 2008 09:46 AM


                Axel's River Grille
                1318 Highway 13, Mendota, MN 55150

              3. wineglas Dec 23, 2008 12:09 PM

                I nonni

                I Nonni
                981 Sibley Memorial Hwy West St Paul MN

                Great Call! One of the best restaurants in town but a little expensive.

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                1. re: wineglas
                  g_rote Dec 23, 2008 12:41 PM

                  Mancini's or Ristorante Luci.

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