romantic restaurant near MSP airport?
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! :)
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!
4300 Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406
5001 34th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Riverview Wine Bar
3747 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
4762 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407