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
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.