MPLS Orchestra Hall
Looking for dinner suggestions near there for this Friday night before concert. We have 4 people, looking for Italian, or American. Thanks
Within walking distance...
Buca is close if that is the type of Italian you are looking for. Zelo is also nearby, it's something between Italian and American and more formal than Buca. News Room is on Nicollet and is American, though I can't really recommend it.
Your best options, unfortunately I guess, are neither Italian or American per se. Restaurant Vincent (French) is your best option, though if the performance is this Friday it is likely booked solid. Masa and Barrio are both quite good, but upscale Mexican (Masa being a bit more formal, Barrio being very laid-back).
Hell's Kitchen is American and 3 blocks away, however I have not had dinner there yet. McCormick & Schmick's is a bit farther down Nicollet and it's just like every other McCormick & Schmick's. Oceanaire is quite close as well.
I wouldn't recommend Barrio at all for pre-Orchestra on a Friday night.
Porter & Frye is one block away. Oceanaire is two blocks away. Vincent is a good recommendation. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is 1 1/2 blocks.
The weather is supposed to be beautiful...almost 60...walking 2-3 blocks wouldn't be so bad this Friday. That opens up a number of other options.
I agree with MSPD and will also say that I've been there twice: had shockingly rude service on one occasion and surly attitude on the other. Friends that have been there have had similar service so I don't think it was me. The food and drinks are awesome but I wouldn't take someone there if I were trying to have a relaxing, meant-to-impress meal.
My mom recently went to Staccato (kitty-corner from Orchestra Hall) and said it was fine. I'm not sure I trust her tastebuds, but it looks decent. They have some Italian-y dishes on the menu.
But me, I'd go to Vincent. Their food is fab. It's French, but not snooty-French. And you can get a great burger and fries in the bar.
Vincent A Restaurant
1100 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
1125 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403