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MSP - CELEBRATING FIRST WEDDING ANNIVERSARY DINNER???

Ok everyone. Need your help.

Celebrating first wedding anniversary on 11/1/2009. (Chowhub and I have been together for 10+ years) but still want to have a great time!

We like everything from burgers/sammies at Nook (I don't eat beef, hubs does), to family eats at Mirror of Korea, to sushi at Origami, to some upscales like Nicollet Island Inn. Hubs does not enjoy the dress up part much (he's a motocross guy), but will gladly for the occasion. Hubs also loves seafood (Sadly, Im allergic, usually not a problem tho when we're out).

We want to choose a place together. Here are my thoughts:

112 Eatery (Yum, but been there)
Restaurant Alma (yum, but been there)
W.A. Frost (cocktails/apps only)
Seven Sushi Lounge (had cocktail in bar before Fogo but never eaten, reviewed menu)
Zahtar (never been)
Strip Club
Grand Cafe (been there, not sure if hubs would like)
Oceanaire

I always see great reviews for Meritage, Heidi's, LBV, Vincent's etc. but I'll be honest-not a French fan - I've eaten at LBV, Vincents - and I've come to the conclusion that my French likings extends to un croque monsieurs and Barbette. Don't want to spend my $ that way.

Anyone want to help us make our decision? We will probably choose the Tuesday of that week (3rd) since we have a wedding on Halloween. Price-no factor for this occasion. (for app, cocktails/wine, dinner, dessert).

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  1. My husband and I have enjoyed romantic dinners at Strip Club (try to get a table upstairs overlooking downtown).

    Lurcat has the most tasty piece of halibut on their menu right now.

    1. How about the bar at La Belle Vie?

      I am a fan of Lurcat myself and think it can be romantic looking out over Loring Park, so I'd second reetsyburger's reccommendation. I also love Saffron, so I'd recommend that.

      You may be disappointed by Oceanaire if you are not eating seafood.

      1. I third Lurcat and second Saffron. Would also add Craftsman. Not known for seafood, but the meat dishes are amazing.

        1. Meritage. It has the french bistro food you appear to prefer, has a beautiful room, and the restaurant itself is the result of a wedding.

          We have had two very good experiences at La Grassa in the last week, though the ambiance is less than romantic. Cosmos hasn't disappointed us yet, and has had terrific seafood. Bank is romantic and the food has been executed very well the couple times we've been, though they play it safer than most. I like Bank, though it isn't on many radars. Saffron is a terrific suggestion.

          We had a poor experience at Strip Club about a week ago so I can't recommend that. Similarly I cannot recommend Sea Change. Two trips in 3 weeks and both were spotty.

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          1. re: Foureyes137

            I would go with the Strip Club. We're celebrating our first anniversary too!! (This weekend!!) Congratulations to you!!

          2. We ate recently at the Meritage and I wasn't all that impressed. The food was expensive, and the wait staff were incredibly snotty. I'd recommend the Oceanaire. If you want to be more casual, go to the bar. You'll get the same food for much less (6 oz. steak for $13.99 v. $22.99). They have bottles of wine for $20.10 to celebrate 2010... The service is excellent, and it's a fun atmosphere, too. If hubby is a casual guy, and you like something a bit fancier, it's a perfect combo. The Oceanaire main restaurant is wonderful for that fancy occasion. Food perfect, service excellent, you won't be disappointed.

            1. Good suggestions here already (Strip Club, Saffron, Craftsman) especially because I think your husband would be comfortable in all three in comfortable clothes. It's a little dressier, but I've also been impressed with Restaurant Max in the Hotel Minneapolis on several occasions lately.

              1. I would recommend Heartland. Great food and service, with a low key atmosphere. We scored the best table in the house for our anniversary.

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                1. re: kevin47

                  The table in the little inset nook? We love that table and the only sad thing about getting that table is the bummed feeling you get next time, when you don't get seated there.

                  I really love Meritage (in spite of stayingup2late's bad experience, which I can't explain) and they will usually do something small and special for you if they know you're celebrating a special occasion.

                  I like Craftsman, but don't actually feel like it's "special" enough for a special occasion like a first anniversary.

                  I haven't been to Signature Cafe for a long time, but it's casual and cozily romantic.

                  Whereever you end up, happy anniversary to the snoboardbabes and the jenniegirls!

                  ~TDQ

                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    Jenniegirl -congrats! Did you end up at Strip Club?

                    Hopefully, my flu will be completely over with by the time that first anniversary rolls around.

                    Thanks for the heads up everyone-but we've decided on W.A. Frost. Will report after 11/3. Thanks