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Bachelorette party...dinner ideas in Minneapolis

Hi everyone,

I am beginning to plot my bachelorette party and I was thinking maybe you all might have some ideas of where to go for dinner. Ideally I would like the restaurant to be in the vicinity of a variety of bar options so we don't have to go far to get the party started :) So...I was thinking maybe downtown Minneapolis or Uptown - though I am not super familiar with the offerings of Uptown (I'm a St. Paul girl). I like most food with the exception of sushi. I would appreciate any bar suggestions as well. Thanks!

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  1. Chino Latino in Uptown comes to mind, as they have a lot of variety on their menu and a fun atmosphere for cocktails and kicking off the evening. Or Chiang Mai Thai.

    Downtown I might suggest Solera, Barrio or Masa. Masa is the most sedate of the three, and Barrio is a tequila bar that happens to serve food. Solera's kind of in the middle in that regard.

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    Chiang Mai Thai Restaurant
    3001 Hennepin Ave Ste A, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    Masa
    1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Solera
    900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Chino Latino
    2916 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    9 Replies
    1. re: StPauliGirl

      Chino is a good place if you plan to stay in uptown. Probably the best option there. Downtown the coolest place is the Seven Lounge, and you can order from the steak menu up there too. Barrio food = blah, but a neat place (small though so watch out if you have a large group).

      1. re: boardsurfer

        Last time I was at 7 everyone at our table was disappointed with the food. Sushi was good, not great and the steaks were average at best.

        The roof deck is cool for a drink.....but that's about it.

        1. re: boardsurfer

          Barrio's food is excellent. I haven't seen anyone but you promote Seven as a good food destination. What's up with that?

          1. re: Jordan

            I've been many times and it's always excellent. To each their own i guess but it's usually packed so I'm thinking i'm not alone on this one. Barrio, well, my food was terrible and the server was non-existant, but i've only gone once so take my advice with a grain of salt (and a shot of tequila with it if you hit up barrio).

            1. re: boardsurfer

              boardsurfer-welcome! It's nice to "see" fresh faces. I look forward to more of your input.

              Very disappointing to hear about your lousy experience at Barrio. Was it the Minnepolis or the St. Paul location and, if the latter, how long ago was that?

              ~TDQ

              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                Was the Minneapolis restaurant about 3 weeks ago for lunch.

                1. re: boardsurfer

                  jfood's been to Barrio downtown twice with the same server in the front of theplace. The only reason he stayed the last time was the server saved a major nose plant by the hostess. Liked the food both times as well.

                  Seven was serving at the Taste of the NFL Charity event two weeks ago and jfood reallyliked whatthey were serving. He is definitely going to give them a try downtown.

              2. re: boardsurfer

                Usually packed? They were forced into bankruptcy (apparently things have improved and they're now exiting)...I'm guessing it's NOT a result of a lot of patrons. Hey, I've been to Seven on numerous ocassions as well...and the food has been okay. The steaks weren't bad, the sushi has been hit or miss (big hit the first visit, miss the second). The only spot I've ever seen busy is the rooftop during the summer (which I have to say is the best in the city). I think Foureyes137 hit the nail on the head....it all depends on what you're looking for. Maybe hit up Solera for a few small plates, then go work the "cool" guys at the bar at Seven who will undoubtedly shower you with free drinks (not bartenders, the fake bake guido's throwing cash around to anyone that will take it).

                And chalk up 1 more vote for Barrio....love that place. Best of both worlds, lively atmosphere and the food is spot on.

          2. re: StPauliGirl

            Chino Latino did come to mind...I guess I wasn't super impressed for the $ when I went there a couple of years ago. It might be time to try it again...I do remember it being rather festive.

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            Chino Latino
            2916 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

          3. I went to Solera for the start of a friend's bachelorette party and would recommend it. The food was good overall - lots of things to try as a group (ranging from pretty good to awesome - I remember the scallops as being really good). It was not crazy busy, but lively enough to be interesting.

            I have never been to Barrio with a group, but I think that would be another potential good starting location - just make sure you can get a reservation for your group size for the time you want to go.

            The one time I was at Duplex on Hennepin in Uptown there was definitely a large group of girls getting started for a birthday or bachelorette party. It would be a smaller, more laid back sort of place. I have only eaten appetizer food there, but it was decent if you decide you want to head towards Uptown for bars. It would not be my first choice for a bachelorette party, but would potentially be an option and the people we saw seemed to be having a good time.

            Another thought in Uptown would be Barbette (as long as your group is not too big). It would be a bit more "dark and mellow" than someplace like Chino Latino (which I think might be a good idea, but I have not been in so many years that I do not really feel comfortable suggesting it), but in general I like the atmosphere and the food at Barbette.

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            Solera
            900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

            Chino Latino
            2916 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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            1. re: LauraB

              Everyone seems to like Solera. I have yet to go there. I heard they have movies on the roof in the summer. Ah summer....how I miss thee!

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              Solera
              900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

              1. re: elle.eats

                I can't stay out of this one. I dislike Solera and love Seven! Solera doesn't seem like a good place to bring a bunch of roudy girls, but upstairs at Seven? Heck yeah! Great bar and fantastic steak! Good view through the giant windows too! You can plot out your next destination just by looking out.

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                Solera
                900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

                1. re: elle.eats

                  I also cannot stay out of this one.

                  I think it is all on how you'd like to enjoy this evening.

                  If you intend to eat and keep it relatively low-key, I'd suggest Solera. They serve food you will want to eat. It is not a clubby/pick-up scene at all. If you had planned on going out to the clubs afterward, this is a good start to the evening, though not likely someplace you would stay all night.

                  If you plan on partying (drinking) and being loud and getting free drinks from 25 year old "bros", and want it to be a spendthrift Las Vegas vibe without good food, se7en is that. It is clubby. I am sure it is fun if you are not trying to eat there. I have been twice. I am over 30.

                  In another thread someone posted, "I had my 23rd birthday party at 7 Steakhouse, and as a group of 21-26 year olds, I definitely felt more comfortable there than at other downtown steakhouses I've been to. The service was exceptional for my party of around 12, but it was on a Tuesday and there was almost no one else there. Upstairs there can be pretty trendy during the weekends." to which I had to agree that se7en is the best restaurant at which to celebrate a 23rd birthday downtown.

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                  Solera
                  900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

                  1. re: Foureyes137

                    I've been to many a bachelorette parties in DT Mpls and Uptown. elle.eats, I'm also a St Paul girl. I agree with foureyes, it really does depend on what you're looking for.

                    I'm 32 - and I recently went back to Chino after years of boycotting it (when it first opened, of course, that was the place to be) - and found the food decent and the ambience loud and social. It still reminds me of a place to see and be seen - that is what you might want for your evening. That, along with Solera (have had hit and misses there), the evening can get VERY pricey VERY quickly - don't know if that plays a factor.

                    If you're looking for more a nice girls dinner/cocktail out and then getting rowdy - I would suggest Barbette-it's always got a pleasant vibe, the food is pretty darn good - you can chat and laugh over wine with the girls and then hit Chino for drinks, and then whereever else-(Stella rooftop, Independent, whatever you like).

                    If you head DT, I've done dinner at Zelos (which surprisingly was very good, though some argue pasta is much too heavy for a night of drinking) but it was a good middle ground for a group that ranged from 22-44. And with good wine beforehand, it made doing shots at Aqua a little easier. :)

              2. My best bachelorrette party recommendations based on food, location, and atmosphere:

                1. Manny's- its IN the W so two great bars are literally in the same builing as you. Plus, reliably good food, stiff drinks, and I think a fun turn of the tables for a steakhouse that caters mostly to men to be a women's only outing dinner location . ..
                2. Zelo. The food isn't incredible, but it's solid. The menu has lots of options which is good for a group. And it's very female friendly- good, strong, fruitty drinks; lots of small plates/bites to share/great variety in food. Centrally located on Nicollet and close to bars you'd like to hit
                3. Barrio- if it can hold a group your size. A great place to start the party. Good food, fun to share and try a little of everything. In the middle of the party scense both becuase you are in a bar and centrally located on Nicollet for going out afterwards
                4. Saffron. Great food . . .not really a "party" spot, but a cool atmosphere and potentiall something different for your group. Excellent food, and in a good spot in the warehouse district so you are set for going to bars later.
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                Zelo
                831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

                1. barrio if you are a dancing downtown kind of group.

                  El Gato in calhoun square is really good for food.
                  The Independent after for drinks or Chinos of course:)