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Mar 18, 2010 12:56 PM

Good Burnsville Restaurant for Business Lunch

The only thing I remember about B-ville is that they had an Olive Garden there when I was younger. Does anyone have a place they could recommend that is not Olive-Garden-like? I can't do a dive on this one, but family owned or not major chain, and closer to the Prior Lake side of Burnsville - rather than the Apple Valley side is appreciated.

I did a search on "Burnsville" and the only thing that sounded appetizing on the boards was the co-op.... I can't really do a lunch there.


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  1. Your best bets are to go up to the intersection of Nicollet and Burnsville Parkway, about three miles north of County 42. Mediterranean Cruise Cafe and Jensen's Cafe are both good and appropriate for business lunch.

    There isn't much towards the west end of Burnsville that's interesting Chow-wise. Cam Ranh Bay is OK, as is Spice Thai a little further west on County 42 (almost to the Savage line).

    Roasted Pear on Nicollet at 42 is also OK, as is Chianti Grill but you're getting close to the Apple Valley side now.

    I guess if I had to recommend one, I'd say Mediterranean Cruise.

    Roasted Pear
    14200 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337

    Mediterranean Cruise Cafe
    3945 Cedarview Dr, Saint Paul, MN 55122

    Cam Ranh Bay Restaurant
    1006 County Road 42 W, Burnsville, MN 55337

    Chianti Grill
    2050 Snelling Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113

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    1. re: MSPD

      I echo the Chianti Grill. Good atmosphere, and the food isn't half bad. Not much that I could recommend west of there. Sorry!

      Chianti Grill
      2050 Snelling Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113

      1. re: Skizzle

        Normally, I'd eat at Cam Rahn Bay, or go just a little east and eat at Giuseppe's, but if you're looking for a good business lunch type place on the Prior Lake end of Burnsville, there's an Axel's Bonfire at the corner of 42 and 13 in Savage - just a few miles west of Burnsville.

        Roasted Pear would probably be good for a business lunch, too.

        1. re: greghoffman

          Guiseppe's is OK, but only a few hundred yards from Apple Valley. I wasn't even sure I should include Chianti Grill.

          rjayasuriya, I'd love to hear your thoughts on Rack Shack. Lots of potential there.

          1. re: greghoffman

            Thanks for the information. I will look into those restaurants.

        2. re: MSPD

          This is not really related to this post....

          I saw MSPD mention a new BBQ place in Burnsville and I'm excited to try it tonight. I will report back with my experience...

        3. Isn't burnsville where that Cici's Pizza opened up? I have been hearing a lot about them sounds like a pretty good all you can eat pizza buffet.

          Cici's Pizza
          1292 Town Centre Dr, Saint Paul, MN 55123

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          1. re: chowsound

            unfortunately, the only thing that is good at cici's pizza is their pasta (the red sauce is good, but 99% of the pizzas have alfredo type sauce) and their brownies. i wanted to like the apple pizza, but i couldn't. the pizza is just plain 'meh. i really wanted to like it. bville recommendations. well, our business lunches typically involve bucas. while not incredibly unique, it's a good offering to someone from out of town. there's also spice thai over towards savage.