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French restarunts in MSP/ Surrounding <$30?

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Me and Mr. H are looking for a nice French place to go for our anniversary. It looks like there are many that I can't afford. We are looking for somewhere where we can get a substantial meal and experience in the $$-$$$ (tops) range. Any suggestions?

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  1. Is that combined? Each for an entree? What is the total for the bill you want to spend?

    1. If the <$30 applies to entrees only, you could certainly go to Meritage in St. Paul. Delicious and most, but not all, of their entrees are under $30. My other suggestion would be Ngon Bistro on University in St. Paul. Their French entrees (particularly the elk medallions) are amazing!

      Happy Anniversary!

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      Meritage
      410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

      1. barbette?

        eta: +1 on meritage

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        1. re: soupkitten

          +2 for Meritage.

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          Meritage
          410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

        2. I would try Cave Vin. Excellent French bistro food at a modest price.

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          Cave Vin
          5555 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

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          1. re: Latinpig

            I second Cave Vin. Good food and also a nice atmosphere for an anniversary- open room in the back but more private tables up front.

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            Cave Vin
            5555 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

          2. Also Pierre's Bistro at 50th and Penn.

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            Pierre's Bistro
            2221 West 50th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419

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            1. re: Brad Ballinger

              Meritage would be my first preference.

              However, Pierre's Bistro might be the best if you are cost conscious...you can get half off gift cards to Pierre's online (try www.halfoffdeals.com or www.halfofftwincities.com

              )

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              Pierre's Bistro
              2221 West 50th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419

              Meritage
              410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

              1. re: rjayasuriya

                In a similar vein, you might consider Chez Daniel. Coupons abound, and the food is a cut above your typical hotel-based joint. The service is endearingly incompetent, but I quite enjoy the lamb.

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                Chez Daniel
                2800 American Blvd. West, Bloomington, MN 55431

            2. If I were ranking these things, I would go with:

              1. Meritage - One of St. Paul's best restaurants which is why you see it on here so much.

              2. Volnay Bistro in Wayzata. Charming little space in downtown Wayzata. A nice walk along Lake Minnetonka after to work off the meal.

              3. Cafe Vin: I think the dining room itself is awful, but the food makes up for whatever it lacks.

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              Meritage
              410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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              1. re: Db Cooper

                Thank you all for the suggestions! Db - Volnay is close to home and one of our favorites for lunch, but have never tried the dinner...And Cave Vin has been on our minds a lot, along with Chez Daniel - but now I will have to consider Meritage! Decisions! Well, we still have a week to decide!