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One night in Minneapolis - looking for advice on restaurants near the Ivy.

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We're wrapping up a project and looking for good dinner (defined as really good food, nice atmosphere, not necessarily fancy). A few options we're considering are 1) Porter & Frye (menu looks a little weird), 2) Masa, 3) Barrio (looked loud and guess is mediocre food). Appreciate any thoughts on these three or other ideas relatively close (walking) to the hotel.

We had dinner last night at Zelo and enjoyed (agree with reviews, loud but good food). Would also be up for sushi if there is a GREAT spot nearby. For me "great" sushi is incredibly fresh/good/authentic sushi, not so much the crazy rolls or hipster environment.

thanks

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Zelo
831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Masa
1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Porter & Frye
201 S 11th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403

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  1. Food at Barrio is above mediocre, but I don't think it's walking distance. I like Masa quite a bit. The atmosphere is casual, but nice. I also like Vincent (11th and Nicollet) -- good food, atmosphere is a little more fancy, but not over-the-top so. Both places are quieter than Zelo.

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    1. re: Brad Ballinger

      Agreed with Brad on all accounts. Barrio food is definitely above mediocre - not Vincent or Zelo quality, but very good. Vincent is excellent food, good atmosphere, quieter than Zelo, a bit fancy but not too much so.

      Also very good food, great atmosphere is Solera on 9th and Hennepin. It would be about a 7 block walk. A bit long given the heat, but definitely worth it. Solera is tapas style.

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      Zelo
      831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

      Solera
      900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

      1. re: foreverhungry

        Solera is one of my favorites as well! always hits the spot. Worth the cold!

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        Solera
        900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    2. Revisiting topic as we're now at the Westin this trip. Any thoughts? Thanks

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      1. re: teejaymoore

        B.A.N.K., in the Westin, does a nice job. You also are closer to Cosmos, D'Amico Kitchen, and The Inn. I'd opt for Cosmos (approx. 3 block walk).

        1. re: Brad Ballinger

          I need to find a keyboard shortcut for recommending Saffron. Bit of a walk, but well worth it. I can't imagine you won't want to eat at BANK after seeing the space.

          1. re: kevin47

            Saffron is not worth that long of a walk. Plus you'll be dehydrated coming back from the salt bombs you'll eat that they call appetizers and entrees.

            Cosmos is your best bet followed by The Inn. If you want old school steakhouse, consider Murray's. B.A.N.K. has a cool dining room, but the food is very average.

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            B.A.N.K
            88 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

      2. Thanks for the advice all. We'll keep Saffron on the list for the next trip. Freezing so just went to Masa since they have valet. Have loved it in the past and didn't love it as much last night (appetizers good, entrees average). May have been due to the restaurant week crush. We're staying at the Westin and tried B.A.N.K. the last trip and were thoroughly underwhelmed by the food and slow service. Agree the space is amazing though.

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        Masa
        1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

        B.A.N.K
        88 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402