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jiliank Sep 9, 2010 10:07 AM

HI!

My parents are celebrating their 30th anniversary in a couple weeks and the kids (we're all in our mid-20s) are taking them out for a nice meal to celebrate. (they did not want a party). also 3 grandparents will be involved. So total number is 9. here are the specs:

- We live in various parts of minneapolis (one in Edina)
- needs to be quiet enough for old ears, but my parents are fun so not too boring
- dad loves seafood/mom doesn't
- obviously big enough to accomadate table of 9
- wanting it to feel like a celebration

We were kind of thinking Jax Cafe, but it feels a little boring. Other thoughts were: Oceanaire, Zelo, D'Amico Kitchen.... Any other suggestions?

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Jax Cafe
1928 University Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Zelo
831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

D'Amico Kitchen
901 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

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    soupkitten Sep 10, 2010 04:21 PM

    alma.

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      meljohns Sep 10, 2010 09:15 AM

      I sound like a broken record because I've suggested these before but 2 other options to look into are Grand Cafe and Corner Table. Grand has a back room that's nice (I had a birthday celebration back there). Mary will also pull tables together outside if it's warm enough and you're interested. Corner Table has a big farm style table that could seat 9 (at least the last time I was there they did).

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      Corner Table
      4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

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        Seige Sep 9, 2010 07:31 PM

        I'd agree with Keith that Sea Change is a great suggestion. Relatively quiet, but fun at the same time and the food is phenomenal. The halibut was so good it made weep a little. :)

        I wouldn't recommend Cave Vin. The food there is great, but it's a small place so I think a table of 9 would be a challenge and I think it gets a bit noisy which would be difficult for older ears. And I think Zelo gets a bit loud too.

        For other suggestions - my husband and I ate at Capital Grille recently and it was fantastic. The only potential issue for you is that while they have some seafood, their main focus is steak. That said - the steak is A-MAZ-ING. We also really like D'Amico Kitchen, but I'd probably choose Sea Change or Capital Grille instead.

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        Zelo
        831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

        Cave Vin
        5555 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

        Capital Grille
        801 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402

        Sea Change
        806 Second Street S., Minneapolis, MN 55415

        D'Amico Kitchen
        901 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

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          jiliank Sep 10, 2010 08:35 AM

          Thanks all! Great suggestions.

          Piccolo is in my parents hood, so I will suggest that, and also Capital Grille. My concern about Sea Change is that my mom doesn't like sea food AT ALL, and I've heard that its so big that the atmosphere is a little bland.... I think Cave Vin is too small - but agreed, love it for a date!!

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          Cave Vin
          5555 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

          Capital Grille
          801 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402

          Sea Change
          806 Second Street S., Minneapolis, MN 55415

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            Seige Sep 10, 2010 07:30 PM

            Sea Change has some great "not fish" options and while it is big, I wouldn't say the atmosphere is bland at all. I actually thought it was pretty fun and you can go for a walk on the endless bridge at the Guthrie before or after dinner for great views of the river.

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            Sea Change
            806 Second Street S., Minneapolis, MN 55415

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          kevin47 Sep 9, 2010 02:19 PM

          I actually think Jax is kinda fun. Pity about the food, though.

          Cave Vin is a solid suggestion, though the food is traditionally French. Whether that is fun for you depends on the audience.

          Piccolo is pretty fun and inventive, with seafood options and a great, accessible wine list. You'll want to call to make sure they can get you in at the big table.

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          Jax Cafe
          1928 University Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55418

          Cave Vin
          5555 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

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            keithinmpls Sep 9, 2010 12:49 PM

            I bet you'd enjoy Sea Change, downtown Minneapolis. If your pops likes seafood, he'll be in heaven there. It's by far the best in town, in my opinion. But for all the raves it gets for seafood (and well deserved), there are some fantastic meat options, as well.

            If you want to stick to the Edina area, I would recommend Cafe Vin, a smaller, more intimate French restaurant that puts out absolutely incredible food. I have dreams about their duck...

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            Sea Change
            806 Second Street S., Minneapolis, MN 55415

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