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Jan 13, 2011 09:17 AM

Winter time seafood restaurant?

Looking for place to get good seafood in the Winter time. During the summer I like to go to Sea Salt Eatery but they are closed during the off months. Is there any place in the Twin Cites with very good seafood?

Sea Salt Eatery
4801 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417

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  1. For seafood themed restaurant, Sea Change would be my only recommendation.

    Some really like Oceanaire. Personally, I think it's very over-rated, playing to expense account crowds, tourists, etc. But opinions vary.

    Some folks mention Stella's in Uptown. Mediocre food (at best) with a pricey tag. in my opinion, it's not worth going to Stella's except with a group of people to enjoy the view from their rooftop deck. Given the time of year, and the opening of the Cafeteria across the street, that's now moot.

    If you like oysters, the new oyster bar at Meritage is well worth checking out.

    Lastly, there are several very good area restaurants that aren't seafood restaurants per se, but that offer very good seafood on their menu. For example:

    Solera for tapas and some Mediterranean themed seafood dishes.

    Heartland has an always changing menu, and cooks seasonal - today they have a freshwater fish terrine dish and a sturgeon dish.

    Craftsman has a whole trout wrapped in pancetta.

    Meritage has dishes of mussels, fluke, and sturgeon.

    Vincent has a striped bass and a barramundi.

    Lucia's has a very nice looking salmon dish.

    The new Il Gatto (while I'm not a fan of their entrees) has a great swordfish appetizer.

    Seafood dishes at any of these restaurants, and many more very good restaurants in the area, will have seafood dishes that are at least as good as those at dedicated seafood restaurants. The selection might not be the same, but then again, we are in Minnesota.

    900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Il Gatto
    3001 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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

    1. La Sirena Gorda in MidGloMa!


      La Sirena Gorda
      920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        Oi, forgot about La Sirena Gorda. Yes, their seafood is great. Octopus tacos are a must, and their ceviche is excellent.

        Since we're on the topic of Mexican seafood, have you gone to Perla del Pacifico, in Southwest MPLS on Nicollet? I've heard good things about it from a couple review sites, but I don't know anyone that's gone there personally. It sounds interesting. I've been meaning to give it a try for a while now. That might be another option for relatively inexpensive seafood.

        La Sirena Gorda
        920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

        1. re: foreverhungry

          I went to Perla a few years ago. It was fine but I haven't felt a strong urge to return. You can review my impressions and those of a few others here:

          1. re: bob s

            Went to Perla tonight. It was closed. For Rent sign outside. Too bad. Went to Buster's instead.

      2. Sea Change is doing a deal on 3 courses for $30 EVERY NIGHT in January. Go! And tell us about it.

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

        1. I like Blue Point in Wayzata. I just read they are going to open another restaurant in Bloomington near France and I-494.

          Blue Point Restaurant & Bar
          739 East Lake Street, Wayzata, MN 55391