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Need a QUIET place to eat...

We'll be dining with older friends with whom we want to converse while we eat. We ate with them at Bar La Grassa (where we loved the food) but it was extremely noisy and hard to talk. (FYI--I went to BLG with my daughter at a different time and specifically requested a quiet table. We ate at a different location in the restaurant, but it was still really noisy.)

Would Travail and Victory 44 be this noisy?

What are some restaurants where you can get wonderful food that are not too noisy? One person in this group does not like Thai and Vietnamese food, another does not like Ethiopian, and I don't like sushi. Otherwise, it's pretty wide open.

We prefer to stay within Mpls or Saint Paul (no driving, say, to Eden Prairie) but Travail in Robbinsdale seems like a reasonable drive.

Thanks in advance.

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Victory 44
2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN

Bar La Grassa
800 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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  1. My suggestions would be the Craftsman, or the Grand Cafe. The Grand Cafe can get loud, but I can always hear my dining companions.

    Also, I just had a very nice dinner last night at the Tea House on University. They have little booth-like tables in the back that I think would be really quiet. (Though if Thai and Vietnamese are out, maybe Chinese is not high on the list. )

    1. Travail is pretty noisy. A) It's always packed, B) they play rock music on the stereo and C) it's all concrete and high ceilings, so the sound bounces everywhere. I don't know about V44, I was never there when it was busy.

      What day / time were you looking for? You might get different recommendations based on traffic.

      1. It's been a while since I've been to Corner Table, but if I remember correctly, it was pretty quiet. La Chaya was also pretty quiet. Both are delicious.

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        Corner Table
        4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

        1. We went to Victory 44 on a Friday evening, and it was quite loud. Open layout, lots of people. What about Sapor (very near BLG) or Alma?

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          Sapor Cafe-Bar
          428 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401

          Victory 44
          2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN

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          1. re: cfretty

            You neglected to mention when you are going to dine. Please don't expect to go to any good restaurant at 7:30 or 8:00 on a Friday or Saturday evening and not be disappointed about the noise. Timing is everything...

          2. I second Corner Table and Grand Cafe. I also like Cafe Ena and Kings as well, along with Blackbird and Cave Vin. All easy to converse in.
            The last time I ate at V44 it was really noisy inside- outside on the deck (ok, it was late summer) was perfect.

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            Corner Table
            4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

            Cafe Ena
            4601 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

            Cave Vin
            5555 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410