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Lucia's Wine Bar

parkermsp Apr 4, 2011 06:18 AM

Four by-the-glass reds and five whites do not a wine bar make, and thus Lucia's is, in that category, a failure. And the decor seems on par with an Ikea meatballery.
Still, I have always had good to great bites here, and it remains a favorite of my wife and mine. Their petite tenderloin with house-made demi was outstanding, their late-night pizzas are always competent, their veggies are always fresh and vibrant, and their service is always bright and snappy.

This is one of those places that is a solid mainstay, a place that knows its spot and occupies it with reasonable flair. If only they could open up the wine offerings a bit....

Lucia's Wine Bar
1432 W 31st St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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    sandylc Apr 4, 2011 02:29 PM

    I'm curious about what your minimum by-the-glass requirement is? Isn't quality always better than quantity? As for the decor, it doesn't look like a giant, expensive chain pseudo-italian villa; again, a positive point in my mind. It looks simple and tasteful and is a good use of limited space.

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      wineglas1 Apr 4, 2011 07:52 PM


      If you are a wine bar you need to offer 15 to 20 min. wines by the glass otherwise let's just call you what you are is a restaurant. I have seen their wine list a few times and I can't say it is bad and it is not great but Parkermsp is right that the wine bar title is misleading.

    2. AnneInMpls Apr 4, 2011 08:25 PM

      I've ranted before about places that call themselves wine bars but don't have much in the by-the-glass category. Lucia's is especially weak.

      I was just in Nashville and was wowed by a place that had 40-50 offerings by the glass. And it didn't bill itself as a wine bar. Oh, for a place like that in the Twin Cities!

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        ashii Apr 5, 2011 01:52 PM

        Reading the title 'Lucia's wine bar' in the header, I was hoping to read a little blurb about how the place was going to improve.... I was a bit taken back by the negative comments. However, they deserve it.

        I took one of my clients there recently, while the food was palatable, the wine list was.... wait, what wine list? I couldnt really make a decision because none of the wines by the glass were what I desired. Maybe they will go ahead and make a change for the complementing summer months ahead....
        But until then, if you want to be called a duck, then you have to do more than quack like one.

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          parkermsp Apr 6, 2011 04:48 PM

          As well, which I didn't mention, was that the wine I had was warm, so much so that I couldn't initially tell when it entered my mouth--it seemed the exact same temperature. This blunted much of what could have been taste.
          It would be nice to have a wine bar that took their wine offerings as seriously as they did their branding of themselves.
          Though King's Wine Bar, in south Minneapolis, offers a pretty good number of 10 reds by the glass, none are particularly interesting, or beyond what I could sample myself given an 8 to 12-dollar trip to a local hooch mart.

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