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Apr 10, 2011 03:39 PM

Seeking Mpls/St. Paul venue for party of 25-35 in mid-June

I live out of town and am looking for a restaurant in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area where I can host a dinner for 25-35 people on Wednesday evening, June 22. I’ve contacted several restaurants but haven’t booked anything yet. Thought I’d check here for additional suggestions.

General criteria:
Sit-down dinner for 25-35 in a single space (not divided between different dining areas)
Leaning toward French or American but open to other cuisines
Very good to excellent quality food ($20-30 entree range?)
Low background noise level is important due to a few guests with impaired hearing
Evening takeover of a smaller restaurant would be great if the space and food are right, but a private/semi-private dining room in a larger establishment would be fine too
Open to lesser-known/smaller restaurants if the quality is there

I appreciate any input local ChowHound folk can offer!
Many thanks in advance.

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  1. I had my rehearsal dinner at Firelake Restaurant in the Downtown Radisson Hotel in Mpls. They have a private space that seats up to 42 with glass doors that enclose the space.

    They have group dining menus that are all inclusive of app, entree, dessert and non-alc bevs. Really economical.

    I also just looked for a private space for my alumni club and truly private spaces are hard to find and most have high F&B mins.

    Good Luck!


    31 South 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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    1. re: MayrMN

      That's one I hadn't read anything about. I'll take a look. Thanks!

    2. It has been a while (~5 years ago), but we had a nice experience with our rehearsal dinner at WA Frost. They have a private room that should be about the right size.

      1. You might see what Cave Vin could do. The food there is really excellent, and also French and in your desired price range.

        Cave Vin
        5555 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

          1. re: soupkitten

            I agree. Loved Heartland and our private dinner there for 23 last month. They do require a minimum of $1500 to book one of their two private rooms though, which are lovely.


            1. re: scoopG

              Thanks, scoopG. I've been speaking with someone at Heartland. She says their smaller room holds up to 80 people and I'm worried that it might feel vast for a group of ~30. How was it for your group of 23?.

              1. re: eyanisch

                Wonderful. We loved the food and the service was top notch. The room we were in was off of the main dining room/bar area. It added an aura of elegance to the evening. (I believe it is the same room featured in a photo on their website.) I would think 80 in that space would be very cramped. There were three round tops set up (for 8, 8 and 7.) I believe they have two private rooms.

          2. I would recommend Vincent in downtown Minneapolis. They have an upstairs area that seats up to 50-70, but would work for 30-40. The place is definitely quiet, and the food is wonderful. And French.