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Fine Dining in East Lansing?

I am visiting next week, and would love to find a local dining establishment for a nice dinner. I know its a college area, which may or may not yield any "fine dining" establishments. I love french and japanese cuisine, and I am always up for seafood or a great steak.
Any and all recommendations would be appreciated! THank you!

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  1. Sansu. East end of the MSU campus. Just Google it.

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    Sansu
    4750 S Hagadorn Rd Ste 100, East Lansing, MI 48823

    1. Sansu, hands down.

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      Sansu
      4750 S Hagadorn Rd Ste 100, East Lansing, MI 48823

      1. For those who enjoy their seafood cooked, rather than sushi, Mitchell's Fish Market is a great place for terrific seafood. I particularly recommend their kung pao calamari and any of their "shang hai" style preparations (steamed with ginger and green onions, served with a soy sauce). Right off 127 on Lake Lansing Road. www.mitchellsfishmarket.com

        1. Dusty's Cellar in Okemos (just West of E. Lansing) has consistently good food.

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          Dusty's Cellar
          1857 W Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864

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          1. re: kmcarr

            Unless you are planning on taking a large group, Dusty's Cellar is not a good choice. Sun - Thurs. is a 14 person minimum and Fri & Sat is a 24 person minimum.

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            Dusty's Cellar
            1857 W Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864

            1. re: Jack Freeman

              >> Unless you are planning on taking a large group, Dusty's Cellar is not a good choice. Sun - Thurs. is a 14 person minimum and Fri & Sat is a 24 person minimum.

              Huh??? Who told you THAT??? It's absolutely NOT TRUE.

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              Dusty's Cellar
              1857 W Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864

              1. re: nsxtasy

                I have never experienced that either?

              2. re: Jack Freeman

                That minimum applies to their largest *private* dining (banquet) room. You can eat in the wine bar or tap room no problem.

                1. re: tokyo

                  That's correct (and they even have smaller private rooms with smaller minimums than that). As you point out, groups of any size can eat in the restaurant no problem. Heck, you can even make reservations on Opentable.com for a group of two or four (or even for dining solo) for any time that's available: www.opentable.com/dustys-wine-bar

                2. re: Jack Freeman

                  Jack, as others as pointed out you seem to be confusing the private dining/banquet rooms with the main restaurant (the Wine Bar). Trust me, I've eaten there several times with only one or two companions, and sometimes all by my lonesome.

                  1. re: kmcarr

                    Oh and the Lamb Chops taste great!

              3. Sorry..I was obviously WRONG! I have been there twice for meetings and I was told by a friend that attended the meeting with me that it had to be larger groups. I went online and read that too but obviously it must be only the meeting/banquet room! Guess I was off base. Sorry! On the upside, the food there was really good!

                1. Go to Maru in Okemos for sushi/japanese - many times better than Sansu and very close to east lansing (less than 10 minute drive from MSU campus). I would also second Dusty's Cellar. Frankly, there really are slim pickings for "fine dining" in the area so keep your expectations low.

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                  Sansu
                  4750 S Hagadorn Rd Ste 100, East Lansing, MI 48823

                  Dusty's Cellar
                  1857 W Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864