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Top 5 Restaurants for B'day Dinner

As much as I want to try Travail, I'm leaning towards a restaurant that allows for reservations for my b'day dinner. My week has been and will continue to be rather hectic, I haven't seen my sweetie in two weeks, and, come Saturday, I think I'm going to want a night "in". Of course, he wants to take me out somewhere special so who am I to complain? So, what would be your Top 5 choices? They must be restaurants that take reservations. I figure I'll give him the list and he can surprise me with his choice. Thanks:-)

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  1. 1. Piccolo
    2. In Season
    3. Bachelor Farmer
    4. La belle Vie
    5. Ill Gato

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    In Season
    5416 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

    1. 1. Bar La Grassa
      2. Restaurant Alma
      3. Meritage
      4. Capital Grille (I don't normally pick chains, but they make some AMAZING steak)
      5. La Belle Vie (last on the list only because I've not been there yet, but am constantly told amazing things about it).

      1. 1. Piccolo
        2.Restaurant Alma
        3. Heartland
        4. Heidi's
        5. Bar La Grassa

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

        1. 3.Saffron
          1.Gorkha Palace
          2.Meritage
          5.La Belle Vie, great but........
          4..Victory 44, I know they don't take reservations(only for 8 or more so make it a party) but you will be able to get a table. In my mind almost or equal to Travail but not as cheap.

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          La Belle Vie
          510 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405

          Meritage
          410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

          Victory 44
          2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN

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          1. re: ibew292

            I second Saffron and La Belle Vie (along with Piccolo and Alma). Gorkha Palace is great but not at all of the caliber of the other places, and we found Meritage very loud and crowded - not great for someone who is craving a special night with their partner.

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            La Belle Vie
            510 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405

            Meritage
            410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

            Gorkha Palace
            23 4th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

            1. re: katebauer

              I disagree. Gorkha ranks with the top places in Minneapolis. You may think the food is not refined but I think that it is a Special Place. Skip the reservations and go to Victory 44. You will love it. Meritiage is also at the top of their game. Sunday dinner was wonderful. I would stay home on Saturday and go out on Sunday.

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              Victory 44
              2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN

            2. re: ibew292

              I would have said Victory 44 too, but ruled it out because of the reservation criteria.

            3. 1. La Belle Vie
              2. 112
              3. Saffron
              4. Grand Cafe
              5. Heidis

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              La Belle Vie
              510 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405