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Anniversary dinner in DT MPLS

ktmc22 Mar 4, 2013 12:37 PM

My husband and I are celebrating our first anniversary at the end of the month and I am looking for restaurant suggestions. We would like something DT MPLS and we are open to all types of food.

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    Codetron RE: ktmc22 Mar 4, 2013 02:40 PM

    Sea Change at the Guthrie. If you want to make it romantic, ask for a table by the back windows a bit away from others. If you would like a more interactive evening, sit at the raw bar and have some items custom made to your tastes.

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      ChancesR RE: Codetron Mar 4, 2013 05:13 PM

      Also suggest Sea Change. It is the nicest room in town. Food and service are first rate. You will feel like royalty.

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      bkmnus RE: ktmc22 Mar 4, 2013 02:56 PM

      I would recommend either starting or ending the evening at the bar at La Belle Vie - great cocktails and excellent small plates, unless you decide to dine there. In that event I would recommend drinks/apps at Burough or Bar La Grassa.

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        brlattim RE: ktmc22 Mar 4, 2013 04:13 PM

        You can get romantic and intimate without such an up-charge at places like LBV, although if you don't care about money and like eating on your grandparents china....it does have good food and service. It kind of depends on if you mind a little noise or want more table for two in the back corner. I love Alma and Travail for the fun whimsical aspect of some of the food and staff. But you want downtown, I would consider Burch (just opened and just outside of downtown). Sapor isn't quite the foodie place it could be, but its service on a date night is great. The Sea Change and BLG below options are a good one as well.

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          sandylc RE: ktmc22 Mar 4, 2013 07:57 PM

          Alma or Lucia's.

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            ChillyDog RE: sandylc Mar 4, 2013 10:58 PM

            Neither of those are Downtown Minneapolis.

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              MSPD RE: ChillyDog Mar 5, 2013 07:44 AM

              At first I agreed, but then is La Belle Vie much different from Alma? Seems like it may be splitting hairs. Both are, theoretically, walking distance from the "tall buildings".

              (And I'm sort of reversing my practice of commenting without adding a constructive recommendation since the request here is too vague. You may as well pick up the current Mpls-St Paul Magazine "Top 75" restaurants and throw a dart. I'd celebrate my anniversary at any of them for one reason or another)

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                sandylc RE: ChillyDog Mar 5, 2013 10:25 AM

                True. But close enough.

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              kevin47 RE: ktmc22 Mar 4, 2013 09:06 PM

              LBV is outstanding from start to finish, and certainly screams special occasion.

              Otherwise, it's tough to make a suggestion without knowing precisely what you like, are looking to spend etc...

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                Jordan RE: kevin47 Mar 5, 2013 05:56 AM

                Agreed on LBV. It's the most refined (and probably quietest) dining room in the state.

                However, the OP didn't ask for the best or fanciest restaurant downtown, so plenty of other recommendations are viable. Solera has a fun spin on tapas, Bar La Grassa has amazing pastas and crostinis (and will the opposite of LBV in terms of noise level), Manny's offers the classic steakhouse experience, and there are many others to choose from.

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                Brad Ballinger RE: ktmc22 Mar 5, 2013 03:33 PM

                For a first anniversary, special and probably romantic, I'd go with La Belle Vie or Cafe Lurcat.

                1. AnneInMpls RE: ktmc22 Mar 5, 2013 06:49 PM

                  Mr. Tastebud and I went to Saffron for an anniversary a few years ago, and loved it. We went back last year (for a non-anniversary celebration), and it was even better.

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                    wisperch RE: ktmc22 Mar 8, 2013 09:16 PM

                    Just had dinner at Lurcat after a long hiatus. It was spectacular. Also, for romance, love Vincent. Great food - 112 Eatery, Alma, Butcher and Boar. La Belle Vie is great but expensive - probably one of the best in town. The Burch is great and very fun, but not romantic.
                    The question is - do you want romance or great food? I think Lurcat has both.

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