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Mar 4, 2013 12:37 PM

Anniversary dinner in DT MPLS

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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  1. 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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    1. re: Codetron

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

    2. 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.

      1. 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 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.

          1. re: sandylc

            Neither of those are Downtown Minneapolis.

            1. re: ChillyDog

              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)

            2. 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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              1. re: kevin47

                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.