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Extravagant Dinner

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Extravagant Dinner

I'm planning to celebrate our 15th anniversary in Minneapolis late October. We are staying at The Grand and I'm not planning on renting a car. I'd like to find a really great place for special dinner.

suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Extravagant Dinner

any particular type of food? Lotsa ideas come to mind, so maybe food preference can narrow it a bit.

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2. Re: Extravagant Dinner

I'll just list my recommended places. All pricey, mind you, but some more than others:

Steak:

My favorite place for steak is Murray's on 6th Street. Every time I've been there for any type of occasion they've really made it feel like a special occasion. Try the silver butter knife special for 2. You'll probably even get the guy with the violin if they know the occasion. Very old-school decor, not modernized like so many places. Some people don't like it. I like it.

Seafood:

Oceannaire on Nicollet Mall

French(ish):

Cafe Lurcat in Loring Park. Get seated in the gorgeous ballroom-looking area, with huge windows and a view of the park.

"Upscale Italian"

Palomino on 9th and Hennepin

Cuban

Cafe Havana or Babalu on Washongton. Both very good. Babalu, last time I was there had a pretty nice bar area/lounge with live music. Cafe Havana is much smaller/intimate with a nice decor and bar, often with a two-piece live music act.

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3. Re: Extravagant Dinner

We are fairly flexible people. We like all types of foods, from ethnic to haute cuisine. We would like to avoid the "chain" restaurants, as we can go to them anywhere. We'd really only shy away from organ meats, and admittedly being from Boston and boasting a bit, we'd likely think that seafood offerings couldn't compare to what we get at home.

What Minneapolis Chef has a great, popular restaurant??

In Boston, I'd say Lydia Shire, Number 9 Park

Any typical upscale Minneapolis fare?

I know this doesn't narrow it too much, but we are not narrow minded. ;)

Why would we go to Minneapolis and dine at a restaurant? Give me one with a reason.

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4. Re: Extravagant Dinner

For something with a little romance that has a little bit of Minnesota in it (complying with your question about why would we go to MN for dinner), take a look at the Nicollet Island Inn:

http://www.nicolletislandinn.com

You could combine it with a nice walk across the stone arch bridge and through St. Anthony Main. Sounds like a nice evening to me. It's on an island on the Mississippi, view of the skyline. Just call and tell them it's an anniversary dinner when making the reservation.

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cab ride: $5

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6. Re: Extravagant Dinner

Happy anniversary! My 15th is today, actually. :)

Given your questions, you can't go wrong with any of the suggestions. If it were me I'd choose Cafe Lurcat, but I really like that place. The places mntoathens listed I have been to all have a unique atmosphere: Murray's is very old school, the Nicollet Island Inn is quite intimate, and Lurcat is very hip - at least in my estimation - as is Palimino. Oceanaire is outstanding but I don't think I'd send a couple from Boston to a MSP seafood place. ;)

http://www.cafelurcat.com/

http://www.murraysrestaurant.com/

http://www.nicolletislandinn.com/

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7. Re: Extravagant Dinner

In addition to the places already mentioned, these come to mind:

112 eatery http://www.112eatery.com/ This is actually my favorite restaurant in town. I've never had a bad meal there. It's about a six or seven block walk from the Grand.

Right across the street from 112 eatery is Saffron.

http://www.saffronmpls.com/ Great Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food.

There are three hotel restaurants in town that I would recommend:

Cosmos, in the Groves 601 Hotel, about a seven or eight block walk from the Grand. http://www.cosmosrestaurant.com/ It's the best kept secret in town.

Chambers Kitchen, in the new Chambers Hotel, is a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, right here in Minneapolis!

chambersminneapolis.com/chambers-hotel-kitch…

Finally, Bank is a great new restaurant in the new Westin Hotel, about a block away from the Grand: http://www.bankmpls.com/ It's located in the renovated lobby of an old bank building. And it has great food.

Hope this helps.

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8. Re: Extravagant Dinner

Another great signature steakhouse, if that's down your alley--

It's similar in name, so surprised it hasn't been mentioned: Manny's Steakhouse. It's in the Hyatt Regency complex/mall (1300 Nicollet Ave.), down the hall from Oceanaire. This is the original location-- I wouldn't be scared off because there will be a Miami location.

Might consider reserving ASAP.

mannysteakhouse.com

Happy 15th and enjoy your stay here.

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9. Re: Extravagant Dinner

I would concur on 112 Eatery. Location isn't the best, but it's cozy and intimate on the inside, with excellent food and wine list. But make reservations about a month in advance. It's the toughest place to get into right now.

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10. Re: Extravagant Dinner

Thanks for all the replies.

We will only be in town for two nights, so we have to make some tough decisions!

All look like great choices. I'll review when we return.