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“Elegant simplicity in Amish MN country”
Review of QUARTER/quarter - CLOSED

QUARTER/quarter
Price range: US$4 - US$45
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Serving an eclectic mix of small plates, appetizers and desserts in addition to our beer and wine list in the Wine Bar. Chef's Tasting Menus available in the Main Dining Room.
Reviewed 29 July 2014

We were directed to Quarter/quarter by our B&B hosts (Hillcrest Hideaway in Lanesboro). It was worth the 30 minute drive from Lanesboro on a windy country road complete with rolling farm land and Amish farms.
We opted for the Tasting Menu - cantaloupe salad with crisped prosciutto, swordfish with citrus fennel salad, braised beef ravioli, and cherry chocolate cake. Delicious but slightly pricey for the portions ($90 including tip for two people with tea and coffee - no wine). However, based on other restaurant menus/prices that we considered, the meal was not far off the other choices in the Lanesboro area, and the ambiance of Quarter/quarter was worth it.

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Thank Julie R
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

We were looking forward to a lovely dinner for our anniversary. I made reservations earlier in the week for the tasting menu and confirmed the reservation with the owner.

Unfortunately, when we arrived for our reservation, we were told that the tasting menu was already sold out. We were shocked! Why wouldn't they save the tasting menu for two who had a prior reservation?

The waitresses seemed embarrassed and admitted to reminding the owner of our reservation. He apparently then said that the tasting menu was on a 'first come, first served' basis. We were never told of that policy, and had we been told, would have made a reservation for earlier in the evening. We also never received an apology or any kind of explanation from the owner himself.

We decided to walk out instead of supporting a restaurant owner with that kind of attitude towards his customers.

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2  Thank Trisha Q
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We were completely blown away to find this gem in such a small town. We were recommended by our B&B hosts and are so glad we decided to follow their recommendation. We tried the 4 course sample menu that consisted of Cream of Cauliflower/White Cheddar Soup, Swordfish on a Citrus Fennel mix, Beef Tenderloin on Mushroom Risotto and a Vanilla Raspberry Flaan type dessert. Every course was amazingly cooked and seasoned and the presentation was phenomenal. This $34 tasting dinner would have easily gone for double in a big city. The decor of the restaurant was simple and elegant and the wine and beer list was excellent. The selections on the regular menu looked delicious as well and for the quality of food and freshness of ingredients leads me to believe they would all be fantastic values. We hope to get the opportunity to return to Quarter/Quarter again, it is truly a gem hidden in bluff country! Make reservations to ensure you get in, they limit seating to help keep service top notch and it absolutely works!

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Thank Russell C
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Located inside a former business along Center street, the QUARTER/quarter Restaurant offers a gourmet cuisine. The inside décor strikes us as early IKEA, with square, metal & glass tables and office-manager style chairs. Besides the bland but effective acoustic panels, the main dining room needs some artwork hanging on the walls too. But we digress – what counts is the food! She enjoyed fish cakes dressed with a sweet pepper & mayonnaise sauce, accompanied by a “Roman” salad. Interesting dish, that Roman salad – romaine lettuce cross-cut across the leaf, without cheese or croutons but including pine nuts instead, served with a light but full-flavored Caesar dressing. (Without shame, we will enter this one into our own Book of Meal Menus). My entrée was Chicken Marsala with mushrooms in a wine sauce. Risotto and green beans came along for the ride from kitchen to table. For dessert, she enjoyed a vanilla gelato and for me, a pineapple-mango sorbet. While our meal descriptions may sound pedestrian, the presentation of all courses was ‘way above average! Chef Larson & his staff know what they are doing and it shows. Change is in the offing however, as the Chef strongly prefers to prepare a Prix Fixe multi-course feast for a limited number of lucky souls who reserve places at his table. For now, his open-seating restaurant is available evenings only, and not every day. Best that you call for hours.

Thank unclevad
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

My girlfriend and I arrived a bit late for the Friday evening Chef's Tasting Session event. However, we were able to dine without a reservation in the adjacent dining area.

We decided to try a set of four appetizers, salmon on flatbread, spiced meatballs, and a chicken dish among them - all of which were delicious, as well as two different desserts. Together, with a beer and a glass of wine, provided us with a delightful experience for less than the cost of one service in the other room. Our server provided us with good information about the menu items and wine list, too.

If we come back to the Harmony area, I'll definitely return for another dining experience. Even though I would be interested to try the Chef's Tasting session one day, I would also be happy to have another appetizer-sampling experience in the wine bar.

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1  Thank MNBallroomDancer
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