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“Elegant, refined setting and excellent food”
Review of La Belle Vie - CLOSED

La Belle Vie
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$41 - US$80
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Fine Dining
Minneapolis Mn
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349 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
“Elegant, refined setting and excellent food”
Reviewed 25 April 2012

We have been enjoying La Belle Vie since it moved to 510 Groveland in 2006. It is expensive, but what you get for your money is careful service, gorgeous architecture, and food that pleases all the senses. LBV is set apart from its competitors by the pace and the setting. The tables are far apart, the music is subdued, and nothing is rushed. We spent a full three hours at the table as we sampled the chef's creations and passed the evening in conversation.
The restaurant is in a 6-story former hotel built in 1927, and the building itself is worth a visit for its stunning detail. It was long ago converted to condominiums that are some of the best in the city.
Our group of 4 had the five-course tasting menu, augmented by a with a delicate goat cheese salad that grabbed our attention on the a la carte menu. After that came yellow jack crudo with bits of choriso, sea bream with asparagus, poussin (young chicken) with greens, lamb ribeye, and right-sized chocolate dessert. All the portions are small, so that the end of the meal the feeling is one of satisfaction, not discomfort.
The wine list is expensive but we found two excellent bargains at $28, Dupond L'Agnostique, a pinot syrah Beaujolais blend and Iuvene, a Rioja.
Service is impeccable, with a staff that has been in place for a number of years. They know when to talk and when to be unobtrusive.
For all these reasons, LBV is the best restaurant in the Twin Cities.

  • Visited April 2012
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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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120 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Wonderful setting; won't go back”
Reviewed 23 April 2012

Nice to see patrons dressed up for a nice dinner at this lovely restaurant!!! Typical French fare...beautiful presentation, small portions. My scallop dish was salty; husband's bouillabaisse was very fishy tasting. Service was superb and it was refreshing to go to a special occasion venue where diners appreciated the experience. That being said, we won't return because there is better food elsewhere.

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grand forks
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Service and Atmosphere”
Reviewed 10 April 2012

I am from out of town, and was told to try La Belle Vie. The place is gorgeous. Charming old house, or should I say mansion. The service was good, but our waitress seemed a bit "too" busy and did not spend enough time with us newbies in regards to suggestions. I suggest dining room versus the lounge if you have more than 4 and want to visit. Was a bit noisy. I had the Lounge Chefs tasting menu, and it was very good, I do though wish now I would have ordered the Dining tasting menu for more variety. Call for reservations, and enjoy the food, and wine pairings!!

  • Visited December 2011
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“This was a special experience and an expensive one.”
Reviewed 1 March 2012

The restaurant is in a beautiful old mansion. The service was impeccable and the food was amazing. My only complaint is that there are almost no vegetarian options. We had Raviolo, sea scallops, goat cheese tart, rootbeer with bitters and wine. All tasty. The meal began with tiny cheese biscuits and ended with tiny chocolates, both a gift from the restaurant. There is also a lounge, which we did not check out, but from a later review said is cheaper and has really wonderful bar snacks.

Visited February 2012
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Thank MsSand
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Shoreview
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Worthy of an Anniversary Dinner”
Reviewed 26 February 2012

The food and service is always excellent. It's not fussy or pretentious--just great, innovative food served in a nice place by people who really work hard to be sure you have a good experience.

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