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“Wonderful experience”
Review of Cru

Cru
Ranked #3 of 28 Restaurants in Nisswa
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Description: Cru Restaurant and Wine Bar features a vast cellar of over 2,000 bottles of worldly wines and offers over 20 wines by the glass. Cru's decadent fare capitalizes on local and regional flavors. At Cru, rich decor creates an intimate and relaxing atmosphere, providing the perfect dining experience for a romantic dinner or a casual get-together with friends.
Ames, Iowa
Level 6 Contributor
220 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Wonderful experience”
Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

Great staff, wonderful and knowledgeable waiter for our table, impressive wine cellar (with tour and samples, if you like) and very good food. Complaints in the incredibly minor category: ribeye with crimini mushrooms was excellent, but why so few mushrooms? Somewhat on the expensive side, but not as bad as that place down the road on the "harbor" where they have smaller portions. Here at Cru, the portions are ample for the price.

Visited July 2014
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English first
Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Cheers to the crew at CRU!”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

From the moment we entered the staff sparkled! All polite, considerate and helpful! And then came the food. Simply outstanding! Seated in the area next to a long enclosed wine cellar provides that special atmosphere of being somewhere special. Great place for adults.

Visited July 2014
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“Oh my gosh GOOD!!”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

AMAZING food! Huge walk in wine cellar. Did I mention the food was AMAZING??!?! The staff was very friendly, I can't wait to go back again!

Visited July 2014
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Clinton, Iowa
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Elegant”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

Stopped for drinks at Cru. Enjoyed the atmosphere and the wine flights. It is always nice to try something new and the wine flights give us that option.

Visited June 2014
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Absolutely delightful”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

Although Cru is hidden in the subterranean chamber of a convention center, it is possibly one of the best restaurants in the Brainerd lakes area. The staff is welcoming and knowledgable about the menu and wine. There is a full bar as well (try the Cool Mary!). We were thrilled by the use of truffle oil in the shoestring potatoes and honey butter. My husband loved his walleye and my scallops were cooked perfectly. I disagreed with the cold Peruvian potato salad as a foundation for the sun choke purée but to me this is a thrilling adventure of epicurean delights where one's personal tastes and values can be assuaged by a perfect creme brûlée. Our daughters were delighted by the huge serving of cut fruit with their dinners too. I highly recommend Cru.

Visited May 2014
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