Faces Mears Park
Minnesota TreasuresWhile we have some wonderful restaurants in Minnesota, not all of them stand out as an experience that consistently provides inviting and friendly service, and a flavorful menu to choose from. This is the kind of restaurant that you keep coming back to and bringing others to because of what it has to offer.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfectFACES was perfect for our family, prior to graduation at Roy Wilkins. It was quiet because we had an early dinner. Their food is prepared by a wonderful chef, the food is local/organic/fresh. It worked perfectly for the special diet requests that we had. The paella was amazing, so was the salad with asian tuna salad on it. The greens were so wonderful and the dressing could not have been better. The staff treated our graduate with special attention and she was loving it!
We will be back for other special occasions or just for the treat of eating such amazing food!5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMOverall impression is thatOverall impression is that staff knows food and enjoys sharing that knowledge with the customers.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and ambiance!My wife and I ventured across the river to visit Faces last Saturday evening since we had heard some good things about the restaurant and the owner, David Fhima. We are glad we did! From the moment we arrived, we enjoyed the ambiance of the place. The wine bar and restaurant styling is quite appealing. The tables are spaced comfortably so that you don't feel crowded. The staff is charming. The food was tremendous. The wine list contained some very nice wines that were priced right. My wife had the Pil Pil Tangine and I had the Paella Valencia. We enjoyed tastes that were absolutely delightful. We capped off the evening with some wonderful desserts. Thank you for a wonderful evening! We will definitely be back.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMSuper Experience!The chef was engaging; the Chloe, the wait staff was warm, friendly, but not over bearing; and the food was amazing!5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMMother's Day BrunchI really like this restaurant. We were 2 adults and 3 children. The buffet had some good and medicore offerings. The chicken was fantastic. The ham was dry. The hashbrowns were okay and the bacon overcooked. We ordered French toast from the kitchen and it was wonderful. The prime rib was cooked to order, tasty, but a bit skimpy on the porttion The dessert offerings were simply amazing. The best chocolate covered straberries ever. Cream puffs and eclairs were excellent. Assorted truffles were a taste sensation.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMNew FavoriteWe're new to Mears Park, and were delighted to discover Faces. The setting right across from the park provides entertainment value. The night we were there, we witnessed a giant black "dog" (from the Black Dog Cafe) marching through the park, attracting a crowd. The service was very friendly and efficient; our waiter added fresh asparagas to my meal gratis when I asked him if the dish included it. The food was very carefully prepared, fully seasoned with sufficient but reasonable portions. All in all, a relaxing time.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMEven though we had an earlyEven though we had an early evening reservation, out table was located near the walk area that service staff used and they were hurrying by constantly - the waiters were managing in a rush and service delay matter. Waiter was friendly and apologetic about being short staffed.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMThe reviews for this restaurantThe reviews for this restaurant made me hope for a lot. I wanted to be more impressed with the food. The presentation was great, but I found it falling short of having the associated flavor and texture wow factor. I had the Tagine seafood dish, and although being rich in different spices, just did not find it a culinary adventure. Would I try the restaurant again - Yes, but I would opt for something more hearty where the Moroccan spices get to shine more.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a great time sharingWe had a great time sharing excellent food and visiting with friends. The drawback was being seated by the atrium which had a fashion show event. We frequently had models standing for extended periods very close to our table and noise that overflowed from event. Would definitely sit somewhere else next time.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMExceeded expectations....After several years of scouring for any remnants of the formerly great dining scene in downtown St Paul -- going back more than a decade after which it was ruined by the business climate created by the post-Norm Coleman mayors -- I find this. Yes, the St Paul, Pazzaluna, Kincaids, etc are nice, but outside of Heartland, the east side needs a new gem, and this is it. Clearly, they have had growing pains. But any restaurant that wants to attract customers in this part of town (that feels often like East Germany in the 1960s -- and that's during the DAY) has to do it a bit better than most. Mr Fhima deserves our attention. The food was way beyond my expectations and service was outstanding. Parking? Talk to the mayor.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food. Service was just OK.We had a nice time at Faces. The food was really good. Our server was very nice but the service was a bit slow. They set the wine bucket far enough away from our table that the expectation was that the server would be stopping by to keep the glasses filled. I think he filled our glasses once and I ended up getting out of my seat a couple of times to get wine for my wife and I. The chef was speaking to a group of people as we were leaving and he made it a point to stop us and ask how our meal was. Again, the food was great. The service was not bad, but for a $100 meal, I expected a little better. I think it is probably worth at least one more try.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMFaces is a high end diningThe five course menu was a rich and delicious dining treat. OUr server was well informed, friendly and helpful. having the chef come to our table and describe the courses was amazing and made me fell like I was on Top Chef! What a cool night.
tommy4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMSpanish omelets out of thisSpanish omelets out of this world. One-bite desserts (and so much variety) worth the price of the whole brunch. Will be back!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMThe owner chef greeted ourThe owner chef greeted our table of 6. My friends had not been there before so it was quite welcoming. The service was outstanding! The staff was quite accommodating and took time to answer all questions - very knowledgeable. The tangines were quite popular with all tables, not just ours. They added a lovley scent to the air. Two of my friends ordered the vegetable tangine and said the variety of flavors was amazing (they are not vegetarians either). We plan to return.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMA great dinner with an excellentA great dinner with an excellent waitperson, Chloe.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMOur waiter was great! HeOur waiter was great! He made the whole experience special for my father-in-law's 89th birthday.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AM