La Belle Vie
La Belle Vie

La Belle Vie

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.labellevie.us/
  • Phone: 6128746440
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dining Room: Sunday-Thursday 5-9, Friday & Saturday 5-10 Lounge: Sunday 5-9, Monday-Thursday 5-10, Friday & Saturday 5-11
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, French
  • Executive Chef: Tim McKee
  • Dress Code: Jacket Preferred
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available for $9 or Walker ramp parking for $4
A word from La Belle Vie
La Belle Vie, one of the most lauded restaurants of the Twin Cities, is a chef-driven restaurant located in the historic 510 Groveland Building, sharing the neighborhood with the newly expanded Walker Arts Center. Tim McKee, executive chef, is nationally recognized for his fresh interpretation of traditional French Mediterranean cuisine. La Belle Vie's cuisine reflects the belief that "Good food is always personal". At La Belle Vie, food is close to their hearts, and you are invited to share that dining experience with them. Award of Excellence, both Zagat and Wine Spectator Magazine.
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La Belle Vie reviews from OpenTable diners
108 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (95)romantic (79)fit for foodies (79)notable wine list (56)neighborhood gem (10)vibrant bar scene (8)good for groups (5)great for outdoor dining (3)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Exquisite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    It was our first time dining at La Belle Vie. From my experience and perspective, as a french woman travelling a lot, the ratio price/quality is definitely appropriate. I am happy to pay the price when the food and service are accordingly good, and this is the case at La Belle Vie. We had a great night, the food was high quality and sophisticated. Wine list is exquisite. Fruits sorbets are exquisite. Service was extremely good, our waitress Kim was excellent and we will make sure we are seated with her next time we dine at La Belle Vie. We are not from Minneapolis, but we will definitely dine there again when we are back in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    DrStewart
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife and I had an amazing night out for our anniversary. From the moment we walked in the door, the staff set the stage for a romantic night.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • memorable occasion
    dining4luv
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I took my daughter and grandson for dinner at La Belle Vie. This was the first time any of us had ever had a twelve course dinner in the French cuisine. The food was exquisite in presentation, the flavors and combinations of ingredients were absolutely incredible. The first course of egg with lobster and caviar together with a corn chowder presentation was sublime. That was our introduction to what was a truly memorable dinner. Every course was a gift to the palette. The wine pairings were perfect. Service was also outstanding. Ours was a unsurpassed food and dining experience which was truly a memorable occasion we will never forget.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but rushed
    Winelove
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My husband and I came for our five year wedding anniversary. We expected it to be a really long drawn out dinner. We ordered the Chefs tasting menu with wine paring. The time between food was great, but we had a hard time finishing our wine before the next course came. We agreed that getting the wine paring was really great, but we probably left a good chunk of money, in wine, on our table after we were done eating because we could not finish it. It would have been nice to have 10+ minutes more, between meals for us to actually get to finish the wine. Wine is not supposed to be chugged. That aspect was disappointing. The food was great, and so was the atmosphere. Overall, we had a good time, but wish we felt like it was worth the money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow!!!!
    erdiner
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    What a great dining experience! We opted for the 12 course tasting menu. That was amazing! The ambiance was great, quiet, dim light, excellent service. Excellent way to celebrate our 10 year anniversary!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Memorable
    DRoomTVhater
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    There were four of us for dinner and we ordered a variety of entrees. it was expensive but worth every penny. The food was exquisite - complex - interesting, creative and delicious - without exception. The wines were paired perfectly and some were so memorable that we all vowed to search out bottles for our own cellars. The Lebanese cabernet was amazing. We will go again, but only for very special occasions.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Date Place
    NellyP76
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We had a really good date night after a long time (have a six month old). Food was exceptional, although they could have paid a little more attention on my wife's preferences. I would have liked to have had a quieter spot so maybe they can segregate some areas for quiet preference. Overall though, great food, presentation, service, and an opportunity to splurge! Expensive so be prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Good
    FoodieGurlVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We always go to La Belle Vie for my birthday. This year was no different, however, this past summer we went to Cinq V in France, which influenced my perception. La Belle Vie just wasn't as good as I remember in past years. That does not mean it was bad, however. Service, as always, was exceptional. Food preparation was masterful. My only two complaints are the aged beef on the Chef's Tasting Menu, was burned on one side and raw on the other. Also, the portion sizes seemed smaller than previous visits and a bit stingy, which overbalanced the price to value ratio. It was a very expensive meal, and we left not quite satisfied. Nevertheless, while La Belle Vie is no Cinq V, it still stands out as exceptional among Twin Cities restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • compete's for best in the Midwest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We did the nine course tasting menu with wine flight at 8 PM reservations. Every course was more amazing than the last. I'm not much of a red wine drinker so the server graciously agreed to allow substitutions for ones that were too dry or acidic for me. I thought ambience could be improved with a little more greenery to make the large open spaces more cozy but this is a minor issue. Food was definitely on par with elite Restaurants like Spago's in LA (we actually liked it better). Worth the money for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JessieVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The serice was amazing and the chef's menu was absolutely delicious. Every courase I was delighted with an new taste experience and the wine pairings were spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very expensive but worth it
    DGH1
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had grand tasting menu. Super. Service was super.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Twin Cites Special
    Steve
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I flew in from out of town for a blind date and chose La Belle Vie based on online reviews, I was not disappointed, the ambiance was great, the service was top notch and the food was very good. Chris, the Som, recommended a wine from Lebenon that was very good, I would highly recommend asking for his opinion on a wine selection if you elect to forgo the pairing. I thought the pricing was very resonable relative to similar dining experiences in other cites. And as a bonus my date was fabulous!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I don't quite get it.....
    chelsa128
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    $350 and we left hungry. Everything was very good, but there just wasn't enough of it. The courses were so spread out and so small - 2 bites, wait, wait, wait, repeat - that we never felt satisfied. I don't care how 'fancy' the restaurant is, for that kind of money you should leave full. On top of that the ambiance was strange. So quiet, lots of blank walls, not cozy or warm. I think the lounge is the way to go - the atmosphere seemed better and the prices more reasonable. Good food, but not worth the hype.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • notagain
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Had Chef's tasting menu which was way too intricate. I expected 9-10 courses with small portions. Instead I got 9-10 courses, most with 4-5 accompaniments. Of course we are talking miniscule portions so that you rarely got a second or third bite of anything to confirm your initial impression. It was as if each course was suppose to be a meal in itself (due to complexity, not quantity). I've enjoyed tasting menus at other, mostly Chicago, restaurants, but this I can't recommend. My wife ordered an entrée and one appetizer and was much more pleased.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • close...
    MyBarIsHigh
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    La Belle Vie is on the ground floor of a residential hotel; the dining room recalls that era with spacious tables, good lighting and tastefully chosen art work. The ambiance was perfect for my partner's birthday. We ordered the 5 course tasting menu; all of the dishes were very good. The wine pairings were also good, with one exception. The olive note in the salmon dish was an excellent contrast to the very nice piece of fish. In contrast to that dish, the flavor profile of the beef dish was dragged down a bit by the not-quite-there meat. The Meyer-Näkel rose was the highlight of the wine flight; the Beaujolais that followed was disappointing. On another visit we will order the 8 course Chef's Tasting Menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Twin cities
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have dined here several times and this place never disappoints. It is very spendy but in my opinion, worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • C'est Magnifique
    KatN
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Trying not to build up expectations, I attempted to do some calming deep breathing exercises before spending my birthday experience at La Belle Vie. I didn't need to do any of that nonesense. The evening was truly perfection. It met my expectations and went far beyond them. Can't rank a favorite part of the meal as the ambience in the lounge, impeccable service, ethereal tasting menu paired with tantalizing wines and overall experience were equally wonderful. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Disappointment
    UnhappyCamper
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I like this restaurant but there was something about it that didn't make me like it. I reserved a table for me and my fiancé for his birthday. I noted the special message for them if they could provide me a cake and have at least 2 or 3 people employees to sing for him but that never happened. They specifically called me to confirm this plan and they told me they will make it happen by providing a 4 inch cake; But when I got there, nothing happened. I was very disappointed. Please don't promise people with plans if you are not going to follow up with it. I'd say their food was good but I can totally cook something close to the tasting menu. It's not worth the eat here unless you want to spend a lot of money.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent dining experience
    eChuckVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    8-course tasting menu ($90), without wine pairing ($64). Started with single amuse bouche follwed by 8 courses (including dessert). Delicious and well-presented. The service was excellent. Good wine menu. The overall style is relatively conservative when compared to more contemporary offerings (Alma, Heartland, Travail) but beautiful prepared, well-execute and great-tasting. The one knock I have of this restaurant is the building and decor. The building is a bit dated and the hallways musty. The dining room is clean but boring. Would definitely eat here again, great for special occasions or just for a nice night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simply elegant.
    MJKoepke
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    First class dining experience. Did the Chef's Special Tasting in the dining room with the wine flight pairing and the whole experience was extremely enjoyable. In particular, the wine pairings with the courses were fantastic as were all the courses. The primary downside to the tasting approach, was there were several things I would've loved to eat in larger quantity. If we go again, I would be very likely to order Ala Carte and a bottle of wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once in awhile....
    beentheredonethat
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Once in awhile it's OK to ignore the budget and sample the "upper scale." The server was impeccable and is probably the president of a bank on the side. The cocktail was a generous pour, the glass of wine less so. The food was excellent but portions on the sparse side. The Ala Carte menu needs to have at least a half dozen more selections. Lamb shank anyone? With the final tab averaging well over $100 a head, perhaps it's "been there and done that."
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    ruebelg
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    What a great restaurant! My husband and I went here for our anniversary. I loved every minute of this fabulous place. I had the feeling we were in a modern day speakeasy and it was divine. The waitress was excellent and very helpful! I am not a cocktail person but, I tried one on the menu and it was very well done. Beautiful in fact! We will be back in a month or so! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect!
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    La Belle Vie takes fine dining to the highest level. Great, educated staff, great food, great wines!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best of the Twin Cities
    DoctorVVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    As always La Belle Vie delivers with the best food and outstanding service. The 5 course tasting menu with wine pairing gave us delicious matches with perfect sized portions. As is often the case items that do not sound good are actually wonderful, such as the chicken liver and brie terrine that was a small bite sized treat served with the poussin. Only complaint is they do not have a dress code. When one dresses up appropriately for a special occasion dinner, it is disappointing to sit by someone in a t-shirt and jeans or worse. I am not even asking for "jacket required", just collared shirt and long pants, but no jeans.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool beans
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    It was overall an excellent place. Great food and our server was great. I would recomend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pull out all the stops!
    Boconnor
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Absolute heaven for serious foodies. The place to go for that very special meal with the people with which you really want to spend quality time. 2 notes: 1) the staff easily dealt with the fact that I need a gluten-free diet. 2) I rated the noise level as high, but there was a large family directly across from us and I think it would have otherwise been very subdued. Tables are not crowded together and if there was background music, I didn't notice it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still tops in the Twin Cities
    Speedy84
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I hadn't been to LBV for several years, and I was reminded that I need to visit more often. Chef McKee and his team turn out imaginative, scrumptious delights that are a perfect mix of interesting and appetizing. Wow!! Highlights for me from the Chef's tasting menu included an heirloom tomato salad that reminded me of summer in Italy and perfect salmon in a black olive, apple and fennel setting. We also had the cheese plate, which I recommend. LBV accommodated my wife's gluten free diet with sesame crackers. The wine list is long on Italian, Austrian and Spanish wines. We had the wine pairings, which we enjoyed, but the food is the highlight. Service was professional and appropriate. All in all a great experience.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • the good and the bad
    disappointing
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    For The Amount Of Money I Intended To Spend For our Anniversary With My Husband I Expected Great Services. I Almost Left Before We Ordered Since #1 I Didn't Know Who Our Server Was And #2 She Didn't Come Around For A While. The Food Was Pretty Good But We Pay Also For Experience And The ServIce Was Poor. It Was disappointing
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  • Lovejoyeatsout
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    A gem find for delicate, modern, French cuisine, that if anywhere else would price much higher. I love dining in the bar area. It has old school charm. Make a reservation on the weekends. Get the larger tasting menu! …you won’t regret it! Eat and be merry!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never stopped amazing
    Grant
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had the Chef's Tasting choice tailored to fish/seafood rather than beef/pork. Each course was amazing. The manager and waiter kept asking which was our favorite, but it was almost impossible to choose they were all so good. The wine pairings in the Wine Flight that accompanied the courses were perfect.
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    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a wonderful experience!
    cazzima
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We just love La Belle Vie! The staff is always warm and welcoming. The cocktails are excellent, and appetizers are amazing. We've been there many times and have SO enjoyed their tasting menu with wine pairings. We have NEVER been disappointed!! We were even able to get a reservation for New Years this early (we went in August)! I can't wait to go back. :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 10th Anniversary Dinner
    Slavon
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We both had the Chef's tasting menu and accompanying wine. Every course was great with its own nuanced flavors. My wife's favorite was the Lobster course, mine the beef (I'm a Texan)
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining...love the tasting menu
    DoctaJ
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I took my wife to La Belle Vie for her birthday and the service was excellent. The food was also fantastic; we had the eight course chef's tasting menu and if you're willing to spend a couple extra bones, I definitely recommend the wine pairing with whatever tasting menu you choose.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La belle vie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Always the best. It is the best restaurant in the twin cities.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All-around winner
    CoupleFromWoodbury
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Went with the tasting menu, including the wine flight. Glad I did, as both the progression of entrees and the wine pairings were excellent. One expects La Belle Vie to be excellent - and it was!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable Evening
    lovegreatdining
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had been anticipating this event for three months as we celebrated our 50th anniversary - a gift to us. When we arrived it was like they were expecting us and were ready for us. Each piece was picture-perfect, served with the greatest of care. Our waitperson made sure we knew about each course and the wine. Extra touches enhanced our experience. We were well-celebrated! Taste was very important - each flavor was complimented by what was served with it. A total flavorful experience. Coffee and petit fours, as we finished, was just the right touch and made the meal complete. Valet parking was essential.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Truly worth the price. The tasting menus paired with the wine flights makes not only for a fantastic dinner but also for an opportunity to taste pairings you most likely would not have tried on your own. Service was fantastic, all in all the most enjoyable meal out I have had in Minneapolis.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An experience to be had!
    Jcerny
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    You will get the chance to be treated like royalty for the evening. The food is breathtaking but it doesn't stop there. The staff takes service to a whole new level. The food preperation is beautiful. Every detail is attended to. I've had dinner here on several occasions and it's been nothing less than perfect. Every dish, every interaction, absolute perfection! This is the fine art of dinning.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Elegant
    WBLgirl
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We rarely get a chance to go out, and this is one occasion I am so very glad we did. We both went with the 5 course tasting menu, and every item was just delicious. I really wanted to go all out and get the 12 course, but maybe next time. Food was properly seasoned, wine pairings were fabulous, and service was discreet and very friendly. I would seriously eat whatever the kitchen decided to send out, even things I don't normally order, like a pate or foie gras...I'd still eat it, because this is one kitchen staff that gets how to prepare and season great food. I can't wait to go again, it just may take a while to earn enough to pay the bill....spendy, but so worth every penny.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZING!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My husband and I did the short course (I think 5 options) with the paired wine flight. The food was incredible, the wine was outstanding and the location was fantastic! I would highly recommend it, especially for a romantic date night or special occassion. It is expensive (our meal was over $300), but worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate