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La Belle Vie
La Belle Vie

La Belle Vie Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.labellevie.us
  • Phone: (612) 874-6440
  • 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: French, Mediterranean
  • 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
  • Affiliations: Dine Originals - Member Restaurants

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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. :)"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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)"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Always the best. It is the best restaurant in the twin cities."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Everything about our experience was top notch. My dining partner and I both had the Chef's tasting menu, one traditional and one vegan. Chef didn't miss a beat, providing two exceptional meals. Every course was exceptionally prepared and presented, and there were several delightful combinations of flavors and textures. The meal left us full, yet wanting more. The cocktails were very well crafted, and the wine was well matched to the food. The staff was very knowledgable, able to answer questions, including preparation details, without having to consult the kitchen. The pace was perfect, never hurried or delayed. A perfect meal!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We went to La Belle Vie about 7 years ago, and while the food was amazing, we received mediocre service from our server-- she really made us feel that we didn't deserve to be there. But we decided to try it again for our 16th wedding anniversary. And I'm glad we did. Very simply, we received the best service I have ever had at a restaurant. Our server was incredibly kind, helpful, knowledgeable, and unobtrusive. The food was paced perfectly (we did the eight-course tasting menu.) And everything we ate was perfect: tasty, inventive, and exciting. It was a perfect way to celebrate our anniversary because everything about the meal made us feel special."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "This place was possibly the best intimate dining experience I have had. The tasting menu is the way to go, pairing the dishes with different wines and trying so many new things. My now girlfriend and I couldn't have picked a better place for a first date."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We wanted to create a memorable dinner for a friend from out of town and a few local friends who lived outside the city though I have never been here, I knew La Belle Vie was the only appropriate place to celebrate our evening. Five of us met and had the Chef's Tasting menu and form the fun cocktail names, to the impeccable service, to the meal itself, we had a lovely evening. I highly recommend La Belle Vie."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We have always enjoyed going to La Belle Vie as a special treat. The bar is beautiful and a nice place to enjoy a cocktail and appetizers as a couple or with friends. Valet parking is a plus. The restaurant (ambiance) is lovely and we appreciate the beauty of the old building that has been maintained. Service is predictably fabulous. We enjoy the creativity of the food at La Belle Vie however it is so rich that we often don't feel well afterwards. It would be welcome if there were a couple of dishes or sides that were less fatty. We love the venue, service, etc. but aren't certain that are systems can handle the rich food. Too bad because we will miss it."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Jesse (sp?), our server, was excellent. She was very gracious as well as knowledgeable re the menu. A server can do a lot to make or break an evening out and Jesse definitely helped to make our dinner quite pleasant."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We have never been disappointed with the chefs menu and wine pairing. Make sure you have a dd as it is a lot if wine. Love the bar scene too!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We found the restaurant via a friends recommendation. Excellent food and service. As we live in Canada we can not frequent as often as I would like, after having had a great dining experiencve. However, my wife and I have already talked of returning. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "As always we had a spectacular meal. The current tasting menu is wonderful. Great service as always!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We dined at La Belle Vie for our 40th Wedding Anniversary last Saturday. My spouse has a number of food sensitivities/allergies to some widely used herbs and spices. Our server and chef(s) did an outstanding job 'customizing' my spouse's tasting menu selections. My Chef's Tasting Menu (with wine flights) was superb. Looking forward to our 41st Anniversary...at La Belle Vie :-)."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had a wonderful 40th anniversary dinner. Our server, Jack, was very attentive and made the evening very special for us. La Velle Vie was our number 1 choice for this special occasion and we were not disappointed."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "By far the best meal I have ever eaten. I brought my girlfriend for her birthday and she was blown away by the attention to detail and amazing service she revived. Each course was better than the next and kept us excited for te continuing courses, on the tasting menu."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "It was exactly what we hoped it would be: creative and satisfying food, superior service, in a first-class comfortable setting."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "There is a reason La Belle Vie has such a great reputation. Service, ambiance, and food never disappoints."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We have been to La Belle Vie several times and they are always consistent in their high level of food quality, service, and special wines. We had the 5 course tasting menu with the wine flight, and left feeling more than satisfied. Each dish although small was a wonderful combination of flavors and textures. The menu had 2 fish dishes (sword fis and halibut), a poussin dish, a beef dish, and a dessert. All fantastic. They get their unique wines from selected small vineyards so you won't find them at other restaurants or wine shops, but they are delicious and beautifully paired with the meal."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We were first timers, with high expectations. We were very impressed! The Grand Tasting Menu with 12 courses was fully enjoyed over a leisurely 3 hour dining experience. The staff were great, and Patrick our server was fun and friendly. A really great experience for our 30th wedding celebration. Thank You!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Great food, great service, great plate presentation; everything was superb."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We had a fantastic experience at La Belle Vie! We started by having a cocktail at the bar before our dinner--the drinks were interesting and delicious, and the bartender service was great. We had an equally great experience with the 8-course tasting menu with wine pairings in the dining room. All of the food was amazing, but what really set the meal apart was the incredible service we received. I felt like a princess! Thank you, La Belle Vie, for making our anniversary dinner a memorable and wonderful event!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "As always, the food was divine, the service impeccable, the wines scrumptious, and our evening very memorable. Thank you!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Four of us enjoyed a superb dinner prepared with artistry, care, and imagination. The service was unrushed, knowledgeable, correct. All in all, it was a very pleasant experience."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Beautiful surroundings, great service, terrific food, relaxed pace, and quiet enough for a conversation. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The portion sizes were perfect - not the typical overflowing plate of too much food you get elsewhere - but might seem small in comparison. The specialty drinks were fun (and everyone at our table enjoyed them). The service was attentive, helpful, and pleasant."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Whether it's a several course meal or dining a la carte this is the place to come for luxurious dining. While some of the selections are expensive it's very possible to dine beautifully and yet affordably."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Meal was well paced, we tried the tasting menu with wine pairings. Delightful!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We decided to visit this restaurant for our anniversary. The service was fantastic. The food was also excellent. We decided to order separate entrées rather than one of the three different tasting menus. Both of our entrées, the Scallops and the Halibut, were very good, as was the food presentation. The serving sizes are not very large, but after bread, appetizer, and a salad, our main course, we were well satisfied. The wine list is very extensive, with most wine areas representing. I did some research before our visit, and had picked out a wine before arrival. I would recommend that you do this, as the number of choices with numerous price ranges can be overwhelming for most people"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "As always, the service was exceptional and the food was both interesting and delicious!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We dined at La Belle Vie as a celebration of my wife's retirement. La Belle Vie lived up to every expectation we had of a first-class Twin Cities' restaurant. The service was impeccable, the tasting menu an adventure with every course and the paired wines spot on for complementing the food. I realize that a tasting menu serves small portions, but just a little bit more of everything would have been appreciated and savored. Thank you LBV, for a special evening."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We dined there on the occasion of our 47th wedding anniversary and it was terrific. The food was spectacular and the service impeccable with a very attentive but not invasive level of service. Our main waiter was very engaging and interesting as well."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "My favorite restaurant in the Twin Ciities. It has marvelous food, elegant and delicious, the service is first class, and I like the atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I am on business trip and always go to the best rated restaurant. This one appears to be good so I went there and ordered the $90 tasting menu as I always order tasting menus. Service is good except that 20% tip is applied mandatorily. Food is one of the worst I have ever had, without considering the price. If taking price into account, I have blacklisted this restaurant. It is simply a scam. Do not go."
    Dined on 6/3/2014