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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Great food, great service, great plate presentation; everything was superb."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "As always, the service was exceptional and the food was both interesting and delicious!"
    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
  • "always love this place. It is where we go when we want to splurge or celebrate something really special."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. The wine list is extraordinary and the food is better. La Belle Vie goes the extra mile in every way from wait staff to desert. My visit on 5/24/14 was my second and I will be back soon."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Went here with 2 teen age daughters to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary. It was fun to have somewhere in town to get dressed up to go and the fixed menu was fantastic. It was an experience as well as a meal. We all LOVED it. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Our experience was beyond our expectations. Great in every way - Food, Service, ambiance."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "The attention to detail, artistic presentation, excellent service and delicious and interesting flavor combinations firmly place La Belle Vie at the top of our list if favorite restaurants in the world. We ordered the 8 course tasting menu along with the wine flights. If you are going to enjoy this restaurant consider going this route. Delicious!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had the chefs tasting menu and every course was a delight. Reccomend the wine pairing as well. The combination of flavors was outstanding. Everything was impeccable."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "One should always strive to better themselves or I would have rated 5 overall. Recently had a Great meal here. The staff was very knowledgeable of the items on the Tasting Menu and each of the courses were served in a very timely fashion. The wine that was served with each course was very fitting also. Great experience. I highly recommend!!!!!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We dined at La Belle Vie on a Monday night on a visit to Minneapolis. We had the eight course tasting menu and the food was uniformly excellent and the wine pairings were a good match and generously poured. The courses were beautifully plated and presented and were delightfully complex. The menu changes retularly so no point highlighting specific dishes. Highly recommended! Expensive but pretty good value for the price."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We went to La Belle Vie for a special occasion and we did have a nice dinner. The food was good but not incredible and I feel that the menu more expensive than what I feel I need to pay for a nice meal, so I don't think we will go again. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This is our "go to" when we are looking for great food and unique flavors."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Ideal location if you are planning an additional even in Minneapolis as the location, across from the Walker Art Center, is on the edge of downtown and not hard to find. Opted for valet, a walk from the Walker parking ramp may take 5-10 minutes including a cross over Hennepin Ave. We were met without going to any hosting kiosk and taken directly to our table. Decor was on the stiff side but generally what I had expected. Dining room on the small/intimate side. At your expense, a floral arrangement can be placed at your table. Very prompt with water service. Ordering the Chef's Tasting Menu, each dish/wine was explained, new flatware with each course. Our server, Jennifer, was pleasant/fun and always available to answer questions."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Definitely the best dining experience I've ever had in the Twin Cities. The service was on point. Our waiter was engaging. They made us feel special on our anniversary. And the food! Wow! We had the Chef's tasting menu and each course was more beautiful and wonderful than the last. Loved it. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Service was great - everyone was very attentive. The food... AMAZING. My husband and I enjoyed the Chef's tasting meal. At the end of the meal, we would compare the whole experience to the 1812 Overture. Each dish built on the one before, each one delicious and wonderful with the flavors and textures, ending with a light and delicious dessert that left us leaving the meal feeling "complete". A fantastic experience with fantastic food."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I love this restaurant with every ounce of my being...Chef Tim Mckee aint so bad at all!!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "There are good reasons this place is often rated as the best restaurant in the Twin Cities. They get everything right. We had the $75 5-course tasting menu (which is the smallest and least expensive of the three tasting menus. When you add in the treat from the chef, the amuse-bouche, and three kinds of bread, it was more like an eight-course menu. Pricey, yes...but it's as much an event as a meal. Everything was good, but the grilled dry aged beef with Porcini mushroom, artichokes and chives was outstanding. It is also available as an a la carte entree. If you're not looking to spend so much, there's a lively Bouillabaisse for under $30 and some a la carte items are even less. James Beard award-winning chef, Tim Mckee, scores again."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "La Belle Vie was flat out the best restaurant I have been to in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. The food was excellent: delicate, fresh, scrumptiously delicious, and presented in a manner that added to the experience. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "The food and environment were excellent, however the service was slow and the food was warm, at best. Not hot. Waittess had unless personality for a fine dining restaurant."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "I can't say enough. Food was spectacular, service second to none. The checkbook will open!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "A little pricy but the food is super nice .. Got the 7 course tasting menu.. Dinner Took 3 hours but def enjoyable and highly recommended!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My wife and I picked LBV for the celebration of her birthday, and our experience made us both feel 10 years younger. Not only because the overall dining experience was that good but I believe it was about 10 years ago when LBV moved from Stillwater to Minneapolis. At that time, we considered LBV the no. 1 restaurant in Minnesota. We felt it slipped after the move, but it is clearly back to no. 1. Thanks for making this birthday a very happy one!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We had quite an enjoyable dining experience here. Our server guided us through the menus providing great descriptions without taking too much of our time. Our food was timed perfectly. We shared several small plates and was impressed by how flavorful everything was. I had the beef tenderloin that was seasoned beautifully and cooked perfectly medium-rare. I was very pleased and can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Beautiful dining room if a bit stuffy, small over-wrought portions, some combinations worked and were excellent.r. Music in almost empty dining room so loud that it was difficult to talk, although that was better toward the end of dinner. Very expensive. Bar is more active and energetic, and I would recommend eating in the bar"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Thanks to Craig, Patrick, and everyone who makes La Bell Vie the wonderful place it is. The food is always interesting and beautiful. And having knowledgeable people who like food and good wine as much as you do is always fun. Still don't know how you figured out we were celebrating a birthday!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014