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Sea Change
Sea Change

Sea Change Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.seachangempls.com
  • Phone: (612) 225-6499
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday -Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm.

    Saturday and Sunday Brunch Served 10:00am to 2:00pm

    Late night available in the lounge nightly until 11:00pm.

    Bar is open following most performances
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Tim McKee
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Fabulous seafood, crudo, and non-fish items served with panache in a beautiful semi-private setting with views of the Mississippi River.
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private dining for up to 50 guests. Available bookings are at 5:30pm and 7:30pm.
  • Private Party Contact: Karen Scher (612) 225-6470
  • Special Events & Promotions: For all our theatre-going patrons, be advised to make your dinner plans 1 1/2 - 2 hrs ahead of the curtain to ensure an unrushed dining experience

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Chicago Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Municipal Garages, Street Meters
A word from Sea Change
Renowned Chef Tim McKee, 2009 James Beard award winner for “Best Chef Midwest”, designed the core menu for Sea Change which focuses on sustainable seafood, highlighting fisheries that use environmentally responsible methods of gathering and farming seafood. The menu also includes a number of items under the heading “Not Fish” as well as late night offerings of small plates and raw bar selections.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "We attended the Sunday matinee at the Guthrie and had 4:30 dinner reservations...we were seated promptly...Our server was extremely helpful on all our choices. We split the octopus started, which was great. I had the Artic Char & my friend had the potato crusted Cod with the carrots as a side. We easily could have split an entree...but enjoyed tasting each others meals. We liked them both. Had a great bottle of wine, with our servers help. The theater and the restaurant were both at capacity...what a vibrant day!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The food was very flavorful and the service was top notch."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Sea Change is a hidden gem attached to the famous Guthrie Theatre. It is noted for sustainable seafood, but its weekend brunch menu also includes unusual, yet delicious pastrami benedict, vegetable omelets, rhubarb coffee cake and cinnamon pretzel rolls. The service was friendly and quick and the waitress offered to keep leftovers in the bar fridge until after the play. The manager made a point of visiting each table to see how diners were enjoying their choices. Sea Change has a new look and a new chef. Definitely worth dining there."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "After receiving a gift card for Sea Change, my husband and I looked at the menu online and commented that we probably never would have chosen to dine here had we not had the gift card. We could not have been more wrong! We sat outside at a table overlooking the Stone Arch Bridge on a perfect summer evening. The waitress was attentive, helpful and personable. We asked her for her favorites/suggestions (no pressure here from the kitchen) and after studying the menu decided to follow her advice. The food was outstanding! Prepared with unique combinations of flavors and beautiful presentation. We enjoyed 4 courses and each on was unique and delicious! We WILL return!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Celebrated a birthday dinner before the Guthrie Theatre performance. I am not a seafood lover, but the rest of our group of four certainly are. The food was artfully presented and everyone raved about their dishes. My chicken was beautifully presented but just above average for flavor - I wish that there was more selection for those who do not care for seafood (or have an allergy). One in our party is gluten intolerant, and the staff was knowledgeable and attentive in steering her toward dishes that would be appropriate for her. The waiter, Ron, also watched the clock to ensure that we received all of our food before performance time and even offered to hold dessert until after the play."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The seafood items are all pretty interesting sounding with lots of detail about unusual ways they are prepared. I had the bouillabaisse - not bad but ONE bad mussel kind of ruined the experience. Why can't chefs figure out how to make sure they haven't gone bad? Other than that the service was on the slow side with staff stretched thin before the play at the Guthrie."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Interesting menu. Trout was very good. Prepared 2 separate ways. Arctic char perfectly prepared"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Our group has dined at Sea Change since the fall of 2013 before the theater. Our last two experiences have been very disappointing both with services and quality of entrees that we have looked forward to. We gave it a second chance since any restaurant can have an off day but we are now looking for a different spot for next season. Our waiters seemed poorly trained and the dishes were not the quality we were used to-over garnished (hamburger with a quarter cup of mayo), over done (grilled cheese) and over salted-greens with omelet."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I had pre-musical dinner reservations for five, but, because of traffic, was running late. One of our party arrived early and explained the late issue. The waitperson, funny and personable, - explained she would take care of us so we could have a wonderful meal and still make the play on time. And, she did just that. She recommended delicious cocktails, entrees, wine and desserts: the trout, ahi tuna, skirt steak, monkfish and bouillabaisse - each outstanding. And, because of her efficiency and timing, we didn't feel rushed and made the play with time to spare. I love this place for a number of reasons (the brunch is also well worth the trip)."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Overall, a very nice dining experience in every respect. Too windy to have dined outdoors, but would have liked that experience. Our seafood dinner was excellent, the portions were not overly large, and would suggest one of the nice appetizers if one is particularly hungry. My martini cocktail was very well prepared and most generous for the price."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Have eaten here several times prior to Guthrie plays. ambience is great and fish is always fresh, flavorful and creative..However this time there were issues. Our oysters and salmon terrine were divine. Our monkfish however arrived cold (comped in part when finally able to bring to waiters attention.) The beet salad (shared) was very small--dont share this! service started out very helpful and then mysteriously, after we had finished placing our order and getting our first courses, no one checked on us until desert menu was presented! We waited about 1/2 hour between salad and entree, which left no time for desert altho the server knew we had play tickets. I can only imagine they must have had a sudden rush and were uderstaffed. But still."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Absolutely beautiful!!!! We had the pleasure of dining here on our wedding night. They made us feel so special and the food was absolutely delicious!! Service was outstanding!!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We made reservations for dinner at SeaChange and for a play at the Guthrie (Sasha & Vanya and Masha & Spike) to celbrate our 39th anniversary. We were disappointed in the food and the play. The food was mediocre at best. Salad portion size was tiny (a beet salad with a trace of beet), the entree selection of Cod seemed to emphasize presentation and not flavor or tastiness. We left the play at intermission, it simply wasn't funny as promoted. Overall, not a place I would go for dinner again, or the Guthrie for that matter."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "our server, as seems to be the custom at Sea Change, was very knowledgeable and ready to share ideas about the best dishes and the best pairings with them. we were there pre-theater, so all that he did, he did with an eye to making sure we were not late for the performance upstairs"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The space itself is impressive, with grand views of the riverfront. To the server's credit, we did get our courses in a timely fashion - and, the restaurant was relatively busy with the pre-theatre crowd. But, drink orders were missed, refills were tardy - and no beverages offered with dessert. While beautifully presented, the appetizers and entrees were blandly flavored. The only course I'd recommend is dessert - which was a real treat. Skip dinner here; there's other, better choices. Perhaps dessert and coffee after, if you must."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Great time before theatre, but entree a tad bland(arctic char)"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "On a local's recommendation I booked a table at Sea Change for 8 for a business dinner. It's in a very nice neighborhood a short walk from the Depot Renaissance. The entire evening was a great experience. Stunning interior, very attentive staff made sure we were well taken care of throughout the meal - never an empty wine glass or bottle and the 1/2 price bottle wine deal was a nice surprise. The menu is limited but each dish was wonderful. Most of my party ordered the fresh oysters from the raw bar (quite tasty) and fish entrees. I've already mentioned it to several colleagues who are also here on business. I'll be back next time I'm here."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We ate here to make curtain at the Guthrie, but the food was memorable on its own. The octopus appetizer was terrific, as was the ahi main dish. The lobster appetizer wasn't quite up to that level, but the rest of the food set a high bar. Wonderful interweaving of unusual flavors. The waiter was also particularly good, both with respect to food and wine recommendations and getting us out on time. Great experience."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Please get some 'normal' food on your menu. Even just one pasta item or traditional item. It's very difficult to please multi-generational Guthrie guests with the ridiculously 'inaccessible' food selections. Price was inappropriate for quality & quantity. The staff was incredibly professional, but pretentious. I felt like our server was more important than we were. Finally, the price was ludicrois. Get just 2 regular - "mainstream" items on your menu. You are cashing in on having a captive audience without competition. Be responsible. The decor continues to be one of the more interesting and beautiful restaurants in MSP. The sea theme is gorgeous. There are more food items from the sea serve while still preserving integrity of concept."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We had great starters and fun cocktails at the bar then an amazing dinner in the dining room. Fun atmosphere and fabulous service all around. The staff was very knowledgable about all menu items and we loved everything we ate."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I had the arctic char and it was done to perfection and the white bean and artichoke side was fabulous with it. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The Wait Staff is great, a special appreciation to Curtis who always goes above and beyond to provide the best dining experience! The food and presentation was superb."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We've been three times since last winter and have tried all of the seafood selections on the menu between the two of us. My only suggestion would be to change the menu a little more often so we're not going back to one of the five choices we had the last times we were there. There are non-seafood choices, but the reason we go is for the great fish. We discovered their outdoor patio which is great because of the river view."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "My wife and I had dinner with another couple to celebrate a birthday. We ordered different dishes and each one was bland with uninteresting sauces . The portions were small and two of the dishes were served lukewarm. Given its reputation and price of the meals, we expected more. Won't eat there again or recommend it to anyone. Save your money and eat at the Level 5 cafe"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "What a great spot, good food, wine and a lovely view of the river."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Bill gave us a great wine recommendation which went perfectly with our food. Our waiter, Peter, took great care of us. The timing of the meal was not rushed and there was no problem making it to the show on time. Thank you!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Another wonderful meal. Our favorite is the Arctic Char. The restaurant was packed but we had wonderful service and had plenty of time to get upstairs to the Guthrie."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The food I had was excellent. I really recommend the grilled octopus. It was very tender and had a sweet, Asian sauce on it. It is large enough for two to share as an appetizer. I had the Ahi tuna, it was delicious, seared on the outside and raw in the middle. My guest had the potato crusted cod. She liked it but was really hoping to have shrimp or scallops, offered only as an appetizer. The menu was limited but what they had sounded really good. When I was last there, 1 1/2 yrs ago, they had roasted Brussels sprouts on the menu. I was a little disappointed they weren't on it."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Five friends came to Sea Change prior to seeing the musical My Fair Lady on 7/29/14. Those who had the trout and 2 who had vegetarian were extremely pleased with their meals. Two diners ordered oysters Rockefeller and found them to be inedible....the oysters were burnt to a crisp. Other than the oysters Rockefeller, our dining experience was lovely."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Overall it was outstanding. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "oysters were fantastic, shaved abalone was as well. Ahi Tuna was amazing. Wine was great--- nothing I would change"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We dined before the show and everything was perfect--the food was delicious, the service was attentive and the view of the Mississippi River outside was breathtaking."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Really appreciated the quantity and quality of the early dining, fixe price menu!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Thank you for a wonderful dining experience. My husband was out of town so I treated myself to a dinner and a show. Despite the fact that I was a single patron, I received excellent service both for dinner and when I returned for a drink and dessert after the showThank you for a great evening!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "From the octopus appetizer to the deconstructed desserts, the whole experience was a disappointment in flavor and execution. Asian influence doesn't mean heavy-handed soy. The cod while cooked well and with the subtleties of technique and flavors, was still overall bland. And well our desserts had lots of clever elements, they were disparate not delicious. We spent $200 for the two of us at the end had wished we had gone down the street and paid much less for Korean, Thai or Japanese"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, food and service. It was a wonderful way to start an eventing before seeing a play."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We have been here several times, but this was the best. We were seated right away. The waiter was great and could explain all aspects of the menu. The different food items arrived in a timely manner and we never felt rushed. The trout was great and we shared a salad and dessert. Nothing but positive about the experience."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Convenient for attending an evening performance at The Guthrie. Service can be uneven at times. The kitchen is good, but there are better in Minneapolis. The menu when this restaurant was Cue may have had broader appeal."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We had tickets for a 1 o'clock play, so figured an 11:45 reservations would suffice. When our waiter arrived, we advised him that we were going to the play. We ordered. I had ordered the Crabcake BLT, she the fish and chips. A half-an-hour passes, and we called our waiter over. He was so very apologetic, very gracious, but he informed us that the Crabcake was very popular today and the kitchen wasn't able to keep up. About 5 minutes go by, and the waiter shows up with my Crabcake. Now the story was, the fish was being over-ordered. Really? I ate, then she ate and we ran to get to the play on time. They comped my friends meal, very nice. Me - guess I don't count."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "My friend's fish and chips dish was dismal. The fish was undercooked an barely browned. The server did not check back to see if things were satisfactory. She was not offered a refill on coffee while we were having dessert. I should have insisted that she send the fish back, but she hesitated to complain. I would not recommend Sea Change to anyone, nor will I return."
    Dined on 7/23/2014