Sea Change
Sea Change

Sea Change

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.seachangempls.com/
  • Phone: 6122256499x
  • 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 6122256470x
  • Special Events: 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
Sea Change reviews from OpenTable diners
303 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (188)fit for foodies (172)scenic view (156)romantic (96)great for outdoor dining (91)notable wine list (55)good for groups (44)vibrant bar scene (37)great for brunch (37)neighborhood gem (36)late-night find (26)great for lunch (24)hot spot (18)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Before theater dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Had tickets to the Guthrie, extremely convenient for a pre show dinner. Very busy pre show, service suffered due to that. Limited menu. Fish stew was OK, broth was very strongly flavored overpowering the seafood. Bread and dessert were very good. Would return if attending the theater, but otherwise would not.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Before the show
    Marie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent service by the host, waitress, and bus person.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brunch2014
    celebrate
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We enjoyed the Sea Change brunch which included the excellent menu choices, the excellent advise we received from our waitress regarding the menu items and the suggestion to split the entrees. The food was excellent and served in a timely manner allowing us to attend the play at Guthrie in plenty of time. It was an outstanding experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could not have better experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    6 multi generational family members out for birthday... 1st seating after theater goers leave (7:30), so quiet surroundings. Our server was so attentive, described everything lovingly, enjoyed us enjoying ourselves. Food here is always great (menu smaller b/c only use sustainably certified seafood), inventively paired, great melding of flavors ... very easy to explore. But again, the care and oversight provided throughout the service was of a type that has almost no peer these days. I thanked the manager (who was also quite lovely, clearly he sets the stage by which the staff operates as a team), and am posting this in part to thank the restaurant again. Best 2.5 hours in restaurant in recent memory.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible!
    HappyMother
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Food was divine, service was excellent and it was a perfect beginning for My Fair Lady!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfectly executed!
    Lovejoyeatsout
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was truly a wonderful surprise! The best oysters that I've had in a long time, followed by sashimi style langoustines and a fabulous char. I'd go back for the exact same meal! Including the light and tasty cherry dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service!
    foodie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    4 of us had brunch at Sea Change before seeing My Fair Lady at Guthrie and found the food and service to be excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    Anne
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Loved it! Food was amazing - brunch. The service was excellent - thanks Jolene! Easy access to the Guthrie. Made for an awesome day. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Twin
    Twin
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food presentation was out of this world. Portions perfect not overwhelming. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pre-show brunch or lunch
    chowderman
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went for brunch/ lunch prior to a show at the guthrie. The food was fantastic and the bottomless screwdriver was worth the price. The service was attentive and the prices were reasonable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kinks
    jjcj
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    For a high-end restaurant with succulent cuisine, we found it startling that appetizers come in portion of threes . . . .awkward to split as a couple or share as a pair of couples - who dines in threes? Perhaps inside service was good, but we had to get up and steal silverware/napkin from nearby outdoor table and had to ask for bread basket. Minor, perhaps, but for the price and reputation, one expects standards of service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    bananagrace
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I brought my parents here. They have never been to the Twin Cities before. They are foodies, and I wanted to impress them - Sea Change did just that. The fish was fresh, the preparations were innovative, and the ambiance was a perfect complement to the killer view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before Guthrie play
    Thomas
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We've been to Sea Change before so we were familiar with the type of menu. Our server did ask if we were going to a play so we did dine with ample time to spare for the show. The food is definitely oriented to the foodie which is just fine. Presentation and quality were excellent. We were underwhelmed by our server though as we did have an expectation that our empty plates would be cleared in a more timely manner, especially considering the high prices. Perhaps he was a new server? Another person actually served our starters, entrees, and desserts and, was very happy to discuss the ingredients and preparation of the dishes. Ambiance ... Mostly okay although the late afternoon/early evening sunlight was annoying despite the shades.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly wonderful first visit
    Ceci
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    After making a reservation and later reading many reviews, my husband and I were ready for a so-so evening . We were very surprised at our wonderful experience. Excellent service, unique and creative food, and great restaurant décor. We do not go downtown very often, but are hoping to make an exception by visiting Sea Change once more. Maybe the new chef made some positive changes to the menu !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great family night
    hope
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Very attentive to getting to our show on time. Accommodating and helpful. Convenient when attending the Guthrie. A bit expensive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed Sea Changetre
    tastebud
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Enjoyed Sea Change recently. My entree was delicious. Ordered the ahi tuna with pistachio crust. We were a party of eight. Two others ordered the cod and were disappointed not in the cod but the tomato sauce that covered it. It DID have a odd taste - we couldn't put our taste buds on to the exact flavor. The service was great due to our theatre show times and they were able to put up with a couple of my demanding friends questions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    BobRD
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Menu selection is limited; one salad -- not special, no soup but other appetizers; had difficulty selecting an appealing entree; appeared to be more focused on quirky items and combinations than quality; portion sizes are pitifully small -- 2-1/2 oz fish was undercooked; "sides to share" of succotash was good but enough for 1-1/2 people;"potato salad" poor flavor and appearance; bread was good and desserts appeared to be nice -- the baker is the highlight. Service was good; acknowledged our anniversary with complimentary champagne. We were there 3 years ago and disappointed and now disappointed again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot for pre-matinee lunch.
    Foodie45
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great table on the back patio. Knowledgeable waiter. Timely service. Excellent food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fit only for Foodies
    lonelybeeteater
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I loved my Hawaiian Poke and Beet salad. But my guests who had more "traditional" tastes were not so impressed with the small portion sizes and unusual offerings. Even I had to admit that the warm bacon/seafood custard was not edible. Fair warning, if you or people you eat with are more about steaks or salads, try the cafe upstairs instead.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food, crabby server.
    artsylover
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I chose Sea Change for a special occasion. Instead of selecting a restaurant by review I looked for a chef, hence, I found Jamie Malone-"Best New Chef 2013". The restaurant was nice, quiet after theater guests were off, food was everything we thought it would be and more. Our waitress, however, was having an issue with us coursing out our meals and dining as we like to dine. She wanted us to do it her way and so got off to a bad start and she never recovered. We decided to enjoy ourselves because it was the end of a birthday day full of gifts. I recommend it, maybe you'll get a different server. The rest of the crew was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Evening!
    fussyfoodie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorable food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was very flavorful and the service was top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sea Change has changed
    Food4LandofLoons
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MPSL's most perfect outdoor dining
    Luvtodine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great wine and food advice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It has issues
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • abb
    amybVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Interesting menu. Trout was very good. Prepared 2 separate ways. Arctic char perfectly prepared
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Something has changed
    Disappointed
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    live2eat
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ludvigson66
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suddently Understaffed?
    Foodfan
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DINNER BEFORE THE THEATER
    No2foofoo
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • treated as a guest
    Christine
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There are other pre-theatre choices
    budnrandyVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • chix
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Great time before theatre, but entree a tad bland(arctic char)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find in Downtown Minneapolis
    TravelingPam
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great pre-theater dinng, or anytime
    CCfromMN
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretentious
    SavvyMom
    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.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun Date Night
    wannabfoodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate