Food & Drink

MSP's 7 most romantic restaurants

Published On 01/15/2014 Published On 01/15/2014
Cafe Lurcat
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Dakota Jazz
Loring Pasta Bar
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1. La Belle Vie 510 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Downtown)

Critically acclaimed La Belle Vie on the outskirts of downtown is the birthplace of two of the finest culinary careers in the Midwest: Chef Tim McKee and Sazerac slinger Johnny Michaels.

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2. Cafe Lurcat 1624 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Stevens Square Loring Heights)

Billing themselves as upscale comfort food, this Walker Sculpture Garden-adjacent eatery and bar serves up sophisticated American dishes like slow-roasted veal shoulder with wild mushrooms and more.

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3. Mickey's Dining Car 36 7th St W, St. Paul, MN 55102 (Downtown St Paul)

Placed on the National Historic Register in 1983, Mickey's was built to resemble an old-school dining car and serves delicious diner-style eats 24/7/365.

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4. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Central)

A jazz club and bar that attracts some of the best tunes in the country. Oh, AND they've got delicious bistro eats.

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5. 112 Eatery 112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (Downtown)

How often do you come across a restaurant where you can get pan-fried gnocchi, frog legs (!), and tres leches cake under one roof? Add to that possibly the best burger in the Twin Cities (with Brie!), and you've got a must-hit spot.

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6. Loring Pasta Bar 327 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (University)

With their spacious interior and sparkling lights, Loring Pasta Bar makes a great date spot, but it's a solid choice every other night of the week because of their frequent happy hours and drink specials.

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7. Bar La Grassa 800 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (North Loop)

From James Beard-winning Chef Isaac Becker, accolade-heavy Bar La Grassa serves up sumptuous Italian eats like bucatini bolognese in their cozy North Loop digs.