Food & Drink

MSP's 7 most romantic restaurants

Published On 01/15/2014 Published On 01/15/2014

Taking your girl out for a romantic meal is always a smooth move (especially on Valentine's Day, which you've no doubt already realized is only a month away, right? Right?!), so we've put together a list of MSP eateries that pretty much guarantee you're gonna get laid have a great night  -- as long as you keep her from ordering the lobster. 

La Belle Vie
Downtown
Looking to do it big? La Belle Vie is the spot. LBV is a "toss your keys to the valet and sit down at a white tableclothed table set with fine crystal" kind of place, where they'll serve you things like an incredible eight-course Valentine's tasting menu for $120 a head. Pro-tip: make your reservation for the 13th and you get an incredible eight-course tasting menu for... waitforit!... $90. 

Cafe Lurcat

Cafe Lurcat
Loring Heights
This "sophisticated comfort food" destination doesn't just do romance on V-Day, they've got regular Sunday "Date Nights" deals, which typically involve things like "Take me to dinner or I'm throwing away your Xbox", but in this case mean three courses for two for $50.

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Mickey's Dining Car
St. Paul
Nestled in downtown St. Paul, this vintage, art deco diner is a casual stick-two-straws-in-one-milkshake-and-cozy-up-on-the-same-side-of-the-booth romantic throwback to the age of going steady, plus they've got killer pancakes/burgers/etc. at any hour of the day, so even if this isn't the right place to eat on the 14th, maybe it's the right place to eat the next morning (winky face, winky face).

Dakota Jazz

Dakota Jazz Club
Downtown
If the neon- and candle-lit ambiance doesn't set the mood, the swinging jazz band du jour probably will...  what certainly will are the $10 bottles of wine they're offering up alongside a special menu from Chef Derik Moran on their "foodie nights".

112 Eatery
Downtown
We all know 112 is where the players dwell... probably 'cause it's open 'til 1a on weekends, and 'cause their James Beard-winning chef is prepping seriously good eats like nori-encrusted sirloin w/ Ponzu, country-style pork ribs, and presumably "Peaches & Cream". 

Loring Pasta Bar

Loring Pasta Bar
University
The spacious interior and sparkling lights create a pretty impressive ambiance for a place with killer happy hours and student discounts, and if that's not enough, you can always ask her to do the most romantic thing ever: stay home and watch you play Call of Duty salsa dancing. 

Bar La Grassa
North Loop
You know that romantic scene in Disney's Lady and the Tramp? The charming waiter? The bowl of  delicious spaghetti? The now-confusing, but considerably less sexist male use of the word tramp? Well, if you're trying recreate all your pasta-kiss fantasies, go no further than Bar La Grassa, one of the city's finest Italian restaurants, and order their smoked spaghetti alla chitarra with brown butter and lobster.

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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.

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