Food & Drink

The 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in the Twin Cities

Published On 01/28/2015 Published On 01/28/2015

Valentine's Day is just weeks away, and if you want to avoid getting the wrong kind of screwed on the big night, you'd better make a dinner reservation at one of MSP's most romantic restaurants, and do it now, because while the Twin Cities may be a great place to live, they're not exactly a great place to be single....

WA Frost & Company

W. A. Frost & Company

Cathedral Hill
Not only is this one of the most gorgeous restaurants in the Twin Cities, but it also screams romance. Its dark-lit, brick-walled interior, high ceiling, and dark wood finishings are incredibly classy, and the excellent food, wine, and cocktails also help make this a top pick date-night spot.

Bar la Grassa

Bar La Grassa

North Loop
Nothing says "amore" like a big bowl of homemade pasta and the foie gras tortellini, and this open-plan, high-energy (maybe too high-energy?) spot is proof. An order of the soft eggs and lobster bruschetta is certainly a good way to start things off on the right foot, and maybe a few bottles of wine to wash it all down too.

Lucia's Restaurant

Lucia’s

Uptown
This has been a classic date spot for more than 30 years, and it doesn't carry a legacy like that for no reason. It’s the perfect place to put back a couple of bottles of wine and maybe a few plates of really approachable, well-crafted food. It’s also not the kind of place that blares music, so you might actually be able to have a nice side of conversation along with your dinner.

Vincent A Restaurant

Vincent A Restaurant

Downtown Minneapolis
There’s nothing that says date-night like a high-end French restaurant, and Vincent is that in spades. The high ceilings and gorgeous chandelier really help set the mood, and if you opt to go for the tasting menu with the wine pairings, you'll have plenty to talk about before going home and hopefully not talking.

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Heyday

Uptown
This is one of the Twin Cities newer spots, but its modern brick and wood interior still make for a casually sweet date environment, and allow the food and drinks to bring the flair. You can order a lot of small plates for sharing, assuming your date is willing, and you can wash it all down with their excellent selection of beers, wines, and cocktails.

The Strip Club Meat and Fish

The Strip Club Meat & Fish

Dayton’s Bluff
This is easily one of the coziest restaurants in the Twin Cities, and between that, the service, the food, and the drinks, it seriously delivers on all of the elements that you need for a perfect date night. Plus you get to make oh-so-clever-jokes inspired by its cleverly suggestive name.

Corner Table

Corner Table

Kingfield
If you’re looking for a place to inspire love, the dark walls and the dim lighting at this newly remodeled South Minneapolis restaurant make it a good place to start. The intimate space manages to be simple while still feeling creative, and the food/wine pairings are some of the best in the area.

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Meritage

Downtown St. Paul
Fancy without being totally stuffy, Meritage is the perfect place to sit back, get comfortable, order a bottle of Champagne with a platter of oysters (both of which are known aphrodisiacs; you’re welcome), and simply enjoy the company that you’re with.

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Restaurant Alma

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The low-lit, brick interior creates an intimate feel ideal for when you’re aiming to impress, and it also doesn’t hurt that the food is easily some of the best in the Twin Cities.

La Belle Vie

La Belle Vie

Loring Park
Quite possibly the crème de la crème for dining in the Twin Cities, and if you’re looking to show off, this is the place to do it. The service is sure to make you and your date feel like royalty, the food is spectacular, and the wine list is stunning. Who knows, maybe after dinner in the dining room, you can pull up next to the fire place in the lounge for a few late-night cocktails.

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1. 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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2. Lucia's Wine Bar 1432 W 31st St, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

Escape the mega-bustle of Henn-Lake's shopping for a Pimms Cup, Campari, or Rob Roy at the greatest place you didn't know existed: Lucia's, where the vino and booze selection is classic, and the happy hour deals are robust, both of which suggest that perhaps you did know it existed, but just forgot.

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3. Vincent: A Restaurant 1100 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Downtown)

Vincent's got French cuisine influenced by a contemporary American style, but all you really need to know is that they have one of the best damn burgers in the Twin Cities.

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4. Heyday 2700 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

When it comes to affordable yet elegant cuisine, Heyday is your spot. It's easily one of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities, if not the country. Head to this rustic-chic space (it sports exposed brick and a gorgeous wooden-beamed ceiling) for favorites like the chicken liver tart, chilled blue mussels, and grilled quail, which all help to create a downright exquisite menu. Be sure to leave room for at least one of the inventive desserts including pea shell sorbet, and wash it all down with a creative cocktail like the Don't Think Twice with pisco, aperol, grapefruit, and elderflower.

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5. The Strip Club Meat & Fish 378 Maria Ave, St. Paul, MN 55106 (Downtown St Paul)

Grass-fed beef is the name of the game at St. Paul’s premier meatery, an independent St. Paul chop and fish house, helmed by chef JD Fratzke. Strip House exhibits incredible use of ingredients from small, local farms, but it’s also distinctly unique and almost rustic despite its overall level of refinement and balance. The drink menu changes seasonally and the results are always spectacular, but even the long-standing staple drinks, like the Cobra Kai, are simply stunning.

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6. Corner Table 4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

With a larger beer list, a patio, and a brunch service, Corner Table has expanded from the former La Chaya Bistro location down the road. Be sure to try the pork belly, the fried rabbit, and the sweet potato waffles will.

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7. Meritage 410 Saint Peter St, St. Paul, MN 55102 (Downtown St Paul)

Meritage is a swanky French brasserie slinging lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, including eats like an outrageous French onion soup, oysters, and crepes. Their wine list is expertly curated, and perfect for anyone with any range of wine knowledge.

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8. Restaurant Alma 528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

The low-lit, brick interior creates an intimate feel ideal for when you’re aiming to impress, and it also doesn’t hurt that the food is easily some of the best in the Twin Cities.

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9. 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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10. WA Frost & Company 374 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102 (Downtown St Paul)

Classic American food, prepared with local ingredients -- like tons of other places. But, at W.A. Frost they've been local sourcing since the beginning and have a killer outdoor space in their flower covered patio. Look out for seasonal menu changes and their expansive wine list.

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