Steveofoto1
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  • Review Count
    10
  • Helpfulness Votes
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  • First Review
    July 10, 2014
  • Last Review
    October 8, 2014
  • Featured Reviews
    0
  • Average Rating
    4.4
 
 
Steveofoto1's Reviews
 
FireLake embodies the flavor of flame & features a menu that takes its inspiration from the heartland of the Midwest & the fresh, simply presented food of the Mediterranean. The menu features a passionate exploration of fresh indigenous ingredients & the unique flavors can only be delivered by real burning wood.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Good but not great
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/04/2014
 2007
Dined on 10/04/2014
 2007
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Fairly pedestrian food. Spit roasted chicken and salmon were both good although the salmon was a bit dry. Very good service. Restaurant is beautifully appointed."
Dined on 10/04/2014
 2007
Special Features: vibrant bar scene
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Kona Grill offers diners freshly prepared food, personalized service & a warm contemporary ambiance that creates an exceptional, yet affordable dining experience. The diverse menu includes a wide variety of mainstream American dishes, as well as a variety of entrees & appetizers with an international influence. Specialties include Baked Sea Bass in a miso-sake marinade, Filets, Almond Crusted Pork Tenderloin, & Kona Grill's signature dish - Macadamia Nut Chicken. Kona Grill also features an award-winning sushi menu containing all of the traditional favorites plus several unique dishes created by talented sushi chefs.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Above Average
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/03/2014
 2007
Dined on 10/03/2014
 2007
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Not especially notable but good in almost all ways. Pot stickers are great, the lobster mac and cheese tasty on a cold night. Service is very good. Ambience is excellent...a very smart looking restaurant. Overall, food is somewhat "corporate" and above average. Not especially notable. Overall, enjoyable."
Dined on 10/03/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Marin Restaurant & Bar is an inviting combination of Northern California and Minnesota influences. It’s a showcase for inventive, health-conscious cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients served in a beautiful and refined urban setting.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Surprisingly good
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/27/2014
 2007
Dined on 9/27/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Not sure why I had modest expectations. Perhaps because this restaurant is located in a hotel (Le Meridien). Sophisticated ambience, excellent service. Goose liver pate was great as was my 5 oz tenderloin. Inventive drinks, great desserts. We'll be back!"
Dined on 9/27/2014
 2007
Special Features: vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Buca di Beppo serves authentic Italian cuisine in an eclectic, vintage setting. Our dishes are served family-style, meant to be shared by everyone at the table. Two sizes are available: BUCA SMALL feeds two or more and BUCA LARGE feeds four or more. At Buca, guests delight in our lively atmosphere, enjoy the classic tunes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and admire our decor, including family photos and candid shots of Italian-American icons, such as Sophia Loren and Joe DiMaggio. Our energetic atmosphere, delicious food and friendly staff make Buca di Beppo the perfect place for great Italian food and fun.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Fun place!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/19/2014
 2007
Dined on 9/19/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We always enjoy this restaurant. Very accommodating to kids and groups. Food is generally tasty and filling. Veal Saltimbocca, one of our favorites, is generally quite good. On this occasion, a bit chewy and tasting over cooked."
Dined on 9/19/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, kid-friendly
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Campiello blends a cosmopolitan sense of style with award winning regional Italian cooking. The menu offers spit-roasted meats, pizzas, pasta & seafood delivered in an artful, bustling setting. Features an open kitchen & lively bar with specialty martinis. Located just minutes southwest of Minneapolis in Eden Prairie.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Most visited restaurant
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/20/2014
 2007
Dined on 9/20/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"according to Open Table we've dined here more than 20 times. For good reason! Food, ambience, and service are top notch. On this visit, my wife and our friends had the short ribs (best in the Twin Cities), London Broil, roasted chicken, and hangar steak. All excellent. Our request to be seated away from the kitchen and bar was honored. Service is attentive without being intrusive. Beautifully appointed restaurant."
Dined on 9/20/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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The Blue Point is an upscale, fresh-only seafood restaurant, offering creatively prepared, chef-driven food in a contemporary atmosphere. We pride ourselves on our personable and attentive service, the freshness and quality of our food, and our award-winning wine selection. In addition, we have the best happy hour in town, boasting great deals on oysters and our sixteen ever-changing craft beers on tap. Stop in for a business lunch, family dinner or call to book your next large group function.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Excellent Seafood Restaurant
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/12/2014
 2007
Dined on 9/12/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Not nearly as busy as the Wayzata location. Same good food and service. Excellent drinks and wine list."
Dined on 9/12/2014
 2007
Special Features: vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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Opened in 1999, Restaurant Alma is a casual fine dining restaurant, offering eclectic American cuisine and warm hospitality in a rustic historically preserved building. A high, open beam ceiling, exposed brick columns and concrete floors display the original space, while an open kitchen, banquette seating and gentle lighting contribute to an intimate and contemporary feel. <br /><br><br><br />Alma is best known for sourcing the best quality seasonal ingredients available and features a high percentage of local and organic products. Our menu changes every six to eight weeks, offering both new and signature dishes. We feature both a three course tasting menu format, allowing the customer to select any three dishes from the menu for $50 and a la carte options.<br /><br><br><br />Alma has been awarded 4 stars by the StarTribune and shares the #1 food ranking in ZAGAT for Minneapolis/St. Paul
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Chef Centric
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/16/2014
 2007
Dined on 8/16/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"If you are a foodie, this is the place. Extraordinary preparations, great service, classy but not pretentious. I had the lemon shrimp as a first course, we both had a lamb and garlic nan for the second course. Unique and delectable. We also had the same third course, halibut in papillote, one of the best halibut preparations I've ever had. You can tell the food is prepared with the utmost of care. It was fun to watch the activity in the open kitchen. The chef thanked us on the way out. Expensive: about $112/person including tip which puts it in the La Belle Vie category. It deserves to be in the same company."
Dined on 8/16/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Lord Fletcher's has garnered national awards for food, wine & individualized service, including the <b>DiRoNA & the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.</b> <p>Enjoy the view of shimmering Lake Minnetonka, or nestle by a crackling fire in an exquisite stone hearth. The spectacular Champagne Sunday Brunch Buffet is served 10:30 am - 2 pm. Open for seasonal lunches & dinner year-round, Lord Fletcher's offers fine cuisine created under the direction of Executive Chef Thomas Pivec. Enjoy Sterling Silver Steaks, split Alaskan King Crab Legs, Lobster or Fletcher's acclaimed Walleye Dinner. <br>Choose Patio, deck, private dining or meeting-room seating. Stop by the Gift Shop for your memento of this unique experience.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
The Perfect Lakefront Restaurant
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/25/2014
 2007
Dined on 7/25/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"All the other reviews are right: the walleye is perfection. Cocktails well made. Extraordinary mud pie. Preparations are not fussy but they are perfectly prepared. We ate in the quieter more formal dining room overlooking the lake. Classy, quiet. This place offers numerous kinds of places to eat, all kinds of private dining rooms, different kinds of bars. Dining on the deck is much more casual (burgers, etc) but raucous and fun."
Dined on 7/25/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Salut Bar Américain is the brasserie down the block. Warm and welcoming, with an urbane wit and urban sensibility, it’s an afternoon hangout and an evening refuge. It’s your neighbor with a French accent. The setting evokes a classic Parisian bistro/restaurant. The service is spirited, confident and capably executed. And the cooking captures the freshness and hearty flavor of French cuisine. It’s the vibe inside that sets Salut apart from bowing maitre ‘d’s and sniffing sommeliers. From the welcoming wine list, to the playful décor, to the genial buzz in the dining room, Salut celebrates the French restaurant’s essential qualities while dispensing with the exclusionary ones. It demystifies French food by making it accessible and rewarding while poking fun at the stereotypes that surround it. Salut gives French dining a shot in the arm – while giving the French a gentle kick in the derriere. In this sense, Salut is a dual citizen: Authentically French – but proudly American.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Good Food; Great Atmosphere
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/11/2014
 2007
Dined on 7/11/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"My wife had the duck; I had the the Lobster/Shrimp/Crayfish special. Both were excellent although I had a bit of a time maneuvering the crayfish. Drinks well prepared...one of the best bars in town for a quality and generous pour. The restaurant can be noisy but on this occasion with an early reservation and many people eating outside, it was just fine. Service was spotless. One of our top ten in the Cities."
Dined on 7/11/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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TOP 50 RESTAURANTS, TOP 10 FOOD: Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine<br />BAR LURCAT BEST SUMMER PATIO: City Pages "Summer Guide" 2004<br />BEST FRENCH FRIES: City Pages "Best of the Twin Cities" 2004<br />BEST BURGERS: Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine<br />BAR LURCAT BEST WINE BAR: City Pages "Best of the Twin Cities"<br />TOP 10 WINE LISTS: Food and Wine 2003<br />TOP 20 WINE LISTS: Monterey Wine Festival 2004<br /><br />Sweeping views of Loring Park, innovative American food, a captivating bar featuring 200+ wines with 30 by the glass make this venue a complete destination. Open every evening. Reservations Recommended.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Exquisite
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/07/2014
 2007
Dined on 7/07/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"I always enjoy this restaurant although my wife thinks it is a bit noisy. Elegant, all white interior. Expansive view overlooking Loring Park. Food is beautifully prepared and perfectly presented. Halibut was extraordinary. Service is perfect. Everyone is served simultaneously. They don't bother you with unnecessary questions like, "How were the first few bites?" Or, my favorite, when looking at an empty plate: "Are you finished?" My Opentable request to seat us by the windows was honored."
Dined on 7/07/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, fit for foodies
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