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“elegant dining” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Belle Vie

La Belle Vie
510 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403-3220
612-872-4113
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Ranked #10 of 1,404 Restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean
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Good for: Bar scene, Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Edina MN
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“elegant dining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

this place has James Beard chef, and excels year after year. do the tasting menu. each plate will demand conversation. it's definitely high end, but this food makes you want to dress up

Visited March 2012
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  • English first
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English first
St. Paul, Mn
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“This is THE special occasion restaurant in the Twin Cities”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Twice a year, once for my birthday and once for our anniversary, we visit La Belle Vie.

For a true adventure, the 5 course chef's tasting menu paired with wine is the way to go. There is a 7 course tasting menu, but we don't have the stamina for it.

The menu changes often based on fresh ingredients available. Each dish served is delicious, I find myself saying "that was the best course", then after I'm served the next course, I proclaim, "now, that was the best course." The truth is, everything they create in their kitchen is beautiful, delicious and almost magical.

I've ordered a la carte, but I find the dinner portions too large for my appetite, the tasting is more balanced.

The restaurant is located on the main floor of a historic condominium. The decor blends the old world with the new. The atmosphere is elegant, welcoming and quiet. The service is at an elevated level you would expect for fine dining.

If you want to experience La Belle Vie without spending so much, try the bar. The small plates will give you an idea of what to expect in the main dining room.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Unquestionably the Best Restaurant in Mpls”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Set in a classic old building, La Belle Vie is first class from beginning to end. Start your evening in the large and comfortable bar with a cocktail, and then transfer into the intimate dining room beyond. Our service was impeccable, the food endlessly interesting and delicious, and we left many dollars lighter and agreeing it was worth every penny. The chef has arranged some tasting menus that were really fun to go through, we would recommend them. Try the interesting cocktails too. Not for the cheap of heart.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Superb from start to finish.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

A true classic dining experience, from the.elegant atmosphere of the more formal restaurant and the warm professional server who seemed to anticipate our needs, through to the last crumb of desert. An exceptional meal. The food was excellent,
well prepared and beautifully presented, and the entire staff welcoming. A bit on the expensive side, but well with it.
I would return anytime

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nashville, Tennessee
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Nouvelle cuisine”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Eating at La Belle Vie is undeniably a wonderful experience: The setting is the ground floor of an old hotel, but the restaurant is only one smallish room. The lighting is muted, although they need more table-level light, as opposed to ceiling-level light. The overall feel is dated. The service is outstanding--possibly the most professional I've seen in years. One of the servers (oh, yes, there are multiple) has to tell you what's in front of you. Our party of five had the five-course tasting menu. It wasn't enough food, but it cost $70 a person. The a la carte section was tiny, and I have no idea what size those portions would have been. So, to leave not hungry you have to have even courses. One of the reasons I would have liked bigger portions was to be able to appreciate the complexity of flavors better. It's hard to get all the nuances in one bite. The poussin (young hen) was phenomenally tasty, and you could get about four bites from that dish. The wine list was not surprisingly short on affordable wines, but I did find a Chianti that served us well enough. Altogether, a top-notch place, but, at $3.50 a bite, not for everyone.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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