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“Fantastic Venue for Surprise 80th Birthday Party!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Swirl

Swirl
Ranked #2 of 6 Restaurants in Afton
Cuisines: Wine Bar, American
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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93 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Fantastic Venue for Surprise 80th Birthday Party!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2013

Huge Thank You to Colleen and Janet at Swirl for helping to make my mom's surprise 80th Birthday Party such a huge success. It was absolutely perfect and you both did an outstanding job! What a perfect place to hold a party like this...you made it effortless and very memorable. Thanks!

PS, we ordered all three Flat Breads, the Chicken drops and the Fondu all were great for the afternoon crowd!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“Trendy and Fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

We went to Swirl a couple of years ago when it was first starting out, a couple of weeks ago when we went to Swirl again, we were pleasantly surprised at how modern and trendy it became. The atmosphere is bright and fun. When my husband I went to Swirl they were having a special wine tasting for free. We enjoyed some awesome wine from Italy. We were quite impressed with the delicious wine they served. After the wine tasting we picked up a bottle of wine. As I was searching for a good bottle I discovered my all time favorite bottle of wine, Flowers, Pinot Noir. The first time I tried this wine was in Napa Valley at Mustard Grill. I was so shocked and surprised that Swirl had this bottle. Apparently they just got Flowers in at the store, they did not even have it in their computer. We were both surprised at the price too- $40. The last time I saw it was $80. We bought it right away. We took it over to the Current for our meal and then brought it back to Swirl to finish the bottle with dessert, an apple dumpling with salted caramel and vanilla ice cream. Heaven. What a wonderful evening at Swirl. Go to Swirl!

Visited January 2013
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Thank TravelbyV
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Menomonie, Wisconsin, United States
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Very pleasant atmosphere, good selection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

We only stopped in for one glass of wine, but the setting was very nice with an open gas fireplace and choices of high-top tables, a small bar, and couch/easy-chair seating. As a non-drinker I was pleased to learn that they also stock a premium non-alcoholic beer. The hostess was very pleasant and helpful with a wine recommendation for my wife. The prices were very reasonable. In fact, we ended up buying a bottle that was sent over to the Currents Restaurant and Bar to be served with our dinner later that night.

Visited December 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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93 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
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“Après-ski, Pearl of a Place in the St. Croix Valley”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

Après-ski...need I say more? A perfect way to top off your day of skiing with friends at Afton Alps or cross country skiing or snow shoeing in the Afton State Park . Afton residents tend to enjoy their privacy in their slice of "God's Country" ...but this is one of those places where the locals come out of hiding to meet their neighbors and mingle with passers by (Bed and Breakfast Guests,Boaters, Motorcyclists, Bikers..you get the picture).

Dave Jarvis and his time have done an excellent job of building not only an excellent wine club, but also an elegant community watering hole. Thanks for adding more charm to Afton!

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Swedehill
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Stillwater, Minnesota
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107 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
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“Hidden Treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

Swirl is carefully hidden in Afton, MN - but it is a favorite wine bar of ours. The selection is good, the tastings very good, the prices are excellent and the service is well done. When the weather allows, the chairs by the fire pits in front are a very relaxing spot, inside is a bit more upscale (but welcoming of all types of dress).

One thing every wine love will like - the bottles of wine are sold at the same price as the onsite wine shop, making wine consumed on premise very reasonable and fair in pricing. The food is generally light and well prepared, excellent for wine pairing.

This is a well thought out, smartly executed wine bar and shop, and the wine club feature is great for price breaks and benefits. In short, it's a favorite!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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