Vincent a Restaurant is the one of maybe three places that are the ne plus ultra of French dining in Minneapolis. We have many of our important celebrations there, been to private parties, and even sat at the kitchen table for one birthday. Vincent Francoul moved here for love, and stayed to bring us classic fine French dining. The restaurant is simple, but luxe. I've noticed that whenever I'm wearing black, the wait people always unobtrusively switch out the white napkin for black for me. The place is usually filled at lunch time with power lunchers and at dinner with fashionable pre-theatre and special occasion diners. The food is usually classic, maybe with a modern twist. On our most recent trip, we had the escargot, steak tartare, pork loin roast, fluke, and the hamburger - lauded as one of the best in town. All terrific. I particularly like the classic appetizers, like the escargot, foie gras and tartate and the fish dishes, like the fluke, and in the past, the skate. The cassoulet is great, the steak frites as well, and the wine list is long and fun. The service is usually the best in town; assured, helpful and unobtrusive (except on our most recent visit - the main course plates were just plopped down in front of us - (I think they were busy and overbooked). The location an Nicollet Mall is lovely, overlooking the street and Orchestra Hall - good people watching! Vincent ranks as my husband's favorite restaurant in town.
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