When one thinks of a romantic evening with that special someone, baseball hot dogs may not immediately come to mind. It may be great ballpark food but it’s not exactly date night dinner kind of cuisine.
So, before impressing your date with your finest “Charge!” chants, try wining and dining them at these great date spots before — or after the game.
In no particular order –
A recent nominee of the prestigious James Beard Award, 112 Eatery has quickly become a favorite to many local diners. It’s been voted one of the best restaurants for late-night dining, serving a full menu until midnight Monday through Thursday and 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The menu features a large selection of options, from lamb sugo to lobster with sweet potato and grits.
901 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Everything from the chic dining tables to the gorgeous open windows makes D’Amico Kitchen a classy night out downtown. With Chef John Occhiato behind the wheel of the kitchen, Italian-inspired contemporary dishes from the simple to the elegant are infused with rich flavors and bold tones for any taste bud. Open for breakfast, brunch on the weekends and lunch and dinner, there’s no limit of possibilities. Want a preview before you dine? Check out the live camera of the kitchen for the dinner rush on their website.
It’s been coined the meat eater’s dream. Fogo de Chao is the spot for freshly cut, perfectly prepared beef and steak. Featuring 15 cuts of meat from pork loin to filet mignon, servers at Fogo de Chao bring the food to you, slicing off tender cuts right on to your plate. Guests simply sit back, flip a card to green for more or red to stop and eat until they simply can’t take another bite.
Located at the W Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, Manny’s prides itself on its quality, center-cut steaks, hand trimmed by master butchers. The menu features a selection of locally sourced ingredients with an array of chicken, chops and fresh vegetables. The restaurant features a 300-bottle wine list, with an additional extensive reserve list. Featuring both a bar area and a dining room, Manny’s encourages guests to “come as they are and eat like never before.”
Do you fondue? Featuring an interactive and tons-of-fun dining experience, the Melting Pot in Minneapolis is the place to do fondue at its finest. With options for different four-course meals, The Melting Pot gets things going with a cheesy appetizer fondue and finishes your evening with sweet and savory options of chocolate fondue. Courses are also available as separate options or for group menus.
Murray’s Restaurant is not only a true Minneapolis dining establishment but a historical one. Murray’s opened its doors in 1946 at the downtown location and has kept things both classic and to its high-quality standards. Known for their famous Silver Butter Knife Steak for two, this restaurant and cocktail lounge has become a tradition for locals. Murray’s features a number of specials each week.
Looking for a spot for late night happy hour or perhaps a nice dinner for two? Solera brings all these elements together, offering a tapas bar and lounge with traditional small tastes from Spain or classic paella made with everything from braised lamb to chorizo and shellfish. Can’t decide on just one? Try the Tapas tasting menu and allow the chef to create a variety of eight different plates, both new and traditional. Or ditch the food and head up to the roof for drinks at the outdoor bar that overlooks the bright lights of the big city. Solera opens at 5 p.m. Sunday through Saturday.
If music and food are your passions, there’s no better place to enjoy both than at Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant on Nicollet Mall. With the sweet sounds of many local — and national — favorites, jazz music provides a great backdrop to the wonderful flavors emerging from the kitchen. If music isn’t your thing, there’s seating away from the musicians where you can enjoy an inspired meal in quiet. The dinner menu features a three-course option of local favorites.
Whether it’s specialty rolls you’re after or the freshest pieces of nigiri or sashimi, Nami’s expansive sushi menu is sure to offer what you’re looking for. Combining fresh sushi with traditional entrees and delicious appetizers, Nami is a great spot for local sushi. Located in the trendy Warehouse District, Nami offers a great selection of Japanese cuisine with sushi made right before your eyes.
Zelo is like a mini trip around the world. With food influenced from everywhere from Italy to the Mediterranean to Asia and beyond, the menu has just about everything one could imagine. The menu offers burgers and sandwiches to small plates of calamari or ahi tuna spring rolls and flatbread pizzas to homemade pastas. The restaurant features a one-of-a-kind atmosphere with a large bar area that looks out on Nicollet Mall.
Known for its sushi and steak, Seven is located just a couple blocks away from Target Field. The restaurant says it has the largest outdoor video screen in the Twin Cities on its rooftop skybar and will be offering specials for Twins fans. Don’t miss out on its great sushi happy hour, Monday through Friday.