Mediterranean food is more than just healthy eating; it’s enjoying an enriched meal that is freshly cooked and plant-based. The contributions to these appetizing recipes come from a handful of countries like Italy, Spain, France, Morocco, Greece, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and others. The food splashed with olive oil while infused with fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains supplies the body with a good nutrition. The Twin Cities area has a few great Mediterranean restaurants to try out. If eating and staying healthy is a must, then the Mediterranean diet is right for you.

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Mediterranean Cruise Cafe
12500 Nicollet Ave.
Burnsville, MN 55337
(952) 641-6222
www.medcruisecafe.comThe Mediterranean Cruise Café has been in business for over 30 years and established its exquisite restaurant initially in the city of Eagan. The owner, Jamal Ansari, is the sole owner. He and his family have truly made this an exclusive and chic place to go for a delicious dinner. The food is just the tip of the iceberg at the location. Amazing dishes abound but the Cruise Combo Plate will provide you with a spread of the best authentic tastes. The restaurant has earned the reputation of being among the best in Twin Cities and showcases unique entertainment with its belly dancing shows.

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Aida Mediterranean Restaurant
2208 W. 66th St.
Richfield, MN 55423
(612) 866-5061

Aida Mediterranean Restaurant has a great food selection, large portions and superb service. The name, inspired from an opera of four acts by Giuseppe Verdi, prides itself on having the exclusive and unique concept for Mediterranean dining. The food is healthy, fresh, high quality and served at great prices. The staff is known for its professional etiquette and making great recommendations for lovers of Mediterranean cuisine. Choose the Mediterranean Combo and share between either two or four people for an additional price. It comes with an assortment of kofta, chicken, lamb and basmati rice. Aida may look like a Taco Bell restaurant from the outside, but once inside, you will come to enjoy the experience. 

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Foxy Falafel
791 Raymond Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55114
(651) 243-0813
www.foxyfalafel.comLocated in the City of St. Paul in the neighborhood of St. Anthony Park, Foxy Falafel has been recognized for serving the most amazing falafels. Customers have been dazzled by the shawarma, the chicken gyro, the hummus, the curry and the pickle bar. The restaurant is characterized to be small and cozy. It has renovated the space by doing a new paint job and added beautiful artwork to the walls. Keep your eyes peeled for Foxy’s food truck cruising through town.

La Belle Vie
510 Groveland Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 874-6440

La Belle Vie restaurant is an iconic Twin Cities establishment known for excellent cuisine. Earning awards by the Wine Spectator and Zagat, La Bella Vie has phenomenal food in an upscale dining environment. The menu rotates seasonally but you can expect to see options like sautéed soft-shell crab, oven-steamed Yukon salmon and seared foie gras. Whether you are a regular client or visiting from out of town, this place has a fantastic setting that will make for an enjoyable night out.

Saffron Restaurant & Lounge
123 N. 3rd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 746-5533

The Saffron Restaurant & Lounge has fresh, delicious and unique food on the menu. Offering a nice variety of options, this critically acclaimed restaurant has operated successfully since opening its doors in 2007. The beef and lamb sausage are signature trademarks for appetizers. Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, Saffron is warm and the atmosphere is vibrant, not to mention extremely busy with nightlife on the weekends.

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