La Belle Vie
510 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Cuisines: Fine Dining, Mediterranean, French, European, Continental
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12/09/2010Provided by Citysearch -
My wife is from Minneapolis so we spent this past weekend there visiting her parents. We got in town on Friday and came here for a late dinner. Since we got in somewhat late we sat in the lounge area. The atmosphere and decor were classy and the service was very friendly. We decided to order a variety of dishes so we could try a little bit of everything. We ordered the grilled flatbread, prawns, selection of imported cheeses, assortment of grilled meats, grilled bread with orange marmalade, lamb burgers, butternut squash ravioli, poached lobster, the duck entrée and the truffled crepe. EVERYTHING was delicious. My personal favorite was the butternut squash ravioli. I also really enjoyed the prawns, the duck entrée and the poached lobster. The crepe was my least favorite, it was way too salty, almost like they had dumped salt all over it; but the service and the other dishes made up for it. They also have a great wine and drink list with fun names on the drink list like..'Night of the Hunter,' 'Taking it to the House,' and my personal favorite 'Handsome Devil.' Overall this was an outstanding restaurant and we will be coming back next time we're in town. Next time I would really like to sit in the dining room and try the tasting menu.
04/09/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We are one of those couples who are not afraid to spend money on a wonderful dining experience once in a while or a special occasion. So for our anniversary we chose La belle vie. I would never come here again. For the amount of the money we spent one so little food, it is just not worth it. We had the chef's tasting menu with the wine. Service was good, food tasted good. But the portions should have been double for what it cost. There are so many other places we've been to that we kept wishing we were at last nite instead.
01/22/2009Provided by Citysearch -
The waiter was not knowledgable, pretentious and condescending. There were two of us there for dinner and each of us did a five course meal trying different items. With the reviews we have read we expected something wonderful and what we ate was VERY sub-par. These supposed ""world renowned"" chefs of Minneapolis should travel outside of this state to find out what good food is supposed to taste like. The waiter recommended the scallops to me telling me they were ""the best scallops the chef has seen in 18 months"". They were extremely gritty, I have had better scallops from Rainbow Foods. The entire experience was extremely disappointing. If you are serious about wanting a real fine dining experience, where the chef and the staff actually know what they are doing, I suggest making the drive to Chicago before wasting your time in La Belle Vie.
12/08/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I am a self-avowed foodie and have eaten at some of the finest restaurants in the U.S. I have come to equate good food with good service. I had a horrible experience at this restaurant: I was in town for a friend's graduation and made a reservation for a party of 12 at La Belle Vie. I informed the manager there would be 3 children in the group. He promised to accommodate the group and alluded that our table would be in the main dining room.
Arriving at the restaurant, we found our table had been setup directly adjacent to a very crowded, noisy bar in the lounge. Literally, people at the bar were spilling over onto the table. I asked the manager if the table could be moved. He referred me to William Summerville, one of the proprietors of the restaurant. I explained the problem to him and asked for his help. He was brash and not helpful at all. His attitude was either take the table or leave He stated he was okay with the children eating at the loud bar. There was no apology. There was no acknowledgement of a problem. We took the table and ate as hurriedly as we could. None of the managers ever came to our table to apologize or see how we were doing.
To me, the food was mediocre. The foie gras appetizer was cold. The Artic Char was okay, but I've had better. The group elected to skip dessert due to the poor service. I would have expected much better service at this restaurant.
05/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I do not know how to start review for La Belle Vie to be useful for other, but I will just write down what I saw and how I feel about. We went there in our second anniversary, When arrive the building really looks old (like the one I spent my childhood in) but clean, I would borrow a statement from another posting that it feels like you're eating in your Aunt Betsy's living room, dining area is surprisingly quite small, I did not feel that I?m in expensive place,. I was expecting relaxing expensive chairs/tables, new carpet, music in background, high end decoration The attendances do their best to look like proficient but I do not think they are, they said he will make us comfortable but they failed. Now we come to the food, I know that fine dine is all about the taste & presentation not to feel full, so I was expecting large plate with small portion in the middle, We go with the five course menu as many suggest to, there were two dishes caught or attention Sweet Pea Panna Cotta with King Crab and brown Butter Vinaigrette, Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Morel Mushrooms, Jerusalem Artichokes and Forme D?Ambert. The other are still good and have a unique taste but not that special. So now how much I give that, I honestly do not know, we are frozen food eater-machine, no one spend more than 15min cooking in kitchen, so how to tell they are really good cookers, or we are the lazy cooker. I would say my grandmother with very simple kitchen would have cook better. The other thing should cooking justify the $65/person you pay for dinner only (no wine). End the night with $185 with no-wine make me said, do not blame them, blame yourself who make the junkies your daily food so you need to pay little fortune to eat as it supposed to be!! I wouldn?t back again, but for you think how you feel about what I wrote.
05/10/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We saved experiencing the much celebrated Le Belle Vie experience for a special occasion. We celebrated our 3rd anniversary there this week by ordering the ""tasting menu"" in the lounge. This was touted in the local press as an affordable way to experience Le Belle Vie's award winning cuisine at a ""spectacular value"". The four course $40 Tasting Menu was accompanied by a $25 wine flight. We found the wine to be a solid, but unremarkable collection that was a solid value for the money. The food was quite another matter. Our four course ""tasting menu"" was literally that....a taste of each course and nothing more. Each course was literally one or two bites and I would estimate that we each received maybe six ounces of food in total. Now we are reasonably experienced and savvy diners and have enjoyed a number of excellent tasting menus in the Twin Cities (Solera's Valentine's and North Coast's Tasting Menus were both far superior) and found Le Belle Vie's serving sizes to be a small fraction of their competitions and the quality of food (with the exception of the beef tenderloin which was excellent) to be throughly unexceptional. In fact, immediately after finishing our $175 snack at Le Belle Vie's, we decided to go slumming and went to the Town Talk Diner to get some real food in a much more enjoyable setting at a small fraction of the cost. So either my lady and I lack the requisite sophistication (and miniscule appetites) to enjoy such haute cuisine...or the emperor has no clothes at Le Belle Vie.
04/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This place is amazing. The service was some of the best i've received, the foods amazing, and the drinks and wine list are great. Try the tasting menu, its well worth the money. The only weird kinda part is that it feels like its in a apartment building.
02/27/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The service was lovely, and the people were gracious. The food used the highest quality ingredients and was exquisitely prepared with high attention to detail... The problem? I left hungry. And no, I'm not one of those people who expect a slab of beef and giant plate o'pasta, but I was hoping for a little more than a single bite or two of food at a single course.
11/03/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I have eaten in some incredible restaurants in this country and was really excited to finally have the opportunity to try a homegrown ""fine dining"" experience. Everything was good. The wine was nice, the service was fine. The food was good. $400 for two of us is just way too much to leave feeling like you have enjoyed an average night out. I do not know if it was all the butter used, or? both myself and my date were up all night.