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Best New Restaurants 2014

Tons of new talent and ideas are raising the bar on our already-happening local eating scene.

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The Living Room

821 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-597-2413

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North 45˚ Restaurant and Bar

Millennium Hotel, 1313 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-6000

The restaurant in the Millennium Hotel is named after the 45th parallel of latitude running through Minneapolis and marks the half-way point from the Equator to the North Pole. Serving an all-day menu of familiar favorites, the copper-clad restaurant serves local beer along with flatbreads, sandwiches and entrees. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

5120 Restaurant & Onyx Bar

Country Inn Suites & Hotel, 5120 American Blvd. W., Bloomington, 952-698-4864

This independently owned restaurant in a suburban hotel has some interesting touches to the menu. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

SkyWater Cuisine & Cocktails

Hilton, 1001 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-397-4927

Hilton's renovated lobby restaurant has local art and offers a spin on Midwestern cuisine, utilizing regional ingredients in some dishes. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Rare Steak & Sushi

Rare Steak & Sushi

615 2nd Ave. S., Mpls., 612-752-9595

Located in the Grand Hotel, what was once Zahtar has become Rare. Steak and sandwiches feature heavily on the menu along with a creative assortment of sushi. Continue Reading

$$$ | Japanese, Steak |

Basil's Restaurant

710 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-376-7404

The iconic café that overlooks the Crystal Court, Basil's is bright and attractive, the service professional, and the kitchen keeps the crowd happy with high-end salads, creative sandwiches, and interesting entrées. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Sweet potato agnolotti with squash blossoms at Cosmos

Cosmos

Loews Hotel, 601 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-312-1168

The fine dining restaurant in the Loews, Cosmos is a staggeringly beautiful room with a sophisticated vibe. The menu offers chef-driven dishes and tasting menus that are spot-on. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Ahi tuna skewer at restaurant Max

Restaurant Max

215 S. 4th St., Mpls., 612-340-0303

This hotel restaurant offers easy American cuisine including appetizers, flatbreads, pastas, seafood, and chops. The happy hour crowds love this place. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American |

The patio at Marin restaurant in downtown Minneapolis

Marin

901 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-252-7000

The new installation at the Chambers, Marin is sister to Mill Valley Kitchen and follows suit with healthy but sophisticated food that includes nutritional info on the menu. The space is wholly redone and warmer. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Cask Cookhouse

Loews Hotel, 601 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-312-1821

Taking the place of Bradstreet Craftshouse, Cask has also kept the menu of creative small plates and high-end cocktails of the former bar—for now. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Coho Café & Bakery

7126 Hwy. 61 W., Tofte, 218-663-8032

This small bakery and café is located in the Bluefin Bay resort and offers up fresh-made breads, salads, pastas, and sandwiches. The pizzas make a good pickup on your way northward. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

M ST. Café

The Saint Paul Hotel, 350 Market St., St. Paul, 651-228-3855

The Saint Paul Hotel's casual café serves up traditional plates, as well as European sideboard buffets of meats, fish, and more. Continue Reading

$ | American |

Rival House

DoubleTree by Hilton, 411 Minnesota St., St. Paul, 651-255-0645

Downtown gets an upscale pizza-and-beer focused bar with plenty of screens, skee-ball, checkers, and the like. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Pizza |

Normandy Kitchen

Normandy Inn & Suites, 405 S. 8th St., Mpls., 612-455-1204

The menu offers classics such as crab cakes and cobb salad, but also plays with more modern flavors as with the cider-brined pork tenderloin. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Prairie Kitchen & Bar

1300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-596-4640

The Hyatt's Minnesota-focused restaurant and lounge in the lobby is upscale local with a huge fireplace anchoring the room. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

St. James Hotel

406 Main St., Red Wing, 800-252-1975

This historic hotel overlooks the Mississippi River. Jimmy's Pub serves appetizers, Port Restaurant serves a contemporary American menu, and Veranda offers American fare and outdoor dining. Call for hours. Continue Reading

$$ | American |

Steak at Manny's Steakhouse

Manny's Steakhouse

W Minneapolis—The Foshay, 825 Marquette Ave. S., Mpls., 612-339-9900

Manny's is, for many, the quintessential local steak experience. The steaks are great, the Neuske's thick-cut bacon appetizer is obnoxiously yummy, and the service is brimming with cool-kid attitude. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Steak |

FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar

Radisson Blu Mall of America, 2100 Killebrew Dr., Bloomington, 952-881-5258

Cooking with a wood-fired rotisserie and hardwood grill, it turns out tasty and accessible American fare for all three meals. The grilled North Shore whitefish and corn-crusted walleye are great. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Woolley's Steakhouse

7901 34th Ave. S., Bloomington, 952-854-1010

One of the better suburban steak houses, Woolley's offers traditional steaks and chops along with a nice wine list. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Steak |

ChopHouse Salad at Bloomington ChopHouse

Bloomington ChopHouse

3900 American Blvd. W., Bloomington, 952-830-5200

Surprisingly modern for a suburban hotel restaurant, the ChopHouse offers steakhouse dishes with a contemporary edge, such as wagyu carpaccio, as well as traditional steaks and chops. Continue Reading

$$$$ | Seafood, Steak |

The Buffet

2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, 952-445-9000

The area's most elaborate buffet features "stations" of American, Mediterranean, and Pacific Rim foods, including ham, barbecue ribs, chicken, wild rice soup, pizzas, fried rice, and duck. Seafood night W. Continue Reading

$$ | Global |

Bluefin Grille

7192 Hwy. 61 W., Tofte, 218-663-6200

Overlooking Lake Superior, this casual American grill in the Bluefin Bay resort serves crowd-pleasers such as big burgers on house-baked buns, fresh walleye specials, and big steaks. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Boeuf bourguignon at Collette Bar & Bistro

Colette Bar & Bistro

5601 W. 78th St., Bloomington, 952-835-1900

After a well-styled freshening up, Colette gives off a comfortable modern vibe that works well with its sophisticated French regional cuisine. Continue Reading

$$$ | French |

Bank

Bank

Minneapolis Westin, 88 S. 6th St., Mpls., 612-656-3255

Arguably one of the most alluring dining rooms in Minnesota, this spacious, restored art deco bank lobby often outshines its modern American cuisine. A great place for an innovative cocktail and a quick bite. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American |

Beacon Public House

Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-362-6666

Located in the Commons Hotel in the U of M area, this pub aims to be a cut above the regular college bar. There are still a lot of screens, but also craft beer and creative food. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |