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Best Restaurants 2014

The inside story of the 50 Best Restaurants in the Twin Cities right now.

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The Living Room

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

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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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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Chez Daniel Bistro

2800 American Blvd., Bloomington, 952-888-4447

$$$ | French |

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 |

Beacon Public House

615 Washington Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-379-8888

Located in the new Commons Hotel on the U of M campus, 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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

Braised lamb ribs at Bradstreet Craftshouse

Bradstreet Craftshouse

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

Bradstreet bartenders were some of the first locals to shake high-end cocktails with hand-pressed juices, vintage spirits, and housemade bitters. Snack on creative small plates and rest easy that nothing is priced over $10. 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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

Split Rock Bar & Grill

Radisson at Mall of America, 1700 American Blvd. E., Bloomington, 952-229-5724

This indoor water park restaurant is modeled after the eateries and environs of the North Shore and offers a family-friendly place for food and cocktails, plus a daily buffet brunch. Continue Reading

$$$ | American |

Cowboy Steak at St. Paul Grill

St. Paul Grill

350 Market St., St. Paul, 651-224-7455

There's no denying the appeal of downtown St. Paul's clubby home for power lunches, decadent brunches, and winning pre-theater dinners. The food is classic American, the simpler the better. It's the place to be seen if you're a Capitol mover and shaker. Continue Reading

$$$$ | American |

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 |

Diners at Porter&Frye

Porter & Frye

Hotel Ivy, 1115 2nd Ave. S., Mpls., 612-353-3500

A swank space in the Hotel Ivy, Porter & Frye serves up posh cocktails and Midwest-modern dishes that spin seasonal fare. The broad menu covers substantial entrees of local beef, pork, and chicken as well as lighter vegetarian and spa plates. 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 Steak House

Manny's Steakhouse at the W

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

Manny's is, for many, the quintessential local steak experience. In posh digs at the W Hotel, it seems refreshed and ready for the next 20 years. 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 |

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 |