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La Belle Vie

(Now Closed)
French Restaurant, Lounge, and Wine Bar$$$$
Loring Park, Minneapolis
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  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
    Mpls.St.Paul MagazineDecember 11, 2012
    Best Bar Dining 2012: It’s bubbles and French fries. LBV lounge is the classiest bar in town, has the toniest cocktails and wine list, yet remains humbly chill and warmly welcoming.
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
    Mpls.St.Paul MagazineMarch 14, 2011
    Try the Octopus Pastrami. With its new octopus pastrami with caraway mustard, pickled cabbage, and rye, LBV remains a cutting-edge player on our food scene.—Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, February 2011
  • J. W. B.
    J. W. BellAugust 8, 2011
    8 course tasting menu w/ pariing was tres haute; the cutting edge food it off the charts good, don't let the stuffy dining room and bar fool you. If you order wine make sure they aren't over chilled. Read more
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 20, 2011
    At this elegant French-Mediterranean restaurant's candle-lit lounge, bartender Johnny Michaels honors la belle vie with cocktails like the Bronco Nagurski -rye whiskey and house-made root beer bitters
  • City Pages
    City PagesFebruary 24, 2011
    Voted Best Restaurant (Minneapolis) by City Pages in 2010. The best fine-dining deal in town: The $40, four-course tasting menu offered in La Belle Vie’s lounge.
  • City Pages
    City PagesAugust 5, 2014
    La Belle Vie is a world-class restaurant, fit for the biggest events in your year. The chef, homegrown superstar Tim McKee, designs five- or eight-course menus in his unique, Mediterranean style. Read more
  • City Pages
    City PagesDecember 7, 2012
    ""Cobra Verde" was voted Best Margarita by City Pages in 2012! Using a touch of absinthe & a bit of cheery liqueur- These flavors combined with lime and the salt on the rim are made for each other."
  • City Pages
    City PagesJuly 10, 2012
    "Cobra Verde" was voted Best Margarita by City Pages in 2012! Using a touch of absinthe & a bit of cheery liqueur- These flavors combined with lime and the salt on the rim are made for each other.
  • Heavy Table
    Heavy TableJuly 15, 2014
    Hit the lounge for a budget-conscious approach to the swankiest spot in town! Grab a glass of bubbly, or -- if you're feeling adventurous -- El Jefe, a powerful, huckleberry-tinted concoction. Read more
  • City Pages
    City PagesJuly 10, 2012
    Voted Best Martini by City Pages in 2012! The classic cocktails are treated like old friends, and the bartenders are happy to make them however you like
  • City Pages
    City PagesDecember 7, 2012
    Voted Best Martini by City Pages in 2012! The classic cocktails are treated like old friends, and the bartenders are happy to make them however you like"
  • Christopher H.
    Christopher HofferJuly 23, 2011
    Don't forget LBV has an excellent non-alcoholic cocktail menu - everyone can enjoy a visit to the lounge.
  • Jeff J.
    Jeff JacksonOctober 14, 2012
    Sit in the lounge...at the bar. Order a bourbon manhattan up and something with foie gras. You'll be as happy as a clam.
  • Leif P.
    Leif PettersenApril 7, 2012
    The Chef's Tasting Menu is a galloping parade of compounding awesomeness. Also, forget the dress code. Think "hobo with tie".
  • Christopher H.
    Christopher HofferOctober 23, 2011
    With winter coming, plan to have a bourbon-based cocktail one evening fireside in the lounge - the definition of tasty and cozy.
  • City Pages
    City PagesDecember 12, 2012
    Voted top 10 Martinis! The attention to detail at LBV starts long before you order a drink.
  • Katy O.
    Katy OJuly 16, 2010
    Get there before 9PM during the week if you want the tasting menu in the lounge...
  • Christopher H.
    Christopher HofferMay 28, 2011
    The four course lounge tasting menu is a great way to introduce yourself to LBV.
  • Justin R.
    Justin RaabAugust 7, 2014
    Great small plate. Great drinks. Good date place.
  • Sarah E.
    Sarah EdwardsFebruary 8, 2011
    Treat yourself to the tasting menu. Unbelievable and the atmosphere is perfect.
  • emily t.
    emily tritabaughSeptember 28, 2012
    Sit in the lounge. You came for the cocktails, but get the truffle potato chips.
  • Christopher H.
    Christopher HofferMarch 21, 2012
    The staff and bartenders are truly nice. Go in and enjoy yourself.
  • Christopher H.
    Christopher HofferFebruary 20, 2010
    Johnny, Michael, and Pip work their magic behind the bar; grab a stool and enjoy the tasty liquid ride.
  • Katherine A.
    Katherine AmundsonNovember 9, 2010
    Poached lobster on the menu is TDF. Ask the waitresses for wine tips, they never disappoint
  • Matt L.
    Matt LindstromNovember 25, 2009
    Get the homemade potato chips with truffle dip. 5 bucks. TDF.
  • Heavy Table
    Heavy TableApril 23, 2010
    Lady Byng (a gin + citrus + cardamom cocktail) is refreshing, tangy, balanced, & summery
  • Jeremy R.
    Jeremy RobinsonApril 19, 2015
    You'll probably want to eat in advance and/or after, because the portions are pitiful.
  • T D.
    T DeraMarch 18, 2011
    Ask Johnny to make u a Night of the Hunter. Salty caramel martini. Perfect nitecap!
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
    Mpls.St.Paul MagazineMarch 10, 2011
    Mpls.St.Paul Magazine editors’ pick for favorite place for a first date or celebration.
  • Harper W.
    Harper WentzAugust 10, 2014
    There 7 course tasting menu❤️❤️
  • Andy N.
    Andy NobleOctober 7, 2011
    Try the Old Cuban cocktail - da' best there is!
  • Kanesha R.
    Kanesha RuizAugust 6, 2012
    High prices, elegant atmosphere fun for dates very romantic
  • Rick P.
    Rick PulitoJune 9, 2010
    Have you fallen in love with the bar at La Belle Vie yet? Why not? Experienced the tasting menu? C'mon. Let's go! Read more
  • Tim M.
    Tim McKeeAugust 15, 2009
    Have Johnny make you a cocktail in the lounge and send word back to Y.C. in the kitchen
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
    Mpls.St.Paul MagazineMarch 10, 2011
    Mpls.St.Paul Magazine editors’ pick for best spot for a nightcap after the theater or a fundraiser.
  • Melanie L.
    Melanie LinehanMarch 3, 2010
    The 'Parlez vous' can always turn your frown upside down. Or at least you on your head.
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MillerNovember 18, 2013
    Absolutely amazing with fantastic service.
  • Brian J.
    Brian JeremyJune 15, 2013
    ask to pair the tasting menu w/ a selection of wines
  • Marie D.
    Marie DJuly 9, 2009
    Sit at the bar. Talk to Johnny. Try his drinks.
  • Brien G.
    Brien GrantJanuary 4, 2010
    Sit in the lounge. If Johnny's working, ask for a Horse's Neck.
  • jeffrey m.
    jeffrey merrihueAugust 18, 2010
    Highest rated restaurant in Zagat Minneapolis...charming.
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
    Mpls.St.Paul MagazineMarch 10, 2011
    Mpls.St.Paul Magazine editors’ pick for best cocktails.
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
    Mpls.St.Paul MagazineMarch 10, 2011
    Mpls.St.Paul Magazine readers’ pick for best cocktails.
  • Eye on P.
    Eye on PoliticsSeptember 21, 2014
    Anniversary dinner at one of my favorite places.
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 7, 2013
    City Pages Best Restaurant When Someone Else is Paying - 2013
  • Diana W.
    Diana WhiteNovember 7, 2014
    Great for dates
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 7, 2013
    City Pages Best Desserts - 2013
  • Brent S.
    Brent StanleyNovember 10, 2013
    Brian is best bartender in town!
  • Mike D.
    Mike DeCampSeptember 9, 2009
    Come in and get the new items on the menu!
  • Peter C.
    Peter ConwayNovember 26, 2013
    Try the Handsome Devil
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