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12 of the Best Date Night Specials in Minneapolis and St. Paul

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There is a plump list of Twin Cities restaurants featuring "date night" specials. The variety of options is impressive, from hearty vegetarian meals, freshly made pasta, boundary-pushing cocktails, bowls of pho and plenty of bottles of wine. There is something here for every type of date, every day of the week.

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1. Broders' Pasta Bar

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5000 Penn Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 925-9202
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For a late dinner Sunday through Thursday, head to Broders’ Pasta Bar for the date night special after 8 p.m. Half bottle of selected white or red wine with choice of two pastas off a select menu, a salad to share, and an olive appetizer for $45.

2. Bryant-Lake Bowl & Theater

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810 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 825-3737
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Bryant Lake Bowl’s Cheap Date night runs every Monday starting at 6 p.m. and includes two entrees, a bottle of wine or beers and a round of bowling for just $28.

3. Cafe & Bar Lurcat

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1624 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 486-5500
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Every Sunday night, Café Lurcat in Loring Park offers a two-person special for $50 per pair for a 3-course meal. Each diner chooses his or her selection of a starter, an entree, and a dessert from a select menu. The fairly extensive date night menu can be found on Café Lurcat’s website.

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4. 4 Bells

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1610 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 904-1163
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Every Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m. 4 Bells lures lovers in with promise of $1 oysters and half price bottles of bubbles. Belly up to the counter for the three to seven-course tasting menu with front row seats at the open kitchen.

A tray filled with oysters and a few king crab legs
Oyster lovers will want to head to Loring Park Tuesday nights
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5. Grand Cafe

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3804 Grand Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 822-8260
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Jamie Malone’s elegantly cozy French restaurant has been garnering national attention since opening and is one of the most utterly romantic restaurants in Minneapolis. Stop by Sunday through Thursday 7:45 p.m. - 10 p.m. (9 p.m. on Sundays) There’s a discount for all kinds of little elegant munchies the restaurant is calling Snack Attack. Fifty dollars buys the table a parade of elegant snacks served at a pace built for savoring.

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6. The Lowbrow

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4244 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 208-0720
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Every Tuesday night from 6 to 10 p.m., the Lowbrow offers two entree choices from the menu, two glasses of tap beer or house wine, and one dessert to share for $30 per couple.

7. Eastside Eat + Drink

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305 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 208-1638
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Stop by Eastside on Monday night for a Snack Attack, a continual parade of snacks sent from the kitchen to the table. It’s the best way to experience the whims and gorgeous moments from Jamie Malone’s kitchen. Dishes like burratta with sourdough crackers, French fries with fancy sauce, chicken terrine with black trumpet mushrooms, are perfectly paced for long conversations in this sexy setting.

A gold swan on a dark table, with a hand pushing forward a coup glass filled with a cocktail
Eastside’s menu is built for sharing, including a punch drink served inside a golden swan that’s served tableside
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8. Tracy's Saloon

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2207 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 332-1865
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It’s rare to see date night specials on Fridays, but Tracy’s Saloon offers it up from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. The $42 special includes a pitcher of beer or bottle of wine, choice of starter salads or soup of the day, two select entrees, and a dessert.

9. Urban Growler Brewing Company

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2325 Endicott St
Saint Paul, MN 55114
(612) 501-1128
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The first woman-owned brewery in Minnesota, Urban Growler was also one of the first to offer a full menu from an on-site kitchen. On Tuesdays, $15 tiny dollars score two flagship brews and the weekly appetizer. The brewery will post the weekly appetizer every Tuesday morning.

10. Ngon Vietnamese Bistro

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799 University Ave W
Saint Paul, MN 55104
(651) 222-3301
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On Wednesdays, Ngon Vietnamese Bistro has a date night from 5 to 9 p.m. The special includes two entrees from the traditional section of the dinner menu, a dessert, and a bottle of select wine for $40 a couple.

11. Hyacinth

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790 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 478-1822
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Possibly Grand Avenue’s most romantic little dining room has a date night special on Wednesday night. Choose two antipasti, two half pastas and on side all for $60.

A light-filled room with a bar and small table set nearby
Wednesdays are romantic on Grand Avenue
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12. Tongue In Cheek - Eastside

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989 Payne Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55130

Tongue in Cheek's date night began as a summer special, but the restaurant has confirmed this dinner opportunity is here to stay. Sunday through Thursday twosomes get two specialty cocktails, two of the teasers (one-bite snacks), four small plates and two desserts for $69. The special is available in every part of the restaurant, including the cozy bar and the patio.

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1. Broders' Pasta Bar

5000 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

For a late dinner Sunday through Thursday, head to Broders’ Pasta Bar for the date night special after 8 p.m. Half bottle of selected white or red wine with choice of two pastas off a select menu, a salad to share, and an olive appetizer for $45.

5000 Penn Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419

2. Bryant-Lake Bowl & Theater

810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Bryant Lake Bowl’s Cheap Date night runs every Monday starting at 6 p.m. and includes two entrees, a bottle of wine or beers and a round of bowling for just $28.

810 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

3. Cafe & Bar Lurcat

1624 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403
The patio outside Lurcat
Bar Lurcat/Facebook

Every Sunday night, Café Lurcat in Loring Park offers a two-person special for $50 per pair for a 3-course meal. Each diner chooses his or her selection of a starter, an entree, and a dessert from a select menu. The fairly extensive date night menu can be found on Café Lurcat’s website.

1624 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN 55403

4. 4 Bells

1610 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403
A tray filled with oysters and a few king crab legs
Oyster lovers will want to head to Loring Park Tuesday nights
4 Bells / Facebook

Every Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m. 4 Bells lures lovers in with promise of $1 oysters and half price bottles of bubbles. Belly up to the counter for the three to seven-course tasting menu with front row seats at the open kitchen.

1610 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN 55403

5. Grand Cafe

3804 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Grand Cafe/Facebook

Jamie Malone’s elegantly cozy French restaurant has been garnering national attention since opening and is one of the most utterly romantic restaurants in Minneapolis. Stop by Sunday through Thursday 7:45 p.m. - 10 p.m. (9 p.m. on Sundays) There’s a discount for all kinds of little elegant munchies the restaurant is calling Snack Attack. Fifty dollars buys the table a parade of elegant snacks served at a pace built for savoring.

3804 Grand Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409

6. The Lowbrow

4244 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

Every Tuesday night from 6 to 10 p.m., the Lowbrow offers two entree choices from the menu, two glasses of tap beer or house wine, and one dessert to share for $30 per couple.

4244 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409

7. Eastside Eat + Drink

305 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415
A gold swan on a dark table, with a hand pushing forward a coup glass filled with a cocktail
Eastside’s menu is built for sharing, including a punch drink served inside a golden swan that’s served tableside
Isabel Subtil/Eastside

Stop by Eastside on Monday night for a Snack Attack, a continual parade of snacks sent from the kitchen to the table. It’s the best way to experience the whims and gorgeous moments from Jamie Malone’s kitchen. Dishes like burratta with sourdough crackers, French fries with fancy sauce, chicken terrine with black trumpet mushrooms, are perfectly paced for long conversations in this sexy setting.

305 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415

8. Tracy's Saloon

2207 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

It’s rare to see date night specials on Fridays, but Tracy’s Saloon offers it up from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. The $42 special includes a pitcher of beer or bottle of wine, choice of starter salads or soup of the day, two select entrees, and a dessert.

2207 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

9. Urban Growler Brewing Company

2325 Endicott St, Saint Paul, MN 55114

The first woman-owned brewery in Minnesota, Urban Growler was also one of the first to offer a full menu from an on-site kitchen. On Tuesdays, $15 tiny dollars score two flagship brews and the weekly appetizer. The brewery will post the weekly appetizer every Tuesday morning.

2325 Endicott St
Saint Paul, MN 55114

10. Ngon Vietnamese Bistro

799 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55104

On Wednesdays, Ngon Vietnamese Bistro has a date night from 5 to 9 p.m. The special includes two entrees from the traditional section of the dinner menu, a dessert, and a bottle of select wine for $40 a couple.

799 University Ave W
Saint Paul, MN 55104

11. Hyacinth

790 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
A light-filled room with a bar and small table set nearby
Wednesdays are romantic on Grand Avenue
Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

Possibly Grand Avenue’s most romantic little dining room has a date night special on Wednesday night. Choose two antipasti, two half pastas and on side all for $60.

790 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

12. Tongue In Cheek - Eastside

989 Payne Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55130

Tongue in Cheek's date night began as a summer special, but the restaurant has confirmed this dinner opportunity is here to stay. Sunday through Thursday twosomes get two specialty cocktails, two of the teasers (one-bite snacks), four small plates and two desserts for $69. The special is available in every part of the restaurant, including the cozy bar and the patio.

989 Payne Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55130

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