Though the Twin Cities restaurant scene is full of places to go for hustle and bustle, there are also plenty of options for a quiet evening out. Here are eight spots where the music hums along gently, the kitchens are a well-oiled machine, and the loudest noise in the dining rooms is the orchestral clink of glassware.Read More
Eight Twin Cities Dining Destinations for a Quiet Night Out
For low-key conversations, leisurely lunches, and more
1. Kado no Mise
From precise cuts of sashimi to pristine dashi broths, chilled glassware to locally-sourced ceramics, Kado No Mise is a carefully curated wonder. Grab a seat at the bar, take some time with the menu, and let the conversation—and sake—flow.
At Colita, mezcal and mole dominate the Oaxacan menu. Order anything served with the housemade tortillas, made with hand-milled masa, and settle in as conversations buzz along quietly and the lights glow a little more warmly.
3. Broders' Pasta Bar
At this cozy neighborhood favorite, the date night menu is the way to go, running from Sunday through Thursday and with rotating offerings that often feature the best of the main dining menu. Start with a crisp Caesar salad, then pick anything from a caper-heavy puttanesca to a fragrant, housemade bolognese.
At this upscale Italian bistro, sleekly arched ceilings and and mirrored walls are offset by plenty of columns and sound-absorbing panels, guaranteeing that even at its busiest, the dining room is still conversation-friendly. Come to chat and stay for the food: housemade pastas, Neapolitan-style pizzas, and beautiful, seasonally-rotating cocktails.
5. Tea House Chinese Restaurant
At this University Ave institution near the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus, velvet curtains and wood privacy screens turn every booth into a secluded spot for conversation, even during busy lunch hours. Get scallion pancakes—they sell out quickly during the dinner rush, and order everything else to share.
6. Holman's Table
Housed in a beautifully restored old airport terminal, Holman’s Table offers unbeatable views of the runway at the St. Paul Airport. Despite its proximity to takeoff, the noise pollution of the airport never makes its way into the restaurant. Get brunch here—a classic biscuits and gravy, or a fresh grain bowl studded with pickled fresnos—and make sure to snag a seat near the window.
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7. Aster Cafe
While the main dining room can be bustling during the music nights that are often featured at the cafe, the patio is a beautiful, quiet spot to enjoy the sunshine. During the day, catch beautiful views of the Mississippi and the Minneapolis skyline. In the evenings, the patio is draped in string lights and music drifts from the open doorway near the bar. Don’t miss dessert: dense wedges of carrot cake; tart fruit crumbles draped in bourbon cream; rich chocolate mousse with aged balsamic.
8. P.S. Steak
At P.S. Steak, the plush seats and wood panels pad any noise from the bustling kitchen, smoothing all conversations in the dining room to a pleasant hum. Though steak is a must, don’t miss the appetizers and sides: from buttery Parker House rolls to plush, tender meatballs.