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Readers Vote: 12 Restaurants with the Best Service in MPLS

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Last week, we asked which Minneapolis restaurants have the best and worst service. The question led to our most popular (and controversial) Open Thread yet, with comments pouring in. The clear winner—and no big surprise here—was La Belle Vie, with Piccolo, Restaurant Alma, and Meritage also getting multiple best service shout outs. Here now, mapped, are the 12 restaurants with the best service in Minneapolis, as chosen by readers.

But first: We also asked about the worst service, which drew some surprising responses. Most surprising was the mixed reviews for acclaimed restaurants Bar La Grassa, 112 Eatery, and Victory 44, each of which got nods for both great service and bad service, sometimes from the same commenter. Other places that got called out for unequivocally bad service in the comments and via the tipline: Rye Deli, Loring Kitchen, and St. Paul's Shamrocks.

Agree? Disagree? Have an opinion on one of the contentious restaurants above? Let us know in the comments.


· Which Mpls Restaurants Have the Best—& Worst—Service? [Eater MPLS]
· All Previous Open Threads [Eater MPLS]

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. La Belle Vie

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510 Groveland Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 874-6440
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Unsurprisingly, Tim McKee's Loring Park institution was tops for service, both in the formal dining room and in the less-formal (and less expensive) lounge.

2. Piccolo

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4300 Bryant Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 827-8111
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Doug Flicker's cozy South Minneapolis spot got several shout outs for best service. A commenter writes: "Obviously not as refined, polished, or formal as La Belle Vie, but attentive and accommodating. Always have received outstanding service there."

3. Broders' Pasta Bar

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5000 Penn Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 925-9202
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The Broders' hospitality got several nods in the comments. One commenter writes: "Borders' Pasta Bar has always provided me and my family with top notch A+ service."

4. Restaurant Alma

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528 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-4909
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Alex Roberts' Restaurant Alma was another unsurprising pick for the best service list, showing up in several comments as a given.

5. Meritage, a Brasserie

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410 Saint Peter St
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 222-5670
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This St. Paul brasserie got several nods in the comments. Plus, it's the only spot on the best service list where you can experience that great service at a Tuesday - Friday happy hour.

6. Heidi's

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2903 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 354-3512
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You can often see Heidi Woodman - who owns Heidi's with her husband, Stewart, the chef - going table to table during dinner service. A commenter writes: "Best service I've had was at Heidi's. Can't go wrong when Heidi stops by your table and is adorable."

7. Lucia's Resturant

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1432 W 31st St
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 825-1572
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This casual Uptown restaurant - a James Beard semifinalist this year for Outstanding Restaurant - was mentioned in the same breath as Alma, La Belle Vie, and Piccolo. Good company to keep.

8. Corner Table

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4257 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 823-0011
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Star Tirbune critic Rick Nelson's glowing review of the service at Corner Table helped set off this open thread, and a commenter - after a screed against service in Minneapolis in general - admits that "Corner Table does provide great service."

9. Jasmine Deli

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2532 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 870-4700
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We asked for nominations for surprisingly good service (no, La Belle Vie doesn't count as surprisingly good), and one commenter suggested Jasmine Deli, the small Vietnamese restaurant and sandwich shop on Eat Street: "The folks who run Jasmine Deli are terrific and deserve mention in the 'best service' category."

10. Cafe & Bar Lurcat

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1624 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 486-5500
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This Loring Park spot is another place we don't always hear about, but that got a vote for great service. A commenter writes: "Cafe Lurcat is by far the best service and it's always consistent. We have never had a bad meal or service ever."

11. Pig Ate My Pizza

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4154 W Broadway Ave
Robbinsdale, MN
(763) 535-1131
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Relatively new Pig Ate My Pizza got a nod for great service, and its mother restaurant, Travail, got two: "Pig Ate My Pizza has been great every time we've gone. So was Travail for that matter."

12. Rincon 38

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3801 Grand Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 824-4052
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Hector Ruíz's newish tapas restaurant in Kingfield got an enthusiastic nod: "Rincon 38 great service, great food!"

1. La Belle Vie

510 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Unsurprisingly, Tim McKee's Loring Park institution was tops for service, both in the formal dining room and in the less-formal (and less expensive) lounge.
510 Groveland Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

2. Piccolo

4300 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Doug Flicker's cozy South Minneapolis spot got several shout outs for best service. A commenter writes: "Obviously not as refined, polished, or formal as La Belle Vie, but attentive and accommodating. Always have received outstanding service there."
4300 Bryant Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409

3. Broders' Pasta Bar

5000 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
The Broders' hospitality got several nods in the comments. One commenter writes: "Borders' Pasta Bar has always provided me and my family with top notch A+ service."
5000 Penn Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419

4. Restaurant Alma

528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Alex Roberts' Restaurant Alma was another unsurprising pick for the best service list, showing up in several comments as a given.
528 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

5. Meritage, a Brasserie

410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102
This St. Paul brasserie got several nods in the comments. Plus, it's the only spot on the best service list where you can experience that great service at a Tuesday - Friday happy hour.
410 Saint Peter St
Saint Paul, MN 55102

6. Heidi's

2903 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
You can often see Heidi Woodman - who owns Heidi's with her husband, Stewart, the chef - going table to table during dinner service. A commenter writes: "Best service I've had was at Heidi's. Can't go wrong when Heidi stops by your table and is adorable."
2903 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

7. Lucia's Resturant

1432 W 31st St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
This casual Uptown restaurant - a James Beard semifinalist this year for Outstanding Restaurant - was mentioned in the same breath as Alma, La Belle Vie, and Piccolo. Good company to keep.
1432 W 31st St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

8. Corner Table

4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Star Tirbune critic Rick Nelson's glowing review of the service at Corner Table helped set off this open thread, and a commenter - after a screed against service in Minneapolis in general - admits that "Corner Table does provide great service."
4257 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409

9. Jasmine Deli

2532 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
We asked for nominations for surprisingly good service (no, La Belle Vie doesn't count as surprisingly good), and one commenter suggested Jasmine Deli, the small Vietnamese restaurant and sandwich shop on Eat Street: "The folks who run Jasmine Deli are terrific and deserve mention in the 'best service' category."
2532 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

10. Cafe & Bar Lurcat

1624 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403
This Loring Park spot is another place we don't always hear about, but that got a vote for great service. A commenter writes: "Cafe Lurcat is by far the best service and it's always consistent. We have never had a bad meal or service ever."
1624 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN 55403

11. Pig Ate My Pizza

4154 W Broadway Ave, Robbinsdale, MN
Relatively new Pig Ate My Pizza got a nod for great service, and its mother restaurant, Travail, got two: "Pig Ate My Pizza has been great every time we've gone. So was Travail for that matter."
4154 W Broadway Ave
Robbinsdale, MN

12. Rincon 38

3801 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Hector Ruíz's newish tapas restaurant in Kingfield got an enthusiastic nod: "Rincon 38 great service, great food!"
3801 Grand Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409

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