Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Restaurant for a First Date


This may seem a bold statement, but we're ready to back it up: No matter what your first-date needs, this much-lauded restaurant trifecta has you covered. If you've scored a date with a serious foodie, a company president, or anyone else you want to impress but not overwhelm, make a reservation for Lucia's Restaurant. Soft lighting and wood accents make a classy, subtle backdrop to the outstanding cuisine on the short, seasonal menu. If you'd prefer to spend a little less and keep things more casual, hit up Lucia's Wine Bar. The small-plate menu is just as creative and delicious as that in the dining room and is served till midnight (plus, happy hour from 9 p.m. to close features great deals). Do you have a blind date, and you're not ready to commit to a full meal? Meet in the morning for coffee and a pastry at Lucia's To Go. Their fresh-baked croissants and scones are some of the best in town, and the counter-service area offers full meals to take out. How about a pear-apple-arugula salad and a roasted chicken breast stuffed with Gruyere and greens, taken on a picnic to nearby Lake Calhoun? If you don't get a second date after that, you have no one to blame but yourself.

Best Neighborhood Cafe (Minneapolis) (2015) Lucia's

Best Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurant (2014) Lucia's

Best Wine Bar (2013) Kings Wine Bar

Best Wine Bar (2012) Lucia's Wine Bar

BEST TAKEOUT (2007) Lucia's To Go

BEST SERVICE (2010) Lucia's

BEST BREAKFAST (2008) Lucia's to Go

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