BEST RESTAURANT—MINNEAPOLIS - 2008
La Belle Vie
When you want a top-notch, ultra luxe, all-the-bells-and-whistles dining experience, there's really no other choice but La Belle Vie. Chef Tim McKee's perfectly prepared dishes—from seared foie gras with roasted mission figs to grilled veal short loin with celery root fondue—are as elegant and delicious as they are inventive. Sommelier Bill Summerville has assembled one of the best lists in the state. And the wait staff is so gracious, knowledgeable, and perfectly polished that the entire experience feels seamless. The most amazing thing about La Belle Vie may be its consistency: Night after night, the staff repeats the A+ performance, without so much as a hiccup. The new Minneapolis space, which the restaurant moved into a couple of years ago, offers two options: the refined, white, chandelier-lit main dining room, where you can splurge on the blowout eight-course tasting menu, and the dark, funky lounge, where you'll find the most creative, well-balanced cocktails in town, and a more casual menu, so you can taste the good life a little more often.