Dining etiquette dictates that one use a soupspoon for soup, a dessert spoon for dessert soups, and a lobster hammer. Harness multiple courses of utensils with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
- $70 for a five-course dinner for two (a $140 value)
- $90 for a seven-course dinner for two (a $180 value)
- $140 for a five-course dinner for four (a $280 value)
- $180 for a seven-course dinner for four (a $360 value)
See the menus, which feature tasting portions of some of the chef's signature items. Highlights of the five-course menu include a lobster-bruschetta appetizer and an entree of petit tenderloin or scallops. The seven-course menu adds pasta, such as the lamb bucatini, and a sampling of three cheeses. During your dinner, you may add pairings of international wines for an additional per-person fee ($20 for the five-course dinner; $25 for the seven-course dinner).
Nicollet Island Inn Restaurant
If the limestone walls of the Nicollet Island Inn Restaurant could talk, they would have riveting things to say. They would relate recent memories of romantic weddings and elegant special occasions, filled with the popping of champagne corks, laughter bouncing off the water from an outdoor patio and garden, and soft music wafting from the piano lounge. But the inn's more distant past is what distinguishes its true character; the building is one of the few that survived an island-wide fire soon after its construction in 1893. The site was rehabilitated in the early 80's. Double-hung windows have transformed the industrial exterior with welcoming turquoise awnings, and the old loading dock was glassed in to create a dining room with scenic views of the Mississippi River.
Though steeped in historical charm—including hand-carved woodwork, stained-glass windows, and an antique, steam-powered elevator—the inn appeals to the modern traveler with world-class amenities such as organic bath products and plasma TVs. Contemporary palates delight in menus designed by Executive Chef Ryan Stechschulte. Mpls.St.Paul Magazine calls the restaurant "one of the most distinctive brunch sites in the city." Its housemade pastries and five-course weekend tasting brunch of quiche and lobster rolls made it a winner of a Best Brunch award from Citypages in 2011.