A romantic dinner by a roaring river is best enjoyed in a restaurant and not around the neighborhood’s open fire hydrant. Retain your amorous appetite with today’s Groupon to Nicollet Island Inn. Choose from the following options:
- For $70, you get a five-course dinner of upscale international cuisine for two (a $140 value).
- For $95, you get a seven-course dinner of upscale international cuisine for two (a $196 value).
- For $120, you get a five-course dinner of upscale international cuisine for four (up to a $280 value).<p>
The winner of Best Brunch 2011 from Citypages and Best Romantic Restaurants from City’s Best in 2010, Nicollet Island Inn’s executive chef Adam Droski tops tables with five- and seven-course meals of award-winning international haute cuisine crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Diners can commence a quintet of savory samplings with a roasted-beet salad and onion-soup gratinee. For the fish course, noshers can choose the corn-crusted walleye or Atlantic salmon, or attempt to spear their own catch in the nearby Mississippi River. Beef tenderloin vies with duck confit for tongues’ attentions during the meat course before slices of key-lime cheesecake infuse palates with velvety tartness.
Alternately, the seven-course dinner launches culinary campaigns with an appetizer of lobster bruschetta. Prepare for meaty entrees with an intermezzo of tangy lemon sorbet or by sneaking into the kitchen to grab some scraps, and then nibble on a selection of goat, sheep, and cow cheeses. Wines from such locales as South Africa, France, and Austria can supplement meals for an additional fee of $25 or $30 for five- and seven-course dinners, respectively.
Guests nibble away the hours in the subdued charm of the restaurant’s historical dining room, with a romantic panorama of the Mississippi River that sets an ideal backdrop for supping sweethearts, birdwatchers, and researchers tracking migratory Loch Ness monsters. On Saturday evenings, eager ears can retire to the piano bar for melodious reveries amid low-lit singing and ivory tickling.
Nicollet Island Inn Bar Restaurant and Hotel
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 and stained-glass windows—the inn appeals to the modern traveler with world-class amenities such as Pharmacopia organic bath products and plasma TVs.
95 Merriam St.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401