Sea Change

★★★☆☆
  • 806 S 2nd St

    Minneapolis, MN 55415

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  • 612-225-6499

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Lunch: Tue-Sun 11am-2pm; Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm; Sun 4:30pm-10pm
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I was quite surprised when our oysters on the half shell were served. When we ordered the waitress asked if we would like anything else. I said I would like Tabasco with the oysters. She gave me a strange look. When the oysters were served, they provided three sauces, not one of them cocktail sauce, and no Tabasco, and no lemon or horseradish. I asked for cocktail sauce, the server acted is if they didn't have any. I told her to forget it. The oysters weren't bad with the sauces they prepared, but paleeze... I don't care how nouveau a restaurant claims to be, I expect raw oysters to be served the way the are at every other exceptional raw bar.

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★★★☆☆

I was quite surprised when our oysters on the half shell were served. When we ordered the waitress asked if we would like anything else. I said I would like Tabasco with the oysters. She gave me a strange look. When the oysters were served, they provided three sauces, not one of them cocktail sauce, and no Tabasco, and no lemon or horseradish. I asked for cocktail sauce, the server acted is if they didn't have any. I told her to forget it. The oysters weren't bad with the sauces they prepared, but paleeze... I don't care how nouveau a restaurant claims to be, I expect raw oysters to be served the way the are at every other exceptional raw bar.

Pros: Food came out very quick, too quick in my book.

Cons: Overwork a standard seafood dish

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There is nothing really special about the food. We ordered the linguini with shrimps as one of the entree, and you could count the number of shrimps.... they were very few. We ordered the tuna as entree as well and the taste wasn't refined. For starters, we had the octopus, which was just ok, but not great, and the mussels, which was very bland.
For the price, you would expect more refined and interesting flavors.
The atmosphere is great though. The service is really good. The place makes for a very pleasant evening. Too bad the food isn't more satisfying.

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★★★☆☆

There is nothing really special about the food. We ordered the linguini with shrimps as one of the entree, and you could count the number of shrimps.... they were very few. We ordered the tuna as entree as well and the taste wasn't refined. For starters, we had the octopus, which was just ok, but not great, and the mussels, which was very bland.
For the price, you would expect more refined and interesting flavors.
The atmosphere is great though. The service is really good. The place makes for a very pleasant evening. Too bad the food isn't more satisfying.

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Expansive food for only decent taste

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I'm not entirely sure what people are ranting about...amazing space, spectacular service and superior food. Our waiter respected our time, didn't rush us and was incredibly polite. Each dish was perfectly prepared and arrived in perfect time. No complaints. We were taken care of.

If you think more money=more food, perhaps you should try Burger King. Cue delivers exceptional value because their menu features cuisine and an actual menu I was excited to order from.

If you are looking for an upscale dining experience, I recommend Cue.

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★★★★★

I'm not entirely sure what people are ranting about...amazing space, spectacular service and superior food. Our waiter respected our time, didn't rush us and was incredibly polite. Each dish was perfectly prepared and arrived in perfect time. No complaints. We were taken care of.

If you think more money=more food, perhaps you should try Burger King. Cue delivers exceptional value because their menu features cuisine and an actual menu I was excited to order from.

If you are looking for an upscale dining experience, I recommend Cue.

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I've looked at reviews on sites like this many times, and I've always toyed with the idea of writing a review myself. I guess it just takes either a very good or a very bad experience to motivate oneself... I was in Cue on Friday night with a good friend. We were honestly a bit worried that we would end up spending too much money by even entering the building. What actually happened kind of restored my faith in humanity--the economy is in the toilet, I payed $50 to refuel my tiny little car that very same afternoon--need I explain why sales people can begin to feel like sharks who smell bl**d (apparently I am not allowed by City Search to use that word with 2 'o's in it--I didn't realize it was a swear word), in the water? Actually our server was that 'Minnesota' kind of friendly--I instantly knew that she didn't want to rifle through my pockets for my last dime, which was enough to work the nervous kink out of my shoulder. In fact, we were surprised by the fact that there was a live jazz band setting up, preparing to offer us a free show! My girlfriend and I settled in to our cozy booth, and ordered a cocktail. After catching up on some long overdue gossip, we decided to try out the wine flight "paired with the jazz music"--"big reds with big band," or something of that sort... The "Wine Captain"--a very military-sounding, yet very friendly brunette woman--came over to pour the wines and chatted with us about them. Her enthusiasm was infectious, but please don't quiz me on what she told us--all I know is that the wines she poured for us were really good, and, yes, by gosh I even think they "vibed" with the music. We enjoyed our booth for quite a while, and felt completely comfortable even though we only ordered crab cakes (yum!), and an entree between us. Our water glasses were kept full, and we felt well-served (yet undisturbed), while we caught up on conversation and enjoyed the music. Honestly, the night was just... perfect.

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★★★★★

I've looked at reviews on sites like this many times, and I've always toyed with the idea of writing a review myself. I guess it just takes either a very good or a very bad experience to motivate oneself... I was in Cue on Friday night with a good friend. We were honestly a bit worried that we would end up spending too much money by even entering the building. What actually happened kind of restored my faith in humanity--the economy is in the toilet, I payed $50 to refuel my tiny little car that very same afternoon--need I explain why sales people can begin to feel like sharks who smell bl**d (apparently I am not allowed by City Search to use that word with 2 'o's in it--I didn't realize it was a swear word), in the water? Actually our server was that 'Minnesota' kind of friendly--I instantly knew that she didn't want to rifle through my pockets for my last dime, which was enough to work the nervous kink out of my shoulder. In fact, we were surprised by the fact that there was a live jazz band setting up, preparing to offer us a free show! My girlfriend and I settled in to our cozy booth, and ordered a cocktail. After catching up on some long overdue gossip, we decided to try out the wine flight "paired with the jazz music"--"big reds with big band," or something of that sort... The "Wine Captain"--a very military-sounding, yet very friendly brunette woman--came over to pour the wines and chatted with us about them. Her enthusiasm was infectious, but please don't quiz me on what she told us--all I know is that the wines she poured for us were really good, and, yes, by gosh I even think they "vibed" with the music. We enjoyed our booth for quite a while, and felt completely comfortable even though we only ordered crab cakes (yum!), and an entree between us. Our water glasses were kept full, and we felt well-served (yet undisturbed), while we caught up on conversation and enjoyed the music. Honestly, the night was just... perfect.

Pros: Ambience, Friendly Service

Cons: hmm, in a perfect world, there would be free parking--but it's fairly cheap

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Wow to say the least. An average space that is too airy and feels more like a cafeteria. I felt compelled to write to hopefully stop another smuck and his girlfriend from wasting their $100. Yes the service was stellar but the pricing on bottles of wine and champagne were ridiculous (cheapest bottle is $30 and you can pay a lot more for just 1/2 a bottle).....hmmmm?

The crab cakes were good as was the polenta. Stay away from the chicken unless you like drum sticks and other pieces of greasy dark meat......even McDonalds went to all white McNuggets for a reason...$28 for a basic salad and dark chicken chunks (both pieces mostly bone).....a horrible, horrible value.

There are 8 other restaurants within 2 minutes of walking from here, go anywhere else....you don't need to be seen at this place. For a hoity-toity place like this and no manager walking about ...? That's bad.

The staff was accomadating (returned my drum stick for more dark meat), friendly and my water glass was filled at least 5 times -- I like that. Cool chairs, tables and menus for $100.

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★★☆☆☆

Wow to say the least. An average space that is too airy and feels more like a cafeteria. I felt compelled to write to hopefully stop another smuck and his girlfriend from wasting their $100. Yes the service was stellar but the pricing on bottles of wine and champagne were ridiculous (cheapest bottle is $30 and you can pay a lot more for just 1/2 a bottle).....hmmmm?

The crab cakes were good as was the polenta. Stay away from the chicken unless you like drum sticks and other pieces of greasy dark meat......even McDonalds went to all white McNuggets for a reason...$28 for a basic salad and dark chicken chunks (both pieces mostly bone).....a horrible, horrible value.

There are 8 other restaurants within 2 minutes of walking from here, go anywhere else....you don't need to be seen at this place. For a hoity-toity place like this and no manager walking about ...? That's bad.

The staff was accomadating (returned my drum stick for more dark meat), friendly and my water glass was filled at least 5 times -- I like that. Cool chairs, tables and menus for $100.

Pros: Good Service

Cons: Poor Value

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We visited on 4/19/08 at 7 PM. The service was excellent. Everyone who came to the table was very welcoming and courteous. We had the 7 course tasting menu. One person at the table had the Intriguing and Beautiful Wine pairings and another tried the World Class and Inspiring pairings. The food was very good. My date loved the Crimini - Ricotta Agnilotti, asparagus soubise, truffle oil. The taste was earthy and silky. The grilled scallop, carrot, ginger and beet was one of the best dishes I've had in a long time. The flavors complemented each other and yet each taste shined through. My only complaint, and it was remedied right away, was the lamp chop was served medium. I was just telling my date that I didn't want to eat overcooked lamb when the waiter appeared, announced the lamb overcooked, removed it and was back in moments with perfectly prepared lamb chops. It was seamless. I hadn't even mentioned it to the waiter. I was a little disappointed in the wine. Only one pairing, that was served with an apple and honey dish, was distinctive. The rest of the wines were just so-so. Maybe it was me but I felt it was the one area they needed work. All in all we had a wonderful evening and will return for another tasting menu. Cue is pretty but if you go while the theater crowd is there it's a little noisy and not very romantic. Once they left for the show the restaurant was quietier and I think they turned down the lights. Very nice and excellent service.

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★★★★☆

We visited on 4/19/08 at 7 PM. The service was excellent. Everyone who came to the table was very welcoming and courteous. We had the 7 course tasting menu. One person at the table had the Intriguing and Beautiful Wine pairings and another tried the World Class and Inspiring pairings. The food was very good. My date loved the Crimini - Ricotta Agnilotti, asparagus soubise, truffle oil. The taste was earthy and silky. The grilled scallop, carrot, ginger and beet was one of the best dishes I've had in a long time. The flavors complemented each other and yet each taste shined through. My only complaint, and it was remedied right away, was the lamp chop was served medium. I was just telling my date that I didn't want to eat overcooked lamb when the waiter appeared, announced the lamb overcooked, removed it and was back in moments with perfectly prepared lamb chops. It was seamless. I hadn't even mentioned it to the waiter. I was a little disappointed in the wine. Only one pairing, that was served with an apple and honey dish, was distinctive. The rest of the wines were just so-so. Maybe it was me but I felt it was the one area they needed work. All in all we had a wonderful evening and will return for another tasting menu. Cue is pretty but if you go while the theater crowd is there it's a little noisy and not very romantic. Once they left for the show the restaurant was quietier and I think they turned down the lights. Very nice and excellent service.

Pros: Great Food, Excellent Service

Cons: None

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My partner and I recently attended Jane Eyre (which was back by popular demand this spring) and enjoyed the late-night happy hour at Cue. The bar staff were a little slow, but I'm sure there is something of a rush right after the show ends. It was simply delightful to share the bar with a few familiar faces from the show. Exciting!

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★★★★☆

My partner and I recently attended Jane Eyre (which was back by popular demand this spring) and enjoyed the late-night happy hour at Cue. The bar staff were a little slow, but I'm sure there is something of a rush right after the show ends. It was simply delightful to share the bar with a few familiar faces from the show. Exciting!

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I was apprehensive to try Level 5 after reading the former review; however I had no such experience. While visiting Minnesota for the first time we wanted to take in some theater at the historic Guthrie. Some friends from the cities recommended dining in the theater. We dined at level 5 and were pleasantly pleased with our time and experience spent there. The hosts were friendly and charismatic, we were sat immediately even though we only had 45 minutes before the show, I hate to bash heads, but I do believe that this restaurant was very efficient, the servers were very nice (all of them females) and all around a great place to dine. The food was great, and we had just enough time to relax and have a drink before heading off to our seats for the show...
I was also pleasantly surprised to see the manager stop by and introduce him self and actually be sincere about it. He was very informative and gave us a quick lesson about the Guthrie and the restaurants food philosophy. I was very impressed with his company?s (Bon Appetit) outlook on sustainable food. I wish that more restaurants would follow their lead.
I would recommend Level 5 without any reservations
Id have to say that being a New York theater patron, this facility and dining experience rivaled some of the best we have in New York.

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★★★★★

I was apprehensive to try Level 5 after reading the former review; however I had no such experience. While visiting Minnesota for the first time we wanted to take in some theater at the historic Guthrie. Some friends from the cities recommended dining in the theater. We dined at level 5 and were pleasantly pleased with our time and experience spent there. The hosts were friendly and charismatic, we were sat immediately even though we only had 45 minutes before the show, I hate to bash heads, but I do believe that this restaurant was very efficient, the servers were very nice (all of them females) and all around a great place to dine. The food was great, and we had just enough time to relax and have a drink before heading off to our seats for the show...
I was also pleasantly surprised to see the manager stop by and introduce him self and actually be sincere about it. He was very informative and gave us a quick lesson about the Guthrie and the restaurants food philosophy. I was very impressed with his company?s (Bon Appetit) outlook on sustainable food. I wish that more restaurants would follow their lead.
I would recommend Level 5 without any reservations
Id have to say that being a New York theater patron, this facility and dining experience rivaled some of the best we have in New York.

Pros: friendliness

Cons: parking

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My fiancee and I dined at Cue for the first time last week and were blown away by the entire experience from start to finish. The ambiance was one of a kind - blue, silver, sparkley - exactly the kind of place you want to get dressed up and go to for a special night out. Our server was perfect, not over bearing but there when we needed her, and all of the other employees around seemed to have the same kind of welcomed attentiveness. We decided to try their tasting menu - a 5-7 course meal that the chef puts out every week and opted to add the flight of wine pairings that could accompany each course. The dinner was awesome, there was smoked artic char, a beet salad, black pepper pasta with duck, mushrooms, shallots, etc., a beef entree and a cranberry dessert. It was especially cool how the "wine captain" came by before each course with our next pairing and explained to us what he was pouring and why it related to our next dish. For what a great night out we had, it really wasn't too expensive - at least not anymore than anywhere else we would have eaten that quality of food at (I think our check was under $200 after gratuity and all). After dinner we got to walk around the Guthrie and take a look a look at the theatre, the great views from the observation deck, etc. which really made the whole night more than just a dinner. I will be back to Cue to try a new tasting menu in the future and recommend that anyone looking for the perfect evening out do the same.

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★★★★★

My fiancee and I dined at Cue for the first time last week and were blown away by the entire experience from start to finish. The ambiance was one of a kind - blue, silver, sparkley - exactly the kind of place you want to get dressed up and go to for a special night out. Our server was perfect, not over bearing but there when we needed her, and all of the other employees around seemed to have the same kind of welcomed attentiveness. We decided to try their tasting menu - a 5-7 course meal that the chef puts out every week and opted to add the flight of wine pairings that could accompany each course. The dinner was awesome, there was smoked artic char, a beet salad, black pepper pasta with duck, mushrooms, shallots, etc., a beef entree and a cranberry dessert. It was especially cool how the "wine captain" came by before each course with our next pairing and explained to us what he was pouring and why it related to our next dish. For what a great night out we had, it really wasn't too expensive - at least not anymore than anywhere else we would have eaten that quality of food at (I think our check was under $200 after gratuity and all). After dinner we got to walk around the Guthrie and take a look a look at the theatre, the great views from the observation deck, etc. which really made the whole night more than just a dinner. I will be back to Cue to try a new tasting menu in the future and recommend that anyone looking for the perfect evening out do the same.

Pros: tasting menu, perfect service, get to visit the Guthrie as well

Cons: none

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I have been to the Guthrie Like 3 times and I always wanted to try out Cue but i never had enough time. I finally talked my boyfriend into taking me out so i made him take me to Cue. I have to say everyone in that restaurant was so sharp and attentive. There was not a beat missed. Our server was knowledgable,and fun. The manager stopped by like right away just to say hi. that never seems to happen any more you only see the manager when there is something wrong. Anyway the food was so yummy. and everyone was really nice i had a fantasic time. I would definatly recomend this place.

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★★★★★

I have been to the Guthrie Like 3 times and I always wanted to try out Cue but i never had enough time. I finally talked my boyfriend into taking me out so i made him take me to Cue. I have to say everyone in that restaurant was so sharp and attentive. There was not a beat missed. Our server was knowledgable,and fun. The manager stopped by like right away just to say hi. that never seems to happen any more you only see the manager when there is something wrong. Anyway the food was so yummy. and everyone was really nice i had a fantasic time. I would definatly recomend this place.

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This was our first time dining at Cue. First, the obvious need not be said (it's a gorgeous room). Not so obvious--we loved our table, the chairs were positively cushy, and there was no noisy din that one would expect from a busy restaurant. Great acoustics, I guess. Both my husband and I loved our food--he had the pork chop, which was delicious (and the Chef is clearly a generous man--it was sizable), and my arctic char was perfectly cooked and served with a sauce that was positively addictive. Yes, they do indeed have some high-end wine that's expensive, but our $40.00 bottle was just perfect. Service was friendly and well-paced. Overall a very fun, delicious & yes Comfortable experience. We'll definitely be back.

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★★★★★

This was our first time dining at Cue. First, the obvious need not be said (it's a gorgeous room). Not so obvious--we loved our table, the chairs were positively cushy, and there was no noisy din that one would expect from a busy restaurant. Great acoustics, I guess. Both my husband and I loved our food--he had the pork chop, which was delicious (and the Chef is clearly a generous man--it was sizable), and my arctic char was perfectly cooked and served with a sauce that was positively addictive. Yes, they do indeed have some high-end wine that's expensive, but our $40.00 bottle was just perfect. Service was friendly and well-paced. Overall a very fun, delicious & yes Comfortable experience. We'll definitely be back.

Pros: ambience, food, service

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My husband and I dine out offten and have been to restaurants all over the world. This place tops our list! the service was right on point, the food was perfectly prepared and the we had a great table with a beautiful view.

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★★★★★

My husband and I dine out offten and have been to restaurants all over the world. This place tops our list! the service was right on point, the food was perfectly prepared and the we had a great table with a beautiful view.

Pros: great atmosphere, fantasic service and wonderful food

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I LOVED Cue! The food, service and atmosphere were all among the best in the city. What happened? The original chef is gone and the new guy came from a collage foodservice operation. The food is no longer inspiring and has been hardly palitable. The service was top notch. Now our favorite manager is gone and the service is dreadful. Why did they distroy my favorite restaurant? Go for a drink...eat elsewhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

I LOVED Cue! The food, service and atmosphere were all among the best in the city. What happened? The original chef is gone and the new guy came from a collage foodservice operation. The food is no longer inspiring and has been hardly palitable. The service was top notch. Now our favorite manager is gone and the service is dreadful. Why did they distroy my favorite restaurant? Go for a drink...eat elsewhere.

Pros: A beautiful place. Great bar.

Cons: Food and servie

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I wished, prayed and hoped for many years that the restaurant community would develop. I had no issue with expensive food, but I would expect the cuisine to be successful.
Maybe it was the night, but the restaurant was fairly empty, so we assumed (my partner and myself) that our dishes would be exquisitely prepared and rival other competitors.
We were wrong, starting with the amuse bouse, I was impressed. I was even impressed with the scallops, although I thought the whole foi gras placed on top of the scallop was a bit much. (no not cut up, ground, smothered, but simple placed). My boyfriend loving the flavor pushed them onto my plate not being able to handle the quantity of super rich duck liver. I of course responded with, ?at least we know we are getting our monies worth?. Not sure of the outcomes and becoming increasingly aware of the beautiful space, we share the ?steak? if you will. Actual steaks size was small, especially considering it was not as tender or as flavorful as we would of liked. But it came with potatoes? which I discovered quite quickly had obviously been left on a plate in back, and added just for presentation because they forgot to cook them. Fully raw I call to our server, but it takes him so long to return that we had finish the rest of the entree, and we really ready to just walk out.

But then it takes almost 20 minutes to get our check, as our server sits at the bar smooching with another guest. I would not complain so much, but when the food is average and the service is appalling, I don?t want to pay over $100.00
Prices were comparable to La Belle Vie, and the food there is 100 times better, i will not return to Cue, nor will i recamend it. If you are in the area, go to Wasabi, (accross the street), you bill will be lower, and the overly cheesy atmosphere, great service, and spectacular cuisine will leave you with a smile on your face.

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★★★☆☆

I wished, prayed and hoped for many years that the restaurant community would develop. I had no issue with expensive food, but I would expect the cuisine to be successful.
Maybe it was the night, but the restaurant was fairly empty, so we assumed (my partner and myself) that our dishes would be exquisitely prepared and rival other competitors.
We were wrong, starting with the amuse bouse, I was impressed. I was even impressed with the scallops, although I thought the whole foi gras placed on top of the scallop was a bit much. (no not cut up, ground, smothered, but simple placed). My boyfriend loving the flavor pushed them onto my plate not being able to handle the quantity of super rich duck liver. I of course responded with, ?at least we know we are getting our monies worth?. Not sure of the outcomes and becoming increasingly aware of the beautiful space, we share the ?steak? if you will. Actual steaks size was small, especially considering it was not as tender or as flavorful as we would of liked. But it came with potatoes? which I discovered quite quickly had obviously been left on a plate in back, and added just for presentation because they forgot to cook them. Fully raw I call to our server, but it takes him so long to return that we had finish the rest of the entree, and we really ready to just walk out.

But then it takes almost 20 minutes to get our check, as our server sits at the bar smooching with another guest. I would not complain so much, but when the food is average and the service is appalling, I don?t want to pay over $100.00
Prices were comparable to La Belle Vie, and the food there is 100 times better, i will not return to Cue, nor will i recamend it. If you are in the area, go to Wasabi, (accross the street), you bill will be lower, and the overly cheesy atmosphere, great service, and spectacular cuisine will leave you with a smile on your face.

Pros: Beautiful design, great romantic location

Cons: High prices without good cuisine, bad service

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I've been craving rabbit for a while now, and after doing a search for restaurants that serve rabbit, the Cue at the Guthrie came up. Just to be sure they had it, I double checked their website menu...

So we got there, seating was fast. Decor looked like it was out of a 60's sci-fi movie... but kind of snazzy. I took one look at the (very) short menu and noticed that there was NO RABBIT! I asked about it and apparently "We opened with rabbit, but we don't update our website very often" (or ever?). Also found out that rabbit got taken off the menu because someone complained that serving rabbit was "cruelty to animals", like serving halibut, steak, or chicken is not?

Thus, I ordered the halibut and my boyfriend ordered the steak. They gave my boyfriend and I each one incredibly hard bread roll with butter "knives" with no cutting edge when we really needed saws to get through them. When the food arrived (much later), the steak gave off the impression that it had been cooked in an entire stick of salty butter. Although tender, it didn't taste like beef, it tasted like salted animal fat and was perched on a bed of runny mashed potatoes that had a really odd and unplaceable aftertaste.

The halibut, while nice and crisp and good on the outside, was rather slimy on the inside. At least, unlike the steak, its taste resembled the animal it came from.

The drinks - wine and a bloody mary were also so so. The bloody mary in particular tasted more like someone had handed me a glass of Tabasco sauce and threw a couple of olives on top than the proper slightly spiced tomato drink it should have been.

Needless to say, it was definitely not worth the ridiculous prices.

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★★☆☆☆

I've been craving rabbit for a while now, and after doing a search for restaurants that serve rabbit, the Cue at the Guthrie came up. Just to be sure they had it, I double checked their website menu...

So we got there, seating was fast. Decor looked like it was out of a 60's sci-fi movie... but kind of snazzy. I took one look at the (very) short menu and noticed that there was NO RABBIT! I asked about it and apparently "We opened with rabbit, but we don't update our website very often" (or ever?). Also found out that rabbit got taken off the menu because someone complained that serving rabbit was "cruelty to animals", like serving halibut, steak, or chicken is not?

Thus, I ordered the halibut and my boyfriend ordered the steak. They gave my boyfriend and I each one incredibly hard bread roll with butter "knives" with no cutting edge when we really needed saws to get through them. When the food arrived (much later), the steak gave off the impression that it had been cooked in an entire stick of salty butter. Although tender, it didn't taste like beef, it tasted like salted animal fat and was perched on a bed of runny mashed potatoes that had a really odd and unplaceable aftertaste.

The halibut, while nice and crisp and good on the outside, was rather slimy on the inside. At least, unlike the steak, its taste resembled the animal it came from.

The drinks - wine and a bloody mary were also so so. The bloody mary in particular tasted more like someone had handed me a glass of Tabasco sauce and threw a couple of olives on top than the proper slightly spiced tomato drink it should have been.

Needless to say, it was definitely not worth the ridiculous prices.

Pros: Fast seating, interresting decor

Cons: Food quality does not match food cost

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The decor is absolutely stunning. I loved everything from the silver menus to the large pillars scattered across the dining room.. As you walk in, you pass the bar and waiting at the end of the bar is the hostess. I actually liked that the bar/dining area were seperated. There was a live jazz band that evening and immediately the atmosphere became very intimate, cool and relaxed. We were seated promptly and waited for the rest of the guests to arrive. We had a group of 15+, while waiting the staff seemed attentive with making sure we had drinks/appetizers. As the group got situated by 8:30, the thought of having "attentive" staff quickly diminished. As we reached 9:30, everyone started to wonder if the staff knew we planned to have dinner that night? Finally, the only visible waiter was flagged down but wasn?t able to help since we were not in his section so he said he would get someone to help us. It was not busy that night, aside our group, there were 2 other couples dining in front of the band. Our orders were finally taken by 10. 10:30 rolled around and nothing was served yet. I don?t expect a group of 15 can be served under 30 minutes but there was nothing that came while waiting for dinner. No salad, bread, nothing! Finally around 10:45, bread baskets came out. By that time, I lost my appetite. If it took 45 minutes to get bread baskets out, I couldn?t imagine waiting another 45 minutes for dinner so I asked my fiance to cancel our order and grab the check. While he wondered around the place looking for staff, dinner was finally being served. I immediately asked the waitress for our check to give her a head start. The risotto and asparagus was a weird yellow color but I decided to give it a try anyway, it was undercooked and COLD. To sum things up, we wasted 4 hours of our night waiting for NOTHING and then paying the added gratuity for the disappointing service.

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★★☆☆☆

The decor is absolutely stunning. I loved everything from the silver menus to the large pillars scattered across the dining room.. As you walk in, you pass the bar and waiting at the end of the bar is the hostess. I actually liked that the bar/dining area were seperated. There was a live jazz band that evening and immediately the atmosphere became very intimate, cool and relaxed. We were seated promptly and waited for the rest of the guests to arrive. We had a group of 15+, while waiting the staff seemed attentive with making sure we had drinks/appetizers. As the group got situated by 8:30, the thought of having "attentive" staff quickly diminished. As we reached 9:30, everyone started to wonder if the staff knew we planned to have dinner that night? Finally, the only visible waiter was flagged down but wasn?t able to help since we were not in his section so he said he would get someone to help us. It was not busy that night, aside our group, there were 2 other couples dining in front of the band. Our orders were finally taken by 10. 10:30 rolled around and nothing was served yet. I don?t expect a group of 15 can be served under 30 minutes but there was nothing that came while waiting for dinner. No salad, bread, nothing! Finally around 10:45, bread baskets came out. By that time, I lost my appetite. If it took 45 minutes to get bread baskets out, I couldn?t imagine waiting another 45 minutes for dinner so I asked my fiance to cancel our order and grab the check. While he wondered around the place looking for staff, dinner was finally being served. I immediately asked the waitress for our check to give her a head start. The risotto and asparagus was a weird yellow color but I decided to give it a try anyway, it was undercooked and COLD. To sum things up, we wasted 4 hours of our night waiting for NOTHING and then paying the added gratuity for the disappointing service.

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Our experience:

Wine -- they wouldn't open a cheap bottle of malbec to sample so we went with an alternative, but come on ... in retrospect, that was a bit of foreshadowing ...

Lamb entree -- old and dry; mutton stew would have been more appropriate ...

Mussels -- served a la sauce de' la toilet -- inedible -- even the tobasco sauce they brought to help us choke them down (classy) couldn't eradicate the stagnant, used bathwater flavor -- where was the jalapeno pop we were promised? ...

Tenderloin -- anything but tender, and instead of morrel-based sauce it tasted like they cooked it in liver oil with lower intestinal spices ...

Halibut -- not bad for a stick of butter, but the portion wasn't large enough to keep -- I would have thrown that one back. I've had bigger sardines in a can. ...

Desserts -- redundant reductions; I think they actually brought the plastic desert tray examples rather than the actual deserts -- thank God for the birthday candles and that we didn't add the pricey liquor, although that might have helped with digestion (although the dessert would have insulted the alcohol) ...

Service, we had 2 birthdays that we were celebrating, and they gave us one dessert for free, not two -- even if they were plastiline, it would have been a nice gesture. And yes, we had to ask them for the free dessert -- twice. We assume they were busy spitting in our desserts because it took them so long to bring them. ...

In summary -- hated it. ...

Love the building -- next time I'll pack my lunch, thank you very much.

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★☆☆☆☆

Our experience:

Wine -- they wouldn't open a cheap bottle of malbec to sample so we went with an alternative, but come on ... in retrospect, that was a bit of foreshadowing ...

Lamb entree -- old and dry; mutton stew would have been more appropriate ...

Mussels -- served a la sauce de' la toilet -- inedible -- even the tobasco sauce they brought to help us choke them down (classy) couldn't eradicate the stagnant, used bathwater flavor -- where was the jalapeno pop we were promised? ...

Tenderloin -- anything but tender, and instead of morrel-based sauce it tasted like they cooked it in liver oil with lower intestinal spices ...

Halibut -- not bad for a stick of butter, but the portion wasn't large enough to keep -- I would have thrown that one back. I've had bigger sardines in a can. ...

Desserts -- redundant reductions; I think they actually brought the plastic desert tray examples rather than the actual deserts -- thank God for the birthday candles and that we didn't add the pricey liquor, although that might have helped with digestion (although the dessert would have insulted the alcohol) ...

Service, we had 2 birthdays that we were celebrating, and they gave us one dessert for free, not two -- even if they were plastiline, it would have been a nice gesture. And yes, we had to ask them for the free dessert -- twice. We assume they were busy spitting in our desserts because it took them so long to bring them. ...

In summary -- hated it. ...

Love the building -- next time I'll pack my lunch, thank you very much.

Pros: Nice windows

Cons: Food and service

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Bummer because this place has just an incredible atmosphere, but the food is average at best. We were surprised because we had heard good things, but unfortunately I can't highly recommend this place. Go somewhere else before the show.

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★★★☆☆

Bummer because this place has just an incredible atmosphere, but the food is average at best. We were surprised because we had heard good things, but unfortunately I can't highly recommend this place. Go somewhere else before the show.

Pros: awesome atmosphere

Cons: below average food

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A dear old friend of mine came into town from Chicago and wanted to take me out to dinner. He used to live here and wanted to try someplace new. He also recently got a promotion and had money to burn and while I suggested someplace in Uptown, he was curious about Cue. I made a reservation and we went. We arrived early and went up to the Target Lounge (the drinks and food were fine but the service extremely poor - the show had just started and it was dead which might have suggested better service but no) and then went to Cue. My friend talked me into the 5 course meal with matching wines for each course.
I don't eat out a lot as I have been struggling grad student the past three years but I thought the food was delicious - especially with the wine pairing. There was little explanation of what were going to be eating but the service was excellent. Wine always proceeded the course with a nice explanation of the wine, what it was, where it was from. There was a delicious crab appetizer, a tasty salad, a delicious fish dish, great beef dish and a fantastic dessert option and each complimented by the wine.
I am not sure what the total bill was but it was a delicious meal. The room is beautiful and they had live jazz music which was also great. When I made the reservation, I requested a quiet out of the way spot because I knew my friend and I would have a lot to catch up on and we were placed in a perfect spot. I look forward to going back for more wine and great ambiance and live music. I will do it very soon. Thank Cue for a great night out. My friend from Chicago, who is kind of "fancy" was totally impressed with the food and the evening.

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★★★★★

A dear old friend of mine came into town from Chicago and wanted to take me out to dinner. He used to live here and wanted to try someplace new. He also recently got a promotion and had money to burn and while I suggested someplace in Uptown, he was curious about Cue. I made a reservation and we went. We arrived early and went up to the Target Lounge (the drinks and food were fine but the service extremely poor - the show had just started and it was dead which might have suggested better service but no) and then went to Cue. My friend talked me into the 5 course meal with matching wines for each course.
I don't eat out a lot as I have been struggling grad student the past three years but I thought the food was delicious - especially with the wine pairing. There was little explanation of what were going to be eating but the service was excellent. Wine always proceeded the course with a nice explanation of the wine, what it was, where it was from. There was a delicious crab appetizer, a tasty salad, a delicious fish dish, great beef dish and a fantastic dessert option and each complimented by the wine.
I am not sure what the total bill was but it was a delicious meal. The room is beautiful and they had live jazz music which was also great. When I made the reservation, I requested a quiet out of the way spot because I knew my friend and I would have a lot to catch up on and we were placed in a perfect spot. I look forward to going back for more wine and great ambiance and live music. I will do it very soon. Thank Cue for a great night out. My friend from Chicago, who is kind of "fancy" was totally impressed with the food and the evening.

Pros: Great service, Delicious food and wine pairings, Beautiful ambiance

Cons: Maybe price?

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Usually my spouse and I look to Citysearch ratings as our primary guide when we decide where to go on special evenings out, but we both are glad we neglected to use the ratings this time. Our visit to Cue was frankly nothing like most of these reviews have described, and we were shocked to come here and find such mediocre to bad reviews. We found it to be a delightful evening - wonderful service, delicious food with nice presentation, and a fabulous location. To be honest, I tend to be particularly sensitive to snobbish service, and expect a bit of attitude at higher-end establishments, but I thought our service at Cue was truly friendly and sincere. Yes...it was expensive, but compared to other similarly priced restaurants in the Twin Cities, we found our experience at Cue to be among the best. We've made the rounds to reputable restaurants with similar price-points in the Twin Cities and Cue is certainly at least comparable, if not superior to them. Why Palomino receives a 9.3 and Cue receives a 7.2 is beyond me...I had a lovely experience at both restaurants, but Cue far exceeded Palomino in virtually every aspect. So to prospective diners, I guess my advice is to take these reviews and ratings with a hefty grain of sea salt and go ahead and make a reservation for Cue for your special evening out.

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★★★★★

Usually my spouse and I look to Citysearch ratings as our primary guide when we decide where to go on special evenings out, but we both are glad we neglected to use the ratings this time. Our visit to Cue was frankly nothing like most of these reviews have described, and we were shocked to come here and find such mediocre to bad reviews. We found it to be a delightful evening - wonderful service, delicious food with nice presentation, and a fabulous location. To be honest, I tend to be particularly sensitive to snobbish service, and expect a bit of attitude at higher-end establishments, but I thought our service at Cue was truly friendly and sincere. Yes...it was expensive, but compared to other similarly priced restaurants in the Twin Cities, we found our experience at Cue to be among the best. We've made the rounds to reputable restaurants with similar price-points in the Twin Cities and Cue is certainly at least comparable, if not superior to them. Why Palomino receives a 9.3 and Cue receives a 7.2 is beyond me...I had a lovely experience at both restaurants, but Cue far exceeded Palomino in virtually every aspect. So to prospective diners, I guess my advice is to take these reviews and ratings with a hefty grain of sea salt and go ahead and make a reservation for Cue for your special evening out.

Pros: Ambience, Service, Food

Cons: Parking

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Worst dining service experience ever. My husband and I showed up at 5:45 for a pre-show dinner (show was at 7:30). There were approx. 15 people in the restaurant at the time. We waited 10 minutes before anyone even acknowledged we were there. We ordered an appetizer and two price-fixed meals which includes salad, entree and dessert. At 7:00 we hadn't been served our entree yet (once again, show was at 7:30), when the manager came over and said that they'd run out of one of our entrees. Between 5:45 and 7:00 the place had filled up and we'd seen several plates of the entree we'd ordered come out of the kitchen and go to people that had shown up and ordered long after we had. In frustration, we left and decided to go down to Cue and have a quick appetizer before the show. We sat in Cue's bar for another 5 minutes without being served. A wait staff member acknowledged our presence but never came back. We left in frustration once again. This time we went up to one of the bars on the theater level hoping to grab a quick small plate to share. Once again the bartender acknowledged our presence then continued to run receipts at the cash register for another 5 minutes without serving us. The reason I mention this is because Level 5, Cue and the bars are owned and operated by the same company. The waitress at Level 5 did comp our drinks, appetizer and salad that we'd been served even though we offered to pay, but she was not apologetic in any way. It was just a bad experience all the way around and I wouldn't recommend Level 5 to anyone. I can't imagine that our bad experience is some sort of anomaly either. If it happened to us, I would guess it's happened to others.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Worst dining service experience ever. My husband and I showed up at 5:45 for a pre-show dinner (show was at 7:30). There were approx. 15 people in the restaurant at the time. We waited 10 minutes before anyone even acknowledged we were there. We ordered an appetizer and two price-fixed meals which includes salad, entree and dessert. At 7:00 we hadn't been served our entree yet (once again, show was at 7:30), when the manager came over and said that they'd run out of one of our entrees. Between 5:45 and 7:00 the place had filled up and we'd seen several plates of the entree we'd ordered come out of the kitchen and go to people that had shown up and ordered long after we had. In frustration, we left and decided to go down to Cue and have a quick appetizer before the show. We sat in Cue's bar for another 5 minutes without being served. A wait staff member acknowledged our presence but never came back. We left in frustration once again. This time we went up to one of the bars on the theater level hoping to grab a quick small plate to share. Once again the bartender acknowledged our presence then continued to run receipts at the cash register for another 5 minutes without serving us. The reason I mention this is because Level 5, Cue and the bars are owned and operated by the same company. The waitress at Level 5 did comp our drinks, appetizer and salad that we'd been served even though we offered to pay, but she was not apologetic in any way. It was just a bad experience all the way around and I wouldn't recommend Level 5 to anyone. I can't imagine that our bad experience is some sort of anomaly either. If it happened to us, I would guess it's happened to others.

Pros: None

Cons: Service

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My boyfriend and I are Guthrie season ticket holders and tried the Cue 3 times (and never again!) The service is snobby (think your worst LA "scene"...), slow, and unnattentive. The food is overpriced and we left hungry. Twice at the bar the wait staff had to be flagged down (there was not a huge crowd), and then proceeded to forget the appetizer order, as well as say flat out "no" when I asked for a 1/2 glass of wine (I only had 15 minutes prior to the show... you think they would know who some of the customer base is... much less the word "guest").
Anyhow, I love eating out and am disappointed... see a show and the view from the Guthrie and go somewhere else for food -- Spoonriver next door is healthy, friendly and classy.

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★★☆☆☆

My boyfriend and I are Guthrie season ticket holders and tried the Cue 3 times (and never again!) The service is snobby (think your worst LA "scene"...), slow, and unnattentive. The food is overpriced and we left hungry. Twice at the bar the wait staff had to be flagged down (there was not a huge crowd), and then proceeded to forget the appetizer order, as well as say flat out "no" when I asked for a 1/2 glass of wine (I only had 15 minutes prior to the show... you think they would know who some of the customer base is... much less the word "guest").
Anyhow, I love eating out and am disappointed... see a show and the view from the Guthrie and go somewhere else for food -- Spoonriver next door is healthy, friendly and classy.

Pros: view of the river; location in Guthrie building

Cons: service, service, service

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It has been one of my worst dinning experience in years. About nothing was cooked properly, either undercooked or burned (go figure!).

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★☆☆☆☆

It has been one of my worst dinning experience in years. About nothing was cooked properly, either undercooked or burned (go figure!).

Pros: The place looks cool.

Cons: Everything else.

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This place is by far overrated and is way over priced! Expect to wait on a busy night as well as receive horrible service.... you may find yourself paying more for less here! I will say that the wine list has plenty to offer and if you don't mind getting over charged then this is a great restaurant!

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is by far overrated and is way over priced! Expect to wait on a busy night as well as receive horrible service.... you may find yourself paying more for less here! I will say that the wine list has plenty to offer and if you don't mind getting over charged then this is a great restaurant!

Pros: Great view

Cons: Bad servcice, Over priced

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My boyfriend and I caught a meal at Cue before a performance on a Sunday. Everything about the atmosphere is chic. Fine glassware, silverware and - my favorite part of the entire experience - sparkle encrusted table tops. However, I was expecting a magnificent view of the river and was surprised that most of the "view" is obscured by the exterior pillars of the building. We were promptly seated and our waiter was attentive and professional. Not sure what everyone's comments were about when they said there's no taste or spice in this food. If you're looking for exotic, reach out and grab your tongue kind of spice, go to Bombay Bistro or your favorite Indian restaurant. Although Cue does have a vegetarian option, the focus is obviously on meat. Not contemporary fusion. Not sculptural salads. Just well executed, earthy, simple, meat - pared with hearty sides like potatoes or white beans. The chestnut soup had a nice shock of fennel creme fraiche in the center of it. Again, very meaty, almost tasted like broth of pate - if such a think exists. I had the duck confit. My boyfriend had the chicken with potato-parsnip mash. (I, of course, tasted both.) Though overall the meals were flavorful and had interesting, contrasting components, I could not figure out where the chef was coming from in forcing the entrees to live in either salt or sweet extremes. I have never in my life tasted anything so saturated with salt as the duck. All variations of wine were INSANELY expensive. I recommend making your tax-deductible contribution straight to the Guthrie instead and stick to the house cocktails (around $9 apiece). The cheapest HALF bottle was $21, albeit a good, acidic Chard to go with the duck. The dessert wine was wonderful. A sweet, yet light nectar that served nicely as a dessert in itself.

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★★★☆☆

My boyfriend and I caught a meal at Cue before a performance on a Sunday. Everything about the atmosphere is chic. Fine glassware, silverware and - my favorite part of the entire experience - sparkle encrusted table tops. However, I was expecting a magnificent view of the river and was surprised that most of the "view" is obscured by the exterior pillars of the building. We were promptly seated and our waiter was attentive and professional. Not sure what everyone's comments were about when they said there's no taste or spice in this food. If you're looking for exotic, reach out and grab your tongue kind of spice, go to Bombay Bistro or your favorite Indian restaurant. Although Cue does have a vegetarian option, the focus is obviously on meat. Not contemporary fusion. Not sculptural salads. Just well executed, earthy, simple, meat - pared with hearty sides like potatoes or white beans. The chestnut soup had a nice shock of fennel creme fraiche in the center of it. Again, very meaty, almost tasted like broth of pate - if such a think exists. I had the duck confit. My boyfriend had the chicken with potato-parsnip mash. (I, of course, tasted both.) Though overall the meals were flavorful and had interesting, contrasting components, I could not figure out where the chef was coming from in forcing the entrees to live in either salt or sweet extremes. I have never in my life tasted anything so saturated with salt as the duck. All variations of wine were INSANELY expensive. I recommend making your tax-deductible contribution straight to the Guthrie instead and stick to the house cocktails (around $9 apiece). The cheapest HALF bottle was $21, albeit a good, acidic Chard to go with the duck. The dessert wine was wonderful. A sweet, yet light nectar that served nicely as a dessert in itself.

Pros: Sparkle encrusted table tops, dessert wine, fine glassware

Cons: Super salty or super sweet extremes. INSANELY expensive wine offerings.

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I was greeted really poorly, I don't know if it is because I was a student or the hostess didn't feel like doing her job. Also, our waiter was horrible and the food we ordered was really overpriced and not at all edible. I wasted a lot of money and left hungry....

0
★☆☆☆☆

I was greeted really poorly, I don't know if it is because I was a student or the hostess didn't feel like doing her job. Also, our waiter was horrible and the food we ordered was really overpriced and not at all edible. I wasted a lot of money and left hungry....

Cons: Service, bad food

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It was our 10th wedding anniversary. I was very excited as when I called to make reservation I was asked if I had any special requests to the chef (which I didn?t) and what the occasion was. When we came in we were seated promptly and greeted by out waiter. He was polite and enthusiastic and described the dishes very well. But the food was nothing like he described it. I can appreciate quality and don?t have a problem paying for it but this was simply bad. Bread tasted like it was baked three days ago and has been kept in the fridge since then. Then, Amuse Buche followed. It is supposed to ?excite your palette? (right?), but it was completely boring: puff pastry with a dollop of tuna. My salad was tasteless?huge leaves with some vinegar and oil (no herbs, no garnish, no presentation). I ordered wine right away which came only with my entree. I have to say, my entree wasn?t bad and the portion size was right?whitefish with onions and carrots, but the sauce was overpowering. My husband?s chestnut soup was very good (probably the best dish), but it was served lukewarm. His duck (entree) was so tiny and the side dish it came with was unidentifiable. One of our friends had steak: I saw him struggle with his piece of meat as he couldn?t even cut it. And I don?t even want to talk about the desert? Overall, the service was pretentious but not courteous: serving all people at the table at the same time (I appreciate that), but if the food is not good, I don?t care if it was given to all of us at the same instance. Go admire the ambiance (it is a masterpiece!), have a drink at the bar, but don?t eat there?the food is nothing like the restaurant?s beautiful setting. By the way, I still don?t know why they asked me what the occasion was as nobody even acknowledged it. I don?t usually get upset and write angry reviews (this is my first one)-I just make a note to myself and don?t go back to the places I didn?t like - but please don't waste your money.

0
★☆☆☆☆

It was our 10th wedding anniversary. I was very excited as when I called to make reservation I was asked if I had any special requests to the chef (which I didn?t) and what the occasion was. When we came in we were seated promptly and greeted by out waiter. He was polite and enthusiastic and described the dishes very well. But the food was nothing like he described it. I can appreciate quality and don?t have a problem paying for it but this was simply bad. Bread tasted like it was baked three days ago and has been kept in the fridge since then. Then, Amuse Buche followed. It is supposed to ?excite your palette? (right?), but it was completely boring: puff pastry with a dollop of tuna. My salad was tasteless?huge leaves with some vinegar and oil (no herbs, no garnish, no presentation). I ordered wine right away which came only with my entree. I have to say, my entree wasn?t bad and the portion size was right?whitefish with onions and carrots, but the sauce was overpowering. My husband?s chestnut soup was very good (probably the best dish), but it was served lukewarm. His duck (entree) was so tiny and the side dish it came with was unidentifiable. One of our friends had steak: I saw him struggle with his piece of meat as he couldn?t even cut it. And I don?t even want to talk about the desert? Overall, the service was pretentious but not courteous: serving all people at the table at the same time (I appreciate that), but if the food is not good, I don?t care if it was given to all of us at the same instance. Go admire the ambiance (it is a masterpiece!), have a drink at the bar, but don?t eat there?the food is nothing like the restaurant?s beautiful setting. By the way, I still don?t know why they asked me what the occasion was as nobody even acknowledged it. I don?t usually get upset and write angry reviews (this is my first one)-I just make a note to myself and don?t go back to the places I didn?t like - but please don't waste your money.

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Before the show, we popped into Cue and made a 10:00 p.m. (post-show) reservation upon the suggestion of Cue staff. The show ran long and after shuffling our way down through the exiting crowd, we arrived to the restaurant at 10:10 p.m. and were turned away. We tried to negotiate with the manager, but after sending a party of 7 away ahead of us, he held his ground and turned us away, too.

We're suburbanites who maybe have an evening downtown a couple times a year. If the Gutherie and/or Cue want to reach out to maximize potential clients, this is definitely not how to do it. We were really jazzed for our "Theatre Night Out" and wound up at Perkins in Golden Valley because we couldn't find anywhere else open that late.

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★★★☆☆

Before the show, we popped into Cue and made a 10:00 p.m. (post-show) reservation upon the suggestion of Cue staff. The show ran long and after shuffling our way down through the exiting crowd, we arrived to the restaurant at 10:10 p.m. and were turned away. We tried to negotiate with the manager, but after sending a party of 7 away ahead of us, he held his ground and turned us away, too.

We're suburbanites who maybe have an evening downtown a couple times a year. If the Gutherie and/or Cue want to reach out to maximize potential clients, this is definitely not how to do it. We were really jazzed for our "Theatre Night Out" and wound up at Perkins in Golden Valley because we couldn't find anywhere else open that late.

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This restaurant is ideal if you have plans to attend the theater. If not, it probably wouldn't be my choice. It's very nice inside and the staff was accommidating, but the food was not the best. I like rich full flavor food and just found this place to be average as far as that goes. Overall, I would say it's good if you have theater tickets and maybe good to try at least once aside from that, but otherwise not my choice.

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★★★☆☆

This restaurant is ideal if you have plans to attend the theater. If not, it probably wouldn't be my choice. It's very nice inside and the staff was accommidating, but the food was not the best. I like rich full flavor food and just found this place to be average as far as that goes. Overall, I would say it's good if you have theater tickets and maybe good to try at least once aside from that, but otherwise not my choice.

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I wish I had read the review of the reader who asked for flavor before I went - this is the first time ever I asked for salt in a restaurant to give some flavor to my lukewarm lentil soup. Thank god I remember it was lentil soup. I swear that after you read the descriptions on the menu you sometimes wonder what it is you will get - a glass of milk, a postcard of some quaint Wisconsin town, cheese, ravioli with Wisconsin cheese, a pork chop with ravioli with Wisconsin Creamery cheese made from the milk of happy goats? If I were to go again, and I doubt I will, I might take a highlighter to the menu, just to remember. Come on folks, give us a break, tone down the sourcing BS, and source some flavor.

The aforementioned lentil soup was tasteless, the heirloom tomato coulis it came with tasted like diluted tomato paste. My wife's bisque was good. I had the lake trout, which was fine if a bit on the undercooked side, my wife had the cassoulet with duck leg confit - again, bland describes it best. For desert we shared a brownie, the description was a mile long, but in the end it was just that, a brownie.

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★★★☆☆

I wish I had read the review of the reader who asked for flavor before I went - this is the first time ever I asked for salt in a restaurant to give some flavor to my lukewarm lentil soup. Thank god I remember it was lentil soup. I swear that after you read the descriptions on the menu you sometimes wonder what it is you will get - a glass of milk, a postcard of some quaint Wisconsin town, cheese, ravioli with Wisconsin cheese, a pork chop with ravioli with Wisconsin Creamery cheese made from the milk of happy goats? If I were to go again, and I doubt I will, I might take a highlighter to the menu, just to remember. Come on folks, give us a break, tone down the sourcing BS, and source some flavor.

The aforementioned lentil soup was tasteless, the heirloom tomato coulis it came with tasted like diluted tomato paste. My wife's bisque was good. I had the lake trout, which was fine if a bit on the undercooked side, my wife had the cassoulet with duck leg confit - again, bland describes it best. For desert we shared a brownie, the description was a mile long, but in the end it was just that, a brownie.

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Ok...I had just been to Spoonriver the weekend before going to Cue. To be honest...I had to ask if Brenda, owner of Spoonriver, also owned Cue. The menu's are so similar that it really disappointed me.

1) Design is amazing. I would pay just to drink a glass of wine in this amazing restaurant.

2) Service - Incredible. As it should be given the pricing the service was terrific.

3) Food - hmmm...can I say "boring"? I REALLY wanted to like everything...I tried to stay positive...but frankly, it was boring. Farm raised this...grass fed that...on and on. I don't care, I want flavor. FLAVOR!!! The cheese plate was good, but I swore I had the same plate at Spoonriver.

In all fairness I do have a taste for ethnic food (Azia, Masa, etc...) however, I am fair. Like Spoonriver...I'll be back for the wine but not the food.

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★★★★☆

Ok...I had just been to Spoonriver the weekend before going to Cue. To be honest...I had to ask if Brenda, owner of Spoonriver, also owned Cue. The menu's are so similar that it really disappointed me.

1) Design is amazing. I would pay just to drink a glass of wine in this amazing restaurant.

2) Service - Incredible. As it should be given the pricing the service was terrific.

3) Food - hmmm...can I say "boring"? I REALLY wanted to like everything...I tried to stay positive...but frankly, it was boring. Farm raised this...grass fed that...on and on. I don't care, I want flavor. FLAVOR!!! The cheese plate was good, but I swore I had the same plate at Spoonriver.

In all fairness I do have a taste for ethnic food (Azia, Masa, etc...) however, I am fair. Like Spoonriver...I'll be back for the wine but not the food.

Pros: Serivce and Ambience

Cons: Food and Price

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We went to Cue after a show at the Guthrie for dessert and drinks. The ambiance was very nice, and the service was excellent. Our waiter touted the pastry chef and all the recommendations she has received lately, so we had high expectations. They have a late night menu that includes 4 desserts. Our party ordered 3 of the 4. All were beautiful, but this pastry chef definitely goes more for presentation than substance...the cheesecake was described by my father (an avid cheesecake fan) as "Jello Cheesecake". I had the milk chocolate creme with pepper caramel. The caramel actually tasted heavily of cumin rather than pepper, and the rest of the dessert was average--nothing special. The portions for these two desserts was just right. The last dessert was crumpets. My aunt looked in dismay as they set the plate down. Seriously...there were about 5 "crumpets" in a single stack on the plate and none were bigger than a nickel in diameter, and there were a few dollops of other stuff that actually were bigger than the stack of crumpets. None of the desserts made our eyes roll back and exclaim "oh my gosh this is fabulous..." Very dissapointing. The wine menu was large, but expect to pay $10-15 a glass for domestic wine. Most bottles ran $60-100 from what I could see.

1
★★★☆☆

We went to Cue after a show at the Guthrie for dessert and drinks. The ambiance was very nice, and the service was excellent. Our waiter touted the pastry chef and all the recommendations she has received lately, so we had high expectations. They have a late night menu that includes 4 desserts. Our party ordered 3 of the 4. All were beautiful, but this pastry chef definitely goes more for presentation than substance...the cheesecake was described by my father (an avid cheesecake fan) as "Jello Cheesecake". I had the milk chocolate creme with pepper caramel. The caramel actually tasted heavily of cumin rather than pepper, and the rest of the dessert was average--nothing special. The portions for these two desserts was just right. The last dessert was crumpets. My aunt looked in dismay as they set the plate down. Seriously...there were about 5 "crumpets" in a single stack on the plate and none were bigger than a nickel in diameter, and there were a few dollops of other stuff that actually were bigger than the stack of crumpets. None of the desserts made our eyes roll back and exclaim "oh my gosh this is fabulous..." Very dissapointing. The wine menu was large, but expect to pay $10-15 a glass for domestic wine. Most bottles ran $60-100 from what I could see.

Pros: Decor

Cons: Pretty desserts, but not that special in taste

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Yes, the prices are a little high...but the location, service and food are well worth the trip. I appreciated the detail that the menu provided because many of their ingredients are locally grown. Our server was very eager to please and knowledgeable about the food. And most importantly, my steak was amazing.

2
★★★★★

Yes, the prices are a little high...but the location, service and food are well worth the trip. I appreciated the detail that the menu provided because many of their ingredients are locally grown. Our server was very eager to please and knowledgeable about the food. And most importantly, my steak was amazing.

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My friends took me to eat here before I moved back after a 15 year absence. I love the location, the Guthrie is amazing, and Cue is a nice compliment to its surroundings. The clientele can be a little stuffy (older dressed up crowd), the prices a little high (this meal wouldn't have cost me this much in San Francisco!) and the portions a bit small (huge portion of trout, but only 6 beans with it) - but the food was really good. Plus, the sommelier picked out a great bottle of wine for us and seemed really enthused about his job - I like that (nice extensive wine list btw). I would definitely go back whether it was before a show or just to have a nice night out. This place is classy and the food matches.

2
★★★★☆

My friends took me to eat here before I moved back after a 15 year absence. I love the location, the Guthrie is amazing, and Cue is a nice compliment to its surroundings. The clientele can be a little stuffy (older dressed up crowd), the prices a little high (this meal wouldn't have cost me this much in San Francisco!) and the portions a bit small (huge portion of trout, but only 6 beans with it) - but the food was really good. Plus, the sommelier picked out a great bottle of wine for us and seemed really enthused about his job - I like that (nice extensive wine list btw). I would definitely go back whether it was before a show or just to have a nice night out. This place is classy and the food matches.

Pros: food, view, location

Cons: paying to park

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We felt this place was quite overrated. The menu tried too hard, down to every last word. The meals tasted ok, but just ok. Portions were normal to smaller size. The tomato risotta had little flavor, was just ok. The artisan cheese dish was quite nice. The staff were very polite, but not knowledgeable. It was a nice setting. Nothing to drive me back there.

1
★★☆☆☆

We felt this place was quite overrated. The menu tried too hard, down to every last word. The meals tasted ok, but just ok. Portions were normal to smaller size. The tomato risotta had little flavor, was just ok. The artisan cheese dish was quite nice. The staff were very polite, but not knowledgeable. It was a nice setting. Nothing to drive me back there.

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Admittedly, I was a bit skeptical of this new restaurant when I first heard about it... Having been disappointed by 20.21 and some other new-to-the-scene eateries that seemed to be "trying too hard", I had my doubts about Cue. But, after dinner there last Saturday night, consider me a full convert!

We had reservations for 7:30 (attempting to miss the pre-theater crowd) and our foursome was promptly seated by a very nice hostess. The first thing I noticed was the ambience of the restaurant: floor-to-ceiling windows surround, well-apportioned and trendy (and comfortable!) seating, dramatic uplighting of the stately columns, open kitchen, twenty-foot glass wine 'room', candelit tables, etc. They've done a great job with the interior decor, effectively creating an intimate environment infused with contemporary luxury.

The service was attentive, but not overbearing, though our waitress' suggestions could've been a little more refined (she basically recommended the entire menu). Nice, balanced wine list with a few bottles that I hadn't yet seen at other area restaurants.

As for the food, I was quite impressed (and I'm not one of those people who are easily impressed). Though the menu was a bit over-the-top, saturated with flowery adjectives and somewhat prententious descriptions, I was truly overwhelmed by both the food's quality and excellent presentation.

Our group started with the heirloom tomatoes and spinach frisse salad, then moved onto our entrees: lobster risotto, sheep-milk almond ravioli, pork chops, and the beef tenderloin. Not only were the portions perfectly-sized (a rarity in MN), but all of our food was outstanding. We finished the meal with the milk chocolate mousse, the cheesecake box, and the chocolate tart. I only go into this amount of detail on food selection because I would highly recommend ALL of the choices we enjoyed to others.

2
★★★★★

Admittedly, I was a bit skeptical of this new restaurant when I first heard about it... Having been disappointed by 20.21 and some other new-to-the-scene eateries that seemed to be "trying too hard", I had my doubts about Cue. But, after dinner there last Saturday night, consider me a full convert!

We had reservations for 7:30 (attempting to miss the pre-theater crowd) and our foursome was promptly seated by a very nice hostess. The first thing I noticed was the ambience of the restaurant: floor-to-ceiling windows surround, well-apportioned and trendy (and comfortable!) seating, dramatic uplighting of the stately columns, open kitchen, twenty-foot glass wine 'room', candelit tables, etc. They've done a great job with the interior decor, effectively creating an intimate environment infused with contemporary luxury.

The service was attentive, but not overbearing, though our waitress' suggestions could've been a little more refined (she basically recommended the entire menu). Nice, balanced wine list with a few bottles that I hadn't yet seen at other area restaurants.

As for the food, I was quite impressed (and I'm not one of those people who are easily impressed). Though the menu was a bit over-the-top, saturated with flowery adjectives and somewhat prententious descriptions, I was truly overwhelmed by both the food's quality and excellent presentation.

Our group started with the heirloom tomatoes and spinach frisse salad, then moved onto our entrees: lobster risotto, sheep-milk almond ravioli, pork chops, and the beef tenderloin. Not only were the portions perfectly-sized (a rarity in MN), but all of our food was outstanding. We finished the meal with the milk chocolate mousse, the cheesecake box, and the chocolate tart. I only go into this amount of detail on food selection because I would highly recommend ALL of the choices we enjoyed to others.

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Everyone deserves another chance. I reviewed Cue here on 8/2/06, and was not impressed. Even though we're Guthrie season ticket holders, I've made a point of avoiding Cue since my first experience. Now, I've been back last month, and again last night to give it another try. It is now back on my list, and we'll be dining there again. First time back last month, my wife and I tried the two course pre-theater items. We first started with martinis. They are down to $10 from the first time at $15.50. I can live with $10 for these well made, generous drinks . Wife had the risotto and I had the prime rib. The salad we each chose was very fresh and flavorful. The risotto was excellent. I usually avoid prime rib as mostly always lacking in flavor, and here was no exception. But, that was my mistake in ordering. We asked about wine, and the wine steward was sent over, and she was very knowledgeable about the selection. Steered us to a half bottle of Brunello that was very good with dinner. Last night, we ordered from the main selections. We shared the mixed greens. Again, very fresh, and dressing was excellent. Wife had the basil pasta with red sauce, and pasta had definate home-made freshness to it, with good sauce. I had the filet, medium rare, and it was cooked to perfection, and melt in your mouth tender. The fingerling potatos were dripping with butter and very flavorful. We each ordered a glass of wine, and were steered in a good direction on our choices. Wait staff was very attentive, service was impeccable, and overall experience was perfect. And, still can't beat the ambience and decor. After the play, stopped back for glass of port, and we are very happy to put this place back on our list of regulars and a place to recommend to others.

2
★★★★☆

Everyone deserves another chance. I reviewed Cue here on 8/2/06, and was not impressed. Even though we're Guthrie season ticket holders, I've made a point of avoiding Cue since my first experience. Now, I've been back last month, and again last night to give it another try. It is now back on my list, and we'll be dining there again. First time back last month, my wife and I tried the two course pre-theater items. We first started with martinis. They are down to $10 from the first time at $15.50. I can live with $10 for these well made, generous drinks . Wife had the risotto and I had the prime rib. The salad we each chose was very fresh and flavorful. The risotto was excellent. I usually avoid prime rib as mostly always lacking in flavor, and here was no exception. But, that was my mistake in ordering. We asked about wine, and the wine steward was sent over, and she was very knowledgeable about the selection. Steered us to a half bottle of Brunello that was very good with dinner. Last night, we ordered from the main selections. We shared the mixed greens. Again, very fresh, and dressing was excellent. Wife had the basil pasta with red sauce, and pasta had definate home-made freshness to it, with good sauce. I had the filet, medium rare, and it was cooked to perfection, and melt in your mouth tender. The fingerling potatos were dripping with butter and very flavorful. We each ordered a glass of wine, and were steered in a good direction on our choices. Wait staff was very attentive, service was impeccable, and overall experience was perfect. And, still can't beat the ambience and decor. After the play, stopped back for glass of port, and we are very happy to put this place back on our list of regulars and a place to recommend to others.

Pros: Excellent ambience, attentive service, good food.

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