Consider this a "four-for-the-price-of-one" type of dining experience. The brasserie-like Meritage offers up a crepe stand, an oyster bar, a formal dining room, and a more casual outdoor terrace (in season). The entire culinary caravansary is overseen by Chef Russell Klein and his wife Desta. Like any good bistro, there are different moods depending on what time you stop by. The oyster bar (opened 2010) has an excellent frisson in the late afternoon and early evening, attracting a diverse crowd. (Every October, Meritage puts on "Oysterfest," which features Island Creek Oysters from Massachusetts and locally sourced ones as well.) Sliding on over to the formal dining room, guests will find 20 different main courses, with standouts like the turbot roulade with herbed scallop mousse and shaved asparagus. A six-day rotating menu includes featured items like a duck leg confit and a "Recovery Sunday" three-course prix fixe. As one might guess, this is a good date spot, and visitors might do well to call ahead for the chef's table (Thursday evenings only), starting at $125 per person.
Minneapolis and St. Paul
Minneapolis and St. Paul› Restaurant
410 St. Peter St.
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown St. Paul Hours Tues–Thurs 10am–10pm, Fri–Sat 11am–11pm, Sun 10am–9pm Transportation Metro Transit: Green Line (Central Station) Phone 651/222-5670 Prices Mains $20–$38 Cuisine Type French Web site Meritage
Map410 St. Peter St. Minneapolis and St. Paul
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