A place to be seen.. Went with a group of 4 so it was nice to taste various dishes. The lamb and pot roast was wonderful. I would not recommend the tuna. The wait staff who filled water glasses, removed excess dishes were very attentive. When our waitress was there, she was attentive. When we asked what dish would be recommended or what the signature dish was, she replied "this is popular." Watch the bill, 18% gratuity was added and we had 3 bottles of wine and 4 was charged.
We ate at Cafe Lurcat on a Wednesday night and have to say that the service we recieved was top notch. Attention to detail played a huge role in my rating of 9. Our server always kept an eye on us and there never was a time in which I had to ask for something.
The food was phenominal. We had the Sea Bass and Salmon and I can't think of anything that was wrong with either.
All in all, I would definately dine here again. We were very impressed.
Nice place!. We had friends from Philadelphia in town and they loved the place, so did we. Try the half bottles of wine for more variety.
Great athmosphere, not great for dinner. The athmosphere is great, very trendy and classy. However, the food is lacking in excellence. The prices are too high for tiny hamburgers, onion rings, appetizer foods. The drinks are a bit high priced too, but if you want a fun place to just "chill" for a night...this is a great place.
Cold and Sterile = Boring.
Classy - yes, clean - yes, tasty - yes, personality - unfortunately no!
Replacing the warm "bohemian" feel of the former Loring Cafe' with the all-white "W" Hotel's Style sterile environment of Lurcat was a big mistake. Our city does not need another cold, sterile, boring, unremarkable restuarant (there are about 30 already). I live only a 5 minute walk away, I liked the food, but I can't see why I would show this place to a friend, or return at all.
The chairs need to go! I am not nearly overweight, and I barely squeezed into my white-slipcovered seating device.
The food is far better than the Loring Cafe', but the atmosphere leaves a lot to be desired. They would have been much better off had they simply changed the sign and left the decor as it was.
New - but not improved.... The Loring is dead - long live the Lurcat? Um. No. While the new decor is indeed brighter and there's a big new bar (wonder of wonders, you can actually get a drink in less than 30 minutes!) the Lurcat is less funky and MUCH less distinctive than its predecessor. The net result: it's now much too much like every other trendy hot new flavor-of-this-month bistro. Drink prices ($10.50 for a Macallan? $6.50 for a J&B? $4.25 for a... ROLLING ROCK?!?) are outrageous, so bring your ATM card or some Krugerrands.
Food bad, Mini-doughnuts great!. I have now been here twice. The restaurant and bar are wonderfully decorated and a definate improvement over the past loring caffe. Service was great with very attentive staff. However, the food was mediocre at best, in fact it was just plain bad. the first time we went with 4 people and 2 of us had to send the food back, the second time was for a birthday party of 12, out of which only 3-4 of the guests liked the food. On a redeming note, the bar has the best fresh made mini-dounuts around.
The food was good?. The food was amazing. The service was okay. The crowd was horrific. It seems as though a ton of people from the suburbs read about a "hip New York-style restaurant" in the Variety section of the Strib. Then they piled into their SUVs and headed downtown to ruin it.
What a waste!. Literally, The Damico's have ruined a corner of Minneapolis. They have replaced the fun eclectic crowd with SNOBS. Sure the place is hopping...you can get pick-pocketed, get in a bar brawl..and wait for two hours for sub par food.....and when cold...the chef turns his nose to the crowd before him.....like it was your fault....NO Kiddin...But if your seen who cares! So go....disappoint yourself!!!! Oh, and don't be fat! You may not get in!!!! the chairs that is!
Great Ambiance, Average Food. Recently checked out the restaurant with a couple of girlfriends and we came out disappointed. If you are looking for a great place to see and be seen Cafe Lurcat may be just the ticket. If you are looking for a place to have a great meal, there are other places you need to check out. Granted the restaurant is newer, but the menu selections needs to improve (if your not a seafood or ceviche type of person, you are not going to have a big selection for appetizers). All of our meals were pretty ordinary. The side dishes are ala carte and not very big. The atmosphere is great, service good and the interior beautiful but they need to start paying as much attention to the menu as they do to the aesthetics. Worth having a cocktail at, but not a place we would ever eat at again.
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