Nice dining by the river.
I took an out-of-town business colleague to Vic's for dinner on a lovely summer evening. Wanted to sit outside at an establishment that was more restaurant-like and less bar-food like. A dilemma is that our company expense budgets are so limited that it's harder and harder to find restaurants with better food that allow us to stay within budget.
Vics worked for us. Not only were there many moderately-priced food options on the menu, there were also many reasonably-priced bottles of wine on the wine list. Enjoyed the calamari - tender and delicious (not cooked until rubber-like which seems to still be the norm in the Twin Cities). Loved the shore dinner - pan fried breaded Walleye. Only disappointment was that the servers seemed to be understaffed that evening.
I visited Vics a few years ago and recall a more extensive menu in the past with more seafood options. Was disappointed that there were so few seafood choices this visit.
I most definitely would return to Vic's for the reasonably decent food and wine at a good value. And for the excellent views and outdoor dining. Vic's does not seem to be a place to visit if you are looking for a foodie experience, however.
bad!. My friend and I planned on eating at Vic's and we made a reservation because they claimed they were busy. However, when we got there the restaurant was closed! no one there, no sign or anything. what crappy service. I will never even consider going there again. if you plan on going, i would call first to make sure they are actually open when they claim they are.
Beautiful dining room but.... the food is average to very bad. The other night my husband had a steak that tasted okay, but it was full of fat and connective tissue, he ended up eating about half of what was an expensive entree. I had a nicely sauced sea bass, but the bass itself was awful beyond measure: it was fishy, freezer tainted and cooked to the point of toughness. Two weeks ago I was in Vic's for lunch and ordered spinach salad served with a warm bacon dressing. I liked the dressing, but the escarole in the salad was full of grit, they couldn't have possibly even tried to wash it. I mentioned it to the waitress so she could change things for the next customer, and she appeared not to have cared less. I love the dining room and the patio setting, but the food is expensive (which we don't mind as long as it's delicious), Vic's is so bad we will never go back.
Top-Notch Ambiance, Excellent Food, Outstanding Service. Incredible! Ate there with friends for the first time and it definitely won't be the last. The fantastic seafood chowder is made fresh daily from the previous day's fish and is a must on every visit. The crab-stuffed walleye was superb and the pork ossobuco was the most tender flavorful pork I've ever tasted. Great food, great location, great service, no wait and a live band at the end of the evening make this my new Twin Cities favorite.
Why Is This Place Still Open?. Awful! We should have turned around when we realized we were the only ones in the place in the middle of the dinner hour. The menu is boring and overpriced (think $28 broiled fish and $30 rotisserie chicken). After asking for water, we were brought $4.25 bottles of "Italian" still water. We decided on the waiter's suggestion of the artichoke and spinach appetizer. We received plain flat bread and creamed spinach with mozzerella cheese. Horrified by the dish and menu, we hesitated ordering an entree. The waiter then proceeded to ask if I wanted a refill on my soda, informing me that it is free in a very snooty tone. Realizing that he thought we were just too cheap to order anything, we quickly asked for our bill and politely told him we were just trying to catch a movie so needed to run. He then had the guts to ask what movie we were going to, clearly not believing our excuse. When he brought the bill, he emphasized that the restaurant had a beautiful view in a low crime area. Creepy- we half expected him to jump us in the alley! In short - stay away!
Wow!. The food at Vic's is simply great. Set right next to the river, this place has a wide selection of seafood and other delicacies that make your mouth water. Their selection of cocktails at the bar was wide and varied, but moreover, the service rocked. If you are in town, you have to try Vic's!!!
Hot summertime dining spot. The Osso Bucco is great!. The best part about this place is the ambience. This is a summertime must dining location. The other really great thing about Vic's is the price of the wine. They have a great selection at very, very low prices. This restaurant doesn't carry the glamorous reputation of some of the city's other fine dining establishments but it is a very good place to eat. Try it!
Great foord, beautiful view, convenient access.. Our first trip to Vic's was July 20, 2007 after considering other restaurants in a central location. Our experience was great in all aspects. Service, food, and ambience. People may think the prices may be high for some budgets but our total bill (including early deck location drinks outside) was approx. $60 per person (party of 4) but this including drinks, entree, 2 desserts, and tip). Parking was convenient (and will be validated in the right ramp). Servers were young, fun, efficient, knowledgeable, and the head chef even checked to see how everything was going). Without hesitation we would return and highly recommend Vic's to everyone!
Riverfront seafood favorite boasts creative dishes and a spectacular view..
Unadorned floor-to-ceiling windows give every table incredible views of the Mississippi River and the skyline. Proximity to downtown attracts corporate types entertaining out-of-town clients, while soft candlelight and fine linens draw date-night folks. Summertime, a casual, spacious deck has action aplenty. Starters like spicy, chopped green-lipped mussels dazzle and seafood is the focus of the entrees. Each day features an assortment of fresh catches, from rainbow trout to blue marlin.
Misleading Lunch. If you are hoping for a healthy bite at lunch, go somewhere else. The menu is misleading. I ordered the popeye chicken sandwhich which states broiled chicken, spinach, artichokes, and swiss cheese. Sounds healthy, right (well minus the cheese...but it's swiss). It came out with spinach and artichoke dip on top of the chicken. Now, it was good - don't get me wrong, but totally not what was described and not healthy. My husband also was mislead with the turkey wrap burrito with black bean and corn salsa...completely covered in butter and grilled...but it was a whole wheat wrap - thank god! It was all good...but very disappointing for the conscious eater.
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