Edina >Salut Bar Americain - Edina
Best. Sangria. Ever..
I love the cheeky French vibe of this place. I've only been here for brunch a couple of times, so I can't speak to other meals/experiences, but everything my friends and I have ordered was great. Their white sangria was life-changing. I get cravings for the stuff now. Service and atmosphere were good. Tables are a little close together for those of us lugging jackets and purses and whatnot, but the food and drinks are so worth the struggle to get to your table!
I wish I lived closer so I could come here more often!
This Review is For the St. Paul Location -. I've never been to the Salut in Edina but my wife says the two seem different. I Love Salut in St. Paul and am so happy they're now on Grand! I've eaten here several times and have never been disappointed. The regular salads are huge so great for splitting before one of the perfectly made seafood entrees. Great selections of wine at every price level too. Also, if you haven't tried it - leave room for the Red Velvet Cake! They are also doing a chef's tasting menu on the first Tuesday of the month that is very inexpensive and we were very pleased with the first one we enjoyed recently.
Moderate your expectations, and you'll be charmed..
Hmm, well, I can observe from some of the other reviews here that this restaurant may fall victim to overly elevated expectations....? Kids, this is *not* a French restaurant. It is Sarah Jessica Parker in Paris -- over the top, totally Americanized, cartoonish and entirely intentional. If you can take that served up with a side dish of irony, you'll enjoy this place.
But make no mistake about it... this is *no* fine dining establishment. Things they do well -- pomme frites, croques Monsieur, French onion soup, and burgers. Things which live in the "well, if you really want to try it" zone -- pasta (bland), chicken (uninspired), seafood, you get the idea. Things that should never be considered -- any kind of raw shellfish. The previous reviewer was spot on, those oysters reek something awful. Never a good sign.
But the wine list is nicely balanced, the brunch is quite good, and the prices are darn reasonable. Think of Salut like "Little Miss Sunshine"... expect little, and you'll be charmed. Expect the world, and you'll be sorely disappointed.
GREAT food, knowledgable service, lovely fresh desserts.
read some other reviews.....sometimes think you midwesterners " don't get it " !!
Service in restaurants in the Twin Cities from my several years experience now ( I am a West Coast transplant ) is grossly inadequate and way too fakey " Minnesota nice ". Not so at Salut...very personable: definitely knowledgable. Questions were answered quickly, service was consistent and surprisingly complete. Courses were served with pretty good timing in mind and our hot food was hot and our cold food was cold. Plate presentations were very nice....not overdone, but visually quite appealing. We loved our server's demeanor.....obviously trained properly, but had her own personalized style which was refreshing. People here tend to be too critical on how quickly courses are served......if you want REALLY fast service and food that's CHEAP....stay with the crappy drive-thru restaurants and let those of us who appreciate decent food and good service alone !
We had gone to a movie and decided to walk over to Salut I had wanted to try it for awhile. First of all the salted butter was gross that they serve with the bread. The coffee was lukewarm. The french onion soup had way to much cheese not as piping hot as it should have been. We also ordered a sandwich and fries. The fries reminded me of Convention grill's fries. It was really pricey for what you get. Unless I was socializing or meeting someone there because of location I would not go back.
Cheri Johnson Minneapolis,MN
mutton dressed like lamb. I hesitated before writing about this place since it is a corporate run company and not an authentic anything, (neither American nor French) meaning it attracts allot of uninitiates to the world of dining and the menu always reflects this. However, I was invited by two different organizations to meet here on two separate occasions and I couldn't find anything positive about either experience. Trust me, I will go out of my way to try to find some silver lining because I appreciate fine dining. First, I'm bewildered by the writers here who felt like they were in France. My family has kept a home in France for over one hundred years and I have never, never, seen a menu in France that outright spells out their wine offerings something along these lines: "cheap wine" better wine" or "decent wine"!! Good grief, it's as if the company actually knows they are catering to idiots and treating people as such. The food was not worth mentioning. Neither good nor bad, it was the same slop you can get any where. The saddest thing is the people who are actually coming here sincerely hoping for a lovely dining experience and not getting it. Please go someplace privately owned that actually has a sincere owner who meets & greets you and wants to insure your overall good experience. This is so insulting and I am flabbergasted by the customers who don't realize they are specifically being treated as if they have never been anywhere outside of Minnesota. The oyster bar inside actually reeked like fish. An oyster bar is not supposed to smell fishy. The staff is typical of corporate restaurants. Scripted automatons that are trained to respond in a predetermined manner to your expected questions. I loved the glazed look we got when I asked mine in French!
I don't think I've ever been served a worse cooked piece of fish.. Halibut "Americain" or whatever it's called. It was trashed by the kitchen. WAY overcooked. Hardly edible. The accompaniments were ho-hum as well and failed miserably in saving what felt like flushing $30 down the toilet. Should have sent it back but oh well. From other reviews and this experience, seems they really don't have the kitchen in order. Otherwise, nice atmosphere and decent service. Oh, I read somewhere that the mousse was awesome. Please. It was below average at best. Sorry, but I won't be returning.
Snotty French--sarcastic American. When I first walked into Salut, I felt a lively energy right away which was perfect for my lunch with a big group of people right before Christmas. Our server arrived at our table with a board stated their today's special which I thought was a nice touch. We ended up ordering an array of lunch dishes ranged from salad to mini-steak. When the food arrived, the arrangement on each place looked fantastic and tasteful. However, none of the dishes was as impressive as it looked. The sirloin steak I got was somewhat dry and bland, though the fries were exceptional (or I just craved for fries that day.) With all that salt in the fries, we all craved for dessert. I ordered the adult hot chocolate which came in a gigantic bowl a size of a small child's head. It was overly sweet--so sweet it should have been called chocolate-flavored sugar syrup. I tried a little bit of the giant creme brule (seriously, it was HUGE!) It was again very sweet. Though I eyed one of the massive slices of cakes my tablemates had ordered, I decided to pass since I was getting close of sugar O.D. Bottomline is Salut is for those who want to experience a dinner or lunch with sarcastism. Fun for a big group or parents who wants to introduce the kids to American version of French cuisine...otherwise, go to a real diner or a french restaurant.
Love the Boursin Burger.
I loved this place. It felt just like a Bistro in Paris. Yes the tables are close, but that is the way it is over there. It is cozy.
I had the boursin burger. It was the best burger I have ever had. And I have developed an additction for their fries. Mmmmmmmm.
I also love the cute little baguette with fresh butter you get when you first sit down. I tell you the local grocery stores do not know how to make true baguettes, but Salut can. It is crisp on the outside and light, warm and fluffy on the inside.
Three strikes and Salut is out!.
I have given this restaurant three chances and I can honestly say, I AM NEVER GOING AGAIN!
The first time we visited, we ordered the Corn Crusted Halibut and Croque Monseur. The halibut's corn crust was too soggy for my liking, and if it wasn't for the butter it really didn't have much taste. The Croque Monseur was more bread than ham and cheese and was very greasy.
Our friends talked us into going back, raving that we needed to order something "beefy." The second time, we ordered the Le Cheeseburger Royale and the Saturday special of Cote de Boeuf Prime Rib. The Prime Rib was actually pretty good. But the mashed potatoes that came with it were so bland that the only way they tasted good was to soak them in the au jus first.
The cheeseburger was average, although the skinny french fries were tasty. But at $12, I would have much rather gone next door to the Edina Grill and paid less than $8 for their Peters Burger (with caramelized onions!) or their Curried Turkey Burger with thick wedge fries or sweet potato fries. (Not that I'm touting Edina Grill. We just live in the area and tend to go out a lot).
I had written off Salut for good. Untill I did a freelance project for a friend who invited us out for a free dinner at Salut. I suggested another place, but they really wanted to try it. Reluctantly we went. We ordered California Sea Bass, and Sides of Green Beans Almandine and Macaroni and Cheese Gratin. My Sea Bass came uncooked! I'm not kidding! It took 15 minutes to recook, but only came back bland. It had no sauce, just mango salsa, which again was lacking and bland.
The green beans were ok. Not great, not bad. The Macaroni and Cheese Gratin was not a gratin as much as it was soupy mac and cheese. A true gratin is covered with cheese or buttered breadcrumbs and baked or broiled to a nice crust. This had neither breadcrumbs nor crust.
My friends were not impressed. Needless to say, we're never going here again. Not even if it's free!
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