818 S Second St, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5541544.975274 -93.249715
Lunch: Tue-Sun 11am-2pm;
Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm; Sun 4:30pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Central, Downtown East
Raw Oysters without Cocktail Sauce? – 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.
Food only decent, but too expansive for what it is – 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.
Citysearch Editorial Review – This Guthrie restaurant gets an under-the-sea makeover with modern-chic chairs the color of seafoam; wall etchings that emulate seashells; steel accoutrements that reflect light like the ocean; and bulbous light fixtures that hang from the ceilings like water drops. A new venture from chef extraordinaire Tim McKee (La Belle Vie, Barrio, Solera), Sea Change offers an open, inviting and celebratory dining room for Guthrie goers and seafood lovers. Like the bold, bustling restaurant itself, the plate presentations are contemporary and modern, showcasing the unique colors, shapes and tastes of the sea. And the menu ranges from affordable apps and raw bites to larger seafood entrees perfect for any after-theater experience.
you'll enjoy your experience – 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.
Beautiful space, Friendly service! – 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.
Poor Value – 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.
Very Good Food, excellent customer service – 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.
Great post-show happy hour – 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!
Fantastic night out – 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.
The Staff was FANTASTIC – 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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