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Best Luxury Restaurants in Minnesota

Best Luxury Restaurants in Minnesota. When it comes to flying, ideal destinations come in all shapes and sizes — and very often, that’s to a favorite restaurant. Whether you’re on a Boundary Waters escape, a big city adventure in the Twin Cities or traveling to cabin country for the weekend, there are great destinations all over Minnesota, for both pilots and non-pilots alike. And, cities that dot the state each offer their own unique mix of upscale eateries that make the perfect stop on your adventure. 


If you’re searching for the best luxury restaurants in Minnesota, look no further. Here are the top places to enjoy a meal if you’re a connoisseur of high-end food and drink. 

Travail Kitchen & Amusements

Robbinsdale, MN

View the menu or make a reservation:

(763) 535-1131


With an always-changing menu of around two-dozen options, Travail is an upscale restaurant that has mastered the art of high-quality dining. With a team of chefs that double as servers, everyone has a hand in preparing and presenting the food. Enjoy an open-kitchen atmosphere, where you get to watch the preparation of your dish, giving you a completely new way to interact with and enjoy your dinner.

Gianni’s Steakhouse

Wayzata, MN

View the menu or make a reservation:

(952) 404-1100


This Wayzata hotspot will have you clamoring for more — as long as you can afford it. As one of the most expensive restaurants in the Twin Cities, you’ll find pricey but award-winning food like the $85 delmonico steak and $140 king crab legs. They also offer chops, chicken and pastas, along with an extensive wine list. Find a bevy of creations from executive chef, Steve Vranian and find out why they were deserving of the prestigious Beef Backer trophy.

Bellisio’s Italian Wine Bar

Duluth, MN

View the menu or make a reservation:

(218) 727-4921


Those in Duluth should plan on having a luxurious dining experience at Bellisio’s Italian Wine Bar. Choose from over 500 selections of wine, as well as flights and sampling by region or year. For food, take your pick out of a variety of Italian cuisine like fennel roasted pork, homemade risotto, grilled steaks, fresh-catch seafood and much more. Dining options include more ways to enjoy your evening with a laid-back patio and bar area.

The Strand Waterfront Dining & Wine Bar

Lutsen, MN

View the menu or make a reservation:

(218) 663-7212


Those on a North Shore excursion should make a stop at The Strand, where you’ll be able to satisfy an expensive appetite. Enjoy an extensive wine list that carries 1,200 bottles, and a menu full of hearty steak and seafood items. But, perhaps the best part of eating at this fine dining restaurant is the dining room, offering romantic, panoramic views of Lake Superior and nearby Poplar River.  

Domaćin Restaurant, Wine Bar & Wine Shop

Stillwater, MN

View the menu or make a reservation:

(651) 439-1352


Located in scenic Stillwater, Minnesota, this luxury restaurant brings the best in wining and dining to this small tourist town. Find your favorite red and whites, while enjoying dishes of New American fare with a Mediterranean flair, all in an intimate spot that’s great for an intimate night out.


Minneapolis, MN

View the menu or make a reservation:

(612) 404-1123


Often considered the most expensive restaurant in Minneapolis, Demi focuses on a constantly rotating menu that’s dedicated to using delicious local ingredients as well as rare ingredients found around the globe. This new restaurant from Gavin Kaysen, chef/owner of nearby Spoon and Stable and Bellecour in Minneapolis, has already become a community favorite.


St. Paul, MN

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Phone: (651) 222-5670


Find French fare on a seasonal menu in a polished setting at this bistro in St. Paul. Enjoy an oyster bar, fine wine list and sidewalk-style seating. The recently added Medoc Room is available for rent, offering a unique private dining space just across the lobby from Meritage. With it’s own private entrance, the Medoc Room easily accommodates 6-10 guests at one grand table.

Bleu Duck Kitchen

Rochester, MN

View the menu or make a reservation:

(507) 258-4663


At Bleu Duck Kitchen, you’ll find Rochester’s fine dining destination, offering modern American fare in a laid-back industrial setting. Recently, the restaurant transitioned from a full-service restaurant and event space to a production kitchen serving gourmet takeout dinners, cocktail kits and much more. And you can’t go wrong with some of the freshest oysters in Minnesota — they partner with East Coast farmers to bring in fresh seafood every night.

Are you searching for more great places to eat & fly in MN?

Minnesota and the midwest are home to many great places to eat and fly, from casual airport eateries to upscale restaurants serving fine steaks, seafoods, wines and much more. And, if you’re an aspiring pilot who would like to take control of their travels, get in touch with our team of certified flight instructors (CFIs) today.  Find out what it’s like to take flight with an introductory Discovery Flight, where you’ll find out what it’s like to fly a plane under the guidance of a professional pilot. We’ll give you the chance to see first-hand how many new adventures a pilot license will open up.If you’re interested in learning more, read about our Discovery Flights or contact us directly at (952) 698-3000.