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“Wow! This Place is Great!”

The Commodore Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #57 of 952 Restaurants in Saint Paul
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed January 22, 2016

I can't say enough wonderful things about this place. It is the most beautiful restaurant in the Twin Cities. Decor in this historic building is art deco, wonderfully done. Elegant but not pretentious. Prices are fair for a snazzy place like this. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff (bartender even patiently answered our questions about the history of the place). Be sure to check out all the photos on the walls -- tastefully done, lots of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald (Scott lived in the attached apartments). The decor really captures the period without being silly or fake-y. Oh, yeah, the food and drink -- loved the special Fitzgerald cocktail -- just the right combo of sweet and tart and gin. Best fries in the state!! Raves from our group about the Grain entree and the fish entree and a cauliflower side. The pickled plate app was just right. Person who had the tartare said it was OK but not great. Fried risotto balls were a tad bland, but nicely fried and not greasy, sweetened a little with the squash sauce. (Actually tasted better the next day as leftovers. I'd suggest they make this with some other sauce/dipping sauce to add a little life to it.) Wonderful olive bread for the table. Huge raves from our group for the lobster deviled eggs app. Brown butter bread was fine, but hard for me to go ga-ga over it only because I'm a choco-holic. Everything, every item on the menu, is presented like a photo-worthy vision from a dream! I can't wait to try this place again -- great location just for a drink, too. Romantic but not over-the-top for other get-togethers. So glad to see this place open again. A really special place. P.S. Exceptionally comfortable chairs in the dining room -- too many restaurants ignore this item! This makes for a place you'll love sitting around in, enjoying great conversation with good food and an extensive drink menu.

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Reviewed January 21, 2016

Wonderful dinner with friends at the Commodore. Only four stars because the food could have been a bit better. Atmosphere and drinks are unbeatable. Fun to be in a place that F. Scott Fitzgerald use to live in. The pics on the walls are fun to look at. We will be back and try a few other dishes. Overall, a great experience.

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Reviewed December 24, 2015

Take a trip back in time, and perhaps a bit like a scene from the shining (in a good way). The Art Deco decor is impressive. I called for a reservation, and the only thing they had was at 9pm on a Friday, but the "Lounge" area is quite large and very comparable to restaurant seating... I enjoyed the Rib eye on a sea of mini brussel sprouts and a side of "Crushed potatoes" (small potatoes that someone must have set a pot on...) The food was good, service was great, our waitress liked just about everything on the menu so wasn't super helpful but was very attentive. Entree options are sparse but run the range from $15-35... could be a affordable option or a splurge. You go here for the atmosphere!

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Reviewed December 20, 2015

Delicious, imaginative comfort food in a 1930's era Art Deco atmosphere. A swanky place for dinner, a date, or to have cocktails with friends. Dress up and enjoy the glamour.

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Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

As couples we spent an evening dining and enjoying the fine restaurant. The local spirits are a prize; try a rum, gin and/or bourbon flight. The bar is historic; the only aspect I am informed go survive a fire from the Commodore's heyday. The food is well prepared, but not exceptional. The staff is very good, crack even, and the atmosphere makes the place a great dinner. Enjoy with friends.

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