Bon Appétit picks MN bistro as one of 50 best new restaurants


A little Paris-style tavern on Minneapolis' south side is one of the 50 best new restaurants in America – but will it be among the top 10?

That's from Bon Appétit, which this week put outs its 50 finalists for America's best new eateries. Among them is St. Genevieve, which describes itself as a "Parisian-inspired buvette in the heart of the Lynnhurst neighborhood," and includes this phrase – "Champagne: all day, everyday."


St. Genevieve is one of six Midwest finalists – four others are in Chicago, and one is in Detroit. Bon Appétit will narrow the top 50 down to a "Hot 10" on Aug. 16.

What they like about it

Here's a small part of what Bon Appétit had to say about St. Genevieve:

"You know those little French bistros you see in movies? The ones where the marble bartop is bathed in soft, golden light, and everyone seems to be simultaneously whispering sweet nothings and laughing at the bartender’s jokes and sipping bottomless glasses of well-chilled Champagne? That’s St. Genevieve ..."

The bistro was started late last year by chef Steven Brown, who first opened Tilia just a few miles away. When eyeing the St. Genevieve space (formerly Lynn on Bryant), he told the Star Tribune he became "enamored" by the idea of a French buvette after traveling around Paris and finding a few places.

Yelp pegs the price range at $11-$30.

It opened to pretty good reviews. The Heavy Table in its review called it "decidedly French without being remotely kitschy," adding later:

"While there were a few weak points, the food was excellent overall, the service was outstanding, and the ambience was lively and comfortable. The quiet opening seems to be steadily turning into a roar."

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