101 2nd St E, Hastings, MN | Directions 5503344.744651 -92.852334
Most Romantic Valentines Day Yet – This place should be voted one of the best restaurants in Minnesota. My first love is seafood and I was not disappointed. My husband and I enjoyed both entrees of Scallops in this 'to die for' sauce as well as the Walleye in a ramesco sauce. We had been going to Minneapolis for years and will now dine at this wonderful place. We had a 7:30 reservation, and although the place was packed for V-day, were seated within five minutes, and had not only great food, but the decor of this place is like a combination of historic and modern, with a twist. It has been kept a secret way too long!! Sorry Hastings, the secret is out. It was romantic, and had live dinner music as well which we ended up staying until well past 10 because we had such a good time. Not only did our waitress not make us feel rushed, she encouraged us to stay as long as we wanted, instead of like previous places that just wanted to get another table seated as soon as we showed signs of being done with dinner. The prices are all under $20 which is very affordable for most everyone, unless you want steak or lobster then it was a bit more. Try it, you will definitely be back!
Mississippi Belle makes positive changes to develop returning clientele. – About a year ago my husband, sister and myself dinned at the Belle. We were disappointed in both food selection and quality. The menu, at that time, was a minimal variety of average tasting Italian cuisine. I had known the Belle from back in the 80's & 90's and explained to both of them how this wasn't my typical experience with the establishment. However, my husband absolutely refused to entertain any idea of a second chance when he could spend less and receive better quality at any number of other "chain" restaurants.
Because we strive to support local small business, I was finally able to convince him to give the Belle another try and we are both so glad we did!
To our delight, the menu had been completely updated. I believe there is something for everyone (except picky children). Seriously, Vegan to Duck Hunter, Cattle Farmer to Seafood lover -- there is something here for you. Even with the updated menu, however, both of us ordered daily specials -- my husband had the Mississippi Grille and I selected the Salmon served over a bed of Gnocchi. Oh my gosh, mouth watering and delightful. We both left completed satiated.
On the notion of service, our server was young and not accustomed to fine wines, or other alcoholic beverages / cocktails. She did not know how to offer a particular wine with a dinner selection, or how to explain the unique qualities of each menu selection. If these things are important to you, you may be disappointed depending on the server you are assigned. To my husband and me, we thought our server was refreshing. At one point, after a special request we made, our server quipped, "I'm glad to do anything you like." To us, this sums up the best possible service experience. We offer accolades to the ownership for hiring the youth of our locality and for making positive changes to develop at returning clientele.
Price? Our tab, including 20% tip, was $90. To us, a reasonable value as this included 3 drinks.
Much more modern and delicious food – I had come to the Belle many years ago, then stopped coming about four years ago because the food had gone downhill. It was ghastly, they seemed stuck in the seventies, with overpriced generic red sauces that were very dull. When we found out it had new owners we decided to try it again and it is worth the drive from St Paul. Since my husband and I love wine, finding out they were changing the bar into a wine bar increased its appeal for us. The big change was the food though!. It's sensational. Get this, they even lowered their prices, and have really brightened up the place.
We are going there for Mothers Day and are excited about the all you can eat prime rib. Last weekend it was packed when we were there and the food was exceptional. I hope many others read this and find out just how great this place has become.
The Belle is dead! – April 26 2008 Food bland service poor! I used to love the belle but I don't know what happen. The menu is not what it was. Frank come back!
Best Variety of Italian and Non-Italian food choices I've seen in Minnesota – I had something so delicious at the Belle. I hadn't been there since the new owners took over, and wow was I missing out! I had heard the food had gotten better and more interesting, but was not prepared for the chicken with blueberry salsa and lime chipotle polenta. It melted in my mouth. My husband had the walleye francese as usual, and our friends had the Filet Mignon with chimmichurri and Eggplant Parmesan. We all enjoyed the food, and the wine selections that the waitress recommended were out of this world. She knew a wine to fit each our meals. Now that they do some non-italian menu items along with their regular menu, we will be going there a lot more frequently. The new owners Bill and Hope came over, and let me just say Hope's name is fitting as I believe it has a lot of hope to be the most popular and interesting place to dine. We will be back very soon.
Italian is my favorite cuisine, but they have so much more than that.... it's a truly magnificent place to dine! – I have been to Italy before and trust me, this place would make the Italians proud, only with an American twist. The daily specials they have make it a weekly place to go to, as they offer new items that aren't quite so heavy as the Italian ones. My husband had the walnut crusted walleye with Romesco sauce last weekend and it was the most amazing sauce. I had the filet mignon w/ a taragon butter sauce and wow was it great! It may have new owners, but having gone there three times so far in the last two months, we will be Friday night regulars. They even put up a divider to help w/bar noise and smoke as that gets to me, and it's been remodeled. It's much lighter in there and the wine list is finally up to par! The service is as great as ever, Jacky sees to that!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to see what's for dinner next weekend
Good italian and better than the chains. Come early with kids. – Good and occassionnally great italian food. Service is nice and friendly but the bar and smoking is noisy. Suggest coming earlier if you have family and kids since the bar is not well seperated from the dining room. A nice change from the standard italian chain restaurants.
Not Worth Going To Anymore – Since the Belle was sold in late December, it is not the same. The staff remains wonderful, but the food isn't. The new owners have replaced home made masterpieces with canned and pre-made replacements. We had been going to the Belle every Friday night for the past two years and quit going completely after our first visit after the new owners took over. There is no replacing the previous owner and chef. If you have been a customer at the Belle the past 7 years, it's not worth going to now.
Best Steak ever – My wife likes Italian and loves the Belle but I like steaks and they do
Editorial Review – Find traditional Italian classics like lasagna and ravioli or steaks and seafood at this riverside restaurant in historic Hastings.
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