Right in the center of the well-healed Edina buzz, Beaujo’s Wine Bar & Bistro has all wine bar essentials covered in a casual, yet oh-so cozy contemporary setting. Wine has a more pleasant flavor when the surroundings are still enough to contemplate notes, aromas and subtleties without interruption. Beaujo’s has everything in place for a memorable wine night out.
The stage is set with a comforting ambience complete with all the neat touches of a fine-groomed Country Club home. Original art, clean modern décor, warm woods, soft earth tones and friendly staff create a welcoming feeling like you really are among old school chums. The noise level is almost muted to a low tone of maturity and it is quiet. The sound of clinking glasses and pleasant tête-à-tête are accented by soft notes of instrumental jazz, which fade into the background.
Wine By the Glass, Bottle And Flight
A mainstay since 2001, Beaujo’s Wine Bar & Bristro has earned a reputation as the place at 50th and France to meet for wine, whether foreign or domestic, by the glass or by the bottle. For something in between a glass and a bottle, try a wine flight, which brings a line of three, half-full glasses of related themed vintages to your table. The menu features seasonal interest offerings such as a warm winter weather flight, dubbed as a cost-effective alternative to a vacation in Mexico.
It’s a drinkable wanderlust road map. The wine list at Beaujo’s trots the corners of the globe with a slight favoring towards European vintages. A detailed description for each wine brings to life each individual personality, often with a dose of wit.
Beaujo’s serves a wide selection of wines red, white and worldly. With more than 30 wines on the list, choosing can be difficult. The staff knows how to make knowledgeable recommendations without being too assertive.
Don’t like wine? Anything is possible. Try an imported or domestic beer instead. Even in wine heaven, there is beer.
Happy Hour Specials
Happy hour specials change but often include a house wine and an appetizer, which would pair well with the vintage. Happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.
Food For Thought And Wine
Small plates, soups, salads, house specialties and daily dessert specials along with biscotti are on the food menu. The cooking has an overall predictability and simple quality. A full menu for lunch and dinner features standard favorites, including:
- Chicken pot pie: Tucked under a delicate mound of puff pastry are bite-sized chicken morsels and savory vegetables melded together in a savory, light, gravy-like sauce.
- Pan-fried walleye: Generous-sized fillet are covered in a light crispy breading capped with homemade tartar sauce with a side of thinly sliced green beans and oven roasted potatoes still wearing their jacket skins.
- House chop salad: Mixed greens are topped with French fry-sized beet chunks, blue cheese crumbles, walnut pieces and round wheels of cucumber slices. A light maple and white balsamic vinaigrette pulls everything together.
- Breads and spreads: A small plate features three cups of different spreads, including black olive Olivida, creamy herbed-rosemary feta cheese and a very sweet potato hummus. French bread slices garnish the side and make good edible scoops.
- Sweet potato lentil soup: A seasonal offering of light broth, which combines a soft porridge of lentils, carrot cubes and savory spices with an herbal zing.
- Lemon tart: A mouth puckering, fresh citrus tangy, tiny pie boasts a thicker than pudding, creamy lemon filling nestled inside a crumble-off-your-fork, graham cracker crust. Our server piled on the whipped cream. What a gem!
Fine wine, Beaujo’s and 50th and France just seem to go together. Contemplate the rewards over a glass sometime.
Beaujo’s Wine Bar & Bistro, 4950 France Avenue South, Edina, MN 55410, (952) 922-8974.