818 South Second Street
Minneapolis Minnesota 55415United States
Fresh, sustainably harvested seafood provides a coastal experience in the heart of the Midwest.
Sea Change is ahead of the curve in a culinary concept that could take off. While "Sea Change" offers a hint of the type of food served, it also indicates a change in mindset for bringing seafood from ocean to table. The end result--a high-quality, fresh, sustainable meal that will satisfy your stomach and your conscience. To start, be sure to check out the raw bar. There, you can enjoy diver-caught raw scallops ($8) and oysters. We went with scallops topped with oregano, cucumber, a Thai chile ring and olive oil. The blend of flavors was terrific because of their freshness, often hard to find in the Midwest. The talk of the town, though, is the grilled octupus. It's chewy compared to other seafood, but Midwesterners will appreciate the charred option which is similar to barbecue. Our meal continued with prosciutto-crusted sturgeon, accompanied by tiny rock shrimp with green beans and peas ($23). We also went for something a little more traditional to Minnesota--rainbow trout with a trio of cauliflower sides ($18). All were perfectly prepared. And again, the freshness of the food amazed us, given our landlocked location. Dessert options are limited--just five per night--but if you can, save room. Like the rest of the menu, the chef has found a perfect balance between exotic and familiar. Sea Change is conveniently located in the Guthrie Theater space that formerly housed Cue. The seafood theme continues throughout the restaurant with aqua and dark-green hues, coral-like designs on the walls and 50-foot ceilings. You may feel like you're in the ocean--sort of an upscale version of "Under the Sea" for adults.