This is such a fun place to have in St. Cloud! The bartender at The Veranda offered to bring me down to the speakeasy, but I wanted to wait on my friend and we both wanted to find it on our own; that part was half the fun!
I LOVE the vibe once you get in. It is exactly what you’d expect. The drinks were superb. You normally have to go to bigger cities for drinks like those.
The food was overall good too, particularly the smoked salmon crostini was fantastic. I will say I was highly disappointed by the feta dip. The tomatoes should be cut smaller (they were cherry tomatoes halved the long way), and then it needed SO MUCH MORE feta on top. There was honestly a pitiful amount of feta on top, you really can’t even call it feta dip when you sprinkle it on (as you would something like cotija on a Mexican dish). Also, that dish needs silverware served with it, especially if you don’t cut the tomatoes smaller. Our server said they only provide silverware and napkins if you request them because the tables were small. Didn’t need an explanation even, but it was kind of awkward. But that salmon crostini… man. I don’t even really eat seafood and it was fabulous and not at all fishy.
The only other thing I will say, and this is from someone sound sensitive… we were the only ones there at first and there was music playing that put you in the 20’s era… and then you could hear a phone speaker with spoken word in the background (like a YouTube video) and I went to see what it was and our server was watching a video while she rolled silverware. The acoustics with no noise from other patrons just make that really distracting. And you could hear different music coming from the kitchen a little too, which I am more understanding of. Again, I’m really sound sensitive, but when I go out to dinner or for drinks, I feel like I should be able to trust that I’m not going to hear a cacophony of various phones/music. Our server turned it down or off, but again, acted a bit awkward about that.
Our server truly redeemed herself in all other areas of service though, she clearly cares a great deal about the success of the business and is so knowledgeable and passionate and willing to offer fantastic suggestions. Because of that, I struggled to decide if I should voice my true opinions, but I also want places like this to be successful around here. I feel with a few adjustments, they have a great future in St. Cloud!
Vegetarian options: They have a few options, but could use more; replace the hummus platter. I am so sick of that being the vegetarian go-to around here.
Parking: Depends on the time of day, but usually easy.
Julian made our experience top notch. Excellence in all aspects. Go just for the experience- St. Cloud has nothing else like it.
Most unique, fun, bar/dining experience in the St. Cloud area
Fun and knowledgeable staff that can create drinks around your liking. Bartenders get personal and get to know your taste before recommending a drink. Definitely the most creative and well versed bartenders in town.
Wonderful experience and was blown away by the expertise of the main bartender. She talked about her studies of the drinks and all the unique components. I love this place and will definitely be back!!!