Been 12 years since I lived there.
Back then Aquavit had a place downtown, and my college roommate knew one of the bartenders...so if we tipped well, we ate for free.
One night the FoH and GM came out to say hello, which we took as a sign that we just got this poor girl fired and better make a run for it.
They took up seats on either side of us and proceeded to point out that it is always nice to have a younger crowd at a high priced restaurant, and so long as we can both pull of wearing ties it lended a bit of hipster cred. They bought us a round of drinks....didn't know we'd never paid before.... and let us enjoy our meal.
Of course now Marcus Samuelsson has long slid away from his strict nordic style, and the MN location is long closed. My advice however is always the same...go where you know someone....I wouldn't scam a meal at my age, but remembering it is like a placebo, even if I don't get special treatment where friends tend bar or work line.... thinking makes it so.