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7th Street Social

2176 West Seventh Street
Flavorful food in a bar atmosphere. Try the Cajun mussels for lunch and the Japanese jerk wings for dinner. $$

Afro Deli & Catering

5 West Seventh Place
Offering made-from-scratch African and Mediterranean cuisine prepared Halal, this deli is a social venture that weaves together business with community and culture. Closed Sunday. $

Ai Hue’s Bakery and Deli

432 West University Avenue, Unit B
Traditional Vietnamese desserts, drinks, and other fare. Look hard for this hidden gem; it’s worth the search. Closed Tuesdays.

American Burger Bar

354 North Wabasha Street
The ultimate handcrafted burger den. $$

Amore Coffee

879 Smith Avenue
A cute little date spot featuring award-winning coffee; a variety of smoothies and hot and cold drinks; and simple plates such as hummus, bagels, salads, sandwiches, and soups. As they say, “All you need is love and a cup a coffee.” $

Amsterdam Bar & Hall

6 West Sixth Street
The Amsterdam is a premier music venue bringing the noise and trivia from its sister bar in Northeast Minneapolis. It also serves affordable dishes straight outta Amsterdam. Check out its events page. $


350 St. Peter Street
Build your own pizza for dine-in or takeout. $

Asian Deli & Restaurant

388 Western Avenue, Suite D
A blend of Lao, Vietnamese, and Thai cuisine aims to fulfill your lunch cravings for takeout, pickup, dine-in, or catered orders. Open Monday through Friday. Try the house special fried rice.

Augustine’s Bar and Bakery

1668 Selby Avenue
Augustine’s Bar and Bakery, brought to you by the folks from The Happy Gnome! Check us out at 1668 Selby Ave. $$

Bad Weather Brewing Company

414 West Seventh Street
The taproom serves a constantly changing lineup of beers to capture the spirit of the seasons here in Minnesota. Visitors are welcome to bring in food, and food trucks hang around Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to complement the brews. $

Bang Brewing

2320 Capp Road
Housed in a corrugated metal grain bin, Bang Brewing is an intimate brewery and taproom that makes all organic ales with a focus on drinkability. Taproom open Friday and Saturday. $

Bangkok Thai Deli

333 West University Avenue
The stir-fried noodle dishes, soups, and curries are just what the doctor calls for in cold weather! $

Barrio Tequila Bar

235 East Sixth Street
Meet across from Mears Park for happy hour tacos, enchiladas, seafood, chicken, or ribs. $

Bennett’s Chop & Railhouse

1305 West Seventh Street
A casual steakhouse with nightly specials for top-of-the-line cuts. $$

Big Daddy’s Old Fashioned Barbeque

625 University Avenue
Serving old-fashioned BBQ you can’t beat, this community institution is across from the Rondo Library in the heart of Frogtown. $

Big River Pizza

280 East Fifth Street
Straight from Naples to Lowertown, this Neapolitan style pizzeria marries local ingredients with wood-fired tradition. Enjoy with a glass of beer or wine. The oven is available for mobile wood-fired catering. $

Black Dog Lowertown

308 Prince Street
A café and workspace serving locally roasted coffee, beer, and wine alongside tasty sandwiches, soups, and pizzas with a focus on organic and local ingredients. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus a full lineup of live music. $

Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza

512 North Robert Street
Coal fired ovens and exceptional ingredients create an American pizza pioneer experience. $

Black Sea Restaurant

737 North Snelling Avenue
Family-owned restaurant offering fine Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine, including gyros, kebabs, and falafels. $

Blue Door Pub

1811 Selby Avenue
Small, popular pub known for its Juicy Blucy (bleu cheese–stuffed burger) and tots or, for the slightly more health conscious, fried green beans. $

Boca Chica Restaurante Mexicano & Cantina

11 Cesar Chavez Street
Minutes from downtown in District del Sol of Saint Paul’s West Side. Offering patio dining and mariachi music in warm weather. $ (lunch) $$ (dinner)

Bonfire Wood Fire Cooking

850 Grand Avenue
American and Southwestern cuisine with creative bar service and live music. $

Bon Vie

485 Selby Avenue
Breakfast and lunch bistro that serves up the good life with a changing monthly menu. Catering available. $$

Brasa Premium Rotisserie

777 Grand Avenue
Featuring local, rotisserie meats slow-cooked in Latin and Caribbean fashion for dine-in or takeout. $-$$

Bravo! Café & Bakery

1106 Grand Avenue
This Asian bakery specializes in cakes and cream puffs. Pre-order a whole cake for any occasion (including tiered wedding cakes), or stop by for a slice (try the Taiwanese pineapple cake). Enjoy with coffee or bubble tea.

Bread & Chocolate

867 Grand Avenue
Decadent baked goods are the trade at B&C, along with coffees and espressos, and paninis for breakfast or lunch. Located across the street from its sister restaurant, Cafe Latté. Try the famous fudge brownies. $

Bulldog Lowertown

237 East Sixth Street
Stop in for pub grub like Vienna beef hot dogs, sandwiches, and gourmet burgers. $

Burning Brothers Brewing

1750 West Thomas Avenue
A Celiac beer lover’s dream come true, Burning Brothers is 100% committed to making great-tasting beers using naturally gluten-free ingredients. Taproom open Thursday–Sunday. $

Burger Moe’s

242 West Seventh Street
A relaxed burger joint with an outdoor patio down the block from the Excel Center and featuring more than 85 beers from around the world. $

Buttered Tin

237 East Seventh Street
A warm and welcoming corner cafe and bakery in Lowertown, open for breakfast and lunch. Try the Crab Cake Benedict. $$

Cafe Latté

850 Grand Avenue
Cafeteria, bakery, and pizza wine bar—this Victoria Crossing landmark is three establishments in one. The ambiance is enveloping and the cheesecake unforgettable. $$

Café Minnesota

Minnesota History Center
345 West Kellogg Boulevard
Cafeteria-style self service. Weekly menus with Minnesota staples, including wild rice soup. $

Caffe Biaggio

2356 University Avenue
Old Country favorites with family recipes from all over Italy. Pairs well with a glass of Chardonnay. $ (lunch) $$ (dinner)


435 North Wabasha Street
A downtown institution since 1932. The Willy Wonka–esque assortment of candies and flavored popcorn takes you back in time. $

Capital View Cafe

637 South Smith Avenue
Mexican and American home-cooking for breakfast and lunch. Catering available. $

Cecils Delicatessen

651 South Cleveland Avenue
Family-owned establishment committed to quality deli fare for three generations. Made-from-scratch soups and sandwiches make for a great bag lunch. Delivery and catering available. $

Chatterbox Pub

800 South Cleveland Avenue
A full-service neighborhood pub featuring old-school board games and video games to bring out the ’80s kid in you. $

Cheng Heng Restaurant

448 West University Avenue
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Offering a photo album menu of authentic Cambodian and Chinese cuisine for those weary of Americanized Asian. $

Cherokee Tavern

886 South Smith Avenue
A West Saint Paul landmark established in 1933. Serving traditional steaks, seafood, and spirits. Catering available. $$-$$$

Cherry Pit Bar & Grill

735 White Bear Avenue
Sports bar offering pull tabs, bingo, live music, and a loaded Bloody Mary. $

Citizen Supper Club

11 East Kellogg Boulevard
Located in the InterContinental Hotel, this more-than-a-hotel-restaurant has a glamorous, midcentury vibe and retro dishes such as deviled eggs and baked Alaska. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. $$-$$$$

Claddagh Coffee

459 West Seventh Street
Wee shop: 612 Selby Avenue
Welcoming “yogis, bikers, runners, and all cool people everywhere,” Claddagh on West Seventh is a wide-open space with beautiful light and occasional music performances. Also serving high quality breakfast and lunch options. The wee shop on Selby offers a limited menu of coffee and baked goods. Catering available. $

Colossal Cafe

2315 Como Avenue
1340 Grand Avenue
Specializing in made-from-scratch, seasonal sandwiches, salads, and meatloaf. Weekly specials and catering available. Second Saint Paul location now open on Grand Avenue for all of Colossal’s biggest fans. $

Commodore Bar & Restaurant

79 Western Avenue
The once-upon-a-time stomping grounds of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, the Commodore has been renewed to its Jazz Age glory and is once again serving up cocktails and classic dishes in a gorgeous Art Deco setting. Catering and room rentals available. $$-$$$$

Como Dockside

1360 North Lexington Parkway
Lake Como’s restaurant and pavilion has outdoor seating with views of the lake or Hamm Memorial Waterfall. The New Orleans–inspired menu features gumbo, fried green tomatoes, and beignet dogs. $-$$


1124 Payne Avenue
American-style diner with Korean influences and locally sourced ingredients, open for breakfast and lunch. $-$$

Cossetta Alimentari

211 West Seventh Street
Authentic Italian marketplace dating back to 1911. Shop for imported and house-made ingredients in the gourmet grocery shop, grab lunch at the cafeteria-style Eatery & Pizzeria, or dine at the upscale Louis Ristorante & Bar on the third floor. Eatery $, Ristorante $$-$$$$

Goat Coffeehouse

699 East Seventh Street
A friendly open space across the street from Metro State, set in a historic red brick building. Serving gourmet espresso, eggs for breakfast, and sandwiches and wraps for lunch. $

Dari-ette Drive-In

1440 East Minnehaha Avenue
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Italian and American fare, plus ice cream! Family owned and operated from March to October for more than 50 years. $

Dark Horse Bar & Eatery

250 East Seventh Street
A handsome place to throw down a few cocktails or feast on a truly delicious meal. The international vibe ranges from lamb burgers with tzatziki to Chinese steamed dumplings with kimchi. The menu is sensitive to vegan and gluten-free palates. Open for weekend brunch. $$-$$$$

Dar’s Double Scoop

1048 Rice Street
More than 40 tasty flavors of deluxe ice cream from dairies in Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as sandwiches and pizza. A family favorite! $

Day by Day Cafe

477 West Seventh Street
Breakfast is the specialty all day long; linger over coffee and conversation. Check out the patio and koi pond. $


425 West Seventh Street
Italian restaurant and bar famous for its pasta and a red sauce made daily with ingredients imported from Italy. Catering available. $

Destiny Cafe 2

1151 Clarence Street, Suite 101
Hmong deli and sit-down restaurant with Thai influences, bubble tea, and a richly seasoned pho. $

Dixie’s on Grand

695 Grand Avenue
Casual dining and Southern comfort with live jazz and soul throughout the week. I can already smell the fried green tomatoes. $$

Downtowner Woodfire Grill

253 West Seventh Street
A comfortable retreat with classic meat cuts grilled over an oak wood burning grill. $$

Dubliner Pub

2162 University Avenue
Irish music and dancing alongside tap beers and top-shelf whiskey, with live music 6 nights a week. Never done it before? All ages are welcome for Irish céilí dancing every first Saturday afternoon, or show up for low-key céilí dance lessons on Wednesday nights. $

Eagle Street Grille

174 West Seventh Street
Pre-event sports bar with a full menu and great views of downtown. $$

Eastside Thai

879 Payne Avenue
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Delicious Thai food served up in agreeable portions. $

Egg & I East

2550 West University Avenue
This friendly restaurant serves breakfast all day. Lunch menu also available. $-$$

El Burrito Mercado

175 Cesar Chavez Street
Sample and stock up on Mexican rice, tamales for a week, and other antojitos at this West Side supermercado and deli. $

Emmett’s Public House

695 Grand Avenue
Charming Irish pub tucked next to Dixie’s on Grand. Share a plate with friends and enjoy a pint. $$-$$$

Espresso Royale

475 South Fairview Avenue
A coffee shop plus extras: soups, sandwiches, frappes, and ice cream. The study space for St. Kate’s and community members. $

Everest on Grand

1278 Grand Avenue
A mix of tastes, from spicy North Indian curries to Tibetan dumplings and noodles. Don’t go for three-chili spice unless you want an at-the-table, sauna-from-the-inside experience. $$

Faces Mears Park

373 Sibley Street
American cuisine with an emphasis on sustainable and local. Includes a wine bar, bottle shop, and bakery. Dance on Saturday nights to hip-hop with a DJ. $$

Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant

510 North Snelling Avenue
Ethiopian traditions with a variety of stewed, curried, and charbroiled meats. Vegetarian entrées available. $

Finnish Bistro

2264 Como Avenue
Finnish and European fare, including specialty cakes and other baked treats, in charming St. Anthony Park. $


173 N. Western Avenue
Typical pub fare — fun, classic bar food like nachos, wings, burgers and pizza. $$

Flat Earth Brewing Co.

688 East Minnehaha Avenue
Dedicated to its Saint Paul roots, this microbrewery taproom serves up the finest in local handcrafted beers. Stop by Tuesday for trivia night. Taproom closed Monday. $


276 South Exchange Street
New American cuisine and 19th century manners in a historic setting. Enjoy a sandwich or burger in the casual downstairs room, or dine on Beef Wellington upstairs. $$ (downstairs) $$$ (upstairs)

Four Inns

101 East Fifth Street, Suite 220 (skyway level)
In the heart of downtown for over 25 years, this all-American diner serves comfort food made from scratch. $

Foxy Falafel

791 Raymond Avenue
Inspired Middle Eastern flavors in a little nook right off University Avenue. $

French Hen Cafe

516 Selby Avenue
A European bistro serving Parisian breakfast and lunch on Cathedral Hill. $$

French Meadow Bakery & Cafe

1662 Grand Avenue
The first certified organic bakery in the United States, French Meadow has been at the forefront of the local-organics movement. Both the sandwiches and the interior design are rustic, b.y.o. picnic basket. Gluten-free, yeast-free bread made in-house. $

Fresh Grounds

1362 West Seventh Street
A nonprofit shop offering coffee and light meals, music, art, and job training for youth. Catering available, plus a private room for parties or meetings. $

Gabe’s by the Park

991 North Lexington Parkway
Good, old-fashioned clubhouse food by the old Saints stadium on Lexington. The Saints may have migrated, but the history and class of this ol’ joint remain.

Ginkgo Coffeehouse

721 North Snelling Avenue
Besides coffee, the original Ginkgo on Snelling offers fruit smoothies, sandwiches, and other edibles, as well as a play area for children. It also has locations at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, St. Joseph’s Hospital, and Gillette Children’s Hospital. Catering available. $

Golden Thyme Coffee & Café

921 Selby Avenue
A community hub in the historic Rondo neighborhood offering drinks named after jazz legends and a really great gumbo. Meeting/performance room available. $

Grand Central Café

1672 Grand Avenue
Grand re-opening to be announced soon! The newly refurbished Grand Central will offer farm-to-table eats, beer flights, wine, and coffee in an intimate café setting. Enjoy a quiet place to work or break bread with friends.

Grand Ole Creamery

750 Grand Avenue
A classic ice cream parlor and pizzeria on Grand Avenue. $

Great Waters Brewing Company

426 St. Peter Street
Award-winning brew pub and restaurant with a year-round patio. $ (lunch) $$ (dinner)


1340 Thomas Avenue
This neighborhood spot, serving delicious meals and baked goodies as well as handcrafted coffee, is operated by a community nonprofit. The perfect balance of community love and customer care.

Groveland Tap

1834 St. Clair Avenue
A friendly neighborhood beer and burger joint with fried pickles and foosball. $

Half Time Rec

1013 Front Street
Popular dive bar with live music every weekend and plenty of room for dance moves. Enjoy the Irish corned beef (courtesy of Paddy Shack), drink specials, and bocce ball. Wednesday has DJ-spun tunes and Thursday is karaoke night. $

Handsome Hog

203 East Sixth Street
Overlooking Mears Park in Lowertown, this pig-centric restaurant fulfills all your pork cravings, from classic ribs to whole roasted hog jowl. Plus choose from plenty of other Southern treats like crawfish or chicken ’n’ waffles. The bar is stocked with more than 100 bottles of bourbon. Closed Sunday. $$-$$$$

Happy Gnome

498 Selby Avenue
Craft beers and culinary adventure for those tired of passing by the same old bearded, beerless garden gnomes. Dish selections range from homemade ramen to roast duck breast. Beautiful summer patio. $$-$$$$

Herbie’s on the Park

317 Washington Street
Offers an inviting and lively environment featuring upscale tavern fare and handcrafted classic cocktails. $$$-$$$$

Heritage Tea House

360 University Ave. West #103

Eat. Drink. Socialize. We are Heritage Tea House Boutique Restaurant. A full-service restaurant specializing in Soulfood sides, Drinks, and African Culture Merchandise. Loose Leaf Tea options for take-home or in-house tea service. Tea selection is comprised of over 25 different flavors of Green Tea, Oolong, Herbal, and Black Tea. Most popular day—Soulfood Sunday Brunch with Bottomless Mimosa.

Highland Grill

771 South Cleveland Avenue
Minnesota favorites served alongside some international foods that Minnesotans need to get acquainted with. Can you say cheese curds? How about edamame? Great for breakfast or lunch. $

Hoa Bien

1105 West University Avenue
Hoa Bien (pronounced Ho Been) offers friendly service and fresh Vietnamese food that’s never disappointing. Come hungry and bring the whole family. Catering available. $

Ho Ho Gourmet

1985 Old Hudson Road
A Chinese buffet serving à la carte items, such as shrimp with lobster sauce, that you won’t find at other wok-in joints. If Santa spoke Cantonese, he’d say, Ho sek, for “Man, these wings are tasty.” $

Homi Restaurante Mexicano

864 West University Avenue
Chilaquiles, enchiladas, moles, empanadas, tamales, and caldos (soups) made from scratch. A University Avenue hidden gem that’s family owned. $

Hunan Garden

380 Cedar Street
Specials include fragrant shrimp, Hunan beef, and enhanced karaoke and entertainment on Thursdays. Free parking in the Midway shopping center. $$

Indochin Vietnamese Restaurant

1702 Grand Avenue
French-influenced Vietnamese fare from sister team Ha Nguyen and Thu Nguyen. $

Italian Pie Shoppe & Winery

1670 Grand Avenue
Deep dish, thin crust, and stuffed pizzas since 1976. Any way you slice it, you’ll leave full. $$

Izzy’s Ice Cream Cafe

2034 Marshall Avenue
Renowned artisan ice cream with inspired, quirky flavors. $

J. Selby’s

169 N. Victoria Street
J. Selby’s is a plant-based eatery location in St. Paul, Minnesota with a menu full of delicious food. $

Joan’s in the Park

631 South Snelling Avenue
A modern-meets-classic restaurant and wine bar in Highland Park. Closed Sunday and Monday. $$

Keys Cafe & Bakery

767 Raymond Avenue
500 North Robert Street
The made-from-scratch recipes you grew up with and service that takes you back home. Open since 1973, the Raymond Avenue location serves breakfast and lunch; the Robert Street location stays open until 9 p.m. every day. Catering available. $

Khyber Pass Cafe

1571 Grand Avenue
Authentic Afghani menu combines the best of several Asian palettes, with special attention to chutneys. Jazz Thursday nights after 9 p.m. $$


380 St. Peter Street, Suite 125
Upscale steak and seafood in the heart of downtown. $$$-$$$$

Kolap Restaurant

601 North Dale Street
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Cambodian soups and plates with hints of lime and tang, as well as some standard Chinese dishes. Now accepts credit cards. $

La Cucaracha

36 South Dale Street
Established Mexican restaurante with an ambitious list of tequilas. $$

La Grolla

452 Selby Avenue
Romance infused with garlic on Cathedral Hill. Dine inside or on the patio. Look too long at the menu and you’ll begin to weep as if admiring the grandeur of a Genesis representation by Michelangelo. $ (lunch) $$ (dinner)

La Hacienda

2467 West Seventh Street
Latin American restaurant offering Salvadorian, Peruvian, Mexican, and American options. Stop by after flights into MSP. $

La Patisserie

1570 Randolph Avenue
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In addition to rustic croissants and pastries, La Patisserie offers homemade soups, sandwiches, and a seasonal salad bar. Closed Sunday.

Lady Elegant’s Tea Room

2230 Carter Avenue
Take tea in the British tradition with three-, four-, and six-course events. Reservations recommended; closed Sunday and Monday.

Lake Monster Brewing

550 Vandalia Street, Suite 160
Head to the Lake Monster taproom for unique versions of classic beer styles. Food trucks are on site every day for those who want eats with their stylish brews. Saturday morning features Yoga and a Pint for the mindful imbiber. $


175 West Seventh Street
Irish pub hospitality and an urban patio view of beautiful downtown. Now under the direction of chef Vincent Francoual, founder of Vincent: A Restaurant. $ (lunch) $$ (dinner)

Little Asia Cafe

995 West University Avenue
Café and deli draws from Chinese, Korean, and Thai influences. Popular dishes are seafood and pho. $

Little Oven

1786 East Minnehaha Avenue
Reasonably priced Italian fare with monthly coupons and specials that are easy on the wallet. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Catering available. $

Little Szechuan

422 West University Avenue
Adventurous, eclectic Chinese dishes alongside traditional favorites. Great for those who like spice. $

Los Ocampo Mexican Restaurant & Bar‎

1751 Suburban Avenue
Traditional Mexican foods prepared and served with speed. $

Louis Ristorante & Bar

211 West Seventh Street, Third Floor
Cosetta’s third-floor restaurant and rooftop patio offers traditional and regional Italian cuisine and signature drinks. Enjoy upscale pasta dishes or splurge on braised short ribs, veal chop, or seafood stew. $$-$$$$

Luci Ancora

2060 Randolph Avenue
Fresh and local gourmet Italian food made using traditional methods. Featuring handmade pastas, local produce, and sustainably raised fish. $$

Lucy Coffee Cafe

540 North Fairview Avenue
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Coffee cafe in the Griggs Midway Building offering breakfast and lunch fare, including hot sandwiches, soups, and salads. Deaf friendly. $

M ST. Cafe

Saint Paul Hotel
350 Market Street
Sophisticated yet casual with à la carte menu items or Euro-style sideboard servings. Sunday brunch. $$

Mac’s Fish, Chips, Strips

1330 West Larpenteur Avenue
For any East Coasters out there, let me just say, “Take me to the river!” With hand-filleted fish, freshly grated slaw, and hand-battered clams, you will never, ever reach for fish sticks again. $

Magnolias Restaurant

1081 Payne Avenue
Quality family dining with home-cooked comfort food. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Catering available. $

Malina’s Sports Bar

691 North Dale Street
Bar and pool hall with southeast Asian fare. Late-night offerings of papaya salad, beef laab, and chicken wings. $

Mama’s Pizza

961 Rice Street
Italian and American eatery for lunch, dinner, and takeout. Catering available. $

Mañana Restaurant y Pupuseria

828 East Seventh Street
The perfect Salvadorian pupusas. $

Mancini’s Char House & Lounge

531 West Seventh Street
A Saint Paul institution since 1948. Serving charbroiled steak and lobster in a lounge as classic as the day it was built. Live music every Thursday through Saturday. $$$

Mango Thai

610 Selby Avenue
Mango spring rolls and pan-grilled tuna salad in a hip, visually sumptuous setting. BYOB. $$


410 St. Peter Street
Sustainable and seasonal New American cuisine that tends toward the French, with a crepe stand weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $$$

Mickey’s Diner

Read a review of Mickey’s from the Saint Paul Almanac.
36 West Seventh Street
An amusing Art Deco dining car on the National Register of Historic Places. Open every day of the year, 24 hours a day. $

Minnesota Music Cafe

499 Payne Avenue
“Where the food’s great and the music’s cooking!” Live blues, jazz, soul, and a packed dance floor are staples at this first-rate venue. $

Mirror of Korea

761 North Snelling Avenue
Second generation family-owned restaurant with summer and winter special menus. Food served in clay hot pots is sure to pick you up when you’re needing hot flavor. $

Mojo Monkey

1169 West Seventh Street
Handcrafted donuts made fresh daily. Closed Monday. $

Moscow on the Hill

371 Selby Avenue
Post-perestroika Russian dining and the essential vodka bar on Cathedral Hill, serving Russian comfort foods such as Chicken Kiev, Borscht, and Blini. A secluded, vine-laden patio is tucked in the back. $$

Mucci’s Italian

786 Randolph Avenue
Indulge in authentic fresh pasta or pizza washed down with a glass of wine. Mucci’s also sells frozen pizzas, pasta, and quarts of sauce to bring home. Open every day at 5 p.m. for dinner service, but don’t miss the fresh doughnuts on weekend mornings (from 8 a.m. until they’re sold out). Closed Monday. $$

Neighborhood Cafe

1570 Selby Avenue
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a great happy hour at this small cafe with filling meals and a full wine list. Closes at 3 p.m. Sunday–Monday; open for dinner Tuesday–Saturday. $-$$

Ngon Vietnamese Bistro

799 West University Avenue
Innovative, contemporary Vietnamese cuisine that holds true to the flavors of traditional dishes. $$

Nina’s Coffee Café

165 Western Avenue
Filled with sunshine and artists, Nina’s is the quintessential writer’s café, offering a beautiful, historic space in Cathedral Hill to eat, drink, and work. Hosts frequent art and literary events. Offering coffee, beer, wine, and good food. $


492 South Hamline Avenue
Offering up your favorite burger—the Juicy Lucy—and scrumptious fries. $

Obb’s Sports Bar & Grill

1347 Burns Avenue
Watch your favorite sports while enjoying a wide selection of draft and bottled beer or wine. $

On’s Kitchen

1613 West University Avenue
Thai options from spring rolls to curry, including a few specialty dishes you can’t find anywhere else, cooked by head chef “On” Khumchaya from Thailand. $

Otra Cocina

1193 Payne Avenue
Family-owned Mexican restaurant offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner to go. The food is made with care, and the recipes are handed down from los abuelos. They also cater. $

Ox Cart Ale House

255 East Sixth Street
Stylish, made-from-scratch pub food, including housemade sausages, at Lowertown’s first and only rooftop patio with unparalleled views of Saint Paul. $$

Pad Thai Grand Café

1681 Grand Avenue
Homemade Thai food, exposed brick and timbers, and service with a smile. $$

Paddy Shack

1013 Front Avenue
Bringing a delicious Irish menu to fan-favorite dive bar Half Time Rec, Paddy Shack features corned beef in every possible form (including stuffed inside jalapenos), plus Rec dogs, Irish toasties, and bangers and mash. $

Padelford Packet Boat Co.

Harriet Island
Riverboat rides departing from Harriet Island offer a variety of meal cruises, including a sunset dinner cruise and a “Lunch & Lock” through the Ford Lock and Dam. $$


605 West Seventh Street
Affordable, scratch-made taco fare. $

Palace’s Pizza

1373 Maryland Avenue
Enter the palace for Hmong and southeast Asian fare (the pizza menu is being phased out). $

Pappy’s Chicago Style Eatery

1783 East Maryland Avenue
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Serving Philly cheese steaks, Italian beef, and the ubiquitous Chicago dog. Be prepared to stand in line; taking in the smells makes the gratification all the better. $

Patrick McGovern’s Pub

225 West Seventh Street
Pub food and drinks in a historic brick building with a three-tiered outdoor dining patio. $


360 St. Peter Street
Acclaimed Italian cuisine in a stylish downtown location with summer patio seating; complimentary valet parking offered. Celiac friendly menu. $$

Peking Garden

1488 University Avenue
Serving quality homeland Cantonese dishes with love. Seafood specialties include squid and dungeness crab. These alternative dishes will keep you sitting at the table long after you eat, giving the flavors time to sink in. $$

Pizza Lucé

1183 Selby Avenue
Creative, artistic pizzas with vegan and gluten-free options for dine-in, takeout, or delivery. A great spot to kick it with the boys/girls after work. $

Polly’s Coffee Cove

1382 Payne Avenue
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Comfortable kitsch and convenient boxed lunches; Polly is the bird. Regular entertainment and community events. $

Public Kitchen + Bar

229 East Sixth Street
Dine in the upper level restaurant, or enjoy cocktails and sharable plates in the lounge. A large sidewalk patio overlooks Lowertown’s picturesque Mears Park. $

Punch Neapolitan Pizza

704 South Cleveland Avenue
769 Grand Avenue
Gourmet pizzas cooked fresh in a wood-burning oven for a smoky crust flavor. A great family and celebratory spot with two cozy locations. $

Red Cow

393 Selby Avenue
Finely crafted eats and drinks with a focus on gourmet burgers and beef dishes. $

Ristorante Luci

470 South Cleveland Avenue
Romantic, classical Italian cuisine in an intimate space with a multi-course tasting menu. $$

Ruam Mit Thai

475 St. Peter Street
Convenient downtown location; family-friendly lunch buffet. $

Russian Tea House

1758 West University Avenue
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Serving borscht, piroshki, cabbage rolls, and real Russian tea. Open Tuesday thru Friday. Chocolate and pastries also available. $

Rusty Taco

508 South Lexington Parkway
Breakfast tacos, Mexican tacos, beer, and coffee at the corner of Lexington and Randolph. $

Saint Dinette

261 East Fifth Street
North American brunch and dinner. With matzah ball soup and a salt cod tamale on the menu, the food is at once refined and comforting. Closed Mondays. $$-$$$

Saint Paul Cheese Shop

1573 Grand Avenue
Cured meat sandwiches and gourmet grilled cheese melts, along with an rBGH-free artisanal cheese list. $

Saint Paul Grill

The Saint Paul Hotel
350 Market Street
Impeccable service and classic American entrées; Scotch, whiskey, and cognac for the connoisseurs. $$$

Saint Paul Meat Shop

1674 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul’s only whole animal butcher shop, offering local meats and unique cuts, as well as deliciously meaty sandwiches and hand pies. Each week the kitchen features a different take-home dinner with deli sides. $$

Saji Ya

695 Grand Avenue
Japanese sushi and sauté cooking with a bar and teppanyaki grill. $$


350 St. Peter Street
Timeless Japanese food and drink. Begin an evening on the town at the full-length bar. $$

Salut Bar Américain

917 Grand Avenue
French-inspired cuisine in an ooh-la-la venue. The patio offers plenty of outdoor seating. $$

Señor Wong Craft Bar

111 East Kellogg Boulevard
A convincing combination of Asian and Latin foods. Craft beer and cocktails add to the flair. $ (lunch) $$ (dinner)


995 West Seventh Street
A real Irish pub with live entertainment serving neighborhood-famous Nook food from next door. $


1668 Grand Avenue
Cafe serving winning Mediterranean and American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s all about the garlic sauce. Catering available. $

Skinner’s Pub & Eatery

919 Randolph Avenue
Fun for the whole family with Thursday bingo, Saturday tacos, and specials every day of the week. $


128 Cleveland Avenue
Formerly 128 Café, Stewart’s is a casual neighborhood restaurant and bar serving simple, eclectic American fare, fine cocktails, wine, and craft beer. $$

Supatra’s Thai Cuisine

967 West Seventh Street
Chef and owner Supatra Johnson is the author of Crying Tiger: Thai Recipes from the Heart. Her food pairs well with a BeerLao or Chang, Thailand’s national brews. And if you want to try one of Supatra’s savory recipes at home, she offers classes. $

Swede Hollow Cafe

725 East Seventh Street
An expansive all-day breakfast menu features daily quiche and oven-baked French toast. Warm up with a homemade cinnamon bun, or wait till sunnier times to enjoy the patio. Catering available. Closed Sunday. $

Sweeney’s Saloon

96 North Dale Street
Beloved neighborhood bar with craft beer, great burgers, and a top-notch patio. $

Sweet Pea’s Public House

472 South Snelling Avenue
Classics here include tater tot hot dish, Snelling Avenue pot roast, and walleye ’n’ chips. $

Taco Libre

1221 South Robert Street
Mexican street-style tacos and other traditional on-the-go foods, such as tamales, worth sitting down for. If you’re looking to go to town on a taco, prepare your mandibles to wrestle with the machete at this West Side establishment. $

Taste of Thailand

1671 Selby Avenue
Order with as much or as little spice as you want, but remember that hot means hot. For your own safety, complement with fried bananas. $

Tavern on Grand

656 Grand Avenue
Go for the fried walleye and log cabin décor. $$

Tavern on the Avenue

825 West Jefferson Avenue
Tav on the Ave is a no-frills neighborhood bar that offers food made from scratch. Kitchen open till midnight. Cozy venue for rock ’n’ roll, blues, and soul. Live music every Tuesday, plus some weekends. $

Tây Hô Restaurant

302 West University Avenue
Facebook: Tay Ho Restaurant
Small dining space with big flavors in traditional and old-world Vietnamese fare. $

Tea House

1676 Suburban Avenue
A Szechuan gem on the East Side. $

Thai Cafe

371 West University Avenue
Chef Yuwadee Poophakumpanart, born and raised in Thailand, brings her vision of Thai food to Saint Paul. Go for the ginger fried fish! $

Tin Cup’s

1220 Rice Street
Facebook: TinCup Bar
North End burger bar featured on “Man v. Food Nation.” Juicy Lucys and sandwiches served on checkered diner paper. $

Tom Reid’s Hockey City Pub

258 West Seventh Street
Generous portions for lunch, dinner, and after the game; serving you late at night. $

Tongue in Cheek

989 Payne Avenue
An East Side eating, drinking, and cavorting establishment with Southern and international influences. Serves weekend brunch. $$

Tori Ramen

161 North Victoria Street
Fowl-based broths and produce, “committed to serving you the best ramen experience you will ever have.” $$

Trieu Chau Restaurant

500 West University Avenue
Busy shop with outstanding soups and tasty banh mi sandwiches. $

Tillie’s Farmhouse

232 North Cleveland Avenue
Find local and organic food at this charming Merriam Park café and bakery, serving beer, wine, burgers, and hearty sandwiches. Catering available.

Trung Nam French Bakery

739 West University Avenue
Facebook: Trung Nam French Bakery
Bakery and restaurant specializing in French Vietnamese sandwiches and croissants. The pastries are yummy and affordable. $

Turf Club

1601 University Avenue
The newest music performed in a gritty relic of old-school Saint Paul. Serving lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. $

Underground Music Café

1579 Hamline Avenue
A friendly gathering place that supports local music and music education by hosting musical acts, jams, and events just about every night. Serves coffee, wine, local craft beer, and café food ($2 Waffle Tuesday!). $

Vieux Carré

408 St. Peter Street
New jazz venue in the old Artists Quarter space with a speakeasy vibe inspired by New Orleans’ rich food and music scene. The stage showcases Minnesota jazz, soul, and blues; the creole menu features gumbo, muffulettas, and beignets. $-$$

W.A. Frost and Company

374 Selby Avenue
Incomparable ambience and an old-world wine cellar to complement romantic artisanal cuisine. The patio is equally beautiful. To top it off, the food is sustainably and locally sourced. $$ (lunch) $$$ (dinner)

Wild Tymes & the Palace Stage 

33 West Seventh Place
Live music every Wednesday-Saturday. Never a cover. All shows 18+. Serving an extensive list of bar food. $-$$

Yarusso-Bros. Italian Restaurant

635 Payne Avenue
Family-owned Italian classic since 1933; famous for its Francesco’s sauce and bocce ball. $

Zamboni’s Pizza

184 West Seventh Street
A cafe/pizzeria/pub to park yourself in for Wild games. $