Bars & Restaurants

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128 Cafe

128 North Cleveland Avenue
Upscale dining with a changing menu of fresh and seasonal ingredients. Seafood and grass-fed beef available. Specialties include swordfish and BBQ ribs. A mobile 128 Cafe food truck roams the streets in the summer. $$$

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. $$

American Burger Bar

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

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. $

Babani’s Kurdish Restaurant

544 St. Peter Street
This Saint Paul landmark offers an authentic Kurdish menu with a wide variety of savory options. $

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. $

Barbary Fig

720 Grand Avenue
A homey and romantic Mediterranean/Algerian restaurant with inspired cuisine. The infamous owner and chef, known simply as “Boss,” will be sure to charm you and your date (optional). $$

Barrio Tequila Bar

235 East Sixth Street
Meet across from Mears Park for Latin-inspired tacos, enchiladas, seafood, chicken, or ribs—and, of course, tequila flights. The Barrio food truck is a mobile extension of the bar. Catering available. $

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. $

Billy’s on Grand

857 Grand Avenue
Sports pub featuring burgers, fish tacos, and other bar food. Grand location to watch the game. $

Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar

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 with fun Americana décor, 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)

Boca Chica’s Taco House

407 South Wabasha Street
The fast food version of Boca Chica with the same great taste. $

Bonfire Wood Fire Cooking

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

Bonnie’s Cafe

2160 West University Avenue
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Grab breakfast before the train at this favorite “stop-and-eat” at the edge of Saint Paul. $

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. $-$$

Bulldog Lowertown

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

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. $

Caffé 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 with a mom-and-pop atmosphere. The Willy Wonka–esque assortment of candies and flavored popcorn will take 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. $

Cheeky Monkey

525 Selby Avenue
This “deli by day and bistro by night” will elevate your lunchtime expectations. The food is prepared with soul, and the atmosphere slyly places you in the lap of luxury. Full table service after 5 p.m. $-$$

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. $

Chocolat Céleste

652 Transfer Road, Suite 16A
Award-winning truffles and other chocolate delicacies, made using “first cut” cacao beans from around the world. Closed Sunday. $


Union Depot Place
214 East Fourth Street
Formal Greek dining or a weekday lunch buffet in a breathtaking Union Depot setting. Catering available. $

Cold Front

490 South Hamline Avenue
Ice cream, coffee, and made-to-order fountain soda drinks. $

Colossal Cafe

2315 Como Avenue
1340 Grand Avenue
Specializing in made-from-scratch, seasonal sandwiches, salads, and meatloaf. Weekly specials and catering available. Second location now open on Grand Avenue. $

Conny’s Creamy Cone

1197 North Dale Street
Seasonal ice cream shop open March to October. $


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

Cork’s Irish Pub

175 East Tenth Street
Tucked into Embassy Suites downtown, Cork’s offers traditional Irish fare and Minnesota favorites, as well as an extensive selection of Irish beer and whisky. Sláinte! $

Cossetta Alimentari

211 West Seventh Street
Cossetta dining options include cafeteria-style classic Italian food at its casual Eatery & Pizzeria, or the new third-floor, upscale Louis Ristorante & Bar. Don't miss Cosetta’s gourmet grocery shop. $

Cupcake Social

Food Truck
The cupcake truck sells uniquely crafted gourmet cupcakes with impressive visual presentations. $

Dancing Goat Coffee House

699 East Seventh Street
A friendly open space across the street from Metro State University, set in a historic red brick building. Serving gourmet espresso or, if you get hungry, pizza ... on naan.

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 and Eatery

250 East Seventh Street
Drinks, brunch, lunch, happy hour, and spacial "dark hour." $$

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. $

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

995 West University Avenue
1151 Clarence Street, Suite 101
Hmong deli with Thai influences 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. $$

Downtowner Woodfire Grill

253 West Seventh Street
A comfortable retreat with classic meat cuts grilled over an oak wood–burning grill for unbeatable home-cooked flavor. $$

Dr. Chocolate’s Chocolate Chateau

579 Selby Avenue
Enjoy chocolate treats, ice cream, or pastries while shipping wine, craft beer, or hot chocolate. The Cathedral Hill chateau also offers intimate banquet spaces for public and private events. $

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? Show up for low-key Irish céilí dance lessons on Wednesday nights, starting at 7pm. $

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. $

Eden Pizza

629 Aldine Street
Many specialty pizza options, including the Gunslinger and Das Kraut, or create your own for dine-in, takeout, or delivery. $-$$

Egg & I East

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

El Amanecer

194 Cesar Chavez Street
Authentic Mexican fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Located in the heart of District del Sol. $

El Burrito Mercado

175 Cesar Chavez Street
Shop and eat at this authentic Mexican supermercado and deli in the West Side. $

El Nuevo 7 Mares Restaurant

600 North Concord Street
An inviting Mexican restaurant concentrating mainly in seafood. Come for the Friday seafood buffet. Catering available. $$

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. $$

Fabulous Fern’s Bar & Grill

400 Selby Avenue
Classic entrées, salads, pastas, and sandwiches, plus a kids’ menu, Sunday brunch, and weekly features. $$-$$$

FACES Mears Park

373 Sibley Street
American cuisine fusing modern and old-world aesthetics; includes a wine bar, bottle shop, and bakery. All meals are entirely locally sourced, sustainable, and organic. $$

Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant

510 North Snelling Avenue
Ethiopian fare 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. $

Flamingo Restaurant

490 North Syndicate Street
Savory East African menu with cuisine from Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia, including specialty lamb and goat dishes. $

Flat Earth Brewing Company

688 East Minnehaha Avenue
Taproom at a growing handcraft brewery dedicated to its Saint Paul roots.


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)

Fork in the Road

Food Truck
The big orange truck serves up fresh and familiar sandwiches, soups, and salads. Catering available. $

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. $

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. $-$$


Food Truck
This food truck has creative culinary offerings with zero waste. Catering available. $-$$


605 West Seventh Street
Great chef specials and an exhaustive beer list at Saint Paul’s premier German restaurant. $$

Golden’s Lowertown

275 East Fourth Street
Soups, sandwiches, and farmers market fresh breakfasts. Show up hungry for brunch, lunch, and late-night munchies and live entertainment. Walk-up window on Wall Street is open in the warm months. Catering available. $

Governors Fine Food & Drink

959 Arcade Street
651.778.1065 (lounge) 651.778.1045 (restaurant)
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Neighborhood bar and restaurant where everyone feels at home. $

Grand Ole Creamery

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

Grandview Grill

1818 Grand Avenue
All-American diner in pursuit of the perfect breakfast and lunch for more than 20 years. $

Great Waters Brewing Company

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

Groveland Tap

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

Halftime Rec

1013 Front Street
New management, live music, Irish food, bocce ball, drink specials, and free parking. $

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. $$-$$$$

Heartland Restaurant & Wine Bar

289 East Fifth Street
651.699.3536 (restaurant) 651-419-8900 (wine bar)
Seeking an umami fix? At Heartland the presentation is gourmet and the flavors are deeply savory. Farm-direct fare for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. An attached gourmet market sells meats, produce, and dairy. $$-$$$$


2186 Marshall Avenue
With elevated farmhouse offerings such as pork jowl, black pudding, and parsnip custard, Heirloom brings hip, seasonal cuisine to Merriam Park. Open for dinner and Sunday brunch; closed Monday. $$

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
Chinese buffet or à la carte menu with memorable chicken wings and roast duck you won’t find at other wok-in joints. If Santa spoke Cantonese, he’d say, "Ho sek," for “Man, these wings are tasty.” $

Home Street Home

Food Truck
Globally inspired comfort food, such as gyros and Korean BBQ tacos, served from a truck. Catering available. $

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. $$

India House

758 Grand Avenue
Traditional south Indian dishes such as tandoori and biryani. Lunch buffet is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner menu starts at 5 p.m. $

Indochin Vietnamese Restaurant

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

iPho by Saigon

704 West University Avenue
Familiar Vietnamese favorites, such as pho, broken rice dishes, and banh mi sandwiches. Closed Monday. $

Italian Pie Shoppe & Winery

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

Izzy’s Ice Cream Cafe

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

Joan’s in the Park

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

Joe’s Hot Dogs

Food Truck
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This hot dog truck hits three convenient locations: Mears and Rice Parks and the Ramsey Courthouse. $

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. $$


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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Pho and other Cambodian food served in a warm and friendly space perfect for large groups. Now accepts credit cards. $

La Cucaracha

36 South Dale Street
Established Mexican family 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. $

Lao Thai Family Restaurant

501 West University Avenue
Traditional Lao and Thai cuisine, including raw beef laab, yummy pad thai, and chicken wings. $

Lee & Dee’s Bar-B-Que Express

161 North Victoria Street
Ribs and catfish served up right by this welcoming husband-wife team. $

Leprechaun’s Dreamcycle

Street Vendor
“A roving courier of happiness with a magical tricycle,” selling ice cream and art. $


175 West Seventh Street
Irish pub hospitality and an urban patio view of beautiful downtown. Expect new additions to the menu, which is now under the direction of recently acquired chef Vincent Francoual, founder of Vincent: A Restaurant. $ (lunch) $$ (dinner)

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 made with recipes and spices that have been handed down for generations. $

Luci Ancora

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

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. $

Mai Village

394 West University Avenue
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Enjoy steaming Vietnamese meals and a full-service bar near the koi pond or outdoor rose patio. All interior design elements are traditional family keepsakes brought from Vietnam. $$

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 with a lounge as classic as the day it was built. $$$

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. $$$

Mexitalian Pizzeria

1193 Payne Avenue
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New pizza joint serving signature Mexican pizzas, such as the Pizza Poblana, or create-your-own pizzas, plus pasta, salads, and hot subs. $

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.” Come for roll on the rocks and the sweet sounds of jazz. $

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 patio is tucked in the back. $$

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. $$

Muddy Pig

162 North Dale Street
Neighborhood bar with an extensive craft beer list and “better than pub fare.” $


2260 Como Avenue
St. Anthony Park neighborhood staple with an imaginative daily menu of seasonal ingredients and a wine list tended by a sommelier. $$ (lunch) $$-$$$ (dinner)


Food Truck
Food truck serving burgers, duck fat fries, and ice cream shakes. Catering available. $

Neighborhood Cafe

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

Nelson’s Ice Cream 

454 South Snelling Avenue
The classic Stillwater ice cream spot now has a place in Saint Paul. (Closed in the winter months.) $

Ngon Vietnamese Bistro

799 West University Avenue
Innovative, contemporary Vietnamese cuisine that holds true to the flavors of traditional dishes. The Ngon food truck also roams Saint Paul in the warmer months. $$


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. $

O’Gara’s Bar & Grill

164 North Snelling Avenue
Neighborhood Irish pub with music, grill food, and the free Shamrock Shuttle to sports events, including the Wild and Minnesota RollerGirls. $

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. $

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. $$

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. $$

Pad Thai Grand Café

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

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; complimentary valet parking offered. $$

Peking Garden

1488 University Avenue
Serving quality homeland Cantonese dishes. 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. $

Potter’s Pasties & Pies

Food Truck
Food truck perfecting the balance of durability and flakiness in meat or veggie pasties and sweet pies. $

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 Saint Paul locations. $

R.A. MacSammy’s

Food Truck
This food truck delivers gourmet comfort food with a rotating variety of mac and cheese dishes. $

Red Cow

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

Red’s Savoy Pizza

421 East Seventh Street
520 North White Bear Avenue
Countless topping combinations on that famous red sauce. $

Regina’s Fine Candies

2073 St. Clair Avenue
1905 South Robert Street
Started by a Greek craftsman in 1926 and still making chocolates and candies the old-fashioned way after three generations of quality candy making. $

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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Open just one day a week (Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), this Russian “fast food” diner serves borscht, cabbage rolls, and real Russian tea. The house specialty is the piroshki, or Russian hamburger. 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. $

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. $$

Sassy Spoon

Food Truck
Food truck offering wholesome, gluten-free food with attitude. Catering available. $


1806 South St. Clair Avenue
A shared-plate approach to Italian dining. $ 

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 pizza, burgers, fried chicken, and drinks. Daily specials including Thursday bingo and Saturday tacos. Catering available. $

Snuffy’s Malt Shop

244 South Cleveland Avenue
A popular neighborhood burger joint and soda fountain. $

St. Clair Broiler

1580 St. Clair Avenue
Burgers, sandwiches, malts, and buttermilk fried chicken in a classic American diner across from Macalester College. $

St. Paul Corner Drug

240 South Snelling Avenue
A Saint Paul institution since 1922, this independently owned pharmacy still has its old-fashioned soda fountain selling ice cream, shakes, floats, pastries—and a cup of coffee for a nickel. $

St. Paul Grill

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

Strip Club

378 Maria Avenue
Playful, sophisticated atmosphere for grass-fed meat and fish dinners on Dayton’s Bluff. Closed Mondays. $$

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. $

Tanpopo Noodle Shop

308 Prince Street
Simple, elegant, and affordable Japanese food. Soups and sauces made from traditional dashi soup base. Housed in the renovated Northern Warehouse space, kitty corner from the Saint Paul Farmers Market. $

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. $

Tây Hô Restaurant

302 West University Avenue
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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
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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. $$

Trieu Chau Restaurant

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

Trotter’s Cafe

232 North Cleveland Avenue
Find local and organic food at this charming cafe and bakery in Merriam Park. Catering available. $

Trung Nam French Bakery

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

Turf Club

1601 University Avenue
A low key, rockin’ music venue with a lunch and dinner menu as well as weekend brunch. $

Wabasha Deli & Cafe

32 East Fillmore Avenue
A mom-and-pop shop with in-house deli meats available for dine-in, picnic outside, or grab-and-go boxed lunches. Catering available. $

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)

Ward 6

858 Payne Avenue
Pub-style comfort food. Culinary traditions abound, from duck confit to roasted pork loin. Try the beignets for breakfast. The full bar is stocked with local brews. Owned and managed by Eastsiders. $-$$

Wild Onion

788 Grand Avenue
Restaurant and bar with a Minnesota attitude and atmosphere inspired by the Windy City. A live DJ after 9 p.m. turns the space into a dance party. $

Wild Tymes

33 West Seventh Place
Sports bar and grill featuring live music on the Palace Stage. A great spot to meet the gang. $

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. $