If you’re headed Downtown, use this as a guide to the top restaurants for lunch, happy hour and more.
Start the Day with a Cup of Joe
Conveniently located inside the Osborn 370 Building, Hepcat not only offers a delicious cup of the good stuff, you can grab a delectable sweet or savory baked goods to full your morning. (Hot tip: they don't just do coffee - rotating hand-made lunch options are available as well!)
Looking for a place to post up and get some work done? Lost Fox is your spot. With ample seating, you can spread out or meet with colleagues over your favorite caffeinated beverage. But don't stop there! Throughout the day, this space transforms providing lunch, happy hour and even dinner!
The Buttered Tin
Ok, yes, they serve coffee. But this place is really about the breakfast! You can sit down and enjoy a Biscuit Sammy on one of their house-made baked pillows of goodness or grab a slice of their amazing pies or cakes to go.
True Stone Coffee
If you're going for that Instagrammable vibe with your coffee date, True Stone is the spot. It is housed in the Market House building and brings all those bright, airy looks with their spot-on cup of Joe.
Get Your Lunch On
What do you get when you fuse African, Mediterranean and American food at a vibrant, quick-serve restaurant? Everyone’s favorite lunch spot (well, a lot of people’s at least). Fun fact: owner Abdirahman Kahin attended former President Barack Obama’s 2016 State of the Union address where Kahin was honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
If you're looking for a slightly elevated sit-down option for lunch, hit up Momento located in the former Pazzaluna space. Keep it casual with one of their custom-created pizzas or zest it up a bit with one of their pasta dishes. Not just open for lunch - you can also enjoy happy hour and dinner!
It's like a sports bar, but so much more. Enjoy spins on American classics, such as deviled eggs with pickled Fresno chili, a Jalapeno Popper Juicy Lucy, and Nashville Hot Chicken Tacos along with a specials menu that rotates every 6-8 weeks.
Located in the lobby of Saint Paul’s RiverCentre, Headwaters is a worthy lunch choice for more than just convention-goers. Their extensive menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts and a variety of daily features. You can even grab a quick brew or cocktail here before a Wild game or concert at Xcel Energy Center.
M ST. Cafe
M St. Cafe is part of the Saint Paul Hotel’s dining family, so you know it’s good. The cafe is named for the hotel’s location on Market Street and offers both breakfast and lunch. We’d be remiss if we didn’t also recommend checking out the weekend brunch buffet.
Think Chipotle, but stir-fry. Pick your base, protein, veggies and signature sauces, and let Urban Wok do the rest. Gluten-free or vegan? No problem—there are plenty of options to fit any dietary restrictions.
A place to satisfy your eggroll cravings and so much more. Asian Express offers a wide variety of yummy Vietnamese and Chinese dishes.
Securian Center’s MaisonDarras has made quite the name for itself in the Twin Cities sandwich circuit. The authentically French cafe is known for perfectly pressed paninis and decadent creme brulee.
Pino’s Pizzeria in the Alliance Bank food court is a Saint Paul skyway staple. Their made from scratch New York-style pizza has been delighting downtowners for over 25 years.
While there’s no shortage of burgers in Saint Paul, there was a shortage of them in the skyway—that is, until Skyway Grill opened in 2015. Get your burger fix (and a side of sweet potato tots) in the Alliance Bank building.
Build-your-own sushi rolls and all the classics. This Alliance Bank spot proves you don’t have to leave the warmth of the skyway for good sushi.
For all you gluten-conscious folks out there, this is your spot! Their entire menu is gluten-free, just pass on the flour tortillas, tortas, and tostadas. Thing customizable Mexican fare with a modern twist.
If you're trying to get more vegetables in, Freshii is the way to go. Salads, wraps, bowl and more Try unique flavors such as Buddah's Satay or the Tex Mex, or keep it simple with the Chipotle Cheddar or Southwest BBQ.
Citizen dropped the Supper Club from its name when it relaunched in September 2017 with local flair and a modern look. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, InterContinental Hotel’s resident restaurant touts small plates, elevated comfort food and crafted cocktails.
From seafood to prime rib, Kincaid’s is known for providing a classic American dining experience. It’s a great choice for special occasions or special someones.
With a handful of Best Restaurant and Best French food honors, Meritage has built quite the reputation in the Twin Cities. The oyster bar and robust wine selection are just two of the many reasons to add it to your list.
St. Paul Grill
Nothing says quintessential Saint Paul like St. Paul Grill. Sip cocktails and indulge in the finest steaks, fish and pork chops as you overlook Rice Park at this downtown icon.
It's sort of like fine dining, but also very approachable. Hospitality is at the forefront of Saint Dinette's dining experience, so you can feel welcomed as you are. Elevated (and incredibly delicious) burgers, a bologna sandwich like you have never had before, and so much more.
Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Go Dutch with Amsterdam’s simple, yet delicious of Belgian appetizers, fries and sandwiches. Along with a stellar weekday happy hour from 2p.m.-7 p.m., Amsterdam also hosts frequent concerts by local and national acts on its two stages.
Camp Bar & Cabaret
Come for happy hour (3-5:30 p.m., 1-2 a.m. daily), stay for a show. There’s nearly always entertainment scheduled at this popular downtown lounge.
Artisanal wood-fired pizza, beer-infused cocktails and skeeball. Rival House is downtown’s throwback to old-school neighborhood sporting parlours, speakeasies and social clubs.
More than just a brewery. MetroNOME's proceeds go to funding musical instruments, lessons, and education for underprivileged youth in the Twin Cities Metro Area. Stop in for a pint and know that your money is going towards something good!
A sports bar and a saloon all in one?! Sounds like a good time to us. Wild Bill's is known for comfort food, a broad beer selection and an approachable cocktail program, making it a perfect spot before a hockey game or concert at the Xcel Energy Center.
Here in Minnesota, we want nothing to do with the silly game out-of-staters call “Duck, Duck, Goose.” It’s “Duck, Duck, Gray Duck” and that’s all there is to it. In fact, we’re so passionate about it that we even named a restaurant after it. Though its name is uniquely Minnesotan, Gray Duck Tavern’s menu features comfort food inspired by all corners of the world.
Pay homage to a Saint Paul icon while you dine on upscale tavern fare and handcrafted cocktails. Inspired by the legacy of Herb Brooks, coach of the 1980 gold medal Olympic hockey squad, Herbie’s on the Park is the place to be for hockey fans and foodies alike.
The Loon has landed. A longtime Minneapolis favorite for chili, sandwiches, beer and good times has crossed the river to establish its second location along Saint Paul's West Seventh Place mall. It's a great pick for lunch, happy hour or before and after a show at the nearby Palace Theatre.
Though there are nine total Keys locations in the Twin Cities, the renowned Minnesota breakfast joint calls Saint Paul home. The downtown location isn’t the original (that one’s on Raymond Avenue in Saint Anthony Park), but it serves up the same all-day breakfast deliciousness as the others.
What do the National Register of Historic Places, Hollywood, Food Network and Travel Channel all have in common? They’ve all featured Mickey’s Dining Car in Saint Paul. One look at the menu and you’ll see you’re in good company with all the celebrities who have dined at this vintage breakfast joint since it opened back in 1937. (Mickey's is currently closed but set to reopen)
Looking for phenomenal Thai food in downtown Saint Paul? Head to Ruam Mit Thai for some of the city’s best pad thai, curry and other traditional favorites. It’s rare for this place not to be packed over the lunch hour, so plan your visit accordingly.
Enjoy fresh sushi and sake in Sakura’s spacious two-level restaurant (a rare find downtown). Pick a seat at the sushi bar to watch your meal being prepared for you.
Thai it, you'll like it! Sawatdee opened in 1983 as the first Thai restaurant in the 5-state area, so you know it must be good. The menu is full of traditional sweet, salty and sour Thai classics and will leave you wanting more.
What would you say if we told you Chicago Mix popcorn was actually invented in Saint Paul? It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but dang is it good. Pick up a bag and more at Candyland’s original downtown location.
In the historic Pioneer Endicott Building lies the cure for all of your chocolate cravings. The truffles and bark are Legacy Chocolate’s specialty, but you’ll also want to try their chocolate-infused coffee drinks for a decadent pick-me-up.
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