Saint Paul, Minnesota is home to an incredible array of eateries spanning different types of cuisine and service levels. We have history, home-spun ice cream cone stands where families line up all summer long, historic eateries with an elegant coat room and back bar jazz, there are groundbreaking creative forces forging new paths, and beloved, dark bars serving up classic square-cut pizza. We’re a unique blend of cosmopolitan and small-town charm - and we are proud of our culinary scene. There are so many to try, but here are the cream of the crop: restaurants that are steeped in Saint Paul. If you’re going to brag you’ve tasted this incredible town, this is where to start.
For a taste of Saint Paul’s best in long-standing restaurants, check out some of our favorite icons here.
1. Conny’s Creamy Cone
If it’s summer, there’s probably a line wrapped around this small ice cream stand on Dale Street. Conny’s opened over 25 years ago, and it’s since become a warm-weather tradition to line up for a wide variety of soft-serve ice cream with plenty of topping options. Conny’s also has a few savory options, like hot dogs and French fries, but the ice cream is the star of the show.
2. Saint Dinette
Located just a few steps away from Saint Paul’s iconic farmer’s market (one of the few in the state who stock entirely local products), and CHS Field where the St. Paul Saints play, Saint Dinette is an exquisite taste of the city. The kitchen churns out a mix of low and high-brow dishes, all with just a touch of French flair. The ultra-rich, buttery burger is the stuff of legends, and the bologna sandwich covered in oozy cheese is perfect for a pre-game bite. However, the seasonally changing entrees and polished, knowledgeable service also make this a destination for special occasions.
3. The Lexington
This crown jewel of Grand Avenue is a grand building and throwback to previous eras of fine dining. The front room of The Lexington boasts a staffed coat check room, and the interior curved bars are an ideal spot to sip a dirty martini. In the backroom, jazz nights add to the vibe. The menu was created by notable chef Jack Riebel and is full of supper club ready dishes.