Saint Paul has been called the last city of the East primarily because early developers built it to fit Eastern standards: city squares or parks, towers and turrets, lofty arches, Baroque domes and elaborate adornments abound. Ideal for families and those who like to explore on foot, the capital of Minnesota offers big city attractions with small town manageability. It's an easy and scenic stroll along the banks of the Mississippi River from the Children's Museum to the Science Museum. The kids (and the young at heart) will love them both. Nearby are the grandiose State Capitol, designed by esteemed architect Cass Gilbert and the historic Como Park, which includes lovely picnic areas, a zoo and a conservatory. Also in the mix are modern museums, stately old mansions, interesting natural wonders and unique shops to browse around. Be sure to check out the stellar collection of contemporary works by local artists at the Minnesota Museum of American Art. From four-star luxury to affordable and family-friendly, Saint Paul offers a variety of lodging and dining possibilities making it a great destination for all tastes and budgets.
Things to do in Saint Paul
4.5 based on 161 reviews
We went to Tongue in Cheek for my birthday. It is a small but funky venue so make reservations! My husband and son each tried a “one bite” appetizer that were flavor explosions! Then we shared the veggie inspired thai salad (will totally get that again!!) and pork tacos. Great combination of flavors! My son got a burger which he also thoroughly enjoyed and he is also “a foodie”. He loved the made to order non-alcoholic beverages and I enjoyed the cocktail flight! So unique and very different tastes! Definitely recommend!
4.5 based on 246 reviews
I dined here with three friends, and none of us had been here before. We were immediately impressed with the ambience of the restaurant, and Dan warmly welcomed us and made us feel right at home. The menu and featured entrees were varied and well-thought out. Dan helped us select some sharable starters and salads, and skillfully answered our questions about the entrees. Everything we ate was not only delicious, but brought together unexpected flavors and textures that really enhanced what we experienced on the palate. The wine selections were deep and varied, and everything we had -- sparkling, white, red -- was top notch. If you want to go somewhere where the food, wine and service are exceptional, and the attitude caring but laid-back, this is the place.
4.5 based on 692 reviews
Recognized annually as the best restaurant in Minneapolis and St. Paul, The St. Paul Grill is On Everyone's List! Business or romance, lunch or dinner, casual or upscale. This downtown icon features a classic, yet surprisingly diverse dining menu ranging from prime steaks and thick-cut chops to succulent poultry and fresh seafood. The Grill's classic and impressive mahogany and brass bar is filled with the Twin Cities' finest selection of rare spirits and wines, and is host to the premiere scotch club in Minnesota. From the incredible food and the impeccable service to the gorgeous view of Rice Park, The St. Paul Grill is a destination restaurant with a reputation that spans generations. It's the kind of place that has a very loyal following and makes new regulars all the time.
Steak and their famous hashbrowns. Cant go wrong. Had a drink first in the bar. And finished up with a fab desert
4.5 based on 231 reviews
Excellent hot and cold sandwiches on house-baked bread. Sandwiches come with a side of potato salad or cole slaw and a kosher dill pickle. Reubens are good, but my favorite is a specialty sandwich they call the Russian Roulette---corned beef, Turkey, Swiss, and a special sauce on black Russian rye. They also make a pretty decent latke. Eat in or take out. They'll also deliver orders over $50.
4.5 based on 192 reviews
Excellent food and drink in a friendly atmosphere. We have 20 taps of Minnesota craft beer, classic and new cocktails, a surprising wine list, made from scratch food with high quality (mostly local) ingredients.
We attended the he fifth anniversary party for this establishment. A 5 course dinner was paired with selected craft beers for each course. It is as simply amazing and a total joy. The food was only surpassed by the spirit and competence of the staff. This place is small business at its best. Give yourself a treat and go!
4.5 based on 418 reviews
Friendly employees make for a good start to an enjoyable lunch. Great stuffed burgers and fries, I had the Paul Moliter. My wife had the a Rueben which was also very good. Nice selection of beer and very good service.
4.5 based on 230 reviews
My companion and I were there for brunch on a weekday and it was jam-packed!
Food is ordered cafeteria style and you are not allowed to choose a table until after your order has been placed. This left a number of people wandering, hovering and competing for vacating tables.
I ordered the Avocado Toast for $9.95. It was delicious but super white bread-y. I was expecting a grainy bread, but it was very thick slices of store-bought French bread. All of the other ingredients were fantastic, although I asked for the egg over medium and it arrived over easy. In spite of the bread and egg mishap, it was still very delicious.
My companion ordered the breakfast tacos ($12?), they were good and beautifully presented but a little bland. The chorizo was sweet, not spicy. They had some hot sauce available, which was delicious and helped jazz things up. It came with lightly dressed greens, which was nice.
We also had the house-made ginger lemonade which was good, though a little heavy on the ginger.
Prices were on the high side for a cafeteria, but the ingredients and presentation were above average.
Service was friendly, competent and fairly quick given how busy they were.
All in all it was good and we would go back.
4.5 based on 205 reviews
Brasa serves comfort food inspired by the traditions of Creole cooking. Our menu is a celebration of new and old world ingredients, representing native influences and many many styles of cooking. We supply our kitchen with locally sourced products, free range and pasture raised meats, eggs, and dairy. We also feature organic ingredients, fair trade coffee & tea.
Went here after recommendations from friends. Food was good. However, they are known for chicken and the chicken we were presented with was unrecognizable. Think maybe a breast cut in half and some other piece cut into smaller pieces. For the price would expect whole pieces of chicken. Sides were plentiful, but chicken and catfish portions small. Don't need to return.
4.5 based on 493 reviews
I love that this restaurant feels small and local like a place you wish you could find on vacation. Our service was excellent as the entire staff seems to be focused on each customer. The food was excellent from wonderful appetizers, delicious salads and hearty entrees. It’s a special restaurant and I look forward to going back.
4.5 based on 430 reviews
Enjoyed lunch here, got lucky and got a table by the windows without a wait!! The menu is small, but has great selections to choose from. The cheeseballs were fantastic!
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