The Liffey
The Liffey
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The Liffey

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theliffey.com/
  • Phone: 6515561420
  • Hours of Operation:


    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:30am, Saturday & Sunday: 7:30am - 10:30am;
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 2:00pm;
    Dinner: Daily: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Irish
  • Executive Chef: Shawnte Peery
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: The Liffey entertainment calendar changes throughout the year. Please call ahead or reference our website for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kellogg Blvd.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The Liffey reimburses parking fees from Interstate Parking ramp when a minimum purchase is made. The ramp is located directly behind our pub. Simply show proof of parking, spend the minimum purchase in our pub, and we will deduct the parking charge from your guest check.
A word from The Liffey
St. Paul's Spirited Irish Pub! The Liffey Irish Pub welcomes you into our newly remodeled home, filled with warmth, color and character. Sample our enticing new menu and enjoy the friendliest service this side of the river. During the summer months, relax on our award winning rooftop patio, "The Terrace", and take in views of our capital city.
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The Liffey reviews from OpenTable diners
  • This was a very busy event
    DebD
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    This was a very busy event night and the service was still excellent!
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great Irish pub
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Great location and nice Irish atmosphere. Try the ice cream it's amazing.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Liffey is a great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    The Liffey is a great spot for a bite before heading over to the Xcel Energy Center for a game. We arrived an hour before game time, told the server we needed to be in and out in under an hour, and she made it happen. The service is great and the five 11 year old boys I was with really enjoyed their food. They have a great gluten free menu too!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Liffey-nice atmoshpere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Our family had a early dinner before the Swarm game on a Saturday. I'd heard about this place from a co-worker who said it was great. I made a reservation but there was plenty of open seating. The waitress was a little slow but friendly. I had the spicey chicken and it was fantastic, my husband had the fish and chips and said they were mushy. Looked like a great beer selection. We might go back again but will probably try some of the other restaurants in that area that we've heard about.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comforting St Paul Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Great food and ambiance. I'd been there prior for a large group and a lunch for 2 and received great food and service both times. The street view is fun to watch and the restaurant is clean and inviting. I'll be visiting again when I'm in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Attentive Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    I was very happy with my Sunday brunch experience at The Liffey. I met some relatives there that live on the other side of the metro. I had asked for a quiet booth, and we were seated at a very nice private booth with curtains. The service and food was fantastic. My family and I enjoyed catching up with each other. I felt that the wait staff was friendly without being invasive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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  • Great Irish Food!
    JimiVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    We visited while the Wild were still on strike, and it was really cold out, so it was quiet. It looked like it's lively on better days. If you like Irish food, this is the place. They have a good variety, so most anyone will find something to like. Prices are reasonable to inexpensive.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Not good, but not horrible either
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    We ate here on Christmas day, it wasn't horrible but also wasn't good enough that I would ever want to go back. The food was nothing special, typical bar food. We probably wouldn't have ever eaten here except is was one of the few places open on Christmas day.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Wonderful Christmas Eve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    We were very glad the Liffey was open on Christmas Eve. So few places are and this is one of our favorites on Hockey nights. Without hockey, I'm glad we could support this great place. I had the fish (Cod) & chips which is always good and my wife had the pot roast which was superior. Considering they had a light staff due to the holidays and a resonably busy night, the service was very good and our waitress was very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was very prompt and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    Service was very prompt and friendly. Food was tasty, but nothing to rave about (it's an Irish pub, not a fine dining establishment). We ordered a cheese plate, and there was very little cheese on it. Good place to go before a play or event at the Ordway or the Xcel Center.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had drinks and appetizers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/13/2012
    We had drinks and appetizers and had a lovely time!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The pretzels in the Stout
    mrsmnflash
    Dined on 12/12/2012
    The pretzels in the Stout Cheese dip are the best I've ever had!
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  • Good food at a good price.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    Good food at a good price. The pretzels were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Election night at the Liffey
    Jules
    Dined on 11/6/2012
    Our group of ladies takes turns selecting a restaurant once a month for dinner. I have been on the Liffey's patio and loved it so we visited on election day. Very quiet in the restaurant especially with the NHL lockout but we enjoyed the atmosphere. We had a separate booth reserved for us and had very attentive staff. The Finnegan's brined chicken with sweet corn succotash was exceptional. The curry chicken also received raves. Other diners also loved the full Reuben sandwich and the mini reuben appetizer. We shared the roasted banana ice cream for dessert (Izzy's is always wonderful)! We have a book for recording our reviews. The Liffey received an overall 9 out of 10 from the 4 of us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Great casual dining and a
    KathyS
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    Great casual dining and a convenient location for the Ordway or the Excel Center.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My wife and I had a really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    My wife and I had a really nice dinner at the Liffey. If I had to nitpick - my wife felt there should be more choices on the menu for "health conscious diners", and the wait staff rotated around in dizzying fashion - we never knew who would do what next - although, they did so nearly flawlessly. My wife enjoyed her salad, and the steak pie is very good. Smithwicks on tap is just a treat. It was surprisingly busy when we we there - but we never felt rushed - as it should be in a bar/restaurant. We will go back more often.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our food was fabulous at The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    Our food was fabulous at The Liffey, and the service was excellent, what more can you ask for?
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Six of us, women, met for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/13/2012
    Six of us, women, met for lunch. Five of us had the luncheon specials, fish and chips, half a sandwich with salad and french fries, one had the Waldorf salad. Food was great, just the right portions and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Took kind of long to serve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/17/2012
    Took kind of long to serve the food. And it wasnt that busy
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall good experience.
    stpaulguyVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    Overall good experience. Steak and mushroom pie was very good. Service up on the roof is just slow, so be prepared to take a while.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A fine evening to sit on a roof
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/2/2012
    2 teens, 4 adults and we all enjoyed our food. One person had a chunk of pot roast (I've seen smaller dogs) and even after sharing, had enough beef to take home. We had a variety of everything from beef to chicken to fish and chips and of course, beer. We sat on the roof and the ambiance was OK. I enjoyed my veiw of the Cathedral and Summit Hill. We could mostly hear each other talk over the Saturday evening music. (It would be nice if they occasionally popped in an Irish melody or two since it is an Irish joint, for the love of Mike.) My meal was slightly cool by the time it made it to the table. I chowed down anyway and it was tasty. Just beware--since it is outdoors, you will encounter cigarette and cigar smokers.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-concert dinner. It was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    Pre-concert dinner. It was suitably informal for a Memorial Day weekend outing, and their tables in the back are relatively quiet. Good food, really great staff - the manager stopped by a couple times, and the server had gone to the same concert the night before, and was very enthusiastic about it.
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  • I was very disappointed.
    Leko
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    I was very disappointed. Given that it is an Irish Pub we expected an Irish breakfast menu. Little did we know or expect that it is essentially the Holiday Inn restaurant for breakfast. Not at all what we had in mind. Mis-marketing from my perspective.
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  • very positive is all aspects
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/20/2012
    very positive is all aspects - will definitely dine there again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • had a reservation but there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/18/2012
    had a reservation but there was only one other table occupied, some people on the patio. Too bad no one there. Food was good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/18/2012
    Good service as per usual. All of our meals were very good, and the kids had fun, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • We went to The Liffey before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/17/2012
    We went to The Liffey before the Jason Aldean concert and was seated right away which was nice. Waitress was great. Drinks were good. However, the food was horrible. I realize it was a night of a concert so I'm sure the menu was limited, but it was bad. My husband had the wings with bleu cheese and he said the wings had no flavor and the bleu cheese was runny and tasteless. This comes from a man who NEVER complains. I had the chicken curry and it was not good at all. The chicken was dry and, again, not much flavor. Pretty disappointed, which is too bad because the location was convenient with the concert. This may be the reason why they don't have to worry about the quality of their food???
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Well prepared food with a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/28/2012
    Well prepared food with a reasonably varied menu. Our server was well informed and helpful with the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I can't stop eating here!
    craigwhy
    Dined on 1/18/2012
    Rare is the restaurant where every item on the menu is fantastic--but The Liffey is the exception! And to top it off, the draft beer selection has something for every taste. (I love the Deschuttes Black.) Tonight, I had the pot roast, which was tender, rich, and complex with slow-marinated whole carrots, boiler onions, and mushrooms that complimented the flavor perfectly. I have been unable to order another appetizer since I had the fall-off-the bone dry-rubbed wings, but the reuben sliders are special too.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay, this is heaven!
    craigwhy
    Dined on 1/4/2012
    Originally looking for a bar with a good table for watching football, the food quickly stole the show (even though the TV view is fine). I had the dry-herbed wings (incomparable) and the curried chicken entree--very tender meat with a subtle flavor, with a house recipe Asian chili/chutney sauce adequate for clearing not only your sinuses but everyone's around you (on the side). Great beer taps and service--I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A reasonably priced option
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/30/2011
    A reasonably priced option when attending the Ordway. Just a short walk to the play afterward. Good food. Service was average.
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  • We had the Winter Waldorf
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/28/2011
    We had the Winter Waldorf Salad! Beyond AMAZING one of us had a side of Trout and the Other was a side of Grilled Chicken Breast! Fantastic! I told my husband I would recommend that to anyone and I want to go back weekly for this salad!! Great food had by all! Tank you!
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  • We were a party of 11 and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/26/2011
    We were a party of 11 and did request that the bill be split into two parties. The food for one party was received about 15 minutes before the second party received their food. One order was incorrect, so it took another 10 minutes for that person to get their food. We had to ask several times for water. We were charged 18% tip because we were a large party, but I didn't feel that we got any benefit from it and resented paying 18% for shoddy service.
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  • I've been to the Liffey before,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/25/2011
    I've been to the Liffey before, but for the bar (good selection, great atmosphere and bar food) but never for a meal. The service was first rate - attentive but not intrusive, very pleasant and knowledgable about the menu. We had a child with us and there is plenty on the kids menu to keep them happy. Beginning with appetizers (calamari and stuffed mushrooms), we moved to the main course. I recommend the pot roast (limited servings, so get there early in the evening). If you are late for the pot roast, try the gnoche. The Liffey itself is worth the trip for the interior. Inside a hotel, this is not your typical hotel restaurant. The interior was from an Irish pub, shipped here in pieces to reassemble as teh Liffey.
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    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • My husband and I took a friend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/23/2011
    My husband and I took a friend to dinner. The food was wonderful and service outstanding. We were able to have a good time together without excess noise!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Would recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/16/2011
    Very good wine prices. Food was good and service was excellent.
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  • My husband & I went with another
    BigBowlEnthusiastVIP
    Dined on 12/15/2011
    My husband & I went with another couple before a play at the Ordway for dinner. We had the ginger chicken shots as an appetizer and it was delicious - although I may recommend ordering two for a group of 4. I had the Quinoa Salad - which I found a bit bland, would definitely recommend adding fish or chicken. The Waldorf salad was amazing. Pot Roast Entree was top notch & the Fish & Chips was well prepared. We did order dessert and the Negra cake was amazing. The bread pudding was good - and we would not recommend the apple crisp - much to tart.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Fish and Chips
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/2/2011
    Fish and chips were perfect - absolutely delicious. Menu seemed to be the standard pub fare. Uncomfortable seating.
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  • Good food. Nice drinks.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/19/2011
    Good food. Nice drinks. I didn't know that there was a hockey game that same night, so the place was very busy, and subsequently too loud. If you're looking for a moderate to low noise night, find out beforehand if there's something going on at the nearby XCel Energy Center that night. Help staff seemed understaffed for that 2 hour period prior to the game, when it was too packed.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic