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Diners' Choice: Best Service restaurants in Twin Cities / St. Paul

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best service in Twin Cities / St. Paul? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Lexington restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2827)
$31 to $50
American
Saint Paul
About the restaurant


The Lexington is more than a restaurant, it’s an institution. Located on the corner of Lexington Parkway and Grand Avenue, this St. Paul community was the most fashionable at the turn of the 19th century. The St. Paul elite lived just blocks away and the first electric trolley brought visitors up and down Grand Avenue. The Lexington opened in 1935, after the end of prohibition, and was a popular neighborhood bar to gather and socialize. Previously operating as a speakeasy, the expansive wood panels were perfect for hiding a little booze and one can only imagine the shenanigans going on beyond the hidden staircase behind the coat check. For decades following, The Lex, as it’s called by locals and enthusiasts alike, was the place to be seen; business dealings, cocktail hours, and milestone celebrations were a regular occurrence for St. Paul socialites.

Top review
simcohvip
Dined 2 days ago
We had the tasting menu for $45 which was a great deal, appetizer, salmon and dessert. Had we not tripled our bill with great cocktails we would have rejoiced in being so well fed a such a reasonable price!
A photo of Boca Chica Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1364)
$30 and under
Mexican
Saint Paul
About the restaurant
Boca Chica Mexican Restaurant has served the flavorful, authentic cuisine of Mexico since 1964. It was then that Guillermo and Gloria Frias opened the doors to their new restaurant that seated only 28 patrons. Today, Boca Chica has grown substantially and is rated "one of the best Mexican restaurants in the Twin Cities," according to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine’s March 2018 issue.


The authenticity of the food is maintained by making everything from scratch, the old-fashioned way, with fresh ingredients. Even the fiery salsa is still made with fresh tomatoes, chiles, and that special Frias family touch. Our menu includes some of the more traditional foods such as guisados, sopes, carne asada, chile rellenos, and tamales. Taste is never compromised. We also have a full bar featuring the city’s best selection of Mexican beers and premium tequilas. Voted "Best Margarita" by City Pages.

Top review
KTK7
Dined 3 days ago
Busy, great salsa and chips that I filled up on too soon. Pleasant servers and good food.
A photo of Downtowner Woodfire Grill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3716)
$30 and under
American
Saint Paul
About the restaurant
"simply beyond the ordinary"
"****" - Kathie Jenkins - Saint Paul Pioneer Press

Downtowner Woodfire Grill specializes in Persian fire roasted meats, grilled steaks and chops, and gourmet wood-fired pizzas. The atmosphere is warm & lively offering 2 fireplaces, a full bar with 3 fountains and live jazz. The restaurant offers free parking with convenience to both the Xcel Energy Center & Ordway Theater. Downtowner Woodfire Grill also provides a full menu for breakfast & lunch, and a children's menu. This cozy restaurant serves a great plate as well as provides an experience to savor.

Top review
JIllR
Dined 2 days ago
This has become our go-to spot for dinner before any event downtown St. Paul. Excellent food, service, and vibe! Prompt service insures we are always on time for our event!
A photo of Crasqui restaurant
4.7
4.7 (34)
$50 and over
Venezuelan
Saint Paul
About the restaurant
Crasqui is a lively Venezuelan restaurant in Saint Paul. Recipes are inspired in our chef-owner childhood, family and friends in her home-country Venezuela. For us Crasqui is more than just a restaurant—it’s a vessel for memories, dreams, flavors, and connections. We will keep infusing our passion, dedication and love into every dish to make every guest experience memorable.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
Wonderful dinner at Crasqui. Everything we had was 10/10. The ambience was great for date night and our server was fantastic. Highly recommend!
A photo of Bullvino's Churrascaria St. Paul restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1187)
$31 to $50
Brazilian Steakhouse
Saint Paul
About the restaurant
Bullvino's Churrascaria is a family owned traditional Brazilian steakhouse located in Lowertown St. Paul, MN. Churrascaria, which translates from the Portuguese word "barbecue" is served all-you-can-eat. Roving waiters serve the barbecued meats from large skewers directly onto the seated diners' plates allowing each guest to enjoy a variety of options. Included in our flat rate pricing is our large self serve salad bar which has a wide range of salads, soups, meats, and cheeses.

Bullvino's Churrascaria was established in the spring of 2021 by two partners who each have a lifetime of experience working in churrascaria style restaurants. Through their experience they have assembled a dedicated team of service professionals who have perfected the art of churrascaria down to the finest detail.

Bullvino's Churrascaria is the product of a lifetime of hard work, dedication, and Brazilian pride. We welcome you to come visit and enjoy the heart o

Top review
RaeL
Dined 2 days ago
Great service, food, coxktails, and ambience. A real pleasure! We've tried many Brazilian steakhouses and this ranks with the best of them.
A photo of Buca di Beppo - St. Paul restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1122)
$30 and under
Italian
Saint Paul
About the restaurant
If you are looking for an Italian Restaurant in St. Paul, MN then come to Buca. Our Italian Restaurant serves Authentic Family Style Italian Food. When you want plentiful portions of the best tasting Italian food, you better go to Buca. Located on Gannon Road, in a bend of the Mississippi River, your St. Paul Buca is serving up authentic Italian pastas, entrees, and pizzas for lunch and dinner every day.
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ErinB
Dined 1 day ago
My best friends and I love to go to Bucca because of the consistent quality and atmosphere. We know we will always have a fantastic experience. They did not fail to deliver. Thank you!
A photo of Bennett's Chop & Railhouse restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1308)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Saint Paul
About the restaurant
In every city, there is a natural gathering spot for city folk and neighborhood people in the know. This place in Saint Paul is know as Bennett's Chop & Railhouse. Located on West Seventh & Victoria, it is the perfect meeting place of uptown and downtown, of quiet neighborhood and big city lights.

It's called a chophouse because it specializes in a casual steakhouse atmosphere with top-of-the-line cuts of the finest meats. It is a Rail-house because it is on the old railroad line serving the city and rail drinks (as well as top brands) are served in the convivial atmosphere of the horseshoe bar.

And of course Bennett's is Bennett's because owners Joe and Meghan Bennett ensure that welcoming hospitality is always served. They have taken their decades of experiences with leading hospitality brands and translated it into an intimate venue where you're not only a customer, but more importantly, a welcome guest.

Top review
GaryV
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
We chose this restaurant while visiting the cities because it was listed online as one of the restaurants in the area serving the best liver and onions. Although I was the only one who ordered it in our group, the local analysis was accurate. Very good. However, the best part of the meal was the “homemade chicken noodle soup.” Indescribably delicious! Also rated as excellent by my compatriots were the chicken fettuccine and the steak. We will definitely be visiting again when in the area.
A photo of Kincaid's - St. Paul restaurant
4.3
4.3 (4919)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Saint Paul
About the restaurant
Artfully serving quality steaks, and fresh and innovative seafood since 1986. Enjoy lunch, dinner or perhaps a special business or romantic occasion in our warm and inviting dining room.
Top review
SharonP
Dined 5 days ago
I had the seafood trio and it was absolutely delicious. The service, ambiance, and wine were all excellent.
A photo of The Handsome Hog restaurant
4.2
4.2 (165)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Southern
Saint Paul
About the restaurant
Handsome Hog is a St Paul favorite nestled in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood. We serve contemporary Southern cuisine and boast an award-winning dinner and cocktail menu. Handsome Hog has a pig-centric menu our Chef Matt Green created an inviting variety of salads, appetizers, entrées, and desserts. The bar offers a curated bourbon menu and inventive craft cocktails and mocktails. The Handsome Hog has an elevated ambiance with a casual and friendly neighborhood vibe.
Come in and try our dry-rubbed wings, woodfire-roasted mussels, or crawfish hushpuppies to kick off your evening. Move on to the pork spare ribs, Carolina BBQ sandwich, or our mouth-watering smoked beef brisket. Our smoked creme brulee, banana pudding, or specialty cocktails are the perfect way to wrap up your evening at Handsome Hog. We are looking forward to seeing you at Handsome Hog!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Highly recommend trying the brisket at Handsome Hog. Some of the best we have had. The wings are also delicious and try the roasted cauliflower. Everyone loved their food here and the service was excellent.
A photo of Axel's River Grille - Mendota restaurant
4.0
4 (2433)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Saint Paul
About the restaurant
Axels is a casual fine dining establishment offering grilled steaks, chops, & seafood. As well as pastas, salads, and fresh in house made soups and desserts! Axel's offers THE best Walleye in town. This is the place where people come by choice, not chance. Axel's also offers a large selection of fine wines, including a reserve list. Also offering a scotch and whiskey selection like no other. Come out and indulge in a drink list that features the most unique and flavorful libations around.

Come and relax in our classy yet casual dining room or our bar area, where you will be met and served by our professional, knowledgeable and fun staff.

Top review
JudyB
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
We love this Axels. Great ambiance and food and drinks are great. Popovers!!
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