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Permanently Closed - Heartland Restaurant

4.3
2019 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Heartland Restaurant features North American Midwest Regional Cuisine that employs indigenous and cultivated ingredients from the American and Canadian Midwest to create a nightly changing menu that features two fixed price menus along with extensive a la carte selections. The sources for these ingredients are small family farms and artisan producers who practice traditional and sustainable agriculture. Chef Lenny Russo is a 2010, 2011 and 2012, 2014 & 2015 James Beard Foundation Best Chef Midwest Nominee.

To view our most recent dining room or bar menu CLICK HERE.


Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Organic, Wild Game
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Hours of operation
Dining Room: Tuesday through Sunday 5:00PM to 9:30PM. Closed Monday.

Lounge: Tuesday through Thursday & Sunday 5:00PM to 9:30PM; Fri. & Sat 5:00PM to 10:30PM. Closed Monday.

Wine Bar & Deli: 8:00AM to 6:00PM Tuesday through Sunday.

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Phone number
(651) 699-3536
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Lenny Russo
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Private party facilities
Heartland offers two private dining rooms for special events. One room seats a maximum of 80 guests while the other can accommodate up to 160. The rooms may be booked separately or in conjunction. There are three Chef's Tables that seat up to eight guests each.
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Private party contact
Lenny Russo: (651) 699-3536
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Catering
Catered affairs in Heartland's private dining rooms and chef's tables are custom designed by Heartland Chef Lenny Russo to suit each client's budget and personal preferences and are based upon local and seasonally available ingredients.

Please inquire about details and availability HERE
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N Broadway St
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Parking details
Unparalleled Parking provides valet service in front of our Fifth Street entrance on Friday and Saturday evenings as well as on evenings of special events. Please inquire about valet availability when making your reservation or booking a private party.

Parking is also available at multiple surface lots and parking ramps within 1-2 blocks of Heartland.

For directions CLICK HERE.
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Public transit
Bus lines run directly in front of the restaurant, and beginning in 2014 the neighborhood will be served by the new Central Corridor light rail transit line connecting St. Paul and Minneapolis beginning and ending at the Union Depot located one block south of Heartland at 214 East Fourth Street.
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Entertainment
Heartland holds an entertainment license solely for those who wish to employ their own entertainment for private functions. Please inquire about details.
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Special events & promotions
For information regarding Special Events please check our website HERE.

For information regarding banquet rooms please CLICK HERE.

Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Fabulous as always! Thank you once again to Chef Lenny Russo and his entire staff. Cheers!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Sad it is over. Great place and great food. 😓😓😓

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Celebrated 2017 @ Heartland for the closing of the restaurant. Food, ambiance, value and menu was outstanding. Phillippe, our server was smart, caring and knowledgeable. He really took care of us. Lenny Russo made his rounds visiting nearly all the tables to Thank everyone for coming and their support of his efforts and dedication to local sourcing of foods. My wife and I will REALLY miss Heartland.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

We will miss the delicious food and the thought-filled atmosphere Heartland so graciously provided each and every patron! We wish you well in your new endeavors!

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2016

This was the last night that Heartland was open. The staff was for the most part poker-faced. Our server was nice. Pretty sure they substituted kale or another stiff green for spinach in two dishes we ordered. The only likeness between kale and spinach is that they are both green and leafy. Not really happy about that.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2016

So sad that Heartland is closing! It was great to get there one more time before they closed. Thanks Lenny for all the great meals and keeping it local!

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2016

So sorry to see you close! More sorry that I did not patronize you enough!

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2016

Fabulous food and service! Had the pumpkin soup, cheese fritters & bread was hot out of the oven. Cassoulet was delicious, my husband had the trout, split the Chocolate dessert & coffee - all Super yummy. Thank you- we are sad to see them close!

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2016

I found that the menu was very limited for this visit. I know they are closing this week; so I think that may have been the reason. We have dined here previously and it was a good experience, with great service. However this time, we found it to be extremely pricey for a very limited menu. Also, the hostess was not very welcoming, unfriendly considering we had reservations, was a milestone birthday celebration, and had guests we wanted to impress since never there before. It was very clear people were unhappy because they would be soon be out of a job. I wish the chef best wishes, and hope to see him open another restaurant in the near future.

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3.0Dined on December 23, 2016

I suppose a review doesn't really matter because they're closing and it's probably why the food wasn't up to its usual standards. My waiter was very casual toward me, and did not have a sense of timing as to when to clear my plates. The pumpkin soup was yummy with a nice texture and variety of flavors but it arrive tepid in the center and cool on the edges - I assume it sat out before someone brought it to me.
The beet salad had the equivalent of one half of a beet on it, mostly greens and too much dressing. I've eaten here before and have always been pleased but this was disappointing. I wanted my last time there to be a good memory.
On a positive, the Last Word cocktail was good.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2016

Sadly, this restaurant will be closing on December 31, 2016. The prix fixe meals used to be some of the best deals in town, with four-star food coming at a Restaurant Week price. Now they have small and large plates. Yes it's pricey, but I've been to far too many inferior and equally expensive farm-to-table places. I will miss Heartland.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2016

This was my first time at Heartland and am very disappointed in myself that I didn't make more of an effort to get to Heartland sooner. Very sad you are closing at the end of the year. My dining experience was wonderful, everything was great and have recommended you, but I told everyone you were closing at the end of the year.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2016

This Gem will sorely be missed in downtown St Paul..enjoy if you still can. Lenny, thanks for years of great dining.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2016

We love you heartland! St. Paul will miss you!

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2016

Sad this place is closing. Great food, professional staff. I had risotto and it was amazing.

They have a nice done list too

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2016

Going to miss this heartland, great service and food!

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3.0Dined on December 7, 2016

Portions.small. greens tough and tasteless. Left still hungry, had to visit a fast food joint. Wish I had just gone to Dennys and saved a bundle. Just.as well they are closing at.end of this month.

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2016

We enjoyed the service, food and the very low noise level.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2016

This is a great place. The waiter seemed a bit stressed, maybe short staffed.
Food was excellent and we had a wonderful relaxing time.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2016

Chef Russo never dissappoints ...with the notable exception of Heartlands closing. The menu, wine list and hadcrafted coctails, quality of the food and beverage preparation, presentation, attentive service, overall ambiance is consistently impressive. Thanks for the memories.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2016

We had a great experience at Heartland. The food and atmosphere were delightful! I am sad that this restaurant is closing at the end of the month, but very glad I had a chance to try it out.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2016

Celebrating our Anniversary at one of our favorite places. So sad Heartland is closing. It's a wonderful place and a real loss for Saint Paul.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2016

Everything was fabulous! Compliments to the Chef for a great dining experience!

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2016

The restaurant is closing on December 31, 2016. Pros: food is absolutely delicious. Expertly selected menu that changes regularly and all of it well-cooked. Cons: takes nearly 2 hours to have a dinner service.

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2016

A favorite place and so sad they are closing. The food, decor and people make this restaurant a stand out Limited but carefully selected wine list that exceptional. Artisan cheese fritters are lovely with house made pickles and breads. We liked the steak and cassoulet.

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2016

Mu\y guests were thrilled with their Heartland food experience.

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2016

I'm sorry to say that this was our final visit to Heartland, as it will be closing at the end of December. We have always enjoyed dining here, and especially when we are with our local family (we discovered Heartland years ago when it was new to Lowertown) on our visits from Kansas. We wish Lenny and the staff the very best for whatever each will be doing next.

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4.0Dined on November 26, 2016

Not as impressed this time around. Service was not on par with the level we have come to expect from Heartland. While the food was good, again we felt it was not the level it was prior to the announcement they would be closing. We missed the tasting menu and frequently changing menu.

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2016

Great place for dinner. Unique menu and food.

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2016

Sad that is closing because it is awesome. Nice work Lenny

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2016

Ambience was great. Good was so fresh and out of this world!

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2016

We were so glad that we were able to try Heartland before it closes on December 31st! It was a great way to celebrate my brother-in-law and sister-in-laws 25th wedding anniversary! Thank you for a special dining experience!

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3.0Dined on November 19, 2016

This was our 3rd time at Heartland, the 1st 2 visits were awesome, this time it was very disappointing. The food was so, so. We sent two dishes back because they were cold.
1 dinner was removed from the bill.

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2.0Dined on November 19, 2016

We were very disappointed. The service was pretentious and our menu choices were obviously below our server's expectations. We overheard the server telling patrons at the adjoining table how much he hated the certain entrées on the menu, one of which we had just ordered. Unfortunately, he was right. The food was underwhelming and overpriced ($18 for three fritters – really?).

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3.0Dined on November 18, 2016

I had cassoulet; it was underseasoned, but all of the elements were there. Not as many people as i thought for a landmark restaurant about to close.

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2016

I have been to the Heartland many times both at the original location and the newer location. Every time has been wonderful. So many delicious choices. I'm so sad to see it close at the end of the year as it has been one of my favorite places in the Twin Cities. I'm definitely going to try and get in at least one ore time before they close.

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4.0Dined on November 13, 2016

My steelhead trout with wilted greens was done to perfection!

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2016

Delicious dinner and superb service. Sorry to see you leave!

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3.0Dined on November 12, 2016

Some of the worst service I have had in years. The waiter was behind, service was disjointed and he was unapologetic which made it worse

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2016

Every time I have eaten at Heartland I have been impressed with the food and quality of service. It's too bad they are closing at the end of the year; although the Twin Cities has more fine dining options available then ever this restaurant has consistently provided memorable dining experiences for me and I will miss being able to eat here.

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