The Best Cheap Eats in Minneapolis

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Minneapolis has several claims to fame, especially for its hospitality to newcomers. This beautiful Midwest city is often paired with St. Paul, the capital of Minneapolis, to form what locals call the “Twin Cities.” Minneapolis represents a young, hip place with a gorgeous skyline, about 15 lakes within the city limits and plenty of indoor entertainment options for when the temperatures drop below zero. It also has the Minneapolis Skyway System, which connects 80 full city blocks in an indoor walkway so you don’t have to brave the cold streets during winter. Take in a show at the Orpheum Theatre, check out the Minneapolis Institute of Art or see the Minnesota Twins or Vikings play a home game! It’s no secret that this city hosts a major foodie paradise! If you’re looking for great meals that won’t break the bank, check out our Tastemaker List of where to find the best cheap eats Minneapolis has to offer.

Restaurants:318 Cafe, Sushi Train Inc, Twin Cities 400 Tavern
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American, Sushi
Neighborhoods:Excelsior, Downtown / Loring Park, Northeast Minneapolis

318 Cafe

$$$$·American·
Excelsior
274 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Casual
  • Cozy
318 Cafe, located on Water Street in Excelsior, is a great casual dining spot that doubles as a lively concert venue. Set in a 100+-year-old building once used as a lumber mill, thRead more
100% recommended
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Sushi Train Inc

$$$$·Sushi·
Downtown / Loring Park
29 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
Located on Nicollet Mall in Downtown Minneapolis, Sushi Train Inc. is a smart choice for cheap eats in Minneapolis. The restaurant celebrates the innovative designs, trends and popRead more
97% recommended
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Twin Cities 400 Tavern

$$$$·American·
Northeast Minneapolis
191 reviews
  • Casual
  • Happy Hour
  • Comfort Food
Twin Cities 400 Tavern, located on Industrial Blvd in Minneapolis, is an independent, family-owned restaurant where visitors and locals alike can enjoy the friendly Midwestern hospRead more
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Citizen – Saint Paul

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Saint Paul
338 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
Located on Kellogg Blvd in East St. Paul, Citizen is the newly re-imagined bar formerly called Citizen Supper Club. It still has a very Mad Men vibe, but the menu is all new and thRead more
94% recommended
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Herbie's On The Park

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Saint Paul
936 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
Herbie’s On The Park, located on Washington Street in Saint Paul, is an old-fashioned social house inspired by the legacy of Herb Brooks. Guests can expect an inviting and lively eRead more
93% recommended
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Ruscello - Nordstrom Ridgedale

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Minnetonka
502 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
  • Quiet Conversation
For super affordable Mediterranean food in the area, head to Ruscello! Located on the East side of the Ridgedale Mall on the second floor, it is a full-service restaurant with a weRead more
100% recommended
Healthy in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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The Lynhall

$$$$·European·
Uptown
159 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch
The Lynhall is a counter-service, fine casual, market-inspired eatery, event space, TV Kitchen Studio and Incubator Kitchen, all in one! It’s an inspiring space where there is alwaRead more
95% recommended
Great for Brunch in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Zen Box Izakaya

$$$$·Japanese·
Downtown / North Loop
507 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
Zen Box Izakaya, located on Washingon Ave in the Downtown / North Loop neighborhood, is the perfect place to hit up for cheap eats in Minneapolis. It’s a Ramen-centric Izakaya owneRead more
97% recommended
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McCormick's Pub & Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Wayzata / Long Lake
617 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
McCormick's Pub and Restaurant, located on Broadway Avenue across the street from Lake Minnetonka, is a great place for cheap eats in downtown Wayzata. Locally owned and operated, Read more
97% recommended
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Pinstripes - Edina

$$$$·American·
Edina
626 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Happy Hour
For some of the best cheap eats in Minneapolis and en entirely unique experience, head to Pinstripes on Gallagher Drive in Edina. It’s a dining and entertainment venue featuring a Read more
100% recommended
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Ike's Food and Cocktails - Bloomington

$$$$·American·
Bloomington
506 reviews
  • Casual
  • Happy Hour
  • Good for a Date
Ike’s Food and Cocktails in Bloomington is Ike’s largest and most recent location. Centrally located neart Highway 494 and France Avenue, it’s the ideal place to meet friends for cRead more
81% recommended
Great for Lunch in Twin Cities / Minneapolis
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Thirty Bales

$$$$·American·
Hopkins
355 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
For those who love everything about the Midwest, including how cheap the food is, head to Thirty Bales in the Hopkins neighborhood! The name comes from the legend of Paul Bunyan anRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Twin Cities / Western Suburbs

The Sheridan Room

$$$$·American·
Northeast Minneapolis
181 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
The Sheridan Room, named for the Northeast neighborhood in which it’s located, occupies the space of the former Modern Cafe. The new look features lots of new hardwood, white subwaRead more
87% recommended
Late Night Find in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Kindee Thai Restaurant

$$$$·Thai·
Downtown / North Loop
1,059 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Good Vegetarian Options
Kindee Thai Restaurant offers traditional Thai cuisine with a modern flair. The menu features a large variety of unique appetizers, delicious entrees, hot soups, and flavorful salaRead more
91% recommended
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Victor's 1959 Cafe

$$$$·Cuban·
South Minneapolis
1,036 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Authentic
Cheap eats in Minneapolis come in all different forms and Victor’s 1959 is proof! This restaurant offers a little piece of Havana on Grand Avenue in South Minneapolis with deliciouRead more
89% recommended
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Rincon 38

$$$$·Spanish·
South Minneapolis
810 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Rincon 38, located on Grand Avenue in South Minneapolis, is a fun and cozy neighborhood Spanish Tapas bar with a great selection of old world wines by the glass or bottle. The menuRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Minneapolis - St. Paul

The Local Minneapolis

$$$$·Irish·
Downtown / Loring Park
398 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
The Local, situated in Downtown/Loring Park, is a casual Irish pub with a beautiful atmosphere and a wide variety of cheap eats to indulge in. Founded in 1997, the bar celebrates tRead more
96% recommended
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Lyn 65 Kitchen & Bar

$$$$·American·
Richfield
562 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Richfield’s Lyn 65 Kitchen and Bar is a perfect place for cheap, tasty eats like fried chicken and pizza. The eatery has a rotating menu featuring a variety of comfort foods. And tRead more
98% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Minneapolis - St. Paul

Lakeshore Grill-Macy's - Ridgedale Mall

$$$$·American·
Minnetonka
608 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
Lakeshore Grill Ridgedale, located next to Macy’s in the Ridgedale Mall, is a great place for superior quality food at a decent price. One of the best places to find cheap eats in Read more
95% recommended
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Jake O'Connor's Public House

$$$$·American·
Excelsior
526 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for Groups
Jake O’Connor’s Public House, located on Water Street in the Excelsior neighborhood, is an authentic Irish pub with some of the best cheap eats in Minneapolis. They offer somethingRead more
90% recommended
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