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The Best Cheap Eats in Minneapolis

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.

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The OpenTable Team
20 Restaurants
Updated October 01, 2021
Restaurants:318 Cafe, Sushi Train Inc, Twin Cities 400 Tavern
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American, Sushi
Neighborhoods:Excelsior, Downtown / Loring Park, Northeast Minneapolis
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318 Cafe

$$$$
American
Excelsior
4.7
291 reviews

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, the environment is naturally warm and full of character with wood beams and soft lighting. They have a full menu of cheap eats, including great small plates like Chips and Guacamole, Spring Pea and Mint Hummus, Truffle Popcorn and more. Stop in for a quick latte, a cocktail or a cheese plate and enjoy a show while you’re here!


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Sushi Train Inc

$$$$
Sushi
Downtown / Loring Park
4.5
29 reviews

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 pop culture found in modern-day Tokyo and serves Japanese small plates on a conveyor belt that runs along the counter. Guests simply wait for a plate that looks tasty, grab it and eat! Their technology keeps track of what you’re having and you pay at the end - but all the dishes are super affordable.


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Twin Cities 400 Tavern

$$$$
American
Northeast Minneapolis
4.3
191 reviews

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 hospitality and delicious food. It’s a come-as-you-are neighborhood tavern that offers a warm atmosphere and satisfying contemporary tavern fare to celebrate Minnesota. The food here is also super reasonably priced, so come for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and get your fill of dishes like the TC400 French Dip, Fried Chicken and Cheese Curds.


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Citizen – Saint Paul

$$$$
Comfort Food
Saint Paul
3.9
338 reviews

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 they now have local touches in addition to some of the main entrees. Appetizer boards feature meats and cheese from Red Table Meats and Redhead Creamery. The menu encourages guests to experience small plates, elevated comfort food and delicious crafted and aged cocktails. Located in the heard of downtown, it is the perfect place to go for cheap eats after a day of exploring the city.


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Herbie's On The Park

$$$$
Contemporary American
Saint Paul
4.5
1159 reviews

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 environment with upscale tavern fare and handcrafted classic cocktails. It’s a great place for guests to gather together to savor the food and celebrate life, all with a lot of neighborly hospitality. Come in for their Happy Hour to take advantage of the awesome cheap eats! They have great specials on small plates like Truffled Wontons, Roasted Cauliflower and Wings.


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Ruscello - Nordstrom Ridgedale

$$$$
Mediterranean
Minnetonka
4.6
588 reviews

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 well-stocked bar. Ruscello celebrates the bright, sunny flavors of Italy and the Mediterranean. Boldly composed dishes and a well-curated wine selection make for a memorable night out. Everything on the menu is affordable, but the salads and starter plates provide an especially good deal. Try the Lobster Bisque, Fried Calamari or Heirloom Tomatoes and Burrata paired with a glass of wine.


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The Lynhall

$$$$
European
Uptown
4.7
282 reviews

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 always some kind of learning going on. Guests can gather to enjoy great food experiences around the 16-foot long, hand-crafted community table. They serve great cheap eats, including bread, pastries, carefully roasted meats and vegetables and more. Come in and sample affordable dishes like the Swedish Meatballs, Grilled Flatbread, Cheese Board, and more.


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Zen Box Izakaya

$$$$
Japanese
Downtown / North Loop
4.6
506 reviews

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 owned by Chef and Wife in Downtown Minneapolis’ Mill District. The space is cozy and intimate and the menu reflects that of an authentic Japanese izakaya, with over 100 items to choose from. Standout items are the Buta Kimchi, The Chashu Yaki, Yakimono Tofu and Salmon Teriyaki are cheap and delicious as well as the house ramen.


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McCormick's Pub & Restaurant

$$$$
Contemporary American
Wayzata / Long Lake
4.6
615 reviews

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, they strive to provide the highest quality food, service and warm, friendly hospitality, just like the pubs of Ireland. Their food is filling and affordably priced and they offer daily specials too, like Chicken Piccata, Steak Diane, McCormick’s Burger and more.


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Pinstripes - Edina

$$$$
American
Edina
4.3
627 reviews

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 bistro with amazing Italian/American cuisine and wine, for starters. The food is delicious and prices are super reasonable, especially for apps and pizzas. They also offer bowling and bocce, a year-round outdoor patio and fire pit and event space/party room for large parties.


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Thirty Bales

$$$$
American
Hopkins
4.7
644 reviews

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 and Babe and the Blue Ox and the restaurant is a celebration of everything the Midwest has to offer. It’s an upbeat neighborhood eatery that brings together bright personalities, bold recipes and craft spirits to please every guest. Try delicious sharable plates like Devilish Eggs, Autumn Squash and Cauliflower and Rosemary Grillbread.


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The Sheridan Room

$$$$
American
Northeast Minneapolis
4.4
245 reviews

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 subway tiles, dim lighting and high-backed booths. It’s a great local restaurant for cheap eats like Beer Can Chicken, Burgers, Fried Chicken and healthy salads. Their scratch comfort food is a hit at brunch, lunch and dinner and they have a full bar with a great selection of craft cocktails and over 100 cans of beer.


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Kindee Thai Restaurant

$$$$
Thai
Downtown / North Loop
4.2
1016 reviews

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 salads. Located in the heart of the Mill District, across the street from Guthrie Theater, this place is a mainstay for cheap eats downtown. Whether you’re in town on business, checking out a show or just on the hunt for a great Thai meal with friends, Kindee makes an awesome choice. Their weekday lunch special offers extra bang for your buck, with a deal on select entree and sides!


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Victor's 1959 Cafe

$$$$
Cuban
South Minneapolis
4.5
931 reviews

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 deliciously authentic Cuban fare. The menu features options like Picadillo, Ropa Vieja, Cuban Sandwiches, Yuca frita, Sweet Plantains and plenty of other Cuban recipes. It’s an independent and locally-owned eatery with friendly service and a festive environment to enjoy. Plus, they offer wines, beers, tropical mimosas, and Champagne Mojitos.


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Rincon 38

$$$$
Spanish
South Minneapolis
4.8
1106 reviews

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 menu features a blend of French technique with the hearty, comforting flavors, textures and recipes of Italian cooking and you’ll see the results in every dish on the tapas menu. The prices here are pretty reasonable to begin with but the Happy Hour Menu is the best bargain in town! Come in for their daily beer, wine and tapas specials to enjoy a fantastic meal without hurting your wallet.


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The Local Minneapolis

$$$$
Irish
Downtown / Loring Park
4.5
398 reviews

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 two decades of offering delicious Irish cuisine and a warm, welcoming space to locals and visitors. The interior features a beautiful bar with a hand-carved back bar, numerous nooks and crannies for exchanging secrets and tons of space to spread out and enjoy yourselves. They have plenty of cheap menu items and the most popular ones are available in a pint-sized version to save even more money on your meal.


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Lakeshore Grill-Macy's - Ridgedale Mall

$$$$
American
Minnetonka
4.4
608 reviews

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 Minneapolis, they also offer an inviting, contemporary environment. The location appeals to shoppers at the mall as well as locals from the Western suburbs. Come in for their delicious and hearty local and regional cuisine, with options like the Roasted Harvest Salad, the Grilled Cheeseburger, and more.


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Ike's Food and Cocktails - Bloomington - Permanently Closed

$$$$
American
Bloomington
4.0
506 reviews

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 cocktails, plan a family get together or entertain business colleagues. It’s a classy place so they do have some expensive items on the menu. But their long list of burgers, delicious sandwiches and tasty small plates are all super cheap and delicious. And if you come during their afternoon Happy Hour, you can take advantage of great specials on certain items.


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Jake O'Connor's Public House

$$$$
American
Excelsior
4.0
526 reviews

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 something for everyone, with a creative menu, casual dining with a wonderful ambiance and free games for all. The space features a fireplace, leather booths, stained-glass dividers and soft lighting. The menu has all the pub staples with a focus on cheap Irish dishes, including a cork corned beef sandwich, Fish ‘N Chips and a grass-fed venison pie.


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Lyn 65 Kitchen & Bar - Permanently Closed

$$$$
American
Richfield
4.7
657 reviews

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 they specialize in creative cocktails like the signature Tijuana Brass Smash. The menu features thin-crust pizza, made with milk and honey, baked in a California-made replica of an authentic Italian pizza over. They also serve chicken wings, which come with either Togarashi or Northstar dry rubs and crispy skins.


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