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McKnight’s Bar & Grill

22 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch

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Recently remodeled in 2015, McKnight’s Bar and Grill located inside the Holiday Inn St. Paul East is a cozy bar and lounge offering a diverse menu of American cuisine. We also offer a full bar with an amazing selection of the trendiest and hoppiest tap beers. The selection changes often and we dedicate a line for seasonal selections. Happy hour daily from 4:00pm - 6:00pm and also Friday and Saturday night 9:00pm - 11:00pm. Karaoke every Saturday in the Bar from 9pm-1am.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation

Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 9:30am, Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(651) 789-4507
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Isaac Jones
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From a family reunion in a park to a wedding reception for 500 we've got you covered. We can provide any or all of the supplies you need to throw the most marvelous party anywhere in the Twin Cities.
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Cross street
McKnight Road and Burns Avenue
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Parking details
We have ample free off street parking in the Holiday Inn St. Paul East lot. The entrance is located on the Southwest side of the building.
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Every Saturday night from 9:00pm - 1:00am it's Karaoke. Come in and listen or be daring and get up there and sing us one of your favorite songs.

Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
3.6based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
55% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on February 19, 2017

The menu had been changed from prior visit. VERY DISAPPOINTING. Told my cousin and her husband from New Richmond Wisconsin to meet us half way. We live in Ramsey, MN. Told them how good the Walleye and Steaks were here. When we arrived. We were very embarrassed when the menu came out. They only had Lunch type food and it turned out to be NOT GOOD AT ALL. Waitress was nice and polite. That was the only positive about the whole encounter.

5.0Dined on January 5, 2017

I was looking for a place to celebrate a friends birthday. I looked at previous reviews and was a little worried that it had gone down from when I was there last. But, to my surprise, the experience was better than I remembered. Our server ALEXUS!, was awesome. She came right over after we were seated, made suggestions and was very attentive to our needs. She made our experience a little extra special. The food was wonderful. I miss the Monte Cristo's they used to serve but the chicken sandwich with pesto mayo on ciabatta was awesome. I will be back.

3.0Dined on August 12, 2016

Took 25 minutes to get the appetizer we ordered and there were 3 waitresses and 3 tables of people including mine. Made a reservation for no reason as the information was never taken. If you dont care about these things you would be fine going but when you get your meal 5 minutes after your appetizer comes out when you had 25 minutes of no food it gets annoying fast.

2.0Dined on July 22, 2016

The server was not attentive at all. Never checked on our meals until the very end. Had to ask a different server for refills on water. Paying the check took forever.

3.0Dined on April 2, 2016

Restaurant was not busy when we were there. We were able to sit down right away. I liked that they had popcorn. Food came up pretty quickly, but the onion petals and the fried walleye were rather greasy, like the oil in their fryer wasn't quite hot enough. the chicken Pesto sandwich was good.

5.0Dined on February 20, 2016

Excellent place to eat! I do it again.

4.0Dined on February 19, 2016

Our waitress was fantastic! The Rueben Sandwich was the best I have had in some time. We would go back again!

5.0Dined on October 17, 2015

Started out a bit rocky...there wasn't a table reserved for the 5 of us, so we were fortunate there was a table available as the place filled up rather quickly. The server, Drea, was fairly new and didn't come to greet us for a painstakingly long time, however, he redeemed himself as the evening went on. Also, the GM, Tim, was amazing and very personable; he made us feel like we were at his own place and not just the manager. Would definitely recommend and pay no attention to the reviews that say the restaurant is noisy cuz it opens up to the lobby...the lobby is way, way around the corner...the restaurant is open to an entrance to the restaurant as well as the room upstairs that hosts wedding receptions, etc., so you hardly notice any noise or traffic. And, whoever said this was the most romantic place to take your bride?! It's just right for a hotel as well as a family gathering, plus they had televisions with sports games on! Enjoy!!

5.0Dined on July 18, 2015

We were very happy with our decision to dine out at McKnight's. The food was outstanding. Each member of the staff was welcoming and extraordinarily friendly. I read multiple reviews in advance. Yes - it wasn't crowded, but honestly, that was very nice! We were there early on a Saturday evening and I overheard people talking about the karaoke that night so I wouldn't be surprised if they are busy at times.

5.0Dined on June 15, 2015

Food was above our expectations and the bar is generally a good time. We have been there before for weddings, drinks, meeting up with friends but never food and I was thoroughly thrilled with nice size portions and delicious food.

4.0Dined on April 9, 2015

I had gone to McKnight's Bar & Grill over a year ago. Since then, they have remodeled and changed the menu. Neither is a bad thing. Seating was comfortable and felt open (it opens into the lobby area). The food was wonderful. I had the Monte Christo. I would go again and recommend to others to try them.

2.0Dined on August 2, 2014

Sounds better than it is. Open to lobby of hotel. No particular redeeming features. Chicken was bland; pasta was good. Not going back.

3.0Dined on April 25, 2014

We arrived at 7:15 on a Friday evening. The place was almost empty. I picked this restaurant because of the Asian-Fusian menu featured on their website. It is no longer Asian-Fusian. The current menu and the food is not the same caliber as other restaurants I found using Open Table. The Cumin dusted pork chops and the salad we ordered were mediocre. However, the wait staff was great.

4.0Dined on April 5, 2014

Great wait staff, food was vary good, I recommend the steak and penne... tasty tasty tasty. Will return.

4.0Dined on January 29, 2014

Had a coupon but a little apprehensive based on past reviews and the fact it's in a hotel. Went on a weeknight on a cold winter night. Restaurant only about half full but seemed to be good energy in the room. Service was okay but food was really good. Would go back.

4.0Dined on January 21, 2014

The waitperson was attentive and timely. The food was wonderful. I would return.

4.0Dined on January 13, 2014

Very good food, prepared properly. Good service. A comfortable restaurant!

4.0Dined on December 15, 2013

This restaurant was not busy at the time we were there. Our food was prepared as we requested and was very tasty. Service was very good. Prices were very good for this very good quality food and service.

2.0Dined on November 2, 2013

This Bar and Grill is located in a hotel and there was a reception going on upstairs. The noise and traffic from the reception was not what I expected. Food and service was good but again we were the only couple there.

3.0Dined on October 22, 2013

We would never have picked this spot due to it's location and it being in a hotel, however, we were visiting the area from out of town and I found this 1,000 point spot within 2 miles of where we were going. I could tell immediately from entering the restaurant that it was very laid back and customer friendly as there were a few people at the bar (other out of towners) yakking it up with the friendly bartender. Within just a minute the nicest, funniest host came and greeted us, his name was Forreste. He made us feel very comfortable and had a wonderful sense of humor. Although the food wasn't the greatest, Forreste was very knowledgeable about the menu, he made the experience very pleasant for us.

2.0Dined on September 12, 2013

If it wasn't a 1000 point restaurant, we wouldn't have stopped. It's in a Holiday inn, so we should have been expecting what we got. The single server did a GREAT job serving everyone, but the food was only fair. We were the only OpenTable reservation that day, so we were immediately recognized for our reservation. Lots of open tables, so we had no problem finding a place to sit. Since it was happy hour, we sampled their house wine, pizza, wings and potstickers -all basic bar fare with nothing to set it apart from any other bar. Bottom, line, if I was staying at a Holiday Inn and was too lazy to leave the property for a meal, this would have been fine, but I would never seek out this restaurant for the food...

3.0Dined on February 14, 2013

The waiting staff, especially the waitress, was very friendly, polite and cordial. We received the complimentary champagne for booking on Open Table without having to ask. We also got a bottle of wine on a half-price special. Food was very good. It was a little dead that night so the seating was ample. Good experience.