Mercury Dining Room and Rail

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$30 and under
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American
Consider us your modern neighborhood bistro. Mercury Dining Room and Rail is best described as uniquely familiar, inventive and fun. Fare is comforting with a modern point of view. Cocktails are traditional with a twist.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Centrally located downtown in the Soo Line building, Mercury is easily accessible via the skyway, street, Metrotransit lightrail, and public transportation. Nicollet Mall lightrail stop is just steps away! Many downtown hotels are within walking distance (Westin, Grand Hotel, Emery Hotel, Marquette Hotel, W - just to name a few!). Join us before heading to events or concerts at the Armory or US Bank Stadium, also steps away!

Looking for private dining? Shindig is our private event space, located steps away. For more information on hosting a private event, visit shindigevent.com.

Visit mercurympls.com for more information.
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PF
Minneapolis
101 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the warm, cheesy popovers to the tomato bisque soup, or the perfectly grilled salmon to compliment my poached pear and blue cheese salad, this lunch was sublime. Stephanie, our server was kind and hospitable. No issue with my OpenTable reservation. Just another great meal and experience for my guest and me.

DG
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We could not get into Mercury for Valentine's Day so we made reservations for Sunday after VDay. The staff was attentive without being intrusive. I ordered a gin martini with blue cheese stuffed olives (hand stuffed), and it was delicious. We both enjoyed our meals -- meatloaf and Mercury burger. As a surprise, our waiter brought us dessert on the house for our Valentine's Day celebration. If you have not been to Mercury, go for lunch or dinner -- both are good. They also serve breakfast all day. Who does not love breakfast all day? Yum.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent and so was the food. One of my drinks was a bit late but that didn’t bother me at all, and it was then given to me at no charge. Would definitely come back again!

JB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Have a lemon drop martini, you won't regret it! The sugar coated rim is amazing. I had the scallops, I only got 6 and there wasn't much sauce. My boyfriend got swordfish and it was to die for!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food

GF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was a very delightful evening, the Walleye was excellent and we were served in a very reasonable timeframe. The drinks were stiff, but that is the only facet of the night that wasn't above-average. Mercury is a great spot for dinner.

SB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our date night at the Mercury Dining Room. Ambiance was great, we sat at a high top in the bar but still was cozy and did not have the typical bar seating feel. Our server was great and allowed us the time we needed to enjoy our night. Food was spectacular. We had the crab cakes, popovers, seafood Mac & Cheese and the beef stroganoff all was very good and portion sizes were good.

PC
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mercury Dining Room is an example of what 5-star service means. It was like watching the workings of a machine, or how a cruise ship runs a dining room. A lot of staff, everyone always moving, several cooks in the kitchen and each one at their own special station. Staff have specific jobs in specific areas, and they stay on top of things. The manager was always revolving around the place, watching over and making sure all was smooth.

We used a $100 gift card that we received at Xmas, but they said it was only a $50 when they ran it. After some texting with our friends in question, and a discussion with the manager, they honored the entire $100 anyway. That is just awesome!

The food is incredible, and quite the value for what we enjoyed. I can't say enough about this place. We'll be back.

LJ
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mercury has the best brunch in Minneapolis! The bottomless mimosas are a hidden gem and the homemade jam that comes with the toast is to die for. Always great service & awesome food.

CH
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome! The food was delicious! Loved the bolonese pasta

KP
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our office is right by Mercury so we go there often - luckily, there is enough variety in the menu that I never get bored!

D
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Relatively good food... indifferent service. And I guess I have to read the entire menu to see if there are any hidden charges for “wellness?’ I will not be returning.

ML
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Mercury accommodated a reservation modification for a busy a Friday after work time slot, and it wasn’t easy. My group appreciated it very much. Zachary’s service was professional, helpful and timely. And the kitchen accommodated a special menu request. Really good experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Good not great. Lobster Bisque was cold and didn’t sit well. When because we got a gift card. Wouldn’t spend my own money there.

PF
Minneapolis
102 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another picture perfect lunch. Though this was a lunch date with my #1 partner in life. The starter brussel sprouts were both plentiful and bursting with flavor. My guest loved the perfectly poached salmon on her roasted beet salad. We both ordered hot tea, served with plenty of lemon and plenty of hot water too. My ahi tuna burger was good, but a little too crumbly today. My Arnie Palmer never reached empty. And Shannon, our server, was present but never intrusive. Her level of service was fabulous. Great spot for a mid-day date!

LG
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

I would recommend not ordering the Grilled Cheese sandwich anymore, which is now a half sandwich and very much overpriced.

Not sure when that happened, but I will definitely not be ordering that particular item again. Otherwise, it was great.

PF
Minneapolis
102 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From Michelle and her team at the host stand ensuring my OpenTable reservation was spot on, to Brit taking care of every detail from order to delivery, to the roast beet salad with salmon and poached pear salad with salmon, everything was fabulous. This place treats you well whether a 1st time guest or weekly regular. Something for everyone on the menu, and easy to get to by foot and skyway.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome service! Came here for brunch on a Saturday, with my 3-month old son. Staff was super-friendly & brought a car seat holder to the table without me asking. Food was wonderful! Fresh and well plated. Our server Olivia was attentive & caring. The craft cocktail I ordered was delicious!
Will be back!!

d
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time there and both times have been excellent! Order the brussel sprouts! Best I've ever had. The food is creative and really tasty. Cocktails are a bit pricey, but well concocted. We'll be back!

M
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food for the evening was very good however the service was a little lacking. Granted, it was New Year's Eve and the place was busy, but it seemed as if they were short staffed for the night. Also an issue is the establishment imposed 3% addition to the bill for "Employee Wellness". "Employee Wellness" does not change if my bill is $100 or $500 so why charge a flat 3%? I suggest the parent company be brave and raise the menu items by 3% and stop pretending that "Wellness Costs" increase along with the size of my bill.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We waited over an hour for our food and multiple tables seated after us got their food before us

RW
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Vikings pre-game

It was the best by far

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Snarky server and call from host when they failed to check me in. They called while I was in the restaurant and left a snarky vm. Server not please when I asked to move tables when they were unable to turn off the vent blowing directly in my face. I won’t make it a priority to do business lunches here.

LQ
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a good experience. Friendly, efficient wait staff. Great food. Good people watching. Two thumbs up!

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The waitress kept interrupting our conversations but other than that, things were great!

WW
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great business lunch. Food and service are always top notch.

S
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great selection on the wine list.

s
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was okay, appetizers were incredible but the entrees were just okay to be honest. Duck skin was not crispy, grab cakes were not fresh.

BO
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came before the Vikings game, the food was great, creative and tasted great. Highly recommend trying it out

Y
Minneapolis
61 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Vikings pregame.

KR
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went before the Vikings game. What a value. Two huge breakfasts, three drinks, 20% tip for the server and parking in the ramp next to Mercury for $75!

OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service food got good reviews from the table. Enjoyed the evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience! Our waiter was very attentive and provided great suggestions. Very nice menu.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Symphony concert pre dinner.

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f
Minneapolis
189 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place. Fried chicken sandwich was a little bland, but otherwise the food here is solid.

PF
Minneapolis
102 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous work lunch at Mercury, starting with an easy Open Table reservation, then great service from the host stand to the table service, with no hiccups. We both loved the Mercury burger, the truffle fries were killer, and love the Bistro sauce too. Plus free refills on Arnie Palmers is always an added bonus. Thank you to a great staff and place to call my fav lunch spot!

SJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great as was the service. I plan to come back with my husband to try more of the menu (I had the cheeseburger and a peach/ginger mocktail for lunch, and it was delicious).

CN
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service was mediocre as was the food. It took almost an hour to get 2 cups of soup, 2 salads, and an omelette. We ordered a spinach salad and it was mainly romaine. It was a disappointing meal and rather expensive for the final product and service.

PF
Minneapolis
102 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought a guest to Mercury for lunch. It was his first visit. He loved the friendliness of the team, from host table to server to bartender. Everyone was simply great in making him feel welcomed. He went with the Mercury Burger, and loved it, French fries and all. We never had a half-full glass of water, and every need was met without hesitation. It simply was a great meal and a great setting.

Y
Minneapolis
61 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Always good here. We make it a regular stop. Reservations are a good idea.

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