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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MH
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the restaurant week menu. Salmon was delicious

LS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Way too noisy especially if you want to have any conversation!

HP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Always excellent tasting food.

TD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I love all the Blue Plate restaurants and I’ve been to all of them. This was my first time at Mercury and the service and food were both great. I appreciated the happy hour prices and menu selections were also great. It was, however, “bald and free” night but my friend and I who are both clearly follicly challenged had to remind the wait staff of our discount when the bill came.

In addition to the great service and great menus at all their restaurants, I will always be a faithful patron of the Blue Plate restaurants, because of “Bald and Free” night.

KC
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We had 4:45 pm reservations on Sunday, October 13th. We specifically made reservations here because of restaurant week. I ask about the restaurant week menu which had three choices when I made the reservations. I was told that they ran out of one of them, the short ribs. Server said that they didn’t realize Restaurant Week started that day and also that there was a Vikings game. I would say that doesn’t look good for the management.

I asked if they had a substitution and he said no. Asked him to check. They substituted meatloaf for short ribs. Not really the same price point or a very exciting option.

Slow service, bill was not correct and we won’t be back.

B
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vikings home Game day morning. 4 of us stopped in for drinks and breakfast. Very good food, and great service!

M
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Very loud dining experience. Was not impressed with the lobster bisque - very thin, soupy consistency. Seared scallops were either on the warming table too long or microwaved - the texture was not that of something freshly seared. The steak sandwich was ok but not remarkable.
Our server was lovely and the staff seemed very nice, but the food was not worthy of a return trip.

NA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Disappointed after making a reservation for nine people weeks in advance and the only table the had to accommodate us was a high top table in the bar area. Making a reservation for dinner I did not expect to be sitting on bar stools. It was 4 PM and the restaurant was not busy yet the service for drinks and food was very slow.

TS
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

This is a nice restaurant with reasonable food prices (wines by the glass were a bit high). We had the duck and crab cakes. The duck was done correctly but the skin could have been rendered better. The crab cakes were not special but were good nonetheless. Wine selection was quite good and not there was not too many to chose from. Service was casual but adequate. Recommended.

AR
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Mercury for brunch for my birthday, and I had such a great time! The restaurant has ambiance lighting, which still gives each table it's own vibe despite the open floor plan. The bar and the rail, overlooking the kitchen, provide scenery and the staff are extremely attentive and polite. The food presentation is some of the best I've seen in the metro for sure. Thanks again Mercury for everything!

SN
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Brussels sprouts were excellent. Great game day specials. Awesome bloody mary

RF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to go to Mercury before Vikings games. It fills up fast, so get there early. SKOL!

OT
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely meal. We all enjoyed our time here!

FM
Dallas
67 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good breakfast spot downtown. Parking was expensive and a hassle though.

MN
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It's a good lunch spot for the downtown business crowd. I've always had good food but it's the service that's outstanding.

SA
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great server, very helpful. We had a group of 5 and I think that their food may have taken a bit longer so mine was done early and it was cold (grilled cheese/avocado & fries) when I got it. Otherwise we really enjoyed it and will return.

R
Minneapolis
47 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salads were outstanding and flavorful. Great service

L
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had brunch pre-Vikings game. It was a fun atmosphere! Good beer prices, food was fast to arrive, and it was tasty. The waitress was pleasant and really pretty prompt with the crazy crowd pregame - she did great. I'd recommend for pregame. Will have to come back for dinner to see what "normal" is like there!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great stop before Vikings game!

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love the Mercury Dining Room. Great food and drinks, lively atmosphere, and very attentive servers. Thank you Blue Plate.

JR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for pre-Vikings game breakfast or brunch.

SE
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the first visit to Mercury for all four of us, and we were delighted to have discovered such a lovely place. Everyone was very happy with the service and the food was excellent. It was so nice to be able to sit in a downtown restaurant and have a real conversation. Normally, it's impossible because the noise level is so high. It allowed all of us to relax and really enjoy our dinner and each other's company. We will definitely be back!

N
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great good, but loud.

L
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, food was fantastic! Chef Razi bent over backwards to accommodate my Keto friend's needs. Can't wait to go back!

SP
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

I would recommend with the warning that at lunch time the noise level if off the charts. When I mentioned this to the the hostess she said, "this whole building is noisy," which is not true. I talked to the owners of the restaurant group that runs Mercury shortly after it opened and brought up the noise level and they said they were aware of it and were planning to do something about it, but they haven't. Apparently what happened is that they spray painted all the acoustic ceiling tiles white as part of the renovation when they took over the space from the previously failed restaurant, which severely reduced the sound absorbing capacity.

M
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice hidden gem. Five people ordered four different menu items and all were very pleased. Will definitely be back again!

ZM
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Best pancakes I have eaten at a restaurant! The power green scrabble was very tasty as well. My second Bloody Mary was too salty but the only negative in a great brunch experience. The Freehouse Kolsch craft was very refreshing.

VS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

do you have any frequent dining offers? I will be dining there quite a few more times in the next few weeks?
Vicki

C
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

After ordering we waited 40 minutes for our food and when it arrived, without apology, it was cold. The place was busy but not completely full. Not sure what the problem was but probably won't return since I don't have time for two hour lunchs. Food, although cold was ok; nothing special. Disappointed.

T
Minneapolis
62 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food is excellent consistently over many visits. Usually service is very good to excellent but today the place was pretty empty on the early side and service was really bad. I had to get up and ask for initial coffee bec no server ever appeared. Food excellent & very fast. Had to wave down server after always waiting for coffee and even to pay bill. The owner and manager should be super disappointed. If your busy have another server or host watch the table. Will for sure go again but hope this was a one-off. No excuse...

BS
Fayetteville
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Fabulous service. Impeccable food. The sea bass with fingerling potatoes and camelized onions was great.

OT
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was ok ...would have had another drink had he stopped by.

Deviled eggs, Brussels sprouts, ahi tuna were good. Steak sandwich was ok.

N
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience for 10 friends getting together for dinner. Food and service was excellent and they put us on a private area. Very, very nice.

CP
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is just soooo good!! Service was on point from the friendly hostess to the waiter. It is quite a loud place so hard to go & have time to talk but worth it to eat the yummy food.

VS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I will dine there again on Friday at 11:45. Looking forward to it, Vicki

PF
Minneapolis
94 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent business lunch experience. Two guests who had never been to Mercury loved the food choices. Prompt service from host stand to table. Busy lunch spot, but still able to enjoy the experience. Thanks to Brit for always be a solid server. And truly a value-rich dining experience.

PF
Minneapolis
94 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great post-work happy spot. Easily made changes to the reservation. The happy hour specials were fabulous, whether 2-for-1 cocktails and tap beers, or food specials. Simply put a great happy hour without the fuss.

V
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food. Have had lunch twice and dinner once. This last time a friend and I had lunch. I had the grilled cheese which was wonderful!!! My only complaint is that the sandwich was very difficult to cut in two and also pick up and eat. The chutney(very tasty), the avocado, etc. just squished out from the sides. I had to wipe my fingers and mouth constantly. I finally had to give up and cut it into pieces. This was quite difficult to do. Also you really didn’t get the whole taste experience with it in pieces. Should ask customer if they want it sliced in two and also supply a steak knife. I should have asked for a steak knife and to have had it cut. My “bad” here. The regular knife made it REALLY difficult to cut. If not for this, I would have given the food a five.

AW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Overall my dining experience was great, but our waitress and even the hostesses seemed distracted by conversing with each other and not with customers. So much so that one of our orders was put in incorrectly and had to be remade due to a dietary restriction.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit.

The food was absolutely fantastic!!!

Our waitress was perfectly friendly and attentive.

We will definitely come back.

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