About Mercy Bar & Dining Room

Mercy Bar and Dining Room is a new concept in downtown Minneapolis featuring modern American comfort food. We have created a space that is fun, inviting and above all else, comfortable. Chef Mike Rakun and his team bring you casual and delicious food. The menu is designed to please all the senses and desires one will have when dining out, utilizing only the highest quality ingredients. We have everything from delicious salads and sandwiches to seafood, steaks and oysters that are flown in daily. You’ll be right at home at Mercy Bar and Dining Room whether you’re meeting friends for brunch, stopping in for happy hour, or bringing a date for dinner.

Remember to check out our lower level Library Lounge for a cocktail or a game of chess. Mercy boasts a beautiful patio that is wrapped in ivy and other foliage. A great escape in the heart of downtown!

Rick Nelson, from the Star Tribune, named us Top 5 Burgers in Minneapolis!

901 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Comfort Food, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 11:00am

Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
9th Street and Hennepin Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(612) 252-7000

Website:
http://mercympls.com/

Entertainment:
Join us for our Saints and Sinners Brunch on Sundays. Featuring DJ at noon.

Executive Chef:
Mike Rakun

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

We are open for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Come enjoy our regular menu with the addition of some great specials and fresh oysters.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

We are open all day, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Choose from all the items off of our regular menu, as well as some great specials of the day.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Bring in the New Year at Mercy! Chef Mike Rakun has selected his favorite items off of our regular menu, as well as some fantastic specials. Make your reservations now!

Private Dining

We have 7 different private spaces for parties from 2-250. The Mercy Rooftop is fully enclosed, with 270 degrees of windows and a wrap around balcony. The Gallery and Mercy Ballroom can seat up to 250 for a seated dinner. Our Barrel Room is perfect for an intimate group of 20.

Mercy Bar & Dining Room Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.7

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (48)
Good for a Date (42)
Creative Cuisine (36)
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Special Occasion (32)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Casual (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Comfort Food (16)
Fun (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Local Ingredients (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Business Meals (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Romantic (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
People Watching (8)
Cozy (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Healthy (7)
Authentic (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great Beer (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Tapas (2)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

We were excited for this experience, however, a series of unfortunate events has cemented our decision to never go here again.

When we arrived, our reservation wasn't found, so we were seated at the bar (not a problem for us). While we told the hostess that we had tickets to a show and needed speedy service, we waited 15 mins for our server to arrive. He was apologetic, and took our entire order, and kindly recommended that we stick to appetizers because there was no time for entrees - understandable. Water was never refreshed. Our food arrived and our drinks had not as yet. We asked the server (different than our main server) that our drinks hadn't arrived and whether he could check on this - he said he would. Almost 10 mins later, when we were 3/4 of the way done with our food, we were able to flag our original server, and commented that we still hadn't received our drinks.

He was apologetic, but given the series of things that went wrong, it just left an uneasy feeling with regards to the night.

The couple that was seated next to us also had some disputes wtih their servers, and we commented on the service - they also agreed that the night had been a bust because everything had gone wrong with their order and service as well.

Given the proximity of this restaurant to Hennepin's many theatres, it would have been an obvious choice for future show's pre dinner experience, but we are crossing it out of our list.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

Menu was unique, but approachable. Service was knowledgeable and smooth.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was very good and the restaurant itself is very nice, however portion size was a little on the small side. Very good seafood as it is flown in from California daily. Best scallops I have ever had.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Interesting food (Pacu fish ribs). Large portions. Kind of loud.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had a really tasty dinner at Mercy Friday night. It was great to see it so busy and buzzing with a good crowd in both the dining room and bar. The food was really good -- we had the salmon poke (delicious!), crab fried rice (good), and beer can chicken (really yummy, just needed a bit more sauce). We had a 6:30 reservation (with tix to a show at the State/next door at 8:00). We were seated about 5 minutes late as we had to wait quite a while for the valet to take our car. That was no big deal ... but we were virtually ignored for over 10 minutes. No one came to take our order, no one stopped by our table, or said they'd be with us soon. That's a long time at a nice restaurant. There was a waitress tending to tables right next to us so we finally stopped her and asked if our table was in someone's section. She said it was hers and she hadn't noticed us. How that's possible when we were practically on top of the table next to us I don't know. I thought a good waiter was always scanning their section? She said she was really busy so that's why she didn't notice us. Then she said she could take our order and said we had to put it all in right then -- drinks, starter, entree. Brusk, but OK, we could live with it. She said since it was 6:50 anything we ordered needed to come all at once -- we hadn't allowed enough time before our show to do otherwise so there wouldn't be time to serve us a starter first, then an entree. We said we had a 6:30 reservation and she said so you've been sitting here for 20 minutes? It was more of a "no, the customer isn't right" challenge. Again, not what I'd expect at a nice restaurant. In the end we had a delicious meal, made it to our show in time, and she became very friendly and normally attentive. But it was not a good start and didn't position Mercy well from a service POV.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The service was truly excellent. Our server took great care so that we did not miss the opening curtain.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Library Bar has great cozy atmosphere! Attentive servers!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Wonderful! The food was exceptional! The Paku Fish Ribs were unexpected and delicious. The Pork Chop and Scallops were perfectly cooked and deeply flavored. The service was very good overall, though they weren’t as attentive to the water bottle. We will DEFINITELY be going back!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 26, 2017

A delightful place right across from the Orpheum for a wonderful dinner together.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Nice restaurant but eggs benedict were not up to par. Service was very good and liked sitting at high top to look out window. Price of sandwich at $21 seemed very high.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food was sub-par! Ordered the sirloin, crab claws, and sautéed vegetables. All were over priced and decent. Nothing to rave about. The crab claws came with a mayo-tarter sauce.... yuck. No cocktail sauce or even warm garlic butter. Sautéed vegetables were under seasoned and something I could have made at home. The sirloin was too rare and chard and hard to cut into on the outside.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Service was excellent! Prompt attentive waiter. Made excellent suggestions. Food was very good. Nicely presented. Kept the coffee cups full. Offered desert menu. Very pleased with his service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Went in before a show at the Orpheum. Server was great and the food was way better than I would have expected. Very good restaurant at a reasonable price.

Try the crab grilled cheese!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This restaurant is a favorite and we enjoy the food and atmosphere.

Tags: Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Wonderful ambiance, delicious, lots of variety, creative choices, something for everyone, understanding and accomodating to food sensitivities.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Needed a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Turkey Day and Mercy did not disappoint. Fantastic food, terrific service and a great overall experience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 22, 2017

outstanding burger and fries......among the best in the cities. and i've had my share. and cool atmosphere, especially downstairs bar.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 22, 2017

They were not prepared to handle the theatre rush crowd going to the show at the Orpheum . Main course arrived before appetizers and salads. The check took forever too. We barely made it to the show.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Booked Reservations for 6 arrived at 550. Waitress came ordered drinks. Confirmed theater time of 730. Drinks were good. 710 no food. Potato was cold under cooked, Hamburger was cold, apple beet salad was V good. Ate quickly. They did adjust bill slightly. I will not go back. Again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We have eaten here three times since we been staying on property; as far we have tried items from their breakfast, brunch, and dinner menu. Breakfast and brunch have been very delicious and satisfying! Though my only concern would be that the restaurant did not acknowledge us celebrating a birthday when I did put it in our brunch reservation.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Or server was excellent. The food was very tasty, but the portions are a bit small for the price. Overall, it was a wonderful experience. Delicious oysters!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great scallops!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food. Kitchen was a little off in their timing, but our server over came these issues and we had a great night overall.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Don't forget dessert! Their ice cream sandwich is amazing and can easily be split between two people. The one that I had was salted caramel ice cream with a chocolate cake. Their cocktail list is also great. I believe, but I could be wrong, that the cocktail program was started by an Eat Street Social alum. So you know it's good. Overall, a great place to go before a show and a great place for groups-- they can handle them.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Dining room was quiet . Menu is a bit strange, but every item we ordered was delicious

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Friendly service, but not especially fast. Food was good, not great. My duck came out lukewarm after a long wait. Shortly after we were served, waiters were warning others of a backup in the kitchen. All of this on a Sunday at 5:30. They need to take it up a notch.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Dined at Mercy before a 7 PM show downtown. Staff was good about understanding our timing. Great menu and attentive service. Good experience overall. Will go back.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

A very delightful prelude to the theater. Their theater menu offering was ample size and ready quickly providing for a leisurely dinner. The Walleye option was wonderful with the side salad. Will definitely be back soon.

Tags: People Watching, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Fun, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We chose to eat at Mercy since it was across the street from the Orpheum and we had 6:30 theater tickets. We had a 5:00 dinner reservation and waited unusually long for the waitress to come and take our drink order. So when she arrived we placed our drink and dinner order right away. We ordered off their theater menu thinking those entrees would come up quickly. We had our salad by 5:30. But our dinner entrees didn't come until 6:05, so we felt rushed to eat so we could leave by 6:20. Our theater menu included a dessert, but they had to box it up because there was not enough time to eat it. The food was good, our waitress was fine, but we were very disappointed in the kitchen's service. It should not have taken that long to serve us our meals.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Pleasant,good service but my meal was a little over sauced.
Caveat...difficult evening for the restaurant with 2 shows starting at same time .Our server was excellent under the pressure of a full house.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great addition to the Hennepin Avenue restaurants and perfect spot for a nice meal across the street from the Orpheum Theatre. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly - answered questions about the menu and seemed excited to be there. Food was outstanding - great salads - got the Crab Grilled Cheese and their signature burger so we could each sample. Home made chips and spicy catsup. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Our salmon meals were good, roasted Brussels sprouts and wilted spinach salad first courses salty.
Pork and white bean soup excellent.
Service very nice, all 3 times we were there with elderly mother using a walker during our Theater evening and afternoon.
The restrooms needed attention with overflowing trash, empty soap dispensers.
Very convenient for theatre but I think I preferred previous restaurant in that space.

Tags: Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great service, creative food, nice atmosphere. We stopped in after a matinee at the Orpheum across the street. Our server was very attentive and friendly. The menu has some creative dishes as well as familiar standbys. We had the shrimp and octopus ceviche and a crab grilled cheese. Both were really good! My son had a house made ice cream sandwich for dessert that was amazing. We'll definitely be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Terrible wine list. Food was OK. Need to do better.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This is a restaurant which has changed names several times, and never seems to get its act together to have fabulous food. It's got a great location, right across the street from the Orpheum and only a block from the State Theater. I will probably go here again because of the location, but the food was good not great. Two of us had the Shepherds Pie and I had the crab and rice. The Shepherds Pie was a little thin I was told. And the crab was okay but I was hoping for more crab.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were there for a Broadway touring show and the menu with the show theme was fun and delicious! Helped make the evening special.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great spot. Bailey, our server was knowledgeable about the menu....gave us good suggestions, "gave great service and got us out in time to make our concert"...the crab grilled cheese was wonderful, also tried the cheese burger (it was great and done to perfection) spinach salad was tasty, and buffalo fish was something we never tried before...was good! Oh and the ceviche was excellent!!! Will definitely go back and try more of the menu, a great fusion of Midwest comfort food and Florida flavors. Next time will try the mussels, they looked awesome.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Food took too long to come to table. Otherwise, it was a good meal and a nice experience.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Had a great meal here! The service was good, friendly and paid attention to our need to get to the theater.
The crab claws were fabulous! As were the French Fries. My friends shared a generous Pastrami sandwich which they said was scrumptious. Will definitely eat here again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Healthy, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

First time at Mercy for BDay occasion. Food and service were very good. Would definitely recommend! We dine out a lot and were very pleased.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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