Mercy Bar & Dining Room

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$31 to $50
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Comfort Food

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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. We also believe we have one of the best priced wine lists you can find, as we sell wine close to retail pricing!
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!


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RonB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Service was fantastic. I would go back.

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vipbills
Minneapolis
37 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. The chicken wild rice soup was some of the best I have ever had. Almost a meal in itself. My wife and I shared the beer can chicken. More than enough for 2. The only complaint was they didn't split the meal onto 2 plates. They did bring us another plate immediately after they noticed it. The side dish of carrots was cooked just right. Not too soft and not too hard. The butter sauce was exquisite.

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MarciaL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Mercy's dinners paired with the plays at the Orpheum Theater are wonderful! I would recommend doing this to any theater goer who also loves good food. It adds another dimension to enjoying a play.

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MandyL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my sister there for a birthday celebration and we sat in the library lounge. So cute and cozy down there. We did several small plate and a few cocktails. The oysters Rockefeller were the best we have ever eaten! We ended up getting a second round of them they were soooo good! Can’t wait to go again

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vipJenT
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appreciate the seasonally changing menu and fun options for special shows at the Orpheum. This restaurant is a favorite for the food and excellent service.

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vipBeckyF
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was great and service was exceptional. Great place to grab food before attending an event at the Orpheum.

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vipBruceB
Minneapolis
35 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

3/5/20 Made Bar seating reservation for pre theater dining. Sat at the bar. Cocktails were very good. We decided to enjoy a couple of appetizers for our dinner. The lobster poutine was a great take on the traditional dish. On the other hand, the calamari was awful. The rings were small and over fried. When we told the bartender about the calamari, he took it off the bill without question. The food was slow in coming. Overall, a good experience and we’d recommend Mercy as a great place to go before attending any Orpheum performance.

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DonB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was average quality and incredibly overpriced. $33 for 3 scallops? Also, I don't understand being intentionally vague with the beer list. Why only list the brewery and not the type of beer? Seems like something your guests would like to know. Service was pretty good, but I knew within a 1/2 hour of being there that I'll go somewhere else next time I'm attending an Orpheum or State Theatre show.

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viplocalreview
Minneapolis
61 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was friendly and gracious and the food was sublime. I will be back to have those scallops. It was SO convenient to dine here before a play and valet park. It couldn't get much better. Thank you.

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MistyV
Cleveland
28 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great for happy hour before a show at one of the theaters on Hennepin. Drinks were good and happy hour at the bar was a good deal.

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Mustgo
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Shrimp and grits was amazing

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JimW
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mercy never disappoints. We had an excellent time! Fantastic food and service tonight!!

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LauraT
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Conveniently located in the downtown theater district and close to Brave New Workshop. The shrimp and grits were the best I've ever had. Rich and flavorful. Husband's duck breast dish was meh. Service and drinks were great though.

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BobJMinneapolis
Minneapolis
27 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Visited for lunch and I was the only person in the place for the hour I was there. The one server working was the only person in the front of the restaurant. He did his best, and may have been taking phone orders or something, since he was gone more than he was out front and one person did come to pick up an order. With one person working lunch, it seems as if they are not expecting much of a crowd. My main issue is that it was super overpriced for a pretty ordinary experience. First, the very ordinary hamburger was 18.00. Then I was charged an extra 2.00 for fries. I had originally asked it included a choice of sides and I was told I could choose chips, salad, or fries. I had a glass of Grenache because I happened to notice the bottle at the bar. I buy this bottle of Grenache often for about 13.00 retail. Turns out it was 13.00 a glass here. So about 35.00 for lunch plus a decent tip is just too much to dine alone in an empty space in the heart of downtown for just an ordinary experience. It just feels abandoned and as if they have thrown in the towel. Maybe the more positive reviews are from those who dined in the evening, but lunch just doesn't seem to be happening here.

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vipDonnit
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The good news: lovely restaurant. Good wines by the glass. Nice servers. Good garlic bread.
But.
The food was not that good and way overpriced for the quality. For example, my Osso Bucco was tough with more gristle than meat. We ordered scalloped potatoes as a side, but they didn't come with the entree. We assumed they would be right out -- the server could only carry so much. But they didn't. When we asked about them, the server seemed confused. She came back and said they were on the way; they came after we finished our entrees, so they were basically dessert. Clearly, they forgot to place the order. That's fine -- it happens. But don't lie; offer to cancel the dish or at least remove it from the bill.
I hate leaving bad reviews, but it's the only way a restaurant knows what's going on. I do hope they work on the quality control as I hate to see restaurants fail.

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vipRafaelM
Minneapolis
34 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s weekend celebration. Great food and ambiance . Service was great too.

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RachelC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for a Valentine dinner before a theater event and tried the themes menu. We enjoyed all the dishes and had a few cocktails. Our server was pleasant and attentive. We also took a visit to the Library downstairs lounge which had an fun ambience. Look forward to visiting again to check out other parts of the menu.

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RebeccaL
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ratatouille was incredible! My fiance and I came here for valentine's day and had the best time. The architecture and ambiance were awesome and our food came very fast. We will be back!

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JayeE
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Mercy was a great experience. the Red Snapper was amazing. the combinations for fish and papaya and the right amount of salt was almost perfect. My wife had the strawberry salad (Valentines special) it was very good, very well put together. I went with the Lobster ravioli, this was very good, the added peanuts to the dish blended well with all the other flavors. Mercy was a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance-cozy. Service-outstanding. Food-amazing. We had a great time, eating delicious food and great drinks. Service was awesome, Tyler deserves a raise.

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BeckaL
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

My husband and I went for brunch on Valentine’s Day. A couple things about our brunch: The hostess was also the waitress and the only staff we saw, she was very sweet and tried her best. I wanted a cocktail but there was no bartender, so I settled on a glass of rosé. The food was okay but I think it would have been great had they been staffed better. My salad was wilted from what I imagine was sitting under the heat lamps...which may have cooked my poached eggs on my eggs Benedict...or the eggs were just over-cooked. Despite my over cooked eggs and slightly wilted salad, the flavors were fantastic. I can only imagine how much better they could have been. The fries were awesome and my husband’s sandwich was good. The atmosphere and architecture are really cool. I was just underwhelmed on Valentine’s Day. Will we be back?! maybe.

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DanM
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Went before a show. They had some unique things on the menu, food was good, portions small, and rather expensive.

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TimK
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The beer can chicken, the item I came in for, was a bit burnt, not as moist as I would have like it. The cocktails and service were great. Oysters, very fresh.

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JohnL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect venue for a nice dinner prior to a downtown event especially at the theater or a sporting event. Good food/dining options, nice service, and relaxing.

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mima
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Kind of expansive for what you get. The food have good flavor, good presentation.

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SheriC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food and service was outstanding! We will definitely be back! Loved it!

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Disappointed
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

My Limousin Hangar Steak was so tough I couldn't eat almost half of it, to make it worse for $39 it didn't come with any sides and it cost another $10 for a plate of beans?
My wife got the Lobster ravioli and took 2 bits and couldn't finish the rest, I ate a couple and they were dry and tasteless.
The waiter was friendly and explained the menu, but didn't offer any compensation for the poor quality of the food.

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drdayoff
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great place to go before the show. Must head to the Library downstairs for an after dinner or show drink

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Lor26
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dining experience. Bella was a terrific, fun server, and I appreciated the Host stopping by to see how things were going.

The lobster ravioli dish was fabulous! And the Norwegian salmon was outstanding. One thing, though: my guest has a sensitivity to items with heat, and the food underneath the salmon was too spicy. So Bella had to scramble and bring in another warm salad item (we did not want to waste the salmon by sending it back).

So here’s a suggestion to the owner & management (and the people next to us said that the owner has turned the spice heat way up on a lot of his dishes): Notify your customers on the menu items when the spice is discernible. In our case, this issue sure did interrupt the flow of my guest’s dinner, and our conversation. Maybe you’ll want to rate the spicyness from 1 to 3 or something, so fair warning to folks is given. Who knew that the Norwegian Salmon dish was going to be so hot (my guest is full Norwegian and was not very happy with the kick).

Overall, great food and really nice vibe!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was better than my past experiences

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GloriaE
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Although food was tasty, the portions were small for the price. My husband had the Mercy burger and thought it was delicious and the portion was good. A friend had the lobster ravioli and it was thick and tough - undercooked. We got the bread pudding dessert. Nothing about it was "pudding" it was dry croutons baked in a small square with some spices added to it. the sauce could have been much more plentiful to make up for the dryness. Our friend got the ice cream Sunday and cookie - which is pretty hard to do wrong.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! I had the Ratatouille and was blown away.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our oysters took a long time but all other service was terrific. Loved the menu designed for the play.

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vipBeck
Minneapolis
24 reviews