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/

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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Make your Valentine's reservations now! Chef plans on creating a unique Duet for you to enjoy with your significant other!

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

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (56)
Good for a Date (41)
Special Occasion (34)
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Creative Cuisine (28)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Comfort Food (19)
Happy Hour (19)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Romantic (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Fun (13)
Casual (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Cozy (11)
Business Meals (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
People Watching (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Authentic (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Healthy (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 14, 2018

First time at Mercy. We ordered the Filet and the scallops. Also ordered the Poke as a appetizer and two sides-green beans and brussel sprouts. The meat and scallops were both done nicely and to order. The Poke was okay, but for $16, should have been better. The risotto pasty. The service left me wanting to be elsewhere. But since it was a special night out for our son and his wife, I was unwilling to make our dissatisfaction known.
I might try back for a happy hour but will likely not return for a meal.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Everything was very good, but it was too expensive.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Cozy, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I really enjoyed our dinner at Mercy, the food was great and the service was even better. The room was a little bit cold for me but everything else was perfect. I highly recommend it before going to the theater or a concert at Target center as we did.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Pricey compared to the experience you got. I guess your paying the price for downtown?

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years Eve was great!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Disappointing. Food was not impressive, especially for the high price. Plenty of better restaurants of better value out there.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Poor service, the menu had tons of GF items on the menu (one of the reasons why we decided this place) for our NYE dinner! The entree we wanted that was GF was not and asked why does it state that on the menu and there wasn’t a good explanation why. My steak was screwed up 2 times and very slow service.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Desert was great. Deep fried ice cream. Cinnamon flavoured. 👏🏽

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Exceptional food. Excellent Waitress. Overwhelmed and rude hostess.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great place for before the theater. Waiter was attentive and did a great job of handling our time window for eating. Food was excellent. Definitely will be back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had excellent service and enjoyed some unusual menu items. Our choices were mostly familiar foods, but with an interesting twist. For instance, I chose a delicious crab grilled cheese sandwich. My date had lobster corn chowder. Our entrees were also very good. We were going to a show at The Orpheum, and the location really could not have been better!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This was our first time eating here. Our server was amazing! She walked us through the oyster menu and gave us great recommendations. Food was delicious! My steak was prepared perfectly!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The prices were too high for the quality and quantity of food. The NO substitution rule for this type of restaurant is unheard of. The soup and the fries were cold. The soup tasteless as well. The best part of our sandwich meals was the backed potato that we paid for al a carte. Sorry I would not go back. The servers were too busy to take care of the simplest request like butter and salt/pepper.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Not good. Just NOT GOOD..
Food was awful. The portion size was fine but it didn’t matter because it’s not good you want to eat. Their soup special was horrendous and had to be sent back. Just wish it was better than it was.. :(

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great atmosphere, knowledgeable server, location to Orpheum is unbeatable.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Loved the food. Beautiful restaurant. Great service. Great experience!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 25, 2017

It was awesome. Relaxing and delicious

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food was fantastic. Service a bit slow but pleasant. Very loud -hard to hear regular conversation.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Just Okay for Me - We were looking for a new place to dine downtown, and thought we'd give Mercy a try. We dined on Christmas Eve. The service was poor. Our server seemed overwhelmed, and bus service was all but nonexistent, as the dishes from our appetizers were not cleared until we were finished with our entrees. Food was ok overall, although one in our party had to send their dish back as it was not prepared as noted on the menu. We also found the menu lacking in variety. May try checking it out for lunch, but doubtful we'll be back for dinner.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wow! The food is magnificent! Great service, kind staff. Highly recommended!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Everyone in our group found something on the menu to his or her liking. The scallops in particular deserve a callout--they were perfectly seared and flavorful. For meat lovers, the pastrami sandwich was declared "best ever."

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great service - had a wonderful experience with great food!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 17, 2017

My friend and I ordered and split two entrees and they split both plates before bringing it out to us so we didn't have to do it ourselves! Friendly staff, nice ambiance; perfect for a special dinner before catching a show! Thanks Mercy!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We had four people dine. A couple of people thought their food was good. I had the grilled cheese crab sandwich which was marginal. My husband had a steak. He said it was good but there was nothing that came with it such as a veggie, salad, etc. I thought the steak was over priced. I felt the dining room was very loud and it was hard to have a conversation.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 17, 2017

My bf and I went to the Library Lounge before our 7pm dinner reservations. Loved the ambiance and coziness of the downstairs bar. When we headed upstairs for dinner, we were told there'd be a 10-minute wait. We got seated at a corner table which was nice. Ordered a bottle of wine and the waiter brought the wrong wine. We chose not to say anything, but that should have been a good warning about the rest of the evening. He took awhile to take our order- it took over 90 minutes for us to get our entrees. They claimed the kitchen was behind schedule due to a large group. I did get the lobster corn chowder which wasn't very flavorful and barely any lobster. The entrees (pot roast and scallops) were amazing though! Overall, we were at the restaurant for dinner for close to 2 1/2 hours just for a bottle of wine, soup and two entrees. Waiter seemed to forget we had our tab so waited awhile there too. Good thing we went to the Nutcracker show beforehand! Wait staff was friendly enough so no complaints there.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great food. Seemed to be under staffed. Servers were friendly- but overwhelmed. Make sure you have the time and be patient. A little more expensive than expected.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was fine but overpriced. The salmon entree for $32 was equivalent to a $20 salmon entree at a chain restaurant. We ordered dessert but after 20 minutes had to cancel them as we had to leave for a show.
Overall, the location is convenient but the food was just okay and overpriced.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food - thanks.

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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Small portions. Lobster soup had hardly any lobster in it. Server was not in any hurry even though we told him we had a show to get to. Wouldn’t recommend the place for dinner.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Terrific experience, resturant manager was very responsive to previous concerns! Staff were great, food was excellent and drinks were so great! We had plenty of time and it's such a great location for pre-theatre dining. We will definitely be back! Thanks

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Too noisy
Unfortunate seating when one party has to look at a wall

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Love the creative show themed menus! Always our first pick for theatre night! Service is excellent and personal! Love that the employees also get to try the delicious specials prior to us arriving! Will definitely be back! The only and I mean only thing that is a tad disappointing is how loud it can get, but the food tends to be so delicious you don’t notice after a bit.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Comfort Food
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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 on December 7, 2017

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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