The Lexington

4.5
710 reviews
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The Lexington is more than a restaurant, it’s an institution. Located on the corner of Lexington Parkway and Grand Avenue, this St. Paul community was the most fashionable at the turn of the 19th century. The St. Paul elite lived just blocks away and the first electric trolley brought visitors up and down Grand Avenue. The Lexington opened in 1935, after the end of prohibition, and was a popular neighborhood bar to gather and socialize. Previously operating as a speakeasy, the expansive wood panels were perfect for hiding a little booze and one can only imagine the shenanigans going on beyond the hidden staircase behind the coat check. For decades following, The Lex, as it’s called by locals and enthusiasts alike, was the place to be seen; business dealings, cocktail hours, and milestone celebrations were a regular occurrence for St. Paul socialites.
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OT
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonder meal, knowledgeable staff, very satisfying.

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D
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can't get a better meal or service anywhere else.

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JR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Owen was our server and took great care of us. We've had the opportunity to dine at the Lex several times over the last couple months. It has become my go-to special occasion destination.

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

The food was outstanding, though the wait was a little long. However we hardly noticed until we were informed of a delay. It is definitely worth any wait time, I feel. The staff were exceptionally attentive and friendly, especially Rick. Not only was he eager to make sure we had everything we needed, but also provided a lot of fascinating and entertaining history facts about the restaurant. Big thank you to you, Rick, for making my wife's birthday that much more enjoyable while we dined. We will definitely be back!

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D
Little Rock
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Lexington is an old fashioned dinning experience with modern service and food quality. We found the prices to be quite reasonable. Sunday brunch was excellent.

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K
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

First of all, I rarely give a bad review. That being said, I was super disappointed with our experience at The Lexington. We were seated right away and the table was fine for our party of 6. We already had a round of drinks from the bar when we were seated. The server came over to our table to tell us about the specials. We put in an order for apps which came out quickly. We placed our dinner orders and my husband and I also ordered a salad. Our food took way too long to be served, we had to ask for the salad, question where the entrees were, and ask for another round of drinks. When the dinners were finally delivered they were room temp at best! The potatoes and mushrooms were actually cold. Our server really didn't check in with us after the dinners were served until it was dessert time. Overall, for the amount of money that our meals cost, the time it took to get our meals ( 2 steak specials, 1 whitefish, 1 pork chop dinner, and 1 salad) and having to flag down the waiter, I would say it was just an okay dinner. Personally, I found the atmosphere to be a tad dark and dreary. We were there to celebrate my birthday. At least the company was great! Don't think we will be returning here.

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CL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my partner there for his birthday. I marked ‘Birthday on the reservation. When the menu came it had his name on it! They took a special picture, framed it and gave it to him to take home. They also gave him an ice cream 🍨 with rainbow 🌈 sprinkles and a candle. The onion rings are phenomenal.

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Responded 5 days ago

Hi ChuckL, thank you for the great review!! We try very hard to make special occasions feel special. I'm so glad we made your partners a memorable one. Please keep us in mind for your next special occasion, casual dinner, rooftop experience or happy hour. Again, thank you for choosing The Lexington!

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OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Calamari was not crisp nor hot. The French fries were not hot. Not impressed with food given its reputation

The Lexington
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, thank you for your feedback. I sincerely apologize that our food was not served to standard. I would love to invite you back to give us another try. Would you be willing to provide a contact name and number as well as an address? Thank you!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Scallops were phenomenal. Excellent service, as usual.

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Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for the five-star review!!

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C
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary on Monday evening April 8th, 2019. The restaurant was not busy. Great wait staff. Chefs did a marvelous job. We had fresh oysters on the half shell with a great mignonette. Their "seafood cocktail" was more like a seafood ceviche. We loved this seafood dish and hope it stays on as a regular appetizer, especially when the summer patio opens up. The mushroom "escargot" was not made with snails, but rather button mushrooms and prepared identically as a traditional escargot dish. The main course was shared and included bay scallops. All really well prepared. My wife and I are both sensitive to salted foods, and we could tell minimal salt was used. Great job Lex!

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Responded on April 12, 2019

Hello Curt, thank you taking the time to write such a great review!! We will continue to offer fresh seafood especially as the weather gets warmer. Unfortunately, the weather isn't cooperating and our rooftop patio opening has been pushed back. However, we expect to open up and be ready soon!

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I
Minneapolis
48 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

This was the worst dining experience we’ve ever had & we go out for dinner at least twice a week. The service was horrendous, the fish that was ordered was way over done & the steak was raw, and it was by far the worst value of any restaurant we’ve eaten at. The only service we received was when we flagged someone down, and our waiter never even gave us a dessert menu until we asked the manager. The expense of this meal was outrageous even though they gave us credit for some of our meal. This was by far the worst dining experience we have aver had bar none.

The Lexington
Responded on April 12, 2019

Hello Intogoodfood, I don't doubt you may have had a bad experience however, it being the "worst dining experience" and "horrendous" is very hard to believe. We are a serious restaurant and follow specific steps of service and protocols. I have spoken to the staff that engaged you during service and they tried to make it right for you but you were unwilling to accept. Although we welcome all feedback, good and bad, this seems more like an attack. Our team, from the dishwashers...

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CD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It was nice but for the price I expected better service. Although my meal was excellent their menu was very limited.

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Responded on April 12, 2019

Hello CynthiaD, thank you for taking the time to provide some feedback. I sincerely apologize for the subpar service you received. Mondays are typically not very busy and there is no excuse for poor service. I will look into what happened that day and will make sure it doesn't happen again. Please consider giving us another chance, feel free to contact me directly for reservations. Thank you! Adam, Director of Operations.

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B
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails and cool atmosphere. The service was impeccable. My salmon was overly salty. It is a great spot for a special occasion.

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Responded on April 12, 2019

Hi Bowe0160, thank you for the four-star review!! I sincerely apologize for the salmon not being prepared properly. We like to season our food well but there is a fine line between that and overdoing it. I have passed this information on to Chef Jack and we will strive to do better. Thank you for choosing The Lexington and we hope to see you again soon.

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DM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Lex today is a wonderful tribute to its former glory!

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Responded on April 12, 2019

Hi DianeM, thank you for the amazing review!

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s
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at the Lexington. Friendly server and wait staff. We had a visit from one of the hosts to our table as well as a chef to check on our order. We even received complementary dessert. A+++++

The Lexington
Responded on April 12, 2019

Hi stuartlo, thank you for the five-star review!! Chef Jack very much enjoys checking on guests in the dining room to ensure everyone is enjoying their experience. Thank you for taking the time to give positive feedback!

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PB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The porterhouse steak for two was cooked correctly and the presentation was superb. The wait staff was attentive without hovering. The Lex salad was an unexpected surprise with sweet and savory flavoring.
The frozen grasshopper pie was superb! We would highly recommend The Lexington for a special evening out!

The Lexington
Responded on April 12, 2019

Hi PaulaB, thank you for the five-star review! The porterhouse for two is definitely my favorite entrée! I'm glad you enjoyed it as well as your Lex salad. Thank you for choosing The Lexington and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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S
Minneapolis
37 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The 4 of us all tried different dishes and we were all blown away. Great food, great service. I recommend the Lobster Pasta, especially if you like a little heat. The fish, the steaks, the specials all terrific. Rick was awesome. The night was getting late and I asked him to give us the tour. He didn't disappoint and even took us out back to show us the way to the roof. Of course, he also talked us into dessert (the carrot cake was outstanding). Don't forget to have a Sconnie Ol Fashioned before dinner.

The Lexington
Responded on April 12, 2019

Hello Snuffy, thank you for the amazing review!! I truly believe our food is great but what makes us exceptional is our amazing staff. Rick has a way of making your experience memorable and always goes above and beyond. I'm so glad you loved The Lex and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Please feel free to ask for me next time you are in, I would love to treat you to a Sconnie Old Fashioned! Adam, Director of Operations.

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EH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall good experience. The service did get noticeably slow throughout our dinner and the wait assistance was taking our food away a little fast so then there would be longer periods of sitting there before the waiter would come over again.

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Responded on April 12, 2019

Hi EHart, thank you for the four-star review! I sincerely apologize for the delay in service. Saturdays are our busiest day of the week and we try to stay on time but unfortunately we sometimes fail. We appreciate your feedback and will use it constructively in order to improve and be better every day.

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RC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous restaurant, impeccable service, outstanding food. Don't wait - make your reservation at The Lexington now!

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Responded on April 12, 2019

Hi RobynC, thank you for the five-star review! The best advertising is always word of mouth so we truly appreciate you urging others to give us a shot. Thank you again and we hope to see you soon!

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CH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We couldn’t have been more pleased with our experience at the Lex. Food was amazing and our server Rick was so knowledgeable, helpful, and personable. We’ll defend mutely don’t be there again!

The Lexington
Responded on April 12, 2019

Hi CindyH, thank you for the five-star review!! I'm glad you enjoyed having Rick as your server. Please feel free to ask for him the next time you are in. Cheers!

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GM
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The service, food, and the wine are very good, but the noise makes a conversation impossible, sorry.

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Responded on April 7, 2019

Hello GuerinoM, thank you for taking the time to write a review. I'm glad you enjoyed the wine, food and service but sincerely apologize for the noise level. Do you happen to know what room you were seated in? We have four different dining rooms that offer different experiences. If you decide to give us another opportunity, please note in your reservation that you would prefer a quieter area, preferable the Main Dining Room or Chef's Dining Room. Again, thank you for your feedback.

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B
Naples
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and wonderful staff .First time here and we are coming back!

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Responded on April 7, 2019

Hi ValerieB, thank you for the five-stars!! We are so please we made your first visit a memorable one. We also offer happy hour in the Martini Bar Mon-Fri from 4-6pm, Lunch and Brunch on the weekends and soon we will be opening up the rooftop patio. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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E
Minneapolis
73 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It had been a while since I had last been at the Lexington, at least a couple of years. The new decor is nice. Outstanding service which had been one of the best features of the Lexington was back. I didn't care for the Lexington salad. I was expecting the old salad and not excited by the half of iceberg lettuce with french dressing. We had the half lobster which was very good. Overall, dinner was very nice and I will likely return again in the not too distant future.

The Lexington
Responded on April 7, 2019

Hello Epicurious, thank you for taking the time to write a review. I'm glad you enjoyed your overall experience and plan on returning in the near future. Would it be safe to say that we would have received five-stars had the salad been more to your liking? What could we have done better to receive five-stars?

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JB
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Very nice. Excellent food. Prices on the high side. Service waiter not very knowledgeable. A baked potato for $10? Hmm

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Responded on April 7, 2019

Hi JamesB, thank you for taking the time to write a review. I sincerely apologize the service aspect wasn't up to par. We understand we are not an inexpensive restaurant but we strive to offer only the finest, freshest and best local products available. Nonetheless, the service should be the same caliber as well. We appreciate your feedback and we will use it to improve and get better every day. Thank you.

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r
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Very disappointing service - took 2 hours for brunch for 4. Would not recommend salmon benedicts; no part of it was good. Their coffee was the only plus.

The Lexington
Responded on April 2, 2019

Hello, thank you for your feedback. Would you be willing to provide a contact number so we can discuss further? Thank you.

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R
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the staff at The Lexington went out of their way to make my girlfriend's birthday extra special! The food and drinks were great too!

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Responded on April 2, 2019

Hi Ryan, thank you for the amazing review!! I'm so glad we exceeded your expectations. Thank you for choosing The Lexington for you girlfriend's special day!

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NR
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food took a long time to come out

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Responded on April 2, 2019

Hi NatalieR, thank you for your feedback. Would you be willing to provide a contact number so we can talk more about your experience?

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JK
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality dining experience. Choice foods, prepared expertly. Excellent service in a relaxed atmosphere with semi formal setting. A bit pricey, but not overpriced for the quality of experience.

The Lexington
Responded on April 2, 2019

Hi JakeK, thank you for the five-star review!! I know we are not inexpensive so we truly appreciate you choosing to come here. I'm so glad we made it worth your while. Thanks again!

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Lovely atmosphere. Will be back soon!

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Responded on April 7, 2019

Hello JamesH, thank you for the five-stars! We look forward to having you back soon.

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p
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I love going back to the Lex. What an outstanding room. I come from west Bloomington so I can't get over there often but I always look for an opportunity. Friday lunch crowds are still small and I'm afraid they won't do it for much longer. They need to do something to promote it more. History shows that it's doable. Perhaps a few less expensive small and quick plates for the casual and business eater. They've brought back their version of the chicken pot pie. It's got a top crust (Yay!) but it's smaller than I remember the old version. Still, it was excellent as was the accompanying side salad. I'll definitely go back when I can as long as they keep doing lunch. (Of course, going there for dinner is a definite yes!) -JS

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LJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was outstanding!!!! I'm afraid I don't know his name. The prosecco was delicious. My husband loved his whiskey Manhattan. The ambience is to die for. The celery Caesar was delicious, loved the anchovies. I had the whitefish, a tad too salty. The artichokes with the whitefish are a lovely addition to the dish. My husband had the Beet salad but felt a bit misled because there were too many greens, not enough beets. I ordered a Sauvignon Blanc but I did not love it so I sent it back. I did have 3 proseccos ❤️ but still ended up paying for the Sauv Blanc. The flourless chocolate cake and coffee we're a perfect ending to a lovely night 🎉

The Lexington
Responded on April 2, 2019

Hi LisaJ, thank you for such an amazing review!! I apologize for you having to pay for the glass of Sauv Blanc that you returned, it should have been taken care of. Please feel free to ask for me the next time you are in, I would love to buy you a glass of the prosecco you liked so much :) Again, thank you for taking the time to respond and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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k
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a birthday dinner for my husband. The staff all knew it was a birthday, the service was outstanding (our waiter knew how to describe every wine, described the food in culinary detail, and was very attentive), and the food was perfectly put together. A perfect night!

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Responded on March 26, 2019

Hi Karenstillwater, thanks for the five-star review!! We are so pleased we were able to make your special night memorable. Please join us again soon, looks like the rooftop is just around the corner ;)

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MB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live in Eden Prairie, but this is my favorite restaurant in the area - even though quite a distance to St. Paul. It's so worth the drive. The ambience is tremendous. Love the jazz trio. The food is consistently excellent. Even had an opportunity to meet one of the owners and the very talented and personable chef. The bartenders came up with creative cocktail ideas and were great bantering with.

When relatives come into town, I'm taking them to the Lex. If I can get my friends to look beyond the western suburbs, I'm taking them to the Lex. Special occasion with my wife, it's the Lex...

The Lexington
Responded on March 25, 2019

Hi MarkBob, thank you for the amazing review!! We love when people make the trip from Minneapolis and suburbs because we know how difficult the commute can be, so we thank you for that. We truly believe we have assembled a great team, from ownership to the front of the house staff to the kitchen team, so this really means a lot to us. I would love to meet you next time you are in, please ask for me, Adam Moreira Director of Ops. Again, thank you for choosing The Lex!

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CK
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at The Lexington. The first was Prom Night, 1970! We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at the Lexington. The food was delicious! I loved my Steak Diane and side of portabella mushrooms. My friend really enjoyed her ribs. The service was amazing. We enjoyed two cocktails in the bar before dinner, and the bartender bought me a birthday cocktail. Our waiter, Rick, was so helpful and fun. He entertained us as he served dinner and brought me a fantastic chocolate birthday dessert! We will return soon.

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Responded on March 26, 2019

Hi CruiserK, thank you for taking the time to write a review! How wild was it to be back almost 50 years later!! Part of what makes The Lexington so special is all the memories that people have from so many years. Every day we hear stories about how people celebrated their special occasions here many years ago and we are proud and happy to still be here to continue that legacy.

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TN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dining experience on Saturday evening. Our server Jeff was attentive, the food was phenomenal and the jazz trio was very enjoyable.

The Lexington is one of my favorite neighborhood staples and never disappoints.

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Responded on April 2, 2019

Hi TrishN, thank you for your five-star review!!

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JR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at The Lex was amazing. Food, service, atmosphere; they were all perfect! Will definitely be back and recommend this amazing establishment to others.

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Responded on March 26, 2019

Hi JoelR, thank you for the five-star review!!

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MJ
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The keep the standard of food and service very high. And we love having Daniel as our waiter!

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Responded on March 24, 2019

Hi MarthaJ, thank you so much for the five-star review!! We will definitely stay committed to only providing high quality products as well as exceptional service. Please come see us again soon and request Daniel, he is top notch and just an overall great guy :)

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for an anniversary dinner and loved it! Exceptional all around!

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Responded on March 25, 2019

Hi JSCS, thank you for the five-star review!! We understand that you have so many choices when celebrating a special occasion so we really focus on making it special for you. I'm so happy we made your visit memorable. Thank you for choosing The Lexington!

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SB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my mother’s 101st birthday. Imagine our surprise when we received our menus that had “Happy 101st birthday” printed on them! Server was knowledgeable and especially helpful to my mother. Food outstanding! Excellent experience.

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Responded on March 25, 2019

Hi SandiB, thank you for the wonderful five-star review!! We are so happy we made your mom's 101st birthday special. Thank you for choosing The Lexington!!

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit since the remodel. The food, service and ambiance were quite nice. The menu offerings included classic supper club fare but also included some wonderful unique items as well. The french onion soup was the best I have ever eaten and instead of nothing but steak, steak, steak there was Pork and other options. I not only would but have already recommended the Lexington to friends. My wife and I almost went back the very next night.

The Lexington
Responded on March 23, 2019

Hi MathewM, thank you for the five-star review!! I'm so glad you enjoyed everything from the food to the service to the ambiance. We strive to provide options for everyone and it seems like we hit our mark. Please come see us again soon!

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