The Lexington

4.6
1531 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Please note, we are only accepting reservations for parties of 6 guests or less due to COVID-19.

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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CatherineP
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service!! Celebrated a 40th Birthday

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vipJeanMD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and had a great evening out. Everything was top notch starting with the service - Chuck and Patrick were attentive, helpful and friendly. The food was delicious from the walleye cake starter to the butternut squash bisque to our entrees (whitefish and the signature chicken pot pie) and finishing with key lime pie. They even surprised us with a complimentary photo and Grand ‘ol Creamery vanilla ice cream as an anniversary celebration. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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AngelaM
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn’t been to the Lex in awhile so decided to go for my birthday this year, the food and service were fantastic. Great place for a special occasion.

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JIllZ
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heidi was a GREAT Server!
The food was excellent.
The host was kind and greeted us the second we walked in.
Great ambiance... great date spot.

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ColleenF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful evening at The Lexington last night! The service was as amazing as the food! It was a special occasion for us, and The Lexington was the perfect place to create memories. The food was exceptional and the staff went above and beyond in helping us enjoy a terrific night. I am a former waitress, so my standards are high, and Patrick and all the others blew me away!

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Tess
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Delicious food, generous drinks, wonderful servers, fabulous ambiance. Highly recommend. Only question… why have ordinary brown & serve rolls rather than some kind of fancier bread? The salted butter was delish so maybe it made up for the pedestrian rolls? Regardless, The Lexington is a real gem, I promise you’ll love it.

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BellaG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal! Everything about the evening was great!

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Diningenthusiast
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Andrew is the best in the business, truly exceptional! Andrew knew intricate details of the entire menu, made perfect menu, wine and cocktail recommendations. He was energetic and attentive without being over bearing. The live jazz trio along with the outstanding food helped complete an extraordinary experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined for our anniversary. Andrew killed it, great service and wonderful recommendations. Try the gnocchi, you won’t be disappointed.

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Paul
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a classic must see establishment if you are in Minnesota.

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sassie
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was delicious. We would highly recommend.

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Alexc
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience5

The restaurant week food was very small. This was very insulting yo tell you the truth.
The food was good just not the right size for what you pay.

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vipBarbaraB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and cocktails. Beautiful rooms.

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vipFrank
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food and an overall great time. This is an amazing restaurant for a special occasion or just if you want to treat yourself. Nothing bad at all to say about this place.

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vipBettyW
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was fabulous. Service was terrific. Can’t wait to go back!

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VictorJ
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed a very nice dining experience. Our waiter Phillippe, was on point, friendly and very attentive.

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PriscillaL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very helpful waiter, beautifully decorated, food was top notch!!1

JB
vipJBru32
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment you walk up to the front entrance to the last step out of the door, the experience is one of the greatest you will have. Our waitress Morgan was knowledgeable and charming. We ordered shrimp cocktail, butternut squash soup, and walleye cakes for appetizers. We split a salad. Dinner was the ribeye steak (my son had the same) and the smoked chicken pot pie. My wife said it was the best she ever had. The gnocchi were tremendous and the mushrooms complimented the steak perfectly. We split the chocolate cake because we were so full. This meal did not come cheap, but the experience is well worth the money.

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SEJ222
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We celebrated our family "2020 Christmas" dinner (long overdue) and our son in laws 40th birthday.
Food was very good. Service was very good.

We will definitely return.

RK
vipRoseK
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food way overpriced and unimpressive. My husband’s filet was terrible. Even bread basket looked like it came from Cub. Waiter and staff attentive and polite.

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Sam8sh2
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Terrific fine dining spot. We enjoyed our drinks and dinner at the Lexington. The dark paneled wood walls/fixtures/furniture has a classic vibe, as did the jazz trio that was playing in the Williamsburg Room the evening we were there. Service was great, and everything came at a leisurely pace which helped us relax and soak in the ambiance. Food was very tasty, while the menu had plenty of offerings.

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vipUptownFoodie
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Atmosphere is great, food left much desired.

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Krys
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I know a lot of people who frequently dine at The Lexington so we have heard tons of great reviews. We absolutely loved our dinner and our waiter. Definitely one of our favorites❤

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CamriJ
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the first time to celebrate a milestone wedding anniversary - exactly what we expected. Classic yet casual, delicious food, great lighting, fun bartender.

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Love2eat
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab cakes and lobster cauliflower- they were sublime!

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vipCarol
Minneapolis
70 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed a really special evening. The oysters were so good. Both of our steaks were cooked perfectly. And we enjoyed the delicious wine selections. Many thanks to Saul for his attentive service.

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Thomas
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Saturday evening 5:30 pm reservation for 2 for a birthday occasion. My first time dining at the Lexington. The experience did not meet my expectations of a good meal in a nice quiet atmosphere with the ability to carry on a conversation with my partner across the table.

Seated promptly.....next to a prepared table for 20+. 5:30 - 6:00 enjoyed coffee and conversation while selecting from the menu. Could enjoy the background music and all!

At about 6:00 pm the group that the table had been prepared for showed up. Spent the rest of the evening shouting across the table at my partner because the noise level was such that could not do anything else in order to converse with them.

The food was good....as expected, the price was high! The service was slow. The dessert menu was presented to both of us. Upon returning, my partner was asked their choice....I was not. Pointed that out upon his return and ordered.

Other than the first 1/2 hour, the ambiance was terrible. Did not have an enjoyable meal with a nice quiet atmosphere.

Spent my $$$ for a bad experience. Will not return!

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JamieW
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular!! Jack was our waiter and he was really attentive and made our visit extra special.

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Krystal
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we have ever had. Definitely will be going again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service amazing food and I am online now trying to reserve another spot

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music at the Lex is back. And, OMG, so is the DeLEX baked potato. The Lex is a St Paul treasure.

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EmilyB
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and staff were both amazing!!! A true classic Minnesota experience is had at the Lexington!

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durable
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Very attentive service. Grace was great!!

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DonO
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife fell outside on the sidewalk. It is very uneven with all the cracks.

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Darlene
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a superb place for dinner and relaxing. Very special

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SusanS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The staff was very friendly and helpful. I never send food back, so when the waitress asked how everything was, all I said was that it was a little salty for my taste. I would have lived with that, but she immediately insisted that they she have the kitchen remake the dish so it was to my satisfaction. And they did. They also all wished us Happy Anniversary and brought us an ice cream sundae to celebrate.

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Skip
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought my mother-in-law to the Lexington to celebrate her 97th birthday. We enjoyed everything - the food was delicious, the service was great, the atmosphere was lovely. We will probably be back the next time we want to make a special evening even better.

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JaysonH
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal, perfectly cooked steak and apps and sides were amazing!! But the very best part is the staff. PaTrick, Andrew, Ryan and everyone involved made it the best anniversary ever!

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jorgiedigsfood
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been to the Lex for many year and recently returned for a birthday dinner

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StPaulite
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lexington is a St Paul institution and it never disappoints. This time was no exception. We were entertaining a guest from Ireland, who was very impressed.

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The Lexington is rated 4.6 stars by 1531 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.