The Lexington

4.5
778 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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NK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our birthday celebration at the Lex. It will be our new “go to” place for special occasions. We’ve dined at many of the area steak houses and the Lex’s food and service was a notch above. First and most importantly, our steaks were cooked perfectly to our preferred medium rare. I ordered one of the steak specials which was a sliced sirloin over a chili with black beans, diced sweet potato and a house-made steak sauce with a little spice. I loved it. It was a unique preparation. My husband and son loved every bite of their porcini-crusted tenderloin. The salads had fresh, light, house- made dressings. The asparagus had a delicious herb salsa verde and the fingerling potatoes flavor was elevated by the addition of schmaltz. ( I had to ask-it’s crispy chicken skin. Try them!) Our server was friendly, attentive, and really knew the menu. We were in the room that had the window view of the kitchen, which we enjoyed. There are other dining spaces, the bar and a roof top patio that I’d like to check out. The Lex has special memories for me. It’s where my family met my husband of 35 years back in the day! I’m so happy to have a special place to dine that has a great atmosphere, service and menu. I want to go back and try the duck meatballs. Thank you for an exceptional experience!

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PC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food, the service and the ambiance were excellent. we were close to the bar and the noise level was horrendous.. will return but at a different table.

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

Celebrated a Birthday here with 9 people. Seated in the Chefs dining room where we could see the kitchen and the chef preparing meals. Our waiter Rick was extremely attentive and knowledgeable of the food and menu and gave us great tips on what to order. The food was outstanding, we had many different items but especially liked the steak Diane.

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TS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food delicious, waiter 👍🏻, proportions generous!

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F
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate in the bar in lieu of the dining room and had a very good time. The drinks and food were delicious, the atmosphere was comfortable and inviting, and the service was prompt, friendly and helpful. I’d gladly go back.

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GB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

OVERPRICED FOR THE VALUE. SAME FOOD AT APPLE BEES AND RUBY TUESDAY TASTED BETTER AND NOT SO EXPENSIVE

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s
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

It was ok. we went specifically for the beef rib. the sauce of the beef rib was good and the slaw was great. but it was a tad too smokey for me. And they were out of the mashed potatoes, so we had to get the fingerling potatoes. Whatever the "crunchy" things were on top tasted bad. really bad. Like stale almonds bad. I would say this was mediocre, especially for the price point.

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OT
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a graduation and two birthdays at the very landmark that we had grown up coming too! Thank you for investing in the restoration and giving us an opportunity to share the tradition with the next generation!

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MN
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was top-notch. Personable, pleasant, funny, yet very professional!

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H
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends in from out of town and wanted them to know the Lex. Started st the patio where they thoroughly enjoyed the drinks they ordered—comments were that the bartenders mixed a good/strong drink.
Thoroughly enjoyed dinner from Lexington salad, cold apple soup to lobster d’avilo (sp?)

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GS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

We had a reservation but were seated in the bar. It was too noisy. We had a guest with a hearing impairment and they weren't able to hear any of the conversation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time last night at The Lexington. My wife and I were celebrating our first wedding anniversary and had been interested in going to The Lexington for some time. Our waitress, Shannon, was very attentive and pleasant. She was able to help guide my wife on what to pick with having a selective diet. The food and drinks were all amazing. The summer cocktail list was fun and delicious. Ambience was very romantic and we were glad we chose The Lexington to enjoy our special evening. There were only two complaints, reach didn't ruin the evening but should still be addressed. First, I was a little disappointed that nothing special was done for our anniversary. I wasn't expecting anyone to bend over backwards for us, but no one even acknowledged nor asked. Second, we had a 7:30pm reservation and showed up about 15 minutes early. When we approached the hostess to let her know we were there a little early she was very rude in saying she would check us in but they will not be able to seat us right now. The rudeness was in how short and blunt she was. She could have easily taken another 10 seconds to let us know where we could wait or let us know that we could go to the bar and get a drink while we wait. And finally, when 7:30 did come around I had to reapproach her and ask to be seated rather than her coming to get us when were in her line of sight that entire 15 mins. Very disappointing as the hostess is the initial welcoming face of the restaurant, and this face was very rude and unwelcoming. However, once we were seated the night was very pleasant and we left very happy.

Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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RK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Salad was in Unedible. Way too much vinegar. Didn’t eat it. Steak Diane was not best quality meat . Free dessert of ice cream in expensive restaurant? Expect better if I was to return.

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P
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

great service. excellent food. tablecloths would have been nice

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DE
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Ambiance was very nice, but if for whatever reason you need cheaters to read that small print, you had better bring them. All the staff was beyond nice. Ask about the size of the sides before ordering. We found some portions seemed meant to share for the table and some were more meant for the individual. We will return more well informed.

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9
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was creative and delicious, the surroundings warm and lovely, and service from Owen was top-notch. Would return any time, especially for a special occasion. Telling our friends too!

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PH
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rick made our evening an experience! The food was delicious and presented beautifully.

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

Fantastic experience. The long rib was phenomenal! We will be back!

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PS
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was great Rick

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OT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is good...service was great...had good time

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TB
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I wanted to go to brunch to celebrate our anniversary, so we chose The Lexington because neither of us had ever been there and the menu looked delicious and not ridiculously expensive. Our server was extremely attentive and friendly and very knowledgeable. Everything we ordered was amazingly delicious. We felt the prices were not outrageous, especially for the quality of the food and service. We will definitely be back! That was by far the best food I've had in a very long time.

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall we had a great time trying the Lexington. The food was very good!

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BT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Our server, Owen, did an excellent job. The noise level was high (we sat in the back near the windows to the kitchen). My wife's salmon was "soft bordering mushy". I ordered the bone-in special of the night for $52 or $54. I was served a filet, which I began to eat, until I commented to the server and he took the filet and eventually brought the bone-in thing, which I thought was immensely overpriced for the amount of edible meat (not counting fat, which I don't eat). I had two Tanqueray martinis, which came to $30. A disappointing dining experienced compared to the old Lexington, and we will not go there again.

William E. Thelen

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SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a special event place. The steaks are delicious, the service was impeccable, and the staff accommodated us being shockingly early for our dinner reservation. I'm not often in St. Paul, but the next time I'm here I definitely want a reprise of this excellent dinner.

The Lexington
Responded on June 14, 2019

Hi SeanM, thank you for the five-stars! Hopefully not too much time passes before you are in St. Paul again. Cheers!

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PC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were fantastic, but the noise level was high but not more than most restaurants.

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O
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Party of 8 for graduation dinner. Excellent food and service. Loved the atmosphere and yummy cocktails. Could see through glass windows into kitchen from our corner table. Loved the whole experience.

The Lexington
Responded on June 14, 2019

Hi Onared, thank you for the five-star review! We genuinely thank you for choosing us for such a special and important occasion. We hope you make us you go to spot for all you special occasions. Thanks again for choosing The Lex!

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DC
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely birthday celebration with my husband! Service and food were exceptional and the photograph was a nice surprise.

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D
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic meal... fairly large portions... we split the halibut special and added a salad and a side of potatoes and had plenty of food. We also split the chocolate mousse cake for dessert and it was divine. It was worth every penny.

The Lexington
Responded on June 14, 2019

Hello Delicious, thank you for the five-star review!! I'm glad we exceeded your expectations and felt it was worth every penny. Please come see us again soon!

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KH
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite place! Great setting, excellent and attentive service, and fabulous food.

The Lexington
Responded on June 14, 2019

Hi KristinaH, thank you for the five-star review! I know you have so many places to choose from so we value very much you picking us as your new favorite spot. Don't forget to check out our rooftop bar, it is open daily (weather permitting). Thanks again!

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GO
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner with an excellent waiter who explained all of the daily options and answered all of our questions. Our choices for the meal turned out very well. I was disappointed that the swordfish had disappeared from the menu though. The only other downside was that I ordered a cup of coffee and it never was served.

The Lexington
Responded on June 14, 2019

Hello GerardO, thank you for your feedback. I sincerely apologize about the Swordfish, Chef Jack has decided to offer a different fish so we no longer have it available. I would also like to apologize for the coffee never being served, that should never happen. I hope you can try us out again soon!

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MJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grace, our waitress, was wonderful. She had quite a few tables but made us feel special. Butchers cut was an 18 oz ribeye aged 45 days with some sort of coffee rub. Came with 3 BBQ shrimp for $89
More than we wanted to spend so my wife and I split. Both of us agreed that was the best steak we have eaten in our 60+ years. French onion soup was unique. Very flavorful, and excellent. Very good potatoes as well. More than enough food for the 2 of us (even took some potatoes home).
Expensive, but we highly recommend the Lex. My first trip there...

The Lexington
Responded on June 14, 2019

Hi MikeJ, thank you so much for the amazing review!! We are thrilled to hear that the aged ribeye was the best you've ever had. Grace is the best isn't she?! I hope you can join us again soon. Don't forget to check out our rooftop, we are open daily (weather permitting).

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BL
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The Lex is just as it always was--pretty swanky, yet very comfortable. My only complaint is that my hamburger bun was burnt on the edges and stale.

The Lexington
Responded on June 13, 2019

Hi BruceL, I'm very sorry to hear you weren't pleased with your burger. Please stop back in soon, I would love to buy you a burger and a beer. Ask for Adam, I am the Director of Operations. Cheers!

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AM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic, elegant feel to the space, top-notch service and food that was both old school and updated with surprising thoughtfulness. Definitely on the pricier end, so it’s for special occasions only, but well worth the money we did spend!

The Lexington
Responded on May 15, 2019

Hi AnnaM, thank you for the five-star review! Please try our other options, we offer happy hour Mon-Fri from 4-6pm, Brunch on Sundays from 10-2pm and now join us on the rooftop!

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R
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server (Nick ?) was awesome.
Have had him before....

The overall service was top notch.


The ovedrall noise level was a little on the high side making conversations at our table a little challenging.

The Lexington
Responded on May 15, 2019

Hello Robert, thank you for the five-star review! I don't have a server by that name but we do have Rick? I apologize for the noise level, we are working on ways to improve it. Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback.

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r
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

My wife and I both ordered the French toast which
was burned on the bottom side--almost totally black.
The top side was also very brown. Not good at all.

The Lexington
Responded on May 15, 2019

Hello robb, I'm sorry about your experience at The Lexington. Would you be willing to provide a contact number so we can discuss further? Thank you.

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KB
Minneapolis
36 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Knowledgeable staff and pleasant atmosphere.

The Lexington
Responded on May 15, 2019

Hi KerryB, thank you for the four-star review! What could we have done better to earn five-stars?

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GP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Extremely noisy in the space. This is my second visit in the last 2 months and everything was above expectation except for the noise level. Tables are too close to each other spread them out or use some type of noise dampener.

The Lexington
Responded on May 15, 2019

Hi GavinP, thank you for the five-stars despite having to deal with the high noise level. We are actively working on ways to lower the noise level and should have some solutions soon. Please feel free to ask for a quiet area next time you are in and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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RS
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day brunch. Amazing time!!

The Lexington
Responded on May 15, 2019

Hello RobinS, thank you for the five-star review as well as choosing us to celebrate such an important special occasion!

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f
Minneapolis
29 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at restaurant since total remodeling. Loved the food, selection service and lovely interior surroundings.

The Lexington
Responded on May 15, 2019

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

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NB
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super good chefs selection of Texas Style beef long rib. Outstanding. Dirty beans were amazing.

The Lexington
Responded on May 15, 2019

Hi NickB, thank you for the five-star review! I'm glad you were able to try our Long Rib, it is quite impressive!

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