The Lexington

4.7
1583 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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RonB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Formerly loved the Lex, everything about it. Had not been there awhile, had very fond memories.

When ordering, I requested a cup of soup. The waitress said they only served bowls, so I ordered a bowl of soup as a side to my overprices scallops. What I got was less than a CUP of soup in a large Bowl! Come on Lex, if you only serve a cup in a large bowl, then at least call it a cup.

We will not return to the Lex.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chuck is the Best! Knows gluten free and dairy free options for me

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Picketfences
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food in a beautiful bygone-era setting. My husband and I had such a wonderful time. Our waiter was top-notch. It was evident that the staff had been carefully trained, as all the staff was so accommodating and knowledgeable.
The food was fabulous. The filet mignon was one of the best my husband had ever had. My smoked chicken pot pie was savory and delicious.
The ambiance of the restaurant is very nice.

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FrankS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend; management is has high-bar professional A game; can't beat the ambience, the drinks, and the food.

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vipChefIron
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best in the state

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DKNN
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and wonderful food!

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LeaO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy access in St. Paul. Parking was a bit short yet the food, atmosphere, wait staff was all superior. We will definitely come back.

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vipExcellentSteakHouse
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was perfect. The steak had fab flavor. Ocktails we’re top notch and great wine selection. Only complaint was stingy serving size on gnocch, but tasted great.

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LynnD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Same sex, bi-racial couple celebrating our anniversary. The service by Grace was wonderful. All staff encountered were warm and accepting of our celebration, making us feel valued and welcomed. Thank you to all!

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vipDaveB
Minneapolis
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Was hoping to see a new and more vigorous group of diners; while the menu is better than the "old" Lexington, many of the old guard patrons remain. We wish the pricing was more reasonable - at least the portions were generous and the staff and service great!

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vipJimF
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group of us went, for the first time. Had a delightful experience. The food was absolutely divine!! A must stop for anyone who loves food and wants a nice dinner out.

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BrianH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 20yr anniversary and had a great time, the food and service was very good ( Jack was our waiter). We will be back!!

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BOBD
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lived in the neighborhood for years and now come onto Grand Ave regularly to entertain at the Lex. Through the years it was great and after the recent makeover it is now fantastic. The Lexington is the preeminent establishment serving American fare north of Chicago to the west coast. You will be doing yourself a disservice if you don't avail yourself to the marvelous Lexington, St Paul MN.

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Renee
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time visiting hoping to treat my boyfriend to a nice birthday dinner. Atmosphere was perfect, beautiful medium lit lighting, coat check service, table set nicely and greeted with water and a server in a timely manner. I wish I could remember our servers name for a shout out but I don't. Food was great, drinks delicious, server was very knowledgeable on the menu and food. Server escorted me to the restroom... That was a first and a very nice touch. Host took our photo and we got a printed photo to take home. My boyfriend has high standards for food and service and it was a home run! I never write reviews but was so pleased with my experience I felt the urge to do so this time.

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vipMichaelM
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lex is fantastic! Food, ambience, service…all top notch!

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vipWannabegardner
Minneapolis
29 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving 2021. This is the second time we have spent thanksgiving at the Lexington. It was absolutely perfect. Grace was our primary server. She was upbeat and anticipated everything we wanted. The food was excellent. We had the turkey dinner. The squash soup was to die for. And the atmosphere was elegant but not pretentious. And we were seated at the same banquet both visits. Loved it!

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FredricS
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful way to celebrate Thanksgiving
Great food
BIG cocktail s
And friendly service

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DawnT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely meal. Still seated a bit close to other diners during a Covid spike, but everything else was wonderful. Service was attentive without being too much, something that’s incredibly difficult to achieve. Wonderful ambience, and best of all, you could actually hear people across the table.

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vipMary
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lexington did an outstanding job with their Thanksgiving dinner offer. The meal was absolutely delicious, and our server, Patrick, was fantastic. I would give him a much higher rating than 5 stars - he was exceptional. We had a drink at the bar before our reservation, and the bartenders were amazing as well. There was a great variety of options for salad/soup, entrees and dessert. We were so happy with our choice of The Lex for our Thanksgiving celebration. The atmosphere at The Lex is always perfect, and Thanksgiving was no exception. Excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance and food were amazing. Patrick and Grace have amazing personalities. Grace was very Knowledgeable about the menu. The flavor profile of the Thanksgiving dinner was unlike any other. It was by far the best Turkey I have eaten.

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MonaS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely. Saoul was a fabulous server.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was fantastic. Food not too shabby either. Would return

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StarkReed7
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place

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Roger
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall, really good but not as good as prepandemic. Change the coffee; it’s not the robust experience I wanted. The New York strip was completely trimmed of fat before cooking; well folks, fat adds flavor during cooking. So a premium cut of beef that was not prepared to its best. Scallops were perfection. Mushroom stroganoff also excellent. Deserts were devine. Service was attentive but only at the exact moment needed, so just right.

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natty
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server was outstanding and even named a birthday drink after me!

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StaceyK
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was amazing! The only issue we ran into is that we had a group of 7 and when we asked for our leftovers to be boxed up, everyone received the wrong box so we went home with each others food.

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KellyL
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful anniversary dinner, great food and service!

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DionneG
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I had a pleasant experience. The attentive staff and live music stood out to us. Also, the building was designed uniquely and beautifully - it had a Great Gatsby-like, historic mansion vibe (we were invited to wait for our table by sitting on a large leather couch). I wish we had learned a little more about the history behind it, but it was still a nice experience.

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Patrick
Minneapolis
36 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Overpriced food - Murray's steak prices but much lower level of quality. Not worth it. Our main server (Patrick) was good but the server-in-training with him (can't recall his name) was excellent. Especially knowledgeable RE the wines. Seating was unacceptable - made the reservation for five over a month ago, but we were stuck in a corner with barely any light to read the menu. Noise level at times was uncomfortable. Overall, not worth it - there are many other better restaurants in the Cities.

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Kurt
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. First off, the quiet ambiance is exceptional. Makes this senior diner very happy.

Great staff. Very good food.

The experience was a delight.

Kurt

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ExtravaGanza
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. Food was incredible however did feel a little more expensive than it should have been. Only negative was a fruit fly was buzzing around our table.

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Kimmrhans
Minneapolis
29 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. A delightful place. The ambience was nice. Will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was great. Had a wonderful time!

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CharlesO
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to The Lexington numerous times, and I've never been disappointed.

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PatD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

For some unreason, We felt rushed by the waiter. Either he wanted to take care of us, or it something else.

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Kristi
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Attentive service, very good food with varied menu, but a bit spendy.

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PerlaK
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location with so much history. The staff is courteous and the atmosphere is elegant, yet welcoming. The food is phenomenal and they have a very nice beverage selection. If you like sea food, their oysters and ahi tuna are delicious! Make sure to order their chocolate cake (for sharing with the table), you will not regret visiting this beautiful place.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the steak was cooked perfectly and the variety made it hard to choose. Definitely need to go back to try the rest of the menu!

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BrianH
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was very good. Salmon, chicken, and pot pie.

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The Lexington is rated 4.7 stars by 1583 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.