The Lexington

4.5
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1049 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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JoeC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious!, very well prepared entrees and sides.

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vipAlisonR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing- like being in NYC!
A must go to dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wine, service, and beautiful jazz in the Williamsburg Room.

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DMP54
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very noisy bar during Happy Hour. Dining room was quiet and very enjoyable. Service was average but not great. Now charging for parking which is ridiculous.

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Julie
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were both excellent! Such a historic lovely place to treat my mom for her 88th birthday. The lobster bisque-with it’s visible claw meat and presentation, was a big hit. Thank you for a memorable lunch.

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Kristen
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Initially we were placed next to a very rowdy group of diners and we could barely concentrate. I wish we had been seated farther away. But finally, when they left, we could hear ourselves. My burger was very, very good. A little pricey for a burger but I enjoy dining here. Have come since I was a little girl and am glad it reopened. Hopefully it can stay ticking during the pandemic. Good luck!!

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DanielD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very upstanding, classy, and beautiful restaurant, with perfect lighting and the perfect setting for a romantic getaway or a place to connect with friends and family.

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jimp
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was very good. Server was outstanding. Noise very low which we like to be able to talk with people who joined us. My 0nly issue is the costs very very high and the 3.9% fee was put on us. Pay your people the proper amount and stop this crap. This fee of 3.9% was listed in the smallest letter that you could use.

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NormS
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing service, nice music. Memorable birthday with photo in a card. Nice touch. We enjoyed the pepper crusted Ribeye with the Lex salad, the Salmon Oscar and the double pork chop, all of which were 5 star quality in taste and presentation. The steak was so tender but not mushy. The Salmon had such a wonderful fresh flavor. And the pork was so juicy and flavorful. We also indulged in baked Alaska and another desert but I cannot recall the name. The baked Alaska had a layer of peanut butter that was very hard but it was still very tasty and fun to watch them set on fire. Everything was so good I cannot think of anything we would want different. We did not walk away hungry that's for sure. Service was very attentive and always with a nice smile. We also enjoyed the music. Not too loud and with the likes of Nat King Cole, Sinatra and Michael Bublé. We will come here again to sample more wonderful dishes.

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vipclucas
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exquisite. Patrick was very attentive

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vipSisters2
Minneapolis
76 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently good!

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Responded on March 9, 2020

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CMCJR
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server made the night. He had a good sense of humor as well as being very attentive. The food was good, but the experience was great. Will go again for special occasions.

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Responded on March 9, 2020

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vipRandy
Orange County
48 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere, food and drink!

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Responded on March 9, 2020

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golferbob11
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael was an excellent server, and I love how our menus were customized with a Happy Birthday message for my daughter. Love the Lex!

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Responded on March 9, 2020

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SonjaM
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This was our first time to The Lexington. I knew that it was going to be "old-fashioned" and "traditional", but it was a little too much of that. The food was good, not great. Same with the drinks. The prices of the food, however, was unacceptable. Prices need to be brought down $3-5/item. You pay for the expectation here.

The Lexington
Responded on March 4, 2020

Greetings SonjaM, So sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your experience at The Lexington. Please consider allowing us the opportunity to learn more about your experience. If you would like, please contact our management team directly at the restaurant so we can better serve you in the future. 651-289-4990 Thank you for you feedback.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great

The Lexington
Responded on March 4, 2020

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sbacarnes
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely would recommend the Lex to anyone! I asked if they could put together a special dish for my almost-Vegan wife, and they did and it was marvelous. Just another sign of their service!

The Lexington
Responded on March 4, 2020

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DukeK
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful place with great ambience. The food was delicious. The music and noise level was a little louder than I'd expected. It was hard to hear conversations around the table (group of 4) but everything was amazing.

The Lexington
Responded on March 4, 2020

Thank you for joining us! Please join us again and we would be happy to do our best to accommodate a request for a quieter table. We do our best to keep guests comfortable. We appreciate your feedback.

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vipCarrieS
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lexington is consistently fantastic. It's one of our favorite places to eat. Great food, wine and service! Highly recommend.

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Responded on March 4, 2020

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vipTerryG
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classic elegant meal resulting in an exceptional dining experience.

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Responded on March 4, 2020

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Foodie23
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, friendly staff, and wonderful food!

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Responded on March 4, 2020

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SteveP
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the restaurant week special. Tasted great! Good service and there was even a parking space available. We’ll be back.

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Responded on February 29, 2020

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viplagene
Minneapolis
44 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ordered the restaurant week specials. Parsnip soup was yummy smooth and tasty. Steak Diane was very good as well. I enjoyed the salmon. The wine pairings with each course were excellent - a nice treat to accompany our meals.
The chocolate, caramel tart was a lovely finish to our dinners.

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seachange
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came out for restaurant week. Dinner was oh so good. Had the steak Diane. I HIGHLY recommend it.

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Responded on February 29, 2020

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mickey
Minneapolis
30 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for my birthday. They honored my request for a quieter table so we could hear. We took advantage of Restaurant Week specials making it more affordable. I had the parsnip soup and steak which were both very good. My bf has the endive salad and chicken, which he enjoyed. Both desserts were delicious too! Service was welcoming and attentive. They took our photo in honor of my bday and put it in card for us to take home.

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Responded on February 29, 2020

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JordanL
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service salmon Oscar is amazing

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Responded on February 29, 2020

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious meals. Will visit again.

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Responded on February 29, 2020

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Not returning.

Sat at our table 30 minutes after reservation. With no apology.

We sat for another 15 minutes before Patrick came to talk to us.
30 minutes later those cocktails came. We chatted with a manager.
15 mins after that, our apps came.

I ordered onion soup, but brought a squash soup instead. Not great.

My steak was severely over cooked.
One steak came cold (the outside).

#NeverAgain
Service was horrid.
Meal was bad.

The lone mea culpa was 2 free appetizers that were, wait for it, awful. Never asked us what we wanted. We literally got the dry piece of cake from the display. That mea culpa was worth 6% of the $500+ bill.

I’ve never left a $0 tip before tonight.

And kitchen staff had no hair restraints, as now required by the code for St Paul.

The Lexington
Responded on February 24, 2020

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Birthday was treated with just the right amount of flare

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Responded on February 29, 2020

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vipGuest
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot

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Responded on February 24, 2020

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durable
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great. Servers and bartenders best in the Cities!

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Notmyname
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food tasty. Service good. Kitchen extremely slow when most of the restaurant was empty. Too dimly lit for brunch

The Lexington
Responded on February 24, 2020

Hello Notmyname, Sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your brunch expeirence. We would love to opportunity to learn more about how we can exceed your expectations in the future. Please contact us at the restaurant if you'd be willing to discuss further.

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NikkiP
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we entered to the time we left our experience at the Lexington was outstanding. The staff ensured our every need was met. They were welcoming and very personable. The food was perfectly prepared and delicious. The chef even accommodated a special request. I have had the pleasure of dining at The Lexington my entire life, never have I been disappointed. This visit was no different. The Lexington always goes above and beyond!

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Responded on February 24, 2020

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RKMcK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

For a higher end restaurant we were surprised with the service issues at our table and others around us.

Dirty plates not cleared before next course, no attention to who ordered which item and temperature issues.

A real lack of training & culinary care.

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RickR
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines

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JenniferP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, ambiance and food. Everyone there from the host, to our server and management were simply wonderful.
This place is an absolute gem.

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Responded on February 24, 2020

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JoeMcLean
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place to celebrate Valentine's Day with my wife. We opened with cold oysters and some bubbly. Top notch. The pan-seared diver's scallops were the best preparation we've ever enjoyed. Grilled asparagus was an excellent side. For desert, we split the brown butter carrot cake. So good. Our server, Michael, was very knowledgeable and gracious. Ask for him by name. Keep up the great work!

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Responded on February 24, 2020

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NancyG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The only drawback was the table we had was right next to server room and they had to squeeze past us narrow walkway between our chair and the bar. We also had a hard time hearing each other due to noise!

The Lexington
Responded on February 24, 2020

Nancy, Thank you for your feedback. Sorry the restaurant can get so loud at busy time. Please join us again!

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Bruce
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service we've ever received, and the food was phenomenal. The Lexington is our new destination for special events!

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KaylaV
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, food, and drinks! Will definitely be going back!

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Responded on February 24, 2020

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