The Lexington

4.5
793 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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New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Owen, our server, was fantastic!

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D
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time, will come back

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M
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fine food and great service.

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J
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

classic st. paul charm Great waiters

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AN
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I have enjoyed dinning at the Lex for over fifty years! It is a very special place!

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B
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Much has been written about the magical transformation of “The Lex” including great food and wonderful ambiance. As a long-time customer I was intrigued. Regardless of the changes I didn’t find a reason to go back. Not that it wasn’t fine, but it doesn’t match the hype. Many local choices with more creative menus at lower prices.

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A
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's so nice to see an old standard brought current, keeping the elegance and class while updating it at the same time. The food was excellent (steak tartare and beet salad for me) and very nicely presented. I'd love to make this a regular stop, but I don't live in the Cities any more so will have to be content with one or two visits a year.

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D
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked a table for our anniversary (51st!). I mentioned the significance of the occasion, when I made the reservation. When we arrived, we were greeted with a friendly "Happy Anniversary" by the front desk. A similar greeting from our server. Sitting down, we were given menus that had a "Happy Anniversary" greeting printed right under The Lexington header. We ordered two excellent drinks before a great seafood appetizer. We ordered two of the evening specials and neither of us was disappointed. Fabulous! Followed by a complementary dish of locally made ice cream (with sprinkles). What a wonderful return to the place where we had our groom's dinner fifty one years earlier. We felt a strong "welcome back" that night.

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SD
Minneapolis
29 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent dinner for my husband’s birthday.

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s
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I recently went to the Lexington to celebrate our anniversary. We hadn't been for many years - it was our "fancy date night" place when we were dating and first married. The menu back then was more the traditional supper club type. The menu is very eclectic but we found several things we liked and stretched our taste buds a bit. The service was outstanding and everyone greeted us and were attentive to meeting the customers needs. The food presentation was also excellent. Would definitely recommend for celebrating a special occasion.

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PT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I ordered salmon oscar, and it was extremely salty. The server offered to take it back and do up a new one, but I was half-way through it and declined. For the price you pay I would think that the food would be of the utmost quality, but this was not the case.

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E
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food. We were seated in the cook’s dining room and could carry on a conversation without shouting. A great bonus! I expected an outrageous check and was not disappointed.

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S
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was fantastic (a personalized menu for our event was a definite plus!), food was outstanding. Prices were a bit on the higher end (percentage surcharge should not have been necessary) and we made the mistake of the table nearest the kitchen door, but overall a decent dining experience.

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C
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Lex continues to be a family favorite. It is always on our list for special occasions, or for a nice nite out.

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NK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
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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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was phenomenal and the food was amazing - another great experience!

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PC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
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 on June 19, 2019
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
7 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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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
17 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
5 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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