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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Minneapolis - St. Paul

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Minneapolis - St. Paul? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.8 (282)
$31 to $50
Global, International
About the restaurant
Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar in Duluth, Minnesota has been around since 1991, back when Canal Park was better known as an industrial harbor rather than a tourist location. The interior at Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar has a cozy feel to it, thanks in large part to the reclaimed lumber used for the tables, booths and bar as well as thriving plants. When the weather is nice, you can dine on our deck, furnished with Loll patio furniture made locally.
We are a small restaurant, limited to 15 tables and 70 seats indoors. Because of this we are not able to accommodate groups larger than 8 people. If your party is larger than 8 people, please understand that your group may be split at separate tables, potentially not near each other. Please call us to discuss accommodating your large group events.
Due to the invariability of Duluth weather, our deck is non-reservable (with or without dogs) and subject to be closed without much notice. We seat the patio on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Great drinks and unique menu options that you won’t find elsewhere in Duluth!
A photo of Famous Dave's - Maple Grove restaurant
4.7 (214)
$30 and under
Maple Grove
About the restaurant
Located near Arbor Lakes Mall off of 94. Our authentic BBQ starts in a live-wood smoker stoked with genuine hickory logs. Our pitmasters hand-rub the meats with a custom blend of spices and cook for hours to extract the natural flavors. We source the highest quality meats and trim them up like we’re in a competition and hand-rub them with the freshest seasonings available to create mouthwatering experiences! In addition to our BBQ and grilled meats, our menu features a selection of salads, sandwiches, side items, and made-from-scratch desserts.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 25, 2024
The food was amazing! My family and I enjoyed the burgers and the server was amazing and super nice! We were celebrating my sister’s 16th birthday and she loved everything about Famous Dave’s. Would definitely come here again!
A photo of Buca di Beppo - Maple Grove restaurant
4.6 (989)
$30 and under
Maple Grove
About the restaurant
Buca di Beppo is where all the residents of Maple Grove, MN head when they crave their favorite Italian entrees. Located on the corner of Main Street and Elm Creek Boulevard, lots of our guests come to us after they've worked up an appetite at nearby Elm Creek Disc Golf Course or Three Rivers Park. That's because our heaping, family style helpings can handle any appetite and our guests always feel like they're part of the family.
Top review
Dined on May 21, 2024
Decided to go for "Meatball Monday, i.e. half price spaghetti & meatballs. Very tasty meatballs and tomato sauce. Had enough to take home another meal. Very courteous service!
A photo of Icehouse restaurant
4.6 (1417)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Live Music Restaurant - A stomping ground for those who share our appreciation for a comfortable place to have a drink, healthy, quality food made from scratch and the cast of fine musicians who call MN home.
Top review
Dined on May 18, 2024
We came to listen to the music (the Dollys) which was fabulous! And our server was excellent!!
A photo of Crasqui restaurant
4.6 (30)
$50 and over
Saint Paul
About the restaurant
Crasqui is a lively Venezuelan restaurant in Saint Paul. Recipes are inspired in our chef-owner childhood, family and friends in her home-country Venezuela. For us Crasqui is more than just a restaurant—it’s a vessel for memories, dreams, flavors, and connections. We will keep infusing our passion, dedication and love into every dish to make every guest experience memorable.
Top review
Dined 7 days ago
We had a wonderful dining experience at Crasqui in June 2024. This was our third visit and it just keeps getting better. The space is beautiful and welcoming with much attention to detail in its design. The service by Samantha was outstanding! She was so knowledgeable about the menu and was great about recommending dishes. We ordered everything to share among 4 of us. Where the portions were an appetizer size, and knowing we were sharing, she recommended ordering two portions and it was spot on in terms of each of us enjoying a nice bite or two. Now comes the wow of the evening: the food! Everything Samantha recommended we ordered and could not be more delighted about the gastronomic experience we had. Chef Ramirez is cooking up beautiful and delicious creations with so much care! We will definitely be returning, and our friends (first timers) will also go back. And we vowed to share far and wide recommendations to family and friends. We want many more people to experience this amazing dining experience in downtown Saint Paul across the river on Wabasha. It's easy to get to and there is parking for the restaurant. Hasta la vista, Crasqui!
A photo of The ' Wick Pub and Grill restaurant
4.5 (312)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
At The 'Wick Pub & Grill we honor the past with playful wit and delicious food and cocktails that our guests love. A place to gathered with friends and family to share a meal or partake in a pint or two. The menu features an array of pub favorites like the giant pub pretzel and a delicious selection of burgers such as the The 'Wick Burger and the Mushroom Swiss. The house specialties include Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Mac & Cheese and the Fish and Chips along with classics like the Grilled 20oz Ribeye or Broiled Walleye for a perfect evening out. Food-Pub fare-Burgers, sandwiches, wraps and salads. There is a little something for everyone. We are known for our burgers but we also have healthy options your "summer body" would love. We have many vegetarian options and proudly serve the Beyond Burger which is clean vegan. We carry gluten-free buns and many of our items can be ordered to accommodate a gluten-free or gluten sensitive diet. The 'Wick Pub & Grill also features a wonderful Saturday-Sunday brunch, available from 10a-2pm. The menu features a Family Style, all you can eat brunch. Don't worry, if you're not that hungry we feature some lighter dishes like our Maryland Crab Cake Benedict or Breakfast Sandwich.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
Always great food & service. There is something for everyone. We love dining & drinks here!
A photo of Masa & Agave restaurant
4.4 (44)
$30 and under
Downtown / Mill District
About the restaurant
Welcome to Masa & Agave, a speakeasy-style cantina hidden below stairs at the historic Hotel Ivy in Downtown Minneapolis. On Thursday's, Friday's and Saturday's from 8pm to Close we are first-come, first-served and do not accept reservations during this time.

Worshipped as the Aztec gods of fertility and long life, venerated for their powers of sustenance, corn masa and agave have been central to Mexican culture and cuisine since ancient times.

Using authentic techniques, we prepare corn masa-based starters and Mexico City-style tacos that are bursting with regional flavors, along with dinner classics like Pork Carnitas and Negro Monelo-Braised Beef Short Ribs.

Our collection of 200 agave spirits pays homage to the jimadores and mezcaleros who have labored over their craft for generations. Sip on a copita or two, or gather friends for one of our signature Margaritas - try the Tradicionale, Tamarindo or a Margarita al Gusto mixed with your choice of spirit. Salud!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
I had a great a great time celebrating my birthday we had more people than expected and staff was so nice and friendly to accommodate everyone and did everything to make us feel comfortable.
A photo of Zhora Darling restaurant
4.3 (64)
$30 and under
Northeast Minneapolis
About the restaurant
A beautiful, dimly lit Bladerunner inspired interior

Food by Five Leaves in Brooklyn, NY:

American fare with an Australian twist including:
• 5 Leaves Burger w/egg, pickled beets and pineapple
•Lamb Shepherds Pie
•Ricotta Pancakes w/honeycomb butter and berries
•Moroccan Scramble

Brunch Sat-Sun —10am-4pm
Dinner daily — 4pm-10pm
Bar + Anytime menu — Open - 1:00am

2 Pool Tables!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 27, 2024
We had brunch and it was exceptional. The ricotta pancakes and Norwegian salmon dishes were so tasty and generous portions. The cocktails were also so good. The staff were friendly and informative. We are looking forward to having dinner and experiencing entertainment in the new space next. Highly recommend checking them out.
A photo of Cadillac Ranch All American Bar & Grill - Mall of America restaurant
4.2 (343)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Cadillac Ranch is an eclectic mix of great food, great service, and a fun and entertaining experience. We feature a made from scratch menu with a wide variety of steaks, burgers, seafood, pasta, salads and outstanding flatbreads. Couple that with multiple bars, a mechanical bull, and a rock ’n roll inspired décor that will keep you coming back for more. Cadillac Ranch creates a fun, comfortably social atmosphere, delivers great service and well mixed drinks along with a large selection of beers.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Great service but our waitress disappeared while we were waiting to ask for the check. Greta food, big portions! Loved the TVs and bull riding!
A photo of Punch Bowl Social - Minneapolis restaurant
3.9 (48)
$30 and under
St. Louis Park
About the restaurant
Punch Bowl Social, Proud Hosts of the Unexpected, brings people together for one-of-a-kind food, fun, first-rate hospitality, and entertainment. Scratch kitchens, craft cocktails, social gaming, DJs, and live music in eclectic and creatively designed spaces provide the perfect setting for exceptional experiences. Whether you’re looking to have a fabulous night out with friends or want to host an unforgettable event, Punch Bowl Social has got it covered.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 10, 2024
Fun place! Good food and drinks. Lots of games and overall busy and energetic atmosphere.
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