Dinner and a Show: Where to Eat Near Theaters and Entertainment Venues

If you’re visiting the theater or an event center, here are some restaurants, cafes, and eateries to consider
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The Twin Cities are alive with art and music. If you feel like going to a show in the theater districts of Minneapolis or St. Paul, choose a spot to grab a bite before the show or plan to get dinner and drinks afterward. Here are some eateries to choose from near many popular venues. We recommend you make a reservation and check hours before heading to your next play, concert, comedian, or show.

The Orpheum Theatre


Orpheum Theatre

910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

26 S. Sixth St., Minneapolis

A classic steakhouse and restaurant in one of the oldest buildings in the city, Murray’s boasts a menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, a la carte sides, signature steaks, drinks, and dessert.

40 S. Seventh St., Minneapolis

Using locally farmed ingredients, this fine dining restaurant presents a modern take on French Mediterranean cuisine. Choose from steak tartare, salmon and chickpeas, lamb couscous, and more.

MacKenzie Pub
918 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Known as an “American bar with a Scotch flavor,” MacKenzie Pub offers a selection of drinks on draft, burgers, street tacos, smoked wings, and more.


State Theatre

805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Crave American Kitchen and Sushi Bar
825 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

With menus for lunch, dinner, and happy hour, Crave offers poke bowls, chicken dishes, pasta, steak, and specialty sushi rolls as part of an expansive menu.

Union Rooftop
731 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
With the only year-round retractable glass enclosure in the state, this rooftop kitchen, bar, and grill offers brunch with frittatas and chimichangas, lunch with burgers and salads, and late-night dinner with truffle fries and steak.

The Capital Grille
801 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

This fine-dining steakhouse boasts nationally renowned dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood, and acclaimed wines in the heart of the Hennepin Avenue Theatre District.

Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
825 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

One of 17 locations across the states, Rock Bottom is described as a welcoming neighborhood bar and craft brewery that offers “elevated eats.”


Pantages Theater

710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

The Oceanaire Seafood Room
50 S. Sixth St., Minneapolis

This seafood restaurant was established in 1998 and features fresh seasonal and sustainable seafood. Select from menus for dinner and specialty cocktails and wines.

Wood + Paddle Eatery
31 S. Seventh St., Minneapolis

Hungry for Minnesotan cuisine? Check out this eatery, which specializes in imaginative northern flavors and wood-fired dishes, including bison burgers and steak.

Fogo de Chao
645 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis

This Brazilian steakhouse uses the grilling tradition of churrasco in a casual dining atmosphere and offers tastes of Southern Brazil.

Seven Steakhouse Sushi & Rooftop
700 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis

A true steak and seafood establishment, diners here can select from steaks, salads, and creative sushi made with fresh ingredients.

The Guthrie Theater

Guthrie Theater

818 S. Second St., Minneapolis

Bushel and Peck
704 S. Second St., Minneapolis

This cafe, located inside the Mill City Museum, combines homegrown grains with ingredients from local farms. The cafe offers grab-and-go options as well as hot foods.

Farmers Kitchen + Bar
750 S. Second St., Minneapolis

Owned and operated by local Minnesota farmers, this kitchen and bar presents a selection of fresh ingredients for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, with locally inspired cocktails. Plus, check out the coffee bar and homemade bakery items.

Kindee Thai Restaurant 
719 S. Second St., Minneapolis

Right across the street from the Guthrie, Kindee puts a modern flair on traditional Thai cuisine with a menu that includes unique appetizers, hot soups, and specialty entrees.

Zen Box Izayaka
602 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis

After the show, visit this restaurant for ramen and comfort Japanese food, just two blocks from the Guthrie. Zen Box is open for dine-in reservations, takeout, and delivery.


Riverview Theater

3800 42nd Ave. S., Minneapolis

Sea Salt Eatery
4801 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis

This seafood eatery offers specialty appetizers, tacos, baskets, sandwiches, salads, and raw oysters, located five minutes from Riverview.

Blue Door Pub Longfellow
3448 42nd Ave. S., Minneapolis

With the specialty “blucy,” a spin on the classic Juicy Lucy, the Blue Door Pub offers dine-in, takeout, and delivery options. Its menu also includes wings, totchos, burgers, and more.

Northbound Smokehouse and BrewPub
2716 E. 38th St., Minneapolis

An award-winning neighborhood brewpub, Northbound provides what they call an “upscale blue collar” food concept. Order the “best wings in the Twin Cities,” or choose from other entrees.

Matt’s Bar
3500 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis

What began as a neighborhood burger eatery is now the home of what may have been the original Juicy Lucy. Come for the famous, fresh-from-the-grill burgers after a show at the Riverview.


The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge

3010 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis

Hi-Lo Diner
4020 E. Lake St., Minneapolis

Before the show, stop in at this diner for a sandwich, burger, or a specialty hi-top (a savory meal atop a house-made doughnut). It’s located one mile away from the Hook and Ladder.

Himalayan Restaurant
2910 E. Lake St., Minneapolis

This restaurant aims to bring authentic Nepalese, Indian, and Tibetan flavors to Minneapolis. Choose from options for samosas, chicken chili, biryani, and more.

The Howe Daily Kitchen + Bar
3675 Minnehaha Ave. S, Minneapolis

A full restaurant and bar with crafted cocktails and 40 beers on tap, this restaurant also has a dog-friendly patio and dog menu.

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Ordway Center 

345 Washington St., St. Paul

360 St. Peter St., St. Paul

Boasting New American fare, this restaurant and bar in the former Pazzaluna restaurant serves margherita pizza, walleye tacos, salads, chicken risotto, and more. 

Herbie’s on the Park
317 Washington St., St. Paul

Inspired by hockey icon Herb Brooks, this restaurant features upscale tavern fare and handcrafted classic cocktails. The menu offers smoked chicken wings, sweet corn elote fries, steak frites, burgers, and more.

The St. Paul Grill
350 Market St., St. Paul

This East Coast-style grill serves steaks and chops, fish and seafood, hot sides, and more in an “energetic atmosphere.”

Patrick McGovern’s Pub and Restaurant
225 Seventh St. W., St. Paul
With an award-winning patio that has a waterfall and fireplace, this pub and restaurant in the heart of the original Seven Corners neighborhood has famous turkey sandwiches and burgers, among other options.


Palace Theater

17 W. Seventh Place, St. Paul

The Loon Cafe
426 St. Peter St., St. Paul
Known for chili, this cafe offers a selection of soups: Pecos River Red, Pinto’s Diablo, Chicken Chili ala Ski-dad, and more. It’s just around the corner from Palace Theater, as well as the Xcel Energy Center. 

410 Saint Peter St., St. Paul
Established in 2007, this classically French kitchen features a seasonal menu of seafood, steak frites, sautéed sides, and other favorites.

Sakura Restaurant 
350 Saint Peter St., St. Paul
Looking for authentic Japanese food and sushi near the Palace Theater? Check out Sakura for tempura, bento boxes, teishoku, and teriyaki.

Kincaid’s Fish, Chop, and Steakhouse
380 Saint Peter St., St. Paul
Serving steaks and fresh seafood since 1986, Kincaid’s offers crispy calamari, oven-roasted crab, house-made soups, and fettuccine Alfredo, among other options.

The Fitzgerald Theater

Fitzgerald Theater

10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul

Ruam Mit
475 St. Peter St., St. Paul
A family-owned and -operated restaurant serving Thai and Laotian food, this popular spot is known for Massaman curry, miang kham, and cream-cheese wontons.

Downtowner Woodfire Grill
253 Seventh St. W., St. Paul
th a menu considered American bistro-style, the Downtowner roasts meats, flatbreads, and more on a classic woodfire grill. 

486 Robert St. N., St. Paul
Sawatdee’s menu includes Thai cuisine as well as wine and cocktail specials.

Amsterdam Bar & Hall
6 W. Sixth St., St. Paul
A music venue as well as restaurant, this bar and hall boasts a menu of appetizers and small Dutch sandwiches called broodjes as well as an extensive drink menu. 


Target Center

600 N. First Ave., Minneapolis

Kieran’s Irish Pub
85 Sixth St. N., Minneapolis
With live music and drinks, here’s an option for a hangout spot after hitting up the Target Center, Target Field, or First Avenue. 


U.S. Bank Stadium

401 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis

Pog Mahone’s Pub & Grill
903 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis
Enjoy a classic Shamrock Burger, coconut chicken fingers, or a Skol Burger after a game at the stadium, or order drinks to celebrate.


Xcel Energy Center

199 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul

Eagle Street Grille
174 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul
Hungry for deep-fried pickles, cheeseburgers, or chicken fingers after a game or concert? The Eagle Street Grille offers a full menu and extensive drink options.