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Merlins Rest

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American, Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Irish
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3601 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406-2148
+1 612-216-2419
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Today
16:00 - 01:00
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 01:00
Mon - Wed 16:00 - 01:00
Thu - Fri 11:00 - 02:00
Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Showing 48: English reviews
Maple Grove, MN
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174 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great atmosphere, friendly wait staff, and a good selection of English based food. Not a bad night. Add to that about 12 pages of Whiskey's and Scotches and you've got an evening of entertainment! .

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Thank Lomunchi
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67 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Merlin's is our go-to pub in MN. It's a great English pub with great food and a lovely variety of drinks. Servers there are great. It's suitable for lunch, dinner or just drinks

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Thank Maryam F
Austin, Texas
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Nice neighborhood bar and fun place to eat. My husband and I stopped in after the Ryder Cup and the service was friendly and good. They had some fun choices for food Irish, English and some American. The food was good not necessarily great. My husband had one of the meat pies and thought it was very good. I had... More 

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Thank TheTexasQueen
Bloomington, Minnesota
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226 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

We went here with another couple who have been telling us about it for months. As a person who loves an English Pub, I wasn't disappointed. The selection of beers was as good as any pub we've been to and the service was excellent. The atmosphere is fun and feels very welcoming. It isn't a bad idea to make a... More 

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Thank Theresa989
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

A great Irish bar! The staff was super friendly and the service was great! Had dinner here, and the food was amazing! I would recommend this place to anyone!

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Thank travelingappa
United States
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52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

Extensive menu. I would say it's a place to go to have a bite to eat. The waitstaff wasn't that great or attentive. The drinks and food were very overpriced for rural Minneapolis. We were shocked when we got the bill. It was over $100 for two rounds of drinks and pub dinner for 3. Won't be rushing back.

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Thank Amach0000
Minnesota, US
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63 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

We came here on a Saturday night on the recommendations of some friends, and I was not disappointed. It was a great little neighborhood pub, Lots of cool stuff on the walls and a great Whiskey list along with plenty of other Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. We started with an order of the RHP Ale Croquettes and then ordered the... More 

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Thank JGSurveyor
Wannaska, Minnesota
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

They do pub food that puts on airs. The taps are so-so, but the whiskey list is great. Service is the biggest problem, mostly overworked or apathetic or both. Management isn't interested if you're unhappy. Best things: location, Aspall's cider, and chips with curry gravy. If you go during happy hour or a special event, allow lots of extra time... More 

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Thank Bizzie D
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2016

The food here is excellent and the staff go out of their way to accommodate their guests. Almost every weekend there is music or some other event scheduled. We have spent 4 British New Years here and never been let down. They have a wide Beer selection and inventive cocktails, but their list of Scotch Whiskies would be hard to... More 

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Waconia, Minnesota
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89 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2015

Stopped in for an early dinner. This is what I think of when I think of a neighborhood pub. Lot's of eclectic stuff on the wall, a good mix of patrons, a guy in a kilt sitting next to a guy with a pack of cigarettes rolled up in his T shirt sleeve and old folks like us, all having... More 

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Thank Jack M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Irish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 01:00
Monday
16:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
16:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
16:00 - 01:00
Thursday
11:00 - 02:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3601 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406-2148
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 612-216-2419

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?