Tavern on Grand

Seafood | Tavern
One of the best

Walleye is a big deal in Minnesota, the best of it, no doubt, made at North Country campfires by walleye fishermen. For those who don’t catch and cook their own, the place to go is Tavern on Grand in St. Paul.

Billing itself as “Minnesota’s State Restaurant Serving Minnesota’s State Fish,” this friendly place will start you off with an appetizer of three sautéed walleye cakes or a walleye basket of deep-fried bites; or in the spirit of the Minnesota State Fair, you can get walleye on a stick. Or how about a Minnesota Spring Roll, stuffed with walleye and wild rice? Fillets are available grilled, fried, or blackened. Sandwiches are made on French bread; you can get a walleye plate, known as a “shore lunch,” that consists of a single fillet with steamed vegetables and potatoes; and there are big dinners that include a couple of fillets. There is even a Lakeshore Special that is a single fillet accompanied by a half-pound sirloin steak. On the side of almost anything, chicken wild rice soup is an excellent companion. To accompany your meal, there are beers galore, domestic and imported, on tap and by the bottle.

Tavern on Grand feels like the right place to enjoy a true Minnesota meal. It is designed to resemble a log cabin lodge in the woods, and no matter where you sit in the bar, you have a good view of one of the TVs positioned for everyone to watch whatever game is currently broadcast. Look for the big neon fish in the front window.

What to Eat
Tavern on Grand, Walleye Cakes
Walleye Cakes
One of a trio of walleye cakes available as an appetizer. Copious amounts of meat are mixed with vegetables and sauteed until elegantly crisp. The cakes come on a bed of bernaise sauce.
Tavern on Grand, Walleye Shore Lunch
Walleye Shore Lunch
Deftly seasoned, moist, and campfire-fresh, Tavern on Grand's walleye sets a benchmark of excellence. The tartar sauce that comes alongside is fine, but I hate to adulterate this beautiful fish in any way.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday4pm - 8pm
Monday4pm - 8pm
Tuesday4pm - 8pm
Wednesday4pm - 8pm
Thursday4pm - 8pm
Friday4pm - 8pm
Saturday4pm - 8pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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