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Address: Saint Paul, MN
12:00 - 02:00
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Sat - Sun 10:00 - 02:00

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Surprisingly good food in a local dive bar

When I say "dive bar" I mean it in a loving way. The Rec is a Saint Paul institution. They no longer book live music, but their kitchen is vastly improved from the days when it... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kevin M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When I say "dive bar" I mean it in a loving way. The Rec is a Saint Paul institution. They no longer book live music, but their kitchen is vastly improved from the days when it was some guy in the back with an electric griddle. Their burgers have won local competitions, and it's easy to see why - they... More 

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Champlin, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016

Love this Place - When my in-laws asked where I wanted to go for my birthday lunch - this place was it! One of the best Lobster Rolls I have had anywhere and today was no exception! YUM - Service was great and was offered a free beer for my birthday. They have a new Hot Lobster Sandwich - the... More 

Thank Sue F
Rosemount, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2016

Known for their Paddy Shack Burgers and a little bocce ball fun in the basement, this place was getting all kinds of hype for those burgers of theirs (the two they have on the menu). In 2015, they even added the title of top dog at the T.C. Burger Battle which kinda baffles me. Okay, so I'll have plenty of... More 

Thank NicholasSG
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 2 May 2016

It has been a few years since I have been here, they didn't have a kitchen last time I was here...but I met a friend, enjoyed a few beers(PBR's are $2.50, Surly is $5) some poppers and Irish Poutine which was a bit like Poutine meets nacho's... interesting twist. And of course they have clay bocce courts in the basement.... More 

Thank TryppAdams
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Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

Had been seeing great reviews for food for this place and had to find out for ourselves. The Rec didn't disappoint. The corn beef sandwich was amazing! Meat raffle, bocce ball and live music- there is no way to not have fun here. Service was outstanding. Everyone was so friendly. Can't wait to visit again!!!

Thank Kim E
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2015

had to stop the try the menu. they have about 5 or 6 hot dogs that all sounded amazing. mine had mac n cheese and popcorn on it. very tasty. the beers on happy hour are mostly watery crap. they have some decent MN craft beers but nothing on happy hour. dive bar but the menu is nice

Thank wuzed111
White Bear Lake
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Reviewed 17 February 2015

Went with two friends for lunch. I had the chicken curry pie it was really good. Next time I'm having what my friends had the Lobster Mac and cheese. OMG both dishes were worth a return trip. I really enjoy the food here. I want to come back for dinner so I can have a drink with my meal. Just... More 

Thank LeenieWhiteBearLake
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed 25 April 2013

I've been visiting the Rec for 20+ years. It's a cement block building on Front Street close to Como Park and if you didn't know better, you'd drive buy thinking it was some neighborhood dump. However, its a great little Irish bar that offering great Irish music most of the week. They have the best pour of Guinness for the... More 

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