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Merlins Rest

$$ - $$$, ,
3601 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406-2148
+1 612-216-2419
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good42%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“fish and chips” (14 reviews)
“pies” (4 reviews)
“scotch whisky” (3 reviews)
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Scottish, Bar, Pub, Irish, British
$$ - $$$
3601 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406-2148
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is by far one of my most favorite places to go. I no longer live three miles from it’s front door, but we make sure to go there every time we’re back in town. The menu stays fresh and changes with the season—new desserts,...More

Thank Hollie K
Reviewed 30 March 2018

My first time at Merlins Rest but my son and family go there on Christmas eve always. Not disappointed with the food.Good vegetarian as well as meat choices.I enjoyed a meat and potato pastie! My husband had a beef stew with many vegetables which were...More

Thank Dallas L
Reviewed 8 January 2018

A special Christmas outing and Merlins Rest was chosen based on reviews of food and friendliness. Four of us ages 40-60+. We arrived at 5:30 and booths to the right of the front door were open. We were offered seats at a high table near...More

Thank bonny132
Reviewed 31 October 2017

I've been going to Merlin's Rest since it opened. It was sooo good with wonderful service, people and food. Glad to say the food is still very good. Just had croquet's,samosa and pasty. So very tasty, hot and good. Go for the food and whiskey...More

Thank Bonny H
MerlinsRestPub, Manager at Merlins Rest, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2017

Bonny - I am so sorry to hear about your experience - We have spoken with staff on how to appropriately handle these kind of situations. We apologize for any discomfort you felt - we assure you we are on top of this - Please...More

Reviewed 19 October 2017

Such a fun place - the atmosphere is super relaxed and fun! Tried this place out after sharing a flight with the owner and manager, and I have to say I was blown away! The foo was absolutely incredible!! The staff was awesome, and the...More

1  Thank Ryan A
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

This is the second time my wife, son, daughter-in-law have visited here. Not been disappointed. The food is great and the beer excellent. We've had the fish n chips, burgers and mussels with all of them first rate. The service has been great even on...More

1  Thank Arthur H
Reviewed 7 September 2017

In Ireland, you want a place to enjoy the Craic - a place for fun and entertainment. This is the place. I have been to Merlins Rest many times and even drive the 40+ miles past other great restaurants to get there. I didn't give...More

Thank Adam L
Reviewed 5 September 2017

We made a stop here for drinks and appetizers and it felt like a Scottish pub experience. They have an amazing array of Scotch whiskies, presented in a "Scotch Bible" several pages long. We were able to order some delicious (but seldom found in America)...More

Thank ERosewall
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Merlins seriously has my favorite hamburger. The Burger with Stilton has never let me down. And their fries don't suck either. Fish & Chips Yankee Style is also completely solid. All truth be told - the service can be spotty. It is either superb or...More

Thank mmmfood5
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

Stopped here on a weeknight with some friends. First time for all of us. Some nice live music, plenty of seating, and fantastic service. We chose this spot for the scotch list, and it did not dissappoint. The smaller cheaper dram pours are perfect for...More

Thank BeakerTX
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12 May 2018|
Response from MerlinsRestPub | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. We are not a gluten free kitchen so we do not have anything that would be strictly gluten free. But we do have a special menu that indicates options on our menu that would be prepared without... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 16
Scottish, Bar, Pub, Irish, British
Drinks, Lunch, After-hours, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Takeout
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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
  • E-mail
We are the premier pub for Single Malt Scotch and Irish Whiskeys! With mostly imported beers on tap and a nice mixture of local brews. We serve up all the favorite pub classics along with grass fed, organic beef, lamb and chicken. We have a nice children's menu as well. So bring your children and your grandparents and all in between. There is something for everyone at Merlins Rest Pub
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