As a long time St. Paul local, there’s no denying the truth any longer. West 7th Street has fully transformed from a sleepy, overlooked collection of buildings to a trendy, “must visit” part of St. Paul.
With more and more restaurants opening every day and the street now firing on all cylinders, it’s worth asking the question – Has West 7th Street reached the same legendary dining status as Grand Avenue in St. Paul or Eat Street in Minneapolis?
I think you could certainly make the case, if you know where to eat…
Speaking of which, maybe it’s about time I shared my picks for the best restaurants on West 7th Street?
PS – You might also like our Complete Guide to the West 7th Neighborhood.
- Map of Restaurants on West 7th Street in St. Paul
- The can’t miss dining experience: Keg and Case Market
- The best bar & dining experience: Parlour St. Paul
- The neighborhood taco joint: Tavial Grill
- Awesome Pad Thai: Phi Chay Thai Cuisine
- Most popular brunch on West Seventh Street: Hope Breakfast Bar
- For an epic Juicy Lucy: Shamrocks
- Upscale Mexican: Pajarito
- Best casual Italian: Cossetta’s
- Best sit-down Italian: DeGidio’s
- Most popular West 7th Street bar: Patrick McGovern’s
- The most legendary steakhouse: Mancini’s Char House
Map of Restaurants on West 7th Street in St. Paul
The can’t miss dining experience: Keg and Case Market
If there’s one opening that truly put West Seventh street on St. Paul’s foodie map, it’s gotta be Keg and Case Market.
When news broke that the old Schmidt Brewery’s abandoned keg house was going to be converted into an indoor food hall, the neighborhood rejoiced. When the neighborhood learned that food hall would be packed with legendary Twin Cities restaurants like Pimento (the Food Network winning Jamaican food truck) or Revival (the award winning Southern BBQ restaurant) the neighborhood rejoiced some more. And when the doors finally opened to reveal a stunning, industrial-chic design packed with more vendors per square inch than any other place in the Twin Cities, the truth hit everyone like the weight of a Boughgart Donut. West 7th Street had finally arrived!
In fact, locals weren’t the only ones impressed. Shortly after opening, USA Today awarded Keg and Case the country’s best bew bood hall.
Restaurants in the market have since come and gone. We were sad to see Revival move across town, and unfortunately, Boughart’s (one of the best donuts in the Twin Cities) left, too.
Current tenants include:
- Pimento Jamaican Kitchen: One of our favorite meals in the entire city; these Jamaican bowls and sauces pack some unreal flavor.
- O’Cheeze: A popular grilled cheese foodtruck turned brick and mortar.
- Joey Meatballs: handmade pasta that you might recognize from Minneapolis’s competing food hall, The Market at Malcom Yards.
- Address: 928 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
- Website: Keg and Case
The best bar & dining experience: Parlour St. Paul
Parlous St. Paul comes from the same brilliant foodie minds that operate Jester Concepts, one of the Twin Cities’ most legendary collections of bars and restaurants.
When Parlous opened it’s St. Paul location right on the most trafficked section of West 7th Street, the neighborhood scored some of the best, most legendary burgers in the Twin Cities.
Of course, that’s only half the story at Parlour. The entire menu is filled with incredible takes, like some of the best Mac and Cheese you’ll ever have and even some truly amazing salads. Add in one of the best bars that serves the most famous old fashioned in the Twin Cities, and you’ve found one of the “must try” places on West 7th.
- Address: 267 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
- Website: Parlour
The neighborhood taco joint: Tavial Grill
Oohhh, man. How lucky are we to have a truly authentic, amazing Taco Joint like Tavial in our neighborhood?
Located on the far west side of 7th Street, this delicious taco spot could have been plucked straight out of San Francisco’s Mission District.
From flavor packed Beef Tongue tacos to huge, saucy burritos, Tavial’s got all the authentic Mexican favorites at hole-in-the-wall prices.
- Address: 1199 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
- Website: Tavial
Awesome Pad Thai: Phi Chay Thai Cuisine
Phi Chay’s adorable little building, located right on West 7th Street, boasts quite the history of delicious Thai food.
For years, the building housed the legendary Supatra’s Thai Cuisine. But when Mrs. Supatra Johnson finely decided to retire, the neighborhood had a collective heart attack. I don’t want to sound dramatic, but if the legendary building wasn’t serving up delicious curries, well then you might have seen a surge of houses in the neighborhood for sale…
Thankfully, the Supatra transferred the building into more than capable hands. The new Chef Chong brings over 30 years of Thai cooking experience, and her new spot (pronounced “P Chai”) serves incredible, authentic Thai food. Don’t miss some of the best Pad Thai in the Twin Cities!
- Address: 967 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
- Website: Phi Chay
Most popular brunch on West Seventh Street: Hope Breakfast Bar
Hope Breakfast Bar is technically tucked one block away from the traffic of West Seventh Street. But we’ll count it anyway, partly because it’s just so darn delicious and partly due to COVID-19, which saw them expand their patio such that the ever-packed location now nearly spills out onto the main road.
In any case, the crowds come here for a reason, and that’s for Chef Brian Ingram’s elevated takes on all the brunch favorites.
- Address: 1 S Leech St, St Paul, MN 55102
- Website: Hope Breakfast Bar
For an epic Juicy Lucy: Shamrocks
Shamrock’s Juicy Lucy cheeseburger might just be the most overlooked menu item in the Twin Cities. That’s because it’s the exact same recipe, from the exact same owners, as The Nook – a place consistently considered the best Juicy Lucy burger in St. Paul.
Shamrocks also has a full menu of solid bar food, not to mention a shuttle to take you the Xcel Energy center before big events!
- Address: 995 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
- Website: Shamrocks
Upscale Mexican: Pajarito
For a completely different take on Mexican food, head a mile east to Pajarito. This refined Mexican bistro trades the discount taco meat for elevated dishes like Adobo Octopus, elote-style Brussel Sprouts, and some truly fantastic Queso Fundido for dipping. Add some of their famous hand-crafted cocktails, and it’s a wonderful spot for a night out.
- Address: 605 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
- Website: Pajarito
Best casual Italian: Cossetta’s
We said it during our best Italian in St. Paul awards, but if you’re looking for some of the most delicious Italian food served in a casual environment, then you can’t miss Cossetta’s.
This legendary spot serves amazing pastas, pizzas, and even Italian Hero sandwiches in well-oiled cafeteria style line. It’s a spectacle that you have to see (and taste!) to believe.
- Address: 211 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
- Website: Cosseta
Best sit-down Italian: DeGidio’s
West Seventh has a storied history as St. Paul’s old “Little Italy” Neighborhood, so it’s no surprise that we couldn’t narrow down our favorite Italian food on West Seventh street to just one spot.
DeGidio’s sits just a few blocks down from Cossetta’s and serves equally delicious Italian food in a more traditional, full-service environment.
- Address: 425 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
- Website: DeGidio’s
Most popular West 7th Street bar: Patrick McGovern’s
If you feel like tipping your cap to West Seventh Street’s storied Irish Heritage, then consider heading to the most popular Irish Pub on the block.
You can’t miss Patrick McGovern’s; the location spans for nearly a whole block along West Seventh Street near all the action by the Xcel Energy Center.
- Address: 225 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
- Website: Patrick McGovern’s
The most legendary steakhouse: Mancini’s Char House
We’ve called Mancini’s our favorite steakhouse in St. Paul before.
A long-time West 7th Street landmark, this place is a timeless legend. Inside, you’ll find a throwback vibes, an excellent cocktail bar, and relatively affordable (but no less delicious) steaks.
- Address: 531 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
- Website: Mancini’s