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Black Dog Cafe

American, Pizza, Coffee Shop
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308 Prince St, Saint Paul, MN 55101
651-228-9274
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Today
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Dining on a budget

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  • 5
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Happy hour beer and wine

Black Dog Cafe is an institution in St. Paul with live music. We come to play cards on Monday nights (Sept to Nov). Most nights the music is good. One time the post modern jazz was more like cacophany (like combining Beethoven's 5th symphony and the national anthem on out of tune instruments... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 25, 2014
gaius_11
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Berkeley, California
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

Had a wonderful apple fritter and steamer with my kids while listening to a great old time music jam on Saturday morning.

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Berkeley, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Black Dog Cafe is an institution in St. Paul with live music. We come to play cards on Monday nights (Sept to Nov). Most nights the music is good. One time the post modern jazz was more like cacophany (like combining Beethoven's 5th symphony and the national anthem on out of tune instruments). The staff of BDC wandered around apologizing... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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182 reviews 182 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Environment & mood more like a college-town bar being led by college dropouts who didn't want to leave the college life. Funky atmosphere, with menu via colored chalk on chalkboard. Rough-cut wood floors and trip, very warehouse-retro. Would have liked to be there for the open-stage music. The list of wines-by-the-glass was original enough to be worthy of some attention.... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 via mobile

On recommendation by staff at Christos in Union Depot (St. Paul, MN), I walked to the Black Dog for 2 meals to go. I was greeted delightfully by Maria K. Charming, she assisted this first-time patron. I ordered a chicken salad, a bagel w/lox and cream cheese, and 2 beverages - one root beer, and one latte. That all went... More 

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Apple Valley
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66 reviews 66 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Participated in a Meet Up for Cribbage players. Had their Cuban Sandwich. It looked small, but it sure was tasty and was filling enough. I would definitely go back for another!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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101 reviews 101 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Near the St. Paul Farmer's Market is a charming cafe that offers up a daily happy hour serving premium pints for $3. The menu is on a blackboard offering everything from a few breakfast specials to pizza and sandwiches. There's a few tables outside and it's on a quiet street. Interesting mix of bohemians and middle-aged garden lady types. Lovely... More 

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Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This is a funky coffee shop across the street from the Farmer's Market in Lowertown Saint Paul. The artsy decor is cool, and the coffee is good. However, the food is a bit overpriced and I noticed on my last visit that the floors were very dirty. There was a lot of dust and dirt caked under the counter where... More 

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Woodbury, Minnesota
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74 reviews 74 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

I drop by when I am in downtown St Paul. Loved the area, they are building it up. The light rail will help a lot. Nice place to drink coffee in the afternoon and look out at the snowpr read a book. I really like the coffee.

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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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142 reviews 142 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

The wonderul atmosphere, coupled with very good food, along with the fact that it is one of the few options for a weekend lunch in Downtown St. Paul, makes this an excellent choice. The Black Dog is on the main floor of an historic warehouse building, built when railroads were expanding westward at a frantic pace. The space has lots... More 

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Sioux City, Iowa
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57 reviews 57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Went in for a quick burger and beer. The burgers were half-pounders and it came with a large portion of fries. We also thought we would enjoy an order of fried green beans before the meal arrived. Poor idea because of again the large portion. The food was good and an outstanding selection of brews. Would recommend and will visit... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 308 Prince St, Saint Paul, MN 55101
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Saint Paul
  • Phone Number: 651-228-9274

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Pizza, Coffee Shop

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm

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