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Located in Southern Minnesota, Pub 500 is a top restaurant featuring daily Happy Hour drink specials, great food and live entertainment. Pub 500 serves lunch, dinner, late night snacks, appetizers, weekend breakfast, as well as gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options. Pub 500 has a wide selection of draft beer and drinks at their full bar. Pub provides the perfect downtown atmosphere for you to relax with your family and friends any day of the week. Weekly entertainment: live music, trivia, poker, karaoke and more. In the spring and summer, enjoy Pub 500’s delicious food and beverages on their outdoor patio, featuring a fire pit. Pub 500 provides catering and full bar service at their semi-private
$10 - $20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Drinks
American, Bar, Pub, Healthy, Beer restaurants
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Reservations, Live Music, Dog Friendly, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our servers were super friendly, efficient and welcoming. We sat on the terrace and were served our drinks promptly ( often times I’ve found that outside service suffers in many restaurants when most customers are inside). The food was delicious and interesting. The concept of...serving sandwiches as a “ bowl” option allowed us to omit the bread. Perfect for us! We had our pup with us and everyone was very gracious in allowing us to choose the right table in the corner. Very dog friendly place. Big thumbs up and recommended. We will go back.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed April 17, 2021

Amazing food and fun atmosphere! I love that they have options on their menu for vegans. And their vegan food has great flavor!

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed April 16, 2021 via mobile

Love every opportunity I get to visit Pub 500!! It has a fun welcoming environment that has that consistent, comfortable feeling. I particularly would like to recognize how hard the staff worked upon my recent visit. Despite all that’s been thrown at the restaurants lately...it’s nice to be able to get back out and feel welcomed back! Missed that pulled turkey with those chips you literally can’t stop eating. Brought home a blood orange sour mix it was so good, still can’t believe you can do that now!!!More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed April 16, 2021

Best restaurant food I've had all year. They take safety seriously and I appreciate that. The salmon was excellent! I took pulled pork to my neighbors and they raved about it! I'll be back next time I'm in town. The price was right too, very...fair for the quality. Service and food were excellent.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed April 12, 2021 via mobile

Nearly twice the price of Blue Bricks the food service took nearly an hour and it was tasteless and dry - other than the walleye sandwich the rest of our food was a step below frozen microwave meals. At over $130 for 2 children and...3 adults we were expecting much, much more - terrible in every way.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Tom F, Owner at Pub 500, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2021

Hello Kirk. Thank you for taking the time to give some feedback on our Pub. We are sorry you didn't get what you wanted here. We would love for you to email Tom@pub500,com so we can learn more about your visit. We are operated by...More

Reviewed July 31, 2020 via mobile

Good social distancing practice here. Food was overall good. Our 11 year told requested for me to rate this place a 10 he had the hickory burger and loved it. Good attentive service.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed June 21, 2020

We met our son and daughter in law at a half way point in Mankato. We chose Pub 500 because of reviews and outdoor seating. We were given a tiny laminated symbol to put into our cell phone to read the menu. Our phones weren't...working correctly and we are old! On my way to the restroom I spotted numerous paper menus. I grabbed two for the party of 4. The manager had the nerve to stop by our table, direct us to the laminated version and shame us for using the paper menus!! When I said we are old, he commented "You can learn new tricks" Very rude for a businessman trying to re-build an eating establishment in a dwindling town without college students! In the twin cities restaurants are bending over backwards to establish their clientele pre-Corona. Not so in Kato! The service was also not up to par. Our waitress (in booty shorts) came for our order within minutes of getting the menu. Dah! Who has time to even look, let alone make a decision. Perhaps she is new. She never asked about Coke refills. I had to flag her down and even then didn't ask anyone in our group if THEY wanted one! Luckily they didn't. The food....The fish and chips were good but so greasy my arteries are screaming!!!!! Two of us unfortunately ordered that and will need to see the cardiologist. They could at a minimum, drain it before you serve it. They provide ONE paper napkin so you can't even pat the grease off and server was who knows where?!? The other outdoor server appeared to be fabulous to her customers---very attentive, saw refills coming out, checking on them. Get it together, Pub 500 before it might get busy. And manager, be nice to old people with smart phones, we aren't a savvy as you in Kato!! I did see others with the real paper menu and didn't see you stopping by their table! We left booty shorts a very good tip despite her incompetence/inexperience.More

Date of visit: June 2020
TomF643, Owner at Pub 500, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2020

We are so sorry this happened to you while dining at Pub 500. We have been pivoting our business many times to try to stay viable and safe for our crew and guests. The QR code was an idea that was supposed to be only...More

Reviewed March 7, 2020

The hostess and waiter were extremely attentive to our distracted group of chatterboxes! Everyone loved their meals! The fish sandwich was out of this world!

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 9, 2020

Food was great, they have vegan options! That was my original reason for visiting and it was a perfect choice. However, the jewel in the crown was our server Ashtin. She is warm, engaging, genuine, knowledgeable, efficient, and has a great sense of timing. I...have traveled the world, dined in all kinds of restaurants, and I must say she is one of the best servers I have ever had. Shout out to manager Jay too for being friendly and helpful. I will visit Mankato again just to enjoy Pub 500!More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 9, 2020

A college friend and I happened upon Pub 500 after a recommendation from a co-worker. Really enjoyed the venue especially the Vegan options. However the real stand out was Ashtin. She was so attentive to our needs and went well beyond what a typical experience...would be. ***** five stars for Ashtin !!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Yes, Pub 500 offers takeout services.

Pub 500 is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5