Merlins Rest

3601 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
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Vincent Marcinelli


  • Mon 11am-1am, Tue-Fri 11am-2am, Sat-Sun 9am-2am
  • $; $$
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
Dark and convivial, with servers and patrons obsessed with good conversation and great Scotch, Merlin's Rest is an eerily authentic pub considering its East Lake Street location. Hearty dishes such as fish 'n' chips and a version of cottage pie are stick-to-the-ribs tasty, and the menu boasts an extensive vegetarian section for those looking for something a little lighter than the restaurant's pork, beef, and fish offerings.

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