The food at Saint Dinette is so eclectic it defies a category. Let’s just call it “North American.” That’s because fare at this restaurant follows the path of French exploration of North America, from Quebec to the Gulf of Mexico.
As the folks at St. Dinette see it, they’re providing a “three-nation, waterborne joie de vivre” dining experience. In other words, something great and creative for every palate— from octopus to the all-American cheeseburger.
Depending on the season, the menu may include beer-battered fried smelt. Or, perhaps pasta topped with mouthwatering lamb ragout and green olives; shrimp and grits; or tacos filled with roast pork, pineapple and crema. You’ll also find vegetarian options such as dumplings with goat cheese, kale and wild mushrooms.
Desserts may include seasonal sorbet, churros, tres leches cake or Saint Dinette’s unusual but fantastic creme brûlée with a hint of fois gras.
Located in historic Lowertown, Saint Dinette’s huge windows look out on the surrounding neighborhood. This eatery is located near CHS Field (home of the St. Paul Saints minor league baseball team), the St. Paul Farmers Market, lovely Mears Park and local art galleries.
When you’re not enjoying the view outside, pay attention to the action inside. This eatery’s casual decor blends with the industrial look of the historic building’s open ductwork and exposed brick with white shell chairs straight out of the 1960s—very cool. You can watch the cooks working away in the open kitchen and observe the bartenders shake up creative cocktails at the restaurant’s centrally located bar. They also serve a large wine selection and offer a list of beer hailing from from Canada to Mexico.