Dinner and a show, part two

When I asked friends and colleagues in the arts world for recommendations on where to eat before or after a show, many responded that there were too few places that stay open late for a post-show dinner. Several bemoaned the lack of late-night venues, saying eating before a show is always rushed and ends up making you feel drowsy during the performance. Others craved simple a midnight dessert venue.

Now, I’m not one to stay up late, but this is a great performing arts town, so I decided to put the question to food critic Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl: why don’t we have better late night offerings?

Her answer? We do! She says she hears this perception all the time, but the perception really isn’t accurate.

Grumdahl referred me to an article she wrote on the matter. As she put it “”everybody says they want to eat out late at night–but then they don’t do it.”

Her recommendations? I’ve compiled a list from both her article and what she listed in her e-mail, with links and hours – here it is:

Eatery 112

Monday – Thursday 5pm – midnight

Friday and Saturday 5pm – 1am

Sunday 5pm – 10pm

Full kitchen service until closing.

Bar La Grassa

Dining: Full kitchen service until closing.

Monday – Thursday: 5pm – Midnight

Friday and Saturday: 5pm – 1am

Sunday: 5pm – 10pm


Monday – Saturday: 5pm – 2am

Sunday: 5pm to midnight

Il Gatto

Dining :

Sunday -Thursday: 4pm to 11 pm,,

Friday and Saturday: 3pm to midnight

Sunday: 3pm to 11 pm


Sunday – Thursday: 6:30 pm to midnight

Fridays and Saturdays: 6:30pm – 1am

Fuji Ya (Mpls location)


Tuesday – Thursday: 5 – 10pm

Friday and Saturday: 5 – 10:30pm

Sunday: 5 – 9pm

Cocktail lounge open until midnight


Friday and Saturday: 5pm – 10:30pm

Bulldog Northeast

Open Daily: 11am to 2am

Serving Food Daily: 11am to 1am

Barrio Tequila Bar

(St. Paul)

Monday – Thursday: 11am – 1am

Friday: 11am – 2am

Saturday: 4pm – 2am

Sunday: 12pm – 2am


Monday – Friday: 11am – 2am

Saturday: 11:30am – 2am

Sunday: 11:30am – 1am

Bradstreet Crafthouse

Tuesday – Saturday: 5pm – 2am, full-menu until close

Hell’s Kitchen

Thursday and Friday: 6:30am to 2am

(Dinner 4-10 – Late Nite Menu 10pm – 2am)

Saturday: 7:30am to 2am

(Dinner 4-10 – Late Nite Menu 10pm – 2am)

Haute Dish

Monday – Saturday: 4pm – 2am

Sunday: 4pm – 12am

(Dinner service begins everyday at 5pm)

Pizza Luce, Downtown Mpls

Mon – Thur: 11am – 2:30am

Friday: 11am – 3:30am

Saturday: 10am – 3:30am

Sunday: 10am – 2:30am

Pizza Luce, Uptown

Daily: 11am – 2:30am

Pizza Luce, Seward and University

Daily: 11am – 2:30am

Pizza Luce, St. Paul

Daily Dining Room: 11am – 1am

(delivery until 2am)

The Depot

Charley’s Grill

Daily 5pm to 10pm

Stone Arch Bar


Daily 2pm to 11pm


Sunday – Thursday: 2pm to 12am

Friday and Saturday: 2pm to 1am

General wisdom has it that the best way to ensure there are more options for late night dining is to frequent those places that are already open. So get out there and eat!

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