Restaurants in Columbia Heights

Pub Food and Drinks for Two or Four at G.B. Leighton's Pickle Park (Up to 53% Off)

G.B. Leighton's Pickle Park

Fridley

Draft beers, drinks, and wine match with black Angus burgers, racks of ribs, wings, and other familiar pub grub

$44.48 $26

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$54 for Bocce-Court Rental, Craft Beer, and Brewpub Pizzas for Up to Eight at Nomad World Pub ($110 Value)

Nomad World Pub

West Bank- Minneapolis

Enjoy beer and pizza when you rent a bocce court

$110 $54

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Gourmet Pub Fare for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner at Chatterbox Pub (Up to 47% Off). Three Locations.

Chatterbox Pub

Multiple Locations

Lobster-laden steaks, artisanal pizzas, and sandwiches pair with 150+ craft beers, ciders, and cocktails amid vintage video and board games

$15 $8

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$16 for $30 Worth of Japanese Cuisine and Drinks for Two or More at Kobe Restaurant

Kobe Restaurant

Plymouth

Chefs entertain guests at the hibachi grills or sushi bar as bartenders mix specialty cocktails or pour Japanese beers, wines, and sake

$30 $16

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$22 for $40 Worth of Food and Drinks at Ichiban Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar

Ichiban Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar

Loring Park

At tableside grills, chefs sizzle north atlantic salmon and filet mignon; sushi artists make more than 40 inventive rolls and sushi items

$40 $22

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Urban Feast for Two or Four at Urban Eatery (Up to 46% Off)

Urban Eatery

Cedar-Isles-Dean

Chefs turn local ingredients into playful takes on classic dishes, such as smoked-duck nachos and thai lettuce wraps

$102.50 $55

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$8 for $16 Worth of Diner Food for Breakfast and Lunch at 50th Street Cafe

50th Street Cafe

50th Street Cafe

Classic diner serves organic, free-trade coffee alongside omelets, pancakes, bacon, and burgers

$16 $8

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$20 for $40 Worth of Locally Sourced Cuisine at SIX15

The SIX15 Room

Downtown Minneapolis

Globally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients, such as Mexican pizza topped with chorizo and caramelized onion sauce

$40 $20

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Latin Fusion Cuisine at Cafe Ena (Up to 40% Off). Three Options Available.

Cafe Ena

Kingfield

Chef trained at three-star restaurant in Paris blends Latin American flavors with continental French flair

$60 $39

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$12 for $20 Worth of Healthy and Organic Food for Dinner at Tao Natural and Organic Foods Cafe

Tao Natural and Organic Foods Cafe

Uptown Minneapolis

The chefs here reach for seasonal, nutritious ingredients as they plate up casual vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free eats

$20 $12

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Drinks and Small Food Plates at The Tangiers (50% Off)

The Tangiers

Minneapolis

Gourmet bistro-style fare includes flatbreads, small plates like tacos and a hummus platter, and inventive cocktails

$50 $25

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Lunch for Two or Four at Stella's Fish Cafe & Prestige Oyster Bar (Up to 50% Off)

Stella's Fish Cafe & Prestige Oyster Bar

Uptown

Fresh oysters, sushi, and fish pair with red wine, beer, or specialty cocktails on one of two rooftop decks

$85.85 $44

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Weekend Brunch for Two or Four, or $20 for $40 Worth of Lunch or Dinner at Devil's Advocate

Devil's Advocate

Downtown West

Duck and prosciutto on toast, biscuits and gravy, or toffee french toast for brunch; bacon burgers, falafel, and crab balls for lunch/dinner

$42 $20

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Authentic Mexican Lunch or Dinner at El Nuevo Rodeo Restaurante (50% Off)

El Nuevo Rodeo Restaurant

Longfellow

Sturdy wooden tables prop up plate after plate of authentic, regional Mexican food under warm light of rustic lanterns

$24 $12

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Sandwiches and Salads at The Simple Sandwich (Half Off). Two Options Available.

The Simple Sandwich

Downtown West

Custom salads, hot sandwiches, soups, and breakfast are made from a choice of five breads, six meats, and locally sourced ingredients

$12 $6

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Pizza or Pasta & Drinks for 2 or $12 for 2 Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Lunch at Jakeeno's Pizza & Pasta

Jakeeno's Pizza & Pasta

Minneapolis

Cheesy pizzas topped with tomatoes, peppers, or pineapple or Italian-style pastas pair with glasses refreshing beer or robust wines

$12 $6

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Latin Meal with an Appetizer and Drinks for Two or Four at Conga Latin Bistro (Up to 59% Off)

Conga Latin Bistro

Nicollet Island

Eclectic Latin American food cha-chas its way to tables amid evocative wall murals and nightly salsa dancing

$67.85 $28

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$26.50 for Neapolitan Pizza for Two with Wine or Beer, Valid Monday–Thurs, at Pizza Nea (Up to $43 Value)

Pizza Nea

Nicollet Island

Red or white Neapolitan-style pizzas baked in a stone-fired oven and served with craft beers or wine

$43 $26.50

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Pizza for Two or Four at Sammy Perrella's Pizza & Restaurant (50% Off)

Sammy Perrella's Pizza & Restaurant

Coon Rapids

Pizzeria with full bar serves pies such as the 5 Cheese Bianco with garlic and Italian herb butter sauce, or the bacon cheeseburger pizza

$30 $15

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Pizzeria Cuisine for Delivery or Carryout at Parkway Pizza (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Parkway Pizza

PARKWAY NE

Eatery offers food such as hoagies, pasta, pizza, and apps like pesto garlic toast; valid for free delivery within 10 minutes from store

$20 $12

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Brunch, Lunch, or Chef's Tasting Menu for Four at Signature Cafe (Up to 52% Off)

Signature Cafe

Signature Cafe

Rotating menus feature farm-to-table cuisine such as beef stew, chicken a la king, and pumpkin ice cream

$25 $12

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Dinner and Wine for Two or Four at Kiku Bistro (50% Off)

Kiku Bistro

Uptown

Pan-Asian entrees such as organic beef with orange peel and plum sauce or scallops with black bean sauce, paired with pours of house wine

$51.90 $26

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Breakfast or Dinner for Two at Basil's Restaurant (Up to 47% Off)

Basil's Restaurant

Minneapolis

Chefs craft upscale American fare in a casual dining room located on the third floor of the Marquette Hotel

$130 $69

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$11 for $20 Worth of Pizza and Italian Food at Parkway Pizza

Parkway Pizza

Parkway Pizza

Hot wings, baked penne layered with pepperoni, sausage hoagies, and pizzas loaded with your choice of nearly 30 toppings

$20 $11

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Burgers and American Pub Fare at eagleBOLTbar (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

eagleBOLTbar

Downtown East

Gay pub and restaurant dishes out classic burgers, sandwiches, appetizers, and drinks in eclectic atmosphere

$24 $12

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$15 for $30 Worth of Japanese Cuisine at Raku Sushi and Lounge

Raku Sushi and Lounge

Minneapolis

Upscale Asian-fusion cuisine in futuristically decorated restaurant

$30 $15

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Cuban-Style Cuisine at El Burrito Cubano (Half Off). Two Options Available.

El Burrito Cubano

El Burrito Cubano

Diners customize Cuban-style burritos and sandwiches with colorful add-ons such as pickles, jalapeños, and pico de gallo

$10 $5

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Bowling and American Food and Drink at Park Tavern (Up to 55% Off). Two Options Available.

Park Tavern

St. Louis Park

Up to six people can enjoy an hour or bowling while munching on cuisine such as bacon-cheeseburger pizzas, chicken-dijon paninis, and salads

$50 $29

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American Cuisine at Nicollet Island Inn Bar Restaurant and Hotel (Up to 40% Off). Three Options Available.

Nicollet Island Inn Bar Restaurant and Hotel

Nicollet Island

Take in the romantic surroundings of an island in the middle of the mighty Mississippi while dining on such dishes as walleye

$60 $39

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Pub Fare or Burgers and Beer for Four at Miller's Corner Bar and Grill (Up to 52% Off)

Miller's Corner Bar

Columbia Heights

Burgers made from third-pound patties pair with a glass of Blue Moon, Coors Light, or other draft beer

$25 $13

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$13 for $25 Worth of Italian Fare and Drinks at Sweet Taste of Italy in Brooklyn Park

Sweet Taste of Italy

Brooklyn Park - Maple Grove

Chefs create Italian favorites with American twist, from jumbo-sized pizzas to lasagna with hand-grated cheese & special red sauce

$25 $13

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Hibachi Meal for Two or Four or Sushi Meal for Two with Wine or Beer at Wasabi Fusion Restaurant (Up to 47% Off)

Wasabi Fusion Restaurant

Minneapolis

Chefs flip chicken, steak, shrimp, rice, and veggies on a hibachi grill; sushi meal includes rolls, nigiri, and sashimi alongside edamame

$64 $34

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$22 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Food at Emily's Lebanese Deli ($40 Total Value)

Emily's Lebanese Deli

St. Anthony West

38-year-old restaurant featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

$20 $11

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Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

$60 $29

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Asian-Fusion Cuisine and Drinks at Chin Dian Café (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available

Chin Dian Cafe

Como

Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, and Malaysian flavors combine in chicken with dried chilies and shrimp with rice noodles

$20 $10

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Pub Cuisine for Two or Four at Two Stooges Sports Bar & Grill (50% Off)

Two Stooges Sports Bar & Grill

Fridley

Burgers, sandwiches, wraps, pasta & steak served at a Sports bar with 43 pool tables, weekly entertainment featuring Bands, Djs & karaoke

$30 $16

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Carry-Out Italian Meals or Catering for 25 from Boss' Pizza and Chicken (Up to 65% Off). Four Options Available.

Boss' Pizza and Chicken - Minneapolis

Minneapolis

Creative pizzas, with toppings such as shrimp and Alfredo sauce or eggs and sausage, complement meatball-studded spaghetti and other pastas

$17.50 $10

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$10 for $20 Worth of Café Beverages and Snacks at Defiant Tattoo and Caffeine Bar

Defiant Tattoo and Caffeine Bar

Minneapolis

Coffee shop attached to a tattoo parlor serves fair-trade, locally roasted B+W Specialty Coffee drinks, baked treats, and pizza from Heggies

$20 $10

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$10 for $20 Worth of Ecuadorian and Colombian Cuisine at La Colonia Restaurant

La Colonia Restaurant

Windom Park

Regional South American specialties such as goat stew with fried sweet plantains, arroz con pollo, and pan-fried rainbow trout

$20 $10

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$6 for $10 Worth of Food — 612 Cafe

612 Cafe

Minneapolis

Delicious fresh sandwiches with fresh baked buns. Soups, salads, burgers, and tacos.

$10 $6

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Japanese Cuisine for Two or Four at Mango Factory (46% Off)

Mango Factory

Minneapolis

Japanese food including shrimp tempura, beef teriyaki, and Zodiac-themed sushi rolls

$28 $15

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Lunch for Two or Six-Course Chef's Table Dinner with Wine for Up to Eight at Icehouse (Up to 50% Off)

Icehouse

Whittier

Beer-battered cod, cheese ravioli, and lobster BLTs served at lunch; six-course Chef's Table dinner with specialty entrees paired with wine

$30 $17

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$18 for 2 Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Deli, Grocery Items at Local D’Lish ($30 Total Value)

Local D’Lish

Minneapolis

The family behind this local produce-based shop helps connect people to their products, listing their origins or bringing in farmers

$15 $9

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Russian Cuisine at Hammer and Sickle (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Hammer and Sickle

Uptown

Old-country cuisine includes flights of caviar, bowls of borscht, pierogi, russian barbecue, and cabbage rolls

$40 $22

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$26 for $50 or $52 for $100 Worth of Hibachi Dinner at Sushi X

Sushi X

Minneapolis

Eatery dishes out hibachi cuisine with proteins like chicken and scallops, speciality sushi rolls, tempura, and pork katsu

$50 $26

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$16 for 2 Groupons, Each Valid for $14 Worth of Lunch at Pancho Villa Mexican Restaurant ($28 Value)

Pancho Villa Mexican Restaurant

Multiple Locations

Mexican dishes such as enchiladas and flautas fill tables during lunch hours

$14 $8

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Buffalo Wings and Beer or Fondue and Wine for Two at Eichten's Market & Cafe (46% Off)

Eichten's Market & Cafe

Shafer

Couples enjoy beer or wine along with buffalo wings or homemade cheese fondue featuring gouda from the Eichten family farm

$20.39 $11

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$19 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Casual American Food at Diggity Restaurant ($30 Value)

Diggity Restaurant

Coon Rapids

Cheese-curd stuffed hot dogs wrapped in bacon and deep fried, hand-smashed burgers, italian beef sandwiches, and pasta with Cinci chili

$15 $9.50

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$22 for $42 Worth of Sushi and Hibachi Food at Osaka Sushi and Hibachi

Osaka Sushi and Hibachi - Maplewood and Coon Rapids Riverdale

Multiple Locations

Teppanyaki chefs entertain diners while cooking filet mignon and lobster; sushi chefs stuff rolls with shrimp tempura, eel, and mango

$42 $22

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$25 for $50 Worth of Hibachi Food at Osaka Sushi and Hibachi Steakhouse

Osaka Sushi and Hibachi Steakhouse - Coon Rapids

Coon Rapids

Nimble-handed chefs cook traditional Japanese dishes before diners' eyes, sending up aromas of filet mignon, scallops, and hibachi noodles

$50 $25

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$12 for $24 Worth of New Orleans Creole Cuisine at NOLA Bistro & Bar

NOLA Bistro & Bar

Osseo / Maple Grove

Meals kick off with alligator bites before moving on to entrees of crawfish étouffée, andouille jambalaya, blackened catfish, and poboys

$24 $12

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Coffee, Food, Wine and Beer at Mountain Mudd Espresso Cafe (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available.

Mountain Mudd Espresso Cafe, Beer and Wine

New Hope (across from YMCA)

Coffee and espresso served with pastries, desserts, wraps, and appetizers; variety of wine and beer options

$20 $10

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Casual American Food and Movie-Themed Drinks for Lunch or Dinner at Outtakes Bar & Grill (50% Off)

Outtakes Bar & Grill

Robbinsdale - Crystal - New Hope

Burgers and flatbread pizzas pair with specialty cocktails inspired by your favorite movies

$20 $10

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Japanese Cuisine for Two or Four at Sarku Japan – St. Paul (Up to 45% Off)

Sarku Japan

Roseville

Made-to-order sushi, teriyaki, and tempura brimming with fresh seafood and vegetables

$20 $11

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Steakhouse Cuisine and Drinks at Lindey's Prime Steak House (Up to 45% Off)

Lindey's Prime Steak House

Arden Hills - Shoreview

Casual steakhouse with 50+ years of history

$50 $29

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Pizzas, Salads and Drinks with a Comedy Show for Two or Four at Welsch's Big 10 Tavern (66% Off)

Welsch's Big 10 Tavern

Arden Hills - Shoreview

Big laughs drawn by comedian pair with housemade cheese pizzas, caesar salads, and drinks from the bar

$75.40 $26

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Upscale American Cuisine and Drinks at Jake’s City Grille (40% Off). Five Locations Available.

Jake's City Grille

Multiple Locations

Eatery with five locations serves up hearty Walleye dishes, Angus burgers, and chicken kabobs and boasts a full bar and extensive wine list

$40 $24

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$15 for $30 Worth of Hibachi Food and Drinks at Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji

Maple Grove

Stationed at tabletop hibachi grills, chefs grill lobster, steak & vegetables to order while diners watch

$30 $15

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Broasted Chicken or Burgers and Beer for Two or Four at The Lookout Bar and Grill (Up to 53% Off)

The Lookout Bar and Grill

Lookout Bar & Grill

Bar open since 1958 serves its signature broasted chicken or enormous burgers alongside draft beer

$35.98 $19

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Italian Meal for Two or Four with Entrees and Wine at Little Venetian (Up to 51% Off)

Little Venetian

Roseville

Made from family recipes, the eatery's Italian classics range from meat-filled lasagna to pizza crowned with chicken and alfredo sauce

$37.90 $19

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Breakfast or Lunch for Two or Dinner with Beer or Wine for Two at Twisted Fork Grille (Up to 47% Off)

Twisted Fork Grille

Macalester - Groveland

Locally sourced fresh ingredients make their way into American food such as bison entrees and walleye cake benedicts

$33.88 $18

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Thai Food for Dinner or Lunch at Sawatdee St. Paul (47% Off)

Sawatdee St. Paul

Northwestern Precinct

Feasts of pad thai, spring rolls, tropical cocktails, and fresh seafood curries

$30 $16

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$8 for $16 Worth of Contemporary Diner Cuisine at The Grandview Grill 

The Grandview Grill

Macalester - Groveland

Unique diner dishes such as pineapple upside-down cake pancakes and blackened-catfish sandwiches paired with fair-trade coffee

$16 $8

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Pub Food and Drinks at Hoggsbreath Bar (47% Off). Two Options Available.

Hoggsbreath Bar

St Paul

Pub with a lobster vending machine also dishes out cuisine such as pizza and appetizers that are paired with domestic beer and cocktails

$30 $16

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$15 for Three Groupons, Good for $12 Worth of Mexican Food at Taqueria Los Paisanos ($36 Total Value)

Taqueria Los Paisanos

Dayton's Bluff

More than 9-year-old taqueria uses generations-old family recipes to craft fajitas, tortas, tamales, and its specialty: tacos

$12 $5

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Thai Cuisine and Drinks at Bangkok Cuisine (Up to 51% Off). Two Options Available.

Bangkok Cuisine

Summit - University

Juicy sliced steak, scallops, and chicken serve as counterpoints to veggies and tofu in stir-fried noodle and curry dishes

$20 $10

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$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $11 Worth of Deli Sandwiches at Acme Deli ($22 Value)

Acme Deli

Macalester - Groveland

Deli crafts sandwiches to go with a range of customizable or classic options such as roast beef and grilled cheese

$11 $5.50

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$12 for $20 Worth of Drive-In Cuisine at Dari-ette Drive In

Dari-ette Drive In

St. Paul

A 1950s-style drive-in with menu-boards at each parking spot specializes in malts, meatballs, deep-fried chicken, and burgers

$20 $12

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$15 for $30 Worth of Mexican Food at La Cabana

La Cabana

Dayton's Bluff

Tuck into hearty potions of ceviche, carne asada, and pescadas empanadas, followed by a cold Mexican beer

$30 $15

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$9 for Two Fried-Fish Value Baskets at Mac’s Fish & Chips (Up to $17.98 Value)

Mac's Fish & Chips

Como Park

Baskets of hand-battered fried walleye, cod, halibut, or chicken paired with crispy hand-cut chips and housemade coleslaw

$18 $9

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Chinese Dinner for Two or Four, or Chinese Food for Takeout at Cafe 99 (Up to 53% Off)

Cafe 99

Como Park

Authentic Chinese dishes such as chrysanthemum sole fillet in tomato sauce, Mandarin beef with golden garlic, and chong king spicy chicken

$20 $10

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$5 for Asian and American Cuisine at Maiv's Egg Roll Basket ($10 Value)

Maiv's Egg Roll Basket

Saint Paul

Banh mi sandwiches, sweet and savory egg rolls, and many varieties of bubble tea

$10 $5

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$20 for Pasta and Wine for Two at Yarusso's Italian Restaurant (Up to $37.18 Value)

Yarusso's Italian Restaurant

Payne - Phalen

Sauce and meatballs made from secret family recipes top pasta dishes at this fourth-generation-owned family restaurant opened in 1933

$37.18 $20

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Mexican Food at Manana (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Manana Restaurant y Pupuseria

Dayton's Bluff

Traditional Mexican and Salvadorian dishes including pupusas, tamales, tacos, tortas, and sopes

$22 $11

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Mexican and American Food for Breakfast or Lunch at Capital View Café & Catering (55% Off)

Capital View Café & Catering

Riverview

Friendly neighborhood café with excellent view of the capitol building serves homemade Mexican and American food for breakfast and lunch

$20 $9

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Modern American cuisine for Dinner or Takeout at Faces Mears Park (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Faces Mears Park

Lowertown

Local, sustainably farmed ingredients flavor Mediterranean-influenced restaurant cuisine that pairs with a wide wine selection

$90 $49

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Sushi and Japanese Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Raku Japanese Restaurant (Up to 47% Off). 3 Options Available.

Raku Japanese Restaurant

Edina

Traditional and fusion Japanese cuisine that incorporates elements of French, Italian, and other Asian cooking

$30 $16

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Japanese Cuisine at Aji Japanese Restaurant (Up to 48% Off). Four Options Available.

Aji Japanese Restaurant

Minnetonka - Hopkins

Chefs tuck colorful medleys of specialty seafood inside sushi rolls, which balance flavors of grilled chicken, house wine, and dessert

$20 $11

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Burgers and Drinks for Two or Four at Wild Boar Restaurant ($32.96 Off)

Wild Boar Restaurant

Minnetonka - Hopkins

Sandwiches and juicy hamburgers fuel romps on a mechanical bull and dancing on weekends; choose from house wine, beer, and well drinks

$34.48 $18

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In 1996, the Pro Billiards Tour declared Jimmy Wetch to be the fifth-best billiards player in the world. Now, the pro circulates among the 20 emerald felt plots at Jimmy's Pro Billiards, chatting with fellow billiards enthusiasts. At 9-foot and 7-foot Diamond and Gold Crown tables, players sink colorful spheres, and snooker tables encourage them to yell “snooker” as loud as they can. The staccato snap of the cue against a ball rhythmically fills the 10,000 feet of airy, high-ceilinged space. In the kitchen, the staff slices deli meats and pairs hand-pattied burgers with hand-cut french fries and beers with manually placed bubbles.

4040 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis,
MN
US

Jalsa Indian Fast Food transports diners on an aromatic journey through many regions of India with an authentic menu of traditional street fare. Diners collect several snack-sized dishes, or chaat, to construct an eclectic meal. Use your teeth or a matchbox-sized oil rig to drill into the warm potato core beneath an aloo vada morsel's chickpea-batter crust ($1.35), or free lentils and spicy scents from the interior of a deep-fried kachori ($1.35). Eaters can also opt for a single large entree such as classic chicken tikka masala ($7.99), a creamy curry with rice escorted to tables by brooding paratha bread or a corsage-bearing piece of roti.

855 45th Ave NE
Minneapolis,
MN
US

Meet meatless merrymaking with today's Groupon: $35 worth of vegetarian and vegan Indian cuisine for $15 at Nalapak Indian Restaurant in Columbia Heights. Nalapak used to be Udupi, the consistently delicious chutney and curry favorite. It reopened in 2006 under new management, and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine says Nalapak's authentic Indian fare is on par with Udupi's, that is, "as good as these traditional [foods] get."

4920 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis,
MN
US

Originally opened as the Top Hat Drive-In in 1953, Sonic has grown into a burger-franchise mecca that today operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic specializes in made-to-order American classics—including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and marshmallow Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast, as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.

Sonic’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: Best Value Menu, Best Milk Shake, and Best Drive-Thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through their program Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.

4910 Central Ave NE
Columbia Heights,
MN
US

More than 50 years go, Mike Ilitch was poised for major-league glory. An up-and-coming shortstop for the Detroit Tigers, his baseball finesse was blossoming when an injury derailed his sports career. But although the wound stunted his athletic aspirations, it steered him toward a new path, and on May 8, 1959, he and his wife opened the first Little Caesars location, a then-unheard-of carry-out-only joint. The career shift and novel technique eventually proved triumphant. Today, the pizzeria's iconic, toga-clad mascot adorns storefronts on five continents. In each shop, staffers forge the signature Hot-N-Ready pizza, a freshly baked pizza designed for instant pickup, and warm, garlicky Crazy bread. With a storied half-century under their belt, Mike Ilitch and his family strive to give back, supporting local organizations and creating their own charitable programs.

4872 Central Ave. NE
Hilltop,
MN
US

While most barbecue caterers are happy to supply clients with buckets of homestyle sides and cuts of meat, not many will send along a barbecue pit master free of charge. Mr. BBQ is the exception, sending its experienced chefs to man the grills at client events and ensure each hickory-smoked cut is fresh, hot, and expertly sauced. This level of care extends to the barbecue joint’s regular menu, which includes tender cuts of pulled pork, flavorful bites of applewood-smoked chicken, and St. Louis ribs. Chefs pair each entree with a choice of two homestyle sides—such as creamed cucumbers, Cajun rice, and red beans and rice—and a cornbread muffin, creating a full southern meal for diners reclining on the outdoor patio or catching catnaps underneath the checkered tablecloths in the dining room.

4811 Central Avenue Northeast
Minneapolis,
MN
US