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531 Seventh St W, St Paul, MN | Directions 5510244.936788 -93.113653
Neighborhoods: West Seventh
Best Steak in Town – The first time that I ate at Mancini's Char House was with my boyfriend for my 17th Birthday. Needless to say, it was the best steak that I had at a restuarant. Now, whenever we visit Minnesota we always make sure that we include a trip to Mancini's Char House. Good thing that our families love the place as well, since then they don't mind coming with us for a fun night out. It is always nice to see the owners walking around making sure that everyone is happy and that their meal was how it was ordered. If not, they always make sure to see to it that you get a new steak cooked as ordered. Most people wait until they have finished their meal to complain - however it is best to say something as soon as their is a problem. The steaks have always been excellent. The service has always been excellent. Many of the same "locals" still frequent the restuarant and several of the customers have been coming to Mancini's much longer than I have. Now our children even look forward to our night at Mancini's for great food when we are visiting family in Minnesota and creating new memories. I sure wish that we had a restaurant in Pittsburgh like Mancini's. We only have the basic chains and they are always the same no matter which location you go to.
Looking forward to our next visit to Minnesota and Mancini's Char House.
Slip into the past - When your in the mood – When you walk in the door you feel like you have just stepped back in time. Red leather seats, gold trim, music from Sammy, Frank and Dean. It is always fun to have a martini or manhattan at the bar, whale waiting for your table. The people watching is classic. The relish tray and great breads start you off. Your not charged extra for more so go ahead and ask the server. ( we once had someone ask if we were going to finish ours) You sit close to the other patrons, but it is nice. We have often had conversations with other diners. The steak is more expensive than the grocery store, but they cook it and clean up after you too. I always get the strip. I live the beefy flavor my hubby gets the fillet. The portions are huge and most of it comes home for steak hash the next day. The servers treat you like family. This is a great place when you in the mood.
Too pricey for both quality and quantity of food – Their steaks are supposedly the best, but seems average compared to homemade steaks. Minimum price for a steak is $20, which is definately not worth it. Host and server was polite and we waited maybe five minutes to be seated, you'll definately need a reservation because it was pretty much crowded in the restaurant. Steak and potatoe was mediocre. You'll probably get the same service, same food, but cheaper if you went to your local perkins. Also, not much variety on their menu.
" Get that kid a cake!!" – My husband and I dined at this restaurant several years ago, with our son who was 12 at the time.
I remember our steak was very good, service was great, but what really stands out in our mind, was the owner himself walked by, said to our waiter, "Get that kid a cake!", and in a flash we had a wonderful, yummy cake at our table!! My son felt so special!!! He still talks about that cake, and he is now 16!!
An evening as a Goodfella! – Let me begin by saying I frequent this restaurant. This place is an expierience. I think some of you bad reviewers just didn't know what to expect. This place is like a trip back in time to the glory days of the GMen.
Go without reservations and do yourself the favor of waiting for your table in the bar. The high leather booths and trim lighting (yes it is dark) are like something right out of a gangster movie, there is also a lounge area where you can get your ambiance on! Seriously, you just have to be in a Goodfellas state of mind! When you get seated in the dining room you get a great homemade relish tray (pickles,peppers &Tomatoes in italian Dressing).I reccomend the Large Fillet Steak. The point is, Don't expect Ruth's Cris Because it isn't like that. It's an ancient Char-House that has looked the same for as long as it has been there! Ready yourself for a historical, fanciful journey (and like I said, lube up in the bar first,heh)
Seriously though, The owner's son has taken the place over and can be seen making his rounds every day and night just as his Dad did for years upon years.This is a great place by family for family.
Saturday night dinner -- disappointing! – My husband and I had heard a number of glowing reviews of Mancini's, so we were excited to try it on a special night out. Upon walking in, we were amused by the kitschy-ness of the setting... dim with large leather booths. We were seated relatively quickly (no reservations for groups under 6) and helped ourselves to some tasty pickled treats at our table. We received some reasonably tasty bread once we ordered from the limited menu. However, when we received our dinner, we were disappointed. The salads were boring-- just iceberg lettuce with a couple slices of bland tomatoes and dressing on the side. We both ordered New York Strips-- my husband's rare steak come out med-rare, and my med-rare steak came out well done (if you only serve steaks, you really should be able to get this right!) There was no marinate or seasoning on these steaks to speak of. We also both asked for fries with our steak -- we received wide cut, unsalted, oven-baked fries-- we could have had the same quality if we picked up some Ore-Ida fries from the local Cub. Service was pleasant, but not attentive. The atmosphere was not at all romantic-- the restaurant was mostly populated with older patrons (50+) who thought it was appropriate to gab on their cell phones at the dinner table. This place might be ok for a cheap steak and nostalgic atmosphere, but it does not compare to high-quality steak houses like Manny's or Ruth's Chris -- their steak was about on-par with something you'd get at Baker's Square.
Service above and beyond! – I went to Mancini's with a couple of friends. We wanted to watch the Vikings game and eat at the same time, but there were no televisions in the main seating area (which is understandable). The owners son let us sit in the lounge and had the waitress serve us our dinner there. They went out of their way to make us happy and feel comfortable. The waitress checked on us frequently, even though the lounge was way out of her way and out of her section to serve food. My friend's steak wasn't done the way she wanted it, but they were more than happy to fix it the way she wanted it. I had the lobster and it was delicious!! The food is great, and the service is even better. The atmosphere in Mancini's is very unique and very inviting. I would recommend Mancini's to any one.
Best steak in town – I have been going to Mancini's Char House since I was young, and the food has consistantly been great. The restaurant also boosts wonderful customer service and drinks! Highly recommended!
Disappointing – This was my first time dining at this restaurant. My grandparent's anniversary! They love the place! I love the decor! The waitress was plesant but only came to take our order and to bring a check... the table had to go to the bar on their own to get another drink. The food... wow... can't believe it's a steakhouse with how bad the steak was. I had the filet, it was done perfectly though it tasted like liver, as did my husband's and brother's. My husband also had the lobster tail with it... you had to cut it with a steak knife because it was so tough and it was only about 4" long. I am assuming we were there on an off night because others rave about it and my grandparents had the filet and loved it. I was disappointed with the price for the quality of food.
Not much has changed at this St. Paul steakhouse since it opened in 1948. – In Short
Mancini's is the restaurant that time forgot. The elegant, art deco room features high-backed, maroon leather booths and winking brass accents. Booths in the bar are more intimate and are often arranged to accommodate groups celebrating special events. Thick steaks and broiled lobster tails are the stars of the menu. Salads are of the iceberg variety, doused in creamy dressing. Your slab of meat comes garnished with a baked potato, butter and sour cream.
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