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— Celebrating 20 years in lowertown, Saint Paul —


L-R Stacy, Sara and Andy  Tom Dunn Photography

L-R Stacy, Sara and Andy

Tom Dunn Photography

A mainstay of Saint Paul and the Lowertown neighborhood, the Black Dog is an unpretentious, all-day gathering spot. Since opening its doors in 1998 as a little coffee bar, the Black Dog has continued to stretch, push, and evolve to serve the growing needs of the ever changing Lowertown community.   

The café serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, beer, wine, craft cocktails, as well as espresso, tea and non-alcoholic drinks.  Happy Hour is offered daily from 3-6pm.  Patio seating is available in season.

The Black Dog is known for live music (Jazz, World, Roots, Bluegrass) most every night and particularly for their Saturday nights.  “Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog,” features the best veteran Jazz musicians in the Twin Cities and special opening sets by up and coming jazz talent. 

The Black Dog Café is located on the south east corner of the St. Paul Farmers Market Square, two blocks east of the Union Depot Green Line Station, and one block south of CHS Field home of the St Paul Saints Baseball.  The Black Dog is also a short walk from Mears Park, the Mississippi River, and the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. A perfect spot to spend any part of any day...

We hope you will make the Black Dog a part of your day in Saint Paul.

The Black Dog Café

Mission Statement & Core values

"Our mission is to serve food and drink prepared with love in an environment that celebrates creativity, culture, and community."

We value authenticity, craft, art, music, community, diversity, and social justice.

We want to be a dynamic community gathering space where genuine connections can be made and ideas exchanged.

We are expressing our creative lives here and encourage others to do the same.


Natalie Wright -   Bottles, Local, Minnesota

Natalie Wright - Bottles, Local, Minnesota

Mecca Bos - CityPages

Mecca Bos - CityPages

Brenda Johnson - Heavy Table

Brenda Johnson - Heavy Table

Mecca Bos - CityPages

Mecca Bos - CityPages

Lowertown Stop to Black Dog Café "... awesome spot to grab coffee in the morning, a quick bite, or come for dinner and drinks to enjoy some tunes. Black Dog frequently has events like live jazz, blues and more."

Roast Beef Hash "... a snapshot of what that dish ought to be, with hash browns lacy as a web and basted eggs that flow like lava. Full breakfast served daily.

Cuban "... well-suited for eggs in the morning and jazz in the evening."

Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner "... a new look, a full bar, and a new scratch kitchen"