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Duluth’s iconic aerial lift bridge at Canal Park just as the sun starts to dip below the horizon, turning the sky and waters purple and pink.
Duluth is an ideal summer getaway from the cities with cool Lake Superior breezes and plenty of memorable places to eat and drinks
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24 Phenomenal Spots to Eat and Drink in Duluth, Minnesota

Messy barbecue, sitka sushi sandwiches, champagne-style ciders, and ice, cold beer

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Duluth is an ideal summer getaway from the cities with cool Lake Superior breezes and plenty of memorable places to eat and drinks
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The refreshing breeze off of Lake Superior, views of the lift bridges and ships, and over 100 parks all make Duluth a prime road trip destination. From the Great Lakes Aquarium to the Glensheen Mansion, the local sights highlight the port city’s unique history and features. Local restaurants utilize locally caught seafood and exude a distinctly Minnesotan coziness.

Most Minnesota restaurants and breweries have resumed indoor and outdoor service. Additionally, the statewide mandatory mask mandate has ended. Some establishments continue to request guests wear masks when indoors. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Camp Creemee

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2515 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 606-1151
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Unlike Midwesterners, Vermonters call soft-serve ice cream “creemees.” True to form, the creemee shop’s signature flavor is made with maple syrup. Housed in Wild State Cider, there is an understated East Coast theme resulting in the maple creemee and apple cider pairing. If you’d prefer to forego the cone, ice cream sandwiches made with Positively 3rd Street Bakery cookies are also up for grabs.

A cone by any other name would taste as sweet at Camp Creemee. | Facebook
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2. Wild State Cider

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2515 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 606-1151
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Wild State’s four flagship ciders include pear, hibiscus, semi-dry and classic dry which is described as “champagne-like.” For weekday fun, every Monday night is free yoga on the patio, Wednesday is Bingo Night, and every Thursday at 7 p.m. is trivia. The events page is a great place to check for other events like food trucks, stand-up comedy, and live music.

Wild State Cider’s bright and airy interior. | Facebook

3. Duluth Grill

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118 S 27th Ave W
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 726-1150
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This all-day diner with the urban garden in the parking lot has become a destination for Midwestern road-trippers thanks in part to several features on Guy Fieri’s Food Network shows. Fans love the no nonsense interior and hearty portions of diner classics made with just a few modern touches. Some intrepid diner lovers have been known to plan an entire road trip up to the Lake just to get an order of these brussels sprouts.

A fried walleye sandwich to write home about. | Instagram

4. Ursa Minor Brewing

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2415 W Superior St B
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 481-7886
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Newcomer Ursa Minor’s rustic indoor seating area opens up to a spacious patio of picnic tables. The brewery runs on a counter-service model and serves pizza, Love Creamery ice cream, pretzels, and paninis. The brewery’s nonalcoholic list is impressive including alcohol-free cream ale, Sociable Cider Werks’ Superior switchel, Duluth and Uffda kombucha and Northern Soda Company pop.

A trio of sours on Ursa Minor Brewing’s spacious patio. | Instagram

5. Duluth Cider

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2307 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 464-1111
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Husband and wife duo Jake and Valerie Scott opened up their own cidery after backpacking through France, Switzerland, and Italy and producing cider in Massachusetts. The 100-year-old building began as stables for the Duluth Post Office. The ciders are varied with flavors ranging from sweet to semi-sweet, semi-dry-hopped, pineapple sour, strawberry basil, smoothie cider, and even a coffee cider.

The top of the brick exterior of Duluth Cider with a view of Enger Tower and the hill in the background
European-style ciders in the Lincoln Park Arts District.
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6. Dovetail Cafe & Marketplace

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1917 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 481-7888
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The Dovetail Cafe & Marketplace that shares space with the Duluth Folk School serves Almanac coffee and baked goods in the Lincoln Park Arts District. Picking up a coffee and breakfast sandwich and browsing the marketplace full of locally made goods is a fantastic option when in town.

A historic one-story brick building has large windows in the front and a painted sign advertising the Folk School and Dovetail Cafe
Schedule a private class at the Duluth Folk School and afterwards enjoy a coffee or beer next door at Dovetail Cafe & Marketplace. | Instagram
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7. OMC Smokehouse

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1909 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 606-1611
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In a city with nine breweries, it only seems right that high-quality barbecue would be nearby. The beef fat fries, pulled pork sandwiches, and St. Louis style ribs scream summertime. On Whiskey Mondays, after 5 p.m. any of OMC’s 40 bottles of whiskey are half-off to order and sip alongside some smoked meats.

Ribs fro Oink Moo Cluck
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8. Love Creamery

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1908 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 576-5639
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Small-batch ice creams and sorbets from Love Creamery all utilize local and sustainable ingredients. Ice cream bars, sammies, vegan pints, dairy pints, and scoops are all available at the ice cream scoop shop and espresso bar.

Can’t choose a flavor? Order a flight for yourself or to share with a friend. | Instagram

9. Corktown Deli & Brews

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1906 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 606-1607
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A quick trip to Corktown Deli & Brews in the Lincoln Park Craft District is perfect to grab an afternoon bite. The classic deli also serves BBQ items from its sister restaurant OMC Smokehouse across the street. The menu is not entirely sandwiches, though. There are also salads, smoothies, and bowls topped with pork, pastrami, or steak on top of cauliflower rice.

The chipotle turknado stacked with smoked turkey, bacon, white cheddar, marinated tomato, greens, and more on toasted marble rye. | Instagram

10. Bent Paddle Brewing Co. Taproom + Offices

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1832 W Michigan St floor 1
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 279-2722
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Check out this swank taproom for well-loved, locally brewed beer and catch the occasional live show. There’s a patio for when the weather cooperates (always pack a sweatshirt for Duluth), but inside, there are huge windows so it always feels like a perfect Duluth day inside. There are several food spots that deliver here as well, in fact OMC barbecue tastes even better paired with a Kanū here.

Super roomy space to drink Bent Paddle beer.
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11. Hanabi Japanese Cuisine

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110 N 1st Ave W
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 464-4412
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All that fresh water out there looking like an ocean might just trigger a sushi craving. When looking for a dynamite roll or even expertly prepared nigiri, Hanabi is the place to stop. Pack up a few rolls to go for a picnic up at Enger Tower, or tuck into a steaming bowl of udon when the wind shifts and cold breezes blow in off the lake.

Hanabi’s north shore roll. / Website

12. Duluth Coffee Company

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105 E Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 221-6643
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A town that’s often cold demands great coffee, but in the fleeting summer, order the nitro cold-press. Eric Faust’s downtown Duluth Coffee Company remains the best brew around and, if anything, it’s gotten even better with its new expanded roastery next door.

Duluth Coffee Co
Just a short walk from Canal Park in downtown

13. The Pharm Juice Bar + Kitchen

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208 E 1st St
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 522-4545
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Some days call for fancy juice and when that day comes, The Pharm has it all. A variety of cold-pressed juices, smoothies, bowls, and dishes like a BLT Caesar bowl made with vegetarian tempeh bacon will put a pep in your step to walk to the Great Lakes Aquarium only 15 minutes away.

Two glass jugs, one filled with bright blue liquid and the other orange
If a cup isn’t enough grab a growler of the gold tonic or blue tropical to go. | Instagram
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14. The Rathskeller

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132 E Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 355-1816
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The building that houses The Rathskeller is over 125 years old and provides an underground setting reminiscent of a European drinking hole. The brick arches, chandeliers, and stone walls make for a memorable night out. There is an emphasis on beers from all over the globe, but wine and craft cocktails are also available.

Sip on something and soak up a bit of history at The Rathskeller. | Instagram

15. Lake Avenue

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394 S Lake Ave
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 722-2355
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Lake Avenue is not new, but the menu changes often enough to stay fresh and interesting. It’s an ideal stop for a romantic night near the lake and the wine list is exceptional.

Dinner specials change often, like this scallop dish
Lake Avenue Restaurant/Facebook

16. Northern Waters Smokehaus

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394 S Lake Ave #106
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 724-7307
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Steps away from Lake Superior is Northern Waters Smokehaus, a specialty market and eatery nestled in the DeWitt-Sietz Building. Seaafood and meat sandwiches are available alongside butcher classics from smoked fish to jerky. Pick up a sandwich, olives and a variety of meats and cheese to savor on a walk to the lift bridge or while cuddled up near the shore.

Pick up some smoked fish perfect for a feast. | Facebook

17. Vikre Distillery

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525 S Lake Ave
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 481-7401
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Vikre Distillery’s famous boreal, cedar, and juniper gins are excellent but the vodka, whiskeys, ryes, and herbal liqueurs are all available to try. The indoor cocktail room is great for a tasting and the outdoor Cafe Frenchie Patio has a laid-back feel of its own. Enjoy your time in the sun with a negroni slushy in hand and a killer view of the lift bridge.

Try an Old Fashioned with the Sugar Bush whiskey
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18. Boat Club Restaurant

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600 E Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 727-4880
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On the lower level of the Fitger’s complex, this quiet, off-the-beaten path restaurant affords some stunning lake views and a few coveted outdoor seats.

Try the lobster Bloody Mary
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19. Va Bene

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734 E Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 722-1518
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Van Bene’s enclosed solarium, open-air deck, and outdoor grotto all offer memorably romantic views of Lake Superior. When the night calls for an old-school Italian dinner, the carbonara, bolognese, and pappardelle e funghi should do the trick.

To ensure a view of the water: make a reservation. | Facebook

20. At Sara's Table Chester Creek Cafe

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1902 E 8th St
Duluth, MN 55812
(218) 724-6811
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A Chester Park Neighborhood staple since 2002 At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe is a cozy and charming eatery. The all-day menu features breakfast classics, sandwiches, and entrees from spaghetti and meatballs to vegan bibimbop. The expansive beverage menu lists specialty coffee, tea, cocktails, mocktails, beer, wine, and more.

The uniquely named restaurant focuses on good, wholesome food done simply in a homey space.| Facebook

21. Duluth Kombucha

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12 S 15th Ave E
Duluth, MN 55812
(218) 212-8278
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Available on tap around the city, Duluth Kombucha is brewed in repurposed oak whiskey barrels and made using tea from local supplier Anahata Herbals and vegan sugar. Similarly to local breweries, growlers of the fermented sweet tea can be purchased and refilled at the kombuchery.

Duluth kombucha fermenting in repurposed oak whiskey barrels.| Instagram

22. Amity Coffee

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4429 E Superior St
Duluth, MN 55804
(218) 525-7323
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Over in Duluth’s Lakeside neighborhood, Amity Coffee is a family-owned and operated coffee shop. The gathering spot showcases guest roasters, local musicians and serves beer and wine alongside specialty coffee and tea. With a quiet, community ambiance Amity is a comforting stop on any day trip.

Grab a table and enjoy a local coffee roastery’s finest at Amity Coffee. | Facebook

23. Sammy's Pizza & Deli

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4631 E Superior St
Duluth, MN 55804
(218) 525-6604
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Sammy’s super thin crust with a lacy layer of cheese is peak Midwestern style pizza, and likely the finest example of the distinctive pizza. The unleavened crust with a little cracker fold-over edge is blanketed with a light layer of bright tomato sauce that tastes distinctly of San Marzano tomatoes. It’s a beauty of a blank canvas for playing around with toppings, like the salty, fennel seed-studded Italian sausage.

A checkerboard exterior is usually a great indicator that fantastic pizza can be found inside. Facebook

24. Scenic 61 Mobile Kitchen

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5461 N Shore Dr
Duluth, MN 55804

The new mobile kitchen from the New Scenic Cafe team serves a rotating menu that is inspired by the wildness of The North Shore. Guests can order from Scenic 61 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and dine at one of the 10 picnic tables with a view of Lake Superior. Consult the calendar and updated menu on its website since the food truck travels to other locations.

New Scenic Cafe’s stylish new ride. | Facebook

1. Camp Creemee

2515 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55806
A cone by any other name would taste as sweet at Camp Creemee. | Facebook
Camp Creemee / Facebook

Unlike Midwesterners, Vermonters call soft-serve ice cream “creemees.” True to form, the creemee shop’s signature flavor is made with maple syrup. Housed in Wild State Cider, there is an understated East Coast theme resulting in the maple creemee and apple cider pairing. If you’d prefer to forego the cone, ice cream sandwiches made with Positively 3rd Street Bakery cookies are also up for grabs.

2515 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806

2. Wild State Cider

2515 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55806
Wild State Cider’s bright and airy interior. | Facebook

Wild State’s four flagship ciders include pear, hibiscus, semi-dry and classic dry which is described as “champagne-like.” For weekday fun, every Monday night is free yoga on the patio, Wednesday is Bingo Night, and every Thursday at 7 p.m. is trivia. The events page is a great place to check for other events like food trucks, stand-up comedy, and live music.

2515 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806

3. Duluth Grill

118 S 27th Ave W, Duluth, MN 55806
A fried walleye sandwich to write home about. | Instagram

This all-day diner with the urban garden in the parking lot has become a destination for Midwestern road-trippers thanks in part to several features on Guy Fieri’s Food Network shows. Fans love the no nonsense interior and hearty portions of diner classics made with just a few modern touches. Some intrepid diner lovers have been known to plan an entire road trip up to the Lake just to get an order of these brussels sprouts.

118 S 27th Ave W
Duluth, MN 55806

4. Ursa Minor Brewing

2415 W Superior St B, Duluth, MN 55806
A trio of sours on Ursa Minor Brewing’s spacious patio. | Instagram

Newcomer Ursa Minor’s rustic indoor seating area opens up to a spacious patio of picnic tables. The brewery runs on a counter-service model and serves pizza, Love Creamery ice cream, pretzels, and paninis. The brewery’s nonalcoholic list is impressive including alcohol-free cream ale, Sociable Cider Werks’ Superior switchel, Duluth and Uffda kombucha and Northern Soda Company pop.

2415 W Superior St B
Duluth, MN 55806

5. Duluth Cider

2307 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55806
The top of the brick exterior of Duluth Cider with a view of Enger Tower and the hill in the background
European-style ciders in the Lincoln Park Arts District.
John Yuccas/Duluth Cider

Husband and wife duo Jake and Valerie Scott opened up their own cidery after backpacking through France, Switzerland, and Italy and producing cider in Massachusetts. The 100-year-old building began as stables for the Duluth Post Office. The ciders are varied with flavors ranging from sweet to semi-sweet, semi-dry-hopped, pineapple sour, strawberry basil, smoothie cider, and even a coffee cider.

2307 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806

6. Dovetail Cafe & Marketplace

1917 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55806
A historic one-story brick building has large windows in the front and a painted sign advertising the Folk School and Dovetail Cafe
Schedule a private class at the Duluth Folk School and afterwards enjoy a coffee or beer next door at Dovetail Cafe & Marketplace. | Instagram
Dovetaile Cafe [Official]

The Dovetail Cafe & Marketplace that shares space with the Duluth Folk School serves Almanac coffee and baked goods in the Lincoln Park Arts District. Picking up a coffee and breakfast sandwich and browsing the marketplace full of locally made goods is a fantastic option when in town.

1917 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806

7. OMC Smokehouse

1909 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55806
Ribs fro Oink Moo Cluck
OMC Smokehouse/Facebook

In a city with nine breweries, it only seems right that high-quality barbecue would be nearby. The beef fat fries, pulled pork sandwiches, and St. Louis style ribs scream summertime. On Whiskey Mondays, after 5 p.m. any of OMC’s 40 bottles of whiskey are half-off to order and sip alongside some smoked meats.

1909 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806

8. Love Creamery

1908 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55806
Can’t choose a flavor? Order a flight for yourself or to share with a friend. | Instagram

Small-batch ice creams and sorbets from Love Creamery all utilize local and sustainable ingredients. Ice cream bars, sammies, vegan pints, dairy pints, and scoops are all available at the ice cream scoop shop and espresso bar.

1908 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806

9. Corktown Deli & Brews

1906 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55806
The chipotle turknado stacked with smoked turkey, bacon, white cheddar, marinated tomato, greens, and more on toasted marble rye. | Instagram

A quick trip to Corktown Deli & Brews in the Lincoln Park Craft District is perfect to grab an afternoon bite. The classic deli also serves BBQ items from its sister restaurant OMC Smokehouse across the street. The menu is not entirely sandwiches, though. There are also salads, smoothies, and bowls topped with pork, pastrami, or steak on top of cauliflower rice.

1906 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806

10. Bent Paddle Brewing Co. Taproom + Offices

1832 W Michigan St floor 1, Duluth, MN 55806
Super roomy space to drink Bent Paddle beer.
Bent Paddle/Website

Check out this swank taproom for well-loved, locally brewed beer and catch the occasional live show. There’s a patio for when the weather cooperates (always pack a sweatshirt for Duluth), but inside, there are huge windows so it always feels like a perfect Duluth day inside. There are several food spots that deliver here as well, in fact OMC barbecue tastes even better paired with a Kanū here.

1832 W Michigan St floor 1
Duluth, MN 55806

11. Hanabi Japanese Cuisine

110 N 1st Ave W, Duluth, MN 55802
Hanabi’s north shore roll. / Website

All that fresh water out there looking like an ocean might just trigger a sushi craving. When looking for a dynamite roll or even expertly prepared nigiri, Hanabi is the place to stop. Pack up a few rolls to go for a picnic up at Enger Tower, or tuck into a steaming bowl of udon when the wind shifts and cold breezes blow in off the lake.

110 N 1st Ave W
Duluth, MN 55802

12. Duluth Coffee Company

105 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802
Duluth Coffee Co
Just a short walk from Canal Park in downtown

A town that’s often cold demands great coffee, but in the fleeting summer, order the nitro cold-press. Eric Faust’s downtown Duluth Coffee Company remains the best brew around and, if anything, it’s gotten even better with its new expanded roastery next door.

105 E Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802

13. The Pharm Juice Bar + Kitchen

208 E 1st St, Duluth, MN 55802
Two glass jugs, one filled with bright blue liquid and the other orange
If a cup isn’t enough grab a growler of the gold tonic or blue tropical to go. | Instagram
The Pharm Juice Bar + Kitchen/Instagram

Some days call for fancy juice and when that day comes, The Pharm has it all. A variety of cold-pressed juices, smoothies, bowls, and dishes like a BLT Caesar bowl made with vegetarian tempeh bacon will put a pep in your step to walk to the Great Lakes Aquarium only 15 minutes away.

208 E 1st St
Duluth, MN 55802

14. The Rathskeller

132 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802
Sip on something and soak up a bit of history at The Rathskeller. | Instagram

The building that houses The Rathskeller is over 125 years old and provides an underground setting reminiscent of a European drinking hole. The brick arches, chandeliers, and stone walls make for a memorable night out. There is an emphasis on beers from all over the globe, but wine and craft cocktails are also available.

132 E Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802

15. Lake Avenue

394 S Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802
Dinner specials change often, like this scallop dish
Lake Avenue Restaurant/Facebook

Lake Avenue is not new, but the menu changes often enough to stay fresh and interesting. It’s an ideal stop for a romantic night near the lake and the wine list is exceptional.

394 S Lake Ave
Duluth, MN 55802

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16. Northern Waters Smokehaus

394 S Lake Ave #106, Duluth, MN 55802
Pick up some smoked fish perfect for a feast. | Facebook

Steps away from Lake Superior is Northern Waters Smokehaus, a specialty market and eatery nestled in the DeWitt-Sietz Building. Seaafood and meat sandwiches are available alongside butcher classics from smoked fish to jerky. Pick up a sandwich, olives and a variety of meats and cheese to savor on a walk to the lift bridge or while cuddled up near the shore.

394 S Lake Ave #106
Duluth, MN 55802

17. Vikre Distillery

525 S Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802
Try an Old Fashioned with the Sugar Bush whiskey
Joy Summers/Eater Twin Cities

Vikre Distillery’s famous boreal, cedar, and juniper gins are excellent but the vodka, whiskeys, ryes, and herbal liqueurs are all available to try. The indoor cocktail room is great for a tasting and the outdoor Cafe Frenchie Patio has a laid-back feel of its own. Enjoy your time in the sun with a negroni slushy in hand and a killer view of the lift bridge.

525 S Lake Ave
Duluth, MN 55802

18. Boat Club Restaurant

600 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802
Try the lobster Bloody Mary
Boat Club Restaurant/Facebook

On the lower level of the Fitger’s complex, this quiet, off-the-beaten path restaurant affords some stunning lake views and a few coveted outdoor seats.

600 E Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802

19. Va Bene

734 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802
To ensure a view of the water: make a reservation. | Facebook

Van Bene’s enclosed solarium, open-air deck, and outdoor grotto all offer memorably romantic views of Lake Superior. When the night calls for an old-school Italian dinner, the carbonara, bolognese, and pappardelle e funghi should do the trick.

734 E Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802

20. At Sara's Table Chester Creek Cafe

1902 E 8th St, Duluth, MN 55812
The uniquely named restaurant focuses on good, wholesome food done simply in a homey space.| Facebook

A Chester Park Neighborhood staple since 2002 At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe is a cozy and charming eatery. The all-day menu features breakfast classics, sandwiches, and entrees from spaghetti and meatballs to vegan bibimbop. The expansive beverage menu lists specialty coffee, tea, cocktails, mocktails, beer, wine, and more.

1902 E 8th St
Duluth, MN 55812

21. Duluth Kombucha

12 S 15th Ave E, Duluth, MN 55812
Duluth kombucha fermenting in repurposed oak whiskey barrels.| Instagram

Available on tap around the city, Duluth Kombucha is brewed in repurposed oak whiskey barrels and made using tea from local supplier Anahata Herbals and vegan sugar. Similarly to local breweries, growlers of the fermented sweet tea can be purchased and refilled at the kombuchery.