The Bulldog Restaurant

The Bulldog RestaurantThe Bulldog Restaurant
The Bulldog RestaurantThe Bulldog Restaurant
Bar, Eatery

2549 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55405-3320
United States

(612) 872-8893 | map

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MJSawyer from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Nov 02, 2013
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DissentFatsquirrel from Minnesota

4.84/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Sep 17, 2015
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Taybeh from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Jun 16, 2015
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BigAl18 from Minnesota

3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

May 10, 2015
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BeerSnobRobinson from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9%

Oct 03, 2014
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9%

This place has a phenomenal list of tap beer - 30+ selections. The food is standard bar fare - burgers and what not and it can get very loud but the beer is very good.

Sep 15, 2014
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jvf28 from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +15%

Jul 12, 2014
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Jun 28, 2014
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jsprain1 from Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It's a dark u shaped bar with a patio and some other tables around. Nice of them to have Golden Tee. A bit too dark inside. The beers are fresh and served in appropriate glassware. They have a good selection with several Belgians, a few Surly, Bells, Sierra Nevadas, and several other. The service is good, and generally what I expect. The crew knows whats on tap, knows about their beer, and moves fairly quickly. The burgers are pretty good. French fries are decent. Prices are fair ($6 for Surly Smoke is a good deal and $10 per burger).

Jan 15, 2012
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

you walk thru the double door and a u- shaped bar greats you with a couple dozen taps seating around the bar or tables line the perimeter a on each side they also have some outside seating..its kinda dank and dark inside with a couple of small tv's some darts..the place could use some remolding..but you know something about the place is cool inside selection is great with many belgian offerings like piraat.delerium tremons,houblin,tripel karmeliet.moinette, and solid local and domestic offerings..did not try the food as we already had dinner but it looked ok..service was good they had a good beer menu book with flights available..we had a good time here and will come back again

Oct 09, 2011
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The Bulldog is one of my favorite places to go in Uptown for beer and/or food. It is a small somewhat divey place that has enough class to keep it from being a complete dive. The beer selection consists of a couple dozen taps at least half of which are Belgians. The other half is solid local and regional options. They also rotate a half dozen of their taps out rather quickly usually with new releases and rarer stuff. The service has always been solid. Not all of the wait staff is able to discuss beer in depth, but they know enough to always pour the beer into the correct glass. The food is typical bar food with class. The burgers, dogs, and sandwiches I've had there have all been good. Prices are as good as you'll find in Uptown. The beer is priced about the same as you'll find around town, but the menu is very reasonably priced. They also have a nice happy hours, and good daily specials. You can't beat a free Bell's Two Hearted or Summit EPA with the purchase of a dog over lunch.

Aug 16, 2011
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UMNbeerhunter from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My neighborhood bar. Small place with a patio if you feel like having a smoke or eating next to a bunch of people smoking. It has a cozy up north bar feel to it but the crowd is you typical mix of people for the uptown area.

Service is usually pretty good. It can get a little slow sitting at a table on the weekends but for the most part very prompt. Servers and bartenders for the most part know their beer and usually bring it to you in the proper glassware.

Selection is one of the best in the metro. Tons of belgian brews in bottle and a bunch of taps from all over. Highlights are Bells, Chouffe, Ommegang, Southern Tier, Surly, Chimay, Cantillon, Flying Dog, and Founders.

Mostly bar food but done very well. Burgers are unique, tasty and very well priced.

Value is really good here. If you come during happy hour you can get a bite to eat and a few beers for only $20.

May 04, 2011
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pdoran10 from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

have been here a few times as it is a decent go to beer bar near my apartment.

a nice little cavernous bar with a lively friendly atmosphere. a bit small and the tables are a bit cramped together which is a bit annoying.

the place is a bit of a dive, with old tables, small tvs and a bit of an awkward layout. place could use a bit of work.

the service has always been pretty great here. one time our waitress stole us a bell's pint glass after we offered to buy one. the staff seems to do a great job even if they arent all overly knowledgeable about craft beer.

selection is pretty impressive as far as taps go, they have some nice ommegang and bell's rotating taps as well as some uncommon belgians. they have a buch of cantillion on the menu. they do not have cantillion though. both of their bartenders did not know what cantillon was...

the food is pretty darn good despite being pretty standard fare, they do some amazing sandwiches and excellent loaded fries. not just standard bar fare, they do food right here!

prices are reasonable no complaints here.

Sep 01, 2010
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kbutler1 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Looking for a fun, little dive bar in Uptown? Then The Bulldog is your spot. Small bar that gets filled up pretty easliy after 5-6pm everyday. Several Belgian beers on tap and in bottle. Good tap selection, including Surly which you can't get at every bar in MN. Their bottle list is pretty extensive but I was dissappointed when I ordered Cantillon Iris and was told they didn't have any. If you are eating, go with a burger or hot dog, they are awesome! Service I have had from great to not so good, so relax and have a good time no matter what happens. Bell's night is always fun too. They have a nice covered patio for smoking but they also have tables out there to sit during the summer and fall days.

Aug 24, 2010
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smm from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I used to live half a block away from the Lydnale Bulldog and I'll tell you it definitely became an issue with my bank account.

Possibly the best conversion of an organic vegan restaurant into a beer and burger bar.

Although the food and drink is a bit expensive the burgers are outrageously good and addictive. If you can make it in for lunch you can find one of the best combo meals I've ever experienced: one of their delicious specialty hot-dogs and a pint of PBR, Summit, or Two Hearted for $5.

They have a very nice selection of taps and Belgian bottles, but there isn't much rotation besides the usual seasonals from Bells.

The service is somewhat hit or miss. I've encountered a variety of surly waitresses that seem to be having an awful day, and other times the service is just downright slow.

Nov 02, 2009
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FightingEntropy from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Finally made it over to The Bulldog. The last time I was here it was the old Mud Pie restuarant, which survives as a menu item as the vegetarian mud pie burger. The veggie burger was good, but not as good as my memory, at least that night.

The place was crowded and busy for the 1/2 price Belgian night. A range of good Belgians plus a few others that made it well worth the effort to get there. Koningshoeven Quad was on tap, and my first--a treat if you've never had it. St. Feuillien Brune and Triple were my other highlights of the night beside a range of others. All beers were listed and well explained on a sheet for the customer to peruse and make good choice from the explanations. I was able to point my friends in the right direction each time from the specific descriptions, which is really nice and makes it a better night for all.

I will definately go back for the well handled and served beer, and the good. While not my all time favorite place, I wouldn't hesitate to recommned it or return in the future when the opportunity arises, especially for a speciality event.

Dec 21, 2008
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gdnowicki from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Sitting at the bar, Pete was very attentive to our needs and beer knowledgeable to boot. Their Belgium selection is spectacular. First up was a Rodenbach; a Flemish Farm Ale. Just the way I like it, sour. That set the tone for the night. Don't plan on driving after getting your fill of the Belgiums. Stick to the bottled Belgiums as opposed to the on-tap offerings, they tend to be smoother and more complex given the additional conditioning.

I don't go to bars for food, so my impression is that what is offered is standard, burgers, etc. Had the Tillamook cheese burger with buffalo. A good burger but I've had few bad burgers in my life.

Local brewery offerings were limited, Surley and Rush River. But then, I've not found a Surley that I really like so I wasn't annoyed. Atmosphere was laid back and dimly lit. Patrons seemed to be friendly (MN nice). I'll return at least once more on this trip and will make it a regular stop on future trips.

Jun 15, 2007
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dfried from Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The Bulldog, this place is pretty sweet overall. The setting is pretty average for a run of the mill mid-size bar/restaurant. Bar in the center, a few tables around it on each side, dim but not dark, plenty of elbow space but not huge and wide open. This place is on one of the main drags of Uptown in Minneapolis so the crowd is a pretty wide mixture of people, the 21-30 year old "Uptown Kids" are probably the majority, some of the 30-40 year old locals. It seems everyone from the patrons to the staff are pretty friendly and down to earth.

To the beer. This place is the perfect example of what I think we need more of in Minneapolis, and just plain every where in the U.S. They have a pretty limited bottle list, maybe 15-20, a couple macros, a few decent selections, nothing that we really jump out at an informed beer advocate. If I want a dank bottle of beer, I probably am going to get it for half the price at a liquor store. The reason to head up there is for the taps. Around 20 some lines, a few widely available but good ones, but for the most part they have a few offerings from many of the regional breweries, usually the breweries flagship beer, then some seasonals/rotating beers from them too. Anyone should be able to find something they like. Mainly session brews, but a few finer ones.

The food is on par as well with being a "good beer bar and restaurant" but not the other way around. They seem to specialize in dogs, which I have got many times and are pretty good, I think 8-10 different styles. Burgers, sandwiches, and appetizers as well. Much more original recipes/food than at chain bars, but nothing that will knock your socks off. I had the avocado turkey sandwich the last time I was there, and it was pretty good, sliced turkey, sliced avocado, tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts, and a roasted red pepper mayo with fresh kettle chips.

To the service. I have had great experiences with the service here. If you go there at 11pm on a Friday, you will have to wait a minute for a beer, but they are still pretty quick overall, its usually a non-issue. The waitresses/waiters are pretty attentive and friendly. During the day or average/slower night, they service has been outstanding. The bar tenders know a thing or two about most of the beers, though they may not dazzle you with insight. They are very friendly and treat you like a regular. After I finished that turkey sandwich and got my tab, the bartender grabbed my empty glass of Hopslam, refilled it halfway, and said it looked like I would be here another minute or two.

Overall, this is a great place to have as a neighborhood bar. Always some good beers on tap at a pretty good price, friendly down to earth atmosphere, decent food, comfortable patio. Not a must stop, or a seeker outer for travelers, but I don't think you would be disappointed if you did stop by either. Unless you were looking for Surly products which surprisingly they don't serve, oh well, screw it, get a Bell's and a dog.

Mar 28, 2007
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bucko from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The Bulldog is located in what used to be Mud Pie in the Lyn/Lake neighborhood of Minneapolis. I've only been there at night, so obviously my perception that this place is dark and cozy may be a little bit off. In any case, the Bulldog has an impressive selection of beer on tap... on my last visit, I had Bell's Hopslam and Sierra Nevada Celebration ale and had to hold back on the Belgian offerings because I was driving. Like I said, the beer selection is great, aside from one glaring problem... there were loads of beers on tap, but at the time there was only ONE from Minnesota. No Surly, no Lake Superior, no Schell's... just Summit Extra Pale Ale. After that, the closest you get is Rush River, from Wisconsin. Service was great on our last visit and the waitress was very friendly and seemed knowledgeable about the beers on tap. The food... yum. Burgers, hot dogs, fries, pizza rolls, chili... They food is a combination of simple offerings and more adventurous takes on traditional burgers and 'dogs. This definitely isn't haute cuisine, but it's quite good. Overall, this place is a lot of fun and the only real suggestion that I have is to add more local beers!

Feb 20, 2007
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TastyTaste from Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A very nice corner bar atmosphere, smokeless (thanks to local legislature!). Service was fast, but not the most knowledgable. Food seemed to be standard bar fare, but with a better style. I had their Stilton Burger, which was Stilton cheese, garlic cloves, carmelized onions, and horseradish mustard on a russian rye bum. Sounds good, doesn't it? It was, good bar food. My girlfriend's food also looked good. Burgers were about $7-8.

The beer selection was pretty good, taps from Rush River Unforgiven, Bell's Two Hearted and Oberon, Urthel, Delirium Tremens, plus more micros, locals, and macros. Pretty good tap list, very affordable at $3 a pint when we went. Not a bad tap list, many good things to choose from, can't really complain there.

Apr 16, 2006
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

There's a certain friend of mine who will glare and growl if this establishment is mentioned in her presence. Why? Because she's more enlightened than any 99 people put together, and can't stand that a vegetarian restaurant, one of the oldest in our area, has been replaced by a bar. Well, I am truly sorry that veggie food is not as popular as beer (no, I'm not!), but this is no average bar, and I welcome it's existence.

My first visit occured last summer, after biking past and seeing a sign advertising Rush River Brewing Co., out of Maiden Rock, Wisconsin. Never heard of them, nor had anyone, so I had to go in and check it out. There is a connection between the 'dog and the brewery, even so much that the brewer used to tend bar there, and you can always find at least two of their beers on tap at a time.

Once in the door and at the bar, I scanned their 20 taps and was impressed with the smart selection. Based on my visit last night, I can safely assert there's is something for everyone. Hophead? Two Hearted or Bubblejack. Need a dark one? Murphy's Stout, Newcastle or Maredsous 8. In the mood for a wheat? Oberon, Hoegaarden, Blue Moon, Franziskaner Dunkelweizen. Something fruity? Bell's Cherry Ale or Leinie's Honeyweiss. European Lager? Spaten or Stella. Going for strength? Delirium tremens. Don't really like beer much? Mich Golden Draft, or PBR.

They rotate beers fairly often, on whim, or when new treats arrive. I found Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale here first, as well as Summit Amber, and they have rarer drafts on occasion, such as Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock. When Summit Oatmeal Stout was in session, they bravely put it in place of Guinness. Bottle selection is nothing to speak of, mainly the stuff they need to carry, but don't want to grant tap handle status to...macros, malternatives...

The atmosphere is amiable, convivial. Not enough seats around the bar, which is rather cramped, but there are plenty of tables and two patios, one under cover, and a few tables on the sidewalk. Me, I like sitting at the bar, where the TVs are never too loud, the barman (or woman) is friendly, laid back, (one afternoon I witnessed a 'tender mix "margarita shots" for himself and the cook...where was mine, I wanted to ask him) and fairly attentive...if occasionally on the scruffy side, but this is Uptown, where tattoos are mandatory and shampoo is an afterthought. The walls are cleanly and tastefully decorated, free of any BMC advertisements. Jukebox rocks, though I'm so out of that scene, I can't tell what's what anymore. I did enjoy hearing Johnny Cash followed by Morphine last night, where it was fairly boisterous for a Monday night. (My first evening visit, actually, previously only stopped by for lunch.)

As for food, nothing but typical bar stuff, burritos, sandwiches, burgers, pretzels, appetizers of the usual variety. But that's what fits this place. It's a regular bar, but classy all the way.

When I first encountered the 'dog, I wondered "why set up a saloon so close to the venerable old C.C. Club?" Having visited the place many times since, I can feel the difference, and understand the special niche. If this place were around when I lived in this neighborhood, it would have been my second home.

Jul 19, 2005
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tavernjef from Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Located right on Lyndale, not very far from where Herkimer is and only a few blocks from where Byrant Lake Bowl is. This may also be a new place for me to hang out before, or after, getting tattooed as it is close to Uptown Tattoo.

Pretty nice place, but a bit packed in to close with some table crowding. But I was here for a busy lunch so it was indeed crowded. Some exposed brick and older styled wood tables set the tone. Bar area seems big enough for what room they do have.

Service was still doing favorably well considering the crowd. Friendly and knowledgeable to the food menu, wine, and of course the beer. I had a simple burger and chips which was nothing to exciting, perhaps another visit I'll venture more into getting something veggie. Which they have an abundance of. But being in the uptown area, it didn't surprise me. Seems like nearly every place around here has the same things on the menu with perhaps different side choices and varied in price. Here, everything seemed to be priced fairly and you get a decent amount on your plate to satisfy your appetite. And my food was out quickly given that it was busy.

Beer selection is good, just under two dozen taps with Bell's, SN, Sam Adams, Summit, Leinies, and only a few macros. A few imports in there too. Then they also have about a dozen bottled choices, which again vary with Belgian, micros, and others. The thing about this place is the apparent quick change of about 3 to 5 tap lines every other week. And always putting on new stuff, and trying new stuff too. Seasonal changes mostly. So there's a good chance that there will probably be something new to choose from within each visit. This time there wasn't anything sticking out to much as far as what I could get else where, but the prices are right on for the area.

I'll visit here again, hopefully it won't be as busy and I'll try something else form the menu besides a burger.

And I'll second the idea that if Byrant Lake Bowl is too busy this would be the next place to check out if willing to walk 5 or 6 blocks.

Apr 05, 2005
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Chaz from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Occupying the space vacated by longtime hippie-era Vegetarian bastion "The Mudpie," The Bulldog readily appeals to hipsters and beer lovers on a budget, with twenty draught lines, fifteen bottled brews and as many wines on offer. Prices are average for the area, and much more reasonable than those you'll find Downtown. While only open for a few months, they might just clean up with the concept: Vienna beef dogs and burgers alongside several easy-going vegetarian sandwiches. The food is freshly-prepared (first rate salsa and freshly cooked tortilla chips, even kettle-boiled potato chips!) and service is attentive and cheerful, which means that the bedraggled barflies from the nearby dives haven't brought `em down yet. Bullldog is kitty-corner from C.C. Club and mere blocks in either direction from the likes of Three Muses/Herkimer and Red Dragon/Mortimers. Crowd is on-par for the area (hoodie-donning twenty-somethings on their way to/from band practice alongside Activists, Yuppies and longtime neighborhood dwellers) and the Jukebox selection is a clone of the Triple Rock's, I swear. And I give 'em kudos for the atmosphere, stepped-up a bit from the comfy yet dim interior of the original space (they can change the lighting/mood ala the stylish track-lighting these days) - between the gleaming wood bar, stocked with martini glasses and all manner of liquor, the remodeled kitchen and menu, and the decent tap selection The Buldog will be an easy second bet when Bryant Lake Bowl looks too crowded.

Jan 12, 2004
The Bulldog Restaurant in Minneapolis, MN
Place rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 23 ratings