Our Family

In 1948, our father, Nick Mancini, had just returned from a tour of duty in Japan as an Army engineer. That year, he and our grandparents mortgaged the family home to open Mancini’s Bar. The original Mancini’s was a tiny West Seventh Street tavern frequented by St. Paul’s hardest working folks. The joint sat about 50 people with a long bar and a little kitchen in the back. Our grandma had a food service-cafeteria background, and enough recipes from her days back in Italy to be dangerous. Grandma whipped up dishes from scratch with ingredients she purchased at local markets, while our Dad and Grandpa served beer and cocktails at the bar.

 

Dad’s passion for hospitality grew and his penchant for keeping the business a family-run operation became a priority. He dreamed that someday he could own a supper club with the family name on the marquee. With our mom, Mary Ann, at his side and our grandparents’ support, Nick opened Mancini’s Char House on the same West Seventh Street plot.

 

Dad was committed not only to offering the best hospitality, but the best steaks and seafood in town. The thing was…he knew nothing about beef, so he traveled to Italy and New York to study Italian grilling techniques. Dad also brought in a partner who knew pretty much everything there was to know about steak, in hopes that he’d teach him how to prepare and serve it. The steak expert didn’t stick around long.

 

Now a sole proprietor, Nick had no choice, but to get behind the grill and start cooking. It was a trial and error process. After his meals were on the table, he went out to each party to ask for honest feedback. He wanted to get it right. It was that honest feedback that created the recipes and methods we use in our kitchen to this day. Dad’s table visits all those years ago were so critical to the Char House’s initial success that they’re still a tradition. Visit us and you’ll see third- and fourth-generation Mancini family members greeting customers and checking on tables.

 

The take-off was slow for Mancini’s Char House while Dad perfected the product and service he’d later become famous for. That was until 1976, when columnist Gareth Hiebert “Oliver Towne” wrote about the Char House in the St. Paul Pioneer Press & Dispatch. Hiebert wrote, “Off that open-hearth grill come steaks that would be the envy even in Florence, Italy where beef grilling was invented. But never such beef. Nicky and Bertha (his sister) still roam the dining room, as if it were home and the customers ‘family.’” Since the morning that newspaper column hit doorsteps, the place has been packed.

 

In the ‘80s, we added the Vegas-style lounge, and Mancini’s became known for showcasing some of Minneapolis-St. Paul’s best live music. The area’s most-talented musicians, along with several national touring acts (a la Tony Bennett, Paul Anka, Buddy Greco, Tommy Sands, Gypsy and The Jets) have graced our stage. As Minnesota kids, one of our favorites was when the late Kirby Puckett sang Louis Armstrong’s “Wonderful World” on the lounge stage.

 

After our mom, Mary Ann, was done raising four children, she joined Dad at the Char House & Lounge as chief financial officer, working behind the scenes managing accounting, payroll and so much more. Mom really became the backbone of business operations in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

 

We’ve both worked in the family business since we could walk, so it’s made us fiercely passionate about sharing great food and great service with great people. The two of us did our best to learn as much as we could while working under our parents’ tutelage—studying their business savvy, the way they treated people and how they supported our community. As our parents aged, we were committed to keeping the place open and continuing to serve the best steaks in town with good old-fashioned values as our guide.

 

We took over operation of the Char House & Lounge in 2005. Our Dad passed away in 2007, leaving an unmatched legacy of hospitality and service. Mom’s been gone since 2014. Every day, we strive to make them proud and carry on the vibrant traditions they created here in the heart of St. Paul. We hope you’ll join us for dinner, cocktails and live music. You’ll enter as a friend and leave as family. “Entre come amico. Partire come famiglia.”

 

Pat & John Mancini

Join Us!

For more than 70 years, Mancini’s has been a St. Paul tradition. We’ve built our business and our reputation on outstanding service, exceptional quality and good old-fashioned family values. Today, the Mancini family’s third and fourth generations welcome you to historic West Seventh Street’s home for fine steaks, seafood and cocktails. Join us for supper-club-style hospitality, legendary live music and food that’s worth writing home about.

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Each steak is hand-picked at our wholesaler’s and flawlessly broiled on Mancini’s  large, open charcoal broilers.

Events & Banquets

Holiday Parties  |  Networking Events  |  Rehearsal Dinners  |  Welcome Parties  |  Anniversary Celebrations  |  Corporate Meetings  |   Birthday Parties  |  Baby & Wedding Showers  |  Employee Parties  |  Team Banquets  |  More!

 

Our private event spaces can host parties of 30 to 100. Mancini’s is centrally located in the heart of St. Paul and offers ample free parking for guests.

 

Call 651-224-7345 for more information and an estimate.

  • Banquet and Event Menu

    Beef

    • Char broiled 8 oz. sirloin $26.00

    • Char broiled 12 oz. sirloin $29.00

    • Char broiled 8 oz. filet $30.00

    • Char broiled 8 oz. kabob $30.00

    (Char broiled tender tips, tomatoes, green peppers)

     

    Poultry & Seafood

    • Char broiled ten oz. chicken breast $24.00

    • Broiled Walleye $27.00

    • Lobster  Market Price

    • Vegetarian $16.00

     

    Please see PDF file for deatails.

Our Menu

Our family tree is rooted in Fragneto L’Abate Italy, which is also home to some of the finest steakhouses in the world. Beef is carefully raised and aged to perfection, then grilled on open-hearth charcoal pits. Inspired by this old-world tradition, Mancini’s has used this same technique for grilling steak and lobster for more than 70 years, hand-selecting steaks and seafood and flawlessly broiling every piece on our open charcoal broilers.

Each dinner includes supper club relishes (marinated tomatoes, pickles and Italian cherry peppers); char-grilled garlic toast; house salad with choice of dressing; and green beans or baked potato. Add french fries for $2.

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Live Music – Legendary Lounge

Don’t miss live music five nights a week in our legendary Vegas-style lounge. Weekly entertainment kicks off with Tuesday evening karaoke and continues with some of Minnesota’s best local bands and national touring acts. Check the monthly calendars below for dates, acts and showtimes.

Live music every

Wednesday thru Saturday!

Hours & Location

For reservations or information, call 651-224-7345 or 651-224-7346.

 

Dining Room:

Sunday-Thursday: 4:30 – 10p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 4:30 – 11p.m.

 

Cocktail Lounge:

Sunday-Thursday: 11a.m. – 11p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 11a.m. – 12:30a.m.

(Lounge menu food service begins at 4:30p.m. every day)

 

Mancini’s is proudly located in the heart of the capitol city’s Upper Levee neighborhood at:

531 West 7th St., St. Paul, MN 55102

Honoring St. Paul Athletes

Mancini’s Sports Hall of Fame

Mancini’s Sports Hall of Fame honors athletes who grew up in St. Paul’s boxing rings or on neighborhood ice rinks, sand lots, grassy fields and basketball courts. We induct five St. Paul athletes annually, and recognize them at a grand banquet. All Sports Hall of Fame honorees are recognized on a plaque that hangs in Mancini’s lounge.

Join us at the Fair, August 27 - Labor Day September 7, 2020

Mancini’s al Fresco

at the Minnesota State Fair

 

Mancini’s takes St. Paul’s supper club traditions, great food, libations and live music to Minnesota’s most beloved event – the Great Minnesota Get-Together! Visit us at the fair for open-air dining “al Fresco” and State Fair-style menu variations on our Char House favorites. Visit us at the northeast corner of Carnes Avenue and Nelson Street—around the corner from the Giant Slide! We’ll see you at the fair!

North Side of Carnes Avenue. Between Nelson & Underwood Streets

Mancini’s al Fresco

Neighbors of Mancini’s

Packed with culture and arts and music and entertainment, Saint Paul has history, architecture, dance, sports events, theater and family fun. Here is only a small sample of what Mancini’s Saint Paul friends have to offer:

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For reservations or information, call 651-224-7345 or 651-224-7346.

Mancini’s takes St. Paul’s supper club traditions, great food, libations and live music to Minnesota’s most beloved event – the Great Minnesota Get-Together! Visit us at the fair for open-air dining “al Fresco” and State Fair-style menu variations on our Char House favorites. Visit us at the northeast corner of Carnes Avenue and Nelson Street—around the corner from the Giant Slide! We’ll see you at the fair!

Our Family

In 1948, our father, Nick Mancini, had just returned from a tour of duty in Japan as an Army engineer. That year, he and our grandparents mortgaged the family home to open Mancini’s Bar. The original Mancini’s was a tiny West Seventh Street tavern frequented by St. Paul’s hardest working folks. The joint sat about 50 people with a long bar and a little kitchen in the back. Our grandma had a food service-cafeteria background, and enough recipes from her days back in Italy to be dangerous. Grandma whipped up dishes from scratch with ingredients she purchased at local markets, while our Dad and Grandpa served beer and cocktails at the bar.

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    Dad’s passion for hospitality grew and his penchant for keeping the business a family-run operation became a priority. He dreamed that someday he could own a supper club with the family name on the marquee. With our mom, Mary Ann, at his side and our grandparents’ support, Nick opened Mancini’s Char House on the same West Seventh Street plot.

     

    Dad was committed not only to offering the best hospitality, but the best steaks and seafood in town. The thing was…he knew nothing about beef, so he traveled to Italy and New York to study Italian grilling techniques. Dad also brought in a partner who knew pretty much everything there was to know about steak, in hopes that he’d teach him how to prepare and serve it. The steak expert didn’t stick around long.

     

    Now a sole proprietor, Nick had no choice, but to get behind the grill and start cooking. It was a trial and error process. After his meals were on the table, he went out to each party to ask for honest feedback. He wanted to get it right. It was that honest feedback that created the recipes and methods we use in our kitchen to this day. Dad’s table visits all those years ago were so critical to the Char House’s initial success that they’re still a tradition. Visit us and you’ll see third- and fourth-generation Mancini family members greeting customers and checking on tables.

     

    The take-off was slow for Mancini’s Char House while Dad perfected the product and service he’d later become famous for. That was until 1976, when columnist Gareth Hiebert “Oliver Towne” wrote about the Char House in the St. Paul Pioneer Press & Dispatch. Hiebert wrote, “Off that open-hearth grill come steaks that would be the envy even in Florence, Italy where beef grilling was invented. But never such beef. Nicky and Bertha (his sister) still roam the dining room, as if it were home and the customers ‘family.’” Since the morning that newspaper column hit doorsteps, the place has been packed.

     

    In the ‘80s, we added the Vegas-style lounge, and Mancini’s became known for showcasing some of Minneapolis-St. Paul’s best live music. The area’s most-talented musicians, along with several national touring acts (a la Tony Bennett, Paul Anka, Buddy Greco, Tommy Sands, Gypsy and The Jets) have graced our stage. As Minnesota kids, one of our favorites was when the late Kirby Puckett sang Louis Armstrong’s “Wonderful World” on the lounge stage.

     

    After our mom, Mary Ann, was done raising four children, she joined Dad at the Char House & Lounge as chief financial officer, working behind the scenes managing accounting, payroll and so much more. Mom really became the backbone of business operations in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

     

    We’ve both worked in the family business since we could walk, so it’s made us fiercely passionate about sharing great food and great service with great people. The two of us did our best to learn as much as we could while working under our parents’ tutelage—studying their business savvy, the way they treated people and how they supported our community. As our parents aged, we were committed to keeping the place open and continuing to serve the best steaks in town with good old-fashioned values as our guide.

     

    We took over operation of the Char House & Lounge in 2005. Our Dad passed away in 2007, leaving an unmatched legacy of hospitality and service. Mom’s been gone since 2014. Every day, we strive to make them proud and carry on the vibrant traditions they created here in the heart of St. Paul. We hope you’ll join us for dinner, cocktails and live music. You’ll enter as a friend and leave as family. “Entre come amico. Partire come famiglia.”

     

    Pat & John Mancini

Our Family

In 1948, our father, Nick Mancini, had just returned from a tour of duty in Japan as an Army engineer. That year, he and our grandparents mortgaged the family home to open Mancini’s Bar. The original Mancini’s was a tiny West Seventh Street tavern frequented by St. Paul’s hardest working folks. The joint sat about 50 people with a long bar and a little kitchen in the back. Our grandma had a food service-cafeteria background, and enough recipes from her days back in Italy to be dangerous. Grandma whipped up dishes from scratch with ingredients she purchased at local markets, while our Dad and Grandpa served beer and cocktails at the bar.

Join us at the Fair, August 27 - Labor Day September 7, 2020