• 1880s Building at 26 South 6th Street constructed
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  • 1946 Art and Marie Murray purchase the building and open a new restaurant, Murray’s
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  • 1948 Art Murray develops the Thermoplate (“a platter of a mirror-like metal alloy set in plastic,” that “eliminates the sizzleless steak”) and the Service Boy (a “unique combination service signal light and ash tray”), and markets them—and other service industry products—through his new company, Service Ideas
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  • 1950 Live radio show, “Matinee at Murray’s,” hosted by disc jockey Sev Widman, broadcasts live over WDGY three times a week from the Murray’s dining room
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  • 1951 Author Maurice Dreicer bestows his Silver Butter Knife Award on Murray’s
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  • 1952 Menus and advertisements now tout Murray's as "Home of the Silver Butter Knife Steak"
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  • 1953 Murray’s forges connections with local sports fans by sponsoring a MN Gophers football schedule and record book
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  • 1954 Murray’s undergoes an extensive renovation. Current signage and a large Silver Butter Knife steak is added to the facade. Inside, the dining room is done up “New Orleans style” with wrought iron fretwork and pink linens
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  • 1955 Murray’s introduces its legendary garlic toast
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  • 1959 Murray’s publishes a souvenir songbook to encourage sing-alongs in its Piano Bazaar (formerly the Bamboo Room)
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  • 1960 Art and Marie Murray’s son, Pat, joins the family business
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  • 1961 Menus and advertisements now feature the Murray family coat of arms with the motto, "Ditat Fides Servata” (Faith Kept Enriches”)
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  • 1962 “Lovely models” show off the latest fashions from Buttrey’s every Wednesday afternoon at 2:30
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  • 1964 Murray’s adds a “Cocktail Luncheon” (2 to 5) and an affordable “Queen’s Dinner” (4:30 to 6) to attract a female clientele
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  • 1980 A new book, Americas’s Best! 100, declares that Murray’s serves the nation’s best steaks
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  • 1984 Murray’s completes its first major renovation in 30 years. Outside changes include three windows at sidewalk level
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  • 1993 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine publishes a “map” of Murray’s dining room showing where “famous, not-so-famous, and sometimes infamous” guests from Burt Lancaster to Walter Mondale to Liberace have dined
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  • 1995 Murray’s celebrates its 50th anniversary with a gala New Year’s Eve bash
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  • 1997 Garrison Keillor expresses his fondness for Murray’s in a Time magazine essay titled “The Age of Elegance"
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  • 2001 In a nationally syndicated comic strip, the character Zippy the Pinhead marvels at Murray’s “gorgeous façade”
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  • 2006 Murray’s dining room gets a cosmetic makeover. “We went from pink to a little less pink,” explains Tim Murray
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  • 2012 The restaurant undergoes its first major renovation since 1984. The interior now features a private dining space and a horseshoe bar more like the one in the original Murray’s

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WE ARE MURRAY’S 

In a fast-food, chain-driven, cookie-cutter world, it’s hard to find a true original. A restaurant that proudly holds its ground and doesn’t scamper after every passing trend. Since 1946, Murray’s has been that place. Whether you’re looking for a classic cocktail crafted from local spirits or a nationally acclaimed steak, we welcome you. Come in and discover the unique mash-up of new & true that’s been drawing people to our landmark location for nearly 70 years—AND keeps them coming back for more.

IT'S EASY TO FIND US

We’re on 6th, between Hennepin & Nicollet. Look for the iconic sign (or click for Google Maps)

SILVER BUTTER KNIFE

Our legendary 28 oz strip sirloin for 2, hand-cut by our in-house butcher Boyd, who has been with us for 37 years.

COCKTAILS ANYONE?

We invite you to imbibe at our classic bar, where we "use fine ice in all drinks."

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Sadly, we no longer off this sweet deal, but our HAPPY HOUR runs M-F, 4-7pm in the bar and features $4 pints, $5 wine, 1/2-off rails & 1/2 price food specials.

EARLY DINNER SPECIAL

Sun 5-6pm, Mon–Th 4:30–6pm
3 courses | $30

Caesar or Mixed Green Salad
Top Sirloin or Broiled Salmon + Potato or Vegetable
Crème Brulee or Bread Pudding

HAPPY HOURS(S)

M–F, 4–7pm in the bar

$5 featured wines
$4 pint tap beers
1/2 off rail drinks
1/2 price food specials

GOT GAME?

Stop in before any Twins, Vikings, Timberwolves, Lynx or Gopher’s game for our gameday special.

Steak burger, fries & a domestic bottle beer | $12

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“The recipes of Pat Murray’s mother, Marie, are still kept under lock and key, and only the family is privy to the secret behind the supper club’s legendary garlic toast.”
– Carla Waldemar

WHEN THE
FOSHAY TOWERED
OVER THE CITY

we were the place to be.
Still are. For steak & a good time, make it Murray's!

SERVING GAME DAY SPECIALS since 1946!
Steak burger, fries & a domestic bottle beer, just $11!

EARLY DINNER SPECIAL

Sun 5-6pm, Mon–Th 4:30–6pm
3 courses | $30

Caesar or Mixed Green Salad
Top Sirloin or Broiled Salmon + Potato or Vegetable
Crème Brulee or Bread Pudding

HAPPY HOURS(S)

M–F, 4–7pm in the bar

$5 featured wines
$4 pint tap beers
1/2 off rail drinks
1/2 price food specials

GOT GAME?

Stop in before any Twins, Vikings, Timberwolves, Lynx or Gopher’s game for our gameday special.

Steak burger, fries & a domestic bottle beer | $12

  • “I just love Murray’s so much it makes me ache!” –Josh S.

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  • “I don’t have much to say, other than this is the best steak I’ve ever had” –Bridgette C.

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  • “Garlic toast before the meal, the delicious steaks, the fantastic cocktails -- I love all of it.“ –Erin P.

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  • "Love, Love, Love this place. The steak is so good, it just melts in your mouth." –Jennifer S.

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  • “Top to bottom, beginning to end, our experience at Murray's was fabulous.“ –Summer L.

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  • “Given the fact that my favorite food is steak and I have been to countless "best" steakhouses throughout the country, it is no small feat that Murray's is my new favorite steakhouse.“ –Andres E.

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  • “The service is 5 diamonds.“ –Josh S.

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  • “Very nice. So tender. Sizzling. The Au Gratin potatoes were the best. We had a wonderful experience.“ –Scott E.

26 S 6th St, Minneapolis, MN | 612.339.0909 | Valet available after 5pm daily.

Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am to 2:30pm | Dinner: Sun-Thu 5 to 10pm / Fri & Sat 5 to 10:30pm | Bar open from open til close every day | Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4 to 7pm

© 2015 Murray’s Restaurant | Site designed by Sheba Concept and Design

© 2015 Murray’s Restaurant | Site design by Sheba

  • 26th S 6th St, Minneapolis, MN | 612.339.0909

  • Valet available after 5pm daily/

  • Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am to 2:30pm | Dinner: Sun-Thu 5 to 10pm / Fri & Sat 5 to 10:30pm

  • Bar open from open til close every day| Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4 to 7pm

26 S 6th St, Minneapolis, MN | 612.339.0909

Valet available after 5pm daily.

Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am to 2:30pm | Dinner: Sun-Thu 5 to 10pm / Fri & Sat 5 to 10:30pm

Bar open from open til close every day| Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4 to 7pm

© 2015 Murray’s Restaurant | Site design by Sheba

Our Story

A History of Murray's Restaurant /
A Story of Love

FOR MANY YEARS, COUPLES DANCED IN OUR DINING ROOM TO THE "LILTING: SOUNDS OF THE MURRAY'S ORCHESTRA.

FOR MANY YEARS, COUPLES DANCED IN OUR DINING ROOM TO THE "LILTING" SOUNDS OF THE MURRAY'S ORCHESTRA.

Murray’s is a restaurant founded with love, worked with love, and carried on with love.  

For generations of patrons, it has been both a haven and a stage—a place where love has been kindled, nurtured and celebrated. You have trusted us with your engagements, anniversaries and birthdays. You have shared with us your proudest successes and times of sorrow. We thank all who have contributed to this amazing legacy. We are humbled by the privilege to serve you.

The building the restaurant occupies is one of the oldest in the city, built in the 1880s.  

Prior to housing Murray’s it was home to the Hankow Café, which claimed to be the “finest and largest Oriental café in the Northwest.” The Winter Garden Ballroom came next, followed by Delaney’s bar, which boasted the longest bar in Minneapolis (reportedly the entire length of the building).  

A "TYPICAL" STEAK DINNER FROM THE RED FEATHER CAFE IN THE LATE 1930'S.

 

 

Murray’s was started by husband and wife team, Art & Marie Murray.  

Art & Marie met and fell in love in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After they got married they traveled frequently to Minneapolis for Art’s work as a salesman.  They loved the city so much that Art quit his job and they moved here. In 1933 they opened a small restaurant at Penn & Broadway in North Minneapolis and named it The Red Feather Cafe. In 1939 they moved The Red Feather downtown to the Russell Hotel on 4th St., and on August 5, 1946 the industrious couple opened a fancy new restaurant on 6th St and called it Murray’s.

OUR FOUNDERS & GRANDPARENTS, ART & MARIE MURRAY.

 

They quickly developed a reputation for the highest quality food and service. 

Marie’s cousin, Alois Schirle, came all the way from Germany to be the restaurant’s master baker. He and Marie developed our famous garlic toast, and his recipes for pretzels and pies are still used today in our on-site bakery. In 1951 Murray’s was awarded the Silver Butter Knife Steak award by food critic Maurice Dreicer for serving an exceptional piece of meat. Thus our signature steak was born.

MURRAY'S ORIGINAL EXTERIOR FROM 1946-1954. THE "NEW" SIGN, INSTALLED IN 1954, REMAINS TO THIS DAY.

 

While Marie tended guests and the menu, Art was a relentless inventor. 

Art was always trying to solve restaurant service issues with innovative products of his own design. He was shrewd enough to realize that other restaurants shared similar problems and might be interested in his solutions, so in 1946, he established Service Ideas, a side business to manufacture and distribute his creations. 

A FEW OF ART'S INVENTIONS.

Art & Marie loved their businesses and their customers. 

They were warm, spirited hosts and great supporters of downtown Minneapolis. With their own hard work and that of employees who stayed with them for decades, they thrived.  Art was passionate about sports and supported the Gophers, Twins, Vikings and North Stars. Marie’s passion for food and service often took them to New Orleans for culinary inspiration and fun. Their son, Pat and his girlfriend, Joyce, would tag along, as would the legendary sports writer, Sid Hartman.

WAITRESS PRESENTS SILVER BUTTER KNIFE STEAK TO GUESTS, 1956.

Pat started as a dishwasher, and eventually took the reins.

He married his childhood sweetheart, Joyce, in 1960 and joined his parents full-time in the business the same year. Pat shared the same love of the businesses, customers, food and sports teams as his parents. He made certain the consistency and quality of food and service were of the greatest importance. He worked tirelessly for his family, employees, guests and the city. What was good for the city of Minneapolis was good for Murray’s. He carried both businesses through the second generation successfully.

 

PHOTOS OF SOME OF THE MANY DINERS OVER THE YEARS. ART MURRAY IS FEATURED IN LARGE PHOTO IN FOREGROUND.

Today, a third generation of Murray’s continues the legacy.  

Pat and Joyce had five children: Tim, Tina, Jill, Megan and James. Growing up, our entire lives revolved around the business, and we loved the traditions and fanfare. Each of us learned and labored in various roles and positions in the restaurant, and built relationships with generations of patrons along the way. Three of us—Tim, Jill and James—are part of the management team today. 

We are proud to carry on the tradition of Murray’s and operate with the same values that our grandparents and parents passed on to us.  

As your hosts, we genuinely want your experience with us to be a wonderful and memorable one. We want you to feel special, and welcomed.  We are so grateful to you for choosing Murray’s—and becoming a part of this history.

In appreciation,

Tim, Jill & James Murray

JAMES, TIM & JILL MURRAY

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PRIVATE DINING & EVENTS

From corporate lunches to wedding receptions, we'd love to help you celebrate! Our private rooms can accommodate up to 50 people.

Give us a call at 612.339.0909 or email wayne@murraysrestaurant.com.

 

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Murray's Pacific Headwear Beanie
25.00

Cover your noggin in style!

  • one size fits most
  • 60/40 cotton/acrylic
  • ribbed upper black with woven knit lower gold trim
  • Murray's logo black puff embroidery
  • Meat Downtown® logo - combination black puff embroidery and black flat embroidery 
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Murray's Alternative Apparel Eco Black Hoodie
45.00

Our super soft hoodies show you know how to Meat Downtown® in comfort!

  • Rocky Eco-Fleece Hooded Full Zip Sweatshirt
  • 6.5oz, 50/46/4 poly/cotton/rayon
  • low-impact yarn dyed and washed
  • split front pouch pockets and drawcord
  • antique nickel zipper
  • Murray's logo silkscreened in white on front left chest
  • Meat Downtown® logo silkscreened in white on back
  • unisex
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Murray's Alternate Apparel Eco True Gold Hoodie
45.00

Our super soft hoodies show you know how to Meat Downtown® in comfort!

  • Rocky Eco-Fleece Hooded Full Zip Sweatshirt
  • 6.5oz, 50/46/4 poly/cotton/rayon
  • low-impact yarn dyed and washed
  • split front pouch pockets and drawcord
  • antique nickel zipper
  • Murray's logo silkscreened in black on front left chest
  • Meat Downtown® logo silkscreened in black on back
  • unisex
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Contact

We'd love to see you. Or hear from you.

You'll find us here.

 

26 S 6TH ST, MINNEAPOLIS, MN

612.339.0909

INFO@MURRAYSRESTAURANT.COM

 
 

PRIVATE DINING & EVENTS

From corporate lunches to wedding receptions, we'd love to help you celebrate! Our private rooms can accommodate up to 50 people.

Give us a call at 612.339.0909 or email wayne@murraysrestaurant.com.

 

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