21 Best Restaurants in Canal Park, Duluth, MN (2023)

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Are you planning a visit to northern Minnesota and are searching for the best restaurants in Canal Park, Duluth, MN?

Whether you’re searching for the best pizza, a mouthwatering burger, or maybe even a delicious ice cream cone, Canal Park has it all.

And it all comes with some of the most fantastic views in all of Minnesota; the beautiful waves of Lake Superior crashing into the shore.

With so much to do in this small area of the city, it’s no wonder so many people stop by!

I’ve spent plenty of days in Duluth, as I grew up just an hour away! And I have plenty to share on these great places to eat in Canal Park! Let’s get into it!

Best Canal Park, Duluth Restaurants

Here are some of the very best places to grab a bite to eat in the Canal Park area of Duluth. From delicious Chinese food to sandwiches and ice cream, there’s something for everyone.

If you want even more options, there are plenty more places to eat along the North Shore as well!

1. Northern Waters Smokehaus

⭐️ Rating: 4.7/5 |📍 Directions: Google Maps Link | 🤑 Price: $

Located right on the outside of the popular DeWitt-Seitz Marketplace is the beloved Northern Waters Smokehaus.

When it comes to delicious sandwiches in Duluth, Northern Waters Smokehaus is a must-visit destination.

Make a stop at their walk-up window and order one of their classic sandwiches to go, or head inside to check out their smoked fish selection.

A sandwich from a restaurant in Canal Park, Northern Waters Smokehaus.

Their menu has a huge variety of sandwiches, including everything from their popular Cajun Finn with smoked in-‘Haus’ salmon, to their Clubhaus which features their smoked sage-maple turkey breast.

One of the best parts is that you can take some home with you to enjoy later from their large selection of freshly smoked fish!

2. Grandma’s Saloon

⭐️ Rating: 4.2/5 |📍 Directions: Google Maps Link | 🤑 Price: $

Sitting right next to the Aerial Lift Bridge, Grandma’s Saloon has been a long-time Canal Park favorite since the 1970s.

Not only is this a great place to eat, but there’s also a bit of history behind where Grandma’s came from and how it started!

The restaurant got its name, ‘Grandma’s,’ after Rosa Brochi, who worked hard back in the 1800s to care for those who lived in her boarding house.

Grandma's Saloon with the Aerial Lift Bridge behind it.

Her grandsons opened the first Grandma’s, and today, you can head into their dining room for good food, good people, and good times.

Enjoy classic foods like burgers, sandwiches, and comfort foods. Be sure to try out their Wild Rice Cranberry Meatloaf. It’s very Minnesotan of them!

Even if it’s rainy outside and you can’t enjoy the Lakewalk, you can check out the beautiful lake views from inside Grandma’s Saloon.

3. Little Angie’s Cantina and Grill

⭐️ Rating: 3.7/5 |📍 Directions: Google Maps Link | 🤑 Price: $

If you love Mexican food as much as I do, then a trip to Little Angie’s Cantina and Grill in Duluth is just what you need!

Start off with a basket of bottomless chips and homemade salsa before indulging in their delicious entrees.

Listen to the sizzle of fajitas as they emerge from the kitchen, or opt for something a little more classic like a plate piled high with street tacos.

The patio off of Little Angie's Cantina.

Whatever it is you decide on, your trip will leave you feeling happy and like you just took a trip down south.

You can channel that inner tropical beach paradise even more by sitting outside on their outdoor patio during the warmer months.

4. Green Mill

⭐️ Rating: 4.2/5 |📍 Directions: Google Maps Link | 🤑 Price: $

Although Green Mill isn’t a local restaurant and you can find it in other places around the state, it still makes for a nice place to eat in Canal Park!

The restaurant is right on Lake Avenue, so you’ll have close access to all of the best Canal Park activities!

A pizza from Green Mill, one of the best Canal Park restaurants.

Whether you’re looking for pizza, pasta, or a juicy burger, you can count on finding it on the menu at Green Mill!

I love Green Mill’s Margherita pizza, and we love to get it on the Old World-style crust because it’s really just the best!

Be sure to save room for dessert, because after stopping here for lunch or dinner, you can run right next door to Love Creamery for an ice cream cone.

5. Bellisio’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar

⭐️ Rating: 4.3/5 |📍 Directions: Google Maps Link | 🤑 Price: $$

Wanting to take a trip to Italy but just haven’t been able to find the time yet? Well, good news for you!

In Duluth, you can at least give the delicious Italian cuisine a try at Bellisio’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar.

Using only the best imported and local ingredients, you’ll get authentic Italian food at Bellisio’s, but in a casual atmosphere.

The outside of Bellisio's restaurant.

Start your meal off with a starter to share with the table, and then jump right into entrees like Shrimp Scampi, Lobster Capellini, and Fettuccine Alfredo.

Enjoy their outdoor patio, sip on a glass of wine, and listen to the sounds of Lake Superior crashing into shore behind you.

Whether you’re searching for a nice place for a romantic night out, or just somewhere to grab lunch, Bellisio’s is the spot to be.

6. Old Chicago

⭐️ Rating: 4.1/5 |📍 Directions: Google Maps Link | 🤑 Price: $

Ah, Old Chicago in Duluth, where the pizza is hot, the beer is cold, and the memories are just as aged as the vintage brick building it calls home.

Discover the incredible taste of Chicago-style pizza right in their dining room, without even having to make the trip down to Chicago!

With a menu as extensive as the Duluth winters are long, Old Chicago is the perfect spot for a hearty meal, a cold drink, and a healthy dose of Midwestern charm.

A Chicago-style deep dish pizza.

Of course, you have to order a deep-dish pizza, but choosing isn’t easy, because there are so many great options.

And if you’re anything like me and like something sweet to end a meal, then check out their Cookizza, which is a deep-dish cookie. Add ice cream to it, and oh. my. gosh. Heaven on Earth!

7. Vitta Pizza

⭐️ Rating: 4.6/5 |📍 Directions: Google Maps Link | 🤑 Price: $

If you’re looking for a slice of heaven in Duluth, look no further than Vitta Pizza.

This small Canal Park restaurant has everything you could want in a pizza joint: piping hot pies straight out of the oven, a cozy atmosphere, and a wide range of toppings to choose from.

Their unique Neopolitan-style wood-fired pizzas are like something from another planet, with the perfect amount of toppings and delicious taste.

The outside of Vitta Pizza, a Canal Park restaurant.

Choose from their selection of specialty pizzas, like their classic Margherita, or the PPP, which has pepperoni, parmesan, and peppadew peppers.

Or build your own and add all of your favorite toppings from pepperoni and Italian sausage to goat cheese and artichokes.

So why settle for a mediocre pizza when you can have a slice of perfection at Vitta?

8. Pizza Luce

⭐️ Rating: 4.5 |📍 Directions: Google Maps Link | 🤑 Price: $

Pizza lovers rejoice! A stop at Pizza Luce in Duluth will have your mouth watering and your eyes wide the moment you step in the door.

With their crispy crusts, melty cheese, and endless toppings, Pizza Luce has taken the art of pizza-making to new heights.

A pizza with bacon and broccoli from Pizza Luce, one of the best restaurants in Canal Park, Duluth, MN.

Whether you’re feeling adventurous or you’re just craving a classic pepperoni, you find it here.

We’ve gone for their Baked Potato pizza, with mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, and broccoli piled high, but any of their other pies are just as great.

Pizza Luce is the perfect place to satisfy your cravings and prove once and for all that pizza truly is a gift from above.

9. 310 Pub

⭐️ Rating: 4.0/5 |📍 Directions: Google Maps Link | 🤑 Price: $

Looking for a classic bar for a place to eat in Canal Park? Look no further than the 310 Pub.

Whether you’re in the mood for a juicy burger or a perfectly cooked steak, 310 Pub has got you covered!

Head on in to watch the big game, as you’ll find over 20 large TV’s hanging on the walls, or visit to play a game of darts, ping pong, or pool.

Along with all of the fun at 310 Pub, you can enjoy their delicious food, including their favorites like the chicken bacon ranch melt, or a 310 cheeseburger.

Plus, with happy hours throughout the week and over 20 beers on tap, 310 Pub is the perfect spot for a fun night out in Duluth with friends.

10. Red Lobster

⭐️ Rating: 4.1/5 |📍 Directions: Google Maps Link | 🤑 Price: $$

Another chain restaurant found in the Canal Park area is Red Lobster, which surely never disappoints with those Cheddar Bay Biscuits. You just can’t go wrong!

Order from their huge menu of seafood options, and feel like you’re out on the coast, rather than in the middle of the Midwest.

A plate with shrimp and a baked potato on it from Red Lobster.

Sometimes, all you need is a good plate of seafood, and you can’t seem to find that many places in Minnesota.

But at Red Lobster, you’ll get just what you wished for. Sometimes, I go just for the biscuits. I won’t lie to you!

11. Lake Avenue Restaurant and Bar

⭐️ Rating: 4.5/5 |📍 Directions: Google Maps Link | 🤑 Price: $$$

Looking for a restaurant that’s as charming as Duluth itself? Look no further than Lake Avenue Restaurant and Bar.

It’s found within the DeWitt-Seitz Marketplace and offers a great place to grab a bite to eat.

With offerings on their menu like seasonal salads, comfort foods like shepherd’s pie, and delicious soups, you’ll surely find something to love.

The patio and Lake Avenue restaurant in Canal Park.

There are multiple vegan and vegetarian options on the menu, so if that diet fits you, this is a perfect place to go!

Lake Avenue also offers a terrific brunch menu, with classic breakfast foods like french toast, breakfast burritos, and my favorite, biscuits and gravy.

12. Lakewalk Galley

⭐️ Rating: 3.8/5 |📍 Directions: Google Maps Link | 🤑 Price: $

Need a quick and easy Canal Park restaurant to grab a bite to eat at? Check out the Lakewalk Galley, just off Canal Park Drive.

Being located just a short distance from the lake makes this the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat and watch the ships roll in.

There’s even a large grassy patch nearby that would make the perfect picnic spot! So don’t forget a blanket!

A view of Lake Superior from the shoreline.

While it isn’t anything fancy, you can order from the Lakewalk Galley’s menu of basic foods like sandwiches and nachos.

They’re actually run and operated by the Lake Avenue Restaurant & Bar (look above for more info!), so you can expect good food!

Plus, it’s decorated as a cute little boat, so it fits the theme of Canal Park nicely.

13. Dubh Linn Irish Brew Pub

⭐️ Rating: 4.3/5 |📍 Directions: Google Maps Link | 🤑 Price: $$

If you’ve never been to Ireland, now your chance to get a taste of their unique cuisine without having to fly across the world!

At Dubh Linn (get it?! Dublin?!) Irish Brew Pub, you can try Irish classics like fish and chips, bangers and mash, and original burgers.

Dubh Linn also means ‘The Dark Pool’ in Old Irish, which is significant to the makings of Ireland’s signature Guinness beers.

A plate of bangers and mash from a Canal Park restaurant,

They use fresh and local ingredients as often as possible and add their family’s own twist to all of the meals that they serve.

All of their food is made from scratch in-house, and you can grab a drink from their bar.

You can also gather a group of friends and come together to play a game of darts or shuffleboard, or come to check out their open-mic stand-up comedy every Thursday night.

14. Sammy’s Pizza and Restaurant

⭐️ Rating: 4.4/5 |📍 Directions: Google Maps Link | 🤑 Price: $$

One of my personal favorite restaurants in Canal Park, Duluth is Sammy’s Pizza and Restaurant.

Sammy’s was started back in the 1950s by Sam Perrella, who the locals call Grandpa Sam. Thank you, Grandpa Sam, for making such amazing pizza!

The all you can eat buffet at Sammy's Pizza.

It’s located just a short distance up from Lake Superior, and you’ll get to experience some of the best pizza ever!

While Sammy’s is simple, you’ll appreciate the taste and flavor that comes from their high-quality pizzas.

I’m a huge fan of their Sammy’s Special pizza, but if I’m in the mood for pasta, I order their Chicken Tetrazzini. You won’t be disappointed by these two!

Note: Amazing Grace Cafe was another favorite stop in Duluth for many. As of February 2023, Amazing Grace is permanently closed.


Best Breweries in Canal Park, Duluth

Looking for a brewery rather than a restaurant in Canal Park to spend some time at during your visit? Here are some great options to get you started!

15. Canal Park Brewing Company

⭐️ Rating: 4.4/5 |📍 Directions: Google Maps Link | 🤑 Price: $$

If you’re a big brewery fan, then you shouldn’t visit Duluth without adding a stop at Canal Park Brewing Company to your schedule.

This family-owned brewery sits right on the shores of Lake Superior, with easy access to the Lakewalk.

Relax outside on their dog-friendly patio and take in the views of the phenomenal great lake, and sip on a locally brewed beer.

The entrance to Canal Park Brewing Company.

On their menu, you’l find a variety of unique and seasonal brews, as well as a variety of foods including small plates, sandwiches, and burgers.

It’s also right across from the Canal Park Lodge, which is one of the areas best places to stay with a pool and Lake Superior views! Epic!

16. Hoops Brewing Company

⭐️ Rating: 4.6/5 |📍 Directions: Google Maps Link | 🤑 Price: $$

Another great place to grab a cold brew in the Canal Park area is Hoops Brewing Company.

Using vats made of steel from the Iron Range, these brews are made to be as authentic to Minnesota as possible.

Sit back and relax as you try their brews, which are made in-house, or take a brewery tour to see where the magic happens.

Take a seat in their beer hall to enjoy your beer, grab a bite to eat, and spend time with friends and family.

17. Vikre Distillery

⭐️ Rating: 4.7/5 |📍 Directions: Google Maps Link | 🤑 Price: $$

More of a spirits person, rather than the classic beer? Then you’ll most definitely want to visit Vikre Distillery.

During your visit to the distillery, you can visit their cocktail room and choose from their expansive menu, which is filled with their signature drinks, including both seasonal and recurring.

Grab a bite to eat from their smaller food menu, which offers easy snacking foods like charcuterie, which is perfect for time in the cocktail room.

18. Fitgers Brewhouse Brewery & Grill

⭐️ Rating: 4.5/5 |📍 Directions: Google Maps Link | 🤑 Price:

Fitgers has been a long-time favorite for Duluth locals, as well as those visiting the beautiful city.

They’re Minnesota’s oldest brewpub and have been continuously ranked as having some of the best pub food, as well as great small-batch brews.

A view of the outside of Fitgers, a restaurant in Canal Park, Duluth, MN.
Photo by Justine Heinitz on Unsplash

Order one of their craft beers, which are made right in their brewery with hand-crafted brewing techniques.

You can also order off of their expansive food menu, which features salads, sandwiches, and burgers, such as their different variations on a wild rice burger.


Best Dessert in Canal Park

After you’ve finished up lunch or dinner and are looking for somewhere sweet, check out these great places for ice cream and sweets in Canal Park.

19. Love Creamery

⭐️ Rating: 4.9/5 |📍 Directions: Google Maps Link | 🤑 Price: $$

Ready for some dessert after making your way through all of these great restaurants in Canal Park, Duluth?

I don’t blame you! I’m a dessert type of gal. And lucky for you, Canal Park has a few really great options, including Love Creamery.

An ice cream cup in front of Love Creamery.

This local ice cream shop makes their flavors in small batches and works to create some of the most flavorful ice cream out there.

Their menu changes with the seasons, and you can expect to get some of the best, highest quality ice cream out there, made with locally sourced ingredients.

And if you’re vegan, you too can enjoy these treats, because they offer some really delicious vegan flavors as well!

20. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

⭐️ Rating: 4.5/5 |📍 Directions: Google Maps Link | 🤑 Price: $$

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory makes for the perfect stop if you’re looking for something sweet, or want to bring a treat home to your family and friends.

Inside, you’ll find a glass case with everything you could imagine, from fudge to caramel apples to homemade chocolate turtles.

Choose one or ten and take them along with you as you continue to stroll through the fabulous Canal Park.

21. The Portland Malt Shoppe

⭐️ Rating: 4.5/5 |📍 Directions: Google Maps Link | 🤑 Price: $$

This seasonal ice cream shop is located just a short walk away from Canal Park along the shores of Lake Superior.

You’ll know when you’re close, because the line is almost always backed up to the road.

This is for good reason of course, because you can find some of the most fantastic-tasting malts in the area.

You can choose from a variety of ice cream flavors and have your favorite toppings mixed into it for one tasty treat.

Since they’re only open in the summer, be sure to plan your visit accordingly, and don’t miss the Portland Malt Shoppe!


Wrap-Up: Restaurants in Canal Park, Duluth

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, these top-rated restaurants in Canal Park, Duluth, MN are must-visit destinations that offer a range of flavors and experiences.

From giant, cheesy pizzas to juicy, mouthwatering burgers, Canal Park has food that will fit everyones taste buds.

During your visit to the beautiful Duluth area, be sure to make a stop at these places to eat and you’ll definitely leave feeling happy!