There aren’t a whole lot of places in town where you can eat an amazing meal, see an independent film, catch a play, AND laugh your way through a late night improv show – all in one day, all under one roof.

Nestled in Duluth’s Historic Arts and Theater District on East Superior Street, Zeitgeist is an undeniably inspiring place. Inside, you’ll find the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, Teatro performance theater, and Zinema movie theaters. We recently stopped by the cafe to see how staff serve up a perfect balance of classic and contemporary fare.

“The chefs are pretty amazing, and they do a fantastic job teaching people coming into the kitchen to express themselves,” Front of House Manager Kalli Alexandrou told us. “Presentation’s everything, and so it’s fun to see them execute that on all levels as well.”

We got a firsthand look at some of the cafe’s impressive dishes, including pan-seared scallops, Lake Superior trout, yellowfin tuna, and New Zealand mussels served in coconut curry broth. The Zeitgeist Arts Cafe also boasts extensive wine and whiskey menus, local brews, and handcrafted cocktails.

“It’s really important to supply what the demand is around town,” Alexandrou said. “There is something for everyone here, and we love catering to everyone and giving people a place that they can feel welcomed.”

Creating that community atmosphere is top of mind for everyone at Zeitgeist. That includes displaying work from local artists and bringing live musicians into the space.

“As a nonprofit organization, anytime you are either coming to a movie, going down to see a play, eating something here [or] drinking something here, you’re supporting the nonprofit work that we do,” Alexandrou explained. “It’s really cool to be a part of something so much bigger than just a restaurant.”

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