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Sound Bite Café

With a restaurant that serves up organic, locally sourced dishes, a top notch music venue that hosts live entertainment throughout the year and stunning, panoramic views of downtown St. Paul and the capitol, The Sound Bite Café is the place to be before, between and after class at McNally Smith College of Music.

McNally Smith’s Dining Services Team strives to provide the best quality and most variety for our busy students. We are committed to supporting local and natural foods through our Farm to Fork Program and we are ever mindful of health and dietary concerns of our guests.  Whether you’re grabbing a bite before, between or after classes; quality, convenience and variety are always our top priority.

We will do our best to accommodate special dietary needs by offering a variety of gluten & dairy free, vegan and vegetarian options. Please contact Dining Services Director Marianne Jurayj at or 651.361.3471 if you have any dietary restrictions, food allergies or questions.

““We will produce delicious, inventive and sustainable meals that nourish the minds & bodies of the unique community that is McNally Smith College of Music, as well as create a gathering space where our students can eat, study and share their creativity in comfort and in style.” ”

— Dining Services

The Sound Bite Café is a fully functional music venue, hosting hundreds of student recitals, open mic/jam sessions and world-class clinics and masterclasses from top industry professionals. The Café is also home to the immensely popular Sound Bite Concert Series, which features intimate (and free) concerts by big time national and local music acts such as Brother Ali, Motion City Soundtrack, P.O.S. and Peter Wolf Crier.