ExcellentHad a great meal - service was attentive but not intrusive and the food was excellent. Highly recommend.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat spot!The food is great here. We are never disappointed.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMfabulousWe were looking for a venue that had great food, was quiet enough for an indepth conversation, and not to far outside of downtown Mpls. The food was outstanding - best ribeye I've had in years! Staff was courteous, not "overly bothersome," knew their menu inside and out - made great recommendations. It's on my "to go to again" list.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMAnniversary dinnerWent on a Sunday evening for our 23rd anniversary. Had the three-course Sunday night prix fixe meal with wine pairings. Excellent service and food. Wine pairings were good although we are not rosé fans. We were given a choice of dessert wines. Not perhaps the best place for an intimate dinner, but it was quiet on a Sunday evening so it worked out very well. The ambiance is upscale bistro. Would definitely go back.6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMDeliciousI had the best short ribs ever. Also , the mushroom vegetable soup was exquisite. Loved the meal. Please atmosphere.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMLove this Neighborhood Gem!I couldn't be happier that this lovely restaurant is walking distance from my home. The food is always fabulous and the servers are friendly and knowledgable.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMLevainGreat food and service. Wish I would have told them of special occasion (birthday) with reservation.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Service and FoodI went to Cafe Levain with my girlfriend last night and had an awesome time. Our waitress Jen was possibly the best waitress I have ever had and we go to restaurants very frequently. The food was outstanding and I would highly recommend Cafe Levain to anyone who loves food.5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday DinnerMy husband, son, and I went to Levain to celebrate my son's 18th birthday. He's a budding foodie, and this was his idea of a good birthday present. We had a great evening. We decided to sit in the chairs that gave us a perfect view of the kitchen--kind of an exhibition kitchen set-up. We had fun watching the two cooks prepare orders and chatted briefly with one cook as he worked. The cooks weren't chatty, but were very happy to answer questions when we asked them.
We ordered the 3-course tasting menu, and enjoyed everything we ordered. Our favorites were the corn pudding and an order of mussels that we added to our order. Service was pretty good.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMYum!Fantastic food! Quaint neighborhood gem. Highly recommended!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was my first time toThis was my first time to this restaurant and it won't be my last!!! We were there this past Saturday with 2 other couples and had a very enjoyable time. While there is a limited menu, there is something for everyone. Our server and all the wait staff were very attentive, but not annoying. We brought our wine and they had a reasonable corkage fee. We all enjoyed our meals. The onion soup is out of this world!! Others had the mussels and pea soup, which they loved. For our entrees, we had the halibut, short ribs and Levain burger. Again very good. We were too full for dessert. Maybe next time5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful ServiceOur waitress was absolutely wonderful. She steered us towards outstanding dishes on the menu, and even asked the staff for us where they sourced their produce. Extremely helpful!5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMA new favorite in MinneapolisWhat a gem. Delightful service, lovely neighborhood feel, outstanding food.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst time to restaurant.First time to restaurant. Great service. Would go back. Nice neighborhood find.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was fantastic. ServiceThe food was fantastic. Service could have been a little better but would definitely go back.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMCafe Levain is one of theCafe Levain is one of the top restaurants in Minneapolis and
My father was celebrating his birthday, so I figured it's time to visit.
He had the ribeye and ordered it well-done. I shook my head but he loved the steak and the little fondue cheese it comes with. He was quite impressed with the presentation.
My mother and I ordered the chicken, which came atop kale, cucumbers and polenta. It was absurdly good. The chicken was moist and the flavor combination was a perfect mix and temperature.
My wife ordered the bucatini, being an italian food fan. It was spiced exceptionally well.
I'll be going back, absolutely.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat as always. One of myGreat as always. One of my favorite places. Has a great neighborhood feel, I grew up near by, but come in from Plymouth.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways great, a real gem.Always great, a real gem. Reasonably prices for what you get, service is excellent.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMExtremely accommodating ofExtremely accommodating of our requests and fabulous food!4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMVery pleasant restaurant withVery pleasant restaurant with better than average food. Lamb stew was a bit shy on the main ingredient: Lamb. Steak Frite was excellent. Chicken liver pate was out of this world. Retro atmosphere is cool...crowd a bit on the mature side. Service was excellent. All in all...a restaurant to go back to.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMRemmie provides a great mealRemmie provides a great meal and outstanding service - we love sitting at the counter to watch his work.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMExceptional but slightly saltyPleasantly surprised by the hosts friendly greeting, immediate seating & servers attention. The atmosphere & smells eating behind the bakery were comforting. The food was exceptional only negative comment main course was slightly salty, the liver pate' was perfect. We had a seafood dish & baked chicken both were a bit salty. But overall the quality & presentation were exceptional, just cut back on the salt. Looking forward to dinning at Cafe Levain again soon.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWill definitely be back!Minimal menu but interesting and delicious! Love French food, and they did not disappoint. Had to splurge on the wine, it was such a wonderful choice! We will definitely be back!!4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our second time atThis was our second time at Cafe Levin and the food was as good as the first! I would highly recommend this restaurant - service was professional and warm, food is relish and the room is very comfortable4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything was wonderful.Everything was wonderful. Will definitely go back.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMWe enjoyed our dining experienceWe enjoyed our dining experience at Cafe Levain. The small, French cafe ambiance is nice as is the "neighborhood" feel. The food was delicious, especially the Fish and Seafood Stew and the French Onion Soup. There could be a few more salad choices on the starter menu -- at least one that is a simple mixed green salad, but the server accommodated my request by getting a green salad from Turtle Bread next door. Also, the wine list is limited. Overall, a great new find and enjoyable restaurant in Mpls.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMtheir goal of being a "nice"their goal of being a "nice" neighborhood family resturant has been achieved.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved the French Onion Soup.Loved the French Onion Soup. The carrot cake was fantastic.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMSouth Minneapolis Gem!We had a reservation but our table was not ready. The staff handled the situation very well, making a strong first impression. The dining room is small and intimate, but not crowded or noisy. We immediately felt like we had discovered a neighborhood gem. The French onion soup has been noted by the local media, and I can't imagine how it could get any better than their version. Everyone was delighted by their entrees. I had the best experience of the group because I had been anticipating the pork porterhouse after previewing their menu online. The pork not on the menu, but our server asked the kitchen and they had one left. It was amazing. Our server was warm, polite and attentive. I highly recommend Cafe Lavain.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMA Tasty TreasureExcellent food for a great price. We were only passing through Minnesota but this restaurant made us wish that we lived there so we could visit more often. Keep up the excellent work and we hope to come back again someday!3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a wonderful evening!What a wonderful evening! The food was delicious, the service great and not hurried. We understand why the restaurant was full all evening!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst visit to Cafe Levain.First visit to Cafe Levain. Found the food and service to be perfect.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AM