Grand Cafe
Grand Cafe

Grand Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.grandcafempls.com/
  • Phone: 6128228260x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday:5:00 pm to 9:00 pm Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 2:30pm
    Closed Mondays.
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, American
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Irvin-Ericson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering and Private Chef Services Available for all size functions.
  • Private Party Facilities: Grand Café has a European charm that resonates with our guests and is considered a local “gem”. The Café’s rustic elegance follows through, from ambiance to menu.
  • Private Party Contact: Mary Hunter 6128228260x
  • Special Events: Date Night Tuesday. Three Course Dinner for 2 with Bottle of Wine. $60

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Grand Cafe
The Grand Cafe is a charming, romantic neighborhood café, offering classic American and Continental bistro fare, situated in a beautiful space that once held an old world European bakery. The kitchen utilizes the best local and seasonal product to craft such dishes as Duck Confit, Braised Short Ribs,Daily Fish Specials, Home-cured duck proscuitto, hand-rolled gnocchi, pasta, crackers and more. The pantry-to-table approach imbues brunch, lunch, dinner and Pivate Dining menus with unparalleled freshness, and has garnered critical acclaim – Mpls St. Paul Magazine's Dara Moskowitz writes "The best Unknown Restaurant in Town: Great and Simple Coexist at Minneapolis's Grand Cafe", and Andrew Zimmern calls Grand Café “one of the most romantic spots around". Grand Cafe is located in South Minneapolis, 5 minutes from downtown & uptown, & 15 min from airport.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Grand Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (32)fit for foodies (24)special occasion (14)romantic (13)great for brunch (11)good for groups (8)great for outdoor dining (7)notable wine list (6)great for lunch (5)late-night find (4)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The new chef is a genius in the kitchen. Grand Cafe' is a comfortable, quaint restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere, great food and service. I will be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Bliss
    kel4000
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I had a wonderful time having Sunday brunch during my birthday week. I had a group of five and the server who sat us (and ended up being ours) was very considerate about where he put us (sunlight, extra space, etc.). He definitely had his fair share of tables, but we never felt forgotten, rushed or bothered. Our table started with a coffee cake and then had a couple of bread salads, chilaquiles and the pork hash. All were fantastic and we had a brief appreciative conversation about how we love it when brunch places give you just enough (great) food to feel full, but not like a fatty. We all love this place and will go back a zillion times.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friday night dinners
    BEdiner
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We have used the Grand Cafe as our go to site for our late Friday night dinners. The service is always excellent and the menu changes often to allow for regular visits with new options to try. Portions are just right. Particularly enjoy the pasta options. The summer soup special was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not So Grand
    FoodKangaroo
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Been to Grand several times. As usual, way too warm in the room, but I had a guest & searched 7 restaurant menus until their Hangar Steak with Foie Gras caught our eye. Since my guest can't get foie gras in Cali we picked Grand. The free fall started with a different menu than online. We ordered wine. The 1st bottle didn't exist. The 2nd bottle had turned (probably because of improper storage). The 3rd didn't come at all as the server took care of 3 other tables, but another server got it in under 30 secs. Our charcuterie plate was almost finished. Then my chicken was over done. The server offered to have it redone quickly but brought it back & said she couldn't. Wow. Unfortunately, the sauce tasted a little like ashes. We skipped desert.
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  • Beautiful evening
    Damonlee
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner with fantastic service for my 6 year anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice combination of tastes
    Hawaii50
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We enjoyed the way the tastes of the eggplant and succotash complemented the roasted chicken in unexpected but pleasing ways. Everything from the wine to the salad to the olive cake was just right, top-notch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a disappointment!
    Dining4HealthyFunVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I took my friend to Grand Café, as I enjoyed a meal there several years ago. I emailed ahead for advice about best choices for healthy eating. The owner emailed me back and assured me that our server would help with selections. The server helped a little bit with selections and said she would talk with the chef and also ask him to use as little oil as possible. Things went awry from there. I received roasted cauliflower soaking in a large pool of oil. I received about 12 of the tiniest mussels I have ever seen...for the happy hour price of $10. She plopped a couple of pieces of bread down, one torn in half, with no olive oil or butter. (My friend would have liked butter). The server didn't bother to check on us. Terrible in all regards!
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  • South Minneapolis Gem
    Nelly
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Our recent trip to Grand Cafe was a marvelous dining experience. Their menu is very creative, and it features some items that I rarely see offered in other restaurants (e.g. ciopinno and beef tartar). Food preparation was wonderful. Our server, Laura, was very attentive without being smothering. I will definitely be returning here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Grand was grand!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Really excellent food and service. We had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will return
    hungry
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Small but carefully planned menu as well as a small and cozy cafe. The service was personable and attentive. Mary, one of the owners, made us feel like friends. The food was creatively prepared and presented. We can't wait to go back, even though it's not close to home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal!
    GoodEarthFan2
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We enjoyed our first visit to the Grand Cafe for dinner. The food was excellent. The service was a bit slow but very "earnest" (see private note below). Having a DJ spinning LPs seemed a bit obtrusive and the noise level, which was high with some patrons at the next table, was only "enhanced" by the DJ's playlist. But as I wrote, the food was excellent. I would recommend the hangar steak very highly. The dessert list was pretty limited, however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You must eat here
    Rebecca
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Had dinner with an old friend. The waiter timed the described the menu, presented dishes and drink with Perfection.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal!
    SweetmanVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Six of us ordered five different meals. Four of the five entrees were outstanding with the fifth judged as being just OK (chicken). The smoked pork chop may be the best I've ever had. The beef cheeks, swordfish, and hamburger were all also rated as outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ALWAYS Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We have take family, friendd, clients and just ourselved here for years and have always had an excellent experience. The food is wonderful, the service is nop notch and the prices make it a great value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bristol
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Very warm staff and atmosphere. The menu changes with the seasonal offerings. The cook is given latitude to be creative. Wait staff is attentive but not overly. Food was delicious. Desserts were devine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 690 reviews are from the Grand Cafe reviews archive.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We've loved Grand Cafe and chosen it for several special occasion dinners. Our last two visits took it off our list -- food was overdone and in contrast to our previous experience, pedestrian. Pleasant service, though.
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  • Summer favorite
    Laura
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I've been to Grand Cafe twice now, and both times it's been a delight. Good food, excellent service, and we enjoyed sitting at a table outside. I hope to come back in the fall or winter, to experience that indoor dining as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great locovore spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Well thought out seasonal menu, superbly produced and served without pretentiousness. THis is a truly wonderful neighborhood bistro…happy they welcome people from outside the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre food, slow service
    Jamil
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Have previously enjoyed Grand Cafe. Food was mediocre and expensive; not worth a night out. When we clearly indicated desire to have a quicker meal, server did not adjust her attention levels or urgency. Will not return.
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  • quiet lunch spot
    MstasiaVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    I took my mother and mother in law here for lunch. The menu was interesting and fresh. We all enjoyed our food. The restaurant was sparsely populated which meant there was only one waiter. She mostly kept up but if there were two the wait times would have improved. I am thankful for this neighborhood gem and I wish them success!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Must Do
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great atmosphere with timely service. Excellent selection as we really enjoyed mothers day with the little people.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good taste but cold
    Magnetron
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My husband and I always enjoy our Tuesday date nights at Grand Cafe.The food and service are typically outstanding! We heard so many good things about the brunch so we decided to reserve a table (months in advance)for Mother's day! Yes, as expected the tiny restaurant was packed but we had a nice table. Service was great,slow but we expected it to be busy on a holiday. My eggs Benedict was very tasty but it was cold and so were the potatoes on the side. I still love Grand Cafe and will continue to eat there but we were a bit disappointed with our cold,Mother's day brunch.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Mary
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    food was served hot, was very tasty, friendly, helpful wait staff, cozy environ.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lins
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    We enjoyed date night on Tuesday night for the first time . When we walked in we were greeted by a friendly waiter . The restraunt had an elegant feel to it. We all had the date night special beef.It was very tender and tasty. The all of the vegetables were fresh and presented beautifully . Yes we will go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I have been here twice. Due to the price point it's more of a special occasion place for us. That being said, I have not been disappointed in any way! This really is a neighborhood gem with an inviting and intimate atmosphere and the food is wonderful. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place!!!
    chezjoey
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Had dinner here for the first time after numerous visits for brunch. Glad to report the dinner is just as wonderful as their brunch!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was very good. Cheese
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The food was very good. Cheese fondu was awesome! Crackers were very good and original. The argonotti (sp?) pasta was disappointingly bland.
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  • Love the variety of the menu
    BEdiner
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Love the variety of the menu that changes regularly. Nice wine selection, reasonably priced. This is our favorite dinner spot for a late Friday meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We took good friends for dinner and stayed three hours! Great food, great ambiance. Totally pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool Date Spot in Uptown
    Ross
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    My girlfriend and I had been getting tired of the usual Uptown restaurants in Calhoun Square so we decided to branch out and try something new after my Dad had recommended going to Tuesday Night Date Night at The Grand Cafe and we had a great time with great food. Service from Manu the bartender and John our server was awesome and they made it a great experience for us. Highly recommend this place any night of the week and especially on Tuesday nights where they have Date Night where you get a bottle of wine and a 3 course meal for $50! Check it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun date night program
    Annabelle
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Had great fun night there last week, great food and ambiance and very attentive service by Manu and Jo
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great small restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I have enjoyed this restaurant each time I have come. The small menu has really interesting entrees with great sauces on each dish. I really liked the poached snapper with edamame and the fondue with grilled veggies is a nice and different appetizer. The cozy feel of the Cafe with two separate dining areas and all the dark wood is a perfect atmosphere. My complements to the chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I hope the Twin Cities never
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    I hope the Twin Cities never lose small gems such as the Grand Cafe. The chef's creative combination of vegetables with meat (pork for me and beef for my companion) was incredibly delicious. We had the whole gamut, including wine, salad, flourless chocolate cake and decaf coffee for dessert. And, the service couldn't be better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really liked it!
    Jim098
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Had an excellent experience here! Chose for a romantic dinner before going to a concert. simple menu but very nice complex flavorful items. Thanks for a fabulous romantic meal! Staff was perfect, attentive and helpful yet not hovering. Meal was delicious! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We had great service at Grand Cafe. I wouldn't get what I ordered again but the food was generally good. I think I just didn't pick the right thing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Date
    Ajames1979
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Went on a 2nd date and we had the best time. Very romantic, great service, food and wine list. Cheers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch for the whole family
    JABWCA
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    With our party of 7 we ordered most every thing on the menu. Every meal was very good, I had the eggs en cocotte - and it was outstanding, the eggs where cooked just right and the rich cream & cheese & puff pastry was a perfect match. The service was excellent -our table was ready when we got there and our coffee cups where always full. Definitely want to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A grand time
    Belle
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    5 of us had dinner last week at the grand cafe. The food was delicious and the service was very attentive. We had a good time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    gardenyogi
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Eclectic menu with something for every taste. Warm ambience with friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My wife's lamb shank was one
    will
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    My wife's lamb shank was one of the best lamb dishes either of us has tasted. We have never been disappointed, always impressed at Grand Cafe. Staff is warm and well-informed. Pace can be leisurely or punctual, as needed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.