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Kafe 421
Kafe 421
  • Address:
    421 14th Avenue S.E.
    Minneapolis, MN 55415
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown/North Loop
  • Cuisine:
    Global, International
    Price: $30 and under

Kafe 421 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kafe421.com
  • Email: georgia@kafe421.com
  • Phone: (612) 623-4900
  • Hours of Operation: Open for Lunch and Dinner 7 Days A Week

    Monday - Thursday 11 AM - 9 PM, Friday & Saturday 11 AM - 10 PM, Sunday 12 PM - 9 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Georgia Sander - Owner
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: With twenty years of catering experience, Kafe 421 is capable and eager to help with any catering needs, whether it is a grand wedding or a box lunch order. Are catering menu can be seen on the website. We take care of all the nuts and bolts. From food to flowers to servrs we take the party out of your hands and let you enjoy yourself! Call and speak with Georgia or Antigoni for more event planning information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our dining rooms are perfect for groom's dinners, showers, corporate events, and many other types of groups. We can seat up to 55 people for a sit-down dinner and up to 90 for a standing reception. For more information, rates on room rental and other details, please call our catering and events department.

    There is no charge to rent the space on Sundays!
  • Private Party Contact: Antigoni Sander McCloud, Georgia Sander and Loren (612) 623-4900
  • Special Events & Promotions: Kafe 421 specializes in private events. Our back dining room is the perfect spot for a Groom's Dinner or Bridal Shower, or event your office holiday party. Room Fee apply Monday - Saturday and the space is free on Sunday's!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 4th & 5th Street
  • Public Transit: University of Minnesota area, so bus stops are prevalent
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are several municipal lots located in Dinkytown. If you have any questions regarding these lots, please call the restaurant, 612-623-4900.

    There are two hour meters throughout the neighborhood. Payment for these goes into the payboxes located in the center of our block. The machines accept coins and credit/debit cards.

    Please check our website for new and updated parking information.
A word from Kafe 421
"If you are looking for a casual place to eat . . . one that serves fresh, home-cooked food with a modern sensibility, add Kafe 421 to your list. Noticeably more subdued and less expensive than most other restaurants with food standards this high, 421 has something for everyone. [Owner Georgia Sander] keeps the "world pantry" combination of ingredients flowing along smoothly, focusing on Latin or Mediterranean flavors. For those on a budget, the sandwich list is creative and extensive . . . Keeping everyone happy seems to be Kafe 421's forte." Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "The feta artichoke appetizer is amazing. Loved the corfina special. Excellent food!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We took our granddaughter and her roommate to dinner here. The service was great and she was very kind to all the young students there, specially our daughter. Liked it so much I bought our granddaughter a gift cert. I plan on sending her in about a month to remind her of all the fun we had there."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Chose this restaurant due to its location near the Northrup Theater. First impression wasn't fantastic. The interior feltike an older, dark, common diner. The restaurant was packed, so we felt there must be a reason for so many patrons. That reason is the food. Excellent. I had a wonderful bouillabaisse and my daughter had a perfectly cooked 421 burger. The creme brûlée wasn't fantastic. It tasted as though it was prepared early that day and reheated. A little disappointing. Overall, it was a terrific meal."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We discovered Kaffe 421 almost 2 years ago when we had a family post wedding dinner. We have been back many times with and without friends and have always had a great meal, good wine and excellent, friendly service."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Excellent food! Lots of choices (even for vegetarians).....quality ingredients with reasonable prices (the secret for a good restaurant). You felt like you had a 5-star meal with not shelling out an arm and a leg.....I highly recommend this restaurant"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Found Kafe 421 on Open Table. A really nice, relaxed atmosphere and interesting menu that is modestly priced - coupled with a limited wine list consisting of solid quality wines and a selection across a number of varieties all very reasonably priced. Bottom line, this little gem adds up to a really pleasant dining experience where you can easily have conversation with your tablemates and enjoy the varied menu. Appetizer special and all of our meals were tremendous! Though we aren't in the neighborhood, we will make a point of going back. Also, we used the Dinkytown Valet service near the Loring Pasta Bar to get around any parking hassle as construciton has limited parking nearby - extremely easy and $10 for the evening."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Dined at Kafe 421 for the first time a year ago. It was a great experience so wanted to give it a second try before the Gopher hockey game on Friday night. The table in the back dining room was ready when we arrived promptly at 6:30. Everything was perfect to start with...and continued that way until we walked out the door. Great service, delicious food (three of us ordered the fish stew), reasonable prices. This has to be one of the best restaurants in Dinkytown."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This is the second time we have eaten at Kafe 421, and we walked away thoroughly satisfied each time. The service has been prompt, friendly, courteous, and helpful. The menu offers an array of items that can't be found just anywhere. The food itself is well prepared. We will definitely be back when we are in Minneapolis."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Everything was really tasty but I wouldn't recommend the creme brulle."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "first time here, and was very pleased with the service and food."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a group of 8 on a Saturday night when there was a basketball game on campus. With all the construction going on parking was really tough but we all managed. The restaurant front is very small but they have a nice larger dining area in back that is quiet and cozy. The menu has a good variety and everyone really enjoyed their meals. Service was great. This is a hidden gem in the heart of Dinky Town."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Dinner for four was a pleasure on a Saturday night. Trout, mussels, scallops and pasta were all very well prepared, flavorful ingredients, balanced and creative. The portions were just right. The wines by the glass were very good value and very drinkable. We've been here several times, and always rely its quality. Parking for weekend dinner is a nightmare - due to construction and snow banks - so plan ahead. We'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We keep coming back to Kafe 421 over and over for the wonderful food and service. Sure, parking in Dinkytown right now can be a struggle but Georgia, the owner, pointed out to me during a recent visit that the valet parking for Loring Pasta Bar is also available for Kafe 421. We used that valet parking on Friday evening and it was quick, convenient and reasonable at only $3. We will keep going to Kafe 421 and look forward to this summer, which much of the construction in Dinkytown will be far enough along that the parking situation will ease a bit. Until then, valet down the block on the corner at Loring Pasta Bar and enjoy the food at Kafe 421."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "This was a first time at Kafe 421 and I would go back in a heart beat. (The only negative was finding parking at lunch time.) We started with a wonderful tomato basil soup with chunky croutons and fresh crunchy bread. I had a delicious Kafe salad with amazing grilled salmon and yummy balsamic dressing. The large salad is huge. Our waiter was lovely and gave us a great warm brownie. It was a great place to have a cozy and scrumptious meal! We'll be back!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "I have been to Kafe 421 twice, once for lunch and once for dinner. The food is exceptional. This fish tacos are some of the best I have ever had. By far the nicest restaurant and best food in Dinkytown. I highly recommend Kafe 421."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "When we pulled up we were worried we picked a dive. Then you enter the back dining room which is very quaint! Sit back...enjoy 1/2 price bottle of wine(Monday nite) and enjoy some of the best food in the Twin Cities, and we have been around this restaurant scene!"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "This was our first time visiting Kafe 21 - what a total and complete treat! Wonderful appetizers and the main meal was yummy. We are going to make this Dinky Town spot a new favorite for our family."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We had a group of 8 for dinner on a Friday night - We sat up in the front right by the front door in the bar and at first was not sure if that would be annoying. It wasn't. And, we were able to get the happy hour specials which was $5 appetizers and $3 beer/wine (and it was GOOD beer and wine)! The mussels in curry sauce are fantastic, calamari was good too, and the fries with the yummy dipping sauce were a hit with the group. Everyone in the group was extremely satisfied with their entrée. The steak with gorgonzola sauce was cooked perfectly for everyone that ordered it... medium and medium rare, the green beans were simple yet perfectly cooked! The group also loved the scallop dish. Prices are reasonable for what you get here!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I knew that I would have a wonderful dining experience before we entered Kafe 421. Two people were leaving the restaurant as we approached, and they raved to us over the great food, service, and ambiance. This was a wonderful restaurant and I look forward to going to it again soon."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Kafe 421 was the perfect place to eat for my sister-in-law, niece and I. The service was great and friendly. The food was perfect for each of us. We really had a nice time!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "The one place you can count on to be treated well by owners and servers alike and be served fantastic food. This place is a 'standby' for lunch, dinner, special occasions, catering, and in particular to introduce to new people who haven't yet discovered it. Haven't found anyone who was not delighted by the varied menu and the superbly sourced and prepared food. Thanks Georgia and Tigg!"
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "First visit the service was great, food was great and will definitely come again."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "From the welcoming host to the friendly server to the cozy backroom dining space, we instantly had a good feeling about this restaurant. The food did not disappoint. Great, crusty bread arrived promptly, accompanied by BOTH butter and olive oil--without our asking--perfect for our different preferences. Delicious butternut squash ravioli and bouillabaisse entrees, and a generous salad large enough to share. Our only complaint is that we had no room for dessert!"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "I love Kafe 421! The food is excellent, the service is excellent, and they are very accomodating. Thank you so much for making our Christmas dinner a delight!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Thanks to Georgia and her staff, my experience at Kafe 421 has always been outstanding! Excellent service, delicious entrees and a very nice ambiance. Everything I have tried has been wonderful."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "We both enjoyed our dinners. I had the Lemon Risotto with shrimp and my wide had shrimp with pasta. The risotto could have been btter if they removed the crunchy onions on top and cut the chunky tomotoes a bit smaller. Less is more. It would be nice if they upgraded the wine list."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "I always look forward to dining at Kafe 421. The dinner selections are so wonderful. Great combinations of flavors and textures. A great variety to choose from. If it is a light meal or lunch, there are a number of items that fit the bill so well including sandwiches. Georgia is always so gracious and she has chosen a good selection of wine to pair with any of the meals."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Always glad to go back to 412. Georgina runs a great place."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "I have been going to Kafe 421 for several years for lunches. This was my first time bringing a professional group for dinner. Outstanding! It was quiet enough to talk and we enjoyed excellent food."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "Dinkytown has had lots of restaurants over the decades we've known it, but nothing close to the several-year-old Kafe 421. Menu choice for entrees isn't that wide, but everything on it -- scallops, salmon, seafood linguini, meatloaf (!!), etc. is top quality, reasonably priced and ample. Wines by the glass offer a good range of choice, and reasonably priced ($6.75 for MacMurray Pinot Noir, for example). Service is prompt and attentive. Parking is scarce, but there's valet parking available. Great location for attending U of Minnesota events!"
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "The lemon risotto was very tasty. The half price bottle of wine was a great deal!"
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "Everything was great except that we paid the wrong bill. I still need to call them but that was weird. The lamb burger was outstanding. Chicken club and tomato basil soup- excellent. Now I just need to get the right bill :-)"
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "Great food, ample portions, good wine. Served us quickly so we could make the hockey game."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "The staff was very accommodating and friendly. Great ambience, food and service. will be back!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "A great little bistro with a Greek flare. It reminds me of small European restaurants. The menu is an eclectic variety for many tastes. Some of the best deserts around."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "Georgia, Antigoni and the staff once again provided our table with great food, service, value and an enjoyable evening. This was the 1st visit of my dinner partner and he was impressed with every aspect of our dining experience. Thanks!"
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "We had the Sunday night special. $25 for 2. The lemon drop soup was excellent and the greek chicken was tender and delicous. The green bean side dish was under cooked but still pretty good. Comes with a dessert to share."
    Dined on 8/18/2013