My 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.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Service and Food
I 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.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service. Wish I would have told them of special occasion (birthday) with reservation.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love 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.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had the best short ribs ever. Also , the mushroom vegetable soup was exquisite. Loved the meal. Please atmosphere.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went 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 AM
We 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.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is great here. We are never disappointed.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service!
We had the halibut and braised short-ribs...and were not disappointed! Our waitress was very attentive and gave us good advice regarding wine pairings. Tried the "charred" kale...would have preferred a different way of cooking as I did not like the "ashy" flavor.
On the whole, however, we definitely enjoyed the food and would return...
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great meal - service was attentive but not intrusive and the food was excellent. Highly recommend.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, cool location
Light, fresh, complimentary flavors and great service. Loved the urban farmhouse kitchen feel. We'll definitely return - with friends next time.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
delicious food, lovely experience!
I am from out of town, but I heard about the Sunday Suppers tasting menu and decided to try out Cafe Levain to celebrate my mother's birthday. The food was absolutely delicious, the atmosphere was lovely, and the service was friendly and impeccable. We would definitely eat here again!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another good South Mpls gem
We started with a bottle of wine Our waiter did not come back for at least 30 minutes .We flagged down somebody who sent the waiter over so we could order. The short ribs (boneless) were excellent and did not take long to arrive at our table, We ordered two scoops of home made sorbet. The triple berry was good but the cucumber was terrible and we sent it back. Again our waiter took forever to bring us our check.. Our experience overall was good but the waiter was less than attentive. I also appreciated that it was not too noisy.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful appetizers and main courses, generous, high quality, well-prepared food and fine service.We will definitely return to Cafe Levain.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cornucopia of flavors
My husband and I made early reservations at Cafe Levin before an event and our first time will not be our last. He had the seared tuna on a bed of ratatouille. The flavor of tomato, vegetables and olive oil was delicious. I had the roasted chicken with roasted cauliflower, carrots and kale with ricotta and zucchini bread. The chicken was cooked to a juicy perfection with crispy, well seasoned skin, YUM. The roasted vegetables and kale, I could have just eaten THAT the flavor was so great. And zucchini bread? Who would have thought? It was like the upscale, sophisticated "city cousin" to a cornbread accompaniment. Fantastic! My palate was dancing with happiness. Looking forward to going back to sample the rest of the menu.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
A good place to go
We went last Saturday, entertaining my in-laws and accompanied by our 17-year old daughter. We all very much enjoyed the restaurant. Small menu but a very nice selection of dishes.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is astonishing. The
The food is astonishing. The house made pasta is memorable. The staff are very positive.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Simple menu that changes frequently to showcase seasonal dishes. Wine list is full of great wines that will not break the bank. Servers are consummate professionals that educate guests about the menu and wine.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great prix fixe, nice atmosphere
My sister and I took our parents here for their anniversary dinner. We all had the Sunday prix fixe with wine pairings which were all excellent and a great price. The cucumber soup was fabulous, and the short ribs were amazing.
They helped us celebrate our parents' 35th anniversary with a glass of prosecco to top it off. Really a great evening!
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebrating my wife's birthday,
Celebrating my wife's birthday, I stopped by on the way home and asked them to have the flowers and card I bought waiting for us at the table. They even took the roses out of the wrapping and put them in a vase, so that was very nice. But, even though there weren't a lot of people in the restaurant on a Tuesday night, there was only one server. She did a great job and was very friendly and knowledgeable but serving everyone did cause the service to be a little slow. Plus, they only had two bottles of the beer I wanted. The food was very good and flavorful and we like this restaurant a lot.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous, as always
The salad was so good, we all wanted to lick our plates. Very accommodating to our book club.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had not been there for
We had not been there for 2 years. and now, cannot wait to go back. The food was beautifully prepared from our main entrees to the fresh and inventive vegetables and potatoes. All six of us were happy with our dinner.
8/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
We came here to celebrate a birthday and left anxious to think of any possible reason to return. Having moved to MSP two years ago we kept asking ourselves how we missed coming here for so long?!
Everything, I mean everything we ate was fantastic.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We couldn't get in many places....
but we were able to get in here. Lucky us. We'd been there before and have not been disappointed. The wait staff was very nice, the mushroom soup was good, the cheese plate and salads were delicious and we all really like our main courses. The room is friendly. Heck, there was a guy in the corner playing the clarinet. (The room was busy but not too loud. Don't you hate it when the room is too loud?)
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love dining at Cafe Levain! The food and service are always wonderful. The Sunday suppers are a great way to try dishes we might not normally order, we have never been disappointed. Love this place!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
There were 6 of us and each of our appetizers, entrees and desserts was perfect. Nothing was 'off' or even slightly 'off.' We will definitely be back!!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A hidden surprise
We found our way into Café Levain on a recommendation from our daughter and were totally taken with the incredible food offerings and wine list. Sunday night Tasting Menu and wine pairing is an outstanding value for the money. I would be hard pressed to find anything negative to say about this hidden little gem of a restaurant. We will definitely be back and highly recommend.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, terrible service
I recently took my family out for dinner at Cafe Levain for my Father's birthday. Everyone was very impressed with their food and beverage choices, but the service was slow. When my father asked the waitress what beer was on tap, instead of offering even one choice, she handed him the beer list and said that she would be back. She didn't return for several minutes. We waited an excessively long time for our food and for our check. As stated, the food was wonderful though.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Will go again!
Excellent food and flavorable dishes without being pretentious. Wait staff very helpful in our sharing dishes. Interesting ingredients and combinations, including use of in-season vegetables and fruits. Exceptionally enjoyable evening. Pleasantly busy on a weekend evening but easy to talk and to be heard by others at the same table.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Interesting blend of flavors
We wanted a quick dinner before a wine tasting and decided on Cafe Levain across the street. The waitress, Katie was very welcoming and answered our menu questions. We both chose a meal of three sausages of differing textures and flavors complemented with an exquisite vegetables and polenta. Have you ever had a meal where the flavors and where so interesting and incredible that you chose each forkful slowly and enjoyed each covering of your tongue like a wine? This was my experience. It was truly one of the most memorable meals my husband and I have experienced. It was more than Katie had described and truly a chef's work of art.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always enjoy the food and attention
Good food. Very creative menu. Although the savory bread pudding with fruit compote was delicious, having it eliminated any need for dessert. Waiter was able to describe menu items thoroughly. Have been there many times and always enjoy the food and attention.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Will return and do recommend
Innovative ingredients with combinations and flavors that show passion and commitment. Very fare value. Wine list was complete, salads and soups were creative and flavorful. Short rib stew as excellent, as were the beans and sausage and steak. Service was mindful, but needed to be reminded of our soup appetizer which got lost in the order. We will definitely return.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
A creative and well executed menu. The mushroon and onion soup were fantastic!! I had the chicken and it was awesome! My wife had the Sirloin and it was cooked perfectly, but the meat was slightly "dry," but the top dressing was fantastic!
Dessert: Pumpkin cheesecake was a little dry, but flavorful and the bread pudding was enjoyable.
Top marks for the staff! Fantastic service and worthy of a 2nd visit because of them alone.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I absolutely loved this place, from start to finish. I asked the hostess for a gluten free menu on the way in. She said not to worry, my server would know what is gluten free. As the waitress came, she offered bread to my Husband and immediately started going over the menu with great knowledge. Basically everything was gluten free except for the hamburger bun, score!! I unlike some trendy dieters and deathly allergic to wheat, so this is great news to have so many choices. I could have licked the plate with both. It was the most amazing meal I've had since landing in the Twin Cities 4 yrs ago. We have been to many trendy and well reviewed places, this wins by far. The food parings were creative and well married.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Levain was remarkably busy on a Sunday night. Clearly, this is for good reasons.
A last-minute change increasing our table size was accommodated with efficiency. Food was excellent, and very fairly priced. Our server, Jennifer, was absolutely delightful. Wine list is quite extensive, with a fall special selection that was very nice. Did not try the desserts...not because we didn't want to, only because we were too full.
We will try Levain again!!
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Seasonal choices with flavorful combinations of tastes & textures. At same time avoids being pretentious. Helpful, pleasant wait staff.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sunday Night special is great!
we went to Levain Sunday evening when they have a 3 course meal for $25.00. The food was excellent. My soup was so good I wanted to lick the bowl.
There were 2 choices for the first course, a salad, and 2 choices for the main course. We chose different so we tasted all and everything was tasty and interesting blend of flavors.
The only disappointment was the chocolate bread pudding, it seemed to be salty and i did not enjoy it.
the service was very attentive.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always Great Service and Food
Cafe Levain is in our neighborhood - but we would drive to get there even if we lived some distance away. The service is always friendly and professional. The food is always interesting and well prepared. I don't think we've ever been dissapointed. I do think the menu could change a bit more often - since we go there with some frequency, it would be nice to see new items. I would definitely recommend this to people looking for a great dining experience. You don't have to go all the way downtown to find good food.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overlooked vegetarian finds!
We eat at Levain several times a year, and we've never been disappointed. One thing I realized on our last visit was the number of times I've had an absolutely amazing vegetarian meal there. The polenta with roasted vegetables, blackened kale, and mushroom was SO GOOD. Get it with the roast chicken if you want (I have in the past), but the polenta is the star of the show. The pumpkin cheesecake with homemade caramel sauce was a delicious ending to our evening.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
The Sunday evening special
The Sunday evening special is very good value, The food was spectacular, imaginative flavors beautifully executed from fall produce...
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Having lived in New York for 20 years, I can tell you this restaurant is one of the few in the cities that I consider to be up to New York standards! The food is fantastic, the presentation is great and the service was outstanding! One of my personal favorites!
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place
So happy Levain is thriving. Love the food and the environment. We go back often.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful time and everything we ate was wonderful !
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely food, slow service
The Sunday night three course dinner was a warm salad, first course and entree, what a treat for such a low flat fee.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place. Been there many times. My ONLY complaint is - it is noisy -but I'll keep going back.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Three days later and I'm still dreaming of the amazing meal. The Sunday night tasting menu is a great value and amazing food. Scallops were best I've had. Tried several things on the menu...all were the same story, amazing.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Took my girlfriend here to celebrate how awesome she is and she said it was the best meal she's ever had and that means a lot because she's pretty picky. The service was excellent, food fresh, hot, prompt and delicious. Highly recommended. Keep up the great work.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Dining Experience
This was our first time at Cafe Levain and we could not have had a better experience. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. It is truly a neighborhood gem! We will definitely be returning.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic Experience -
I stumbled upon this restaurant on Open Table as i was looking for something new to try. This had amazing reviews and after trying it myself - i agree with them all. Fantastic Find, Amazing food, neighborhood gem. I can't wait to go back!
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
our server Jennifer was wonderful as always! she made me feel very special on my birthday! thanks Jennifer! look forward to seeing you again soon!
12/11/2013 4:00:00 PM