Very good food! Service was
Very good food! Service was attentive but not over powering. Was "dark" at table, had to get flashlight out to see bill and figure tip. Overall will certainly go back!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
We only occasionally eat in
We only occasionally eat in the Dinkytown area and somehow had never even heard of Kafe 421. We saw it on Open Table, liked the menu and reviews and decided to give it a try. Our party of four had a variety of menu items starting with the appetizer sampler. We had the scallops, lamb burger, and a couple of different salads. Everything was excellent and we will certainly return!
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
ALL amazing:food, people, space.
Fantastic food. Elegance without pretension. Warm staff. Cozy decor. Delicious and unique menu at reasonable prices. We have already brought 3 friends to dine there and all have loved it. We tell everyone we know to come to Kafe
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
I was there on a frday at
I was there on a frday at 6p.m before a show with my mother and 7 year old daughter,Shes not a kids menu(yes there is one)kind of kid,But did have the grilled swordfish special.The swordfish was grilled perfectly and it came with a delicous mushroom cous cous she really liked.the mussels in my boulibaise were perfectly cooked and the saffron flavor in the broth very present. Mom was happy with the salmon she ordered as well.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful Greek hospitality
They did our wedding catering, and we get comments about our reception food all the time! Delicious food, generous portions, and excellent service. We feel like family whenever we eat here!
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
The 'neighborhood' in this
The 'neighborhood' in this case is the University of Minnesota East Bank campus. When I was a student, I couldn't have afforded Kafe 421, but I sure would have twisted my 'visiting parents' arms to have them take me there. It features an attractive atmosphere, with interesting paintings, some by local artists,displayed on various walls. Seating is a bit tight and not terribly comfortable,but the quality and variety of dishes on offer make up for that. The pasta dishes offer a variety of sauces and main ingredients (shrimp, scallops, chicken, etc.), and the wine list has a number of open wines at affordable prices; if you're up for a bottle, pricing/choice also are good. Coffee is excellent (we had black). Parking nearby usually impossible!
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was a pleasure to bring
It was a pleasure to bring our daughter to Kafé 421 for the first time and she loved it, too. I was lucky to find a rack of lamb as one of the evening's specials -- its pomegranate glaze was very nice. We enjoyed a great meal, as always.
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
consistently terrific food
consistently terrific food and at moderate prices. very highly recommended
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was as fabulous as
The food was as fabulous as always. We were a party of 7 and we all loved everything we ordered!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
The selection, preparation,
The selection, preparation, and presentation of the food are always very good, and the service is attentive without being overbearing. It's a great value, and the ambience is warm and inviting with just the right amount of lively conversation going on at neighboring tables. Going to Kafe 421 is a predictably satisfying experience every time.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a very enjoyable evening.
We had a very enjoyable evening. Everything was great from the appetizers to the dessertsM
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is always unique
The food is always unique and delicious. The service is friendly and impeccable. We love this place. We will be back soon.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Alwasy over-the-top good food!
Kafe421 consistently has great food. You know when you go you will get the best customer service, and high quality food reasonably priced. We've gone to Kafe421 for several years and it's ALWAYS over-the-top good food!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
We always enjoy visiting this
We always enjoy visiting this restaurant. The staff and atmosphere make this quaint place a favorite of ours for that special dining out alone for a romantic dinner or with friends. this particular evening our group of 4 each had a different menu item. Everything was cooked to order and exceeded our expectations. The appetizer was plentiful and the desserts were home made and delicious. We recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting the area.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was excellent, and
The food was excellent, and the service was ok, but they REALLY need to get more chairs so that everyone in the main dining room is sitting on actual chairs and not cheap plastic folding chairs. I was a little annoyed that I took my wife and kids out to a special place for Mother's Day and had to sit on a cheap plastic folding chair - being seated basically on top of an old-school radiator, nonetheless.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for lunch, brunch or dinner
I have never been disappointed by the food or the service at the delightful Kafe 421. The staff love their work and they make you feel welcome in every way. I love the array of choices on the menu and have enjoyed every dish I have tried. The borsht at lunch was fantastic and the breads are always delectable. The music is kept unobtrusive so this is a perfect place if you'd like to enjoy a conversation while you dine.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went there for Mother's Day Brunch. Very friendly staff. Excellent food.
5/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I travel from Atlanta, GA to visit my kids who both attend UMN. We had small groups and then this last time a group of 7. Always excellent service and food. Outstanding and very friendly wait staff!!! One of our favorites! Definitely our favorite in this area. This time my parents flew up from Atlanta for my daughters graduation. We love that it's not loud. You can actually enjoy conversation while enjoying the good food.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Casual atmosphere with great food
We loved the casual friendly feeling in this restaurant that serves very good food. Staff very accommodating. Prices were reasonnable and we wIll definitely go back.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great summer salads
Delicious fresh ingredients, lightly dressed...all good.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love Kafe 421, it's a little hidden gem of a restaurant with great atmosphere and great food. The dishes always taste like they use the freshest ingredients. The Cheap Dinner for 2 deal is fantastic, and I always leave with leftovers.
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great neighborhood restaurant. Food compares very favorably with almost all the upscale restaurants in town. But the prices are much more reasonable. (There Wednesday night with bottled wine at 1/2 price. A 2011 Gascon Malbec for $10!) Service is attentive and always nearby. Sat at the tables outside with white table clothes in a enjoyable street scene.
Had the halibut special which was very flavorful and the fish was perfectly cooked; moist and tender. Our group of 7 had different entrees which they all enjoyed. The Greek salad was fresh and the large bowl served all of us.
I highly recommend Kafe 421
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Taste of the Mediterranean
I've been several times now and always enjoyed the different meals I've ordered. Their specials are always a good bet!
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Whenever we visit Kafe 421, we are greeted by friendly people and treated to delicious Mediterrean food. The menu items are all delicious from the appetizers to the desserts and the specials are always that--special! We have never ordered something we wish we hadn't. We have never been disappointed in our meal.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had the meatloaf sandwich, just for a break from what I usually order, the appitizer plate
That meatloaf has become my new best friend. It's great.
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, Good service
Fantastic place for a meal in Dinkytown. I've eaten dinner here several times over the years. At a recent lunch, they offered a chilled watermelon soup. We all ordered it and really liked it. Pureed watermelon with some mint. Refreshing and tasty. The server brought us a small basket of sliced baguette and butter pats. Excellent bread. I ordered an appetizer plate, choosing 3 different dips: hummus, tzatziki, and eggplant. The platter came with plenty of wedges of very fresh pita bread. I especially enjoyed the tzatziki and eggplant dips. My companions were very pleased with their salads which accompanied their watermelon soup. The child in our group was happy with her lemonade and pasta alfredo. Our server was pleasant and attentive.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another fine meal at Kafe 421
They are one of the few places we know that prepares bouillabaisse and it is a favorite. And unbeknownst to us, the bottles of wine were half price. What's not to like?
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great gyros & lamb burger!
Everytime we go we always leave full and happy! The food is always great, and the staff is friendly (and accomodating if needed). I've also held a private event here and it was equally as successful.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Salmon with Quinoa and Veggies
Note to anyone who prefers plates with abundant (not to mention delicious!) vegetables: Try the grilled salmon! The fish was very good, but even better was the bed of quinoa and veggies underneath. This dish was filled with perfectly cooked squash and baby brussels sprouts. Definite "push the protein aside" goodness. YUM!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thursday night dinner
Superb food. Hostess was great. Mail server was a bit unattentive
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
I came with a friend of mine.
I came with a friend of mine. We arrived around 2:00pm. It was perfect as only one other table was occupied. Food was very tasty and I would happily return.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had the Sunday night special.
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.
8/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
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.
8/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
We enjoyed our 2 for $25 dinners that were quite tasty and great price on a Sunday night. We also enjoyed the Tiramisu which was amazing!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great little bistro with
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.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is my favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities. I can always rely on being greeted warmly, served promptly and that the food will be wonderful. I never miss an opportunity to bring my friends here when I am entertaining. I know that we will get an unusual and delicious meal with good wine that is very affordable and fairly priced. On my most recent visit I had an amazing Harvest salad, it felt like everything had been picked a few minutes ago from the garden and orchard. The tomato basil soup is always a winner. I love the variety of Greek dishes that are available. Georgia and Antigonne treat their customers like family. Sitting outside reminds me of being in Europe.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oasis: Lovely place to get together
Four of us went there for happy hour and really enjoyed the drinks and the food specials. Dynamite French fries.
Service was attentive and friendly, and it was a nice little oasis in Dinkytown.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best place in Dinkytown!
We had a wonderful dinner this past Sat. night. Great food, nice atmosphere and awesome service. First time visiting my college student. We will definitely be back to Kafe 421!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food. Friendly feel
When we want good food and a nice informal easy atmosphere this is where we go. Parking can sometimes be an issue but if you're patient you'll find a spot. The menu is always interesting and very good. Staff are friendly and not obtrusive. We like informality and a coming home feeling. I hope they never change the character of this little dining spot.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, almost worth the wait
The food was delicious, the our server herself was attentive, in spite of having too many tables assigned to her. I was very disappointed in the wait for our entrees. The excuse was there were a couple of large parties that night, and they were trying to push the food out as fast as they could. If only two nearby tables who ordered after us hasn't been served THEIR entrees before us, I might have believed it. Their saving grace was the food. My husband had the scallops with coconut risotto, and I had the ravioli. We were very pleased with the quality and flavor of our food. The butternut squash soup was superb! We will make another visit, all restaurants have a bad night. I'm just glad the quality of the food didn't suffer!
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service and food were both
Service and food were both top rate - thank you Kafe 421 and happy 10th anniversary!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for dinner in Dinkytown
The staff was very accommodating and friendly. Great ambience, food and service. will be back!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, ample portions,
Great food, ample portions, good wine. Served us quickly so we could make the hockey game.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
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 :-)
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The lemon risotto was very
The lemon risotto was very tasty. The half price bottle of wine was a great deal!
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
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!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM