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Restaurant Alma
Restaurant Alma
  • Address:
    528 University Ave SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55414
    Downtown/North Loop
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $50 and over

Restaurant Alma Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.restaurantalma.com
  • Phone: (612) 379-4909
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    We are CLOSED on the following dates for the year 2013:
    Memorial Day, Monday May 27
    July 4th, Thursday July 4
    Labor Day, Monday September 2
    Thanksgiving, Thursday November 28
    Christmas, Tuesday-Thursday, December 24, 25, 26
    New Year's Day, Wednesday January 1, 2014
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Alexander Roberts
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a small private mezzanine dining space with seating for up to 15 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Hannah Drehmann (612) 379-4909

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th Avenue SE
  • Public Transit: #6 Metro Transit Bus
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: On Friday and Saturday evenings we offer Valet, which is located on 6th Ave SE at the corner of University Ave SE. On street only.
A word from Restaurant Alma
Opened in 1999, Restaurant Alma is a casual fine dining restaurant, offering eclectic American cuisine and warm hospitality in a rustic historically preserved building. A high, open beam ceiling, exposed brick columns and concrete floors display the original space, while an open kitchen, banquette seating and gentle lighting contribute to an intimate and contemporary feel.

Alma is best known for sourcing the best quality seasonal ingredients available and features a high percentage of local and organic products. Our menu changes every six to eight weeks, offering both new and signature dishes. We feature both a three course tasting menu format, allowing the customer to select any three dishes from the menu for $50 and a la carte options.

Alma has been awarded 4 stars by the StarTribune and shares the #1 food ranking in ZAGAT for Minneapolis/St. Paul
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
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Diner Reviews
  • "Restaurant Alma promotes their $52 three course tasting menu to their guests, though the dishes are available a la carte for an undisclosed price. I highly recommend the Lightly Pickled Shrimp for the first course. The Garlic Scape Naan was also very good as the second course. However, neither my wife or I, or anyone else at the tables around us, were too excited about the third course entrees, regardless of which one they got. I would recommend diners get the first two courses a la carte, and replace the entree with a dessert. We shared the Passion Fruit Pudding Cake as recommended by the server."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Enjoyed the three course dinner option, which included many tempting offerings and still managed to select desserts - which were delicious and artfully presented."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Recommended highly by friends & it did not disappoint. The flavors were bold, unique, & fresh. Wine list & "wine flights" paired well with the courses. Simple menu = perfection"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I love Alma and have been dining there for special occasions for years. During a recent dinner there, service was excellent as always. However, we found the food to be a bit underwhelming this time (granted we had high expectations). We ordered every item on the vegetarian summer menu. We noticed the portions were bigger than in the past, the dishes overall were on the (very) salty side and there was low variation between the dishes. The dessert was excellent though as we ordered the chocolate mousse with angel food cake. I would recommend tweaking the summer menu a bit with less salt and more variation in the vegetarian menu in particular. Fortunately, the menu changes every 8 weeks, so hopefully the next version will be enhanced."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "server was incredibly knowledgeable. creativity is supreme. the 3 course menu idea appealed to some of us but was considered overpriced by others. they view it as a gimmick to upsell a 20-25 dinner to 50 plus."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I randomly chose to go to this restaurant when I was back visiting my mom in Minnesota. They design their menu as a three course tasting menu. Perfect for sharing. We picked two dishes from each course and shared. Everything was perfectly cooked and they were very creative in preparing certain things in new ways, ie bok choy fritters. They also have an open kitchen and all of the staff seems to help prep the food, which was interesting to watch. My favorite things that I ate was the smoked rabbit salad and the duck prepared two ways. Next time I'm in MN, I'd definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Loved the food and the service but the menu wording is difficult to understand. It would also help if pricing options were explained clearly on the menu."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Always think of Alma as one of my favorite mpls restaurants. Enjoyed dinner before 'Mill City Summer Opera' Wednesday evening - my mother had Hake baked in parchment--she said it was the best meal she'll ever have! (she's 87 years old)"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "While we dropped our highest amount of money on a meal for two to date, this was our favorite. Each of the 7 things we ate were wonderful and we'd eat them again. The flavors, combinations, and depths were exciting and fresh. The unique preparations had us planning our next visit over dessert!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "One of the best dining experiences I've had in a very long time. This is my idea of a perfect restaurant. The food was amazing, and I enjoyed every bite. The wine pairing was absolutely on point. The service was perfection. The overall vibe was one of complete lack of pretension."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Well, second to my wife that is. Menu choices creative, daring and darn delicious!! Fixed price, not inexpensive, but when meals concludes, you push back from table and say, that was fantastic and worth every penny. Service was spot on and very helpful dealing with onion family allergy. Hats Off to chef too"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Alma is always amazing. Great food, great service. Always interesting and unique menus, but not trying too hard. Our "go to" restaurant for special occasions. The most consistent dining experience in Minneapolis."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Fancy food, very fresh and delicious!! I had requested a quiet table, far from the kitchen, and of course we were seated right next to the kitchen. That was pretty irritating. Service was not hurried at all. Server was knowledgeable. On the pricy side. Dinner for 2 with wine was $200."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Loved having a smaller choice with the 3 course menu. Tables a little close together but enjoyed chatting with the folks next door. Got there early but despite open tables they wouldn't seat us."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We went there for our 20th anniversary dinner. The restaurant had a pleasant ambience -- casual and understated. From start to finish the meal was beautifully presented, inventive, artful and delicious. Each part of the 3 course meal was gorgeous. I especially loved the slightly pickled shrimp -- so light, fresh and exquisitely flavorful. I also liked the mung bean pancake with seafood (2nd course).The 3rd course, pork tenderloin on polenta, and duck prepared 2 ways with a bread pudding were satisfying and hearty, as well as wonderfully flavorful. We split a desert, coconut cake with fresh mangoes and kalamansi cream was fabulous. I was especially taken by the Kalamansi ingredient which is rarely used in restaurants around here."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This is my fourth time at Alma (I think) and it was as spectacular as ever. All three courses were impeccable. Dessert was impeccable. The little things, like bread and butter, were impeccable. The service was darned near obsessive, with perhaps a bit too much enthusiasm in refilling water glasses (but better than neglecting them). The only downsides I can think of are that parking can be a bit tight, and I can't go there as often as I like, because I would be fat and broke. But very happy."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We eat at a lot of restaurants in Minneapolis-St.Paul and this is the best kitchen in town, even better than much more expensive places,. The menu-carte is very reasonable and every single dish is a revelation. The wine list is not bad although pricey. Still, corkage is only $15. Order a (less extortionate) bottle of theirs and bring a good bottle of your own. And then savor every bite of every single dish! Share tastes with your companion(s). Not one bite will disappoint!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My wife and I went to this restaurant with high expectations to celebrate her birthday. We had the 3 course tasting menu, but each of us ordered different items so that we could share and taste more items. From the first course the Lightly Pickled Shrimp dish was excellent, and the Garlic Scape Naan was delicious in the second course. The rest of the courses (the King Salmon Tartar in the first course, Turmeric Roasted Halibut in the second course, and the Duck Two Ways and the Port Tenderloin in the third course were very good, but not exceptional.)"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed a great dinner at Alma. Six of the the seven dishes we chose were superb. One, the hake in papillote, was over salted to the point where the taste of the fish itself was obscured. Still, the other dishes were so good that the food deserves 5 stars."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I took a friend from Oakland, California, to Alma last week and had a thoroughly enjoyable evening there. My friend spends a lot of time in France and Italy and loves to eat at fine restaurants, and he ranked Restaurant Alma very highly."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The food, its presentation, wine pairings, low noise levels and attentive service make this restaurant very special. We really liked the unconventional menu, choose one item from each of three columns with optional wine pairings unique to each item in the columns. All of us wanted to explore more permutations than we possibly could in one sitting."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Wonderful to have our server, who greeted us & welcomed us back again. she was the best. her knowledge of the menu & the how the dishes are prepared was stunning. we tried to stump her..but, she was spot on. the menu options continue to impress us..the staff from the host that night & all is outstanding..an A again.. thank you for making our rainy evening such a treat!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food here is a unique mixture of flavors that compliment each other so well. The wine pairings were perfect. I would highly recommend this place for a date night or when you feel up for an amazing party in your mouth."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I have dined at many top rated restaurants in the Twin Cities and across the country. After dining here you can understand why the chef is a James Beard award winner and Zagat has this restaurant rated #1 in the Twin Cities. The menu was diverse, unique and the food prepared with integrity. I highly recommend the $20 wine pairing with your meal. What a bargain!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Alma is the best choice in the U area for upscale contemporary."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food at Alma is always top notch, and the service is fabulous."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Each course (salad, entree, entree, dessert) was beautifully prepared and artfully presented. Each dish had a unique and tasty sauce. The best food in the Twin Cities. Always a delight to dine at Restaurant Alma."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal. Every dish was perfectly executed. We enjoyed our evening immensely."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food is creatively designed, artfully arranged, thoughtfully "sized," and attentively served. The matching 1/2 glass wine for each course seemed to fit the food well. Haven't found another restaurant in Mpls-St.Paul equal to this one."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had the prix fixe meals. I often feel that I could have made restaurant meals at home. This wasn't the case at Alma! Presentation was elegant and portion sizes were appropriate. The flavors were complex and layered. Excellent technique. We were especially impressed by the white beans with bonito flakes and the fish courses ( crispy trout and halibut). The dark chocolate dessert with lavender cream and lavender infused cake was also amazing. The service was personal and professional (water glasses full, good timing of the courses, communication with the valet so that our car was waiting). It was not inexpensive, but it was romantic, quiet (we were on the upper level), and one of the best meals we have had in a few years."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Their tasting-menu format is great, and every item is beautiful and delicious. Very adaptable and helpful attitude"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This was our 2nd visit, and we were not disappointed on either occasion. With so many delicious options, making a decision can be quite difficult, but all 3 of us were impressed with our individual choices. The dish sizes are perfect, so we left feeling satisfied, without being completely stuffed. On this occasion, we opted for a wine pairing for each course, and found each to be a perfect match to our dishes. The service level was attentive, without being intrusive. The ambiance is relaxed, and welcoming. With the menu changing on a monthly basis, we will definitely become regular visitors!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "YUM YUM YUM. The food is delicious and creative...who ever imagined nettle crepes? They were fab! Only wine and beer...but they do a nice pairing with the menu of the day. Definitely try this...you won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Alma is our special occassion restaurant of choice. The special occasion today was Father's Day. I enjoyed the 3-course quasi-vegetarian selections, my husband enjoyed the vegetaria choices. We find the kitchen very accommodating to special dietary needs and appreciate that. I had prawns appetizer (excellent) the black bean and corn tortilla (vegetarian) and the halibut. The waiter questioned wheter I wanted the appetizer of entree portion of the halibut. I should have gone with the appetizer portion -- it was too much food! But it was all delicious. My husband had the crepe and the cavatelli. Since we share, I know his dishes were awesome as well. We both enjoyed wine, all in all, a very nice dining experience."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We gave this a second chance but it was same old. They never honor the reservation time, end up dining late. Food is okay but we had better in the TC."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I can't believe that it's taken me do long to try restaurant Alma's."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Great food and the service was good. The only complaint is the parking, there isn't any! You need to rely on street parking."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Very interesting 3 course menu with varied choices in each category All 5 of us enjoyed our choices. Wine selections were good Service was very good If you like interesting food choices with great flavors give this place a try. Well worth the price"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Elliott did a great job. We enjoyed the food and the service. Thanks"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food is always amazing and the menu is so fresh and local. Wonderful place to eat; our favorite spot to celebrate!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014