Sapor Cafe
Sapor Cafe
  • Address:
    428 Washington Avenue North
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown / North Loop
  • Cuisine:
    Global, International
    Price: $30 and under

Sapor Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.saporcafe.com/
  • Phone: 6123751971x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday -Thursday 5-9pm, Friday-Saturday 5-10pm
    Bar Happy Hour Monday-Thursday 4-6:30pm (walk-ins only)
    Bar Late Night Thursday 9-10pm, Friday-Saturday 10-11pm (walk-ins only)
    Closed Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tanya Siebenaler
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-Private Seating in Cafe for parties up to 40 guests, Cafe Buyout for parties up to 80 guests and Cafe & Bar Buyout for parties up to 120 guests seated or 200 standing.
  • Private Party Contact: Julie Steenerson 612-375-1971x
  • Special Events: Join our email list for weekly news about menu features and special events - email julie@saporcafe.com .

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Large complimentary lot available across street from Sapor after 5pm - enter on 5th Ave. N.
A word from Sapor Cafe
SAPOR means flavor. We look for indigenous flavors and ethnic cuisines found in villages and barrios around the world. We draw our inspiration from cooks who use ingredients and spices that are native to their cultures so that we can bring something from their neighborhoods to ours, the North Loop. And what we've learned over the past 13 years is that it's more than the spice or meal that is on the table, it's the conversation that goes with it.
Enjoy! Julie Steenerson, Owner & Tanya Siebenaler, Owner/Chef
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Sapor Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (35)neighborhood gem (26)romantic (19)special occasion (17)good for groups (16)great for outdoor dining (10)great for lunch (9)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (3)notable wine list (3)hot spot (2)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Not bad -nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Our fault for not doing our homework and checking out the menu in advance. We were disappointed in our options. We had thought Sapor leaned more toward haute cuisine. Nonetheless, what we ordered was well prepared and tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good place
    AlexanderVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    It is NOT a typical BBQ place. The portions are SMALL and the food is quite sophisticated though (thank god) SIMPLE. The menu selection is however quite limited, but their day special was just superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good....
    JJHH
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    It wasn't what I expected based on the reviews I'd read. There really wasn't a "view" of Minneapolis but it may have been where we were seated. It was loud so didn't have a romantic feel from that perspective, but the lighting was romantic. It's not a crowded place which was nice. The BBQ was okay, but would like to visit when that phase is over. Free, easy parking is a big plus. Wait staff was awesome - really.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sapor Cafe
    kfeldmaniac
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We have been celebrating our anniversary at Sapor Cafe almost every year since we discovered it. They have a unique world menu with delicious, artfully created dishes that always delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little better than ok
    gordon
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I don't want to dump on this place because I really did like a lot of what was there. Our appetizers were good, the service was good, the entrees were just ok. They are currently doing a barbeque theme and maybe that is what isn't working. I had the brisket which was fatty and lacking in flavor. My dining companions both had the catfish. I didn't try it but I could smell it when the plates arrived. They didn't say anything but fish should never smell fishy. I'm not saying don't go here, it is a very cool room, nice people! But I will wait until they change the menu before I return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    First time to this restaurant, and we will be back. Great food and service. Ambiance is wonderful, chairs are so comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Still a Fav
    PJQuiltMaven
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I still love Sapor Café, however, I was a little disappointed with their recent menu changes. I always look forward to lamb, steak option and a fresh fish option, but they were not available this time. Hopefully they will go back to their old menu when the BBQ phase is over.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite!
    wineluvr
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Sapor has become our "go to" spot in North Loop. The ambience is great, if you prefer to not be bombarded with acoustic overload from other diners, annoying music, etc… A simply lovely, relaxing spot. Food is innovative. Wine list is not lengthy, but well selected and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Service, Great Food
    VerdantLaura
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I took my boyfriend to Sapor for a intimate, relaxing dinner, and the staff went out of their way to make this happen. They made sure that we got a quiet table, were very attentive without being intrusive, and even brought a vase out for the flowers I had brought as a gift for him. Both of our meals were excellent, and the house-made ginger ale made for one of the best cocktails I've had in a very long time. Definitely a great spot for taking someone special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Can't wait to go back.
    Wally
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My wife and I ate there Thursday night for the first time. The building is very nice, the staff very courteous. They made us feel welcome. The food was different and very good for the price. The wine was good. Dessert was fantastic. It was a great choice for date night. We're going back in a couple weeks. Try the onion rings...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AfromBlaine
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Always great, never disappoints. Easy access for out of town friend.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always enjoyable
    TXtwin
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    more little sandwiches than on past menus---the bourbon barbecue pulled pork was delightful. the vegetarian at our table had more choices than in any other restaurant we've been to in the past two months. I loved my cobb BLT salad and I would have taken the avocado pieces from the person who must not have read the details. Dry pinot noir rose' and the raspberry manhattan showed me that Sapor has one of the most interesting bars around. Just an all around hit for us, plan to return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Very unusual and creative twists on old favorites...altogether a very excellent dinner. Reasonable prices, too. We would go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Does not disappoint
    Portia
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Returning again, and being surprised and pleased again! Creative dishes combine disparate ingredients and make them all sing together, some softly, some loudly, some just making a brief appearance. Delicious and exciting!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So Innovative
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Sapor never ceases to please. From creative cocktails to an ingenious menu, we are always pleasantly surprised. Particularly enjoyed the Banh Xeo and the Strawberry Rhubarb Buttermilk Ice Cream...truly amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative Options, Excellent Value
    Dine123
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I haven't been to Sapor for years, but had good memories, so I met a friend for dinner there on a recent Tuesday night. The menu was creative to appeal to foodies, but included many standards as well. I had a vegetarian special, which was perfectly executed. The wait staff was friendly and helpful and the Washington Ave location convenient for after work get togethers. Free parking after 6 p.m. Overall excellent, good value dinner option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So disappointing
    ProfoundlyDisappointed
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Went to celebrate our second anniversary. First occasion was a wonderful dining experience in a romantic setting. On this, our second attempt, however, we couldn't have been more disappointed. Service was terrific, our occasion acknowledged and table we had on our first date offered again. We're foodies and adventurous but the two nightly "specials" were bizarre. Then, when the menu arrived, it had only 3 equally unappealing offerings but half of the front and the entire back of the menu was covered with drink offerings. Even trying to find an appetizer to "save" the occasion we were left with few and unappealing offerings. Lovely spot but, apparently, they've forgotten that people go to a restaurant to eat not just drink.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 491 reviews are from the Sapor Cafe reviews archive.
  • Enchanted
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    From the greeting to the wine to the appetizers to the dinner. Enchantingly delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sapor has the best worst location..
    thankyouforthisfoodamen
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    If you're looking for a diamond in the rough with foodie, but not overly complex, creations of your families favorites it is def worth a try. Knowledgeable waitstaff, nice decor, patio seating and a list of crafted cocktails-just as impressive as the entrees.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    NomNom
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Love this restaurant, food is exceptional, service is exceptional!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but dull atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    A small menu but great food overall. We had the spicy fries, tamale special appetizer, crepe lasagna, juicy lucy veg burger, and regular burger. The food was very sophisticated and "fit for foodies". The atmosphere was a dud... they were playing oldies music when we got there which doesn't fit the type of food being served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice. Limited menu.
    JADKVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had a delightful dinner at Sapor Cafe this past weekend. It was recommended by a neighboring business owner and had good reviews on Open Table. Given the positive endorsements, I was surprised at the fairly limited menu options, especially since I don't consider sandwiches to be dinner items. Everything we ordered was quite good as was the service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Overall Experience
    romeoramdev
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Booked a last minute very large group and they were accommodating from start to finish. Food was great and the service even better. They did a great job managing the 16 of us and loved the cocktails! Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Night
    luv2dine
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The love of my life took me here to celebrate my birthday. The atmosphere was perfect for talking and enjoying each others company. The food was outstanding. Very good flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Flavors
    LoveIt
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Between the 8 of us dining, we tried so many items from their menu. All were so delicious - many were items we've had before and just had to order them again! Their wine and beer list has many great choices - but it's also fun to try one of the many fun cocktails Topher likes to create - I had a mint julep to celebrate the Kentucky Derby - really nice. Many of us had to try the various flavors of ice cream - all delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Warm & friendly on a dark & dreary.
    JaneMack
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had not been to Sapor for several years, not sure why.... We had made a reservation for a Saturday night after a concert and it was not too crowded. They were out of the lamb special which both of our mouths had been excited for. The menu is limited, in fact, we noticed that there are more cocktail choices than food choices on the menu. My husband had a beet pizza which he enjoyed very much eventho he doesn't like beets!! I had the snapper which was good but served on the cool side - cold by the time I got to the last bites. We would go again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Restaurant in Town
    eatingout
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Sapor is our favorite restaurant. The food is outstanding and service is great.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sapor doesn't disappoint
    Portia
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Eager to return after discovering this gem, I had another delicious meal of creatively conceived and wonderfully prepared food. I intend to become a regular. The menu is small, but every dish I have had is full of wonderful combinations of flavors and textures.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food and fun place
    PatC
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The food was definitely foodie in a more casual atmosphere than fine dining - one of us had their take on a "juicy Lucy" - delicious burger with black beans. My Crepe Lasagna was wonderful - tasty with elements of both lasagna and crepe. Pancetta burgers were also good. Service was good but the timing was maybe just a little slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting Food & Nice Drink Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We are restaurant regulars, but our first time at Sapor. The food was excellent. Lots of flavor and very fresh. The beet pizza and Parisian rouge were my favorites. It was very quiet for a Friday evening but this was post snow storm in April. All and all, we'll be back to try more menu items!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everyone loved it!
    Hard2Impress
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We were a party of six - and to a person we loved the experience.The menu had something for everyone. Even reading the menu was a treat (kudos to the creative writer). This is only my second time at Sapor and both times the food has been superb and the service outstanding. This is one of the few restaurants where the wait staff doesn't interrupt you mid-sentence to take orders or check on your meals. Wish other restaurants would train their servers on that courtesy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sapor's never disappoints
    Purrl
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Sapor's never disappoints with unique takes on what could be "same old same old". Servers welcome like you're an old friend, whether a first-time guest or regular. Dining room is lovely and especially early on a weeknight, generally quiet, which is much-appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wasn't a fan of the pasta.
    Funnyguy
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Wasn't a fan of the pasta. Fries were great as we're the beverages.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Birthday
    Kuus
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    My wife turned 65 and retired from a professional career. I wanted us to celebrate quietly (I'm the cook at home) with good food and a quiet conversation. We had both, plus close attention from the staff. We'd never been to Sapor, but it's only 10 minutes from our Golden Valley home, and I'd seen it listed as a romantic spot for dinner. It was perfect, and we'll be back even without the need for a birthday dessert - which was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty and comfortable
    Luke
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We were delighted with our experience. The food was delicious, drinks divine -- in particular the Crystal Mary. Wow! We enjoyed a range of dishes - lamb sausage, salmon and black bean Juicy Lucy. All were very good. The salmon was the stand-out of the evening. The molten chocolate dessert was over the top and, as always, the small chocolate bites with the bill make the evening always seem worthwhile.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great and unique menu!
    FoodForJohn
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    This restaurant was really great. The menu combinations are unique (beet pizza), the serving sizes were just right. The decor' was interesting and fun. The staff was superb. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic with Ambience
    HungryGrannyVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The service was phenomenal. The food was very good, not a ton of selection though. The atmosphere was dark and romantic. The seats were close enough together where we could hear the conversation of the table next to us. There seemed to be a group of 8 seated nearby; that's why I said good for groups. When I didn't care for my wine, the waitress offered to let me choose another, which was really nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, but left hungry.....
    IHeartFood
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Joelle was our server and she was great! She was very attentive and got us in and out in a timely manner so we could attend a show. The menu food menu itself is very limited and I think it'd be beneficial for them to expand it a little further. We had the Cavatelli which was superb, however the portion size is rather small, When it comes to the "small plate" portion of the menu, they mean was they say. We ordered the BBQ Pork Pizza which was tasty, but the portion size was suitable for a "kid's menu." I really want to like Sapor, and I think I could if they increased their food portions and expanded the menu. But again, our server Joelle and the hostess (unsure of her name) were awesome!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice evening
    casualdiner
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Pleasantly surprised- had heard good things...very true. Menu limited, but what is there was wonderful- portion size was just right. Service was great; quiet enough to have a conversation without shouting. Very nice evening. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was wonderful: tofu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food was wonderful: tofu brioche and brussel sprout leaves. And the lovely ginger creme caramel! Our server Beth was very attentive and friendly. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.