Victor's 1959 Cafe
Victor's 1959 Cafe

Victor's 1959 Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.victors1959cafe.com/
  • Phone: 6128278948
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast & Brunch: Everyday: 8:00am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Cuban
  • Executive Chef: Flor Tapia-Negreros
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact Niki Stavrou directly for catering options at cafe1959@gmail.com
  • Entertainment: We play fun Cuban and Latin music in the restaurant, but no live entertainment.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West 38th Street
  • Public Transit: We are on the corner of West 38th Street and Grand Ave South in Minneapolis. Both streets are major bus lines.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a small parking lot in front and in back of the restaurant (3 spots in front, 4 spots in back)and there is also on-street parking available.
A word from Victor's 1959 Cafe
Victor's 1959 Cafe is a little piece of Havana in South Minneapolis offering traditional Cuban fare such as Picadillo, Ropa Vieja, Cuban Sandwiches, Yuca frita, Sweet Plantains, Tostones, and other recipes from Cuban cuisine. Independently and locally owned, you'll find friendly service and a festive environment with lots of writing on the walls!

Visited in 2008 by Food Network's Guy Fieri, Diner's Drive-ins and Dives, who cooked up "off the hook" Cuban food with owner Niki Stavrou. Check our website to watch the episode!

We're a tiny restaurant with only 10 tables inside and 10 more tables on our tropical summer patio. Enjoy our Wines, Beers, Tropical Mimosas and Champagne Mojitos!

Also popular for our unique breakfast menu, served every day! No reservations for breakfast or lunch, just come on in...

5 mins from Downtown/Uptown 15 minutes from Mpls/St Paul Int'l airport.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Victor's 1959 Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (61)fit for foodies (40)great for outdoor dining (34)great for lunch (15)great for brunch (12)special occasion (12)romantic (11)hot spot (10)kid-friendly (7)notable wine list (4)good for groups (3)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I lived in the Dominican republic and am always looking for similar food. This was above and beyond what I was thinking. Each dish especially the desserts were delicious. A must!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Tonkagal
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We had great friendly, attentive servers. Our table was ready early. Friends with us had never been there and loved the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Foodie Fun
    GretchenLynn
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    If you are a foodie who likes to eat great food in unique places, just come to Victor's. No seriously, do it. You won't regret it, I promise!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique but not worth repeating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I traveled to Cuba last year so I was anxious to try Victor's. It does look like a roadside food joint along a Cuban highway, inside and out. Service was friendly. The food is very reminiscent of Cuban food - I had the Ropa Vieja. Cuban flavor was authentic with lot of onion & green pepper. My friends enjoyed their entrees. We shared the passion fruit cheesecake which was tasty. I would not plan a repeat visit: 1)seating is extremely uncomfortable 2) the wine list is interesting but pricey 3)food was good, the portions were small. The Ropa Vieja is $16.95. The portion is about 3/4 cup of the shredded pork with sauce,, scoop of rice/beans & yuca. VERY inexpensive food to create. Seriously overpriced. Poor value. One time deal.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I will be back
    BartDad
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Great food, fast and friendly service, very nice outdoor seating area. I will certainly be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable dining exp start to fin
    Dobachutt
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    From the hot chocolate to the Joy of writing on the walls, it is one of my top 3 favorite places to go. Fair prices excellent service. Keep up the good work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service
    Vonnie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had a great server that made our experience at Victor's memorable. The food was good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    Nonnie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    New, fun mixture of food, for us. Yummy! We loved sitting outside on such a lovely evening. The staff was upbeat and offered great explanations of the food and drink. Looking forward to coming back to try other items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this little place!
    Banjo
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Went with our neighbors. The cubano sandwich was incredible. The plantains, yuca, and tostones were delicious as well. Would definitely return and eat there again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food, fast service
    BH17
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was wonderful, service was fast! Cocount cake was amazing. My 1 year old loved the cake, the beans and rice and everything we gave him to try!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A tiny place with BIG FLAVOR
    Melonie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Triple D was right-Victor's is special. We were fortunate to sit outside on a Friday evening and found it surprisingly quieter than expected. The service is genuine and excellent. The empanadas should not be missed. Raspberry lemonade just the right mix of tart and sweet and a fun refresher on a sultry summer evening. Loved the Cuban sandwich! Plenty of food at a good price. They have found the right balance in all areas. We shall return-and send friend!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • summer paradise
    Nikosense
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Get transported into the Carribean with Cuban music, awesome decor and bright island colors. Fresh food, and vibrantly colorful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PammagirlVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Feels like a nice neighborhood patio, comfortable and relaxed. The food is excellent! Service is friendly. A pleasant experience. I will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Cuban Cuisine
    victorsveteran
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Victor's 1959 Cafe's Revolutionary cuisine and atmosphere is not to be missed - whether it's for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Great food, friendly staff, and quaint atmosphere make it a Must Go for all who love to eat! The menus have a good variety, and their Sandwich Cubano is a classic. (Target Field's sandwich isn't even in the same 'ballpark' as Victor's!) My foodie friends from out-of-town are always impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had reservations at Victor's for Friday night. I had heard it was frequently packed on Friday. We had a later time & it was comfortably busy. The staff were great. The food was great. Quick service. Loved the feel of the place- definitely not in a mall food chain & that's a good thing. A new favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent Midwest "Cuban" Cuisine
    LatinFoodie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The service was good and the people were friendly. The space, for anyone picky about cleanliness, is not the best. However, it does remind me of the food stands on the islands of the Caribbean. The food is decent and not bad for a midwestern Cuban restaurant. However, I have been around and eaten Cuban food for some time, from native Cubanos. The tostones (which are not necessarily Cuban as the cook plantains usually as maduros or mariquitas) were undercooked, and while the pork was decent, it had a little too much bay leaves and resulted in a bitter aftertaste, it was also a little heavy on the lime. I would rate this a 3.5. Good. I would probably eat there again and perhaps try something else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Cuban food
    EvilBob
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Not much to look at (actually, its kind of an eyesore with all the graffiti), but the food is awesome. Cramped seating, but the food is awesome. No full bar, only wine and improvised wine-based cocktails (skip 'em), but did I mention that the food is awesome?
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Room for improvement
    EPMOM
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I love Victor's and have eaten here quite a few times. Suggestions: #1 - Something must be done with the climate control (even tho I bring a sweater now). Air vents blast cold air on the booths along the windows and the windows are open. Odd! Seems like there is a battle of temps going on there. It would be nice if the vents could be shut to help control the guest experience. As it was, we were frozen and our food cooled off rather quickly as well. Not good. #2 - Portion size seems to be getting smaller. For $18 I expect to be full when I leave, and stay full for the evening. Not so. My teenage son was NOT filled with the vegetarian plate and was asking for more beans and rice, but it was to $$ to order more of these cheap items!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Cute
    Catman
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had been meaning to visit Victor's for some time, and we were not disappointed. Very cute, good food, good service. They could, however, lose the sexist images on the walls, and turn down the air conditioning. The evening we were there (Saturday night) it was low 70's outside, and not very humid. The interior was too cold, A/C was really not necessary. Also, I think there was enough atmosphere without the sexist images. Still, recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun experience!
    wendelina
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The fun atmosphere and staff are great - the food is outstanding! This would not be a great place for parties of more than 5 people as it is VERY small - but what a great place for a date or a double date! Don't forget to bring a Sharpie!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vibrant, happy place, great food
    FeedbackEngine1
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The thing that most impresses me about Victor's is how happy and proud the servers seem to be, to work there. They are warm, fast, informally dressed, and competent. I like the quality of the food. The foodie angle is that it is one of very few Cuban outfits around here. Decor is wall-to-wall customer graffitti over Caribbean colors, with posters and photos of Cuba. Handmade wooden booths in long, narrow space divided humorously int "Left Wing" and Right Wing." A wacky, irreverent Bohemian atmosphere with a great patio. During lunch and dinner, you'd better make a reservation. The place frequently has a wait. Come at off hours for a peaceful retreat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food & service was amazing. The bartender was new so my drink was terrible, but the server comped the drink and apologized. Very neat atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love you, Victor's!
    kathy
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Amazing service and the tropical salad with chicken and mango was dreamy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great date night spot (spicy!)
    Keys2urheart
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The food left my girlfriend and I speechless. It was outstanding!! Definitely a great spot to sit and enjoy some amazing food with amazing company. Would recommend it to everyone to try at least once! If you can't decide on what to get you can't go wrong with the sandwich cubano!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweet Outdoor Dining
    Welovegoodfood
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My husband and I recently tried Victors for the first time. We were able to get seated outdoors after first seated indoors. We don't feel the experience would have been worth the drive just to sit inside. I love good pulled pork and have been searching the Twin Cities for the most flavorable. Victors pulled pork did fall short. The serving size was medium and the flavor was light and lacking. Over all I would return and give another try with another meal selection.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Small dining area.
    Natethegreat
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    My wife and I loved dining there. Definitely a place for good Cuban food. The dining area is small. Get a reservation. Here's hoping they find a way to expand. If they move, make sure you find out where. Hope this place continues to thrive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 46 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 510 reviews are from the Victor's 1959 Cafe reviews archive.
  • Great!
    Foodfit
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Love this place! I can't go to my favorite Cuban place in Miami every day, but Victor's does the job while I'm home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible
    saja0015
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    From start to finish, this experience was a disaster. It took nearly 30 minutes for a waitress to come to our table. Forgot to bring out drinks, took orders completely wrong and brought out incorrect entrees (food was cold), waitress was sweet but clearly too busy to provide good service. She kept apologizing over and over about everything wrong that had happened. At the end, our bill was completely wrong, listing items we did not order or eat. Not a good birthday dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and desert
    Charles
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Heard review on radio and decided to try. They did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable
    Bb1618
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    You can not visit Victors, without it being a visit that will forever remain in your mind for all great reasons. It is vibrant, cozy, comfortable, and totally Cuba. One visit will definitely lead to another!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic and yummy
    rockitchick
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We had a great time sampling some of the specialties that we have not found anywhere else. The desserts were heaven. Loved the patio and service was excellent. Food was out quickly. Would recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food
    chanx137
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I haven't seen a lot of Cuban restaurants in Minneapolis so it was nice to find a restaurant that does! Food was delicious and I tried my first Cuban coffee which was also great! Server was nice and the food within a reasonable time. I've also had brunch here and liked their brunch a little bit more, but I was still very satisfied after my dinner at Victor's.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfectly Simple Cuban Food
    CJAM
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    This is one of my favorite places in MN. Nothing fancy.. just great food with incredibly knowledgeable, fun servers! Try the 'ropa vieja' .. Cuban beef stew! You cant go wrong with anything on the menu. Oh.. and for dessert they have house made coconut ice cream. Top notch!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!
    lagene
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This was our second visit to Victor's 1959. We look forward to coming for breakfast one day. The food choices are varied and oh so tasty. Service is very good. We arrived in time for happy hour wine prices - our server made some fine suggestions for wine choices - a red and white were what we wanted. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing first time experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Victors was reccomended to me by a friend. I was looking for a unique place to have a birthday celebration with my girlfriends. We all love trying new foods and I want to tell yo NONE OF US WERE DISSAPOINTED. The food was excellent and our server was great. She knew the menu well and reccomended just the right combos for all of us. Thank you Victors - I have already told about 15 people about our great experience and my girlfriends took home menus to give to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty and friendly service
    ReneethewriterVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food was very good and service was excellent. Garlic shrimp and the cold seafood special highly recommended! On-street parking wasn't bad. Lighter and brighter than I was expecting.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite restaurant
    GuitarManVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    What is there to say, the food is excellent, the wait staff is oustanding and the food is the best
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    brain52
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food is so good here. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 5 star food in a joint!
    RuxpinVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We had dinner at Victor's 1959 Cafe on Friday night and had a wonderfully delicious entertaining meal! We were greeted at the door by two members of the engaging staff and were promptly seated. Our server was colorful in a great/fun way and helpful in selecting our apps and dinner choices. The food was outstanding! The flavors were rich and deep. My slow cooked pork was infused with intense flavors. My wife had the fish special that was well prepared and also had great flavor. The rock shrimp salad the accompanied her fish was terrific by itself. We will be back again and again to try the whole menu. This is a hidden gem! But be prepared for the decor...it is a joint. 5 star food in a colorful setting.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time diner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Dinner was very good. Service was attentive without being over bearing. The place is uber tiny so reservations are very necesary.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.