318 Cafe

4.9
274 Reviews
$30 and under
American

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Reservation needed for concerts only. Set in a 100+ year-old building once used as a lumber mill, a naturally warm environment full of character, wood beams and history awaits your next visit.

Whether it’s for a quick latte, a glass of wine and a cheese plate, a MN craft beer or a show, we would love to see you. There is a fireplace for cold winter days, a little patio for summer sun and an ample parking lot…the 318 Café crew happily welcomes you!
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JulieS
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The live music was pleasant. The crowd was NOT. When I looked for a fun place to go with friends we had heard there’s live music and we thought we could sit and chat during a casual concert. But no! The crowd was so intense and if we uttered a word we got glared at by the fellow patrons. We couldn’t wait to get out of there and go have some fun! Apologies to the artists you had singing, audience way too intense for a casual Friday eve. Food: I could have made that charticurie board at home, but mine would be much better! It was so-so. Generic. The date night pizza was very tasty. The wine list was nice. We had the Italian Chardonnay, good !

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SusanM
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and priced right. Music was amazing! We wouldn't change a thing!

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vipLori
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue with FANTASTIC music

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DonN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice atmosphere. Not your typical bar food. Service outstanding.

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vipTeresa
Minneapolis
63 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Love the fixed meal events by 318!!!

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BarbaraJS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The 318 Cafe went above and beyond to make our Valentine's Day wonderful!
My husband, our adult daughter, and I went to the 318 Cafe for the first time for Valentine's Day. They had a special four course fixed menu special with two seatings at 5 and 7. We did not understand this when we made our 4:45 reservation. We had needed to eat early to get home to give our dog her epilepsy medicine at 6:30 sharp. (This medication needs to be given at exactly 12 hour intervals every day.) We arrived at the 318 Cafe and were confused. They were very patient about explaining the menu and seating. When we voiced our concern about the timing, they assured us they would serve us each course first and get us out the door by 6:15. When we realized we had to order from the fixed menu, our daughter decided she didn't really want to eat as much food as the menu choices would provide. We shared her concern and they let her and I share a plate. When my husband spilled his entire glass of red wine, they didn't bat an eye, but moved us to a new table. I felt that they graciously deflected every obstacle we put up. The food was marvelous, the service delightful and when it was clear, we weren't going to be able to have dessert and make it home in time, they boxed up one of everything and sent us on our way! We made it home just in time to give our dog her medication. It is no exaggeration to say that the 318 Cafe went out of their way to insure our Valentine's Day dinner was as special as possible!

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vipBruceL
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great music with Ali Gray and great experience all around. Great food, great service.

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BethB
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love 318. The staff is always so friendly and the music is top notch!

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LindaR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the T A B sandwich and apple crisp for desert. Delish!’

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Dodi
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful other than reservations aren’t honored on “open mic” evenings! Was disappointed with that but the evening turned out great!

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DonN
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Found this café online. Loved the atmosphere, food and beer. Very enjoyable experience. Will be back

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MichaelH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 318 is an Excelsior community treasure. Period.

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BillC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Terrific venue to listen to music. Good food and service.

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HadasK
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I came to the 318 cafe last Friday for the papa john concert. I really loved the 318 cafe, the atmosphere, the sound, the staff was very kind and welcoming and the food was also great. It was a great evening and I will definitely go there again. Thank you so much!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had dinner at 7 and then stayed for the live music which started at 8. The food was quite good and the music was excellent. The cheese and charcuterie board was good although a bit expensive at $20. We each had flatbread pizzas which were quite good and larger than we thought. The crust was good but thicker than we expected for flatbread and one pizza would have been sufficient for us along with charcuterie. During the show we tried the chocolate chip cookie and the chocolate truffle and both were excellent. We also tried the peanut butter mocha cappuccino which they were able to make in decaf. It was really good.

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drtroppo
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 4 friends who ate at the 318 Cafe on a Friday at 5:00 pm. It was quiet for a while but the energy picked up at about 6:00 - too bad they missed the happy hour specials. We loved the beet hummus (beautiful color, and it really tasted like beet), pork nachos (a smallish portion, but with a generous amount of delicious pork) and quesadilla (fat with cheese and veggies). We will be back!

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BrianO
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love going to concerts at this place. Menu is a little lacking and expensive, but worth it when going to see the musical performances.

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RichardK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite spot for great food/live music.

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CindyA
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and great music.
Only complaint was people standing by our table to listen to music. We had to complain before waitress asked them to find a place to sit.

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karenh
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the Chris Holtmeier Trio! Food was good--not too expensive.

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CarolG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our out of town guests loved 318 as much as we do!

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vipBruceL
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ali Gray was fantastic, the food was great and the atmosphere was really nice as well.

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TimB
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The venue isn't set up very well to listen to music, even though they have it often. It is very very crowded seating and you don't face the stage. Very difficult to even get out of my chair or try and turn to view the stage. Five in our party thought the food was fair and one thought it was bad. The service was also only fair. Waitress spilled a few of our beverages. She was over worked. The band was great, Daisy Dillman, but not worth the $25 cover for what we got. That was our second time there and not much different from the first.

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TomW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Listen to Scottie Miller Christmas musical

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vipBruceL
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it....intimate setting, good food, great sound and a wonderful evening

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, first time here. Great place to listen to music.

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NicoleW
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoy this cafe and its live music during the week! They have an awesome happy hour with really good drinks. I love the overall vibe and I highly recommend you check it out!

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RohandaV
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the venue and stage area. The guys were great!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We listened to a great jazz band play! Also had dinner and drinks. The ambiance is amazing! We had a wonderful time and definitely will be back.

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LindaH
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and entertainment by No Mans String Band. Love that place!!!

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EPMOM
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I LOVED the "Date Night" pizza : ) ! It has dates for sweetness, blue cheese and ham with balsamic for savory and arugula on top. Amazing!

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MacDiner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

318 has great music and sandwiches - Tuna Melt is wonderful! Desserts always good

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BenjaminG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

318 Cafe is always great. We love the live music, the staff are always very friendly and professional, food is excellent. Kinda loud depending on the night, but that comes with the territory. This is my wife and I's favorite date night spot in the southwest Metro.

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shoppingladies2014
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Would return but would enjoy experience more with more attentive service.

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RenateB
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The listening room ambience was wonderful. Enjoyed the music and the food and wine were delicious.

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Dustin
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, wine was good and affordable, and the music was delightful.

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Foodielove
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was fantastic. Friendly, prompt, and always one step ahead of what you would need. We had a wonderful evening with great drinks and music.

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Dodi
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday evening! Everything was awesome! Server Alexis was phenomenal ‘

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AmyA
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We saw Bryan White at the 318 Cafe! Drove from Madison, WI. The wait staff was so kind, quick, attentive, friendly! Small venue, but so quaint! Great sound, great food, good wine, and latte’!!! Wish I lived closer..... I would go every weekend!!!

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SuzyW
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I’d recommend the beet salad be mixed greens and not all arugula, which is a bitter green. I was only able to eat less than half. A few onions would be a nice addition as well. The citrus dressing was very good.

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318 Cafe is rated 4.9 stars by 274 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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