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French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar

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$30 and under
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Good Vegetarian Options
We are now open for indoor dining. We require guests to wear masks when not seated. In accordance with local regulations, the maximum party size is 10 guests. We kindly ask that you limit your stay to 90 minutes so more guests can enjoy French Meadow.

French Meadow Café and Bluestem bring you organic, fresh, sustainable farm-to-table cuisine in a warm, welcoming environment 364 days a year. As a pioneer in organic dining in the Twins Cities area, our eclectic menu offers something for everyone -- vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and omnivore alike -- plus a selection of local beers, cocktail specials, organic/sustainable wines, as well as our signature sourdough bread, pastries, and desserts. Rotating chef specials focus on seasonal organic ingredients; all of our produce and meats are from our regional farmer partners, who operate organic, sustainable, humane farms.

Support French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Nov 26, 2020

Thanksgiving dinner is a long tradition at French Meadow, and 2020 is no exception. We are taking reservations now for groups up to 10. ​Our abundant farm-to-table organic holiday menu has something for everyone. https://www.frenchmeadowcafe.com/copy-of-thanksgiving-2019

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience4

I had previously been here in the summer and it was really nice to sit outside. Good service, good food. But today was just “off”. First, our server came to the table and just stood there - waiting for us to say something. Then, when I asked for water with my coffee she informed us that they only do bottled water. I’m not sure why tap water was safe in the summer or why my coffee is safe, but tap water is not. AND $5? Not her fault, this is a poor management decision. I had the salmon Benedict - which came with NO English muffin? On what planet does this happen? When I checked the menu it says they charge for it. It was never offered to me, but that’s just weird. I’ll be back because the food is good, but probably not until it’s warm again.

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ClaireF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience3

$2.50 for water without telling us we would be charged when we asked for some...servers should preface that when ordering.

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LizM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

My poached egg was cold and was a strange texture. As if it had been made earlier and then served to me at a later time. Corn blueberry cake was okay.

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McLovin
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

French Meadow never disappoints. Enjoyed getting out for a change.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The server brought the wrong hot drink the first time- and then tried to bring the right one the next time but it was still wrong. We had ordered the oatmeal latte- and it was missing vanilla and cinnamon.

Service very nice. Food awesome. A bit cold in the room.

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msmarinara2017
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Service scanty, at best; items served in small plates. We reserved a table that was divided by plexiglass but tables in front cannot be reserved. Food average. Had to serve ourselves for extra coffee. Used to be our go-to b'fast place. Do not recommend now. Previous staff gone.

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KathyK
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

1. When served a meal, I should not have to flag a server to ask for salt, pepper, basic condiments.
2. Covid19 precautions were in place and customers seated at comfortable distance —at 11:00am. The restaurant however filled up significantly after that and was very crowded as we finished our meal — uncomfortably so.

Would only recommend for outdoor dining or indoor at off-times.

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AmandaA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff were great! The food is always on point. Just a lovely patio.

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ChristopherM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Seemed dangerous inside as far as COVID transmission risk. Crowded and no ventilation. I felt bad for staff. Menu for breakfast is quite limited. No simple options like a veggie omelet, or a make your own omelet. Hash dishes look good but a plate of potato is way too many carbs. No turkey bacon available.

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SondraG
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around! Loved the unique menu with exceptional vegan options.

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CynthiaM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Super disappointed - service was slow, food mediocre, cleanliness subpar, had to buy water because of COVID (which is not the norm among restaurants I’ve been to at this time). I’ve had their food before and enjoyed it, but this time was a downer.

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vipDavidG
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Don’t try to eat inside with full service. They mess it up every time. To bad, outside is always good.

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Slow service, and the grilled rachel was a disappointment, a bit like hospital food. Just some dry turkey cold cuts on greasy white bread, without much else. I expect better from French meadow. Pricey too, for what it was

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geo1984
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Pretty atmosphere, good coffee, nice outdoor seating and fun desserts.

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AvaB
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so happy with the food, service, ambiance and value at French Meadows in the Bluestem Bar! It was Covid friendly, sitting in one of the booths and of course the servers had masks. It is so nice to have a place to go that has everything that matters when going out to eat during these concerning times, thank you! We would totally recommend!!

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AnaC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was super good. They have good methods to avoid contact with people and the ingredients were what I expected to be.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good service

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Everything was good and met our expectations except that our server didn't provide the service we're used to. She seemed over burdened by too many tables or not enough experience. The food and drinks were excellent as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was fine

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CieriaK
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a wonderful time at French meadow. The food was great & the coffee was better. The environment was great and it was easy to converse even though the patio was pretty full. Will most definitely be going back in the near future.

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AysW
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience4

The food, drinks, and service were awesome! The only problem I had was that the covid precautions could’ve been taken more seriously. Tables were pretty close together and I didn’t feel as safe as I have at other outdoor seating restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outside seating. Great food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service.

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GinaH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best sidecar I've had in a decade! Everything we ate was excellent. Soup, salmon, beef rib, desserts, all great.

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Anna
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Filling good social distancing practices. I did think it was weird they wouldn’t give us glasses of water but instead charged for bottled water. We also ordered soda and those soda cups were taken and refilled when empty.

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Kimmy9
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best tomato soups I’ve ever had! They were handling COVID cleaning and spacing expectations really well.

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RebeccaD
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Please be warned they will not give you tap water. You have to buy a large glass bottle of water or you will be very thirsty. Ridiculous. Otherwise the food is very good! Just so dumb about the water and kind of a deal breaker to come here again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cauliflower wings are amazing. Honestly, you can't go wrong with anything here.

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vipTerry
Des Moines
48 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a nice breakfast here. Avocado toast was delicious as was the eggs benny. Server was great! we were there early in the morning. Everything is set up well for social distancing etc.

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EscoFam
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and food!
We will go back again soon!

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KavitaB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I love the quality and freshness of the food at French Meadow. I do suggest that the website be updated to reflect the streamlined menu, as that affected my choice.

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AnikaS
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Wild Acres Turkey burger was soooo delicious. Super yummy. Hand-cut French fries were amazing--the best I've had years. The side salad was fresh and delicious--the greens were crisp and plump, and the lemon vinaigrette was so simple, clean, and yummy. My friend's vegan Cesar Salad was strange...but overall a very good visit.

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NatalieK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great place for a gluten free, dairy free meal.

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Cassandra
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was excellent, food was great as always. They had it set up nicely to dine outdoors during Covid, made my reservation online!

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TrevorL
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely menu - great choices and superb food. Awesome variety of drinks too. Attentive, capable, friendly server. Will def return

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vipTommyB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The service the last few times here has been terrible.

Visit 1.) The waitress didn’t put our order in then let us know an hour later after we asked multiple times if the food was coming.

Visit 2.) self service (which is fine) but no water available. The guy taking orders did not have his nose covered with his mask. Was not able to answer basic questions.

Visit 3.) picking up takeout. Saw my order on the counter. Tried (same guy as mentioned above, again not covering his nose with his mask) but he did not acknowledge me. Staff was running around not paying attention to anyone in line.

I get it - we’re all doing the best we can. But this is just sloppy.

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Steve
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite breakfast place. The outdoor seating was very pleasant.

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Cindy
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience5

We usually love coming here so maybe it was an off day for them. Food was tasteless and salmon was full of bones. I understand fish have bones, but you should not be pulling mouthfuls of bones out constantly. Service wasn’t great this time either. I don’t need you to cater to me hand and foot, but don’t walk away when I’m talking to you and forget about us until you give us the check.

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ShirleyB
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had reservations and got seated outside right away. Prompt attention and service was good. I ordered a Cobb salad which was a lot of lettuce, bacon, olives and a lot of sliced turkey and a halved hard boiled egg . Portions were generous, but as a salad... not very interesting and I wouldn't order it again. Salty Dog cocktail came with a sugar, not salted rim. Server immediately brought another one when we brought it to her attention. Overall, a very good experience, just not enough to give it 5 stars that day.

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vipWantthebestforyou
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good (chicken wild Rice soup seemed old and watery, but food was hot and fries seemed fresh which was a hit), Service took a bit long and the prices seemed high. Many upcharges for meals that are prices that should include them (I.e. fries, etc.). Charging for water just seems wrong. Other restaurants don’t do this, so it is an added cost that on top of the service fees makes a breakfast for 4- $72!! We want to support local businesses, but please be mindful that at some point it becomes cost prohibitive. Especially because it is still confusing a bit where you play, are you self-service deli type or full restaurant? We were told to go to a table (outside) and seat ourselves, then later a person came with silverware. Tables didn’t get washed in between and there is no table cloth. Confused how those are standards but yet water must be purchased? I convinced my family to come here, and I wanted it to be a positive dining experience- it was our vacation day together.

FAQs

French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (612) 870-7855.

French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 789 OpenTable diners.

French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.frenchmeadowcafe.com/gift-cards-1.

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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