French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar

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French Meadow Café & Bluestem brings you organic, fresh, sustainable farm-to-table cuisine in a warm, welcoming environment 364 days a year. Our eclectic menu offers something for everyone -- vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, & omnivores alike -- plus a selection of local beers, cocktail specials, & organic / sustainable wines, as well as our signature bread, pastries, & desserts. Rotating chef specials focus on seasonal organic ingredients; all of our produce & meats are from our regional farmer partners, who operate organic, sustainable, humane farms. Our full bar includes 16 varieties of local & craft beers, a wine list with a focus on organic, biodynamic, or sustainable wineries, and an array of artisan organic cocktails.
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What 611 People Are Saying
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Minneapolis
33 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food ware great.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fruit tart is amazing!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

French Meadow is my husband and my favorite restaurant ever. We go here for every special occasion, and our one year wedding anniversary was no exception. As usual, the food was incredible, the service was exceptional, and the atmosphere was perfect. French Meadow is absolutely the best.

EB
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall it was a fine experience. I got the breakfast plate and the poached eggs were overcooked and there was a strong taste of vinegar in the water they used. Again, everything was fine but I don't think I would seek out French Meadow on my own accord again.

JL
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

There was an unusual problem on this, our tenth, visit to French Meadow. My wife's eggs and my toast were cold. I suspect a fluke in the kitchen, but we didn't complain because we had an old friend with us who was joyfully conversing, and we didn't want to spoil the mood.

G
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

I had to eat gluten free and the servers and ordered the sour dough french toast. However, found out that the french toast is not served on sour dough (which is ok on a gluten free diet), but on other bread.
Had to order something else which was not good

J
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Organic Healing Plate is an excellent option for those on a low sodium diet.

MP
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met here for a family dinner ! So much fun! Great food , beautiful ambiance and wonderful service! I love it here! Thank you!

RN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful menu of healthy items for all dining preferences!

M
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not quite as good as our first visit but still acceptable

LJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Super cute place inside. Our lattes were delicious but the food left much to be desired. The blueberry corn pancake came out cold, very dry and over cooked. The kids Mac and cheese was so strong they both refused to eat it. The yogurt parfait was tasty but small for the cost. Overall not a great experience and wouldn’t return.

JS
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing, especially the curry. Beautiful back patio for dining and that slab of coconut cake topped it all off.

C
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Made a quick reservation for 7 with a few diet-restrictive guests - French Meadow was great helping adjust the menu and seat all of us together. Will definitely be back (hopefully with fewer people).

CA
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was great. Wait staff were good but it seems as if they are short staffed so service is slow.

b
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my wife's 60 th birthday with our adult children. I had reviewed many restaurants menus before deciding to make a reservation, and looked for a diverse menu that would appeal to everyone in our group. The food was excellent, the service was super and everyone had a great experience. I had heard many positive comments about French Meadow Cafe, but had never eaten there. I absolutely made the right decision!!

V
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Delicious food. Waitress was not friendly, and even though the restaurant was not busy, she was very obvious in wanting our visit to be brief. Not a very welcoming experience.

R
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the ambience at this place, especially for a special occasion. Prices are moderate, but I justify it by being a special occasion. Our bartender was excellent and was able to accommodate our requests with wine suggestions.

SR
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu offers many interesting options, all at a reasonable price. I have never been disappointed.

KH
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

We decided to try French Meadow since I am vegan and my husband is not, first impression was the table we were seated at were uncomfortable. The seats were too high and we had to hunch over our meals. I ordered the tofu scramble but have a stomach sensitivity to onions so I had asked what was in it and the server told me there was onions but one or two and I could easily pick them out. My husband ordered the classic breakfast. When our food came our toast was burned on both plates, mine was very hard and dry and his was chewy as if it had been toasted multiple times. My tofu scramble was all onions so I was unable to eat it. Our waitress asked if it was too much ominous for me, I said it was because it was so full of green and regular onions I could barely see the tofu. I asked for vegan butter for my toast and she brought me one packet of regular butter...not really helpful. She didn’t have any solution except to offer 3$ off but I barley ate my breakfast and most of it was not edible so I then had to go and buy breakfast somewhere else. Very disappointing. I will not return or recommend this establishment to anyone else.

AS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Was looking for a restaurant that had options for non-meat foods. OK. Moderate prices? Kid friendly. Yes. Also serves adult beverages. I had never been to FMC but it seemed busy when I had passed by, typically a good sign.

Service was poor. The first thing staff should account for is a party with two children (4 & 8). Being timely is crucial. Sure it would be nice to have a leisurely dinner, but kids rarely are on the same page. The server was slow to return to check on us.

The food was average at best.
The ambience was very dark.

Overall, not a good experience or impression. Do not intend to go back.

MS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great! Our server was so helpful, she was friendly and sincerely very nice and considerate. My wife is gluten free, so having understanding servers is important to us....she certainly was!!!
Thanks

French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar
Responded on August 4, 2019

Hi Mike - Thank you so much! This is exactly what we strive for -- to make sure every guest is served with great care and understanding -- so this makes us happy :) Hope to see you again soon.

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J
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

This is a fabulous place but way way way too noisy. Even the younger folks in our party of 7 could not hear each other without raising their voice. It's too bad because it would not cost THAT much to change. Definitely would never recommend this to anyone with even a slight difficulty hearing. The food, the service was all 5 star.

KC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and large venue. Great place for brunch, very good food and coffee!

French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar
Responded on August 4, 2019

Thank you, Kerri! Hope you'll be back soon.

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L
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and food was delicious. Say outside so can’t really gauge the indoor ambiance. A little pricey for the salads and entrees but will definitely go back.

French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar
Responded on August 4, 2019

Thanks so much for the kind words. We love to hear from happy guests! One note: We are genuinely committed to organic produce from small and local farms -- for example, we are one of the very few restaurants actually serving organic celery -- and this does in fact have an effect on pricing.

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J
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

loved my food! Didn't like sitting on the sidewalk: the table and table ware were dirty from sitting outside and the street noise was obnoxious. Next time, I'd sit inside! My pinot Grigio was good too!

I
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

Outside on street. Super noisy! I’ve had their burger before and just loved it. This was very unremarkable. Disappointing.

M
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu has a great variety including veggie options. We enjoyed our dinners and the fabulous desserts.

D
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Would definitely recommend for anyone interested in GF or VG or VEG, as to the options available. Service was a bit slow and $ was fairly high compared to others. Still, nice for a change of pace.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I’ve always loved French Meadow and what I order there. The food is amazing. Unfortunately I did not like my food choice the last time I was there. I had the turkey burger. It was crumbled meat on a bun. My own turkey burger is much superior in taste than the one I had there. I’m not going to let that experience stop me from going there again. I’m a fan!!

Y
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was so superb! We tried many dishes and sides and shared. All the GF and vegan options were delish and there were so many to pick from!!! We sat outdoors which was so delightful amongst all the flower boxes too! Thanks for a great night on Lyndale!!!

LA
Minneapolis
31 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I met four relatives here for lunch. The menu is extensive and everyone was happy with their food. We all ordered different sandwiches. The avocado toast was especially good. Portions are large. The service was friendly and efficient. The noise level was very high. We sat in a side booth in the back room. Conversation was difficult until the cafe was mostly empty.

MD
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Consistently good food and nice ambiance except for the noise. Menu has great variety although I have only had their breakfasts. Will go again.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fresh, healthy and delicious. The sausage platter was a nice compliment to the sweet potato. The rose chocolate cake was perfect and the frosting was just right. It was the perfect way to spend our dinner on the 4th of July.

LL
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Yes and no. The quality of the food as gone down. I was disappointed in my meal. I have had this before and it was really good. This time the Bison burger was more like a frozen patty rather then real juicy food.

AB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks are amazing. Great vegan options for lunch and breakfast

JM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was interesting and fantastic. Beer selection was awesome. For me, that is a winning combination. Their green curry was great.

p
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed YUMMY bison burgers, delicious coffee and excellent service.

MK
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Jordan was an absolute delight! He was quick and efficient and we really enjoyed conversation with him! Really enjoyed our brunch there yesterday morning!

CN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and selection, so many tasty looking choices. Prompt, polite service. Wish someone would have told us how loud it is to sit outside... traffic, specifically motorcycle noise. Will opt for indoors next time.

LK
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

We had the walleye and 1/2 chicken. Food was overdone and protein portions were small. Side of brussel sprouts were too underdone. Dessert was delicious

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