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French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar

4.6
917 Reviews
$30 and under
American
We are now open for indoor dining. We require guests to wear masks when not seated. 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.
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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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 917 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.5
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jonesy
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service and overall fun place!

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Grace
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I was really excited to go to French Meadow but immediately it was super busy. That is always a good sign when attending a restaurant but soon we noticed that no one was coming by to help. Our server came by maybe twice and then all the other times random people would come by and help which made everything confusing. The food was quite underwhelming other than the eggs benedict (quite good). I need to give the place another chance but overall the experience was not what I was hoping for.

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Everonward
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Love this place but either it’s changing or I am. Also, likely post pandemic results. We all have to get back up to speed.

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vipsandy
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The salmon and chicken pot pie were wonderful. The desserts terrific, especially the mousse cake and the fig scone. We are anxious to try more items.

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BeinMinneapolis612
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this place and am a repeat customer over the years. I do feel like the front dining room could use an upholstery and decoration refresh, but regardless, the food and service are always great. I love that my friends and I can meet up here and the menu meets everyone's needs.

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vipEllenW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The menu had a good amount of variety. The food I chose was excellent - walleye with mashed potatoes and broccolini - the pesto sauce really added an excellent flavor.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service. Great drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection!

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vipRobertM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

My steak was burned and the replacement stake came too late. The dessert was quite ordinary. I have always had good experience, but this time it was fairly disappointing

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Hootie
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a nice and relaxing lunch. Service was goods as was the food.

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LaurenB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and friendly atmosphere, James the bartender here was especially awesome. I would highly recommend this place to anyone, great food too!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We sat outside so it was fairly quiet other than the noise of the city. Our server was very kind, though we had to ask twice for a few things before they actually came. Our food and drinks were amazing as always. There was not a long wait for the food to come out.

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Squirt
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is excellent and the service top-notch.

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JimS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed our meal and were in no hurry so the speed of service was not a major factor. The restaurant was busy and the service was a bit slow although they did bring our table a delicious large frosted cinnamon roll to help us wait for the main orders. They have a large menu with plenty of choices. We will go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The four of us enjoyed our meal very much. Al fresco dining is a preference for us when possible, but the traffic and noise on Lyndale was a negative. Next time we’ll eat inside.

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JoeyG
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to French Meadow but definitely will not be my last! I was impressed on all counts!

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JulieO
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was so slow. We had reservations and didn’t even get to order our food until an hour after we were seated. Noise level was super loud. Food was mediocre for the price we paid. Our server was excellent.

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vipcarpcake
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great variety of vegetarian options. The green curry was awesome

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arae72
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Went for brunch as a couple's outing. Our waitress wasn't very attentive and had someone else delivering our drinks and food. Not sure if that's just how this restaurant is, but it seemed odd. Asked for some sugar and it was rudely slid onto the table as she went to another table. The food was good and atmosphere was pleasant so I would probably go back on a different day than on the weekend.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything all around was fantastic except for the occasional Harley Davidson motorcycle that rode by our table that was outside on the sidewalk. That is to be expected if you sit outside❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an amazing experience here!! The server was super friendly and welcoming. The ambiance is so amazing and fun. The food came out FAST; she accidentally rang in the wrong item and when they fixed it, it came out in minutes and the chef personally brought it out to our table!!!! And to top it off, the food was the BEST food I’ve had in a very long time.... I recommend the Cauliflower grilled cheese - and the greens with it are like a side salad but BETTER!! This is my new fav spot for sure - go check it out!!!

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KeithH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Waited too long for food. Appetizers came at same time as main courses.
Too expensive. Very disappointing.

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Zvika
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Overall it was a good experience and service was adequate.
We sat outside and the chairs were still wet even though it had stopped raining awhile before.
The food was very tasty and fresh.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! We sat outside. Earth wings are amazing!! All good food, good drink. Would recommend for casual date night or a yummy dinner out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We waited a considerable amount of time for food but it was very delicious!

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KarenL
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time here. I/we will definitely be back.

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Tuesdaynightdiner
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The weather Saturday afternoon was lovely. We'd made our reservation for indoors, but there were sufficient outdoor tables so we could eat on the patio. My husband had the Healing Bowl, his favorite on the menu. I had Vegan Mac and Cheeze with vegan Bacon. It was delicious and went well with the Bloody Mary I'd ordered. I was a relaxing, enjoyable meal.

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Kaytee
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at French Meadow was excellent and the service was even better.

KD
KateD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This is our go to place because they do such a great job accommodating for allergies. Half of us liked our meal and the other didn’t. We’re going to stick to brunch, as we love the brunch menu. Not a big fan of the dinner one.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Mother’s Day and I guess they were severely short staffed but you wouldn’t have known it. Always good service and great food.

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BoydW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for remaining open and providing the usual great food during what was a challenging Mother’s Day with unexpected staffing issues. Looking forward to coming back again soon.

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NatalieE
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was at least a 90 minute wait for food. We left

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BarbaraR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Mother's Day and the brunch was wonderful. As always, the food was scrumptious, the coffee so rich and fresh. Flowers on the tables and superior, friendly service. The menu includes so many healthy choices - LOVE THAT! We had a wonderful time. The food took a while, but we were in no hurry and they had warned us that they were busy and getting food would take some time. We didn't mind the extra time outside in the sun. It was simply lovely.

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erin
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

We waited an hour and a half for food. It came out cold and was missing KEY ingredients. They did however bring us multiple desserts while we were waiting, but our server kept telling us it was coming out in a few minutes every time she came by. The atmosphere was worth the wait, but the value just wasn’t there due to the lack of regard for our wait time and the temps of the food.

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PatrickS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Updated:
I changed my rating to account for all the efforts the restaurant made to contact us and to explain the unusual circumstances that caused the difficult experience described below. We've previously had good experiences there. I believe they had a one of a kind staffing crisis, did what they could, and came up short. They understand the problem and I think they will do better. I suggest you give them a try. The food is delicious. We will be back.

Original: Our server, Betty, was quite nice and helpful. The kitchen was overwhelmed and apparently in chaos. We (and several other tables) received our food 90 minutes after ordering. There didn't seem to be a good relationship between order time and when the food came out as others ordered after us and were served before us. When we asked for the check for the drinks and bakery products we'd ordered and received--canceling our brunch orders--the brunch food came within a few minutes. This was a spectacular restaurant failure. (It was Mother's Day, so they were extra busy. Not an excuse.)

French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar
Responded on May 10, 2021

Hi Patrick, I hope you've received an email already, but please accept my apologies. You are correct: it was a spectacular failure, the lowest point in our 35 years. We've been understaffed before, particularly in the past year, but nothing like yesterday, when we were caught flat footed with several last minute call-outs & no-shows (kitchen & wait staff), but chose to stay open -- a decision I take full responsibility for. We failed you on a special day, and for that I am deeply sorry.

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Foodanddrinklover
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Mother’s Day and like every restaurant they were understaffed. They probably should not of taken Uber eats and online orders… But I’m still giving them an outstanding because they try to mitigate the weight by offering salads and pastries. The owners went to every table and apologized for the wait. I’ve gone there several times before and the food and the service has been outstanding. They do not deserve to get dinged for the lack of wait staff that is willing to work right now. I will definitely be back again.

French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar
Responded on May 10, 2021

Thank you so much for the rating, and especially for the understanding. We really had a disaster in that we were beyond "normal" understaffed, having gotten several employee call-outs and even no-shows at the last minute... Our little skeleton crew -- including family & former employees who came to pitch in on zero notice -- worked their hearts out without complaint, but I know we still fell far short. I truly appreciate your kind words!

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JerryW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We had a great experience, however, we waited one hour and forty minutes for our food. We do understand the circumstances of a staff shortage which you had no control over. Thank you for the email explaining the situation. We'll definitely come to French Meadows again!

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Rachel
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful Mother's Day breakfast. Cannot wait to go back for dinner!

French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar
Responded on May 10, 2021

Judy, thank you so much!!

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jonW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently great food and as a vegetarian I appreciate numerous healthy options with decent portions. A menu with a wide selection is also appreciated

French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar
Responded on May 10, 2021

And we appreciate you! We love hearing from happy customers. Thanks so much for your kind words.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Mediocre at best for the food. Not bad but not memorable either. The service was slow and it took an hour to get our food. The server was clearly new and seemed frazzled the whole time

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French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 917 OpenTable diners.

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

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