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French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar

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768 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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Good Vegetarian Options
We are now open for indoor and patio dining, with all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Reservations are required by MN state regulations, and we encourage guests to wear masks. In accordance with local regulations, the maximum party size is 4 guests, or 6 if all guests are family members.

French Meadow Café & Bluestem brings 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, & omnivore alike -- plus a selection of local beers, cocktail specials, organic/sustainable wines, as well as our signature sourdough 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.

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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
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
What 768 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined a day ago
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
46 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
1 review
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
5 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.

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kashka
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Have always loved breakfasting at French Meadow Cafe, especially now when outside seating is available. Coffee was excellent as was the food. But do not understand response from waitress when inquired about getting a glass of water. She said she could not do it because it's tap water and "it could be contaminated." Isn't tap water used to brew the coffee?

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MeghanK
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very beautiful scenery. We were sat in the shade so not too hot. Fantastic menu and great food. Made for a wonderful birthday brunch.

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SarahS
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was excellent!!!

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

I am always amazed by the food here. I a pescatarian and it has to be my favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities. Service was so so. Had to ask for water twice. Had to ask for Cream for my tea twice. Need better management of the employees.

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TaraH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely Vegan Friendly! Wonderful options for vegetarians and non-vegetarians as well. Superb quality, friendly service, beautiful quaint atmosphere.

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ChagoD
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cool place everything seemed to be timely if you're on the patio go to the side because lyndale has some rather noisy vehicles going by

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ShanonT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Awesome gluten free options. Something for everyone. Delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Reserved an outside table. They got us seated fast It was clean and orderly. There was, however, quite a lot of hornets harassing us and other tables. When able, people got transferred to other tables. You get a lot of unpleasant ambient noise from Lyndale, but with two people, conversation was still easy. Cold press was lovely, and there was lots of non-dairy options for cream. Waitstaff was disappointingly absent. Clearly she had way too many tables, some of which wrapped around corners out of sight. If you eat here, order drinks, apps, and food IMMEDIATELY, or prepare to be abandoned. There was a 20-30 minute gap between drink orders and food orders. This was probably due to the fact that the people who brought us our things were not our actual waiter but some other staff member. I have no idea what our waiter was doing in the meantime since I never saw her once holding drinks or a plate as she passed. Once we actually ordered, food/drink prep fortunately was fast and fresh and delivered within 10 minutes (not by our waiter, but by someone different). Food was delicious, but not for the price. We wanted some condiments with our brunch but our waiter never checked in on us and did not return after taking our order until 15+minutes after we finished it, at which point we asked for our bill. Overall, the tasty food made the poor service and dining environment tolerable but I can’t say I was too thrilled.

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AliciaL
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely time dining for brunch on the patio. It is a bit noisy because of the busy street.

We were disappointed that for some reason they were only selling glass-bottled spring water to the tune of $5. Honestly, that seemed like a COVID gimmick. We weren't told it was that pricy for water.

Otherwise, service was great, food was good, and coffee was flowing!

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JeremyK
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful little breakfast. Strict social distancing and protective measures were in place.

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JodiT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Loved the bar dining. Great bartender Brona made amazing cocktails. Smoked salmon eggs scramble made a great dinner!

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CandaceO
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our first experience at French Meadow! We will definitely be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great experience though service seemed a little hectic.

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Healing
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous staff and food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

An Uptown institution. Hoping this place never closes.

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vipHottJohnny
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing - our favorite food, drinks, service, and great patio.

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Travis
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was great. The coffee was always topped off as well as the water. Service was prompt and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a lovely brunch at one of my faves in Minneapolis last Sat. How I missed the patio, but what a treat to be seated in the back under the hanging lights. The food was delicious as always. Gotta love an eggs Benedict! Service and cleanliness in the time of Covid were also top-notch. Thank you!!

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DarrylC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The service seems to seem detracted and unintentional about their service.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful. Service was friendly and professional. Will definitely return

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Garrett
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and good drinks. Noisy if sitting outside by the street.

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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 4.5 stars by 768 OpenTable diners.

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

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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