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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

French Meadow offers vegan, gluten-free and traditional options for Thanksgiving. Enjoy an organic, festive holiday meal in the heart of Uptown –– celebrating 35 years.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Thank you for choosing French Meadow for this special day! We do require a credit card on file for holiday reservations; no charge will be applied to groups that dine with us. A $50 charge will be applied to groups that cancel under 48 hours notice.

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What 626 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.0
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4.3
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J
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific healthy food options!! Many to choose from.

TG
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!!! Food was delicious!

F
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this restaurant! The coffee, food, waitstaff and atmosphere is wonderful! Parking can be tricky, but well worth it!

French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thanks so much for the review!!! I hope to see you back soon. Oh - and keep in mind that recently we added to our free customer parking options with dedicated indoor parking across the street in the Rex26 building (it's at the ALDI level of the garage - look for the French Meadow signs).

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for holding our requested table!

French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar
Responded on November 12, 2019

You're welcome :)

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NO
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant! lots of variety and everything, literally everything is so good! This is one of my family’s favorite places to go when they are in town. Highly recommend from brunch to dinner, this place is the best.

LK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The noise was very loud, making conversation difficult.

I ordered the squash ravioli, which was swimming in oil. I couldn't eat it. Instead, I shared another person's food (turkey burger, which was very good).

When I told our server about the ravioli, she just shrugged her shoulders. She didn't offer any compensation or apology for the meal.

MM
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Our server was not very attentive and didn’t apologize for the slow service at all. We had to ask over and over again for things. It was really quite poor service.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere; has an eclectic menu and cocktails. Great restaurant for an upscale meal.

M
St. Louis
41 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The vibe is a comfortable community. The menu is extensive with something for everyone including carnivores, vegetarians and vegans.

We were a bit confused arriving for a late lunch having made a reservation and no hostess/host was available. One orders from the extensive menu (grab a hard copy at the start of the line and have a seat to peruse ) and seats one's self in the large front room with booths and tables and countors. There is a back room with more booths and a bar but we weren't sure if it was seat yourself or what. Again, no hostess or host on duty to direct confused tourists.

After ordering, the staff brings your food to the table with the help of an identifying stanchion. Our sandwiches and salads were substantial, well crafted, fresh and tasty. The lemonade was a nice tart-sweet but it wasn't obvious how to get more and no staff was immediately available to ask.

While the menu is extensive and takes a bit of time to consider, it was the dessert case that almost had us undone. Cakes and bars and cookies or my! We settled on a couple of bars and anticipated their pleasure. There is no witty way to say this: bars were not good. Dry, hard, flavorless!

Bottomline: Enjoy the vibe, be self-sufficient, eat your entree with relish and skip the dessert.

JS
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We ordered drinks and food together right off the bat and waited about 20 minutes for our drinks and another 45 for our food to come out. Extremely long wait times between Seeing our server on the floor at all, which was surprising for how busy it was on a Saturday night. My friends and I always enjoy a meal here, but the service was disappointing this time.

F
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Usually I love French Meadow. A few misses this time. We had an unfriendly and unresponsive server. The restaurant was cold. The wine by the glass selection was very light. The server was not happy about bringing a sample. The Moscow mule was okay but not served in a copper mug. And my ribs were - fatty. The whole exp was okay but could have been so much better. Maybe the reason there were so many empty tables.

OJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dunes at the bar and got some solid recommendations from a female bartender - short rib and Zucca - a sweet potato hash-like side. Both were perfectly seasoned and executed.

MG
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Yes. Friendly, casual service. Tasty food and a inviting space make it all an enjoyable weekend breakfast.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great service. Really clean, creative, and sustainable menu.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Loved the buffalo cauliflower app! Lots of choices for vegetarian.

f
Minneapolis
33 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food ware great.

RD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fruit tart is amazing!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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
Overall3food1service4ambience4

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
Overall3food2service2ambience2

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MP
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful menu of healthy items for all dining preferences!

M
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not quite as good as our first visit but still acceptable

LJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

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
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

C
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall3food5service3ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food5service2ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KH
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

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
Overall2food2service1ambience2

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food5service5ambience2

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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!

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