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About French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar

We are an urban watering hole where carnivores, vegans, & vegetarians can free range together serving wine with a conscience, 16 local craft taps, artisan & organic food pairings. We offer a range of innovative dessert & pastry items that are traditional, gluten free, & vegan.

2610 Lyndale Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:


Breakfast: Monday - Thursday: 6:30am - 2:00pm

Breakfast: Friday- Sunday: 6:30am - 3:00pm


Lunch: Daily 6:30am-5:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,
Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
26th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(612) 870-7855

Website:
http://frenchmeadowcafe.com/

Catering:
Contact Jennifer to learn more about catering at catering@frenchmeadowcafe.com

Parking Details:
French Meadow / Bluestem now has two parking lots adjacent to the North and South sides of the building for your convenience.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

French Meadow's abundant Thanksgiving dinner menu has something for everyone, including vegan, gluten-free, & vegetarian specialties in addition to traditional favorites. To accompnay your dinner, we offer an extensive wine list plus local brews & craft cocktails. We are now taking reservations.

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The iconic French Meadow Bakery & Café has been a front-runner and trendsetter when it comes to serving organic, locally grown, and healthy menu options. We look forward to exceeding your expectations while creating a memorable experience.

French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Healthy (20)
Gluten Free Options (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
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Good for a Date (13)
Organic (13)
Vegan (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Authentic (10)
Special Occasion (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Casual (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Cozy (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Fun (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Great Beer (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Romantic (4)
Worth the Drive (3)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Business Meals (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This is one of our favorite go to restaurants. The food and drink is always good and they have a great selection of vegetarian options. Usually the service is good as well, however, this time is was terrible! We waited 25 minutes for our scheduled table, then 25 minutes for the server and even when the restaurant thinned out we asked for more water and never received it and our when we asked for the check we waited another 15-20 minutes....hopefully this was just a bad night

Tags: Special Occasion, Vegan, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our server Kathryn was super. She was friendly and helpful. Food was great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Wife's birthday. 4 people. Very good food. Wonderful beer, half priced. Delicious chocolate deserts, with a birthday candle. Absolutely great waitress. No nonsense, totally attentive, very sweet, the best. Great birthday dinner for my wife. The bar, large booths and atmosphere in Blue Stem is outstanding. Be back soon.

Tags: Great Beer, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Vegan, Healthy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great food, service was slow at times. But very pleasant

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Our food was delicious, our was server was not very good, and when I make a reservation for BlueStem I expect to be seated there and not in the café. We were very disappointed in our experience.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 26, 2017

This is one of the few restaurants that has a broad range of vegetarian options...and they are all delicious! It is my go-to place when I want to get together with friends

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (London)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We arrived early and they were pretty busy, so waitress let us to sit at the bar to wait. The food is more for brunch, or just light dinner. However the portion is pretty big. I love their interiors decoration.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great, as usual. One of my favorite restaurants in the Twin Cities.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Organic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

WHy have reservations if you don't actually reserve tables?

And my husbands BBQ shrimp came with the shells on - super annoying and messy to peel with all the sauce on them.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

I have loved French Meadow forever and a couple years ago we ate at Bluestem for an anniversary dinner and it was SO GOOD. But this time it SO MEDIOCRE. Disapointed. The cheese plate was a wonderful way to start but I got the tempeh Reuben and I'm not even sure the tempeh was cooked, it was cold. My husband got the veggie burger and both the bun and the burger was so crumbly he gave up trying to eat it... his parents had the pork chop special and they both liked that a lot so that was a high point. Our kids got he macaroni and cheese and neither of them would eat it. The server was excellent. Apparently he usually works at the other location so he was a little confused at times but super helpful nonetheless.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (South Dakota)·Dined on October 7, 2017

So good! Had a couple gluten free diners with us and had plenty of options. Food was spectacular! Can dress up or down. Service was great. A little noisy but didn't interefere too much with conversation. Recommend reservation for dinner.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Cozy
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We've been coming to Bluestem since it opened in French Meadow and have never been as disappointed as last night.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We absolutely love Blue Stem on all fronts....Great food, drinks, service ambience. Definitely our go to place for all occasions.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Casual, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Romantic, Organic, Notable Wine List
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Love this place. My gf and I made it a goal to try dishes outside our favorites, and they were all excellent. Fantastic staff as always!!

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

A unique and interesting restuarant, with a lively atmosphere.
The Chichen Picatta was superb!
I look forward to my next visit!

Tags: Organic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Healthy
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We have been here a handful of times. We have found some dinner items such as the salad and mussels consistent. We went there tonight and sat outside, the service was slow. We had the apple and cheddar salad and it was great as always. Unfortunately we ordered the mussels and it was oily and over salted coupled with a buttered bread made this hard to enjoy. The server said it was prepared as it should have been. There are a number of other options around I would choose before going back even though they do have a great space inside or out!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 21, 2017

French Meadow as always came through for a family get together.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

I have eaten brunch outside at French Meadow before but this was the first time I have had dinner here. We did eat inside and I found it to be a very inviting atmosphere. I love the lights and branches on the wall. Very creative! We ate, drank & visited for three hours. It was a Wednesday evening & they were not overly busy so we felt comfortable just taking our time. The service was very good & so was the food. Thank you for a lovely evening French Meadow!! We will be back! ☺

Tags: Organic, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Hmm, Bluestem was off its game. The squash ravioli, while satisfyingly al dente, was swimming in oil and garnished with overly salty sage leaves. The veggie burger was just OK--the stale bun didn't help. Service was slow even though the restaurant wasn't busy. We'll hesitate returning, as there are so many other choices in the area.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Amazing food. Outstanding Mussels & Braised Beef.
Great sausage platter. Definitely recommend. Service was OK, but food more than made up for it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great place, reasonably priced... my go to restaurant!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Excellent food and service. Everything was delicious.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Lovely service. Quick efficient and friendly. Great food. Fresh inviting and delicious. Our server gave us a free slice of cake at the end of the meal too!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 22, 2017

We LOVE French Meadow. My husband and I met in fell in love in Elliot park nearly 8 years ago. Since then we’ve always gone to French Meadow for special dates. I’ve always had diet restrictions and French Meadow has always had something I can eat. We are now vegans and we can enjoy everything from the wine menu to desserts. We will continue coming back!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 21, 2017

My vegetarian daughter was visiting from out of state and had not seen the changes to French Meadow. We love the Blue Stem decor and menu options. Food was great!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The look of the restaurant-bar is modern. The food itself was decent. The service was AWFUL. We were from out of town and I wouldn't go back and I wouldn't recommend it.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Good meal. I had a wide variety of desserts

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·Dined on August 10, 2017

The food was amazing but it is a bit more costly than my usual places. My waitress was amazing about checking for tree nuts in my choices. I have an anaphylactic allergy to tree nuts and she was so amazing and patient when I asked her about tree nuts as ingredients! I will definitely go back just for the amazing service and great atmosphere!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Cozy, Seasonal, Great Beer, Gluten Free Options, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Due to traffic we arrived for our reservation slightly late, but were assured that there was plenty of time for us to dine and make it to an evening concert. I would estimate that the restaurant was about 1/2 to 2/3 full. After we were seated, it took 10 -15 minutes for our waitress first stop by (this was aggravated by the fact that she stopped to greet and take orders from a nearby table that arrived 10 minutes after us). I figured some miscommunication with hostess, and thought nothing of it.

Food service was quick, wine recommendation was on point, food quality was extremely good. One dinner was vegetarian and gluten free and still potential menu items abounded.

However, after we had eaten, and our waitress was aware of time constraints, it took 10+ minutes for her to run our credit card. She forgot to bring back the requested to go boxes, which then took another 10 minutes to grab. All in all these three periods of waiting were considerably longer than the time to fire and prepare the dinners.

Will potentially come back, but the spotty service is significantly out of line for the ambiance and caliber of the food.

Tags: Organic, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Always consistently delicious. Love the clean eating options to satisfy every diet restriction and option. So tasty! I recommend this place and we eat here often.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Casual, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Vegan
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 17, 2017

French Meadow Cafe and Bluestem is the restaurant not to be confused with their carryout bakery (French Meadow Cafe and Bakery). The menu is varied and interesting. There are lots of options for vegetarians and vegans, but carnivores will be plenty happy too. Good service, pretty atmosphere and a great wine list all make for a lovely evening.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 16, 2017

We enjoyed the intimate seating of the circular booth. The food was delicious but the guacamole was sparse compared to the chips. It took a while to be waited on and served drinks and then again to take our order.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 13, 2017

We've been to the French Meadow a few times and I don't know what happened on Thursday night but it was terrible. The food was too salty and greasy. We did send it back and that's not my m.o. I brought friends there and was actually embarrassed to have suggested it.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Such a cute place. Loved the friendly staff and decor. Lots of options every diet.

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 (Manitoba)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Excellent as always!!!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 1, 2017

The Spa salad was amazing, the best tofu I have ever had. The open faced steak sandwich was delicious, a little light on the steak in my opinion. Fries were fresh and tasted great. My wife is vegan, she got the butternut squash ravioli, she loved it but the oil was a little overdone. We loved our meals and will definitely be back.

Tags: Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 30, 2017

we always love French Meadow and go whenever my daughter returns to town.. the outdoor seating was prefect for an early dinner and we had some great wines' in the white wine flight

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 30, 2017

My husband and I decided to go here for our anniversary to try something new, with a gluten free menu. It was a super casual place with a fun menu. We will definitely go back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 25, 2017

What a great spot to dine! My family of 5 went to French Meadow and we were impressed. My daughter is vegan and there are plenty of great options for her and the whole family. Great drink and beer selections, large portions of food and a great price! Oh and what a fabulous bakery area too! Go!

Tags: Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Vegan, Organic, Cozy, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Food was great and I was pleased with the drinks. The service was a bit slow, but they were understaffed that night...appreciated the efforts though!

Tags: Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options
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