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About French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar

French Meadow Bakery and Café brings you organic, fresh, sustainable farm-to-table cuisine in a creative, welcoming environment. 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

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

Cuisines:
American, Wine Bar, Farm-to-table

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast
Daily 7:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Daily 7:00 am–5:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

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.

Public Transit:
#4 and #113 at 26th Street and Lyndale

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

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French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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3.8

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4.2

value

4.0

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Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Lunch (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Casual (6)
Authentic (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
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Afternoon Coffee (3)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Food and atmosphere was good, but service was lacking. We arrived and I told them we had a reservation and they looked panicked. They seated us while we waited for the rest of our guests to arrive. The rest of our party then got seated at a different table and it took calling them to realize this. The hostess and wait staff seemed very confused and we got tossed around to a few different waitresses. I would go back hoping for a less confusing experience.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

The food in the dining room at French Meadow is excellent, but don't visit during a busy weekend. The service was inexcusably slow, even factoring in the extra time it takes to craft such delicious food. We weren't waited on at all for 15 minutes. Our drink order took 30 minutes to arrive and our entrees took over an hour. (And during that hour, no one was asked if they wanted another drink.) On top of that, the wait staff forgot parts of the order entirely and failed to deliver all of the dishes at the same time. Just.

Too bad. It's a beautiful space. But by the end, I was embarrassed to have brought together a small group at 6:30 to spend 2.5 hours on a one course meal.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

This restaurant was recommended by a friend who frequents this place. Unfortunately we visited on a night where something must have gone terribly wrong with the reservations system and dining room management. Since our friend who recommended the place was there with us, I know this was not a typical night. We had a reservation but when the walk-ins in front of us were seated first I was disappointed. When we finally had a table I was a little annoyed that the "high top" option I selected in open table wasn't acknowledged (but, this was not a deal breaker). Then things just continued to go downhill. We waited 10+ minutes and no one came to our table (we had to go find someone). The new guy (started 90 minutes before we arrived) brought us waters and wasn't prepared to take drink orders...but he ultimately did because our server still had not visited our table and it was going on 25 minutes. Finally we got our drinks...actually it was just one drink, the other two were out of stock so 2 people in our group of 3 had to revisit the menu (it's okay, this stuff happens). We finally got all the drinks and since our server still had not been found, the "manager" had the water guy take our order. It took well over an hour to get our food (which was delicious). What made this the most uncomfortable dining experience I've had in a while was when the "manager" came by to tell us a sad story about how the chef quit and something about someone's mom having cancer...went on to tell us all about how the dining room manager is new but has a phenomenal resume and how lucky they are to have her. I know she was trying to explain the inexcusable, but it was handled poorly. It's too bad we were only in Minneapolis less than two days and chose to visit this restaurant when they were having a rough night (major understatement) because I'm sure this is normally quite a lovely restaurant. I'd still like to acknowledge the kitchen staff for preparing a delicious meal for us.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

Great service and fresh tasty food.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 7 days ago

Our reservation was for 7:30PM. When we arrived we were told that they had over booked and we would have to wait for a table and would not get the booth we had requested.
Our waiting time was only about 15 minutes when we were seated at a small table between two other couples. Not the night out I was expecting but the food was excellent.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 7 days ago

We'd booked a reservation at Bluestem for Valentine's Day dinner, and when we arrived, the host told us "We overbooked for tonight, so it'll be about a 30-45-minute wait." No apology, no offer to take a drink order while we waited, just "I'll show you to the waiting area." There were a lot of embarrassed, uncomfortable-looking couples waiting there--so many that we doubted we'd get in before an hour after our reserved time. We were too hungry to wait that long, so we left. I'm still stunned at Bluestem's rudeness, leaving customers in the lurch like that on a special occasion and not having the decency to make any effort toward making it up to them. If you read other review sites, you'll see that the service at Bluestem is hit or miss. For me, their food is not worth rolling the dice again.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 7 days ago

Best mussels we have EVER had. Fantastic menu and tremendous flavors.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 7 days ago

Hadn't been here for 20 years. I was pleasantly surprised by all of the upgrades. It is a very nice restaurant now.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great service! Teen daughter trying out vegetarian diet currently and she was disappointed in her veggie burger meal. I had salmon curry and that special was excellent! The sauce was amazing. Everyone else thought their meals were okay. Would love to come in to town to try the breakfast menu.

Tags: Vegan, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I chose this restaurant based on the menu with several vegetarian and vegan options. The menu did not disappoint, the drinks and food were both very good. I was let down by the level of service, I'm not sure if it was the kitchen, bar, or our server, but the evening progressed very slowly and it did not seem overly busy in the restaurant. My reservation was for 7:00, we were seated around 7:20, but did not get served our first drinks until closer to 8:00 and the meal wasn't over until around 9:30 (we paid and left promptly after finishing our main courses). Given this, it seems the restaurant must have been understaffed for a Friday evening. I would visit French Meadow again, but probably as quick service, not sit down.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Healthy, Vegan
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was pedestrian. Service was slow, unapologetic and unfriendly.

Tags: Vegan
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great place - always enjoy French Meadow!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Long wait for table (with reservation); table location was freezing cold (we ate with our winter jackets on); long wait to place order, long wait for drinks, long wait for food

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The place was nice as well as the art work in the women's bathroom. The service from the host was quick and she sat us and actually read the notes and wished me a Happy Birthday. The server didn't even know it was a birthday booking but that was ok with me. She seemed to be in a rush. We didn't even get our water until we were half way done with our dinner because she totally forgot about it in the beginning. The vegan pasta entree I ordered was not what I expected nor did it have flavor, so I asked for red chili pepper flakes to improve the taste of it. I thought the sauce was a red sauce but apparently it seemed to be a carrot sauce. The restaurant should at least address what sauce is in the entree. I thought it was a red sauce with vegetables added in the sauce because on the menu stated only the vegetables. The fruit tart was good. We didn't get asked for refills on our beverages and I had ice tea. I would still come back to give this place a 2nd try but ordering something different off the menu and hope the server is more attentive.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We love French Meadow but this visit was disappointing due to a poor server. We waiting for over 10 minutes to be acknowledged by our server and then it took another several minutes to get our drinks. She seemed to be very unaware, asked if we had our appetizer when he actually had finished it. Very inattentive. Not our typical experience at FM.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I love French Meadow! So many options for any type of dietary restrictions you may have. I’m not vegan but I love trying their vegan dishes because they are so good!!!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Very reliable restaurant for good healthy food. Blue Stem is a beautiful bar. Server was superb.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Met friends for dinner before going to the theater. Everyone liked their food.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We were disappointed with the long wait, food mix-ups and disappointing service. We waited over a half hour for our French fries and when they arrived, they were barely warm. They tasted like they had sat on the counter too long before bringing to our table or had been reheated. Our main entree was supposed to be vegetarian but it came with chicken mixed in. We had to wait another 10 minutes for it to be remade while some of our table ate. The table next to us got their food way before us and they had a party of 12. Our family used to eat here every weekend but we stopped eating here due to the inconsistent and poor service. Last night after a year off from eating here, I went at my son's request for a special evening, but alas, nothing had changed. The service was still very poor and now it was apparent, the quality was going downhill as well. Go somewhere else for a special occasion.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our dinner at Bluestem was chaotic. We made a reservation, only to arrive and find out there was still a 20 minute wait for our table. We joined a group of about 15 other diners waiting for their tables in the waiting area. The manager was visibly stressed and couldn’t even be bothered to show us where the waiting area was, she just gestured vaguely over her shoulder when we asked. When we were finally seated it was at an awkward table between the waiting area and kitchen. People who were waiting were standing/leaning on our table so I was frequently getting elbowed in the head. Our server was probably the only staff member that didn’t seem stressed out by the huge crowd; he took his sweet time with everything he did. The food was good, but overall it was a disappointing experience. We won’t be back.

Tags: Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Top notch as always. Half off taps was a pleasant surprise, cauliflower wings were solid, and my favorite foods were excellent.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I love French Meadow, it is a gem in uptown and I always visit a few times when I'm in the cities. The Thanksgiving meal was great, seated right away at the bar and the food was out uber fast.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Fun, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, People Watching, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went there for Thanksgiving. I realize it was a holiday but the service was unbelievably bad. At first I made a reservation for two people, then called and added two more. When we checked in that had not been updated. We ordered drinks, salads and entrees all at the same time. We got 3 salads, not 4. The 4th salad arrived exactly when the entrees arrived. But we only got 3 of them with no explanation. Not wanting to have cold food two of us split one entree. About 30 minutes later the 4th entree arrived in a to go package. Even the server said she had no idea why that happened, but if she had been paying attention to our table she would have noticed only 3 of us got our salad and only 3 got entrees. Also the glassware was not clean.

Again, I realize it was Thanksgiving, but it seems they were understaffed or took on too many reservations for the staff they had.

The food was quite good but the evening was not very enjoyable because of the poor service.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I will definitely be back for regular service, but not for a special event. Even though we had a reservation, we waited 20 minutes to be seated. We then waited 15 minutes to be greeted by our server, then 10 more minutes to get our beer delivered. The Thanksgiving menu was great, but not worth the high prices and poor service. It felt like they weren't prepared for the amount of volume they were doing that night.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went for a holiday meal. Great food and service, with options for the traditional meal, vegan, or gluten free. Fabulous that everyone could fully enjoy the meal!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Healthy, Bar Seating
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My son and I drove from Michigan to Minneapolis to visit friends for a Thanksgiving weekend. I looked online for a restaurant that was open on the holiday and was pleased to find that French Meadow offered a special meal. We have eaten there for brunch on previous trips. Our reservation for Thanksgiving was for 1:30, and we arrived exactly on time and were seated immediately. That part was wonderful. My son and I each ordered the traditional turkey dinner. The odd thing was that our server brought it to us immediately (as in, after less than 3 minutes), almost as if it had been under a heat lamp. The slices of squash were crunchy. I'm not a gourmet, but that didn't seem right. Also, whereas the light turkey meat I was served was juicy, my slice of dark meat was like turkey jerky. So disappointed. If there's a next time, we'll go for Perkins.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We chose French Meadow for our meal on Thanksgiving Day because it provides the organic foods that our vegan sister enjoys. The food we had was excellent and efficiently served by Jalen.
The reservation system had not been updated for the day so there was confusion & miscommunication about our scheduled time. The staff handled it graciously & we were well taken care of.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We were a party of two vegans and two vegetarians. We loved the clear labels (even on the wine!) and the plentiful options for everyone. Everything was delicious, except for the rose cake, which was dry and flavorless. Overall a great experience.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 11, 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 10, 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 7, 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 5, 2017

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

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 28, 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 21, 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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 19, 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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 14, 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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 (Las Vegas)·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 6, 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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