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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/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, 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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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.0

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Healthy (24)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Gluten Free Options (17)
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Neighborhood Gem (16)
Organic (16)
Good for a Date (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Vegan (13)
Special Occasion (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Authentic (9)
Casual (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Cozy (5)
Fun (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Hot Spot (4)
People Watching (4)
Romantic (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Great Beer (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Business Meals (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3, 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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 29, 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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·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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·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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·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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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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 (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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