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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Mon - Tue 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luckily we found parking right out front, our server was great and super fast, fastest service we’ve had! Super good food, lots of great vegan options.

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LW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was great. Wonderful to feel so satisfied and know you are healthy. A little expensive for our income but it was well worth it. It is a wonderful place to go when you want something special.

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Z
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 16 and were seated in a private room. It was pretty quiet, and the service was excellent. We’ll definitely go back again.

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SM
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a private room for 16 people. It was quiet so we could talk and hear each other. The service was great. The food was very good. We all enjoyed our brunch.

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LR
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience and more terrific in the food department. I loved all the selections our group got. I especially liked that the gluten free options were not cardboard. the atmosphere was most inviting and intimate all the same time. My favorite thing was the classical music playing !!

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JD
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

I have loved French Meadow for years, which is why I selected it for Mother's Day brunch. However, I am not certain I will be back. Our servers were lovely; they kept apologizing for the shortfalls. My blame is management. They attempted to service walk-ins and the Mother's Day crowd and it failed miserably. Food was overcooked, cold and took over an hour. Servers had no knowledge of specials posted on Open Table, but did honor it after I showed them. Please plan better for future holidays so you don't disappoint other loyal patrons.

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CW
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We've been going to French Meadow since the 70's. I confess I miss the old hippie frou-frou vibe but the food is good and it's still a great place for breakfast (like after Northern Spark about 6:30 am when they start serving in the morning). It was kind of noisy (and crowded) on our recent visit, but the patio is really excellent. I've never not enjoyed dinner at the French Meadow, and I'll never turn down a chance to have supper there.

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PK
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food, but the room was noisy and there was a cool draft over the table.

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KK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

French Meadow was fabulous, they accommodated our large group and made the experience extra special. Our waiter Tom was extraordinary!!! 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕. Thank you for a lovely experience!

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w
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the perfect place for excellent food when you have a gluten and dairy free diet. The food is creative and delicious...and dishes I have never had but would absolutely want again

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CT
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

French Meadow Cafe has made a commitment to sustainable and ethical food. They are, and have been, a leader in this ideology and industry. This is a place you can feel happy about supporting. It doesn’t hurt that their food is absolutely AMAZING either. Highly recommend.

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NB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good and had minimal wait. The noise level was extremely loud until the restaurant was half full. Difficult to hear a conversation due to noise level.

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f
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Service was mediocre. My salad came without the tofu I had asked for. They brought it separately after I mentioned it. Not knowledgeable about the beer selections. My salad nicoise had only 3 pieces of tuna for $16, which seemed skimpy to me.

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UK
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar none, my favorite restaurant in the cities. Our family, including the 5-year old, eat plant-based but lives in the burbs, so this is our go-to restaurant for trips to MPLS. I love that breakfast and lunch are low-key, counter-order style while you can enjoy a longer sit-down meal for dinner. The vegan options for both kids and adults are aplenty and outstanding. The tempeh Reuben is a long-time favorite of mine and has become my 5-yo son's as well. Last weekend I tried the vegan caesar salad and was floored. Not only was the vegan caesar dressing to die for - the crunchy savory cauliflower and "cheese" sprinkled on top of this beautiful salad were quickly devoured by my 5-year old as well. Another reason we go to FM are their desserts. Our favorites are the vegan seasonal fruit bars and crumbles as well as the fruit cream tarts. I appreciate that all the desserts we've tried are full of flavor but not overly sweet. Absolutely delicious. Can't wait to get back!

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SP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Getting together for breakfast with my dad to check out a new place - definitely worth it. Will be coming back to try several other items on the menu!

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MA
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were first seated by some very loud guests, and then asked to be moved. The hostess was kind and generous with our request. The service was exemplary.

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R
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We reserved a dinner time and then we were off to the Garth Brooks concert. The evening dinner was more than delicious, it was fabulous. We had an almond coated walleye and what I would call an assortment of accompaniments to a wonderfully sauced lamb. The lamb entree was absolutely the best and I am very hard to please. We also had a super dessert that we shared or should I say fought over and it was warmed apple crisp with home made whipped cream. Thanks for a wonderful dinner and evening. We have not been the Cafe for several years but we are coming back SOON !!!!!

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MF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Overall, a great experience! The food was tasty, atmosphere pleasant as always, and coffee was delicious! The only minor issue I experienced was that there was only one server for the floor, so service was fairly slow. We had to continue asking for coffee refills because they didn't come and check in. Otherwise, a most excellent experience. I will be going again!

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JK
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was outstanding, we add reservation we're seated on time.
Really love this place was disappointed in our server. She never looked you in the face no smile we felt like we are rushed. Not very absorbent I was out of tea never noticed. Didn't check back with her table we had a flag her down, completely understand the weekends they are busy. I was a waitress an a bartender at one time and there's never any excuse for bad service. Always smile no matter what... always check back with your tables...
Will come back for sure for the food!!

French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar
Responded on April 30, 2019

Thanks so much for the compliments, and please accept apologies for your server issues, which are out of the ordinary! We are proud of our staff, who are generally very upbeat and accommodating -- they are expected to be attentive and available to customers at all times -- but your experience was definitely beneath our standard. Very much appreciate that you'll be back!!

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Surly waitstaff. But it was at the end of brunch rush. Probably tired

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We went for a quick breakfast before driving back to Canada. The server behind the counter didn’t really greet us but we proceeded to place our order. Food was great portions and good coffee. Nothing special about to very casual!

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R
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We had to wait quite a bit for our server. Service was slow. Had requested seating in Blue Stem area but did not get it

French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar
Responded on April 30, 2019

Please accept our apologies for the wait and especially for not getting your requested seating -- we take great care to make sure reservations accommodate guest requests, but clearly it went wrong in your case. We are also taking a note of the service issues for that date and will address it. But we are so happy you enjoyed your food! I do hope you'll try us again -- be assured the slow service and mis-assigned seating request are not our norm.

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JM
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Holiday lunch, it was busy - glad we had a reservation. Food & service were both really good. Nice to sit and enjoy without feeling rushed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Food was amazing! The service was embarrassing. We ordered a cinnamon roll to share for our table and had to go ask for small plates, we hadn’t seen our waitress for 20 min and had to refill our own coffee and lastly our Bloody Mary’s were brought out after we finished our brunch. Other than the actual food we were very disappointed with our experience and would recommend to our friends.

French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar
Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you for the compliment on food, and please accept our sincere apologies for the service lapse you encountered on this visit -- even on busy days. we expect all servers to be attentive, responsive, and available to our customers.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful delicious food and nice ambiance

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f
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.

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R
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to this highly recommended cafe, and it didn't disappoint. My granddaughter and I both were extremely satisfied with our food choices in a comfortable and cheerful setting... Thank you-- we shall return!

French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar
Responded on April 22, 2019

Thank you so much!! We look forward to your next visit.

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p
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food choices, fresh to order, server very knowledgeable and attentive. Love the option of self serve with same menu choices. Parking can be an issue in the lot and sometimes on the street.

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I
Minneapolis
47 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The Harvest Salad with salmon was terrific, we had to wait for service--I felt they were understaffed. I was not in a hurry, so not an issue. I will continue to come back, nice place for a conversation, and free parking.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was perfect only thing was our server was slow maybe he was new?

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Love the quality and choice of vegan veg and carnivore options. Lots of GF too.

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RD
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

No one took our name or seemed to be aware of our opentable reservation. But when we said we had made a reservation w open table, they seated us at a great booth. Good food. Weren’t able to serve certain drinks because of missing ingredients.

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K
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Unfortunately, we were sat next to a very loud 10+ top table which made the time unenjoyable because it was hard for the older lady sitting with me to hear anything I said to her. Thus making her upset an not enjoying the stay

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M
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is second visit and both have been good. Able to sit and relax and enjoy good food and friends

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AT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

We have come here many times but this last time asxmafe me rethink this place. I ordered walleye sandwich which came so small and over cooked with almost no sauce and greens so doused in dressing I couldn’t eat it. We barely saw our waitress. Worst experience I’ve ever had at French Meadow!

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S
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parking is absolutely terrible especially in the winter when the sidewalks are not walkable.

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T
Minneapolis
58 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not super busy, but server seemed to have a lot of tables to tend to...so a bit slow to return, but she was a very good server

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B
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy our meals here....the cocktails were yummy! Our server was a lovely young lady who was very attentive and friendly. I had the walleye and my husband had the short ribs, both were excellent!

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R
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an overall excellent experience! The food was incredible, and the service was great. For those those who are gluten-sensitive and vegan, this is a great place to eat!!

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SM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent environment for work dinner. Brought a colleague who is vegetarian. He loved it.

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