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Kafe 421

4.7
816 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
"If you are looking for a casual place to eat . . . one that serves fresh, home-cooked food with a modern sensibility, add Kafe 421 to your list. Noticeably more subdued and less expensive than most other restaurants with food standards this high, 421 has something for everyone. [Owner Georgia Sander] keeps the "world pantry" combination of ingredients flowing along smoothly, focusing on Latin or Mediterranean flavors. For those on a budget, the sandwich list is creative and extensive . . . Keeping everyone happy seems to be Kafe 421's forte." Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Global, International, American
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Hours of operation
Open for Lunch and Dinner 7 Days A Week

Monday - Thursday 11 AM - 9 PM, Friday & Saturday 11 AM - 10 PM, Sundays Closed
Open Easter Sunday and Mother's Day
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Phone number
(612) 623-4900
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Georgia Sander - Owner
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Catering
With twenty years of catering experience, Kafe 421 is capable and eager to help with any catering needs, whether it is a grand wedding or a box lunch order. Are catering menu can be seen on the website. We take care of all the nuts and bolts. From food to flowers to servrs we take the party out of your hands and let you enjoy yourself! Call and speak with Georgia or Antigoni for more event planning information.
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Cross street
Between 4th & 5th Street
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Parking details
There are several municipal lots located in Dinkytown. If you have any questions regarding these lots, please call the restaurant, 612-623-4900.

There are two hour meters throughout the neighborhood. Payment for these goes into the payboxes located in the center of our block. The machines accept coins and credit/debit cards.

Please check our website for new and updated parking information.
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Public transit
University of Minnesota area, so bus stops are prevalent
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Special events & promotions
Kafe 421 specializes in private events. Our back dining room is the perfect spot for a Groom's Dinner or Bridal Shower, or event your office holiday party. Room Fee apply Monday - Saturday and the space is free on Sunday's!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 816 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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DeanC 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Our first time. We made a reservation but still had to wait 10-15 minutes for a table. Not a problem but, if you were on a tight schedule, it could be an issue. Food was good. Had stuffed grape leaves as an appetizer and one of the best we have had. Would have liked to see more Greek options. Overall, a good experience. Waitpeople were very helpful and friendly. We would return.

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eatingout (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Warm greeting and ease as party slowly arrived. Friendly wait staff. Variety of foods to select from. We enjoyed the evening. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Post Valentine dinner. Food was good, had a sampler appetizer. The funniest item was the chicken “satay”. This is a Mediterranean restaurant and the taste from the grill was delightful- but not anything like Thai satay ;-). The feta and artichoke spread, tztziki and Greek meatballs were delightful. I had the vegetarian moussaka, and my date had the rack of lamb. Both very good (and flavorful) with a nice presentation.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Everything we ordered was fabulous. The Harvest Salad which is so good on its own, and the steak we ordered with it was perfectly cooked and made a filling meal in itself. The saffron chicken was great as was the appetizer platter. We love this place!

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vipMike (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Halibut outstanding. Everyone extremely friendly. Nice place.

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vipPartyofsix (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

It's a dark restaurant. Everyone is pleasant but there was only one server the entire night. She did well but management should have had more staff.
Food was ok - not great
Wine list was mediocre
I won't go again although it's probably fine for college kids

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

We arrive and were seated right on time. Our waitress had many tasks but did an excellent job! Our dinners were very good. I enjoyed the Scallops. On Tuesday evenings they offer a salad, pasta dish, and dessert special. It looked wonderful. I will be back again very soon. A wonderful place to eat prior to Gopher Athletic events.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Our waitress was fantastic! She helped us find selections that fit with our dietary needs. Super friendly and great at her job!

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vipsteve55126 (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

I've written of Kafe 421 before, and can't say enough good things about it. I don't normally frequent restaurants more than once or twice a year, but the exception is Kafe 421. It's our "go to" place for a nice meal with great service and food. So many restaurants in the Twin Cities are pretentious and slightly snobby - not Kafe 421!

It is a special place that deserves your patronage. We keep coming back again and again and it is always excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

This is a gem of a restaurant. I have been coming here for years -- it is my go-to place. The food is excellent, the ambience charming, and the staff very hospitable. Thank you Georgia and staff.

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vipRussR (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Kafe 421 is a rare restaurant in that it is creative, dependable, friendly and fairly priced. The owner, Georgia, is a real professional and her spirit and courtesy imbues her team.

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RobandCindyfirsttime (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Very good food, ambiance, and service.
The staff was personable and knowledgeable.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

Kafe 421 is always a joy to visit! We met for a lovely lunch, had great service, great food and left stuffed. The unique menu, warm atmosphere and delicious food always leaves a smile on our face.

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vipMVEfromMN (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Good food and great service in a fun dinkytown location. The overall ambiance of the space does not do the food and service justice.

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Nancy (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

I️ thought the desserts were a bit small for the price, but everything else was very good and a decent value

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vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

great food , authentic Greek recipes, and lots of other choices, too. Great Value, we had several different meals and app with a party of four and they were all excellent. I don't know this, but it felt like a family run restaurant. Highly recommend.

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Ruth (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food and great atmosphere. People were friendly and prices were reasonable.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

Great food

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Cheryl (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on November 2, 2017

Tried the Gorgonzola burger and Gooey Brownie dessert. Both are outstanding! Will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on October 30, 2017

Fabulous food and courteous service! We would go back again. Love the 1/2 price bottle of wine option on Monday night.

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vipfoody (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on October 25, 2017

Great salad and seafood options! Had a hard time choosing which menu item to order. We’ll be back!

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vipSher (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

We love it here!! The quality never disappoints us and the service is perfect!

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on October 19, 2017

No vegan options but there were a couple things that could have been customized to veganize. I had salad which had butternut squash and other yummy fall veggies in it. The dressing was very heavy and greasy but I was too busy talking to eat much. It did take quite awhile to get a server to take our order, and then to get the bill. My friend had the bouillabaisse and was enjoying it until she bit into a bad mussel. A very, very bad mussel that made her quite ill and basically ruined the night. She did mention it to our server who played it off almost like it was somehow my friend's fault and then said "well other than that, how was the meal?" Oh you mean other than getting violently ill? I felt the bouillabaisse should have been taken off our bill but it wasn't - nothing was comped and there was no apology, though my friend was too passive to press the issue.

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JeffofMinnetonka (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

We really enjoyed our meal here. There was a nice variety of items on the menu but not too many as to be overwhelming. The service was perfect. The wait staff was attentive and kept my water glass full. The food came out in a timely manor and was hot and tasty. We will definitely be going back. As a side note, the fresh cut fries were perfect. They reminded me of the excellent fries sold at the state fair.

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foodieextreme (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on October 10, 2017

food and service, as always, very good. had the saffron chicken - it was yummy and just what I needed at the end of a long day. fantastic comfort food.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

Amazing food as always. Nice experience. Very reasonable prices.

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vipMoi1 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

Great food and service -- pleasant switch from more standard fare in the area!

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

This was the fourth time that we ate at Kafe 421. We keep coming back because every entree is tasty, service is good, and the value is high. If you are going to a gopher sporting event, let them know and they will get you out in time. Every daily special has been excellent. Service is friendly and efficient.

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GailB (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

Sharing a meal with friends and family is always a treat at Kafe 421. Delicious food and friendly staff.

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Shelly (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on September 13, 2017

Kafe 421 never disappoints. The food and service is always excellent. The tiramisu is my favorite!

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