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Kafe 421

4.7
852 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Birthdays
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"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!
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 852 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great selection of food options. Our waitress was efficient and helpful on a busy Mother's Day evening.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Love, love the fresh salads! The scallops were delicious, and the service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Kafe 421 is always a lovely place to take guests. I appreciate their wide range of dishes and polite and attentive service. We celebrated Mother’s Day early here and my parents - who can sometimes have trouble hearing - were so pleased that it was quiet enough to have a nice conversation.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

The food is consistently outstanding and the service is fast and very friendly. The menu has some very creative dishes that you don't see anywhere else near campus.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

We visited this restaurant while our kids were playing tennis on campus. The owner and her husband were very friendly and hospitable! We had several appetizers and wine, which were very good. We’re so glad to have found this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

High quality FRESH ingredients, carefully prepared. Interesting choices, excellent spices. We got our meal in less than 10 minutes, and were able to enjoy it before having to get back to the office.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

I loved the Saffron chicken and whole table enjoyed the Caesar salad. My friend enjoyed the salmon dish and ate every morsel. Husbands thought pasta special was great & we could not pass up the Baklava... I was sad I had to share it with 3 others 🙂Turned out to be a busy night with a large party, yet our waitress was amazing and there was no waiting. I can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

I’d recommend Kafe 421 for any occasion! It’s a cute, comfortable place with great food and excellent happy hour and date night specials. The eggplant Parmesan, mussels, eggplant dip and artichoke dip are among my favorites but you really can’t go wrong with anything. Oh, and try their tomato soup and baklava—yum!

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Kafe 421 never disappoints. Tasty and creative salads are the best

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

This has been a special restaurant for us since it opened. We like quiet meals for just the two of us and we also like to share it with friends and our family.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Delicious greek salad with shrimp! Also loved the "spreads" appetizer - very delicious.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We decided to try Kafe 421 after reading a review. The food was very good, the service great, and at a reasonable price. The parking, however, was a big problem. There is no parking lot, and since the restaurant is near the University, on street parking is at a minimum...especially if there is something special happening. I would definitely go again, but maybe not on a weekend.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

We loved the menu including wonderful authentic Greek options. Excellent service, pleasant surroundings. The happy hour wine was delicious at a great price. I appreciated the glutenfree choices. Fresh, delicious food!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Delicious, reasonably priced and artistically presented food in a welcoming and relaxed environment. . One of our favorite restaurants, quite a gem.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We were significantly late for our reservation because finding parking was a bit of a challenge on a Saturday night in Dinkeytown. When we walked in, we apologized for being late and explained the situation. Next thing we know, Kafe 421 is serving us an appetizer of pita and hummus to make up for the difficulty finding parking. Now THAT is superb service. The food at the restaurant is great, and the prices are reasonable. The menu clearly has Greek roots and I wish they would embrace that more with a few more traditional dishes. Still, a neighborhood gem. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The spanakopeta and vegetarian mousaka were delicious. Had reservations and were seated right away.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Cafe 421 is always me first choice for an enjoyable meal before a Northrop ballet.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

If there are more capable restauranteurs in Minneapolis, I haven't found them. This restaurant feels like a small town eatery in a big city. The atmosphere is wonderful, the food is splendid, and the service is welcoming. I have never been disappointed dining in this marvelous gem of a restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Another great evening and dinner at Kafe 421. A hidden gem in Dinkytown. Doesn’t look like much from the outside but these guys get it right every time. We’ve been a few times and will be back it’s great!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great food and great people!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Never disappoints. Always yummy!! Great food choices for all palettes.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Excellent food at a reasonable price. Nice location within Dinkytown, easy to get to from either Minneapolis or St Paul

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We have been several times and up until the most recent have been very happy with the experience. But, the last visit was a disappointment. The food remains very good in quality of products used, but we were not happy with the preparation. The Saffron Chicken is described as "in a saffron white wine broth". We did not taste any saffron, white wine, or broth, it was sitting in a pool of what tasted only of butter. Far too rich to eat as a meal. I do know that butter is usually an ingredient in white wine sauce, but it should not be the only thing you taste. Service was fine until the end, then a big miss. We were looking forward to dessert having eyed a couple items served at the table next to us, but right after our dinner plates were cleared, the server (who had been pretty good until this point) slapped the check on the table without a word. Very odd as we had been pleasant to her throughout, there still were a couple of hours until closing, and the tables were half vacant, so not like they needed to rush anyone out. Also, we were seated in the front for the first time which is far more crowded than the tables in the back.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

This was our 1st visit. We enjoyed a Hungarian wine. We ordered an appetizer of hummus. We ordered entrees of bouillabaisse and stuffed pork chop. Both entrees were delicious. The asparagus with the pork chop was wonderfully cooked. Just right. The staff was very helpful and pleasant. Service was timely and efficient. We chose to sit at the bar, which is roomy with plenty of rooms for plates and glasses. We give it the highest marks and would go back.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

We had a wonderful lunch at Kafe 421!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We love 421

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

We have been coming to see Georgia and her husband Jim for years.
We love them and love their food. A great place in Dinkytown.
Great for a pre and post game meal.
A hidden gem and worth the drive from anywhere in the cities.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

I had been to Kafe 421 twice before for a glass of wine and an appetizer. I suggested that a few of my sisters and I try it for a girls lunch. It was delightful! My other sisters heard about it and we all went 2 weeks later. My favorite new spot. Food is WONDERFUL.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Great food and great service. Prices were reasonable and menu selection was fun. Definitely recommend to all wanting a semi casual, fun night out. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

The food was excellent as was the service which is exactly what I experience every time I have a meal there. I don't know how the owners would improve upon what is already firmly in place. Thanks for asking.

Lynn Zentner

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

great food, very accommodating (let me order off the set menu due to upset tummy), great server. we have been several times and have never been disappointed in any aspect of this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

We enjoyed our dinner at Kafe 421. We had never been there before, so we were pleasantly surprised to have such a nice meal. The service was excellent, and our order came quickly. Everything was delicious!

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Fabulous meal and service! I would recommend Kafe 421 for any occasion.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Fabulous food! Best meal I have had in a long time (Scallops with Mango salsa and artichokes)

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Best restaurant in Dinkytown. Not too fancy, not too informal either. Quiet ambience is great for dates or business meals. Every menu item I have tried is excellent. $30 menu for two on Tuesday nights is a great bargain.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

This is one of my favorite restaurants. I always order the Harvest Salad. I have taken bites of other menu items that my dining companions have had. Flavors are always robust and presentation is pleasing. Enjoy!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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