La Fresca

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522 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
La Fresca is a Mexican Nouveau Restaurant. Representing new age style of Mexican cuisine with French techniques. Located in the heart of South Minneapolis. From the Same owners of Cafe Ena, Rincon 38 and Costa Blanca.
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AS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, outstanding service and overall beautiful culinary experience.

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

This is. A great neighborhood spot for dinner and Drinks. A family favorite!

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

It was a Friday night. By the time I made an online reservation we couldn't get a table until 8:15. We showed up 45 minutes early and three bar seats miraculously opened up, so we took them. The service was slow to come around, but the place was packed and they were working hard. The food was spectacular, beautiful to look at and flavorful. We all oooohed and aaaahed at every bite! Yum. Next time we will go on a weeknight.

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LE
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Waited 20 minutes past reservation. Entrees and appetizers came 5 minutes apart.

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

Really enjoyed the new (to us) tapas-style food choices. We had several and loved them all. The remolacha (beet salad) and the queso fondido (poblano pepper fondue) were especially good. Service was slightly slow - only one server on duty when we were there - but very friendly and knowledgeable. La Fresca is not as trendy as some newer spots, but the food cannot be beat, and prices are more reasonable, too. Great value.

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KW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstandingly creative and fresh. Wait staff knowledgeable, available, but unobtrusive. Small intimate ambiance encourages conversation. Pleasant outdoor seating overlooking residential neighborhood with limited traffic. Parking is a challenge. One of our go-to places when visiting the Cities.

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t
Minneapolis
47 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The carne asada was particularly good.

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L
Minneapolis
45 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Did the wine pairing dinner and it was excellent as always.

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WF
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very nice wine and food pairing! Thoughtful and creative food. Will be back!

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RR
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

four of us each ordered fish and they were beautifully prepared great seasoning

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P
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Cute little neighborhood spot, very homy and welcoming. Very attentive and friendly service by both the waiter and host. The food was delicious and fresh, true to their homemade claims. It's small, so space is a bit tight but didn't feel uncomfortably so.

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BC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The waiter, Zach, was very friendly and efficient, but not intrusive. Great food overall but guacamole was lacking flavor. Comfortable atmosphere. We had a great time and will return!

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G
Minneapolis
32 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

La Fresca had been highly recommended to me, but it still surprised us when my wife and I finally dined there. The food was outstanding; carefully prepared and presented using fresh ingredients, and everything served to us was simply delicious.

This is definitely nouvelle Mexican cuisine, as the restaurant proclaims, with ingredients that were beautifully combined. Service was informal and very friendly; we genuinely felt welcome.

The only disappointing thing was that the restaurant was so quiet on a Wednesday evening--it deserved to be busy!

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AB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great experience. Fresh and lively menu. Great fish. Upbeat atmosphere. We love to come to La Fresca with friends.

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SD
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always excellent! One of our favorite places!

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KR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love La Fresca! I brought guests from San Diego who are the first to tell you how snobbish they are about this cuisine. They loved it, too. Your guacamole and ceviche are stand-outs.

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LM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was lovely, table was small awkward for two people. Food was fresh and interesting. Portions small but adequate. Will be back. It was quiet and perfect for conversation .

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! Our server added to our wonderful experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was fabulous!

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C
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dan was a great server. We had delicious food.

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DM
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

La Fresca makes the most authentic Mexican food we have ever encountered in Minneapolis. We have traveled in Mexico quite a lot and our extended family had a Mexican housekeeper who was a fabulous cook. The food at La Fresca is wonderful!

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KT
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really great small plates. Loved the guacamole-and the duck empanada. However, both entree fish dishes were a bit over cooked (dry). Waiter was very attentive if not a bit too familiar (we didn’t know him, but he acted like we were old friends).

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BW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very creative dishes, wonderful presentation, very delicious and great service. Also charming environment. We very much warmed to our server Juan. He was so gracious, even helping us w/ our botched Spanish. Highly recommend. Will definitely return.

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LW
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food was fabulous as usual; the sound system was a bit loud for 5:30 in the evening and was more suited to a bar setting with 4 on the floor bass (during our quiet birthday dinner)...always a favorite spot

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BW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hidden gem in residential neighborhood. Superb service. Delicious, inventive dishes.

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CZ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

La Fresca is a great little neighborhood restaurant. We've been there in the past and loved the food. They recently changed the menu to all small plates. Our food was good, but we were disappointed because we craved the old menu.

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BF
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We chose La Fresca totally randomly, and it is a gem. Excellent Latin-inspired menu and all nice tapas-size plates allowed for us to taste quite a lot, and we were not disappointed. Best ceviche I've found thus far in the Twin Cities - done the right way in individual servings on crackers (not a big bowl of raw fish in a pool of vinegar). We will go back to this neighborhood gem even though we are not in the neighborhood.

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L
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dan was a most terrific server. New menu is fun! And tasty. Best guacamole in town. We’ve coming here since it opened years ago, and it always knocks it out of the park in all areas. Truly a gem in a cozy neighborhood setting.

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AP
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

We went for a date night and I was pretty disappointed. The portions are all very small. The guac had little to no flavor, along with the civeche. The place is cute and the service was great. I was expecting more spice/flavor to the food. It also is quite pricey, it was $70 for gauc, a glass of wine, 1 beer and two small plates.

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SB
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We've been to La Fresca twice. Biggest pluses: This is a warm, engaging, fun restaurant, reasonably priced, with great wait staff and good, attentive service. Further, the quality of the food is excellent and the tastes, delicious. Biggest minus: The size of their main courses are unusually small. I had the snapper and could eat it in 3 bites. If I wanted tapas, I'd go to Rincon (another of their restaurants which serves great tapas). But, if you're hungry, skip La Fresca and go to Cafe Ena (their third restaurant which has reasonable portions).

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e
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is wonderful! The menu changed since we were there last and they now have small plates, which we liked.

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OT
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food as always

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S
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Such a cute neighborhood gem. Fun upscale Mexican tapas.

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HS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the food. Our waiter was EXCELLENT! Could you PLEASE get a liquor license? Wine and beer are not the same with Mexican food... we loved it overall. A bit pricey, but would go again.

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m
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Waiter was new but good for being new :)
Food portions smaller than they used to be but food is always the highlight and fish is always delicious.
We felt somewhat kicked out as they were starting to close up at 10 which seems early for a Friday night. But friendly and polite.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved our experience at La Fresca!! The ambiance was wonderful and service was great.

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TS
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Really nice looking restaurant, easy parking, friendly and attentive service. Food is quite boring but attractively presented. Not recommended.

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LK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem of a restaurant! Interesting, delicious food! Feels like you are at a friend's house for dinner in the neighborhood!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything!! Amazing!

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LM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Cute, cozy restaurant, great/tasty food and excellent service. Most of a wine menu as they don't serve hard liquor. Food a little on spendy side, but really good too.

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