Cafe Alma

4.7
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530 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The Cafe is an all-day, a la carte, walk-in and reservation setting with a bakery counter, bar and table service.

Specials

Happy, Happy Hour

1/2 Off Tap Beer, Snacks, Coffee, Tea & Pastry
$2 Off Signature Cocktails, Wine by the Glass & Platters

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 5, 2019

Ends: October 6, 2118

Availability: Daily 4:30PM-5:30PM

What 530 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MI
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was good, but not great. We expected more. We’ve all been to Alma before, so we’re looking forward to an exceptional meal. Probably should have gone to the restaurant, not the Cafe.

s
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Cafe Alma’s servers are amazing and so is the food. The front-office staff or checkin desk people don’t match the high standard and exceptional quality of the servers and chefs and cooks. I have dined at Cafe Alma on several occasions and am treated to the same unwelcoming hosts each time. On Wednesday night, I walked in and waited while 2 hosts were chatting about a guest. They ignored me and the person ahead of me who was waiting to be seated. They had not acknowledged his presence either. It wasn’t until a third host appeared (wearing a striking striped shirt) breaking the spell of the hosts’ conversation and greet us customers with “have you been helped?” No said the person ahead of me. No said I. Upon leaving, I pointed out the messy state of one of the bathrooms. Not sure who is supposed to make sure they are clean. Maybe the host is? Anyway, go for the awesome spicy chicken sandwich, lamb burger, bib lettuce salad and vegan rice dish. And the homemade ricotta! And the excellent service after you are seated. Try to ignore the confusing and unwelcoming host station. It’s been a minute and they haven’t figured it out yet. I doubt they ever will.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alma never disappoints. Great food, impeccable service, great ambiance.

BL
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. Food and service, as always, were high level. Love Alma - Cafe and Restaurant.

SH
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and food at cafe Alma. SO glad they added the cafe! The crab on toast appetizer is amazing!

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing meal! The service was fabulous, the food fantastic (the cauliflower appetizer was insane!) cocktails were carefully crafted works of art! We will definitely be back again soon.

JB
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a quick dinner, server and kitchen were great -no rush, but on our time line with great food, nice ambiance. Even the valet had our car ready, as we said we were in for a quick dinner.

K
Minneapolis
30 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

This turned out to be such a nice dinner..The small bar snacks we had were great, the ricotta was the best..We had a buttermilk salad that was delicious and fresh. Turkey Burgers were fantastic and the potatoes that came as a side are the best I have had in a long time...Crispy and dipped in mayo.
The duck frites were also very good...Alma makes really really good fries...Loved out cocktails and our wine..We ate early and actually got in on a few Happy Hour drink specials as well..so that was nice..Can't wait to return....Perfect place to meet up with friends and enjoy really good food in a fun and lively atmosphere...

Y
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was fine. We didn't know what the hype was all about. The smashed potatoes and duck frites was delicious but not something unique. We would not reorder the crab toast. The restaurant was too loud so it was hard to converse and the service could have been more attentive.

k
Minneapolis
31 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

They have a very nice happy hour with discounts.
Great place to grab a bite before a show!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Post conference dinner with colleagues

s
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We enjoyed our visit. Cheese plate was a little lacking (expected a lot more for the price). We had just returned from a trip to France so perhaps we were spoiled; but they could put a lot more effort into their cheese plate. Our entrees were good...stuck with the French theme and orders two tartines. Rib special was a good value. Service on beverages was a little slow (would be nice to offer a house wine by the glass so there are some options under $10). Overall high quality food but still room for improvement here and there.

OT
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a very special dinner with friends at Cafe Alma. I had the Duck Frites - absolutely spectacular. Mark was our server and he’s simply the best. Feels like an extension of my living room - Mark met my friends and made us feel right at home.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great anniversary experience and the food was fantastic. The 3 for $33 option is the way to go.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday! Fun atmosphere, great food and great service!

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceptional experience!

OT
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food! Our server, Mark, made the evening even more special with his recommendations, outstanding service and his sense of humor.

m
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Service was outstanding; sadly the food was very disappointing.

SP
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Cafe Alma. We had a reservation for a larger group and several were later for unavoidable reasons. The staff was very understanding and when everyone arrived, we proceeded to have an excellent meal. Everyone found something to love on the menu and our server was excellent. I look forward to coming again.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal. Everything was very well done.

DP
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Alma was chosen to celebrate a friends birthday. My husband and I are frequent flyers at both Cafe Alma and Restaurant Alma. They are both favorites and we continue to introduce friends to the wonderful dining experiences.

p
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food to high expectations!

p
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us had the Sunday Special dinner.

Alma is becoming our go-to place for good food and comfortable surroundings.

KL
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food was amazing. Service was good but a bit slow.

MN
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall everything was great. We arrived for our reservation a little early and had to wait until a little after our scheduled time. I'm not sure I understand this as there were scattered empty tables the entire time we were there. Our waitress, while pleasant, seemed to disappear for longish times on short requests and we watched our pastries sit on the counter for a while before she returned to hand them to us. Our meals were delicious. I'd order mine again - soft egg scramble. However, my family ordered hand-held breakfast sandwiches and had some issues. The muffin on my daughters was falling apart (the bottom actually broke in half) so if was a messy, slightly unsatisfying way to eat it. My husband had the morty on focaccia. The bottom focaccia bun was soggy. He said it still tasted good, but he knows that if I had received it a soggy bun would mean it was inedible. Still, the atmosphere, menu options and overall taste were quite satisfying. I see returning and would certainly recommend. Prices seemed fine, street parking.

JL
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic brunch

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

This was not the fine dining Alma experience we were expecting. Reserved 5 weeks in advance and were given a table on the casual, noisy side of the restaurant with a limited bistro style menu.

SJ
Minneapolis
29 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. The Duck Frites are amazing. One of my favorite restaurants in the Twin Cities. Both the Cafe and Restaurant are consistently the best.

r
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great brunch. Carrot mimosa was refreshing and fun.
Great coffee and pastries.

DH
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried Café Alma for the first time during Restaurant Week, and it was fantastic. We will definitely be back!

T
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Alma never fails to deliver a great experience. On this visit, we had friends from Australia and Ireland at the table. Emily was fantastic in how she led us through the menu and gave us ample room for discussion (we are gabbers). The meal was fantastic: appetizers, salads, entrees, and dessert were all prepared perfectly to our tastes. Plan on a foodie experience - you won't be disappointed.

AT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food and atmosphere. I had looked up the menu online and was pleasantly surprised they had an updated fall menu. The only issue was once our food was dropped off wait staff did not return until the very end of the meal. The food was fine but we would have been waiting a long time if it wasn't and coffee cups definitely could have used refills.

M
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best in town for any meal!

T
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service but it is quite noisy so if you are looking for an intimate evening this isn’t the place. But if you don’t mind noise it’s great!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to a comedy concert at Northrop

H
Minneapolis
29 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place to get together with friends and have creative, well prepared food and not spend a fortune. It has some of the feeling (food wise) of it's pricier sibling next door but you can just get a few bits or have several courses in a more casual setting. Staff was very professional and they have a nice wine selection. Our table had a cheese platter to start and the housemade ricotta with herbs and a drizzle of honey was excellent as where the other cheeses. The apple and smoked blue cheese salad was excellent as was the house rigatoni. The lamb burger had great flavor but was a bit dry and the duck confit was solid - not too salty as can often be the case with duck confit. Look forward to dining here again.

RK
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Love Cafe Alma. The food is as good as in the Restaurant but less expensive, and the servers and staff are all friendly, knowledgable and accommodating. The Sunday three-course meal is a swell bargain!

C
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Receptionist was a bit crabby and would not seat us early even though our table was vacant and available. She directed us to “the bar” where there was limited room and our group ended up being in the way. We endured dirty looks, but waitress and food were amazing!

f
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food wasn’t great. Bloody Mary was good. Waitress was nice but took forever to greet us and service seemed slow.

BK
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alma - both the Cafe and the Restaurant are my favorite restaurants for clients, friends and family!