Cafe Alma

4.7
262 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Daily Hours: Sunday - Thursday 7:00am - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 7:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(612) 379-4909
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Lucas Rosenbrook
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Cross street
6th Avenue SE
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Parking details
We offer valet starting at 5pm every day. Valet is located on 6th Ave SE at the corner of University Ave SE. Street Parking is available as well.
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Public transit
#6 Metro Transit Bus
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 262 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely as always.

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K
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and a nice variety on the menu. The menu changes so need to go back in a few months to try something else.

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LS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant for 20 years. If you've not been I recommend you check it out.

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CM
Acapulco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I both loved it. I am a vegetarian and had no issues.

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

Cafe Alma is a welcoming, intelligently managed restaurant that serves up marvellous food with graceful service.

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F
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always loved Cafe Alma. It’s a little more value-priced than their restaurant. The food is always excellent. Their week night specials, especially the ribs, are really great.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was excellent service and food. Highly recommend it.

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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Lovely New Year’s Day brunch. Server was quiet and not very attentive. Didn’t refill coffee or water, and long breaks between visiting the table although it wasn’t crazy busy at 1-2:30pm. Food was delicious. I had a carrot-apple juice mimosa that was a fun and different option. Overall would visit again.

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

Cafe Alma and restaurant Alma are both In my top 5 places to eat in the Twin Cities!

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m
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative, beautiful menu. Modestly priced, casual yet tasteful atmosphere; welcoming and not attempting to be anything it isn’t. Friendly staff, very enjoyable dining experience. Will definitely go back!

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SC
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emily, our server, was outstanding, and accommodated our every request. The timing of the food courses was perfect and not rushed. Everything was excellent. We'll be back!

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AA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a lovely breakfast here recently with friends, the most recent of several visits in the last few years. The food and coffee were delicious - I loved the salmon tartine and the Cafe Leche. The only downside was that we had ordered a chocolate croissant (pain au chocolat) and they were out and we went for an almond croissant substitute but it was VERY crunchy! I think it was a bit overbaked and ended up a bit disappointing, from a place where we expect the very best.

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M
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great place

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MB
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unique menu items well prepared. Efficient, business friendly staff. Valet parking a must unless you're very lucky and intrepid.

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LE
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Cozy, comfortable spot with evolved but approachable food options to please a wide range of palates. Great spot for relaxed conversation and cocktails.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone at the table was pleased with the food. We had an especially good waiter. I can recommend the olives, cauliflower and lamb burger.

The room/building is very comfortable, location is great being near downtown but without the traffic hassle. Parking has always been plentiful.

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S
Minneapolis
151 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Sort of a rocky start to this restaurant experience. I could have sworn I made the reservation for Restaurant Alma. Apparently, I didn’t...so after hyping our friends about the extraordinary restaurant experience they were about to have at Restaurant Alma, we were told that our table was in the Cafe, Alma’s poorer younger sister. Told by the hostess, this is an ongoing problem with many diners...an Open Table issue?? She recommended that we contact the restaurant directly in the future.

In any case, the Cafe menu is more directed toward lighter more casual meals at very slightly lower prices than Restaurant. Limited options. Food was good but not memorable. The salmon I ordered was served in a soup bowl with a dollop of a side. Appetizers were uninspired. Our friends ordered steaks which must have been a bit tough to cut. As they tried to cut their meat, their plates would spin on the hard surface of the table. No place mats. Flatware and paper napkins stacked in a basket at the end of the table.

Service was good; ambience was nice...nothing special.

No reason to return here, quite frankly.

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KS
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The evening at Café Alma was excellent, with interesting cocktails and truly satisfying food in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere.

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WV
Minneapolis
43 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful and good was great. Portions were enough to leave you satisfied without stuffing you and the price point was perfect. Our party of five was very happy with everything. Wonderful experience and looking forward to returning soon!

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MA
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

its the best restaurant in the twin cities. the food is balanced and clean and thoughtfully prepared and presented. the service is top notch, the atmosphere is lovely.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was AWESOME and was super receptive to pointing out items on the menu that would accommodate my food sensitivities. The food was AMAZING.

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l
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

We always have fabulous food there but the other night we had ribs which were quite dry. They did however take them off our bill and were very gracious about our being honest that they were over done.

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MH
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always great here!

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KM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were a party of two for brunch. Everything was very tasty! Portions are adequate but on the smaller side. Prices aren't crazy so order a side with your entree. Well worth it! Seating is a little tight but the service is great. Order something from the bakery to take home with you. Croissants were fresh and delicious! The only reason I did not give them 5 stars...my toast was a little charred. :( Otherwise a great dining experience. Will surely be back.

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KJ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, service was timely. Love this restaurant! We highly recommend.

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JF
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great evening of food, drinks, friends and fun! They were able to get us off to our show on time too! Great place for any event!

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GA
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, wine and service! Loved it!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was exceptional. Loved the savory French toast and duck.

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CN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love coming here again and again! Great brunch spot!

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner experience

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Portland
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was great! We split two meals and were torn between one of the options. The server provided great insight on each and pointed us in the direction of the best choice. She also took the time to explain some of the beautiful art that struck my curiosity. The Brioche Custard French Toast and Baked Egg Strata were DELICIOUS. The service and food made for a fantastic experience.

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KB
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Wonderful food, wonderful service, and especially awesome when you have a gift card to cover the costs!

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MM
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our experience exceeded expectations!

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ZJ
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food and cocktails. Had the duck confit French toast. Excellent.

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always good. One of my favorite restaurants in the city

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KB
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another home run from my favorite eatery. We enjoyed the whitefish and crackers as a snack and loved the cocktails, too. I had the lamb burger, and it was divine. Thanks for the great service and stellar food, Alma!

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t
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. First time to Cafe Alma and I'll be back. Food and service excellent, terrific variety, fun cocktails. More casual and price friendly than Restaurant Alma, with a more accessible menu. HIGHLY recommend.

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AC
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great, the service was a bit slow though very friendly.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

9pm reservation. Finally sat at 9:45.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had one foody in the group order for everyone and shared. It was all delicious.

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