Cameo

4.3
23 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
Upscale casual comfort food from around the world!
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Casual Dining
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Comfort Food
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Dinner
Daily 3:00 pm–11:00 pm
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(507) 361-2070
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Smart Casual
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What 23 People Are Saying
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4.4
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

At the time I am writing this review Cameo has just opened. I thought overall it was an excellent place to eat. I'll start with the caveats first, then talk about the things I liked.

The first caveat is, the menu was small and ecclectic. It had one cuisine from all over the map including tacos, Korean short ribs, ramen, burgers, etc. This actually made it hard to choose because each dish had something experimental with it. Like a new kind of sauce or weird vegetable pairing which is good if you are looking to try new things, but makes it difficult to find a meal if you are looking for something for a picky Eater or child. The second is, the food can get pricey. It starts at at 15 dollars and goes to 87. The food is high quality and well made, but for a dinner for two, it would be difficult to spend anything under 60 dollars total. This is why I gave it a 4 for value. It is not really meant to be a value restaurant.

Cameo did a lot of things well. First, for a restaurant just starting up, I thought their service was excellent. We made a reservation showed up early and got seated even before we were scheduled to. They had a lot of staff helping to make sure drunks were filled and empty plates were taken away. It was one of the smoothest service experiences I have ever had at a restaurant. Second, although the menu was a adventurous, the food was very good. My partner and I had the Korean short ribs, wagyu beef appetizer, ramen, and bread pudding. (Just as a warning the wagyu beef appetizer was only 6 small strips of beef). They were all delicious and had very deep flavors. They had a good list of beer and wine, and had prohibition Era cocktails. Finally, the noise level was very good. We could not hear other people's conversations in the tables next to ours and were able to have conversation at a normal everyday noise level.

Overall, it was a very good experience and I would definitely go back.

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JP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very pleasant night and good food. Nobody was rushing us out which we really appreciated.

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e
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We went for my husband’s birthday. I agree with another review that it was too bright in the restaurant. I hate when it’s so dark you can’t read the menu but this was the opposite extreme. I had the scallops. They were just ok. I wouldn’t get them again. My husband had the tandoori salmon. He said the fish was good but didn’t taste like tandoori. I noted it was his birthday in the reservation but there was no acknowledgment of it. The bread pudding we had for dessert was delicious. Service was good. My old fashion was tasty. We will try it again.

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D
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

We went there excited for the different food options they offer. My wife and I travel to the Twin Cities for our "date day" almost every Sunday after church and explore the restaurants up there. We like upscale food places. We figured this was that. Let me say that the food was very good. The Waygu Apppetizer was great but only 6 small pieces for 19 dollars did not feel like an appropriate portion versus dollars. My Salmon was 26 and it was good but again other than over priced fish at Oceanaire in the Cities I have not paid that price for just a piece of Salmon. Again seemed like a bit much. My only real complaint if you want to call it that is the lack of training with the waitstaff. Being new to the restaurant we had questions about the menu, I think we asked 6 and of those 6 questions our waitstaff could not answer them, not 1, and we observed that with other waitstaff with other patrons as well. Over all it was a nice experience for "date night" and a movie but honestly I don't see the place lasting unless they come to reality as to the value and pricing of the food.

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RL
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Four of us enjoyed a great dinner at Cameo recently. We split 2 apps (gyozas and tandoori wings), both were spot on (my finicky 11 year old liked both, which is almost never true ). Chicken wild rice soup was outstanding--they've got something smokey in there that you don't always taste in wild rice soup, but it was great. The 5 grain salad has potential (and a generous portion) but was a bit lacking in flavor/spice--punching it up would make it a real gem. Entrees were: hamburger, sea bass (the special), korean short ribs and the Berkshire pork chop. All were cooked to perfection. All in our party were very pleased with their selections. The bread pudding to finish was the best my wife and I have ever had. Perfect combination of nuts, bourbon ice cream and smaller pieces of bread in a to-die-for sauce. Not too sweet or custardy, and we both scraped out bowls clean. Service was good, attentive without being over-the-top. Not cheap (dinner plus tip, 2 apps, 2 soups/salads, 4 entrees, 4 deserts, 3 mixed drinks came to about $250), but a worthy addition to the Rochester dining scene. We will be back.

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P
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Cameo and we were satisfied with everything. Delicious food, modern, industrial, and open atmosphere, friendly servers (a little too friendly... about 5 different servers continued to walk by and fill out water glasses...). All in all a great experience, albeit slightly on the expensive side. We had the sweet potato curry, chicken wild rice soup, and smoked Gouda potato au gratin.

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

I got the pork street tacos and I was impressed, with the perfect temperature and perfect amount of toppings i would recommend to anyone. Our server did a fantastic job of making sure we were taken care of. I will definitely be back!

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A
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is quite nice. We went to meet and try the new place after seeing how appetizing the menu looked. I'm sorry to say it was a disappointment! The presentation of the food failed ! appetizer came out with literally white toast, ordered a salmon it had no flavor, definitely lack seasoning. Finally, the price does not guarantee quality. A little to pricey for the taste.

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MH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Honestly, I expected better for all the hype. I never write reviews but felt that none of the reviews on here reflected my experience. The chicken wild rice soup was the best thing about the meal. Our entrees took at least 45 minutes (we only kept track of the last 45 minutes). They did comp our dessert due to the wait but when every table around you gets food and there's no waitress telling you that it is coming, it was really disheartening. My husband had tacos and I had chicken schnitzel. Both were bland and tasteless. The main flavor for the tacos was corn tortillas. There was no citrus or seasoning. We make more seasoned food at home. Maybe we didn't order the right thing so we'll give this restaurant one more try. The ambiance of the place is intriguing. The seating was spaced out and the kitchen is open. My husband loves an old fashioned, and with a mainly bourbon cocktail menu, he thought they weren't bad but weren't great. I like gin and there weren't any cocktails that appealed to me. For how expensive this place was, I highly recommend booking at Bleu Duck and finding some really, really tasty food.

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

Everything was delightful. A modern, quiet atmosphere with fantastic food and even better coffee. I highly recommend treating yourself to a cappuccino after dinner, it was perfect!

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KS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cameo was a wonderful restaurant with great service, delicious food, and fairly quiet ambience. While I wouldn’t go to Cameo frequently (the prices are fairly high), it’s a great place to go for celebrations, fancy date nights, and special occasions.

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MR
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was very good. Did not have the beer I ordered - they ran out. The drink
I had instead was very good. Food presentation was very nice. Server was pleasant
although a little mechanical in presentation. Checked back often early but not much
until we were done. Servers kept water glasses filled.
Overall a nice experience. Would be good for a special dinner date or with a group
of

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RS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a fantastic meal at Cameo. We had the Long Bone Ribeye and it was exceptional. It was served with three delicious sides, au gratin potatoes, green beans and creamy spinach. Our server was terrific and the presentation of the meal was great. We loved the place, it’s upscale and very comfortable. Very excited to return with friends and try other entrees. Thank you for making us feel so welcome and special.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Atmosphere and decor great. Food temperature not optimal; overall, underseasoned.

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KD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jeff, our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and had great recommendations! He was very professional and gave us the perfect amount of attention. The ambiance was beautiful with an edgy, modern feel. Food was spectacular! Every dish I’ve had so far has blew it out of the water! Definitely recommend!

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NB
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate at Cameo at 6 pm on a Wednesday evening. Very nice decor and prompt seating. Attentive staff. Nice wine list, varied menu. We started with burrata toast. I had scallops, my friend the chicken schnitzel. Everything was tasty and warm. We did feel that the can lighting was a bit bright and would have preferred that it be dimmer. The manager (owner?) that came to our table was open to our comments about the lighting and appreciated our opinion of the meal. Overall, a nice dinner in a new restaurant. Will definitely recommend to others and plan on going back.

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HO
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, beautiful classic and stylish look and feel, great staff, amazing kitchen sight lines. Fun atmosphere. Good portion sizes.

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M
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife, 15-year-old daughter, and I just enjoyed an AMAZING DINNER at one of Rochester’s newest restaurants, CAMEO. Despite being open just 5 days, they have everything firing on all cylinders. Congrats to the executive chef, Zack, and his wife as the owners of this great addition to Rochester. Located in the lower level of one of Rochester’s landmark buildings, the Castle (formerly the Armory), the scene is “really cool” (our teenager’s words) and the food was FANTASTIC. I had the BEST Ramon Noodle Bowl (w/ pork belly) that I have ever had and my wife had an incredibly tasty coconut curry entree with salmon. Saved room for a delightful pumpkin cheesecake and a signature latte that my wife said was out of this world yummy. So excited for team CAMEO, for Rochester, and for my family. I will be “cooking” more often and will be telling all my colleagues at Mayo Clinic that this restaurant needs to be added to their “must eat at” list.

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JL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

It was fine. The ambiance is cool, but some of the lighting was way to bright and the driving beat of house music during dinner seemed silly.
The cocktails were pretty good.
The food was only okay, but I’m looking forward to going back to try some other things.
The ramen is what you would expect from an American restaurant, I guess. It’s just a soy broth and it cost $2 to “make it hot”.
The menu is not specific to any type of cuisine, which is fun, but maybe they should try to perfect a few things before branching out.
The service was friendly and on point.
I’m glad we went there.

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BK
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Myself and two others visited Cameo on opening weekend Sunday night. We were greeted promptly and taken to our seat right away. Our waitress was pleasant, and as opening weekends go I do have to take that into consideration as this may have been her first waitressing job. Drink order was taken right away and served quickly. I ordered the gnocchi and the other two ordered the Smash burger. Our food took approximately 25-30 minutes to arrive - which seemed a bit long as the restaurant was not very busy, but if they are cooking from scratch that may have been the reason. My gnoochi was delicious, but a very small portion (maybe a 1 - 1 1/2 cups) served in a huge plate ( $18, with no sides). My grandma asked if she was able to make a substitution for the fries, the waitress came back and said that the "chef will make an exception for you". Although not said in a condescending tone, I think perhaps she should've simply had said that they'd be able to accommodate her request without trying to make my grandma feel like she was putting the chef out.

Where I was slightly put off was when I asked the waitress what a papito (?) was ( an ingredient in the cheesecake). She proceeded to tell me multiple times that it was "weird" spice and that she really wasn't sure. I'm sure she probably wasn't familiar with the ingredient, but explaining to a customer that your dessert has something "weird" on it may turn off people (luckily I really love cheesecake, which was delicious).

All in all, I think the restaurant will do great. The ambience was wonderful and I can really see this place adding value to downtown Rochester. I would highly recommend doing more education on service -- again, I'm not sure if this was her first waitressing job or just open-weekend nerves. She was very nice and did accommodate all of our questions.

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L
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great time, the food was good, friendly service and the atmosphere was excellent. Great place to get together with friends an enjoy a good meal of just for drinks.

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K
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was opening weekends so there are a few things we experienced that need more attention.
The food we had, Smashburgers, were really delicious. The service was outstanding. The lighting was too bright and directly above our heads. Management said the lighting will be adjusted. The booth in which we were seated was too close to the table for comfort. We’re not large people so I’m not sure why the booths were built to be so tight.
We will definitely go back to try a few more menu offerings. We wish them great success.

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n
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

First night was a bit disjointed--good energy in the room, but a few items weren't available on the menu (shipment didn't come in?). NEED more veg options--especially entrees!

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