French Meadow Cafe' - Grand Ave
French Meadow began as the first certified organic bakery in the USA in 1985, baking organic artisan yeast-free breads. Our popular Uptown Minneapolis cafe opened in the early 1990's, and we later opened our Grand Avenue cafe, near Macalester College, in response to a demand for fresh, healthy dining options in St. Paul.
One of our favorite places. Always an excellent experience.
Met friends before going to see Michelle Obama
1. having grown up in San Diego (where fish tacos were first introduced to the USA in the early 80’s), I can confidently say that if you know what a fish taco is *supposed* to taste like, don’t order from here. These are an abomination. If you’ve never had a REAL fish taco, these are probably fine.
2. The booths are terrible. Very flimsy. You will feel every shift, movement, bounce of the people behind you. And heaven forbid they have children - you’re in for a ride.
Fast service, delicious food. I had made a reservation for the wrong day but they were kind enough to get us in. Great gluten free options!
Our group of eight enjoyed a wonderful meal and outstanding service. Thanks to our server for doing a fabulous job with a large group. She was very attentive without rushing us. The food was top notch too.
Noisy, hard to visit. Soup was tasty but watery. Service very average.
French Meadow is always busy and loud for lunch. It’s a great spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Love this spot!
Josh our server was awesome. He was kind, patient and gracious even as the dinner rush moved in.
Lovely ambiance and service. The salmon eggs Benedict was perfect. Great coffee too. And they brought my Freon dessert for her birthday.
While I would recommend French Meadow, I do so only because they consistently offer vegetarian fare. The food is good, although I feel overpriced, but the service is what separates French Meadow from other restaurants. I have never been to French Meadow without thinking it would be aided by adding another waiter to its evening staff.
My husband and I frequently go to French Meadow on Grand for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We love the healthy options, nice wine and beer selections and always have really great service. When the restaurant is full, it may be a little loud, but certainly doable. Parking can be a challenge so allow for extra time to park during busy hours.
Some of our favorites have been the breakfast quesadilla, the elk burger and the zen salad.
French Meadow on Grand is my favorite restaurant and every time I go the service and the food is always incredible. I am a vegetarian and I order a dish that is normally served with chicken but they are always so great at accommodating to my needs. So much love for this restaurant
We had a wonderful meal at French Meadow. Our server was great, brought us out samples of the soup of the day to make a decision on ordering it or not. The soup was great! The only “okay” was the coconut macaroon, just okay
My fiance and I had a great time here! It was our first time here, the food was excellent and the service was good. Plenty of drink options and a nice atmosphere. I would recommend anybody try this place!
The staff was very accommodating. They planned to close early due to weather but called on my reservation to see if we would make it. They said they would honor the reservation no matter what. Great ambiance, perfect date restaurant.
We've been here multiple times and usually the food is very good to outstanding; however, on this visit one entre' (ordered by two in our party) was just "OK".
My friends/coworkers met for brunch. We had great service and all enjoyed our food and cocktails. Definitely will be back and would recommend to others as a great place to eat.
We had a lovely breakfast sandwich. Great server - We’ll be back
Food and service were great. I thought it was a little speedy.
Food was good!
Server had no personality and was border line rude- what a same.
Delicious meal and loved our server!
We had a group with different diets (vegan, paleo, etc), everyone was able to find something they really enjoyed. The mussels appetizer was delicious!
As a vegan with friends and family who are not, French Meadow has been one of my favorite standbys that I can always count on to please a group. On our recent trip, we ordered the Earth Wings, which are typically amazing, but the usual delicious flavor was replaced with a heavy fried flavor instead. I noticed that the house-made vegan burger of the past was replaced (disappointing) with a house-made veggie burger, so I opted for the vegan burger which was listed as a special that evening. Unfortunately, it was the type of vegan burger which would appeal to a carnivore trying to start a "meatless Monday" health kick. It looked and tasted like a medium-rare beef burger. Two bites was all I could handle. I would have ordered the Green Coconut Curry like my last visit several weeks ago, but on that visit I felt that the $4 extra to have a few pieces of tofu added was not worth it. Our server did not bring my drink until the end of our meal, and once we received the check, our waters were not refilled again. As our evening concluded, I stopped by the restroom. As with most recent trips to French Meadow, there was a small roll of toilet paper balanced on top of the empty roll dispenser. There were no paper towels, so someone had left a half-inch stack of paper napkins, which stuck to my wet hands. And there was trash on the floor. Come on, French Meadow, you can do much better. Improve your menu, service, and cleanliness. Convince us, once again, that you care about your customers and reputation.
I always enjoy my experience and food. Service is always great! Menu provides a variety of options for vegan, vegetarian, organic seekers.
Excellent food and outstanding service! Great beer and wine selection. Next time I will probably ask for bread with my dinner.
Overall great. Glasses of wine were pricier than I would have wished.
I love the organic and all natural food options of this restaurant. My daughter was a little disappointed as she was hoping for a little more "French."
Consistently great food and really appreciate the GF and DF options. Caution: If you add tofu to your salad or entree, it is REALLY spicy. Everyone at my table agreed, even those that can take a lot of heat. I had to send it back. They should put this in the menu, but they don't.
Great food & service! Our group enjoyed the food & wine. We were allowed to linger & visit at our table which was very nice.
The food was fine but the burger was supposed to be well done, it was very pink to red. The burgers buns were not that good.
Very long wait for both appetizers and entrees. Salad was good but Brussel sprouts were just ok.
Good place for groups with vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters.
We didn't stay. We'd been told by others that it was a good spot for conversation over a good meal, but it was so loud in there we had to shout. The ambience, in a word, sucks.
Couldn't submit the review without rating the food, service and value, which we didn't get to try because of the volume level, so please ignore those ratings.
Service was a bit slow.
As a food lover and vegetarian, I wanted to like this place. I was psyched about the tempeh Reuben on the menu because I love them. But the food fell flat around the whole table and it was really pricy. It’s local, which is great, but not worth the price. The lemon tart was worth returning for.
While our waitstaff was excellent, the food selection on Saturday night was lacking - several dishes were out, and unfortunately felt like most of the things we were looking forward to eating were missing from the menu that night.
Again, excellent service, and abnormally limited selection.
I wish I could remember who our waiter was because he was amazing. The food was fantastic but the service was superb!
Consistently one of my favorite places to meet a friend for dinner.
Chocolate cake extremely dried out!!