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.
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!!
Always love this spot for lunch or brunch!
Visited with some friends from St Louis who are vegan. They were able to find something delicious, as was I. Very diverse menu.
Cute place, good food and wine selection. Enjoyed it very much!
The music is too loud. The noise level is quite difficult when there are lots of people and the music just makes it worse. Why don't restaurants prioritize noise control?
A great place to gather with friends or family! Always good food food and service is friendly. A favorite St Paul restaurant for me.
I love this restaurant SO much... wish there was one in the west side.
Our book club of four enjoyed the food and beverages we ordered, and the service was outstanding. Unfortunately, it was very loud, and one of our older members had much difficulty hearing and being part of our conversation, so this group will not return for lunch.
I've been many times to both locations--- great value, giant (too big) portions, love the healing plate, but the SPA salad was disappointing--- just lots of lettuce and not much else.
I love a good salad but the Spa salad I had was very blah. My husband felt the same about his fish tacos. We must have ordered wrong because the people we were with loved the flat bread and Rachel sandwich that they ordered.
Unfortunately the chicken on my beet salad was very over cooked and dry. My dinner companion ordered the curry dish and the vegetables were very undercooked.
Everything was wonderful. Kate, our server, was helpful and pleasant. The food was delicious.
Very pleasant outdoor seating. Good service. Enjoyable casual meal.
The food was excellent but the noise is so loud you can barely hear the other person.
This restaurant is awesome! They have a wide variety of foods to meet anyone’s dietary needs and it is delicious! We had the hummus, guacamole/salsa and chips, and the brussel sprouts to start. All were very yummy and the presentation was nice. Everyone raves about their meals. I had the green curry and for someone who loves curry it was one of the best I had ever had. Our waitress Michelle was very accommodating, nice, and helpful. I would definitely come back here again.
The restaurant isn't bad, but it isn't special. I had the steak salad and it had 3 small pieces of meat, 3 small chunks of cheese, 4 thin (very thin) slices of apple, and a few walnut crumbs (they were really crumbs--and I bet no more than a teaspoonful). No dressing. Lots of lettuce. I think it was $14. My friends also noted how paltry it was. I did not ask the server what was going on, so that's on me. The noise level at 6 pm was very high--just talking, no music. The restaurant has high ceilings so any amount of conversation will result in a situation where you have to shout to your friends to be heard. The waitress was fine, although she tried to take away a friend's salad bowl while she was eating and pressed all of us--while the friend was eating--about dessert. Otherwise OK, though. We all had dessert because our dinners were pretty meager and we all concluded that the variety of cakes we ordered mostly tasted sweet and sugary, but without distinction otherwise. Parking is also an issue. There is a lot across the street but it has only a few spaces; two of us had to find street parking, which took awhile.
The service was very good. Made a reservation for 5 and were seated right away. My vegan daughter had the tempeh tacos and said they were really good. The bison burger was great and the turkey burger. Two of us had the braised beef rib. It was really good but a bit too heavy handed with the chili powder. The horse radish cream was really good and so was the flavor and texture of the rib. A really tasty dish but radishes on top didn't seem to go with the dish for me. I just took them off so no big deal. Only one real issue for me is the lack of decent beer. A PBR tall-boy for a lager is pretty lame at a good restaurant. Not everybody likes the trendy microbrews but seems to be everywhere now. A nice spot for a good dinner.
Great environment for a meal. So quaint and delightful. Food was a b plus. All organic. Farm to table. Had tomato basil which was good. Cobb salad was c plus. Nothing to write home about. Lemonade was great. Service was increds.