French Meadow Cafe' - Grand Ave

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257 reviews
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French Meadow Bakery & Café on Grand Avenue brings you organic, fresh, and sustainable farm-to-table cuisine in a welcoming environment. Our eclectic menu offers something for everyone -- vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and omnivores alike -- plus a selection of local beers, cocktail specials, and organic / sustainable wines, as well as our signature bread, pastries, and desserts. Rotating chef specials focus on seasonal organic ingredients; all of our produce and meats are our many regional farmer partners, all of whom operate organic, sustainable, and humane farms.

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.
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LA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Locally-sourced, fresh and tasty. It’s our favorite brunch place.

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

The food is good and I have been here in past and been pleased.
Tonight the salad was off, perhaps the lettuce was old. One salad was upgraded to beef so we paid more, but they took the meat toppings on the Cobb off. Still full charge.
Service was so off. One example: After some discussion on the dessert ingredients I ordered it. Later she said they were out. Upon leaving the dessert was in the case. Bakery told me she had requested a different dessert after my checking the GF on the one in the case, which was out. My disappointment is still with me and the ice cream was boring. Bakery offered that I could buy a piece of the one I did not get...that was the final stab as it was French Meadow's mistake. A simple thing soured my experience.

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AL
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I’ve been a fan of French Meadows for years but was disappointed by this visit, as well as one during the past month. The service on my most recent Thursday afternoon at 2:15 was very slow, without any apologies. We waited 10 minutes for a beverage and over a half hour for 2 simple meals (Mac and cheese and a club sandwich). The food was good but overpriced, compared to other local spots. Wine prices are $10+/ glass. Based on the service, combined with the value, I’ll return only if there’s a special offering. I would recommend reducing wine prices, offering sides without a high up charge, and better service training so servers respond appropriately to delays.

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KM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We feel so fortunate to have French Meadow Café right in our neighborhood. The service is wonderful, and the charming manager always comes over to greet us. Three in our family have celiac disease, and the staff at French Meadow are knowledgeable and conscientious about providing gluten-free food. And the toasted-coconut cake is our favorite go-to dessert for special occasions! The back patio also offers lovely outdoor seating. A great place all around!

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VH
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

I love French Meadow. The only thing preventing me from scoring higher was one of the entrees.

My potato flat bread was very good. However my friends Elk burger was dry and overcooked.

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T
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was perfect! We absolutely loved the beet salad with added steak and the earth wings!! I love the atmosphere! Can’t wait to go back!

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JK
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mathca green tea latte with almond milk was amazing as usual! Had the Zone omelette with all of the yolks and GF bread-YUMMY! Great portion size-no too much, not too little. Will be back for sure!

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Y
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Server was just ok, didn't tell about daily specials, had to ask for plates, felt rushed.

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LI
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We keep going back to French Meadow because we support healthy eating and clean, sustainably sourced food. Unfortunately we've had terrible luck with their service. Last night we ordered the mussels as an appetizer and they arrived cold. But before we had a chance to let our sever know our food arrived within minutes of the appetizer. So we started eating and when we fou n.v d the server she apologized and removed the mussels, bringing back replacements as we finished our entres. The entire meal was poorly timed. Very diasppointimg. If we didn't love their food, we would have written them off a long time ago.

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K
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I were absolutely floored by how amazing the food was - especially the "earth wings". I'm vegan and gluten free so this was such a treat, and my non-diet restricted husband loved them too! I got the healing plate and that was so refreshing for Summer. Our server was very good; He gave us our space and helped us when we needed, and was very friendly! My husband kept saying "we gotta make this our new spot" because we were just so impressed with this delicious and nutrition food.

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JW
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We ate and also pre-ordered a GF cake. The food was good, with enough dressing on the salad and sauce on the eggs Benedict. The waitress patiently answered many questions before we ordered, but once we had the food didn't come back except when we asked someone else to seek her. The cake ordering was a mess. First she said 48 hrs ahead (and the website said that also). Then she said 72 hrs unless needed after 1 PM. When I called to make sure the cake was ready, they could not find the order, but my cr card was charged. They did give me a cake at no charge and the butter cream was fabulous. The cake layers and filling were dry and absent in some places. Also was noisy at 11:30.

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VD
Minneapolis
118 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were excited to order the tempeh reuben, since it has been too long! The service was good, the reubens were enjoyable, but everything was a little spendier than it needed to be. We will still be back when the reuben cravings return.

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n
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent dinner at FMC and ate part of the time outside and then went indoors (a small rain shower). The food was great and they had wonderful vegan options for me. Service was spot on and very moderately priced. I am from CA but if this was a local restaurant for me-I'd be here weekly!!!

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F
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Friendly service. Fast service. Always enjoy it.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was fine. Upon noticing they had an opening within the hour I made the reservation. the hostess said they could seat us this time but in the future I needed to have the courtesy to call them ahead of time. Ideally the day before to confirm the reservation as their online reservations are sometimes not up to date. Their reservation problems are not my problem. In the future I don’t need this kind of hassle. Probably won’t return.

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CC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommend French Meadow all the time! It's our favorite place. You'll find us there 1-3 times a week!

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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

They were very busy on an early dinner Saturday night. Nonetheless everything was well prepared and fabulous. Wait staff was very good. I was on crutches and everyone was very helpful.

The restaurant manager stopped to make sure our meal was satisfactory. Will go there again. One of my favorites.

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MP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really love the diversity of the menu - as the only vegetarian and dairy-avoiding person in my family, with a mom who has a sensitive palate ... there's always something for everyone! I also appreciate the focus on organic, local, and sustainable ingredients. My only wish is for more vegan desserts :)

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OT
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great option for Mother’s Day! I loved the omelette of the day! They served it with a salsa that was yummy! The restaurant was neat, clean and nicely decorated.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There was no Mother’s Day brunch, only the regular breakfast menu which is limited but the blueberry muffin was so good it made up for it!

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BK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Loud...hard to have a conversation. Service was great. I like the local organic intent. The Healing plate was good, the apple salad was decent, a bit dry. Stuffed mushrooms were mediocre...that should be an easy one to get right.

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H
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very fresh, beautifully presented and staff was exceptional,

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SS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always good food. A little too noisy for our elderly mother.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant, great food, good ambiance and great service. Lots of gluten free options. Slightly pricey, but good for special occasions.

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GT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a date or any other special occasion

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LR
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was very slow, took a long time to get our drinks even after we ordered them. I ordered soup which was not brought out with the rest of my meal. My daughter had ordered a cake for my husband's birthday, it was not at all what she thought she was getting (they told her is was a white cake when it was actually chocolate - an issue as she doesn't care for chocolate) - staff had to search around for a while to find the cake. Coffee refills were cold - rather disappointed in the overall service on a Sunday evening when they didn't appear to be extremely busy.

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JS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

always fun to visit French Meadow. food is always good and so is the service not to mention the yummy desserts.

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DW
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was a little off from their usual
Good is excellent with healthy choices
And great desserts

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very warm atmosphere with great food at great prices.

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DM
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service. Vegan options appreciated.

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FN
Minneapolis
61 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server was very good but it’s noisy in spite of the fact that I asked for a quiet corner.

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RT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, with lots of gluten free and vegan options to satisfy everyone’s wants and needs.

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DS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places. Always an excellent experience.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met friends before going to see Michelle Obama

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DH
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Two things:

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.

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TG
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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M
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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TG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Noisy, hard to visit. Soup was tasty but watery. Service very average.

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OT
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

French Meadow is always busy and loud for lunch. It’s a great spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Love this spot!

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D
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Josh our server was awesome. He was kind, patient and gracious even as the dinner rush moved in.

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