French Meadow Cafe' - Grand Ave

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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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Minneapolis
79 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had their Eggs Benedict because I love Hollandaise sauce. There wasn't much sauce on the Benedict, less than a tablespoon I'd estimate, so that was a bit disappointing. I still don't quite understand serving breakfast eggs with a side salad, but maybe this appeals to others. Just not my thing. My dining companions all enjoyed their selections. Service was excellent and because it was early morning the noise level was minimal.

WT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The music that was playing was TOO loud!
There was not enough broth served with the mussels.
My soup was luke-warm when served. However, my server took it back to the kitchen and had it warmed up.

LS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been to French Meadow many times because of the great food. The service is always good, but this past Saturday it was truly exceptional. Thanks to the owner, the chef and Anastasia!

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My son’s valentines date

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SR
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, wonderful ambiance. Loved it.

RR
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had never dived at French Meadow. We were delighted with the atmosphere, service, and food. A Frenchman, possibly the owner, stopped by our table for a friendly chat, too.

French Meadow Cafe' - Grand Ave
Responded on February 5, 2020

I'm so happy you enjoyed your time with us, and thank you for the lovely review! The Frenchman you reference would the exceptional General Manager of our St. Paul restaurant, Francois -- he is, indeed, French :) -- and he is the one who keeps everything running beautifully while making each guest feel welcome. We hope to see you again soon!

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JJ
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to the French Meadow Cafe. One our our daughters gave a gift certificate two years ago for Christmas, and highly recommended the Grand Avenue location, because they had been there several times. From the time we opened the door, until the time we left we were treated like we were the only ones in in the place. Our reservations were 6:30 on a Monday night, and it was about half filled, but I strongly believe that the service that we received would have been the same at rush time. We are NOT people who DEMAND immediate service but our server was there exactly when we needed water refills or to order desert. OH, the food was delicious. I had the braised beef rib, and my wife had the blackened fish tacos, and we both enjoyed both dishes. We also shared the cheese and apple salad, which could be a a full meal with chicken or something added, the organic hummus to share.... and we are Weight Watcher Lifetime member but because it was our 47 wedding anniversary, we ordered the Seasonal Fruit Crisp for desert, and it was big, BUT, we ate it all.
The freshness of the food ingredients, the use of local farm products, the care in preparation, the spot on service and friendliness of our server, the ambiance, PLUS and most important part was the flavor of every dish we ordered, and although we consumed many different things, we still left feeling really satisfied with the price of the meal, and more important with the quality and the flavor and the presentation of each serving. Your staff is incredible!! Yes, we will visit again. One more thing. I made the reservation on line with open table, and that went well too, and I checked anniversary, and we were also greeted with "Happy Anniversary" from the host. GREAT JOB ALL AROUND!!

French Meadow Cafe' - Grand Ave
Responded on February 5, 2020

Thank you so much for choosing us for your anniversary celebration, and for the wonderful, detailed review. What you describe is everything we aim for, so it's very gratifying to know that we helped make your special day even better, and that you appreciate our commitment to organics and locally sourced food! I'll absolutely pass your compliments on to our executive chef Tim, as well as our staff. We hope to see you again soon!!

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S
Minneapolis
45 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great option if your looking to accommodate Vegan or Vegetarians in your group. For the rest of us, great selections. Try the Amish Chicken Tacos and don't forget the handcut fries. Good tap selections for the beer drinkers. Try four of them at once with one of their flights.

French Meadow Cafe' - Grand Ave
Responded on February 5, 2020

Thanks so much for the review! That's precisely our goal -- to offer something for everyone, whether they are vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore, without anyone in having to sacrifice. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you'll visit us again soon.

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m
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall, I found it expensive, at close to 200 dollars for three, tip included. Just a little wine. By comparison, better value for money in Paris where 50 euros per person is common in a neighborhood restaurant.

S
Minneapolis
37 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at st. Paul location. Attentive server, good food, and easy to talk. Parking a bit tricky with elderly guests. Assume everyone can find something they like here.

French Meadow Cafe' - Grand Ave
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thanks so much for the review! Hope to see you again soon.

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AF
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good restaurant. It smelled great when we walked in, and the food was good. Not necessarily outstanding, but good. The service was attentive and good. I'd give it a second shot if I'm in St. Paul again.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated right away, our server Kristen was lovely and the food was instagramable and so delicious! With health and environment conscious ingredients in every selection on the menu you cannot go wrong with anything you choose. I love this place and you will too!

AS
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience5

The salads at French Meadow are great. Everything else that I’ve tried is very inconsistent. Sometimes it tastes great, other times it’s mediocre or bad. I will come back for salad but have given up on the other options.

JJ
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food, but quite loud. We were meeting a couple for the first time and since their English wasn't terribly clear, we had issues hearing. In a similar situation, we would choose a quieter venue. Delicious food, however.

French Meadow Cafe' - Grand Ave
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you for the review and recommendation. We know it gets a bit energetic at our busy times - keep in mind that during warm weather we have a lovely back patio with a quieter ambiance, which makes a great environment for intimate conversation.

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P
Minneapolis
73 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this location. Just as good, if not better than the Lyndale location. Seated immediately. Excellent service. Food amazing!

French Meadow Cafe' - Grand Ave
Responded on January 7, 2020

So happy you enjoyed your first time with us in St. Paul — and thanks for the review!

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LG
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The salmon eggs benedict was very fishy, but the poached eggs and side salad were perfect. Their gluten free toast was delicious as well. Loved the FMB mocha.

NJ
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails were a bit pricey and maybe make people ask for plastic straws...?

French Meadow Cafe' - Grand Ave
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thanks so much for the 5 star review, and for also pointing out the plastic straw issue. We are in fact very committed to reducing their use, & it has been our policy to not automatically give them — I’m surprised that you weren’t asked first! Based on your comment, we’ll review policy with staff. Our cocktails, like our food, are made with fresh & mostly organic ingredients, so some may seem a bit higher priced than you’d find at other restaurants. I hope you can taste the difference!

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Long leisurely Sunday brunch with good friends. Two of us enjoyed the Zone Omelet; one had Omelet Special and the other had the Classic Egg bkfst. All delicious! We caught up for a long time in our cozy booth and appreciated the patience of our server. (Service was great —- and we left a sizable tip in extra appreciation.)

French Meadow Cafe' - Grand Ave
Responded on January 7, 2020

Yes! This is exactly what we aim for — a comfy place to be treated as family while enjoying delicious food — so reading this makes me happy. Thanks so much for sharing your quality time with us — hoping you’ll be back soon (I think you’ll enjoy dinner as much as brunch!)

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L
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is consistently great and the servers are all very helpful with natural personality who know the product and share their recommendations with ease when asked. If not too full from the entree the Tres Leche cake is worth the extra treadmill time!

French Meadow Cafe' - Grand Ave
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thanks so much! And agreed: just a *little* treadmill time — or not — as trade-off for Tres Leche, or any of our desserts, is a deal we recommend any day ;)

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PN
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Because of the time of day, mid morning, the restaurant wasn't too noisy and we could actually have a conversation while enjoying our breakfast. Much better than later in the day when the noise level racks up big time. This is an ongoing problem in most restaurants and is too bad as it affects customers ability to enjoy their food and visit.

m
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very loud!

TS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nearly everything was superb, with one exception. My daughter complained that her green curry tasted odd, and wondered if it contained an ingredient that she was unfamiliar with and didn't like. She quickly gave up on it completely; it was inedible to her. I assumed it was just not to her liking. Then toward the end of the meal she moved the plate away from her because it smelled bad. At this point I took a taste and smelled it. I believe the coconut milk was bad. We mentioned the problem to the waitress, who talked with the kitchen and told us we would not be charged for the curry. I wish we had said something earlier in the meal. Had I realized that there was likely something wrong with the food rather than it simply being a matter of my daughter's taste, I certainly would have. My food was delicious! The service was great, and the restaurant resolved our issue to our satisfaction.

SC
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful healthy food with awesome gluten free options

DC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Had Sunday brunch with friends and it was packed. Great ambience, but noise level very high so difficult to talk. Waitress was prompt and service was good. Food: reasonable portions, but prices a bit high. Avocado toast was terrific. Organic Oatmeal was good, as was scrambled egg whites. The "breakfast potatoes" however, were unappetizing gray colored, mushy, and they had a strong peculiar taste.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love French Meadow. My husband, family and I go here for every special occasion dinner we have. It’s our absolute favorite restaurant. The food never disappoints, the service is exceptional, and the restaurant itself is clean and beautiful. You can never go wrong with French Meadow, both the St. Paul and Minneapolis location.

JR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. We were not rushed. The food was good and the ambience was very festive.

RF
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Don’t understand why a Tuna Melt needs Aioli. Earth Wing sauce tasted pretty much like brown simple syrup. Maybe offer some spicier/less sugary coatings?

L
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

This was a Thanksgiving meal. We ordered the Traditional Thanksgiving Meal and the food was mediocre at best. The turkey was overcooked, the gravy was bland, the green beans were cooked just right, the stuffing had no flavor, the squash was good but a very small portion. We ordered pieces of pie to go and ended up with slivers. The crust was disappointing---tasting more like mass produced pies at restaurant chains. But the ambiance is always delightful and generally I like the food at French Meadow. I'm not sure I could recommend French Meadow for their Thanksgiving meal.

MM
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Delicious food. Cool spot. Thoughtful vegetarian and vegan options. We had a wonderful meal.

BG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always! Great food, service, and time with my family.

ML
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Roasted beet salad is excellent, as is the wild rice soup.

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation and the staff were ready to seat us immediately when we arrived. Our waitress was perfect and the food, Avocado Toast with Eggs, was delicious.

Always good eats at French Meadow.

LB
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We've been to French Meadow / Blue Stem on Lyndale several times. We were surprised the food was not as good. Very little fish in the fish tacos. Bacon on the turkey burger was rock hard. The bun was dry. Definitely not was we expected.

DB
Minneapolis
49 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent grilled salmon / apple cheddar salad. Perfectly prepared! Service was a bit disappointing... server rushed us to settle the bill as her shift was over, then we were ignored for over an hour - no water or coffee refills, no offer of dessert, very disappointing.

C
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Seated for dinner at 5:30 pm. This was a first time visit. Food and service were very good. I found the seating somewhat crowded as there was little space between tables. Noise level rose as the crowd increased (to be expected) and conversation became difficult.

JM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of delicious food. Special thanks to Kiera, our server, for recommendations.

VY
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed the dinner of curry and Soup and Sandwich. Enjoyed espresso and desert after dinner. Nice wine and bread. Enjoyed desert too. Keep up the great work.

KF
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The restaurant is very cute and cozy. I made a reservation for breakfast and was seated quickly. I ordered hot chocolate and it was lukewarm. All the items on my plate were also warm, not hot. I tolerated most of that, but asked for them to replace the chorizo, which was done quickly.
While I appreciate the speed of service, more needs to be done to ensure that you are delivering hot food items.

n
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The avocado toast is outstanding! Highly recommend. Everything is good.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kid is a student in the area and had heard good things. We had a great brunch. Goos service. Took some baked goods to go (delicious). It was crowded, but we had a reservation and were seated immediately.