French Meadow Cafe' - Grand Ave
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 1990s, & we later opened our Grand Avenue cafe, near Macalester College.
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We had a very nice meal at the French Meadow with our two children and son in law for a birthday celebration. The food was fresh and the presentation was appealing. For the birthday guest a free dessert. I’d definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and would return myself. Something for everybody. My daughter and son in law are vegans and my wife, son and I are meat lovers.
I'm so happy you chose us for a birthday celebration, and gratified that we made it a memorable experience! Being a place where families can gather and enjoy beautiful meal, even with different diets, is at the core of our mission, so it's truly gratifying to see "mixed food" families like yours coming together and dining with us.
All four of us thought our meal was very good. The Beet Salad and Vegetarian Burger were outstanding. Service was exceptional, but noise level made conversation a challenge for those of us with hearing loss.
Great menu! Everything was well prepared
Great food. The salmon, cream cheese scramble was delicious 😉
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.
Thank you for your comments. Please note that we will certainly allow a substitution toe the salad on your eggs benedict. Sincerely,
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.
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!
My son’s valentines date
Great food, great service, wonderful ambiance. Loved it.
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.
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!
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!!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks so much for the review! Hope to see you again soon.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
First time at this location. Just as good, if not better than the Lyndale location. Seated immediately. Excellent service. Food amazing!
So happy you enjoyed your first time with us in St. Paul — and thanks for the review!
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.
Cocktails were a bit pricey and maybe make people ask for plastic straws...?
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!
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.)
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!)
Every time my experience is positive and the food is delicious!
Thanks so much for the revew! I hope you've been taking advantage of our temporary take-out/delivery services, and hope to see you back at the restaurant to dine in once the crisis is over (patio season is around the corner...)
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!
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 ;)