French Meadow Cafe' - Grand Ave

4.5
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
340 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Organic

Top Tags:

Casual
NOTE: For the duration of the state of emergency in Minnesota, we are offering takeout, curbside pick up and delivery orders only, in compliance with regulations.

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.

Support French Meadow Cafe' - Grand Ave during COVID-19

Get it delivered

What 340 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
TM
TerryM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

French Meadow Cafe' - Grand Ave
Responded on April 30, 2020

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.

Report
EM
EverythingMatters
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

LG
LaurieG
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great menu! Everything was well prepared

LJ
LisaJ
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. The salmon, cream cheese scramble was delicious 😉

E
vipEpicurious
Minneapolis
79 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
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.

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

Thank you for your comments. Please note that we will certainly allow a substitution toe the salad on your eggs benedict. Sincerely,

Report
WT
WorldTraveler
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
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
LisaS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
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
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My son’s valentines date

Report
SR
ScottR
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RR
vipRandyR
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!

Report
JJ
JeffJ
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!!

Report
S
vipSnuffy
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.

Report
m
megm
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
vipScientist
Minneapolis
38 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.

Report
AF
AndrewF
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
OpenTable Diner
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
AbSan
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
JaneJ
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.

Report
P
vipPatrick1
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!

Report
LG
LaurenG
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
NicoleJ
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!

Report
OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 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!)

Report
SI
SamanthaI
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time my experience is positive and the food is delicious!

French Meadow Cafe' - Grand Ave
Responded on April 30, 2020

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...)

Report
L
Liter8girl
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 ;)

Report
PN
PamelaN
Minneapolis
7 reviews