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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KF
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

C
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The poutine was below expectations. The server was distracted. The location was noisy.

V
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant! I love the local, organic food. Our server was so sweet and amazing too, she had such a genuine smile.
The only thing I would like to see more of is "Francais." If it's a French restaurant then even though the food is local, make the dishes French. Even the names would help, LOL! A cheese board is a charcuterie board or a plateau de fromages. The explanations can still be in English, but it would give it that French touch it is missing.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Must be a new chef. My old favorites were not prepared the same way - overcooked and skimpy. Won’t be going back again soon.

J
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding! A great menu with lots of organic and gluten free options!

ML
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always. Delicious food and lovely drinks.

VY
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for lunch. Love the salads, soups, bread and more. Service is consistent. We took our time and did not feel pressured to leave. The biggest challenge is parking.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and fun little patio setting! Wouldn’t change a thing!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

It was overpriced. The blue corn pancake was just ok. It was big but thin and the $8 I paid wasn’t worth it. The $3.25 cup of coffee was ridiculously expensive for what it was. Something went wrong in St Paul with this restaurant.

K
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner. Service was great. Food was excellent.

SR
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat on the patio on a lovely day. Great choices, food, and service! We'll be back!

OT
Minneapolis
92 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the first time our group had been placed at the front booth by the door. As another member had commented, we had quite a few flies around our table during our dining experience. Plus the booth seating extends to the door for people that are waiting to sit next to you and your group in that booth. That would be the only bad thing to say. The service and food were outstanding as usual!!

A
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very noisy in the restaurant but food was good. We enjoyed our lunch.

JJ
Sacramento
43 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Overall solid experience. Fun location with a busy street street near Macalister College with several food options. Nicely varied menu. All tasting, perfectly done, delivered hot. Attentive and helpful service. 4 diners, all with different tastes and preferences, and all left with clean plates. 2 drinks, appetizer, entree, $50 a person wiht tax and tip.

k
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely breakfast on the beautiful patio!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambience and attentive service. Excellent food is a given with FMB.

LS
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate at French Meadow for the first time on a Sunday evening. We had a reservation and arrived early but there was ample room to seat us right away, before our scheduled time. Service was very attentive. The Caprese salad with pluots and tomatoes was excellent, as was the walleye with mashed potatoes and broccolini. The ingredients were super-fresh and everything was very flavorful, especially the mashed potatoes-- really delicious! And, my cup of black tea was made with the biggest tea bag I've ever seen. All in all it was a lovely meal and my wife and I agree that we should go back soon and eat there again.

PF
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

We made a reservation but we got the table right at the front door which is not a great seat in terms of ambiance. There were flies everywhere. It was 50 minutes before we saw any food. Our appetizer was served with our meal. We went with empty beverage glasses for a long time and had to ask for more water more than once. When we did order beverages it took them several minutes to arrive at our table. It seemed like our waiter was in charge of many different things while I saw a hostess just standing and looking bored.

W
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Afew years ago I found this place on TripAdvisor while dining with a "gluten-free" friend and since it has OpenTable, its been one of our "go to" places. Good (not great but good) beer selection. I love the Elk burger and keep going back to that while my wife will try the rest of the menu. The fish taco was not to bad (it has its good and average days). This time she had the Pasta Special, hands down a winner.

GF
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very enjoyable dinner. Everything was fresh and well prepared. I will be back.

MT
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, great atmosphere and wonderful service!

K
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great service! Great if you’re looking for fresh, real food. Great gluten free offering too!

S
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and enjoyed a visit with my friend over good food and ambiance

MS
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a pleasure to enjoy fresh, healthy food sourced from family farms! We will definitely return!

RC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, excellent service, reasonably priced. Wonderful place to take a family.

s
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is so good! Lots of positive energy and kind of loud, Wait staff is very helpful and the food came out fresh and hot. Bar drinks are good too!

f
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for a birthday brunch and they were very accommodating. Will definitely visit again!

OT
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great cocktails

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

Great food! Loved the (squash) spaghetti and beetballs

l
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was incredibly fast. I appreciated it since it was lunch date during regular office hours.

F
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food that is fresh and local. Patio area is quiet and comfortable although the sun came around to our table as we ate and got a little too warm. The service was outstanding.
We ordered the coconut cake for dessert and found it to be amazing.

RS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambience ; great food with lots of healthy and veggie options. Excellent drinks menu and a large selection of desserts. Service is always friendly and interactive.

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

Our first time to the St Paul location, we loved it and will definitely be back!

B
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So many delicious gluten free options! Must try the Mac and cheese and the Miso Salmon! So tasty! We will definitely go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Lack of butter to make the breakfast more healthy also makes it more bland. Great choice for gluten free options. Service was slow place was protruding empty still had to flag my waiter down to get a coffee refill. Probably be back though since oftentimes with gluten sensitive people.

W
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good healthy food. Free dessert for birthday! Noisy.

KC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

It is waaay too noisy in there. It was not relaxing. The iced coffee and food was very good though.

R
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Loved their patio.

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