French Meadow Cafe' - Grand Ave

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272 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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RC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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s
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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!

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f
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great cocktails

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

Great food! Loved the (squash) spaghetti and beetballs

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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.

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F
Minneapolis
2 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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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

Good healthy food. Free dessert for birthday! Noisy.

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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.

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

Great food and service. Loved their patio.

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LA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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H
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
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 on June 20, 2019
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
3 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
9 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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JR
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our visit and meal.
Our server was wonderful.

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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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