Grand Cafe

4.6
955 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
A magical South Minneapolis restaurant by Food and Wine Best New Chef Jamie Malone. French food makes an exciting comeback in this 70 year-old sweet and easy going restaurant space. The menu is designed to be enjoyed for many occasions, including a casual roast chicken dinner; a multi course meal of chilled shellfish, beef tartar and salads followed by entrees and dessert; or simply a smattering of small plates and sherry to be shared among friends.
We also specialize in creating special events for group dining!
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vipAMG2
Minneapolis
61 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Happy New year's eve menu .. :) Over the top ribeye with shaved black truffles and fois gras. Decadent as it gets, certainly not shy about pricing .. great salads to start. First time I haven't had to wait for my table here (ever!) .. well orchestrated pacing. Quality was as you'd expect.

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vipSavvyDiner
Minneapolis
65 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Grand Cafe has the most exquisite French food in Minneapolis! It’s always a treat to taste what Jaime has created.

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BrianF
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the staff were exceptional- friendly, efficient, knowledgeable, and pleasant. Our waiter Paul had incredible knowledge of the food and the wine. One of our best meals ever!

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vipMike
Minneapolis
40 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food was great but our server was distracted and inattentive. He pretty much disappeared for the second half of our meal. He was probably trying to cover too many tables.

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SP88
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating Christmas! Outstanding food and service- a little pricey but worth it for a special night out. Uniquely French bistro right here in Minneapolis!

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vipKPark
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Waited thirty minutes for table. Hostess not friendly. Service slow and food was luke warm and not that special for brunch. Dinner menu is much better.

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SamW
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best gourmet food I've had in Minneapolis in a long time. Simple, bold flavors, beautiful and creative stuff happening here! Fun little extras came out from the chef more than once. Highly recommend. Lives up to the hype.

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angelac
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Such a great meal. French at its finest. Back room very loud though

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience1

We were seated in the back room. Our table was way to big for 4 people. The room was filled with large groups and one group was a 30th because celebration of 12 women.
We could not talk to each other it was soooo loud. The food was good but super slow. Very disappointing.

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vipTBone52
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was our first visit to Grand Cafe and we were very impressed. Our server was knowledgeable and helpful. The ambiance was casual but nice although the lighting could have been a bit better in the back room in which we dined. Each dish was delicious and exceeded our expectations. This place is a real neighborhood gem and some of the best food available in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

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Bill
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Knowledgeable and professional staff. Imaginative food perfectly prepared.

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viphanzi
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Over half the restaurant was empty and they took 10 minutes to seat us in a table that had been open the whole time. Food was overpriced and my boyfriend hardly touched his entree because it was not good.

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vipJoseluis
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This place was great! I ordered the poached eggs they were really good. The mimosas were really good, one of the best mimosas I ever had. The banana and chocolate bread was fresh and warm. I didn’t rate this place a 5 because I felt like the waitress was rushing us. She was really nice, but constantly asked if we wanted our meals to be boxed although we were still eating.

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RollandRobinson
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. Those who served knew what they liked and spoke of the extraordinary dishes
that required the touch of a poet.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grand Cafe is my personal favorite restaurant in the twin cities. The ambiance is understated casual/elegant, muted colors and nothing in your face. Here you can easily imagine you are dining in some tucked away corner of Prague. So the setting is conducive to relaxed intimacy, but the food does not disappoint. Grand Cafe has a chef that clearly loves to create original dishes. Some of the dishes suggest a French influence but nothing feels heavy or overly buttery, as French food can. Truly a delightful dining experience, with respectful and attentive service to match.

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NickT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent! Service was outstanding! Will definitely visit again.

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GregoryR
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grand Cafe is a neighborhood gem. Simple but elegant decor. Beautifully prepared and presented food. Small but satisfying portions. Service is excellent. Gets very busy after 7pm. There is a small bar as well overlooking kitchen that would be fun to dine at.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall1food4service3ambience2

Our table was nearly one hour late, and then the food also took a very long time. Food is delicious at this place, but the last thing I want on a Monday night is to be at dinner for 3 hours. This was the most exhausting dinner experience of my life, and this is not the first time we wait a long time for our reserved table to be ready, so it seems this is how they run their business. They were nice offering wine and appetizers while we waited at the bar, but that was not the experience we were hoping for. To be honest, it's unlikely I will come back to this place. Great good but extremely poor dinning service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing service. David was exceptional. His knowledge of the menu and wines pairings were perfect.

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MaryL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We thought it was overpriced for the food/wine. WE might go back for a special occasion but otherwise it was not your place where you go frequently.

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MarilynA
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

The service was excellent. The room was noisy but visually serene. Wine list was excellent. Some dishes were superb with interesting seasoning/sauces, others (especially chicken dish) disappointed. Definitely on expensive side. recommend reviewing menu first.

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CandyF
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Will definitely come again but need to spread my visits out a bit. To really enjoy the experience, it can get quite expensive.

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1tiburon
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. Both classic French sauces handled beautifully, as well as creative new combinations. Can't wait to go back!

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Mike
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved the food and the staff was very gracious. We will return.

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NancyB
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved, loved, loved Grand Cafe! The service was impeccable. The food; divine. I felt as if I was back in Paris. The brunch was wonderful. Will be back for dinner.

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SusanT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think they are making some of the best, most imaginative food in Minneapolis.

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vipRovingCritic
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Food is excellent but expensive. Some portions are very small for the price. The crab omelette is outstanding, but is it worth $35?

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MarkS
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As first timers, we were a little unsure of what to expect, but the three of us thoroughly enjoyed our entire experience!

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EmilyK
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant itself is styled beautifully. It's "on trend" without being obnoxious or overly done. The wait staff is incredible. Not only did our waitress do a wonderful job of keeping track of our table but all of the other servers would also fill our water if they walked by and saw we needed it. The food was well seasoned and cooked perfectly. Everything was well priced. Overall, my friends and I had a fantastic time and will certainly be back.

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RBSF
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

This dining experience was disappointing . The service was extremely slow ( not fine dining slow, but slow) and some food arrived cold. One entree was described as , “ having no taste” , another was salty beyond edible ( only ate it because I was starving). Three in my party ordered rib eye and one couldn’t cut it at all and another was extremely tough.

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vipPamela
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paul was a great server! Food unique, incredibly tasting. Grand Cafe always goes the extra mile!!!

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vipRobertR
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing. Not a single dish that was only “just alright”. Server was friendly and fun. Recommended a wonderful sparkling wine that was fantastic. Lots of time in between courses but it was a busy Saturday night so was not unexpected. We sat indoors as it was a hot day, but the inside was just as hot, if not hotter. That was the biggest drawback - the temperature. The building is older so am sure it is hard to keep it cool, especially with the open kitchen right there. We will be back again for sure. One of my favorites!

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CarolB
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a wonderful dining experience at Grand Café. The food was amazing - I can't say enough about the foie gras except order it and you will understand. Each dish was amazingly delicious and perfectly presented. The staff was knowledgeable and assisted with wine pairings when asked. We will make sure we dine here again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Here’s the thing about Grand Café, I stop in for special occasion meals and feel like I should be eating there weekly.
It’s an amazing value for the quality of food and level of service in a neighborhood gem. I am graciously welcomed when I walk in the door, consistently served amazing food and leave wanting more.

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LeahD
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing. Perfect. They were the perfect amount of attentive, informative, knowledgeable, personable, patient, encouraging, affirming, everything.

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GaryG
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food and the warmest atmosphere in town! New menu items like chicken pithivier are at the same high level as the older items like the pike quenelle in Sauce Nantua and crayfish.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
37 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing meal! Thank you Grand Cafe for the excellent service and for the amazing food!

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BabJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very nice, intimate atmosphere. We were seated in the South room where it was a bit more quiet. The North room seemed too noisy to talk. We were warned by our server that food was slow coming out of the kitchen. This was helpful to set our expectations because it was very very slow. The chickpea panisse appetizer was only fair. My duck was great...the sauce was wonderful. Half of the rib-eye steak was good. The other half was gristle.

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SQuinner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Grand Cafe is always a delight!

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Grand Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 955 OpenTable diners.