Grand Cafe

4.7
933 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(612) 822-8260
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jamie Malone CDC Brittany St Clair
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Private party facilities
A beautiful private dining room that seats up to 25. Available for booking any night. We are excited to meet you and tailor your evening for any occasion from Holiday Parties to Wedding Celebrations! Our full restaurant is available for full and partial buyouts as well.
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Private party contact
Bridget Sorensen: (888) 668-3970
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
38th
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Parking details
Parking lot behind building with free parking. Free street parking.
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Entertainment
Cornbread Harris on Sunday nights.
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Special events & promotions
Private Duck and Lobster Dinners for groups of 2-6. Please call with inquires.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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CF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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M
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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NB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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ST
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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RC
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

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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MS
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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EK
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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RB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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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P
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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RR
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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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CB
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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LD
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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GG
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Minneapolis
37 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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BJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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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SQ
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Grand Cafe is always a delight!

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C
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious and rich food. Made a birthday experience extra special. Love all the interior and accessory touches.

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CB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

Waited nearly 2 hours for entree' and our reservation was @ 5:00 pm. Needed Google to decipher menu items. A truly amazing "dining experience" with nearly everything on the menu something I'd never eaten before! Interesting clientele. Avant!

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OT
Minneapolis
38 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful experience at Grand Cafe! The new cauliflower in brioche and chicken pithivier were fantastic!

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d
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, we had the “snack attack” pre fixed menu and it was a delightful variety of styles and dishes that rivaled the best tasting menus in the city

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JS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was slow and inattentive. Ambiance was drab and a greasy fish smell was very noticeable and permeated our clothing and hair. Food was interesting and well prepared but overpriced. We left feeling disappointed and unsatisfied and decided we would not return. We would be hesitant to recommend this restaurant to others.

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GA
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole staff at Grand made our anniversary a dream! Everyone went above and beyond to make our night extra special, plus the food was fantastic.

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NB
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!

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SS
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent and outstanding. One of our go to spots when in Minneapolis.

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HR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

The servers were very good, but it took a long time for the food to be served.

The noise level was outrageous. Could not hear our dinner guests from across the table

Food was great, once it was served.

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JM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb! Our meal was creative, inspired, delicious, well-portioned and excellently played and served. Server Paul
was attentive and helpful with wine and food selection. We sat outside and enjoyed the cool late-May evening, but the energy and liveliness inside was palpable.

Highly recommended.

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OT
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Tasty new fresh ideas. Small oysters. Interesting chicken pithivier (en croute). Bass crudo meh. Angel food cake dessert heavenly. Amusing , go-with wines. All around good time. Looking forward to going back as the menu changes to see what’s new.

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J
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Grand ranks as one of the finest restaurants that we have experienced.

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SM
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for a ladies brunch. Our table was decorated beautifully and the food was delicious.

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LB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and exceptional staff. This is a very special venue that I would recommend to everyone. Nicely done Chef Malone !

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NB
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!! Already made reservations again for this weekend!

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NY
Minneapolis
48 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was delicious and beautifully presented. I loved the French omelet and mixed greens. It was cooked perfectly. My husband just thought the avocado toast was o.k., nothing special. My daughter had the yogurt and granola, and the banana bread, which I tasted - it was delicious. Honestly, the reason I didnt give it a higher rating is because the service was so slow. Our server and the hostess were nice enough, but it took a 1/2 hour for our food to come, and our server even apologized for the wait. At one point there were 5 empty tables, and a line at the door of at least 3 parties waiting to be seated. Not sure what the problem was? Their service has to catch up to the quality of their food.

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BF
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was divine (lobster spaghetti, French omelette, ham and egg cocotte) and service was very kind, friendly and informative. Can't recommend Grand Cafe enough!

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SP
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had not eaten at Grand Cafe since its most recent change of ownership and kitchen staff. It's wonderful! The cuisine rivals the best places in the Twin Cities (we loved the seafood selection appetizer, the trout and chicken) and the service was stellar. Courses appeared and were removed before we had a chance to notice. We couldn't find fault with any part of the dinner. We'll be repeat customers.

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OT
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been to the "new" Grand Cafe but had heard of all the accolades. They did not disappoint us. It was a very memorable meal; all facets were done to the highest standard. We did the madelines with spinach salad and it was a perfect combination. I had read great reviews about the spinach salad and was a bit skeptical; how flavorful can a spinach salad be? Well, it can be very tasty it turns out. The hazelnuts and warm butter vinaigrette gave it this subtle, savory flavor. We also ordered up the foie gras mousse, which was everything we had hoped it would be. You spread it on their homemade sourdough, grilled bread, and it was really good. For entrees, we went with the Tasmanian Trout, and the Roasted Chicken; both were excellent. We were a bit hesitant to do the trout (always found that fish to be somewhat flavorless) but with the sauces and the perfect cook job, we were glad we went that route. We shared the bourbon infused cake for dessert and left the place quite full, and quite pleased. The wine suggested by our knowledgeable waiter, Jimmy, went perfectly with the meal. Jimmy was very proficient; great knowledge of all the menu items, including the wine and beer. Plus, he paced our meal perfectly. It wasn't a cheap evening, but this place is about as good as it gets, so you pay a price. It actually was reasonable when compared to similar experiences in other, bigger cities.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Mother's Day Brunch

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HG
Minneapolis
62 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was wonderful, just a little loud. Started with the grilled oysters and sweet corn madeleines. Both were delicious. Endive salad was wonderful. Several of us had the Tasmanian ocean trout which was very good—cooked perfectly. Beautiful presentation. The chilled seafood platter looked outstanding. The other entree enjoyed at our table was the poached egg. Finished the meal sharing the bourbon baba.

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b
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we've had in the Twin Cities in a long time.

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