About Grand Cafe
A magical South Minneapolis restaurant by Food and Wine Best New Chef Jamie Malone. Chef de Cuisine Alan Hlebaen. 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, tarte flambé and salads followed by entrees and dessert; or simply a smattering of small plates and sherry to be shared among friends.
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Contemporary French, Seafood, American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Brunch Coming Soon!
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Cornbread Harris on Sunday nights.
Parking lot behind building. Free street parking.
Private Party Facilities:
A beautiful private dining room that seats up to 25. Available for booking any night. Please contact Nikki@grandcafemn.com. We are excited to meet you and tailor your evening for any occasion from Holiday Parties to Wedding Celebrations!
Private Party Contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org: (612) 822-8260
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Private Duck and Lobster Dinners for groups of 2-6. Please call with inquires.
Grand Cafe Ratings and Reviews
Because it was one of my favorites, I was disappointed when the Grand Cafe closed last summer. But the next iteration has come back with a vengeance! The atmosphere and waitstaff are phenomenal, and the food is absolutely creative and delicious. 6 out of 5 stars.
The “new” Grand Cafe is spectacular. It’s our favorite new restaurant in Minneapolis. Jamie Malone is at once a creative force and a culinary technician. We’ve tasted our way around the menu and we continue to be impressed. Dining at the Grand Cafe is a wonderful experience.
What a great restaurant - we had a wonderful evening here. The food was beautifully prepared and was very innovative and tasted wonderfully. The service was really exceptional too. The price point makes it more of a special event place. I can’t wait to go back to try the other menu items. I was concerned about parking but there were plenty of spaces available. The interior of the restaurant was very charming.
We were seeking a fine dining experience. The food was exquisite. Everything we ordered was good and I wanted to lick the place after the Endive Salad and the Turbo (special of the evening). I thought the service was a little uneven. When we arrived at our reservation time our table wasn't ready and the hostess suggested we have a drink at the bar and warm up. We sat down at the bar and there were three staff in and out of the space but no one greeted us or even made eye contact. At the point I was going to make a comment to the hostess someone said "I know you are waiting for a table but maybe you'd like to see the wine menu". The hostess and the bar staff need to coordinate their service expectations. Once we were seated at our table our waiter was very personable and knowledgeable. My only complaint after being seated was that the dirty dishes sat on the table too long. I know they had a large group in the back room but it seemed like the staff were just a little off. The food is to die for and made up for the uneven service. We had an 8:00 reservation and it was a little loud at first but then calmed down. I wonder about the noise level at 6:00 especially if you were a two top seated next to a four top. We were off to the side with no close tables. If you can, ask for a quiet area. I'd recommend it for the food and cute dishes they use. Two kinds of bread both good and unusual. Good wine list.
Our meal was simply the best meal in my memory - and we dine out frequently - it was a total surprise - wonderfully tasty, a total knock out dinner - I was compelled to go into the kitchen and compliment the chef and kitchen staff. Service was superb as well. Great experience.
I have been there twice and the whole experience is unpretentious and the food is glorious. This place revives my interest in French cuisine! The atmosphere is low key, but it makes you want to dress up a bit. The waiters are on their game and you feel really taken care of. The food is packed with flavor, done perfectly, and dreamy. Tonight I shall dream of the Foi Gras Royale, a little egg shell on a porcelain goose foot holding rich goose liver perfectly tempered with creme fresh and hints of French tobacco.
Great service, interesting and good small plates. Delicious chicken main coarse. Seating options not good-sat at a table by the door and was chilled throughout our meal. Hard to have a 4 way conversation due to noise column. One restroom all shared.
Price point a bit high. Overall I still recommend this place but get there early so you get good seating.
The food and service were excellent. Prices high and justifiably if one thinks only about the food.
But for the price I expected an ambiance better than a neighborhood cafe.
Also, the owner was a constant presence, floating about the premises like helicopter
inspector. Very off-putting.
Grand Cafe is one of the very top restaurants in the Twin Cities metro. The food was superb; very creative and exploding with great flavors. There were a couple of things that cost them a five star overall review. First, despite having a reservation and arriving on time, we waited 30 minutes before we were seated at our table. Second, there was another 30-minute delay in getting us a bottle of wine for dinner. The toast for our special celebration had to wait. I hope they address these issues because we have so few restaurants left in the Twin Cities that offer this level of cuisine. I would still recommend Grand Cafe and plan on going there again.
This is a comfortable neighborhood restaurant with good food and attentive service. Each entree ordered by our table was delicious and pleasingly presented. The sturgeon was particularly tasty and a unique dish I would wholeheartedly recommend. The restaurant is very comfortable and for a small space very quiet.
This was our third or 4 th time here. Always great. We always have the four gras royals and the puke quenelle and this time added the raw fish which was rich, buttery and savory and the tarts flambé.
The turbot was so flavorful and tender with a beurre blanc that I mopped up with a finger.
One of the top meals we have had in recent memory. Foie gras was a knockout. The spinach salad a revelation. Smoked sturgeon entree was superb. Also some interesting/less traveled wines. Service was top notch. Room is really lovely, too. Plan for a meal that will take some time, but one that you will enjoy immensely.
We have eaten at the Grand Cafe on numerous occasions in the past. However, since the ownership has changed and the new chef has arrived, this place is a true gem. Four of us ate there this last Saturday night and I would have to say that we enjoyed one of the best meals ever! We dine out often and would consider ourselves "foodies". The appetizers, and entrees were unique and exceptionally prepared. The desert choice somewhat limited, but who needs more food after consuming an incredible array of delicacies such as: Island Creek Oysters, Spinach Salad, Pike Quenelle in Crayfish Sauce (unbelievably good), Hen Egg Dumplings, Cider glazed Smoked Sturgeon also ...great and the Ribeye w Roasted Cabbage. Service was impeccable.... and a great wine selection. We enjoyed and appreciated the complementary vermouth aperitif at the beginning of our meal as well.
We were one of the first three tables. Although food was for the most part delicious, it was all served cold. The flambe “ flat bread” was over priced at $14. Flambed in the kitchen. No drama... The tables are small and the table setting uninsprired for a restaurant in this price range. Please do something with the front window. It reminded me of a barber shop that’s been in business for over forty years. Wanted to love this restaurant...
I would strongly recommend to anyone considering dining at the Grand Cafe (especially those who do not consider themselves 'foodies') to review the menu prior to visiting, and to go with the intent of experiencing non-traditional high concept cuisine .
We visited the Grand Cafe on a recent weeknight and were unprepared for the level of 'creativity' of the menu; the quirky ingredients, creative combinations and menu descriptions left us intimidated and unable to be confident in our choices.
We both ordered the spinach salad with its warm butter dressing; it was unique. The quantity of spinach was well beyond starter standards and the dressing was overabundant and 'rich' to the point where we felt full before we were finished the salads. The richness of the dressing was overbearing and mismatched with the lightness of the spinach.
The chicken rillette was OK, but the preparation and presentation left my spouse wondering if what was delivered was what she ordered; the waiter (who was very good) confirmed it was indeed what she had ordered. Finding none of the descriptions of the entrees enticing I opted for the pork terrine appetizer, which was fabulous; the crunchy crushed pistachios were a perfect accompaniment. I was thankful for the small 'baguettes' provided to the table; they were unexceptional as bread goes, but served well as a platform for the terrine.
We were likewise thankful for a good bottle of red wine which managed to cut through the richness of the salad dressing and went well with the other dishes.
The lighting in our dining room was dark to the point of being cave-like and the noise level was oppressive. We and every table around us required and employed the flashlights on our smartphones to read the menus and once extinguished, the darkness was unwelcoming and de-energizing.
Overall, our experience left us feeling .... I'm not quite sure how it left me feeling, other than wishing I had spent the time across the street at Rincon 38.
Immediately entering the top 5 meals of my life, this experience from beginning to end was absolutely divine. Our server had outstanding timing, and her wine recommendations with the food items we picked were totally on point. The omelette was life-affirming.
Endive salad just about the best I’ve ever had. Great sweet-savory balance. All the sides were delicious (carrots and whipped potatoes my favorite, but all sides are individual servings, not really to share. Ribeye, excellent! Allison provided excellent service and the entire staff was great. Go in a Sunday, live music!
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.