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Grand Cafe, Minneapolis, MN

Grand Cafe

4.7
4.7
954 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (612) 822-8260

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jamie Malone CDC Brittany St Clair

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Bridget Sorensen: (888) 668-3970

  • Neighborhood

    Whittier

  • Cross street

    38th

  • Parking details

    Parking lot behind building with free parking. Free street parking.

  • Entertainment

    Cornbread Harris on Sunday nights.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 954 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. AM

    AMG2

    Minneapolis

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    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.
  2. SD

    SavvyDiner

    Minneapolis

    142 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    142 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.
  3. BF

    BrianF

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    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!
  4. M

    Mike

    Minneapolis

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 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.
  5. SP

    SP88

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 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!
  6. KP

    KPark

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu and service
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    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.
  8. SW

    SamW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 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.
  9. a

    angelac

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Such a great meal. French at its finest. Back room very loud though
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 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.
  11. TB

    TBone52

    New York Area

    114 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 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.
  12. B

    Bill

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Knowledgeable and professional staff. Imaginative food perfectly prepared.
  13. h

    hanzi

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 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.
  14. J

    Joseluis

    Minneapolis

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 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.
  15. RR

    RollandRobinson

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 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.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 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.
  17. NT

    NickT

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent! Service was outstanding! Will definitely visit again.
  18. GR

    GregoryR

    Minneapolis

    11 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  19. JR

    JuanR

    Minneapolis

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 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
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and amazing service. David was exceptional. His knowledge of the menu and wines pairings were perfect.
  21. ML

    MaryL

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 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.
  22. MA

    MarilynA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 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.
  23. CF

    CandyF

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 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.
  24. 1

    1tiburon

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    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!
  25. M

    Mike

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Loved the food and the staff was very gracious. We will return.
  26. NB

    NancyB

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  27. ST

    SusanT

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I think they are making some of the best, most imaginative food in Minneapolis.
  28. RC

    RovingCritic

    Minneapolis

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 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?
  29. MS

    MarkS

    1 review

    5.0

    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!
  30. E

    Emily

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  31. RB

    RBSF

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 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.
  32. P

    Pamela

    Minneapolis

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Paul was a great server! Food unique, incredibly tasting. Grand Cafe always goes the extra mile!!!
  33. RR

    RobertR

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    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!
  34. CB

    CarolB

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 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.
  36. LD

    LeahD

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  37. GG

    GaryG

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 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.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    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!
  39. BJ

    BabJ

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 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.
  40. SQ

    SQuinner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Grand Cafe is always a delight!

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Grand Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 954 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    38th

  • Neighborhood

    Whittier

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking lot behind building with free parking. Free street parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jamie Malone CDC Brittany St Clair

  • Entertainment

    Cornbread Harris on Sunday nights.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (612) 822-8260

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Bridget Sorensen: (888) 668-3970

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