Grand Cafe

4.7
551 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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, tarte flambé 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 Dining
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Cuisines
French, Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–1:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 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
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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
Nikki Klocker: (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, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
What 551 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Absolutely wonderful! Service, ambiance and food were all fantastic. Can't wait to visit again!

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

I love Grand Cafe! The food is fantastic, and our service is always wonderful. Such a treat! I only have one note: I don't know if the restaurant has air conditioning. but it can get very warm inside. I've been to the re-opened Grand Cafe now three times. The food and service are always amazing!!! But I'm always breaking a sweat (and so was the rest of my group) when I'm there.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We went to Grand Cafe to celebrate our anniversary. Our meal began with complimentary champagne, and was fabulous from start to finish. No detail of taste and presentation was overlooked by the creative chefs. The savory corn Madeleines, served with browned butter, had a crispy buttery/salty crust and were simply delicious. The sweetbreads, which I’d never had before, were tender inside,crunchy on the outside, and served on a tasty veal flavored sauce. Great as these both were, my favorite dishes were my chicken entre and the bourbon baba for dessert. The chicken breast was tender, with crispy skin, in a fabulous sauce intensely flavored with bacon, accompanied by a corn relish that complimented it perfectly. Wow. And to cap it all off, we shared the bourbon drenched brioche cake with chantilly cream that balanced the liquor flavor. I can’t overstate how delicious it was. Our sever was a big part of the overall experience. He knew the food and wines thoroughly, which helped us make great choices and enhanced our appreciation of the food and the creativity of the preparations. This restaurant is a great value as well. I hope it will be around for many years. I love it.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Grand Cafe is easily our favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities. There isn’t a single thing on the menu that we’ve tried and didn’t love (Dinner OR Brunch). If you’re looking for favorites - their chicken entree is out of this world, the Cote de Bouef is a force to be reckoned with (it is also massive and makes for amazing leftover lunches), and we can’t forget the carrots in carrot butter (and neither should you). The space and service is the perfect balance between casual and refined. Sunday dinners are the best if you get a chance to catch Cornbread and his combo. I could keep going, but just go for yourself.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

I will change the profiterol with ya he pate to a salty option and add profiterole with crème fraîche as désert.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We love to cook and don't eat out much because we are often disappointed because our food at home is better than the restaurant. That is certainly not the case with the Grand Cafe. The menu is imaginative without being extreme. The food is excellent. We were there for a Sunday brunch and each of the dishes ordered (there were 4 of us) was excellent. The eggs were cooked perfectly and the sauces warm and seasoned well. We each had a beverage and the champagne was wonderful served in an old fashioned bowl type glass; the sherry was very nice and the wine was fresh tasting and good with eggs. The prices are very good considering the quality of the food. Our bill with beverages was under $30.00 a person. It is a 30 minute drive for us but we will be back.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Beautiful restaurant in the heart of a neighborhood. It is cozy and classy, not to mention how delicious the food was. We were there for brunch, but I would definitely return to try dinner. A wonderful experience!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Our dining experience was wonderful, with fabulous menu options, warm service and attention to details! We loved everything we tasted, including the raw and grilled oysters (awesome seaweed mignonette!), raw diver scallop with a winning combination of pistachios, lemon and chives; entrees of roast chicken and almond-crusted arctic-char (both prepared and presented beautifully), a delicious side of preserved lobster mushrooms, and a lovely triple creme savory cheesecake to finish. Nice wine selection and many more dishes that we want to try upon returning. French cuisine can be a challenge with dietary restrictions, but they were very accommodating and offered many choices for those avoiding gluten. We highly recommend Grand Cafe for celebrating special days or any day!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

What a fabulous meal. The veal sweetbreads were phenomenal!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful menu with fantastic tastes and service beyond description. Better then expected!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Lovely local restaurant, impeccably managed with delicious menu of food and wine.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Noise level was off the charts. Horrible! Service wonderful. Food not as imaginative as I expected. One single bathroom for entire restaurant.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Overall a good place. But noisy at peak hours. We sat down at 6:30 pm. By 7:00 - 7:30 the place was packed, quite noisy, and hard to talk across the table.

Perhaps because it was packed, they first forgot one appetizer, then the side dish for the main courses.

Even so, the food was good, all main dishes were served together, the waiter was very nice and other servers also had charming attitude.

I'd recommend it to others, but not if you want a quite conversation.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Definitely one of the best restaurants in the twin cities!

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Perfect dinner - excellent food and lovely service!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Kudos to the chef- the food was excellent! We were extremely impressed and sampled many of the menu items. The waitstaff was attentive and made excellent recommendations. We were honestly more impressed with this restaurant than we were with other top restaurants in Minneapolis. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

The service was excellent and each course meticulously prepared. Perfect evening.

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3.0Dined on August 3, 2018

There was definitely attention to detail and love that went into creating the atmosphere of this place. The food is executed OK, but at the price point, needs to be on point every time. There were simple flaws even a lay person like myself could easily point out (over dressed salad, dry madeleines, cold dishes). They either need to step down a price notch or step up their execution, as cute water glasses and a tea party set up done just so in the corner can only get you so far.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

The entrees were well prepared. A bit expensive for the ingredients. One entree on edge of cool.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Run, do not walk, to Grand Cafe. I am so so so happy that this amazing restaurant is down the street from my house. The food is incredible, creative, vibrant French cuisine. But what absolutely blows me away every time is the Hospitality and spirit of warmth I always receive while dining. Every single member of their team, from the moment you walk through the door make you welcome, at home, and with every need attended to.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Second time here and second good experience. Very creative. Really fine ingredients and presentation. The main courses are pricey, so we focus on the salads and apps. Spinach salad was outstanding. Sweetbreads were excellent. Mussels were hard to beat. Beef Tartare was good but I have had better. A little heavy on the anchovies. Service is over the top excellent. The place is noisy and the portions are small, but it is really worth it.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Sooo good! Unexpected combinations and amazing service!
Run to it!

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Terrible music. Great service.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

What a fantastic restaurant! Everything I had here was absolutely divine. I would highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

The team took FANTASTIC care of us & made my birthday feel so special! Not to mention live music by the entrance?! Obsessed, can’t wait to return for another celebration!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Food was incredible, atmosphere was eclectic, service was outstanding! What more could you want??

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Some of the very best food in the city. Never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The space is perfect for small intimate groups. Do NOT sit where we did between the front and the back dining area. The staff traffic was so disturbing. Definitely have wine. All types. It’s a great high end selection. Definitely have Alaskan char. And the Boeuf... it’s enough for 4. All in all 4.3.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

I must say, I wasn't WOWED by this newly hyped restaurant. Although the food we did order was perfectly cooked and presentable, the menu lacked. Oddly, there were 2 egg entree options and no other meat other than a cote de boeuf for TWO. My friend and I had a hard time choosing something to eat.

Another disappointment was the limited wine list. Our first two red choices were out of stock. If you have a limited wine list, you should have a deeper stock.

I did love the use of antique furniture, wine carts and dinnerware!

Although this first impression wasn't the greatest, I would try it again in hopes of a better outcome.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

My wife and I planned to celebrate our birthdays with dinner at this restaurant. I was really looking forward to trying the award-winning Paris-Brest. I was disappointed that it was not available on the night we came.
We were a few minutes late because of road closure on 38th Street, and we had to navigate the detour. When we arrived, the hostess gave our table to another couple who just entered before we did. Instead, she tried to give us a small open table in the middle of a noisy room near the kitchen, and there was the smell of fried fish! We asked for a different table, and we were placed in a smaller dining area.
Service was very good; food was very good. We could converse in the area we were in, but a bit close to another table, where the man was trying to impress the lady with him--a bit like the proverbial American in a French restaurant.
The restaurant opens at 5 P.M., and we came from Eau Claire, WI, so we stayed a night at a hotel in downtown Minneapolis. I really would like to return, but I would have to think seriously about the time commitment to dine here.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Grand Cafe's food is surprising, complex and lovely. The staff is warm and happy, the walls pink, the details thoughtful and many. Meals start with some interesting treat on the house and the menu is diverse and so creative. We love going there, being there.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Superb meal! Amazing flavors. Atmosphere was energetic and engaging. Felt like the place to be!!

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Overall good food, average atmosphere and good service.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

I’ve been to Grand Cafe probably a couple dozen times in the past year. Every time I go it’s a fabulous experience. Great food, wine and service. Hands down my favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities. Jamie Malone and her staff deserve all the accolades they have received and more.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Father and daughter’s date.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Beautiful restaurant, delicious and creative food. Love the ambience and location. I like how I feel when I’m there.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

It just keeps getting better!
Our first review some months ago was quite positive. Could a second time around be just as good? Simple answer, yes. All staff continues to engage, to make you feel welcome, and pays attention to detail. We were first driven to this marvelous restaurant by the Cafe's chef. Now it is more complete by the entire experience.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

We had a fantastic evening - from the moment we sat down until we left 3 hours later.
We enjoyed appetizers, lovely wine, main courses and dessert.
The food was delicious and the preparation was innovative and very tasty.
The presentation was delightful, the service was very attentive.
We will most definitely return!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

oh grand cafe, you're a charmer! my first visit was for valentine's day, perfect romantic spot. my second visit was with my mom and let me say, we were both absolutely WOWED! the staff made note that i was a returning customer and welcomed me like an old friend. they even gave us these adorable little pink glasses filled with vermouth as a welcome back apertif! how sweet! the attention to detail is something we felt from that first step through the door and the welcome apertif through dessert. the staff is so friendly, welcoming, helpful and thoughtful. each course is perfectly prepared and served. the dishes and glassware alone were just beautiful and the ambience of the space transports you to another place and time. plus, everything is wonderfully delicious!!!! it's pricey, but the perfect spot for a special occasion or a splurge!

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Excellent food. Challenging yet tasty and well executed.

Not much to fault besides an extremely limited vegetarian menu, which my wife was concerned by, and the single worst espresso I’ve ever seen, and tasted.

Such a wonderful venue with such wonderful food deserves an espresso experience to match.

Otherwise this was one of the best culinary nights out I’ve had in months.

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