Grand Cafe

4.7
464 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
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–1:30 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 464 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 13 hours ago

This is my new favorite restaurant! We had the chicken liver Paris brest( Amazing! ), dry aged beef for two, potato salad and pot de creme for dessert! Everything was perfect. I’m truly impressed. Will be back for sure! Oh, all the wine was great too.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Everything was perfect! Delicious food, outstanding service, beautiful space. Can’t wait to go back.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Started out with a quick chat before they opened with who happened to be my server. Great positive attitude that carried over when I showed up for my reservation. Alison (sp) offered fabulous suggestions on the menu and wine pairings.

Definitely plan to return!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The food continues to be amazing and on point. Favorites are the Paris Brest, Grilled Oysters, and Omelette. This time we had the spinach salad with sun chokes and hazelnuts - was delicious!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Once again, I have had an amazing meal at the Grand Cafe. We took our kids with us, which we never do, but even they enjoyed the food. Love this place.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Amazing food and top notch service!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We went to the Grand Cafe for our anniversary and we were greeted by complimentary glasses of perfectly chilled champagne. Very nice touch!
We enjoyed the plentiful steak tartare appetizer to start. It was topped with caper berries and a flavorful sauce. It was delicious.
Moving onto dinner, I had the trout almandine and my wife had the milk poached chicken with morels. The trout was the best I’ve ever tasted and it sat on a bed of chilled haricots verts and peas, which complimented the trout perfectly. The chicken was moist and very tender and presented with a generous portion of morels and a mushroom flavored sauce. Both were fantastic. The server was attentive and professional without being annoying. The only negative is that it was a little stuffy inside but the heat index outside was 110, so I can’t hold that against them too much.
Overall, we had a lovely time and a fantastic dinner. We’ll definitely be back.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We had an incredible meal! They were kind and accommodating to our multigenerational group, what la fabulous dinner.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Another outstanding dinner at Grand Cafe. The trout almondine was superb. For dessert I had the milk chocolate pot du creme with a glass of Sercial Madeira and it was fabulous!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Amazing service with friendly staff and a number of surprising food and drink items.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Fantastic evening. Our server was wonderful - knowledgeable, friendly, and caring. First rate!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Birthday treat was much appreciated. Trout was delicious. Great server.

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

We enjoyed fresh and well-presented French-influenced small dishes. High points included the Paris Brest, both of two featured salads, poached shellfish, and rose. Service was very good; ambiance is charming, yet a bit shabby around the edges.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

While I was at first skeptical of the limited entree menu selections, my friends and I each chose a different entree and we were very pleasantly surprised. Fabulous presentation and wonderful taste!!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Fantastic food, beverages, hospitality.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

The food was inventive and delicious. The service was excellent - attentive but not to much so and very informed. We had to make reservations several weeks ahead and it was so worth it.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Delightful foodie heaven. High charm with no pretention. Skilled, personable service. I highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

The evening fulfilled our hopes for our celebration -- wife's birthday and 65th anniversry.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Excellent, attentive service and delicious food. I found the original table ware and glasses to be a nice touch.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The service was great. Knowledgeable waiters that helped you pair wines with food. The presentation was superb, too. They exchanged used utensils for clean ones every course which was refreshing because all the dishes we ordered were so different in taste. Overall very good. 10/10 would recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

I had heard how good the service and food was
here. It’s has a great reputation. We very much enjoyed our experience! Our waitress even brought me a birthday cake. Delicious! I love Carrot Cake. All was very good and I will pass it on!!

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2.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The service was incredibly slow.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Birthday for my wife

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Our server Alison was so amazing ! We had such a wonderful time on our girls night. Can’t wait to come back !!(:

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Very good food and service though not as good as the hype. More choices would be nice, menu was heavy on shellfish and eggs. Service was excellent. Ambience is good though we sat next to a large table with a loud group.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Fabulous French cuisine in a quaint unpretentious setting. Love!!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

It was amazing! Everything was flawless. This will become a regular destination.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Loved the food...would give this restaurant all 5 stars but our seating adjacent to kitchen was not quiet. But it was entertaining!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Celebrated our 7 year anniversary and my birthday. We were given complimentary champagne at beginning as well as a delicious complimentary birthday cake at end, along with the desert we ordered. We had something in each course and every dish was incredible, unique, and delicious. Like nothing we’d every tasted or had before. Our server (can’t remember her name) was the best! So adorable and attentive, we all had a wonderful rapport. The bonus was the Sunday night live jazz music of Cornbread Harris. Our timing was perfect and we were there for their entire first set. They played for 2 hours without a break and were fantastic! An unforgettable evening that I hope to make a yearly ritual and will be coming back for the jazz on Sundays.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We had a great time. We heard that the food would be delicious and it truly was. Great brunch menu. The chicken liver donuts were divine. My only suggestion would be for the server to acknowledge that the service was slow. There were a lot of long pauses between food and getting the check. It was like a French meal feeling. Like we've got all day. We were there for brunch and it lasted 2 hours. Just felt like service was a little languid and could have been acknowledged...

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

I was pleasantly surprised with each item that I ordered. The service was attentive yet casual, the food was incredible, and the environment was fitting for a nice meal out.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Our server was delightful and answered our questions easily and cheerfully. The cafe was very busy, and our starters arrived in an appropriate amount of time. We enjoyed all our selections. Nicely sauced and seasoned, good contrasting textures.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Loved the food. Loved the atmosphere. Our waitress was outstanding. She was very knowledgeable about both the food and the wine menu. Grand Cafe is a must to experience!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Another outstanding experience at Grand Cafe. The food, wine (Chateau Musar Jeune Blanc from Lebanon was great) and service were top notch. The beef tartare deserves special mention, it was exceptional!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Everything was amazing from the food ambience and the staff Jamie Malone executed everything with perfection.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Delicious food made with high-quality ingredients, thoughtfully prepared and presented in a comfortable cozy venue. We loved it!

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1.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Disaster, one of those experiences you will talk about for years and relate to others

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

it took a very long time for us to get our food. We ordered three courses. Two small plates - split a salad - two entrées. Our entrées were not delivered until it had been 1:40 since we ordered. It was a long night. The food was good but the 3 Courses were spread way too far apart for two people dining.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Everything was so perfect from customer services to the quality of the order. Food was well prepared and looked very elegant and fresh. The waiter frequently checked on us to see if we needed anything in a very polite way and did not disrupt our conversation. The only downside is that the bill was rather expensive, so it would only good for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Absolutely delicious. Thanks for a terrific meal and great service!

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