Salut Bar Americain - St. Paul

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2619 reviews
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Salut Bar Americain - St. Paul is the brasserie down the block. Warm and welcoming, with an urbane wit and urban sensibility, it’s an afternoon hangout and an evening refuge. It’s your neighbor with a French accent. The setting evokes a classic Parisian bistro/restaurant. The service is spirited, confident and capably executed. And the cooking captures the freshness and hearty flavor of French cuisine. It’s the vibe inside that sets Salut apart from bowing maitre ‘d’s and sniffing sommeliers. From the welcoming wine list, to the playful décor, to the genial buzz in the dining room, and two Event Spaces, Salut celebrates the French restaurant’s essential qualities while dispensing with the exclusionary ones. It demystifies French food by making it accessible and rewarding while poking fun at the stereotypes that surround it. In this sense, Salut is a dual citizen: Authentically French! Book the Le Grand Boeuf family-style feast, serving 8-10 people.
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New England
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, excellent service and a wonderful brunch menu. We were very happy!

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CC
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food We tried two of the summer small plates and they were wonderful An open fave sandwich with fried peaches and ham. Also the ceviche Excellent served on a bed of rock salt with really fresh chips. We also had the crab cake Oscar with a very smooth bernaise sauce. We ate on the patio and it was very warm but very pleasant Wait person was superb.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for amazing food and a friendly atmosphere. Also kid friendly which is a huge bonus! They have an amazing ham and cheese crepe on the kids menu that my son loved!

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KR
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice selection on the menu, good food, great service and great french fries. The only bummer is that I think the chairs are uncomfortable - go for a booth.

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GD
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Happy hour drinks were fabulous. Our server was very attentive and made sure to get our orders in before happy hour ended. Appetizers were very tasty!

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L
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

Very disappointing! The hangar steak was reheated and over cooked. The fries were cold and old. Bouillabaisse was below average and the oysters weren’t fresh. The croque madame was very good. Our waitress was fantastic and brought me a wonderful birthday treat!

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M
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It delighted us to have the choice of indoor or outdoor dining.

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N
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Have always loved Salut, but lately things aren’t quite as good. Service is slower - we barely saw our waiter and had to flag someone down for coffee. Croissants were still frozen in the middle and arrived after the rest of our food even though we ordered them as a starter. After sending them back to the kitchen they were still cold inside. Our egg dishes were also cold (3 for 3). The only thing that was still good as ever was their creamy hash. Please bring back the quality service - we otherwise like dining there.

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JF
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We were seated at a table for two in the outdoor patio area that was just gorgeous. Started with a delicious fig covered brie that looked too good to eat. Beef filet not as tender and flavorful as I am used to but I am willing to try it again on another visit. Wife’s chicken breasts were scrumptious and tasty. Our server was Willy and he answered drink and menu questions with vast knowledge. We will return soon!

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RK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our second time eating at Salut in St Paul. We were seated next to the kitchen :(
The service was very good. The Caesar salad was good, but undersized.
Why is bread $2?

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BG
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The restaurant comes highly recommended especially if you sit outside on a pretty day. We booked lunch and did ask for an outside table and although the reservation does indicate they don’t reserve outside tables we were seated outdoors by a very grumpy hostess. Our seats were in between umbrellas under a very hot sun and when we asked if there was anyway to move our chairs or the umbrella to get a little bit of shade we were told that we could not do that. Eventually we moved ourselves to a shadier table as the restaurant begin to clear out. Three of us ordered the exact same dish; the duo of tuna and salmon for lunch. When our food arrived, one of us had the tiniest piece of salmon that it was almost insulting compared to the other two plates which had very generous servings of nearly 3 times the size of the salmon. The tuna was quite small but tardy although not even warm. The inconsistency of the portions of the food was very disappointing. The flavors were excellent and our server was very attentive. We really enjoyed the lemonade. I will give it another try but feel that someone should address the issue of the portion sizes and the attitude of the hostess.

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JG
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Great friends and ambience is great but salads are marginal. Not a lot of salad and not exciting ingredients. I always wonder why not more lettuce and tomatoes are included as they are not very expensive. Not a great deal for the price.

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F
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was a little slow, we had to look for server a couple times.

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LL
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

The food was awesome, as usual, and the service was good. The big problem was the drunken-sounding, extremely loud party in the private dining area. This was completely unacceptable, and unexpected, especially on a Tuesday night. We had chosen the restaurant as a place where we could have a nice dinner and good conversation with our friends.

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BW
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We sat on the patio and it was wonderful. Ambiance, table settings, and food were great! The service was a bit slow but we enjoyed our conversation while waiting. You could have had two more drink sales if the server were to ask. All in all, however, it was a great experience!

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JC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food is average. Wine and cocktails are fun. Ambiance is good. Patio is wonderful

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EC
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We so enjoy the St Paul Salut patio. Service is great, happy hour is a screaming deal, and their pommes frites are outstanding w/ the bernaise sauce! The chocolate mousse is also the real French!

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AA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My family loves this place, usually good food and service however unfortunately we have learned that what we were told once before was beef only (French Moroccan meatballs) does actually have pork mixed with beef! Definitely should clarify that with hostesses and menu.

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K
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We sat out on the patio and it was lovely under an umbrella! Food was pretty good steak sandwich had nice flavor and fries were delicious. My friend had salad with tuna and said it was tasty. Not too crowded for lunch which was nice.

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The service was a little slower than I would have liked, but it was easy enough to get our server’s attention when needed. Food was served in a timely manner. Asparagus was over cooked and very chewy.

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JB
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice selection for a light lunch. Attentive service.

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JD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Service was slow. One of us got their tea and needed milk and they forgot it. We had to ask for it twice. I had soup / 3 course dinner and they brought my soup alone and then it seemed forever for them to bring soup and salad for everyone else.
My pasta was the worst. I could not eat it. The pasta was ear shaped so it can soak up the sauce. The saucer was lemony ans bitter. On top of the pasta were green beans that were hard, bitter and uncooked.
The waitress noticed that I did not eat my pasta; therefore, she brought French bread and butter. The chocolate mouse was delicious.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely spot in the neighborhood. Smaller portions, but very tasty. I’ll take taste over huge portions any day. I also love that the patio is right on the avenue, but you feel like it’s closed off a little bit so you don’t even notice the traffic

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DW
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I love this restaurant and especially the outdoor patio unfortunately on my last visit the service was very slow. Not sure if it was the kitchen or my server.

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A
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The service started out great cause we were the only table sat. Our server quickly got overwhelmed with multiple tables. We quickly got ignored after our order was placed. It was a family birthday and when we finally paid and wanted to go. We asked the server to take a picture of our family. He was quick to dismiss us cause he was too busy.

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JC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my granddaughter’s 9th birthday! Our server was great, the food delicious and a memorable time for our family.

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m
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice variety of options. The mussels in dijon sauce was excellent.

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J
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We had brunch on Fathers Day, and the restaurant was crowded and understaffed. We waited a full hour between the time we were seated and when our food was served. We were fairly upset about the wait UNTIL we got the food, which was absolutely fantastic!!! The wait was absolutely worth it - although I might try to be there on a non-holiday in the future.

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C
Minneapolis
43 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's great to see that the food menu has been elevated. We have been coming to this neighborhood spot for a while and there was a time when food and service were so so. The last 3 weeks, we have eaten on several occasions and we were pleasantly amazed by how well everything was done - from attentive service to delicious food.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. A little noisy by the kitchen, but wonderful dinner overall.

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LW
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate on the patio. It was a great experience. Our waiter was exceptional, and the food was fabulous.

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DH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Was able to get us in right away on a Friday night which was great. We could not tell you our servers name as she never introduced herself. Everything took awhile to get to us drinks, app, entree. Even had people receive drinks and app that sat down after us. She seemed more interested in the elderly couple behind us (my wife’s in her late 20’s and I my mid 30’s). Drinks we did order were great. Cheese plate was okay, good variety. We love seafood and ordered the shellfish tower. With this being our first time to Salut it would have been great to know that this dish is served completely over ice, cold crab and lobster was a slight surprise. The ambiance was very pleasant. The big thing for us is customer service. I want to give you my money, I want to tip my server generously but I don’t feel great about it when it feels transactional and not an experience.

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C
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful patio seating. A good taste of France

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r
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food. Enjoyable drinks. Cheese plate was yummy. Pork chop was good!

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D
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

A mini-reunion of old professional colleagues after several years. Weather was perfect for an outstanding patio venue. Food was OK, & service was slow.

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

Awesome food, service, couldn't have had a better first time experience. Our waitress was on point with refills, asking questions, she answered some as well. Over all 10 out of 10

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

Kitchen was overwhelmed for Father’s Day although it didn’t seem that busy. Food and service were unreasonably slow.

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

We celebrated our 15 year wedding anniversary there and LOVED it! It was our first time there and definitely would go back! Thank you!

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RK
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall, it was okay. A burger for $16 seems high. Drinks are overpriced. The server did not check on us after we got our food, until we were already done eating. That was very disappointing.

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AL
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful night out.

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