Salut Bar Americain - St. Paul

4.4
2610 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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RK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
8 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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N
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night.

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C
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Been here many times, though not in the last year. Have to say, still love this restaurant but found the food to be disappointing this time around. Too much time in between courses, food over cooked and lacking that ‘fresh’ French flavor. Don’t know if there’s been a change in leadership or just a general feeling of mundane routine in the kitchen, but it showed in what was presented at the table.

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LV
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

I go to Salut several times a year for special occasions and date nights and am usually impressed in every way. This time was different, which was a shame, since I was there for an anniversary dinner with my husband. We sat inside , as the patio was packed and I didn't want to wait, which was fine. Our waitress appeared to only be attending to inside tables (not busy) but had an attitude that made us feel rushed throughout the dinner. the pace of the meal was hasty and we weren't even asked about dessert before being presented with the bill. My food wasn't cold but certainly wasn't hot and my husband's chicken was "rubbery" and overcooked. I'm disappointed because I've had such good experiences here in the past.

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C
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends getting together for lunch. Had a great time and a great meal

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UM
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 5

Host was so rude to our party. Totally made up by servers and food. Get rid of the negative host and your business will be near perfect.

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

Great food! Such a nice place to sit and enjoy!! Attentive wait staff.

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PC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was very good off the happy hour and regular menu. The service was a little uneven but think the server had her hands full with the volume.

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SJ
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pretty restaurant. Good food and very attentive waitress

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome experience at Salut on Grand Avenue this past Saturday. We were celebrating my daughter’s graduation from St Thomas. Our customer service was great from the manager adjusting our reservation time for 9 people, the hostesses and their welcome and helping us to sit outside, and our server Kyle. And the food was great! We highly recommend! Thank you!

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