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Victor's 1959 Cafe, Minneapolis, MN

Victor's 1959 Cafe

4.5
4.5
909 Reviews
$30 and under
Cuban
Victor's 1959 Cafe is a little piece of Havana in South Minneapolis offering traditional Cuban fare and known for unique breakfast offerings! Lunch offerings include Picadillo, Ropa Vieja, Cuban Sandwiches, Yuca frita, Sweet Plantains, Tostones, and other delicious dishes from Cuba! Independently and locally owned.

We have temporarily discontinued dinner service due to the labor shortage. Now offering Breakfast and Lunch on our tropical patio! Our inside dining room will re-open on July 7th. No reservations necessary for Breakfast or Lunch. Please check in and we'll get you seated. Take-Out & Delivery can be ordered directly from our website.

Visited in 2008 and again in 2018 by Food Network and Guy Fieri for Diners Drive-ins and Dives, who cooked up off the hook Cuban food with owner Niki Stavrou. Check our website to watch the episode!

5 mins from Downtown/Uptown 15 minutes from Mpls/St Paul International airport.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Cuban, Caribbean
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Wed–Sun 9:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Wed–Sun 9:00 am–2:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (612) 827-8948
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Niki Stavrou
  • Catering
    Please look on our website to see the Catering menu at www.victors1959cafe.com
  • Neighborhood
    South Minneapolis
  • Cross street
    West 38th Street
  • Parking details
    We have a small parking lot in front and in back of the restaurant (3 spots in front, 4 spots in back) and there is also on-street parking available.
  • Public transit
    We are on the corner of West 38th Street and Grand Ave South in Minneapolis. Both streets are major bus lines.
  • Entertainment
    We play fun Cuban and Latin music in the restaurant, but no live entertainment.
  • Additional
    Beer, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 909 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 1.9Value

NoiseModerate

909 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and awesome desserts

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  2. GGirl

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food and the atmosphere! I wish I had a marker to add my own graffiti to the walls!

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  3. DylanJ

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food and atmosphere

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  4. Gata

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The yuca and soft plantains were authentic Cuban & Puerto Rican dishes, however the empanadas were missing flavor and didn't enjoy the sauce served with them. I would go back and try other items on the menu.

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  5. LeAnnW

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are doing the alphabet with restrurants and V is for Victor's 1959. What a gem! The service was great and the food was even better. We will be back!

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  6. MikeD

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Authentic Cuban cuisine offered in enough variety to keep you coming back again, and again, and again, etc. Friendliest staff I have ever encountered in a restaurant. And it's in Minneapolis. Incredible!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always an excellent meal

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  8. Mplsdiner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I was really excited to go but my mango salmon was inedibly bad. It tasted like the salmon had turned and then was microwaved to rubber. I ordered it because it was recommended by the waitress. I didn’t eat it and when they asked why I told them and they seemed irritated at me about it. They did comp rice and beans but charged us for the salmon which was pretty expensive. My husband had the cubano and said it was okay but nothing special. Plantains were really good though and we love the atmosphere. Just disappointed it wasn’t a better experience.

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  9. Mitzibelle

    Omaha

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really fun night out -- the upbeat, inclusive kind of Valentine's Day dinner we wanted!

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  10. denigirl

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Albondigas were tasty and my Cuban sandwich was great. The hubs got the Ropa Vieja, which was kind of boring. Mistakenly, we thought Cuban food would be spicy. Not so! More about onions (which I hate) and salt. If you like it bland, go for it. Or just order the Cuban sandwich and call it a day.

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FAQs

Victor's 1959 Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Victor's 1959 Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (612) 827-8948.

Victor's 1959 Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 909 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Victor's 1959 Cafe

3756 Grand Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55409

Additional information

  • Cross street
    West 38th Street
  • Neighborhood
    South Minneapolis
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Wed–Sun 9:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Wed–Sun 9:00 am–2:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Cuban, Caribbean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    We have a small parking lot in front and in back of the restaurant (3 spots in front, 4 spots in back) and there is also on-street parking available.
  • Public transit
    We are on the corner of West 38th Street and Grand Ave South in Minneapolis. Both streets are major bus lines.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Niki Stavrou
  • Entertainment
    We play fun Cuban and Latin music in the restaurant, but no live entertainment.
  • Additional
    Beer, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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