Restaurant Alma

4.8
2757 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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Opened in 1999, Restaurant Alma is a casual fine dining restaurant, offering eclectic American cuisine and warm hospitality in a rustic historically preserved building. A high, open beam ceiling, exposed brick columns and concrete floors display the original space, while an open kitchen, banquette seating and gentle lighting contribute to an intimate and contemporary feel.



Alma is best known for sourcing the best quality seasonal ingredients available and features a high percentage of local and organic products. Our menu changes every six to eight weeks, offering both new and signature dishes. We feature both a three course tasting menu format, allowing the customer to select any three dishes from the menu for $62 and a la carte options.



Alma has been awarded 4 stars by the StarTribune and shares the #1 food ranking in ZAGAT for Minneapolis/St. Paul
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Restaurant: Sunday - Thursday 5pm - 9pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm - 10pm

Cafe: Sunday - Thursday 7am - 10pm, Friday & Saturday 7am - 11pm

Reservations for parties of 5 or more please call Alma directly.

*All menus are subject to change due to seasonal availability.
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Phone number
(612) 379-4909
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alexander Roberts
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Private party contact
Hannah Bredahl: (612) 379-4909
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Cross street
6th Avenue SE
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Parking details
We offer valet starting at 5pm every day. Valet is located on 6th Ave SE at the corner of University Ave SE.
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Public transit
#6 Metro Transit Bus
Additional
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2757 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

As usual, our entire experience at Alma was spectacular. Fantastic service and wonderful food. One of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

In town for college tour, came across name in hotel review. The highlight of our trip. Exceptional food, service, ambiance! Will definitely go again any time in town.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Great cuisine and ambiance but the kitchen is rather slow. Dinner was three hours.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

What a magical dining experience! Food was awesome, service was perfect, atmosphere was lovely. Expensive, but worth it!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was amazing, experience was low-key but polished and delightful.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

The menu alone enticed us to try the Alma Restaurant. We went at 6:30pm on a weeknight, so the place was initially fairly empty. It filled up nicely by the time we wound up dinner around 8:30pm. Nice pacing of the food and for being seated by the kitchen, the noise level as still only moderate and the temperature stayed cool.

The food was excellent! We tried a variety of dishes from the courses offered (chilled sweet corn soup, summer squash ala plancha, summer bean rendang, squid ink spaghetti), with the exception that we both had the sautéed sea scallops for the main course. The only misstep was that the summer squash ala plancha was very very salty. I LOVE salt, but this was definitely at the upper edge of what I like. The desserts were awesome - we had the Indonesian Vanilla Cheesecake Mousse and the Buckwheat Chiffon Cake. Both were excellent. The chiffon cake tastes best when all parts of the dessert are eaten together (semifreddo, cake, etc.) in small bites than as separate components.

Service was excellent as well - just the right amount of attentiveness and no intrusiveness or overly badgering about how it was going/what everything alright.

Definitely a positive experience.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Wow! We heard things about this place but didn't really believe it until tonight. We've been lucky enough to eat at 5 star places in Michigan, Canada, Paris France and here in Minneapolis. But this place took the top spot in terms of overall experience. From the first course (smoked peppers) to dessert it was incredible! Taste, presentation etc was top notch! It's been a long time since I've cleaned my plate and wanted more! The only thing I could even say to improve upon the experience was to put a little salt in the appetizer dish smoked peppers. We will for sure be back when our parents are in town from Michigan!

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2.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Ridiculously poorly paced, with intervals of 15-35 minutes between the clearing of plates and the presentation of next courses. The food is swell, but we were seated after 8:15, which in Minnesota is past the weeknight bedtime of most restaurant patrons, so it stretches credulity to claim a jammed up kitchen. Already indifferent waiter forgot our coffees with dessert, and handed them to us cold in paper cups as we were leaving. It took staff 10 minutes to find the valet so we could retrieve our car, and then the valet enhanced our mood by falsely insisting we had not paid the fee. I spent a portion of my youth waiting tables and tending bar, so I ALWAYS give workers in restaurants the benefit of the doubt, but since our evening cost more than $300, our expectations are higher, and this experience exhausted my store of goodwill. Used to be one of our small handful of reliably special restaurants, but we will not hurry back.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Alma has bee delighting diners for more than a decade with gently prepared delicious food

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

ALMA IS ONE OF THE TWO OR THREE BEST RESTAURANTS IN MINNEAPOLIS AND IT HAS BEEN FOR YEARS. SO GLAD THEY HAVE THE CAFE NOW AS YOU CAN ENJOY LESS EXPENSIVE BUT EQUALLY DELICIOUS OFFERINGS.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Best place in town to celebrate a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

We really enjoyed the three course dinner and our appetizer of shiso peppers (HIGHLY RECOMMEND). The wine pairing was well done with the courses. Our favorite dishes were the chilled corn soup, the squid ink spaghetti, and the scallops dish. We will return.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

We had a lovely dinner at Alma. The tasting menu with wine pairing was delicious. So many fresh, seasonal ingredients!

In addition, our server was fantastic. She recommended the peach pavlova dessert...it was the best dessert we had ever had. Wow!

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

By far, the best restaraunt in the area. The squid ink spaghetti was incredible! I cannot say enough great things about the menu, the drinks, the service, the ambiance. Well done chef!!

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Going to this restaurant is something I do when I want to feel special with someone special. It's just got a vibe that is fabulous and fine, but true-blue and real, too. We had a 'best' table by the window - I love that; we had a wonderful server who was spot on in her descriptions and suggestions; and we closed the place down because they never rushed us. I love the restaurant 'side'.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

The food was beautifully prepared with a unique flow of flavors that I have not experienced in a while. Creativity with a parisian flair exemplifies the dining experience at Alma. The staff exceptional in their service and knowledge of their food as well as their wine. Awesome!

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Anniversary dinner. Restaurant Alma never disappoints. Magificent meal. Originally conceived and beautifully presented. I had the vegetarian menu- cream of corn soup with baby tomatoes and browned herbs. The Masa Cake with sautéed vegetables and then the green bean Rendang (indonesian curry) My companion had the egg dish, sea scallops, and also the corn soup. We each loved each dish and the house made bread.. and two light fruity desserts. We left delighted and full. Thank you Restaurant Alma.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Service was casually dressed, relaxed and professional. He was knowledgeable about the wines paired and flavor profiles in the dishes.
Food was seasoned well. All around a lovely evening. Thanks!!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Every dish is extraordinarily delicious! We are so fortunate to have Alex and his team in Minnie

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Delicious food, good wine, great service. The staff made us feel very at home.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Delicious tasting course with interesting without being over-the-top plating. Dedicated in-house pastry chef makes excellent gluten free crackers and treats in addition to exceptional standards.

Gender neutral language from all staff save the contracted valet was appreciated. Everyone wishes us happy anniversary and the hostess was sure to seat us upstairs for a quieter dining experience.

Fantastically well-paired wines and great seasonal cocktails.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Amazing experience as always!

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Fantastic food, wine pairings and social consciousness.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2018

The limited selection menu was different as was the description of the entrees themselves. But the waitress explained it all and the choices were pretty fantastic to eat. The place is quite loud for a fine dining location, which is a put off for us. We had a gift card from a friend, but the total was over $200 (only three glasses of wine) for the two of us -- so we will think twice before coming by again.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Fantastic food, service, ambiance. A real favorite.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Great. You are my favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

We love Restaurant Alma for it's always delicious food using seasonal and unusual ingredients in super creative ways, and cooked perfectly. The ambiance is really lovely, too,and although the tables are close together, it still feels private. The service was excellent as well. Even though we love to try other restaurants for special occasions, Restaurant Alma is our favorite go-to.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

We were very satisfied with our experience. The food and food presentation were top notch. Our waiter was knowledgeable and helpful.

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2.0Dined on July 15, 2018

The food was way too salty and nothing special for the price.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

We have gone to Alma for years to celebrate birthdays and most recently our 10 year wedding anniversary. Every time we eat at Alma we always inevitably say "This was the best meal we've ever had."

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Interesting menu and the food was very good. Price is a little high even for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

The food was amazing and so was the service. We loved all the little "gifts from the chef" that helped make our anniversary special. Thank you for the wonderful evening!

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Excellent food and service. It is on the high side for pricing, but worth it.

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2.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Have eaten at Alma before and loved it. Not sure if something was off on the day we were there but the service was very slow, it seemed as though the kitchen was backed up and was having difficulty getting back on track, both fish dishes were overcooked and the remainder of the items were unremarkable. I was so looking forward to this dinner and was underwhelmed especially for the price. Would try again sometime in the future, hoping our experience was an anomaly

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2.0Dined on July 11, 2018

The overall service was not great for the price of the dinner. The menu was not introduced which would have been nice. Service was slower and not what would be expected for an upscale restaurant. If you valet park and pay inside make sure your ticket gets stamped to avoid awkward exchange with valet. It was not a special experience for the price.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Amazing! Expensive dinner but worth every penny! For a prix fixe dinner it is actually a good value! The service was outstanding (thanks Allison!) and the food was incredible! My husband and I will definitely be coming back!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Lovely evening!

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3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Great food, good service. But I think the restaurant is generally overpriced for what you get. $300 for two (including two prix fixe, two wine accompaniments, two cocktails, and one starter to share). The pours on the wine accompaniments were inconsistent amounts, but all were small. The additional service charge of 3% is annoying; they should just raise prices by that amount (but seem to prefer making a political statement). We were also seated at a back table in the upstairs when I noticed they had plenty of open seating downstairs. Some might have found the quiet upstairs table intimate, but we felt too removed from the rest of the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Alma always surprises and delights with an amazing choice of seasonal dishes. We always come back here and always leave so satisfied.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Incredible as always. Few restaurants in the US can match the quality of the food at Alma!! Dining here is a treat for all foodies!

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