Restaurant Alma

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2918 reviews
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Contemporary American
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
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JG
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was incredible, definitely the best part of the experience. We were seated in a corner upstairs which was the worst seat in the entire restaurant. The service was okay, was waitress wasn’t very warm or inviting, but did her job. The service was extremely slow but the incredible food made up for it. Overall, a good experience but a little overpriced given everything.

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EC
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impromptu Valentine’s Day dinner that I expected to be somewhat disappointing turned out yo be fabulous. The food was consistently wonderful ( and I almost never say that), we were not the least bit rushed and the ambiance was great. We could actually relax and have a conversation without having to raise our voices.

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JB
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful birthday celebration for my boyfriend. The food was wonderful, and the attention to detail was amazing. I am so appreciative of the hard work the team at Alma put in to making our little party an outstanding and memorable evening.

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CU
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous wine pairings!

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DB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous anniversary dinner on a cold and snowy evening. Each course was inventive and delicious. The service was friendly, precise, and perfect in every way. We will be back.

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HP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food that beautifully presented by wait staff that were attentive and also patiently explained the incredible choices of the night. The chocolate tort was simply amazing. Parking isn't easy but we didn't use the valet service. We shared the some of each others food and everyone had top notch choices. You can't go wrong. It's expensive so we'll be back sometime for a special event. Definitely worth trying soon.

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l
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our experience was mostly lovely.
However, there wasn't a menu for glasses of wine or champagne to begin, but I ordered a glass of champagne to start anyway. Upon receiving our check at the end of the night, it turns out our glass of champagne was $25.00!!!! It would have been classy, and appropriate for our waitress to let me know how much this champagne was. I felt taken advantage, which is never a good feeling.

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M
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

very good place to enjoy conversation for whatever reason

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n
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative, delicious food with excellent service. Lively, energetic atmosphere.

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I chose Restaurant Alma for my husband’s 40th Birthday -
food was fantastic, and Serena was incredibly helpful when it came to wine pairings. Thank you!!

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CR
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were impressed with the excellent food and outstanding service. Will definitely come again!

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e
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alma still has it! We just went last night and had a fantastic meal with our friends. All the dishes were spot on and delicious. The wine list is excellent and pairs beautifully with the menu. Standouts were the hamachi crudo 1st and torchio pasta 2nd courses. Awesome service! Alma never disappoints!

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NG
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As is always the case, very good food, very well prepared, and phenomenal service.

My wife had ordered a dish with a runny egg yolk, and the egg was a little well done. The waitress agreed when we brought to her attention, and she had a replacement on the table in minutes. And she checked back a few minutes later to see if all was OK.

Always a great experience, even with a rare bump in the road.

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DK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food and service. Worth every penny. Wine selection was outstanding.

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

While the food and wine paring we're good, the delayed delivery and lack of value stand out. Somewhat disappointing overall.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. James, the former bartender, was there and helped us pick some unique and delicious wines. The food was top notch. Still one of the very best establishments in Minnesota.

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JL
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lucas and Maggie are wonderful people and great chefs. Along with the rest of their staff are dining experience was spectacular. Food was better than I could of imagined. Thanks Alma.

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BL
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and meal were amazing. Restaurant Alma is a always a fav and rarely disappoints.

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PK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Alma is by far the best restaurant in town.

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DD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. I highly recommend Alma - Dave Doran

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SD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always exceptional service, creative food and excellent wine pairings. Highly recommended for a special night!

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SM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went out to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We had an amazing visit to Restaurant Alma! The food was exceptional. Drinks were fantastic. Service was attentive to detail, but yet left space for us to enjoy our time together. The ambiance was relaxing and beautiful.

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N
London
12 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm not sure there's a better creative, high-end restaurant in the Twin Cities (although I still haven't managed to make it to Esker Grove, and I had a high opinion of Piccolo). The three course prix fixe menu means that they concentrate on a few outstanding dishes. The chestnut bread pudding with lobster (a 2nd course) might be the best thing I've eaten in the past 12 months. Dishes are consistently balanced, intriguing, and well-prepared. It ain't cheap, but you could spend just as much elsewhere and get less interesting food.

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RD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is totally great, go there. Their food is magical. Especially good for seafood, but my boyfriend hates it and he still enjoyed his meal.

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RP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every phase. This is one of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities, and by far the most consistently elite dining experience over the last 19+ years.

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J
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

I wanted to love Alma. It is a very attractive/interesting dining room. Our server was attentive and offered very good wine suggestions. He appeared hampered by the kitchen. Our first two courses came out very quickly- I felt rushed. Then it was over a 30 minute wait for the entrée course after we finished our second course.

Much of the food was very interesting and quite good, but the sautéed sea scallops really missed the mark. There was a sandy/gritty feel to them- it appeared they hadn't been adequately cleaned, also, the ham overpowered the flavor of the scallops.

The desserts were OK- they were attractive, but neither of us loved our dessert.

We were comped our wine due to the glitches above, but for two people, the bill with tip still came in just a few dollars short of $200. At that price, I don't expect to have food or service problems.

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. It's price fixe but with options within each course

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OT
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have gone here the last two years to celebrate our anniversary, and will be going back again next year. The food and service is excellent, and the way the menu rotates with the various choices for each course ensures anyone can create an amazing dining experience. The staff's knowledge of the various options is impressive and helpful. Cannot say enough great things about it!

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o
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We tried a variety of dishes from the course menu and they were all delicious, though not particularly memorable. It was expensive, and the service lacking, with wait times long for drinks and bill. Our table was crowded and so close to others that we felt they could hear our whole conversation.

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PM
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and amazing service. Prices got a bit high (especially for cocktails), but overall it was very nice

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CT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sarina was our host for the evening. Her knowledge of wine and pairings with the food was exquisite. My wife and I highly recommend Alma and if you’re lucky enough to have Sarina as your host the evening will be perfect.

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite dinner hands down.

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K
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolute perfection! Amy was an outstanding server and our food was exquisite. We will definitely be back again in the future!

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v
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of Our favorites....a must if your near University Ave

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EH
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Who is mostly delicious. Service was so so. Cocktails were good.

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L
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful, interesting combinations. Hard not to lick the plates!

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P
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely outstanding with an exquisite combination of tastes and textures and beautiful presentation.

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MM
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Spendy but worth it! An odd first course of charred brussels sprouts (not "fried" as it listed, thankfully) with a creamy sauce and avocado proved way too rich -- with little horseradish breaking through to lift the heavy notes. Too "inventive." A different choice of the soft egg studded with minuscule potato and truffle bathing in leek soup was divine. We lapped up the homemade pasta with oyster mushrooms in brown butter. Similarly amazing, and surprisingly so, was the rotollo of swiss chard. Finally, the mains proved noteworthy: glazed crab mahi (minus the second mahi as we only had one small fillet), a rich lamb stew and smokey scallops with lentils and ham hock sealed the evening. No room for dessert nor pocketbook cash for wine. But a delightfully comfortable bench clothed in velvet and a quiet corner made for a lovely night! Very accommodating of allergies and requests.

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J
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We ended up having 6 of the possible 12 dinner courses. They were all "good" but not great. There was one exceptional dish - the Torcini pasta was superb. It was complex and elegant. The texture of the sauce was perfect.

Here are the choices that we ordered:
-Roasted celery root with poached oyster
-Brussel sprouts with horseradish
-Torcini pasta
-Braised pork belly with polenta
-Scallops
-Duck two ways

I would say that the food is good but relative to the price, there are other options in the twin cities that will meet or surpass the quality of food at Alma for 1/2 the price. Both of us came to nearly identical conclusions about each dish. I am excited to try the cafe side in the future. We don't regret going since the it was a good dining experience but after having experienced Alma, we'll be moving on to our next culinary adventure.

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PH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great as usual, but disappointed in wine selection by the glass. A Sauvignon Blanc seems like a natural choice with the menu items offered. I like red, my wife likes white, so a bottle doesn't work for us.

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