Restaurant Alma

4.7
2820 reviews
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$50 and over
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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
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 2820 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredibly flavorful, balanced between rich fatty, salty, and a little heat. Each dish was beautiful on the plate and tested incredible. Definitely the perfect place for a birthday or anniversary as it's intimate dining and delicious food that is very much their own.

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

Delicious food, charming server, friendly and efficient front of the house staff. Great place to celebrate a special occasion. We will be back!

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DP
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! In my opinion, the best fine dining to be had in Mpls./St. Paul.

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DG
Minneapolis
30 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delightful birthday dinner but our server Daniel was the highlight. Thanks for a memorable evening.

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HC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and amazing food! We were not disappointed at all.

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CM
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent but the portion sizes were very disappointing. We left hungry which shouldn’t happen with these prices.

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MJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Anniversary and food was salty.

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MC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our engagement recently at Alma recently and were blown away by the food, the atmosphere and the service. It’s worth the price and worth the visit. We’ll remember that experience for years to come!

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SS
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Alma continues to be one of the very top restaurants in town. Beautiful space, amazing food and top notch service. We were treated so incredibly well during our last visit. Can't recommend highly enough!

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DK
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best food in Twin Cities! The restaurant ambiance, food quality, service, everything is phenomenal.

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MF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, exceptional food, Love the ambience

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AL
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The only complaint I had was that we were looking forward to a leisurely dinner and were happy we were able to get in on short notice at 9pm. Unfortunately we didn't realize the time the restaurant closed so we ended up having to somewhat rush the last half of our dinner. It would have been helpful had the waitress mentioned this. Overall the food was fantastic and good service.

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M
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great meal. Highly recommend for the quality of the meal. For a fine dining restaurant the service was just okay.

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BT
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! We can't wait to go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. We have celebrated birthdays and family events here and have always had a fantastic experience.

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KH
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal and wine pairings were excellent and the service was exceptional.

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FL
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A truly fine meal that hit on all cylinders. Inventively conceived and expertly executed dishes with the best ingredients. There is some clear skill at work here. Additionally, the wine pairing well complemented each dish, each elevating the other. Again, well done. Don’t expect huge portions, but 3 appropriately sized dishes, leaving a bit of room for dessert if desired. The service was friendly, professional and attentive, in other words, excellent. I’ve not read any of the other reviews, but I’m sure others have mentioned that on offer is a 3 course prix fixe with a few sharable items available as well as dessert, both separate from the prix fixe. Finally, there is an optional wine pairing with a 3 oz pour for each course, which I was quite pleased with. They have an excellent and eclectic wine list if you prefer by the bottle. There is an astute mind behind the wine program that understands food/wine pairing.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We had the 3 course dinner with wine pairings.
The food was very good. The wine pours were small considering the price.

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MB
Minneapolis
27 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We went to dinner at Alma to celebrate our anniversary and it did not disappoint. Our meal was great. We started with wonderful cocktails and had a nice wine during the meal and they even comped us some sparkling wine to toast our anniversary. The desserts were amazing and the coffee and espresso were nummy. Not cheap, but worth it. The service was a little spotty at times but mostly good. Highly recommended!

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ML
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal and service we’ve had in town over the last few years! Great service, great food, great space.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a reservation for a very important date. Had a very nice romantic/cozy section next to the bar. Great service, food, people, and environment. Very satisfied with our visit to the great Restaurant Alma.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality food. Excellent wine pairings. relaxed yet attractive and elegant setting

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SV
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant. Always great food and incredible service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place

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C
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food good service. They sneak a 3% surcharge for benefits on the bill. (Small font at the bottom of the menu) They should just raise their prices 3% to be honest about it

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around outstanding. One of the best restaurants in Minneapolis. Start at the bar in the cafe and head over to other side for fine dining after.

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TR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This use to be a favorite place for us to go and have an epic meal. You could pick any option and absolutely love it. Over half our meal was mediocre which truly makes us sad. We loved this place and long for it to be back to what it was. Service was friendly but slow.

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BM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

While I respect creative menus, and while I think it’s a great business idea to have the prix fixe menu, I must still say that for a mandatory $62 I expect a lot, and I came away with a large MEH. I came away thinking Alma just has a lot of attitude. And while I respect and support the 3% surcharge for providing healthcare and retirement for their employees, I then expect the employees to be a little cheerier about their jobs. I just didn’t have a great time for the price, and only one of my three courses was memorable. The other two were sub-par for Mpls/St Paul restaurants. Just nothing special at all.

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m
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary here and it was a wonderful splurge. The food was spectacular, the service was warm and attentive. We appreciate the care they show for vegetarians—separate vegetarian menus with many delightful choices, some of which are vegetarian versions of items on the regular menu. Wines by the glass are very good and good value (considering).

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CS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and service were excellent, but the restaurant never returned my post-meal call with a question about my meal.

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BG
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Most expensive meal we’ve ever had and also the most elegant and abundantly tasteful. Slightly disappointed that our three months in advance reserved table request had one seat facing the busy, open kitchen. The seats along the windows would have been more deserving of an anniversary request. That aside, our experience was memorable and lovely!

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JM
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really amazing. My wife and I have been wanting to get here for a long time. Finally made it on our anniversary. Was all that we had expected, hope for and more. Will be back...

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CM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we’ve had in years! Delicious! Great for a special occasion!

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MP
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Very knowledgeable and helpful staff. Amazing food.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Birthday dinner.

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BL
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A little pricey, but one of the best meals we have ever had! The wine pairing was excellent as well.

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NS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

For the most part it was a lovely experience. Most of the food was prepared well and delicious, while my main dish was over salted and almost inedible. Service was attentive unless we were asking for something specific like a vegetarian menu- we had to ask three different people to finally get a copy that was promised.

The experience was good enough that we would give it a try again at some point, but with so much competition for a special occasion dinner that it will probably be a while.

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LC
Minneapolis
37 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing meal! From the first bite of complimentary cheese and olives to the end enjoying dessert along with a glass of port our meal was a culinary delight. We've not dined in the restaurant before - just the cafe - but with the menu changing seasonally, rest assured we'll be back.

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OT
Salt Lake City
13 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic foodie experience

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TN
Minneapolis
34 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Took my wife for her birthday. Alma is one of her favorite restaurants. The service is spectacular, with great comments on every dish. My biggest complaint on ambience is the cold temperature of the dining room. My wife and I were both bundled in sweatshirts and still cold. The issue I have with the food is sometimes it's just too cute. So many great odd ingredients. Hard to satisfy any cravings here, because I am being served something that I don't normally eat. Examples: Bison tartar, Corncake, sturgeon. A very nice restaurant for an adventurous mood.

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