Restaurant Alma

4.7
2861 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 2861 People Are Saying
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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Server approached the table and didn’t tell us she was going to be our server. She basically just asked if we’d like something to drink. She forgot which first course I chose and had to come back and ask again. At some point someone brought us someone else’s food when were waiting on dessert at the end.

Our table was close to the kitchen and we left smelling like food.

Food was excellent as always.

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RF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Minneapolis. That's says a lot. :)

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P
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daniel was an excellent server- made both me and my boy friend’s birthday extremely special. The food was amazing- all three courses. Each recommendation was amazing. Alma never disappoints. We will be back soon.

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BK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cuisine, phenomenal service! It's our favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities and will go whenever we can for personal and business occasions.

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OW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The love of my life has significant gluten and dairy indolences/dietary restrictions which makes what she can eat problematic but ALma had both a gluten free and dairy free menu available for her to choose from several lovely aried and tasty offerings instead of the "what can be cobble together" that we have had at a number of resteraunts. Bravo for that. Our server was attentive without being intrusive which is also the mark of a good didning experience.

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MA
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Second time there in 15 years and got stuck in the loft - just not as nice as the mainfloor. We also go there 45 mins early and had a drink in the café side. It was nice, but very chilly, and would have appreciated the ability to sit in the restaurant bar where there were only two people sitting at it, and it was much warmer (and better vibe ).

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JG
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good as always

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JS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was the first time my wife and I have dined here since the remodel. We've had great dining experiences here in the past, so we thought another visit was great idea. All the courses we had were very tasty, just not hot, but closer to room temperature. The time between courses seemed a bit long too, perhaps because the bartender was our server at our table (Nook in corner when you walk in) Also, the plate was warmer than the food, this lead us to believe there was too much time under the heat lamp. I do appreciate the care they take in making sure I don't burn my mouth. Unfortunately, I'm not willing to shell out $200 to see if I can get warmer servings.

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KJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food was wonderful. The service was great. It is quite pricey, but worth it for a fun treat and special occasion.

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KL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

My husband and I were very disappointed to be seated upstairs when we had made this dinner reservation (5:45, not even prime time!) months ago. It was our first time dining at Alma, and while the food was good and service was great, the whole experience was tainted by sitting in a bland upstairs area with no character or even interesting decor - not the ambiance I expected for a $350 dinner. Alma - get rid of the upstairs or use it for large parties. It’s inappropriate for guests who have waited for months for the experience.

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C
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Arrived at 6:30 and lingered until 11:00. Fab food (where else does one see sturgeon on a menu?), accommodative of my GF needs. I like getting off the beaten path with wines, and our server provided insightful advice. Delightful experience, and I appreciate being able to hang around without anyone being overtly huffy.

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NG
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the best dinners I have had, each and every dish was prepared with care. Fried Brussels sprouts and King Crab crepe were my favorites for the night. My wife got a carrot Mimosa and it was phenomenal. Wine pairing did not feel like good value for money, so I will skip that and try some of the other cocktails.

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AK
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Space is wonderful, service so professional and yet relaxed. Was sad the clams were sandy but everything else delicious.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Living in NYC I come to Alma every time I'm home in Minnesota. It's Michelin-quality dining at a very fair expense.

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TE
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the food! It was a little awkward upon arrival and I didn’t like the location of our table. I really liked our server, she was very friendly. Good place for a nice date night.

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JF
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I had an amazing experience. I wrote ahead in my reservation that it was my gfs 23rd brithday. Alma did a great job of remembering and acting accordingly! Would definitely recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. If you haven't been here, you are missing out on an iconic experience.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The service was awful. The server was abrupt and her demeanor bordered on rude. The food was okay: not as special as the price tag would suggest it should be. Probably won’t return.

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DW
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal and experience was very nice. We were celebrating a special birthday. We added the wine pairing to our meal and were glad we did. Our waiter was very helpful with selections and the portions, although seemed small, were plenty and we left full and satisfied. We finished our meal with a shared dessert and an espresso. They put a candle with our ordered dessert, which was nice. The only thing that would’ve been nice, would’ve been a special complimentary dessert for the person celebrating their birthday or a glass of Prosecco to begin or end our meal. This is customary at many places where we’ve previously chosen to celebrate birthdays, for instance Capital Grille, as well as other small intimate restaurants. It wouldn’t take much and a little would go a long way, in making our dinner experience “over the top.” And considering our bill ended up being about $360, it would have been nice to have gotten a little something, other than a candle, for choosing Alma as our birthday celebration location. It’s a neighborhood gem, for sure, but I’d like to see something added to be given complimentary to those celebrating a special occasion, even if it’s a small “off the menu” dessert.

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J
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive, exceptional service! We celebrate our anniversary and it was such a nice touch to receive complimentary champagne to start off our meal. Each course was better than the last and there's a nice array of options in the prix fixe menu. Wonderful and memorable evening!

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CK
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Waited 25 minutes even with a reservation which was a disappointment. Even then waited a long time for our server to come greet us as well. It was also louder than the last time we went - I think this is due to them having the cafe open Nextdoor as well. The food is still very good, however. But on our second time back it seemed like a little bit of the magic from our first visit was gone - fairly loud, service wasn’t as great, etc. If they know a guest with a reservation is going to have to wait (which they make you do by waiting over in the cafe area) they could think about offering some complimentary coffee to hold the waiting guests over.

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D
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Alma is still my favorite place to dine in Minneapolis. Our dinner was excellent and service exceptional. My only comment is that while a caviar, crepe frauche, and house made chips was good, the combination overwhelmed the more subtle caviar.

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RT
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second meal within a week and the food was delicious. We have the same server and table both times, Becky was the server. First time with my spouse, second with my son and dil. Becky was very helpful and a great waitstaff person. This is, by far, the best example of seasonal cuisine in the cities.
Back again soon.

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LO
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful dining experience! The food was outstanding!

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SJ
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, excellent cocktails, and great ambience. Wait staff was knowledgable, professional, and attentive, but not intrusive. I would highly recommend dining here.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and wine, as always. Kind, thoughtful, genuine hospitality.
My favorite restaurant time and time again.
Drank my favorite wine, the Chateau Yvonne Samur Blanc. We also had the Jamsheed Shiraz and Enjengi zweigelt which were really beautiful too.

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E
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Pricey as usual, but the service and food were excellent. Try to get a table downstairs if possible. All the noise funnels to the balcony seating.

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SR
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made reservations for Café Alma for our anniversary. We were in the Minneapolis area for our first time attending a conference. Dining at Cafe Alma set the tone for an amazing three days in the city and ranks among our top three dining experiences ever!

The restaurant is so classy yet remains casual and comfortable. Our server was delightful and knowledgeable about the menu and the incredible wine pairings that accompanied each course.

There were surprises throughout the evening and the chefs’ creations combined flavors we didn’t imagine would work and truly brought out the best in every protein and vegetable that we tasted.

Loved every second of our dining experience and will let everyone know

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LJ
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Alma several times and have always had great experiences - fantastic food and service!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there with my partner last Sunday to celebrate our anniversary. Service was amazing. We have been welcomed with a glass of cava !! Really sweet. Food was great and really tasty, well executed. Wine pairing was perfect! Great evening!!

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

Everything was amazing except for with one of the courses the server forgot to bring new silverware and we sat for a while had to get up to find someone working, by the time we ate that course was cold - other than that everything was perfect

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m
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

perfect meal, save up and get the wine pairing.!!!

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OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food and ambience!!!

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KM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very delicious food with excellent service. Although a bit pricy, the quality of the ingredients and preparation makes it worth it. My favorite was the tuna for the first course.

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B
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A terrific dining experience. The food was superior in the service was superlative.

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and attention to detail.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent through and through.

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NB
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was awesome and we had a great table! The hostesses were super bubbly and nice too.

The reason I gave it such a low score was because of our server. She was very ornery. When I asked her which drink she recommended she said “all of them” and when I asked which was the most popular she said “all of them are equally popular” and she seemed irritated. It was our first time there so we wanted some
Guidance. This changed our mood for the rest of the night.

Then when we were ordering our food my boyfriend asked what she recommended for the 3rd course and she literally said the exact same thing. Everything is good and equally popular. She was irritated any time we asked her a question. We are huge foodies and really friendly to everyone and prefer good service over taste any time. For the amount we paid for dinner (over $160), I can’t believe we were treated that way. It was such a disappointment as it had been on my list for a while. Unfortunately we don’t want to risk the same service so we will spend our money and smiles elsewhere.

I would only recommend this place for the food, not the service.

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KB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restuarant was amazing! Great food and service. Go here!

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

Wonderful!

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