Restaurant Alma

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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
Opened in 1999 by Chef/Owner Alex Roberts, 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 a three course tasting menu format, allowing the customer to select any three dishes from the menu for $62 with optional wine pairings, and a la carte options.

Alma is the winner of the James Beard Best Chef Midwest award. and has received 4 stars from the StarTribune.
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EH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is definitely a special occasion restaurant as it's a bit pricey, but the food was outsanding-- very flavorful, unique, and perfectly portioned. The drinks were also fantastic. The atmosphere is very relaxed and intimate, and overall it was a great experience.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and meal

TX
Austin
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were sat upstairs in a very isolated small space that wasn’t as inviting as the main area.

SR
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful first night in Minneapolis dinner at a James Beard award restaurant. Food presentation, taste, and wine pairings were excellent and on point. Enjoyable for romantic dining experience. Staff was appropriately attentive, but not overly friendly.

W
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The service was good and the waitress was informative. I wish that the entrees had more depth in their flavor.

z
Portland
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An awesome food experience for us, visiting in Alma for the first time. Loved the place and service too.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Anniversary dinner, awesome

JC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoy our dinner here for Valentine's Day! Excellent menu selections, great wine list and awesome service.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful fixed price selections - was hard to choose and every one was delicious. Fantastic service - 5+ stars, great ambiance.

MK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded our expectations! We ate at Restaurant Alma for our 50th Anniversary in hopes it would feel and taste special. It/They did not disappoint! We will be back. It's a gem! Thank you for a wonderful evening!

GA
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service. Great food. Expensive, but worth it when you have a special event to celebrate.

R
Minneapolis
63 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! The tasting menu was outstanding, and our server was great. She was very knowledgeable, attentive and friendly.

A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful way to celebrate a birthday. Gave us best table in the house, champagne and just really attentive service.

MS
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

I was excited about going to Alma. The unique main menu was great and so was the appetizers and first course. I had the duck and my wife had the hamachi fish. Both were interesting and delicious. For the main course I had the sturgeon and my wife had the duck, they were both exceptional. The middle meal was weak at best. To much pasta hiding the meat. The deserts were poor too, but like my wife said I didn't need it anyway. The most disappointing part was the very limited bar. With a high end meals you would expect a few high end labels for Vodka. Only a base brand I had never heard of before. The server said I wouldn't notice the difference from a grey Goose in a martini, right? The wine list too was also very weak and poor. They need to improve the bar options. It's usually where the money is and Keeps people coming back. If I were to recommend to a friend I'd say great meal, drink at home and don't order desert.

SM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new favorite "date night" restaurant. Amazing food, and they made it vegan for my spouse.

J
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to have a special dinner! Everything met and exceeded our expectations - the food and service were outstanding!

MH
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and staff, will definitely come back!!

F
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was good but overpriced for what your received for a Prix Fix three course meal (only choice on menu). Use of unique ingredient pairings often masked the primary ingredient to a point it was not identifiable. This was not true of the "Duck - Two Ways" which was excellent.

Wine list for bottles was large but very very pricey. Wine selections do not justify the price listed. By the glass selections are extremely limited and also pricey but not as bad as the bottle price.

Valet parking is not convenient and to retrieve vehicle you must go outside stand and wait for attendant to retrieve car and bring it around. Note vehicle is not locked during your dinner as key bob is left in car.

Note there is a 3.5% surcharge on your bill to cover management offering health and retirement programs for their staff. Rather ridiculous that it is not included in price of meal which is already high.

We would probably not return to this restaurant as there are superior fine dining restaurants in the area.

KC
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants anywhere. The seasonal cuisine is always inventive and perfectly prepared.

FJ
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For my money this is the best in town . The service, the food, the setting is impeccable. The way the tables are arranged is such that you’re never distracted by people or noise nearby. The timing Of the service is such that you enjoy each course slowly and never feel rushed Alma. Mama is not trying to turn tables we were there over 2 1/2 hours. It was the best dinner we’ve had since the last time we were at Alma!

CK
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is amazing. If you have never tried Sturgeon before I highly recommend you do before the menu changes.

MC
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal menu, service, and ambiance. Great for intimate date night or celebration. Not inexpensive but worth the price!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A perfect blend of tastes with impeccable service. The environment is nice, but tables are very close and you can hear easily others conversations

TA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. But this survey is too long and complex and not user friendly

d
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Alma’s did not disappoint!! Wonderful, unique menu, friendly, helpful and efficient service! It is always such a treat to dine at this amazing restaurant!

MK
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved, loved, loved this place. They had great food. Great drinks. The service was wonderful. The staff was polite and very knowledgeable. Husband and I love eating food we have never tried or heard of. We had a great experience and would love to go again. Definitely recommend.

t
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our meals were fantastic and you could tell the wait staff had pride in what they do.

TM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was looking forward to my birthday dinner at Alma and I was overall disappointed in the experience! It was so highly recommended by people that I was expecting a great night but it didn’t turn that way. I thought some dishes were a hit like the ricotta gnocchi and some a miss like the fresh orecchiette which was too salty. The most disappointing part is the portion and the wine pours , we Walked away hungry and didn’t feel like we got value for our extra we spend on the wine pairing. The restaurant was also very cold. The next morning we had brunch at a restaurant called tongue and cheek in St. Paul and couldn’t get over how good the food was ! The value for money just isn’t there at Alma! Sorry

CJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening with outstanding service. The snowy night made it memorable. The server recommendations and the pacing of the service were as good as they could have been. Thank you

b
Minneapolis
37 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, creative food choices in their prix fixe menu. Excellent wine choices.
On the expensive side, but totally worth it.

BL
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intention to detail, excellent service ambiance and full marks for creative tasty food
A real treat

DC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, great place for a celebration. I wish I could afford to eat there every day

OT
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best meals I’ve had in Minnesota. The menu selection and the wine pairing were perfect. The ricotta gnocchi with prawns was to die for, and service was enthusiastic but not intrusive. Loved everything about it.

DO
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVED my visit to Alma. This was probably one of the best places I have ever eaten at. I was a little worried about some of the items in some of the dishes because I'm not a fan of things like mushrooms, for example. But I was amazed at how delicious and delectable the dishes were. Each dish better than the one before. No wonder this place has received a Beard award -- it's the real deal and I highly recommend you to go here to experience it at least once because it's worth the cost.

CF
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing. Only comment is I wish there was a 2 course option for us with smaller appetites.

t
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always most innovative menu wonderfully small portions of fabulous food. tara

LC
Minneapolis
40 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this restaurant! This was our 2nd visit and it did not disappoint. We sat at the bar and had a front row seat to the kitchen - so fun to watch those pros work. The food was wonderful and I couldn't have asked for a nicer meal on my birthday.

A
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was really a treat my mouth will not forget any time soon! I also appreciated the recommendations from our server.

EB
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as it gets. This is my all-time favorite restaurant and it keeps getting better.

H
Minneapolis
31 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Restaurant Alma. The food was all delicious, the service was fantastic, the vibe is great, and it remains a favorite. Every time we come for a meal, we leave saying "we need to come here more often".