Restaurant Alma

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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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Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went Alma to the max, prix fixe and the wine pairing. Superb. One of the better meals we've had in the Twin Cities in a very long time.

S
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great service. Quaint atmosphere. Perfect for intimate dates or dinner with friends.

l
London
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Really loved this place. Nice charming location, very friendly staff and super creative diverse dishes. Will be back.

JM
Minneapolis
53 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebrations! Delicious dinner served in a cozy area upstairs. Delightful evening!

AR
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner experience and the service was impeccable!

JM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Great food, great service, great atmosphere.

S
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Alma and we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. We loved the entire experience from the amazing service, warm quiet environment to the delicious food. Each course was as flawless and tasty as the one before it and left you in anticipation of what was to come.

We will most certainly let be back and would highly recommend.

J
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I knew I could take my wife here for a special birthday dinner because everything would be excellent- the food, the service, the attention to every detail.

R
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The restaurant is in a beautiful area, has a good atmosphere and without much noise.
All the food was salty the main course was almost inedible. The service was very friendly but it was a bit slow. I made the pairing with wine and the glasses came with little wine.
The food seemed good but not exceptional

D
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place all around! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone that appreciates excellent food and is willing to pay a little extra to experience it.

CC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Great ambiance, drinks, wine, food and service! Looking forward to a return visit!

MB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From entrance to exit the service was warm and discreet. Our waitstaff was charming and very knowledgable. They were able to make excellent wine suggestions to go with our main dish. It was a relaxing and fun experience for my husbands birthday.

KH
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight to dine at Alma. The menu is interesting and seasonal, the wine pairings unusual and spot-on. Recommend for dinner with friends or a special night out.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bartender was phenomenal. Very personal and took time to explain everything to us while we ordered drinks. Food is amazing as always. I’ve never been disappointed with a dish.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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MR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alma is definitely my favorite restaurant in Minnesota. The food, wine, and service are spectacular without being pretentious. I always feel like eating there is more than just a meal and more than a novel experience. Thank you!!

c
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always consistent in terms of food and service level. A personal favorite. Highly recommended.

P
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always and we love to be amazed by the chef. Service is top notched. Best place in the Twin Cities for chef driven food and for real foodies.

BK
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Alma, we had our first date here 8 years ago and go back at least once every year. The service is great and the food is spectacular. When we win the lottery we will eat here everyday!

o
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really liked the ambience, we got a window seat, which was nice. But next time maybe check out the upper level or the special table by the bar. The food was amazing! The combinations of each course worked well together, so delicious!

EF
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve ever eaten in my life. The seasonal, local ingredients shine and every bite is a joy. Will be coming back for sure.

BS
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the experience. We enjoyed the tasting menu and wine pairings. It was a wonderful place to celebrate our anniversary.

KC
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I dine at Restaurant Alma about once a quarter with my foodie, wind connoisseur friend. We are never disappointed.

S
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food with excellent servers wish that they stuck to our 7;45 reservation but we sat down at 8:10:( other than that it was wonderful for my birthday.

FG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. Great service. Not much else to say.

MM
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything is consistently remarkable at Alma!
Only problem this time wAs the chicken entree was wAy too salty.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Great food however overall over priced.

PK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Truly a memorable meal, celebrating 3 birthdays. Our table service was excellent—stellar. The only thing that tainted our visit to restaurant Alma was our experience with the host. She was unenthusiastic when we arrived pointing vaguely to the cafe were we could wait for our table to be made ready. One guest was delay going into the restaurant and was asked to step aside while the host dealt with other reservations. We learned of this at the table when our guest texted us that she was outside the doors waiting for permission to join us. We went to get her and the rest of the evening’s service was great. Hosting is a difficult task, you have to control the flow of guests and do it in a welcoming way. Your host did not get the welcoming part right on Saturday, Oct 12.

HB
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience! Creative, fresh, expertly prepared with perfect wine pairings!

D
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alma is the greatest and I won’t hear different.

f
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Why eat anywhere else?! The food is soooo good! Thank you!

CF
Melbourne / VIC
104 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the usual great dining experience matched with excellent wines and outstanding service.

Z
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent wine pairings, bringing out the food flavors. Flan and shrimp dish was a revelation. Duck Two Ways was best duck entree I’ve ever had. Panna Cotta was wonderful to end the meal. One nit: replace the murky water in the flower vase on the table.

m
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal - we will definitely return for a special occasion!

BM
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience possible. It's a bit pricey to go often but worth every penny.

A
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our experience at Alma. It's a bit pricey but with all of the courses and little treats you get, it's worth it. We had a really knowledgeable and friendly server as well, and appreciated the constant refilling of our water glasses. It was refreshing to go to a restaurant where the staff makes an effort to pay attention to us. Some of the food was overly salty and the risotto didn't have enough flavor for my pallet, but there were several dishes we really enjoyed (even the "appetizers" they bring on the house in the beginning). The sweet corn soup was my favorite from the 3 course meal followed by the marinated mushroom salad. The dessert (caramel canele) was fabulous and worth trying. I think we wouldn't mind coming back for another special occasion and trying another seasonal menu.

ND
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Maybe it was an unusually off night for them? The several severs attending to us admitted to, and apologized for, some dysfunction stating that there were a lot of new people training that night. The dining experience was over two hours making us late to our concert. Our courses came to us incomplete and out of order, and the hot food was cold. On one of the longer stretches between courses we were given short glasses of wine and a small sample of a pasta salad that I took after I asked if there were any duck components to it, the server said no, but I came to find that she was incorrect. Some part of it contained duck fat which made me feel ill for awhile after leaving. Other than that, we were celebrating our anniversary and shared a nice time together outside of the above and would still recommend Alma.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to Alma and it lived up to all the hype! What a wonderful meal from start to finish! Every course was spectacular and for only $62!!! Totally worth the price and more! Celebrated my birthday with my parents and we had a meal we won’t soon forget! Thank you Alma!!

VB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It was our 30th anniversary & we requested a quiet, romantic table in the corner by the window. The night before our dinner, we spoke with the front desk and they promised we'd be seated at the requested table. Upon our (on time) arrival it was clear that a couple had been recently seated at the only table in the restaurant that fit this description. This disappointment did not set a good tone for the evening and we would've gone to a different restaurant if we had known our request would be ignored. The restaurant was extremely loud & not conducive to a quiet, intimate conversation (the acoustics need to be improved--it's very disrespectful to your customers to have to shout in order to hear each other). The food was okay but not, in our minds, reflective of a Beard Award-winning restaurant. At the prices charged, we would have expected each course of the prix fix menu to be excellent (it wasn't). We opted for the wine pairings that were inconsistent in being well-matched to each course and were over-priced especially considering the disappointingly small pours.

B
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service took a hit when we waited ten minutes in the bar without anyone even acknowledging us. The drinks then took too long to come. Food was outstanding, but the main course was really the size of an appetizer course. Why not give people the option to pay a little more and not leave hungry?