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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t
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

TM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
2 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
4 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
29 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".

A
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The food was fine but was not as good as the price would make it out to be. Way to expensive for the quality of food

W
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a not so great experience last May which disappointed us for the first time with Alma. Let me say our dinner this last Friday was superb! We are back in the Alma fan club. Each plate was beautiful and delicious. The pairings were perfect. Lastly, Amy was superb leading us through our evening. Thank you!

JH
Minneapolis
32 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All five courses were delicious and unique. Service was friendly and terrific! Alma is one of our favorite dining locales.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Really amazing food. You can tell the chef is skilled and selecting ingredients for a very specific taste in every bite

OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was all so good. My two daughters and I had a wonderful time our waitress was very attentive and the food was excellent we spent almost 4 hours just talking and enjoying ourselves and at the end of dinner we had a dessert that was just beyond compare we enjoyed the whole evening and we talked about it a lot when we got together the next day when we celebrated our Christmas thank you for The perfect way to end 2019.

c
Minneapolis
33 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Restaurant Alma (with our daughter) and we all ordered different items so that we could sample most of the menu offerings. Food was consistently delicious and portions generous. Service was prompt. The space is fine but a little lacking in character/pizzazz. Appreciated that we could have an easy conversation with noise level quite manageable.

PH
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was unusual, but not special. Presentation was excellent, but menu choices seemed stale. For instance, I had duck two ways a year or so ago at this time of the year. Dessert was a disappointment. I believe the wines and whiskeys are seriously overpriced.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food & great service. A terrific evening!

AW
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic gourmet experience! Always outstanding! Anthony

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect experience. If you seek quality dynamic flavors and presentation in a romantic but comfortable setting this is your place.

B
Minneapolis
31 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully creative menu. Well prepared food. High service level. Nice ambiance. We have been reading about Alma for what seems like 20 years, and we finally made it! Only regret is so many missed opportunity. We stayed away out of concern for the price point and the fixed, limited menu. But we found plenty to choose from, and the place is worth the price.

SG
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food in a wonderful atmosphere. My wife and I always love coming to Alma for an outstanding dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food-the wine pairing was awesome as well.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No question top three restaurant in Minneapolis every year. If Minneapolis recognized Michelin stars they would have one or two.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, but too expensive

N
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. Tables could be a bit further from each other.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and our waitress did a great job helping us navigate the menu. Wine pairing is a must do!

GL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

👍Interesting menu, nice presentation, attentive service

v
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Great place for a drink, but at $65 per person, the food just wasn't worth the cost. The first two dishes were disappointing, though the entree arctic char was quite good. Since most of the offerings were primarily vegetable based, it's hard to justify a $25 salad and $25 noodle dish prior to the entree. Overall good experience, the wait staff was fantastic and the drinks were good, but the food felt uninspired and not worth the cost.

MN
Minneapolis
36 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Alma restaurant is a place you go to if you want interesting menu options which are well presented and most importantly are delicious. The restaurant is comfortable and great for an intimate dinner with service that is attentive but not obtrusive. The menus is a three course fixed and is fixed price, with offerings that should please everyone. During our visit the grilled linkert bread with dogs as a starter, the red beet agnolotti as a middle and the ricotta gnocchi and prawns was a meal that would not disappoint and was very delicious.

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We were there for my birthday and to celebrate our engagement. Our server didn’t ask us why we were there—even when friends surprised us by sending champagne over. In fact, she largely ignored is. We didn’t get a drink for 20 minutes after sitting down. We are big fans of Alma. We just wished we would have had more attentive service, especially for such a big occasion.

JG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

While we enjoyed our dinner, and were especially pleased with the complimentary toast we received, we were a bit disappointed with our table selection near the door. There were several other tables that were available, and I am not sure why we were seated where we were. The course offerings were good. The pairing was good. It did, however, feel quite rushed.

BL
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I consider our meals at Restaurant Alma and one of the best meals I have eaten. The food was outstanding, delicious, artistically presented, and perfectly proportioned. Service for the three courses were timely, little wait time between each but not rushed. Service was quick but to hovering We thoroughly enjoyed our time there.

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, as always. Great service, food, and ambiance.

BE
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfection! From start to finish we thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Alma and would put in our top list of meals. We will absolutely look forward to going back on future trips to Minneapolis!!