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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vipMarkO
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From beginning to end, perfect and unpretentious. Lightest gnocchi ever!

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KELLYS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food and Wine Pairing Menu was so Yummy! Such a fantastic local spot!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely Amazing!

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JakeS
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is phenomenal and our server was excellent. Pricey, but worth it for a special occasion.

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SheldonR
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and engaged service, a consistently wonderful experience.

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ChrisC
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been visiting Alma for the last 6 years. The cost is high, but the events are important. Twice a year we come for our wedding anniversary and my wife's birthday/my proposal dinner. Alma NEVER disappoints. The only disappointing thing is my cooking for months after we come :-).

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vipWendyA
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and interesting, delicious courses - what more can one ask for?

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PatriciaM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food was cold! Service bad.....

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jersack
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I know you don’t normally mention the valet, but this time I have to. I had car troubles, had to have roadside assistance jump my car. This was before dinner. So, during dinner the valet babysat my car. He did this without asking and with a smile.

Now Alma. Everything was great. It is not cheap, but everything was excellent, and worth it.

First, there is only a three course dinner (at least the night we went, but I think it is every night). With each course you have choices.

My first course was a hamachi sashimi. Second was tempura octopus with a fish broth. The octopus was tender, and very lightly battered. Excellent. My last course was my favorite. Gnocchi with shrimp in a truffle cream sauce.

Great place for a business dinner. Service, ambiance, decor, comfort, and a great valet.

I will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We throughly enjoyed the menu and wine pairings. Everything was delicious, the wine pairings were spot-on and our service was fantastic. I’d highly recommend for special occasions or for a date night. We’ll definitely be back!

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larsdc
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

I don't feel like offering more details about my experience.

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zftw
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and great service as always

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vipJamesM
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual

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MisterD
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our time at Alma was tremendous. It was our first time there and the food was incredibly delicious. Our server was very charming. The food and wine exceeded our expectations. It could become our new, favorite restaurant.

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vipChristianP
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, except for the awful “Health Benefits” surcharge.

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Thanos
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service! We tried half the menu! The duck dishes, in particular, were superb! One of the best restaurants I have been to recently!

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vipLeifA
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It had been some time since we've been to Restaurant Alma. After our recent experience the interval will be much shorter. We would rate Alma at the top of restaurant list in the metro area.

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MattK
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently one of the best restaurants in the city.

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EmilyH
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and meal

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TaraX
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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SueR
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
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.

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Wer35f
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

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zivitkt
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JohnP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

For all the hype of Alma, we were roundly disappointed. The staff were terrible. If this were my restaurant, I would fire them all and start over. We felt totally disregarded.

My wife had the fish and it she couldn't finish it--it was dried hard. I had the braised beef and it seemed like they had made it a couple of days ago. Tasteless. Dry. Stringy. Everything a great braise shouldn't be.

I'll admit that I am spoiled because I've eaten Agnolotti in the Val d'Aosta. The Agnolotti at Alma was terrible. It had been cooked, then sat a long time, dried out, was reheated--so it was slimy and chewy.

It was Sunday evening...maybe the staff were burnt out from a busy weekend? Maybe the food was left over from the week? Is that an excuse for such a terrible dining experience?

Whatever they are doing, they need to throw it out and start over. But I will never be back. There are far too many great restaurants in The Cities now to waste my time with Alma. So sorry, but you earned this review!

Absolutely not recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Anniversary dinner, awesome

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JCPlanet
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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MaryK
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!

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GrantA
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.

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vipReneethewriter
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.

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Authentic
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.

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MarkS
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.

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SueM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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James
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!

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MitchH
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and staff, will definitely come back!!

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Foodiereviewer
Minneapolis
8 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.

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vipKevinC
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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FoodieJudy
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!

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ChrisK
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.

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