French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar

4.4
464 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
French Meadow Bakery and Café brings you organic, fresh, sustainable farm-to-table cuisine in a warm, welcoming environment. Our eclectic menu offers something for everyone -- vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, & omnivores alike -- plus a selection of local beers, cocktail specials, & organic / sustainable wines, as well as our signature bread, pastries, & desserts. Rotating chef specials focus on seasonal organic ingredients; all of our produce & meats are from our regional farmer partners, who operate organic, sustainable, humane farms. Our full bar includes 16 varieties of local & craft beers, a wine list with a focus on organic, biodynamic, or sustainable wineries, and an array of artisan organic cocktails
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Wine Bar, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri, Sun 6:30 am–3:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 6:30 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Daily 7:00 am–5:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(612) 870-7855
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Contact Jennifer to learn more about catering at catering@frenchmeadowcafe.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
26th Street
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Parking details
French Meadow / Bluestem now has two parking lots adjacent to the North and South sides of the building for your convenience.
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Public transit
#4 and #113 at 26th Street and Lyndale
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The iconic French Meadow Bakery & Café has been a front-runner and trendsetter when it comes to serving organic, locally grown, and healthy menu options. We look forward to exceeding your expectations while creating a memorable experience.

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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thanksgiving at French Meadow is long tradition, & our farm-to-table holiday menu has something for diet, so vegans, omnivores, vegetarians, gluten-free can all enjoy an indulgent meal together without sacrifices. We'll be serving Thanksgiving dinner 1-7 pm... menu on our website!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 464 People Are Saying
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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

very loud and so so service, but food was good and good value.

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OT
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

My husband and I were seated In a walking path to the bathrooms (end table), every time the music got louder so did the people, food was bland however the fish was cooked perfect just lacked flavor
Their cheese plater was delicious,

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

Our new favorite restaurant in Minneapolis! The best dinning experience we’ve had in a long time!

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

Recommend. Would love to come again

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A
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

food was delicious but service was very slow and disengaged. We sat at our table for 10 minutes before anyone acknowledged us with water or anything. Young lady serving us seemed to be more interested in flirting with another customer than in taking our order. We have eaten here in the past with better service.

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LN
Minneapolis
70 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Menu selections include a nice variety of healthy options.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, top quality

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S
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has become one of our favorites. Really good food at a decent value.

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HA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Service seemed very disorganized for a Monday morning. The restaurant was pretty empty but we had 3 different servers with long waits between any attention. My oatmeal was luke warm at best and it was difficult to get coffee refills.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Waitress was not attentive.

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Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had drinks at the bar with the wonderful Earth Wings (cauliflower bites) then moved to a booth for dinner. Food is nicely presented and we had a few options to choose from as vegetarians. Service was very friendly and professional. The ambiance is lovely for dining at night, with the twinkling lights. Though food is a little pricey, it's definitely worth it for a special occasion.

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D
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

this Saturday evening experience was not their best. I love this place for patio brunch or lunch. The back patio is delightful on a nice day.

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AP
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were there with a baby and it was comfortable. Food was great. Loved it.

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KH
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was good - my husband enjoyed his freshly-made pasta.
Unfortunately, the steak with my salad had 2 pieces that were done ‘well’ vs. ‘medium-rare’ as ordered. The sweet potatoes included in the salad we’re microscopic☹️.

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MF
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside on the patio - wonderful atmosphere. We enjoyed the butternut squash ravioli and blackened fish tacos. Both very good. Great food in a wonderful space!

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JM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu, great service, lovely venue for a get together.

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K
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great gluten free menu. So many tasty items to choose from for dinner and dessert!

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t
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall a decent place, decent food. But I was a bit disappointed that outdoors is a selfservice. As well as the fact that there was 20ppl waiting for a table in front of me, despite me having a reservation...

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DA
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is 'solid' overall. In my opinion, the best curry dish in town!

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J
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside on a pleasant evening, and it was great to enjoy the nice weather, though the street noise was a little loud. As always the food was delicious (and healthy!). We had a great dinner, and we look forward to going back.

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LH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great restaurant, average service. This is my daughters favorite vegetarian restaurant. Not great for my picky 11-year-old son.

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BB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was terrific. The wine was superb. The waitsaff were friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. The desserts were decadent.

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j
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food but sitting outside was stressful

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DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, affordable food. Wonderful, friendly service!

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SA
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Went to French Meadow for a date with my fiance. We had a reservation for two made via OpenTable. When we informed the hostperson that we had a reservation, they did not ask my name. There was a table with a sign saying "reserved," which I assumed may have been intended for us. Instead, the host (one of three people escorting guests to their table) took us to a booth near the front windows which was fine by us. However, another guest informed another hostperson that he was under the impression that table had just been cleaned for he and his associate, so a third hostperson escorted us to a third table that was also fine with us. The entire seating process was confusing and disorganized seeming, and the fact that we had a reservation seemed irrelevant. In spite of that odd opening to our night at French Meadow, we had an amazing evening with great food and drink and a great waitress. I couldn't recommend this restaurant more, however just be aware that a reservation may not be particularly helpful. There was enough available tables on a Friday evening at 6:45p that I expect the wait is usually manageable.

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J
Dallas
69 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood find with awesome gluten free options - we ate their twice during our stay.

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CL
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Our server was a disaster in the sense that his people skills were terrible - he never made eye contact and got a few things wrong - I suspect he was high, but everything else was great - the food is wonderful.

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TL
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty meal, great black bean burger and butternut squash ravioli! (Don't ever take these off your menu!) We love eating here and this visit was on a beautiful day so we got to try the patio... highly recommend. Love that they offer good food for "normal" eaters and for vegans and vegetarians!

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SS
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I was visiting MN from Portland, OR and so excited to find a place with vegan options after spending several days in a rural area where everything was meat and cheese. I ended up not impressed with this place, especially for what it cost. The tempeh was bitter (maybe they don’t boil it first) and with tempeh being in everything I ate, the meal wasn’t great. My husband isn’t vegan so he got a cheese plate for an appetizer and the cheeses were all just different types of cheddar. My son got the ravioli and it was overloaded with sage—there was no other flavor to it but sage. Everything was edible and not gross but it also just wasn’t all the good and very expensive.

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OT
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Minneapolis! French Meadows is great for food allergies and have a ton of tasty options for everyone. My 2 favorite items on the menu are the Zen Salad and Turkey Burger. Don't skip dessert- it's totally worth it!

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m
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I like this place but it was perhaps a little under-staffed on a Friday night. Seating and serving took a long time and we had a reservation. We were first seated in the very back room with a large, noisy group. When I discovered, while waiting for our food, that the booths near the bar had cleared out, we asked our server if we could move. That improved our dinner a lot. I liked my entree, the healing bowl, very much but my husband said the fish tacos were so-so. I would certainly like to come back and try other items on the menu.

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HA
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place to meet everyone expectations! Drinks, organic, vegan, small plates and dessert! Lots to choose from - I had the vegan tostada- red beans, tempeh, onions, guacamole, lettuce, vegan cheese - AMAZING!!!

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JF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

First time there and poor service overall; changed waiters on us and second person seemed uninterested. We waited a full hour for our food (which was very good). We flagged down the manager and told him we had been waiting for an hour and our food arrived almost immediately afterward. He comped us for our drinks, which was nice and lowered our bill quite a bit. Nonetheless, we probably won't go back soon.

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M
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, I like that there were plenty of vegan options.

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C
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food with many options!! Looking forward to enjoying this establishment in the near future!!

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D
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I would like to thank the Bartender for not charging us for my drink. He forgot about it but eventually He made it and brought it himself, apologized and removed it from our bill. It was not necessary but we really appreciate. Food was very good . We will come again.

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CF
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful evening spent enjoying the peaceful ambiance and delicious food.

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LM
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Disappointed with our eating experience.
Waitress seemed frazzled. Kid’s menu offered grilled cheese sandwich and Mac and cheese. Mac and cheese had definite bacon taste and we specifically asked “no bacon”!!
Service was extremely slow and restaurant was not that busy. Waitress didn’t offer any refund on meal.
We hadn’t been here in a long time and probably won’t return!

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CT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made a reservation got a great booth that almost seemed like it was soundproof . My sisters and I absolutely loved our burgers. Great place.

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CC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The waitress was horrible! I must have waited 15 minutes to get my water glass re-filled and the restaurant was not even half full. Plus she kept asking me every time she came to the table if I wanted something to drink other than water. Lady, I just want water and stop pointing out that I’m the only one not drinking!!!!

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