Victor's 1959 Cafe
We are not offering table service at this time, so no reservations are available.
Victor's 1959 Cafe is a little piece of Havana in South Minneapolis offering traditional Cuban fare such as Picadillo, Ropa Vieja, Cuban Sandwiches, Yuca frita, Sweet Plantains, Tostones, and other recipes from Cuban cuisine. We are also well known for our unique breakfast offerings!
Independently and locally owned.
Visited in 2008 and again in 2018 by Food Network and Guy Fieri for Diners Drive-ins and Dives, who cooked up off the hook Cuban food with owner Niki Stavrou. Check our website to watch the episode!
5 mins from Downtown/Uptown 15 minutes from Mpls/St Paul International airport.
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Delicious food and awesome desserts
Loved the food and the atmosphere! I wish I had a marker to add my own graffiti to the walls!
Awesome food and atmosphere
The yuca and soft plantains were authentic Cuban & Puerto Rican dishes, however the empanadas were missing flavor and didn't enjoy the sauce served with them. I would go back and try other items on the menu.
We are doing the alphabet with restrurants and V is for Victor's 1959. What a gem! The service was great and the food was even better. We will be back!
Authentic Cuban cuisine offered in enough variety to keep you coming back again, and again, and again, etc. Friendliest staff I have ever encountered in a restaurant. And it's in Minneapolis. Incredible!
As always an excellent meal
I was really excited to go but my mango salmon was inedibly bad. It tasted like the salmon had turned and then was microwaved to rubber. I ordered it because it was recommended by the waitress. I didn’t eat it and when they asked why I told them and they seemed irritated at me about it. They did comp rice and beans but charged us for the salmon which was pretty expensive. My husband had the cubano and said it was okay but nothing special. Plantains were really good though and we love the atmosphere. Just disappointed it wasn’t a better experience.
Really fun night out -- the upbeat, inclusive kind of Valentine's Day dinner we wanted!
Albondigas were tasty and my Cuban sandwich was great. The hubs got the Ropa Vieja, which was kind of boring. Mistakenly, we thought Cuban food would be spicy. Not so! More about onions (which I hate) and salt. If you like it bland, go for it. Or just order the Cuban sandwich and call it a day.
Some how we’ve been to this little gem. We loved it. Fun little spot with great, attentive service; delicious food & great beverage selection. We really enjoyed how quiet it was, which allowed to have a great conversation without straining our voices - perfect date spot! The vibe is quirky and quaint and seriously, one of the best meals out I’ve had in a long time.
Super fun vibe and fabulous food. Lots of vegetarian and vegan options.
Unfortunately tonight we didn't have the best experience. The coconut shrimp could have been done better at home, was greasy. The tostones were nearly hard as a rock and pretty flavorless. Our Puerto Rican grandmother thought the beans tasted off and almost out of a can. My tropical rice reminded me of Zatarain's Caribbean rice, not that impressive so just all in all not worth the prices. We were disappointed.
It was perfect! Thank you!!
As always the food and staff were fantastic. One of my favorite restaurants!
We have been to Victor’s many times and the food has been great! The ceviche is a wonderful starter along with the meatballs. We haven’t tried everything yet, but the paella, Ropa Vieja, and Cuban sandwich are our favorites so far. The staff are very friendly and are great at suggesting items. Very good food and a fun place.
Such a fun and unique place to share!! Highly recommend!
Delicious Cuban food served piping hot.
Authentic atmosphere, vibe. Not to be missed!
I have been reading about this restaurant for 15 years; why did't I eat there sooner? Who makes a stewed chicken dish where the chicken is still tender and not all stringy? Victor's. And those sweet plantains on the side - it was like Cuban thanksgiving. All I can think of is 15 wasted years without eating this.
Very accommodating and friendly! Food was fantastic, as always.
First time at Victors. Food was really good. Cubano was fantastic! Homemade chips a must!
Cool ambiance, felt like little Havana. Will go back.
Awesome place great food good customer service
The pulled pork was phenomenal. I would give 5 stars for that alone. The black beans and rice that came with my pulled port was ok, a bit bland, not great. The rest of the food ranged from very good to just ok. The sampler of Tostones Rellenos was meh. Not much flavor, not hot, a little soggy (we tried one of each flavor). Galetas Con Salsas de La Case (chips & dips) was excellent. The black bean salsa, chimichurri sauce, and pineapple mango salsa were all delicious. The fricassee de pollo was very good as was the plantain.
I'll say it again - the pulled pork (Lechon Asado) was amazing. Their malbec was good too.
Our waitress was friendly and knew the menu, service was a bit slow. We weren't in a hurry so not a big deal. Once we ordered to food was out immediately. We had to seek out the waitress on a couple of occasions (more wine) and to order an appetizer while we waited for friends.
Excellent service and server was extremely helpful in explaining the dishes. Everything was amazing. This will definitely be added our rotation.
Love love love Victors! No one makes a Cubano sandwich like they do. Delicious!
Great food, friendly service, nice little patio. The interior is fun too but we decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather.
This is a fun cafe with great food, we will be back
Love the décor and atmosphere! We all signed our names on the wall. Food was good especially the coconut shrimp and crab cakes.
Outstanding in every way
Food and service were good as always. Only complaint is that it's a noisy place. Hard to hold a conversation.
As always, Victors was delicious. Outdoor patio was beautiful, food was absolutely fantastic, great service.
Great patio, well-priced, delicious Cuban cuisine and a friendly staff. A fun place to relax and enjoy dinner.
Very pleasant dining experience on a summer evening and first time eating on the patio. We have been to this restaurant several times and it was fun to introduce friends to their great food. We shared appetizers and chose dinner items that are their specialties. Server was helpful and friendly.
I took my boyfriend here as a birthday surprise. He has 2 favorite restaurants in the Minneapolis area, and this is one! He loves the flavors, variety, atmosphere, nostalgia (he traveled through Latin America for a few years), and I am right there with him. We have been there a few times, and will continue to visit into the future. Only thing I do not like is the lack of parking, but it is easy to drive down the road and walk. It is in a normal neighborhood, and the walk is easy.
Keep up the good work! Our server was awesome, the food was amazing, and the hostess was great getting my boyfriend his birthday treat. Thank you everyone!
Wonderful Cuban food in a cheeky setting with a very relaxed patio. Can’t go wrong with Victor’s!
The food is outstanding as is the vibe. The only reason I don’t give it 5 stars was because we were literally rush out the door. We had a 8:30 pm reservation for a party of 4. We ordered 2 bottles of wine and 3 apps, then our dinner. Apparently they closed at 9pm. We were asked at 9:40 to give up our plates for the dishwasher. Then a minute later asked to leave. Maybe they shouldn’t offer a 8:30 pm reservation??
Amazing as always, consistent great food and servoce
Highly recommend! The food is a little pricey but very unique. Because it’s so small you need a reservation to be sure of getting a table. Also the sound seems to carry so noise from neighboring tables can be loud. All in all a great experience. I have been here three or four times. Would love to go for breakfast sometime so I can have a Cuban coffee!
The atmosphere of Victors is so friendly and bright and the food is delicious and so fresh.
You can order delivery directly from Victor's 1959 Cafe using the Order Online button. Victor's 1959 Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (612) 827-8948.
Victor's 1959 Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 1036 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.