Victor's 1959 Cafe

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Cuban

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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. Independently and locally owned, you'll find friendly service and a festive environment with lots of writing on the walls!

Visited in 2008 & again in 2018 by Food Network's Guy Fieri, Diner's Drive-ins and Dives, who cooked up "off the hook" Cuban food with owner Niki Stavrou. Check our website to watch the episode!

We're a tiny restaurant with only 10 tables inside and 10 more tables on our tropical summer patio. Enjoy our Wines, Beers, Tropical Mimosas and Champagne Mojitos!

Also popular for our unique breakfast menu, served every day! No reservations for breakfast or lunch, just come on in...

5 mins from Downtown/Uptown 15 minutes from Mpls/St Paul Int'l airport.
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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating and friendly! Food was fantastic, as always.

BM
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

First time at Victors. Food was really good. Cubano was fantastic! Homemade chips a must!
Cool ambiance, felt like little Havana. Will go back.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place great food good customer service

SH
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and server was extremely helpful in explaining the dishes. Everything was amazing. This will definitely be added our rotation.

MO
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love Victors! No one makes a Cubano sandwich like they do. Delicious!

BC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly service, nice little patio. The interior is fun too but we decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather.

KS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a fun cafe with great food, we will be back

LM
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the décor and atmosphere! We all signed our names on the wall. Food was good especially the coconut shrimp and crab cakes.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every way

5
Minneapolis
36 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were good as always. Only complaint is that it's a noisy place. Hard to hold a conversation.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Victors was delicious. Outdoor patio was beautiful, food was absolutely fantastic, great service.

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great patio, well-priced, delicious Cuban cuisine and a friendly staff. A fun place to relax and enjoy dinner.

CH
Minneapolis
48 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

AB
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Cuban food in a cheeky setting with a very relaxed patio. Can’t go wrong with Victor’s!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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??

TH
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always, consistent great food and servoce

LM
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

SK
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere of Victors is so friendly and bright and the food is delicious and so fresh.

CR
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PLACE! A must for anyone who lives in the twin cities, or is visiting!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, great atmosphere. Excellent service throughout our dinner including an easy split or the bill at the end of the night!

AM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute atmosphere, the best Cuban I've ever had! Definitely will be going back.

AG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was a bit disappointing. I had salad with shrimp. Shrimp were good but the salad was blah. My friends were equally unimpressed with their meal.

HR
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A visit to Victor’s is always a fun treat! The waitstaff is fun, friendly, and knowledgeable. If you can’t decide what you want, their recommendations are always spot on! The food is great, every time, brunch lunch or dinner. Just go already!

JM
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Better beans and rice and a Cubana sandwich on the street in Mexico for 1/6th the price. Nothing special about the salsa, fruit nor the albondigas. Next time I should just cook at home.
A good place if you have never traveled away from south minneapolis. Seek out a native from latin america and try some real food. This place was all name and nothing else.

JF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, fast service, reasonable prices. We had a thoroughly great meal!

R
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Very cool decor. Very cool hide away

WM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We've been to Victor's several times. Usually, it's been worth the effort but this time wasn't as good as in the past. The ropa vieja was tough. The picadillo didn't have any kick and was more like eating goulash. The pina colada cake was underdone. Not our best experience the but I'm chalking it up to them having an off night. We'll still go back and try again though.

u
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always have fun at Victor's - good food in a fun, funky place. I choose to dine at Victor's for my birthday and wish I had picked a more upscale place. I had my heart set on a "Mojito" and they were out of the ingredients. The food was a bit rushed. They advertise a birthday dessert but I was not given one. I still highly recommend Victor's but if you want to be sure it is special - choose somewhere else. This is a "go with the flow" type of place.

OT
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful Saturday night on the patio! Terrific food and service as always!

AT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really appreciate the help reserving a spot on the patio where it wasn't overly sunny. On a hot day, it was perfect! We loved being able to enjoy the outdoor space. Great food and service.

l
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Victor's 1959 never disappoints. The great tasting and portions of the Cuban food, coupled with the unique atmosphere, almost makes it seem as you could be in a coastal restaurant in Cuba. This is a pleasant break from other popular restaurants. My husband and I can't stray away from the Cuban sandwich as much as we try. So, we end up ordering additional entrees to bring home so we can try other things on their menu.

V
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Food was terrible! Mushy over cooked rice but the vegetables were still hard not cooked through. Tostones tasted reheated, and the food was way over priced.

CP
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful and authentic. Perfect portion sizes. Will definitely return if ever back in the area. Looks like a hole in the wall, but don't those places always have the best food??!!!!

X
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our first time eating at this restaurant. Every dish we ordered was delicious--ceviche, fried yucca, paellas, vegetarian plate, watermelon sorbet. Yum! One of our family members is a picky vegetarian, and even he finished his plate. Service was friendly and prompt. It was a busy night and so we were glad we made reservations. Our only complaint was that it was very loud. We ate indoors and there was some sort of multifamily party going on next to us. Their kids were walking on the benches and tables, pulled off one of the blinds, screaming, etc. Parents were busy talking to each other. We would have asked them to quiet down, but we they arrived just before we had dessert.

RS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rare to find this kind of yummy food at such reasonable prices, and huge portions. Wanting to go again tonight!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was awesome, the waitress was very attentive and answered all of our questions The dinner plate of Ropa Vieja was amazing however the portions were half the size they were two years ago. Also the plate was missing the arugula salad it used to come with. Our friend ordered the same plate but the ropa vieja was mostly vegetables and hardly no meat.

PJ
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn’t been to Victor’s in several years. It was better than ever. The Albondigas Cubanas (meatball appetizer) were so good! I had ropas viejas and my wife had picadillo and not were delicious! Service was helpful and attentive.

DR
Cincinnati
34 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem. From the outside not look that promising but suggest you give this funky restaurant a try

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