Victor's 1959 Cafe

4.6
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
1036 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuban

Top Tags:

Casual
Fun
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.
What 1036 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and awesome desserts

GG
GGirl
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the atmosphere! I wish I had a marker to add my own graffiti to the walls!

DJ
DylanJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome food and atmosphere

G
Gata
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

LA
LeAnnW
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

MD
MikeD
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always an excellent meal

M
Mplsdiner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

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.

AL
AmyL
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really fun night out -- the upbeat, inclusive kind of Valentine's Day dinner we wanted!

d
denigirl
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

SP
vipStPaulBurbLife
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Super fun vibe and fabulous food. Lots of vegetarian and vegan options.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect! Thank you!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

With friends

KB
KatieB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food and staff were fantastic. One of my favorite restaurants!

l
vipluv2eat
Minneapolis
89 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

SR
SRTKAT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun and unique place to share!! Highly recommend!

CN
CoronaNewport
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Cuban food served piping hot.
Authentic atmosphere, vibe. Not to be missed!

KM
KadeeM
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

BM
BrianM
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place great food good customer service

SH
SherryH
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MO
MariO
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

BC
BarbC
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KS
KirkS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

LM
LoriM
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way

5
55406guy
Minneapolis
36 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

CH
vipCheH
Minneapolis
50 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
AnnieBananie
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Murph2che
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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
ThomasH
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always, consistent great food and servoce

LM
LauraM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
SandyK
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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

FAQs

Victor's 1959 Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (612) 827-8948.

Victor's 1959 Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 1036 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

Tweets by Victor's 1959 Cafe