Victor's 1959 Cafe

4.7
952 reviews
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Cuban
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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JS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Authentic with great flavor. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly with great recommendations. The inside is tiny, but packs in a lot of character! We will definitely be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome food and experience. Could eat there everyday.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing as were the mimosas and dessert! It was about $80 for two people including appetizers, entrees, dessert, and cocktails. Loud and youthful, fun atmosphere. Will defiantly be back!

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TK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food as always

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JS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious as always! Weekday dinner is a great time to visit, if you want to get a table right away (weekends are packed).

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just moved to Minnesota , and love dining at the mom and pops and Victors is at the top , the service was awesome and he was engaged our whole visit, food awesome our whole visit was awesome. even the parking with Mother nature here mad it an adventure. But we will be back and bring family when they come to town!!!

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BD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very authentic Cuban experience! Apart from the negative temps outside :)

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RY
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This unique joint serves authentic Cuban food in a fun and casual environment

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MR
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The ice and snow on the sidewalks were TERRIBLE!!!!

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappointed here. Everything I’ve tried has been delicious and the service is superb.

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DW
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's just a wonderful place with wonderful food and people running it. Always please with my meal and experience when I go morning, afternoon or night.

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MC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was perfectly seasoned, the proportions were more than ample and everything on the plate tied in with the main entree. All in all, a very pleasant dining experience with a great atmosphere.

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JK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around great experience. Looking forward for our next visit.

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KS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Cuban sandwich

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LI
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun environment, memorable menu, great service. I would go there again.

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JM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Let's get this out of the way up front: Victor's 1959 Cafe is a tiny, tiny place. This is not a big chain restaurant. It's a weensy speck of space crammed to the gills with people and light and color and deliciousness. And it's that deliciousness that makes it worth planning ahead, making a reservation, and coming in prepared to feast.

When I lived in the neighborhood, I ate a lot of breakfasts and lunches at Victor's. (Dia y Noche is one of the most comforting breakfast foods in the world, and if you haven't tried it, plan on heading over during breakfast hours soon to get in on it.)

Everything I tried - from the crab cakes served with cucumber-mango relish to the hearty, soul-satisfying Ropa Vieja to the sweet guava-cream cheese empanada - was perfectly prepared and exactly what I needed on a cold winter night in Minneapolis. Service was attentive and friendly without being annoying.

I'm looking forward to reacquainting myself with the rest of the menu soon. This was a real treat.

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D
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was absolutely fantastic -- authentic, delicious Cuban food and portions weren't too gigantic!

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GS
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Though we have had breakfast at Victors for many years, this is only our second dinner there. The Cuban cuisine is excellent and they have a short affordable appropriate to the meal wine list.

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TW
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Victor's had phenomenal food, dedicated staff, and a unique atmosphere. I will definitely be back

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m
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good and flavorful food, unique ambiance and above all some of the friendliest staff I’ve seen.

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

Always a great time at Victor's.

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B
Minneapolis
70 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wow! Wow! Wow!
This tiny gem of a restaurant has fabulous, incredible Cuban food! I had the best pulled pork I’ve ever eaten - super flavorful and tender. The chicken empanadas were also incredible- perfect, flaky crust and flavor/packed filling.

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M
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place. I love the ambiance, the food and the sassy servers. Highly recommend.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service

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NB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great South Mpls spot. Fun restaurant atmosphere with writings on the wall and quaint booth seating. Cuban cuisine had many options for us and my son's vegetarian girlfriend. We will definitely be back.

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DM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very good when mixed with the plantains. The shredded beef dish, by itself was OK, but fairly bland. Not as good as on the Drive-ins and Dives made it appear. Perhaps it is better on the weekend. We went on a Wednesday
Dessert Flan was exceptional.

Service was great and its a very cool/funky place for a night out.

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a
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It's just a fun vibe and great Cuban influence in food! The only thing to be aware of....if you are tall, it is difficult to fit your legs under the table in their booths, and the ceiling is low!!! LOL

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S
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After living in Miami for a decade, I can say that Victor's is the real thing, cuisine wise.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Super cozy. Great good.

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T
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just out for a quiet evening dinner. I had the mahi mahi which was excellent. My wife had the flank steak also a good choice. We shared a piece of coconut cake. Fun place and always interesting reading the walls.

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OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and even better food. Tried the Mahi special and was not disappointed!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food as always!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing!! Highly recommend it. The food was outstanding.

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c
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

They accepted a reservation for 8:30pm, we arrived on time and waited for a table. One of our party asked if we would have for dinner, answer was yes. Once seated we were given menus, then told the kitchen closed in 11 minutes and we needed to order. We were able to order dessert but were told coffee was over. At 9:30 they turned all the lights on. 45 minutes for a dinner where we spent 45 a person seems unreasonable.

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PT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. Very friendly staff and atmosphere.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic cuban food. None better north of Miami.

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e
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Victor’s is always fabulous!

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MB
Minneapolis
35 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food. Only warning, if you are on the larger size tables are a little tight but workable.

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EW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favoriote restaurant in the Twin Cities. I would eat there every night.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cuban food was delicious. Our waitress gave great advice on what to order. She did a wonderful job! We sat outside on the patio which was a bit loud from the busy street at times. I ordered a side order of house made tortillas (3 for $1.69) to eat with my pork and it was pure heaven! The Cuban sauce was hard to quit eating, yum. We ordered and brought home a bottle of their house made hot sauce to remember them by. We will be back again!

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