About Victor's 1959 Cafe
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 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.
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast & Brunch: Everyday: 8:00am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
West 38th Street
$30 and under
We play fun Cuban and Latin music in the restaurant, but no live entertainment.
Please contact Niki Stavrou directly for catering options at email@example.com
We have a small parking lot in front and in back of the restaurant (3 spots in front, 4 spots in back)and there is also on-street parking available.
We are on the corner of West 38th Street and Grand Ave South in Minneapolis. Both streets are major bus lines.
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Victor's 1959 Cafe Ratings and Reviews
We've gone here a bunch. It's very delicious. Very cool, cozy inside. Great for a date or a family meal. My favorite is the 'Lechon'-somethingrather. Get a shot of cuban coffee for dessert too if you want a sweet and tasty way to keep your night going. The only issue with this place is no parking, you will be parking on the street...oh well, no big deal.
Funky Bohemian atmosphere. Cuban menu comfort food..liked the chicken stew ans coconut cake. Thought the beef Viejo WAS WAY Overrated even tho on food Network. Dry and stringy, maybe it's supposed to be that way but not my taste. Service very helpful and unpretentious
I have been to Victors twice and both times I was astounded how vibrant and authentic the cuban food was. It's not a pretentious menu. Few items done extremely well. Try the Cubano Sandwich. Truly delicious. The atmosphere is tongue in cheek with graffiti everywhere and a feeling like this place really was 1959 Cuba. Small, charming, retro and clever with a taste of a country we may never be able to visit. I don't know who Victor is but I would like to thank him for his Cafe. Hasta pronto
The service was wonderful - everyone working there was so genuinely nice and really made us feel welcome. The food was absolutely delicious. I got the chicken fricasee and my husband got the shrimp criollo. Both were awesome, I cannot recommend the chicken fricasee enough. We had crab cakes and black bean soup as appetizers, which were both also really good. The crab cakes are a little pricy for what you get, but very delicious, so I thought they were worth it. I can't wait to go back and try the rest of the menu!
When it’s ten below in Minnesota, who doesn’t think immediately of Havana? :) I usually think of Victor’s as a good summer evening meal, but winter is great too! I had their wonderful seafood paella, and companion had the special - a meatloaf with a chorizo baked into the middle! Both were perfect for the weather. Service was cheery as always. And there is always all of the writing on the walls to read. Don’t hesitate to enjoy this place any time of year.
We loved Victor's! We weren't sure what Cuban food would be like, but it was delicious. Wonderful blends of flavors. Four of us each got something different, and as we shared, we couldn't decide what was the best because it was all so good. Wonderful, attentive service by Cara-I don't know how their tiny kitchen turns out the food as fast as it does.
I have to recommend the black bean soup-best I've ever had.
Also, the pina colado cake and flan were fabulous desserts.
Met up with some friends to try Victor's and we were not disappointed! The decor inside is fun and unique. The food was prompt and tasted delicious. We had four people try four different dishes (two people were vegetarian) and we all really enjoyed our meals. Would highly recommend!
Unfriendly hostess. Food was bland and the meat entrees were tough and flavorless. We were rushed out of our booth before we could even order dessert because they "needed the table." I went with high expectations for authentic Cuban cuisine and was very disappointed. I will never go back.
After driving by over the years, we finally decided to come in and sample the food - and boy are we glad we did! We had a delightful meal with old friends, the food was excellent, service outstanding, and we will definitely be going back for some of the flavors I can still taste in my mind's mouth.
Food is good for Cuban via Minnesota (average for real Cuban food). My problem with Victor’s is the value. Their prices are 50% too expensive for what you get. I will not be returning for dinner. There are other latin restaurant that are way better both in quality and taste of food and value in the twin cities.
We had the crab cakes and watermelon salad for starters. Both were excellent. I had the creole shrimp which came with large shrimp in a perfectly spicy sauce with rice and yuca. My boyfriend had the picadillo de la cubana.....ground beef in a creole sauce with potatoes and plantains. Both dishes were extremely tasty! For dessert we had the cream cheese and apple empanadas.....left us wanting more!
Though the establishment is small the staff is friendly and, if you need help in your choices, they're well-knowledged! The food is wonderful!
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