Victor's 1959 Cafe

4.7
973 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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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Food was absolutely delicious and ambience was great!

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SB
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Victor's is truly a one-of-a-kind restaurant that serves great food in a quirky, fun environment.

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J
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good Cuban inspired food. Had the coconut shrimp for appetizer and it was delicious. Loved that it wasn’t deep fried and the accompanying sauce was perfect. Main entree was the Picadillo a la Cubana. Was very good but you better love green olives. The rice was a touch dry but the ground beef in the creole sauce was great. Desert was the Xango! Chango! and it did not disappoint. A creamy tangy cream cheese filling wrapped in pastry deep fried and with cinnamon sugar. It was a very light deep fry and done so that it was crisp but not crunchy.

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

Parents/Grandparents visiting from out of state

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JH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It feels great to sit outside at this little
Cafe and enjoy the surrounding neighborhood.

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p
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is quite good, if not extraordinary, Cuban food served in a fun, hip atmosphere. The place is small so be prepared to wait, or make reservations ahead of time!

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SB
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the food and the service. Just a bit pricey, but it's worth it!

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CF
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! I had the lamb stew from their winter menu. The meatball appetizer was amazing and addictive as the menu indicated as well. Highly recommend!

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good. Some things could have been better. The happy hour drinks are a good deal but overall the prices should be a couple of $ cheaper for size/quality/ambiance.

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and atmosphere, Victor's never disappoints with the quality.

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AP
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food is amazing. Street parking, but never difficult to find a spot. Our server was uninterested in interacting with our group and did a bare minimum (ie gave us water, but never refilled glasses; walked away as a member of our group was trying to chat with them casually). It wasn’t a busy night, but everyone has a bad day right? Food made up for it and we’ll be back.

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k
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy Victors....in fact first comment from my table all of whom have been to Cuba...Victor's has the best Cuban food....anywhere including Cuba!

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JB
Omaha
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In our view this was a 5 star experience. It is very casual and laid back. Graffiti on the walls etc. Small intimate building. If you are looking for 5 star in terms of linens, fancy, expensive - this is not it! But if you are looking for 5 star in terms of unique flavors, friendly staff, casual ambiance, fun, festive, quality food then this is it!

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JT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Earlier in the week my wife was trying to describe her ideal day. In the middle of dinner, she told me "this is my ideal day - eating at Victor's 1959 Cafe with her best friend." The food was great, servers were cheerful and helpful. The mango cheesecake was exceptional, served with Cuban coffee.

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WS
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprised by quality of lamb stew and cuban sandwich at very reasonable prices.

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LB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Tiny, delightful find we will certainly return to. Interesting food for each course, delicious flavors and sauces. Can’t go wrong ordering.

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DC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal and everyone found something to fill their belly!

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P
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is amazing! I’ve had both breakfast and dinner at Victor’s, and both menus are tremendous. Highly recommended.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of MPLS’ gems. Period.

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u
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and experience!

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h
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All aspects were fabulous. Chips, rice, beans, seasonal veggies all great. No liquor license is the one draw back. Wine by the glass was a bit pricey for the pour.

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JS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
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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