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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.

3756 Grand Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55409
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Cuban, Caribbean

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast & Brunch: Everyday: 8:00am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
West 38th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(612) 827-8948

Website:
http://www.victors1959cafe.com/

Entertainment:
We play fun Cuban and Latin music in the restaurant, but no live entertainment.

Catering:
Please contact Niki Stavrou directly for catering options at cafe1959@gmail.com

Parking Details:
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.

Public Transit:
We are on the corner of West 38th Street and Grand Ave South in Minneapolis. Both streets are major bus lines.

Executive Chef:
Flor Tapia-Negreros

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Lunch (5)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Yummy Cuban food and the best cafè con leche! Really good service - I'll come back

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Tapas, Fun
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

The food here is amazing! Just walking in and breathing in the scent wafting from the kitchen , you know you're in the right place. Eclectic, cozy, fun, casual vibe with crazy good flavors. We'll be back!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Seriously some of the best food I’ve had in the Twin Cities - so flavorful! A must try.

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Fun, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Spicy, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Great Beer, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 7, 2018

This restaurant is a classic hole in the wall. Nowhere to sit or stand if you don't have a reservation. Christina was a great server with many suggestions. Cuban sandwich is excellent along with chicken.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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!

Tags: Organic, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Casual, Healthy, Paleo Friendly
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We invited friends who had not eaten at Victors before. They enjoyed the atmosphere, interesting menu choices and great service. We each tried one of their specialties and shared. Cozy dining on a cold night.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This is an excellent place to go. Also have had breakfast here and highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Authentic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

A short, but diverse menu. Everything I've had has been Delicious. This is the only Twin Cities Cuban restaurant that is a reasonable substitute for the authentic Cuban food I experienced in Key West, FL.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Vegan
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual, Fun
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Victor's is so unique and the food is fantastic. 6 friends, 4 different meals, all wonderful and tasty - for a great price!! Waitress was very helpful with recommendations. Tiny place, plan ahead, but if you go.... yumm-o!!!!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Small but inviting. Excellent food and a nice variety of offerings on the menu.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Small, but excellent. I will def be going back. 5 out of 5 stars

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fun, Casual, Healthy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 4, 2017

It's a small restaurant. Take advantage of making a reservation. The service was quick, and the food was awesome. It's a bit of a drive for us to hit this place. It's worth it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Best Cuban Sandwich that you will find, perhaps anywhere! This menu is bulletproof, the service is solid and the prices are right. I wish the place was a little bigger/nicer but I'll keep going regardless.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

I dined at Victors 1959 Cafe just this week for the first time and had a great time. It's a small but cozy restaurant with a fantastic ambiance and exceptional food. I would highly recommend Victors for a date, or if you're looking for a casual night out!

Tags: Casual, Fun, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

I brought 5 people who had never been there before and they all loved their food. We had a great time and were not rushed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Healthy, Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 5, 2017

I had never been there for dinner and it was fantastic! Breakfast is wonderful, too.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Superb dinner service and food. We were promptly seated at our reserved table. Food was amazing and very flavorful, as usual. Victors is one of our standbys for brunch or dinner.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Spicy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 29, 2017

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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Wonderful staff and fabulous food! Eager to make another reservation☺️

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Cozy, Authentic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 23, 2017

My son who vacationed in Cuba last year said the food at Victor's was better than what he ate in Cuba. We agree! The cubano sandwich is awesome...and large! The steak and tilapia entrees were also delicious -- we'll definitely be back again.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Victors never disappoints. One of my favorite places to go to in Minneapolis.

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Healthy
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We were with our son and he's finicky so we could only have appetizers. The empanadas were pretty good.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Absolutely love Victor's.
Food is always delicious and the atmosphere is wonderful.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Always enjoy our visits to Victor's. My family from out of town were equally impressed with the food, the staff, and the setting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The service was great and the food was awesome. Will definitely be back!!

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Lots of awesome gluten-free options! Very understanding staff when it comes to dietary needs. Great food!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Loved the food and the unique ambiance. Reasonably priced, excellent service, ample portions. And chocolate cake to celebrate my wife's birthday was not only complimentary, but seriously excellent, though I'm sure it's made elsewhere.

The only disappointment which we should have remembered from a previous visit to Victor's is the extremely small wine pours. Next time we'll either go when we're not imbibing, i.e. breakfast or lunch , or have a pre-dinner adult beverage elsewhere. $7.95 for about 4 ounces of a so-so Spanish or Chilean wine that I know retails for $6.99 a bottle is just ridiculous.

My suggestion to the owner: either make the pours larger, say 6 ounces minimum, or lower the price. I won't be buying a glass or bottle of wine here in the future. Pricing the $6.99 bottle (retail) at $23 for the Tempranillo and $25 for the Malbec is insanity. And one person in our party had a bottle of Spanish beer which was almost $6. Again, overpriced for the venue.

All in all we will be back....for the food and for the atmosphere, which is really fun and unique.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Brought an out-of-town foodie guest who loved it. Said it would be their go-to local place if they lived here.

We had the yuca frita and the empanadas to start. Both were delicious. Entrees varied from Cubano sandwich to Paella and Picadillo. No one was disappointed.

Also great vegetarian options.

I've been to Victor's at least 20 times and have never left disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 5, 2017

A pretty cool small neighborhood cafe, the food was awesome.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

The food at Victor's is always great. Our server was super helpful and accomodating to one of us that had food restrictions. She really went out of her way to help my friend out, and was super friendly and reassuring about it. Very grateful for the awesome staff!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The food was awesome as usual. Service also was awesome. Thanks you guys

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Excellent food, service and ambience - provided you want something funky and fun!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 26, 2017

What a wonderful restaurant. Great Cuban food, cute eclectic design. It is small, so I suggest making a reservation. Service was a bit spotty, but overall loved it and will return. We had the cheese empanadas (delicious), the pulled pork (amazing), the Cuban (great) and the flank steak (love the creole sauce). Everything was outstanding. We even tried a cream cheese roll for dessert coated in cinnamon and sugar (yum!). Definitely worth the trip. Go early if you can, the patio fills up by 6:30.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 23, 2017

One of us ordered the jerk chicken from the daily special. Got the tilapia instead and the server did not even notice that there was a mistake. had to ask for the to go box twice. felt that the server was not focused on the task at hand. Pretty expensive place

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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