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Victor's 1959 Cafe

4.6
868 reviews
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$30 and under
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Cuban
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Cuban, Caribbean
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Hours of operation
Breakfast & Brunch: Everyday: 8:00am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(612) 827-8948
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Flor Tapia-Negreros
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Catering
Please contact Niki Stavrou directly for catering options at cafe1959@gmail.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
West 38th Street
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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.
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Public transit
We are on the corner of West 38th Street and Grand Ave South in Minneapolis. Both streets are major bus lines.
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Entertainment
We play fun Cuban and Latin music in the restaurant, but no live entertainment.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 868 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
service
4.5
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4.5
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Victors never disappoints! We’ve had many date night here and the food is always amazing

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The food never disappoints and the atmosphere is really fun and playful.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Very eclectic environment with tasty food and great music.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

This has been my favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities for nearly a year now.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Our first time at Victor's. It was a bit noisy and a bit cramped, but it was pretty casual and the service and food were both good. We had 2 of the main dishes and both were good and filling. Would like to see a bit more in terms of cocktails. We'll be back for another casual evening out.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Food was excellent as usual. Noise level was conducive to conversing without yelling.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great food and good service. Don't go without a reservation, you might have to wait too long.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

What a delightful place! I was happy to see so many vegetarian dishes that were colorful and delicious. The servers were great, and we had a very nice meal.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

We love visiting Victor's (or getting carryout) whenever we are at our son's home in Minneapolis. It is the kind of place you can go with toddlers, and our server was very helpful in providing just what the little ones needed. The restaurant is absolutely tiny inside, but manages to fit in a few booths, tables and a small counter. We always find the food outstanding with delicious fresh flavors and very tender meats. The lightly fried yuca is best had at the restaurant -- then it is crisp and delicious. Everything is reasonably priced. A great casual meal with fast and friendly service -- what more could you ask for?!

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Victor's is always a treat. I love the breakfast pancakes (blueberry with walnuts), Cuban sandwich for lunch. This occasion was a wonderful dinner with friends. While the atmosphere is definitely funky, the dinners are outstanding. (Try the champagne mojitos!). The Cuban meatball appetizer is not to be missed. 2 of us had specials -- meatloaf, and chicken with avocado. I had several appetizers instead of a dinner. Close with the Cuban cheesecake.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Employee appreciation dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

I loved the customer service - especially how I was not only recommended certain plates, but I was also given the option of trying a spicier salsa!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great as usual!!!!! Best Cuban sandwich ever!!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Delicious, authentic Cuban cuisine! The staff is welcoming and friendly. Just go to Victor’s 1959 Cafe.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Best Cuban sandwich I've had in many years - full of meat and not greasy. Love the graffiti all over the booths and walls. The service was friendly and prompt. The food was very good. Would like to go back and try more dishes. My husband and I went there for date night and had a great time. A hidden gem. Make a reservation as the restaurant is not large.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

It was delicious!

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The prices have a climbed a bit since I was there last. Everything was great except our wobbly table. I was so worried my drink would spill. My husband propped his foot against it the whole meal.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

First time here. Loved the delicious food and the off beat ambience. Great service as well and great value. Ill be back.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Our favorite hole in the wall restaurant. Delicious , perfectly prepared. A bit of a wait but well worth it.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Always love Victor's. Staff is friendly and knowledgable about the menu. Food never disappoints. Seating is small so best for groups of 4 or less.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 9, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 6, 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.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 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!

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4.0Dined on December 29, 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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5.0Dined on December 29, 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.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 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.

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5.0Dined on November 29, 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!

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1.0Dined on November 18, 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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5.0Dined on November 17, 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!!!!!!

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 3, 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!

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5.0Dined on October 28, 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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