Cafe Brenda

★★★★☆
  • 750 S 2nd St # 100

    Minneapolis, MN 55401

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  • 612-342-9230

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So sad this place has shut down. they had the best soups and greek salad. Cafe Brenda - you will be sorely missed.

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★★★★★

So sad this place has shut down. they had the best soups and greek salad. Cafe Brenda - you will be sorely missed.

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Excellent food. I've been here many times. Owner Brenda has been there several times, seated us, got us drinks, so reviews attacking her confuse me. Waitstaff was knowledgeable about the food. Romantic setting and worked for a group of 6 too.

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★★★★★

Excellent food. I've been here many times. Owner Brenda has been there several times, seated us, got us drinks, so reviews attacking her confuse me. Waitstaff was knowledgeable about the food. Romantic setting and worked for a group of 6 too.

Pros: Excellent food

Cons: Bathroom is far away

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I've been to Cafe Brenda three times. Once by choice, and the other two during business lunches that I was unlucky enough to have to attend. When the Diva (Brenda) is in, employees seem very tense, which seems to make them jumpy and unfriendly. You can overhear her behind the counter blasting her employees with rhetorical questions. "Does that look like it's mixed?" "Do I sound like I'm joking?" There is nothing wrong with the food, The mock duck being the safest bet. But the vibe in there is too tense. I don't think I'll give it a 4th chance!

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★☆☆☆☆

I've been to Cafe Brenda three times. Once by choice, and the other two during business lunches that I was unlucky enough to have to attend. When the Diva (Brenda) is in, employees seem very tense, which seems to make them jumpy and unfriendly. You can overhear her behind the counter blasting her employees with rhetorical questions. "Does that look like it's mixed?" "Do I sound like I'm joking?" There is nothing wrong with the food, The mock duck being the safest bet. But the vibe in there is too tense. I don't think I'll give it a 4th chance!

Pros: Big windows.

Cons: Bad overall attitude. Strange employee/owner relations.

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Went for dinner last week. They had no problem with substitution in the on special dish. Delicious Curry mock duck.

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★★★★☆

Went for dinner last week. They had no problem with substitution in the on special dish. Delicious Curry mock duck.

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exactly what i told the waiter....... exactly what i got. first time in the city, first time at cafe brenda's...absolutely not the last. highly recommend

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★★★☆☆

exactly what i told the waiter....... exactly what i got. first time in the city, first time at cafe brenda's...absolutely not the last. highly recommend

Pros: knowledgable and friendly staff

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Organic taste! vegan friendly and different! Lunch or dinner, great place to go!! I always go there with my vegan friendly friends to enjoy their touf and mock duck!

1
★★★☆☆

Organic taste! vegan friendly and different! Lunch or dinner, great place to go!! I always go there with my vegan friendly friends to enjoy their touf and mock duck!

Pros: Thumbs up

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The owner has been offering home cooked gourmet level vegetarian food for years. It's so nice to be able to get food that's both good for you and tastes good in a nice setting. The menu is pricey to match the upscale atmosphere, but it's worth it to enjoy healthy food well presented.

PROS: Good food
CONS: No steaks fir the meat eaters

5
★★★★★

The owner has been offering home cooked gourmet level vegetarian food for years. It's so nice to be able to get food that's both good for you and tastes good in a nice setting. The menu is pricey to match the upscale atmosphere, but it's worth it to enjoy healthy food well presented.

PROS: Good food
CONS: No steaks fir the meat eaters

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A very trendy, upscale vegetarian restaurant. Great place to go to impress and dress up. Great food, lotsa class. Best for very special occasions.

This place was SO nice, however, that it felt a little intimidating and hush-hush. I like to be able to laugh out loud at places and order a cocktail (no cocktails!).

PROS: Classy, good food.
CONS: Pricy.

5
★★★★★

A very trendy, upscale vegetarian restaurant. Great place to go to impress and dress up. Great food, lotsa class. Best for very special occasions.

This place was SO nice, however, that it felt a little intimidating and hush-hush. I like to be able to laugh out loud at places and order a cocktail (no cocktails!).

PROS: Classy, good food.
CONS: Pricy.

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Face it, MPLS lacks a large selection of small, cafe-style, competent chef-owned restaurants that encourage you to drop in for dinner. However, this place fills the bill! Great location with validated parking is a HUGE draw and the wine list is larger than most with a very fair markup (I have never been to a place that I could say this about so this is a big plus! Every other restaurant in the city could learn from this!) The food is clean, fresh, healthy and tasty. Who would have thought that a vegetarian meal could be so satisfying and downright interesting? Cafe Brenda really hits all the right spots including a nice experience with great food and wine in a good location. A few more spots like this and who knows, MPLS might be a contender for a real food destination!

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★★★★★

Face it, MPLS lacks a large selection of small, cafe-style, competent chef-owned restaurants that encourage you to drop in for dinner. However, this place fills the bill! Great location with validated parking is a HUGE draw and the wine list is larger than most with a very fair markup (I have never been to a place that I could say this about so this is a big plus! Every other restaurant in the city could learn from this!) The food is clean, fresh, healthy and tasty. Who would have thought that a vegetarian meal could be so satisfying and downright interesting? Cafe Brenda really hits all the right spots including a nice experience with great food and wine in a good location. A few more spots like this and who knows, MPLS might be a contender for a real food destination!

Pros: Fairly priced wine, Great food, Validated parking

Cons: Carnivores go hungry

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The Blue Marlin was quite good and it came very nicely presented. Banana cake with maple cream cheese frosting was super. I also like that everything is not super-sized. I guess this might be a problem for some people but I hate wasting food and don't like taking it home either. Great selection of wine. Did NOT like the server. Someone in my party had the nerve to ask for a diet coke and the server quipped... "we don't have diet anything". Whatever!

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★★★★☆

The Blue Marlin was quite good and it came very nicely presented. Banana cake with maple cream cheese frosting was super. I also like that everything is not super-sized. I guess this might be a problem for some people but I hate wasting food and don't like taking it home either. Great selection of wine. Did NOT like the server. Someone in my party had the nerve to ask for a diet coke and the server quipped... "we don't have diet anything". Whatever!

Pros: presentation, quiet, nice lighting

Cons: attitude

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I have lived and dined in Minneapolis for over ten years. Lately, everytime I mention Cafe Brenda's I either hear: "I've been meaning to try there," or "That's a great restaurant, but I haven't been there in ages."
Go now!
Brenda's has a wonderful wine list-at extremely reasonable prices- and amazing food that costs less than you expect to pay. The waitstaff are all very knowledgeable about food and wine.
And last time I ate there I found out they do validate parking, so don't tell me it's too hard to find parking in downtown Mpls.
I think it's disappointing that Minneapolis diners will pack into chain restaurants for uninspired food, and then only give lip service to local chefs. It's time to support superior local restaurants like Cafe Brenda. They deserve our patronage.

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★★★★★

I have lived and dined in Minneapolis for over ten years. Lately, everytime I mention Cafe Brenda's I either hear: "I've been meaning to try there," or "That's a great restaurant, but I haven't been there in ages."
Go now!
Brenda's has a wonderful wine list-at extremely reasonable prices- and amazing food that costs less than you expect to pay. The waitstaff are all very knowledgeable about food and wine.
And last time I ate there I found out they do validate parking, so don't tell me it's too hard to find parking in downtown Mpls.
I think it's disappointing that Minneapolis diners will pack into chain restaurants for uninspired food, and then only give lip service to local chefs. It's time to support superior local restaurants like Cafe Brenda. They deserve our patronage.

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Great organic fresh, seasonal food from local growers. Great wine list too.

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★★★★★

Great organic fresh, seasonal food from local growers. Great wine list too.

Pros: organic food, great wine, imaginative preparati

Cons: parking

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I have been to Cafe Brenda for lunch and dinner and I have never been disappointed. They have lots of vegetarian options but also some very good fish entrees for those who'd prefer meat. The wait staff has always been very courteous and very educated on the specials and some of the rather unusual menu selections. I highly recommend this restaurant.

2
★★★★★

I have been to Cafe Brenda for lunch and dinner and I have never been disappointed. They have lots of vegetarian options but also some very good fish entrees for those who'd prefer meat. The wait staff has always been very courteous and very educated on the specials and some of the rather unusual menu selections. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Pros: Ambience, Menu Selections, Wine

Cons: Parking

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It's been a long time since I've had a dining experience as good. Everything was so fresh and prepared beautifully!!! The menu selection was really varied and interesting... definitely dishes you won't find elsewhere. The wine list is nice and very well priced. The service was great. The atmosphere is nice and open, with huge windows. I will definitely be going back.

2
★★★★★

It's been a long time since I've had a dining experience as good. Everything was so fresh and prepared beautifully!!! The menu selection was really varied and interesting... definitely dishes you won't find elsewhere. The wine list is nice and very well priced. The service was great. The atmosphere is nice and open, with huge windows. I will definitely be going back.

Pros: great value, validated parking, yummy food

 

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