Modern Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 337 13th Ave NE

    Minneapolis, MN 55413

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  • 612-378-9882

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Went there 3rd week of Feb, Friday, and waitress ignored me. She brought me 2 menus and never returned. After 15 min's I couldn't even get her attention by waving my arm, calling out to her , etc. Called manager to.table and told him I

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★★★★★

Went there 3rd week of Feb, Friday, and waitress ignored me. She brought me 2 menus and never returned. After 15 min's I couldn't even get her attention by waving my arm, calling out to her , etc. Called manager to.table and told him I

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How could green beans and tofu be this good-yum! They were very tasty as an appetizer along with the risotto cakes.The Big Bowl and the Berkshire short ribs (not traditional) were very tasty with plenty of chewy bread to sop up the sauces - hmmm. The wine was reasonably priced and went well with the meal. It was a relaxing enjoyable evening. A definite place to revisit.

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★★★★★

How could green beans and tofu be this good-yum! They were very tasty as an appetizer along with the risotto cakes.The Big Bowl and the Berkshire short ribs (not traditional) were very tasty with plenty of chewy bread to sop up the sauces - hmmm. The wine was reasonably priced and went well with the meal. It was a relaxing enjoyable evening. A definite place to revisit.

Pros: The new menu has great flavors!

Cons: None

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This place is supposed to be sourcing locally and paying attention to detail - then why serve orange juice concentrate? Oranges are always out of season in MN, but why not at least squeeze from a source you know?
We ordered two pots of hot tea. One came acceptably hot, the other wasn't even lukewarm. We asked for another pot and this one came lukewarm. What's so hard about serving hot water?
TERRIBLE SERVICE culminated by the waiter walking over to fill a glass of water, unsolicited, when we had already waited 10 minutes to get the bill. Another 10 minutes to process it and no thank you for coming or departure greeting when this place is so small, normally part of its charm, that everyone can see who's coming and going.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is supposed to be sourcing locally and paying attention to detail - then why serve orange juice concentrate? Oranges are always out of season in MN, but why not at least squeeze from a source you know?
We ordered two pots of hot tea. One came acceptably hot, the other wasn't even lukewarm. We asked for another pot and this one came lukewarm. What's so hard about serving hot water?
TERRIBLE SERVICE culminated by the waiter walking over to fill a glass of water, unsolicited, when we had already waited 10 minutes to get the bill. Another 10 minutes to process it and no thank you for coming or departure greeting when this place is so small, normally part of its charm, that everyone can see who's coming and going.

Pros: Can get breakfast tables easily

Cons: Food quality, terrible service

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The Modern Cafe is a great place to go for breakfast or brunch. It has reasonable prices, fast service, and good food. I would highly recomment it!

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★★★★☆

The Modern Cafe is a great place to go for breakfast or brunch. It has reasonable prices, fast service, and good food. I would highly recomment it!

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Loved the experience!! Quaint little shop but has amazing food!

I tried the beans (appetizer) and got an extra packed before I left. The server was absolutely wonderful (unfortunately I forgot her name) and helpful! She even gave me some bread that I loved. Great recommendation for wine too.

My friends tried the roast and the veggie ravioli. I tried the asparagus risotto. All food was wonderful.

Must go.

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★★★★★

Loved the experience!! Quaint little shop but has amazing food!

I tried the beans (appetizer) and got an extra packed before I left. The server was absolutely wonderful (unfortunately I forgot her name) and helpful! She even gave me some bread that I loved. Great recommendation for wine too.

My friends tried the roast and the veggie ravioli. I tried the asparagus risotto. All food was wonderful.

Must go.

Pros: Best bread I've ever eaten, great server!!!

Cons: None

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This is a small and at times can be a rather crowded place. If you are particular about the food you eat, you have come to the right place. You will quickly realize that the food is well thought out and well prepared. The quality to price ratio is outstanding.

Now a few words about the wait staff. I have never found them lacking. They demonstrate excellent knowledge about the food and are very helpful about selections. Face it, when people are busy you may not be the center of the universe. My wife and I have been going to this restraunt for more than ten years. As she will attest, I am not a man that tolerates inconsiderate, rude or plan uncaring service. I am well pleased with the service at the Modern Cafe.

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★★★★★

This is a small and at times can be a rather crowded place. If you are particular about the food you eat, you have come to the right place. You will quickly realize that the food is well thought out and well prepared. The quality to price ratio is outstanding.

Now a few words about the wait staff. I have never found them lacking. They demonstrate excellent knowledge about the food and are very helpful about selections. Face it, when people are busy you may not be the center of the universe. My wife and I have been going to this restraunt for more than ten years. As she will attest, I am not a man that tolerates inconsiderate, rude or plan uncaring service. I am well pleased with the service at the Modern Cafe.

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After a long weekend in Minneapolis, we wanted to stop at Eva's Europol cafe on 13th. Called ahead of time, and it opened at 11 (on Sunday) arrived at the shop, sign said open at 11, however it was closed and no one in sight. We were going to go to erte, but the line out the door at the Modern peaked our interest, we waited a little bit and made our way inside. The place was packed, and smelled of delicious Midwestern breakfast. And to our surprise there was room at the bar. Snuggled into our seats, were immediately given water and our beverage order was taken. We had to ask for menus which wasn't a big deal, but I can imagine stuffy republicans wouldn't like that (as they like to be waited on hand and foot). We ordered our breakfast, my husband ordered two eggs, bacon and pancakes, and I had the sausage and biscuits. While we waited for our food, we chatted with the wait staff, were offered the Sunday paper to read, my husbands coffee was constantly refilled. Everyone was polite and friendly. And seemed to enjoy their job, but also enjoyed the slow times so they could just relax and chat with locals. Our food was up in about 30 minutes...First off, the eggs were the BEST I've ever had. They were fresh, and probably from free range birds. They were bright yellow and delicious. The bacon, again, was the best I'd ever had. The pancakes were good, definitly in the top 5. I was all excited for my sausage gravy and biscuits. However when it arrived, and the gravy was a brownish color (and not gray, like traditional sausage gravy) and I was excited. It was cutting edge breakfast. ANd it was delcious. It had bit of veggies, sausage, and bacon, and bacon fat (not my favorite, but gave it flavor) and the sauce was more of a chili taste, it had parmesan cheese in it also, and it was poured over two delicious hand made cheesey chive biscuits. SO GOOD. I couldn't even finish it. We made sure the waitstaff knew we were happy, full, and cafinated. In return we were treated well.

2
★★★★☆

After a long weekend in Minneapolis, we wanted to stop at Eva's Europol cafe on 13th. Called ahead of time, and it opened at 11 (on Sunday) arrived at the shop, sign said open at 11, however it was closed and no one in sight. We were going to go to erte, but the line out the door at the Modern peaked our interest, we waited a little bit and made our way inside. The place was packed, and smelled of delicious Midwestern breakfast. And to our surprise there was room at the bar. Snuggled into our seats, were immediately given water and our beverage order was taken. We had to ask for menus which wasn't a big deal, but I can imagine stuffy republicans wouldn't like that (as they like to be waited on hand and foot). We ordered our breakfast, my husband ordered two eggs, bacon and pancakes, and I had the sausage and biscuits. While we waited for our food, we chatted with the wait staff, were offered the Sunday paper to read, my husbands coffee was constantly refilled. Everyone was polite and friendly. And seemed to enjoy their job, but also enjoyed the slow times so they could just relax and chat with locals. Our food was up in about 30 minutes...First off, the eggs were the BEST I've ever had. They were fresh, and probably from free range birds. They were bright yellow and delicious. The bacon, again, was the best I'd ever had. The pancakes were good, definitly in the top 5. I was all excited for my sausage gravy and biscuits. However when it arrived, and the gravy was a brownish color (and not gray, like traditional sausage gravy) and I was excited. It was cutting edge breakfast. ANd it was delcious. It had bit of veggies, sausage, and bacon, and bacon fat (not my favorite, but gave it flavor) and the sauce was more of a chili taste, it had parmesan cheese in it also, and it was poured over two delicious hand made cheesey chive biscuits. SO GOOD. I couldn't even finish it. We made sure the waitstaff knew we were happy, full, and cafinated. In return we were treated well.

Pros: Innovative food, and favorites, cute and kitschy. Easy to find, ample parking

Cons: Potential for long waits.

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I'd love to say that I loved this place but....well, we never got the chance: We Came. We Sat. We Left. Notice what's missing? Yeah, the 'We Ate' part...That's because, as we rudely learned this past Saturday, Modern Cafe serves ONLY breakfast *all day long* on Saturday and Sunday. Could we get lunch (it _was_ 1:30 pm afterall)? Nope. A plate of panckaes? Heck yes! But no lunch...very disappointing since no where on their pathetic website, or in their front window, or anywhere that I or my wife could see does it say "We only server breakfast all day long on the weekends". We drove from waaaay out in the 'burbs to try this place too. Would I go back? Well, yes I guess...but ony if I happen to be in the area.

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★★☆☆☆

I'd love to say that I loved this place but....well, we never got the chance: We Came. We Sat. We Left. Notice what's missing? Yeah, the 'We Ate' part...That's because, as we rudely learned this past Saturday, Modern Cafe serves ONLY breakfast *all day long* on Saturday and Sunday. Could we get lunch (it _was_ 1:30 pm afterall)? Nope. A plate of panckaes? Heck yes! But no lunch...very disappointing since no where on their pathetic website, or in their front window, or anywhere that I or my wife could see does it say "We only server breakfast all day long on the weekends". We drove from waaaay out in the 'burbs to try this place too. Would I go back? Well, yes I guess...but ony if I happen to be in the area.

Pros: The place looked nice

Cons: breakfast all day long and that's it??

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Everything that people say about the potroast being the best in the Twin Cities is right. I even went in slightly cynical because the press is so good and has been for so long, surely this dish can't be THAT good. Simply put, it is.
Overall we had a pleasant night but be prepared for service that feels more like a greasy spoon breakfast joint versus a neighborhood bistro. Also, the hours are strange in that they were closing the doors on a Saturday night at 9:30 and we were the last ones out the door a little before ten. For a funky Minneapolis diner, these hours seem out of line with similar restaurants in this category.
(Amusing City Search issue: it won't let you us the word that rhymes with tot in a review so the space in potroast is eliminated to get through their filter.)

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★★★★☆

Everything that people say about the potroast being the best in the Twin Cities is right. I even went in slightly cynical because the press is so good and has been for so long, surely this dish can't be THAT good. Simply put, it is.
Overall we had a pleasant night but be prepared for service that feels more like a greasy spoon breakfast joint versus a neighborhood bistro. Also, the hours are strange in that they were closing the doors on a Saturday night at 9:30 and we were the last ones out the door a little before ten. For a funky Minneapolis diner, these hours seem out of line with similar restaurants in this category.
(Amusing City Search issue: it won't let you us the word that rhymes with tot in a review so the space in potroast is eliminated to get through their filter.)

Pros: Potroast is that good.

Cons: Service?

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I like the Modern because the food is good (usually) but I am really more interested in the service. Considering that they do not want you substituting anything on your plate, I find that they could do better. Especially considering that they post that there are no substitutions so "don't ask". I just don't agree with that, especially since they are in the service industry.

Also, since the other chef left, the potroast is often dry and bland.

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★★★☆☆

I like the Modern because the food is good (usually) but I am really more interested in the service. Considering that they do not want you substituting anything on your plate, I find that they could do better. Especially considering that they post that there are no substitutions so "don't ask". I just don't agree with that, especially since they are in the service industry.

Also, since the other chef left, the potroast is often dry and bland.

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This is one of my favorite restaurants. It's a nice place when you want to have a cozy meal, a glass of wine and good conversation. Sometimes you have to wait for a table, but it's worth the wait. The food is hearty and the atmosphere comfortable.

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★★★★★

This is one of my favorite restaurants. It's a nice place when you want to have a cozy meal, a glass of wine and good conversation. Sometimes you have to wait for a table, but it's worth the wait. The food is hearty and the atmosphere comfortable.

Pros: Ambience, food

Cons: Wait for table

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Had this twice for breakfast in the last couple weeks, so tasty, it has the pot-roast mixed in. Cool server also. Check it out!

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★★★★☆

Had this twice for breakfast in the last couple weeks, so tasty, it has the pot-roast mixed in. Cool server also. Check it out!

Pros: Good food and service

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After reading and hearing about the Modern Cafe, my wife and I decided to head over from south Minneapolis to check it out. We didn't feel like waiting for a table so we sat at the beautiful bar. The service was great. I think that's an advantage of sitting at the bar at any restaurant, you're not forgotten. The bread was delicious and our meals, awesome. I had the pot-roast that just melted in my mouth and my wife had the ravioli which had the best cream sauce we have ever tasted. She also had a wonderful glass of Pinot Grigio.

Our only disappointment came at the end. One reason we chose the Modern Cafe was because it was on our Minnesota Public Radio Member card. Since I'm in the process of looking for a job, we figured we could use it and save a few bucks. Well, the Modern Cafe stopped taking the MPR card. Its no big deal, the meal was well worth the cost. Its just that it would've been nice to know that ahead of time. We checked MPR's website for updates and it said nothing about the Modern Cafe. The Modern doesn't really have a website to check. I guess we should have called.

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★★★★★

After reading and hearing about the Modern Cafe, my wife and I decided to head over from south Minneapolis to check it out. We didn't feel like waiting for a table so we sat at the beautiful bar. The service was great. I think that's an advantage of sitting at the bar at any restaurant, you're not forgotten. The bread was delicious and our meals, awesome. I had the pot-roast that just melted in my mouth and my wife had the ravioli which had the best cream sauce we have ever tasted. She also had a wonderful glass of Pinot Grigio.

Our only disappointment came at the end. One reason we chose the Modern Cafe was because it was on our Minnesota Public Radio Member card. Since I'm in the process of looking for a job, we figured we could use it and save a few bucks. Well, the Modern Cafe stopped taking the MPR card. Its no big deal, the meal was well worth the cost. Its just that it would've been nice to know that ahead of time. We checked MPR's website for updates and it said nothing about the Modern Cafe. The Modern doesn't really have a website to check. I guess we should have called.

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Best food in town!!!! Fresh, local ingredients. They are in a class all their own! We have always had great service. Good wine/beer list.

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★★★★★

Best food in town!!!! Fresh, local ingredients. They are in a class all their own! We have always had great service. Good wine/beer list.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Restrooms not handicap accessible (in basement).

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I'd read all the reviews complaining about the service and have to say that was certainly not our experience. We found the food terrific and the server friendly with good advice on selections. We spent about 3 hours and truly savored both the food and the experience. The lamb shank with cilantro/mint pesto and lentils was exceptional; my friend's pork tenderloin with cabbage and butternut squash was wonderful. The half-price wine was much appreciated plus they also let us use our MPR discount in combination with the half-price wine (which isn't always the case). I would absolutely return. Sorry to hear the other reviewers had such a negative service experience - our evening was far from that and one of the best dinners we've had in a long time.

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★★★★★

I'd read all the reviews complaining about the service and have to say that was certainly not our experience. We found the food terrific and the server friendly with good advice on selections. We spent about 3 hours and truly savored both the food and the experience. The lamb shank with cilantro/mint pesto and lentils was exceptional; my friend's pork tenderloin with cabbage and butternut squash was wonderful. The half-price wine was much appreciated plus they also let us use our MPR discount in combination with the half-price wine (which isn't always the case). I would absolutely return. Sorry to hear the other reviewers had such a negative service experience - our evening was far from that and one of the best dinners we've had in a long time.

Pros: fantastic food and service

Cons: none really

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The Pot-Roast was great. Stay FAR away from the beef sandwhich. The SERVICE was also VERY BAD! We would go back for a second try, but if we find they have not hired friendly and approachable staff it will be the last time. Its not worth the trip to have the service staff make you feel like your not wanted, even if the food is good.

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★★★☆☆

The Pot-Roast was great. Stay FAR away from the beef sandwhich. The SERVICE was also VERY BAD! We would go back for a second try, but if we find they have not hired friendly and approachable staff it will be the last time. Its not worth the trip to have the service staff make you feel like your not wanted, even if the food is good.

Pros: Comfort Food

Cons: Service

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Read the other reviews ... bad/rude service, uneven food, overpriced, etc. Here's a little secret. If you like good food, show it. If you like to try new things, ask about them. Ask the staff to recommend a wine for your order. If you like your meal, pop your head into the kitchen on your way down to the restroom & tell the chef. When you return, pop by again and tell the chef you've returned because the food was great the last time. If you thought the food was lacking, tell the chef why, without cussing at him.
Do that a few times and you will see how amazing this place is. Get to know the people that cook and serve you, and all of a sudden you can ask for half-portions because you want to try a couple of dishes. You get a glass of bubbly one day, unasked.
The food's as inventive as any of the big guns (Belle Vie, Auriga, Levain, etc) ... but within the limits of its budget/ingredients/etc. Just don't keep ordering that Potroast. Don't just go for the weekend Brunch. The prices, well it depends what you compare it to. Sure, it's more than the chain restaurants ... if that what you expect to pay, then you should consider sticking with those. I did some internet checking, and it's on par (and probably less when the final bill arrives) than Barbette, Emma's, Craftsman, Pane Vino Dolce, etc ... less than Salut Bar Americain, Margaux, 112 Eatery, A Rebours, Corner Table, etc ... and just a couple more than the Duplex.
Bad days, I'm sure they have some. So do I. So do you. Yeah, I wish there was a city ordinance banning bratty loud kids, AND their parents. Focus on the food and that will make the difference.
We get nothing but a great "nice to see you again" welcome, great service, fantastic food ... it's not heavy, it lets the ingredients shine, the wine pairing elevates the experience (ask Amy for recommendations) to well beyond its price range. Give it a try.

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★★★★★

Read the other reviews ... bad/rude service, uneven food, overpriced, etc. Here's a little secret. If you like good food, show it. If you like to try new things, ask about them. Ask the staff to recommend a wine for your order. If you like your meal, pop your head into the kitchen on your way down to the restroom & tell the chef. When you return, pop by again and tell the chef you've returned because the food was great the last time. If you thought the food was lacking, tell the chef why, without cussing at him.
Do that a few times and you will see how amazing this place is. Get to know the people that cook and serve you, and all of a sudden you can ask for half-portions because you want to try a couple of dishes. You get a glass of bubbly one day, unasked.
The food's as inventive as any of the big guns (Belle Vie, Auriga, Levain, etc) ... but within the limits of its budget/ingredients/etc. Just don't keep ordering that Potroast. Don't just go for the weekend Brunch. The prices, well it depends what you compare it to. Sure, it's more than the chain restaurants ... if that what you expect to pay, then you should consider sticking with those. I did some internet checking, and it's on par (and probably less when the final bill arrives) than Barbette, Emma's, Craftsman, Pane Vino Dolce, etc ... less than Salut Bar Americain, Margaux, 112 Eatery, A Rebours, Corner Table, etc ... and just a couple more than the Duplex.
Bad days, I'm sure they have some. So do I. So do you. Yeah, I wish there was a city ordinance banning bratty loud kids, AND their parents. Focus on the food and that will make the difference.
We get nothing but a great "nice to see you again" welcome, great service, fantastic food ... it's not heavy, it lets the ingredients shine, the wine pairing elevates the experience (ask Amy for recommendations) to well beyond its price range. Give it a try.

Pros: Innovative food, great wine list, bar counter for busy nights

Cons: the chef needs a bigger kitchen

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Breakfast...we both placed a similar order. 40 minutes since we first arrived. We politely asked our server about our food, to which she immediately became snotty and replied, "It is a restaurant, and as you can see we are very full." Finally, almost one hour later we received our breakfast (two eggs, hash browns, toast). The hash browns had obviously been sitting around all morning, so they obviously required no preparation. Eggs and toast were fresh, meaning that the cooks waited 45 minutes to begin cooking eggs, and operating the toaster. We received no apology for the poor service, nasty comments, or the extremely long waiting period. Our bill for two breakfasts (two eggs, hash browns, toast), soft drinks and a horrific experience...$19.00. Our server single handedly shaped our decision never to return, but the entire experience left a poor lasting impression.

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★☆☆☆☆

Breakfast...we both placed a similar order. 40 minutes since we first arrived. We politely asked our server about our food, to which she immediately became snotty and replied, "It is a restaurant, and as you can see we are very full." Finally, almost one hour later we received our breakfast (two eggs, hash browns, toast). The hash browns had obviously been sitting around all morning, so they obviously required no preparation. Eggs and toast were fresh, meaning that the cooks waited 45 minutes to begin cooking eggs, and operating the toaster. We received no apology for the poor service, nasty comments, or the extremely long waiting period. Our bill for two breakfasts (two eggs, hash browns, toast), soft drinks and a horrific experience...$19.00. Our server single handedly shaped our decision never to return, but the entire experience left a poor lasting impression.

Pros: none

Cons: bad bad service, depressing interior, food was inedible

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The food is good, they have that going for them. The Pot Roast, not like mom made, is wonderful. Really. You must try it. But the service is lacking in the accomodation area, but my advise is trust the Chef and skip the substitutions. She/He knows what they are doing.

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★★★★☆

The food is good, they have that going for them. The Pot Roast, not like mom made, is wonderful. Really. You must try it. But the service is lacking in the accomodation area, but my advise is trust the Chef and skip the substitutions. She/He knows what they are doing.

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The employees in this restaurant answer questions and requests with "no" quite frequently. Be prepared to not be able to ask any questions, ask for any assistance, or ask for any substitutions. Need honey for your tea? Don't ask the servers at the Modern. They will sneer at you with evil eyes. I despise going to restaurants in which the waitstaff tries to make you feel guilty for being there. They are simply rude and unhelpful.

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★★☆☆☆

The employees in this restaurant answer questions and requests with "no" quite frequently. Be prepared to not be able to ask any questions, ask for any assistance, or ask for any substitutions. Need honey for your tea? Don't ask the servers at the Modern. They will sneer at you with evil eyes. I despise going to restaurants in which the waitstaff tries to make you feel guilty for being there. They are simply rude and unhelpful.

Pros: food, location

Cons: service, waitstaff

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We arrived early enough to be seated promptly and enjoy the "ambience" before other patrons arrived and the noise level reached it's peak. ( The little children didn't help) The pot roast, is indeed, tasty, but not worth the $18. We felt rushed to finish and leave.

1
★★★☆☆

We arrived early enough to be seated promptly and enjoy the "ambience" before other patrons arrived and the noise level reached it's peak. ( The little children didn't help) The pot roast, is indeed, tasty, but not worth the $18. We felt rushed to finish and leave.

Pros: parking

Cons: service, price, crowded

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I used to love them (I was a Modern customer their first week), but no more:

1) POOR VALUE partly because no reservations and a rather cold (if funky) loud atmosphere. They're charging gourmet prices but for that I want the amenities of a fine restaurant, and I dont want to be rushed during my meal by impatient servers either.

2) UNEVEN FOOD used to show reliable care in preparation, but lately I've had food delivered cold, or sloppily assembled.

3) UNPLEASANT STAFF I waited tables, and I expect no one to fawn over me. Still, I don't like feeling like its a privelege to even be served. They've gotten snotty, but lack the fine dining chops to be so.

In short--the Modern is resting on it's laurels; there are many better choices northeast where you will feel welcome, pay less, and eat a meal of equal quality.

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★☆☆☆☆

I used to love them (I was a Modern customer their first week), but no more:

1) POOR VALUE partly because no reservations and a rather cold (if funky) loud atmosphere. They're charging gourmet prices but for that I want the amenities of a fine restaurant, and I dont want to be rushed during my meal by impatient servers either.

2) UNEVEN FOOD used to show reliable care in preparation, but lately I've had food delivered cold, or sloppily assembled.

3) UNPLEASANT STAFF I waited tables, and I expect no one to fawn over me. Still, I don't like feeling like its a privelege to even be served. They've gotten snotty, but lack the fine dining chops to be so.

In short--the Modern is resting on it's laurels; there are many better choices northeast where you will feel welcome, pay less, and eat a meal of equal quality.

Pros: can be delicious, funky

Cons: rushed, uneven food, poor value

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While it may be a little more pricey than your restaurant chains it's still pretty economical. The food is great. Few selections per day but they do them so darn well you have to admire the concentration. Try the potroast people. It just doesn't get better than that anywhere!

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★★★★★

While it may be a little more pricey than your restaurant chains it's still pretty economical. The food is great. Few selections per day but they do them so darn well you have to admire the concentration. Try the potroast people. It just doesn't get better than that anywhere!

Pros: good food

Cons: a bit small

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Whoa! I don't know what Citysearch considers a cheap eat, but this certainly was not. Entrees range for dinner from $ 15 to 22. The famous pot roast is around $18.
Don't get me wrong, the food is as yummy as they say, the pot roast as tender, and it definitely has character, but the food is too expensive for me to class it as "comfort food."
If you're looking for rich, beautifully prepared food, and are willing to dish over the cash, don't miss their rissotto and truffle oil. Mmmmm....

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★★★★☆

Whoa! I don't know what Citysearch considers a cheap eat, but this certainly was not. Entrees range for dinner from $ 15 to 22. The famous pot roast is around $18.
Don't get me wrong, the food is as yummy as they say, the pot roast as tender, and it definitely has character, but the food is too expensive for me to class it as "comfort food."
If you're looking for rich, beautifully prepared food, and are willing to dish over the cash, don't miss their rissotto and truffle oil. Mmmmm....

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Other things at this unique space in NE Mpls are good. Well, better than good! My suggestion, though, is to skip all food and go ONLY for the AMAZING pot roast. Seriously, magically delicious. while a bit overpriced, you'll definitely be wanting more.

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★★★★☆

Other things at this unique space in NE Mpls are good. Well, better than good! My suggestion, though, is to skip all food and go ONLY for the AMAZING pot roast. Seriously, magically delicious. while a bit overpriced, you'll definitely be wanting more.

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I love the Modern. It is absolutely perfect to have a neighborhood place where you can go to grab a tasty meal.

A few reviews mention attitude, (and most places do have that person who works in the service industry in reality, but apparently not in their mind..) but my all-time favorite waitress is a Modern staple. Love her personality, speed, & intelligence.

2 things to know though: there is a big ol sign that says once youve sat down, thats your seat..and I dont blame them. If you had a good reason to need a different seat, Im sure they would accommodate you. If youre just miffed that there wasnt a booth open when you got there & now there is...get over it. Cell phones arent appreciated either vibrate it.

One thing I wish though: bring the entree prices down by $2.00 across the board.

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★★★★☆

I love the Modern. It is absolutely perfect to have a neighborhood place where you can go to grab a tasty meal.

A few reviews mention attitude, (and most places do have that person who works in the service industry in reality, but apparently not in their mind..) but my all-time favorite waitress is a Modern staple. Love her personality, speed, & intelligence.

2 things to know though: there is a big ol sign that says once youve sat down, thats your seat..and I dont blame them. If you had a good reason to need a different seat, Im sure they would accommodate you. If youre just miffed that there wasnt a booth open when you got there & now there is...get over it. Cell phones arent appreciated either vibrate it.

One thing I wish though: bring the entree prices down by $2.00 across the board.

Pros: service, parking, food

Cons: prices

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The food (perhaps not the pot roast) is quite sophisticated, on the same level as your typical Four Seasons restaurant. However, in the winter it is somewhat cold in the restaurant and the food is placed on rather cold plates, so that is somewhat dissapointing.

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★★★★★

The food (perhaps not the pot roast) is quite sophisticated, on the same level as your typical Four Seasons restaurant. However, in the winter it is somewhat cold in the restaurant and the food is placed on rather cold plates, so that is somewhat dissapointing.

Pros: down to earth

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I went here for a brunch date back in the fall, and it was quite pleasant. Probably not worth driving miles to experience, but if you happen to be in the neighborhood, it's solid. I had their "pampered eggs," which were to die for... so now I'm mimicking the recipe at home!

2
★★★★☆

I went here for a brunch date back in the fall, and it was quite pleasant. Probably not worth driving miles to experience, but if you happen to be in the neighborhood, it's solid. I had their "pampered eggs," which were to die for... so now I'm mimicking the recipe at home!

Pros: unpretentious, good food, easy parking

Cons: limited brunch menu

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When I think "modern", I think, "avant-garde", "sparse", "cold", and "overly dramatic lighting". The Modern, thankfully, is none of these. Decorated in crazy artist grandpa cabin chic, the burgundy curtain framing the makeshift foyer felt dramatic, like i was making an entrance. We loved the stuffed swordfish (not an entree) and the blue and white painting. The crowd varied from young hipsters, to retired locals, and extended families. The service was fantastic, entree descriptions were spot on, and recommendations were honest. Wine list is simple and varied from the same old we've been finding lately. Pot roast, supurb. Grilled caesar, inventive and delish. Green beans were boring however. I only wish I'd had room for dessert. We shall return!

2
★★★★★

When I think "modern", I think, "avant-garde", "sparse", "cold", and "overly dramatic lighting". The Modern, thankfully, is none of these. Decorated in crazy artist grandpa cabin chic, the burgundy curtain framing the makeshift foyer felt dramatic, like i was making an entrance. We loved the stuffed swordfish (not an entree) and the blue and white painting. The crowd varied from young hipsters, to retired locals, and extended families. The service was fantastic, entree descriptions were spot on, and recommendations were honest. Wine list is simple and varied from the same old we've been finding lately. Pot roast, supurb. Grilled caesar, inventive and delish. Green beans were boring however. I only wish I'd had room for dessert. We shall return!

Pros: Food, Atmosphere

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The pot roast was wonderful!! The service was excellent. I liked the very casual atmosphere with flavorful, delicious food. Usually you have to go to a stuffy restaurant to get that quality!

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★★★★★

The pot roast was wonderful!! The service was excellent. I liked the very casual atmosphere with flavorful, delicious food. Usually you have to go to a stuffy restaurant to get that quality!

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On those cold days when your in need of comfort food this is the place to go for lunch. For $7 you can get the best pot roast in town, with garlic mashed potatos, some vegatables and horse radish sour cream. You won't leave over stuffed but you will be satasfied. Only thing is I would skip dinner as the food doen't change only the price. Except for Tuesday when the half price wine makes up for it.

2
★★★★☆

On those cold days when your in need of comfort food this is the place to go for lunch. For $7 you can get the best pot roast in town, with garlic mashed potatos, some vegatables and horse radish sour cream. You won't leave over stuffed but you will be satasfied. Only thing is I would skip dinner as the food doen't change only the price. Except for Tuesday when the half price wine makes up for it.

Pros: Great comfort food, good lunch value, small town decor

Cons: no non-smoking area, small town decor

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A NE MPLS diner style gem that reeks of tacky decor and haughty servers. The food is upscale comfort with mostly imaginative meat/potatoes offerings (e.g. Lamb Shanks and Pot Roast on interesting starch/veg preparations). There is midwest fun on the menu with specials such as artisanal WI cheese and artery clogging mac & cheese. The wine list is decent with value present, especially on 50% Tuesdays. The only losing proposition is the server's schizophrenic attitudes (ours was very friendly and engaging when explaining the menu to us but when we asked to change tables, she snapped, "that is not how we do it here. If you get up from this table, you are done here for the evening." (I thought she was joking, unfortunately she was not). My conclusion: If you go for the decent food and drink lots of good value wine, the snotty service won't seem that bad.

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★★★★☆

A NE MPLS diner style gem that reeks of tacky decor and haughty servers. The food is upscale comfort with mostly imaginative meat/potatoes offerings (e.g. Lamb Shanks and Pot Roast on interesting starch/veg preparations). There is midwest fun on the menu with specials such as artisanal WI cheese and artery clogging mac & cheese. The wine list is decent with value present, especially on 50% Tuesdays. The only losing proposition is the server's schizophrenic attitudes (ours was very friendly and engaging when explaining the menu to us but when we asked to change tables, she snapped, "that is not how we do it here. If you get up from this table, you are done here for the evening." (I thought she was joking, unfortunately she was not). My conclusion: If you go for the decent food and drink lots of good value wine, the snotty service won't seem that bad.

Pros: Upscale comfort food, 50% off Wine Tuesdays, Free Parking in lot

Cons: Haughty Servers, Cheesy Decor, Smoking is allowed

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We went on Tues night which is 1/2 price bottled wine night - what a deal! Modern Cafe has a good variety of wines. We decided to order what they are known for - the pot roast and the gnocchi. The pot roast was soooo tender. The service was great too. Even though it wasn't too smoky, we would like a non-smoking section. We will certainly go back.

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★★★★★

We went on Tues night which is 1/2 price bottled wine night - what a deal! Modern Cafe has a good variety of wines. We decided to order what they are known for - the pot roast and the gnocchi. The pot roast was soooo tender. The service was great too. Even though it wasn't too smoky, we would like a non-smoking section. We will certainly go back.

Pros: close parking, good wine list, great service

Cons: smoky

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First of all, the food is overpriced and the portions are small. The attitude of the owners is very pretentious in a "chef snob" sort of way. The wait staff will give you an unfriendly and pretentious "cooler than thou" attitude. The menu is supposed to have some sort of kitchy charm by serving things like Meatloaf and Potroast -- those things we were forced to eat as children --ICK! Speaking of Meatloaf, let me emphasize that the key word here is MEAT. You'll find virtually nothing to be meat free. Last but not least, the ambience is awful. I live about a block from the Modern and I still won't eat there.

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★★☆☆☆

First of all, the food is overpriced and the portions are small. The attitude of the owners is very pretentious in a "chef snob" sort of way. The wait staff will give you an unfriendly and pretentious "cooler than thou" attitude. The menu is supposed to have some sort of kitchy charm by serving things like Meatloaf and Potroast -- those things we were forced to eat as children --ICK! Speaking of Meatloaf, let me emphasize that the key word here is MEAT. You'll find virtually nothing to be meat free. Last but not least, the ambience is awful. I live about a block from the Modern and I still won't eat there.

Pros: Good appetizers

Cons: Overpriced, Pretentious, Poor Atmosphere

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hard to beat the pot roast. the soups are always delicious. I really love that they left the decor like that of a small town cafe. superb wine selection!! (and its half price on Tuesdays)

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★★★★★

hard to beat the pot roast. the soups are always delicious. I really love that they left the decor like that of a small town cafe. superb wine selection!! (and its half price on Tuesdays)

Pros: wine list, good deal

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I visit the modern frequently. You can't miss with mainstays like the pan-fried chicken breast with garlic mashed potatos or the meat loaf. The pastas are inventive and tasty. Half-priced wine night on Tuesday is a religious experience! Desserts are uneven, but occasionally you hit the jackpot. Service is professional, but sassy.

2
★★★★★

I visit the modern frequently. You can't miss with mainstays like the pan-fried chicken breast with garlic mashed potatos or the meat loaf. The pastas are inventive and tasty. Half-priced wine night on Tuesday is a religious experience! Desserts are uneven, but occasionally you hit the jackpot. Service is professional, but sassy.

Cons: smoky

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I had a garlic mayo BLT that sounded great, but when my BLT came it was garlic oil. Their own creation. I asked if they had regular mayo the answer was no. What kind of restaurant serves BLTs without regular REAL mayo.

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★★☆☆☆

I had a garlic mayo BLT that sounded great, but when my BLT came it was garlic oil. Their own creation. I asked if they had regular mayo the answer was no. What kind of restaurant serves BLTs without regular REAL mayo.

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We like this northeast neighborhood gem located in a building that dates back to 1941, and so does the local arts crowd. When owner Jim Grell took it over, he matched its vintage retro look to his menu---and his pot roast (decidedly the…

 

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