Victor's 1959 Cafe

★★★☆☆
  • 3756 Grand Ave South

    Minneapolis, MN 55409

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  • 612-827-8948

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Sun & Mon 8am-2pm Tues-Sat 7am-2:30pm & 4:30pm-9:00pm

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The biggest disappointment of this place was all the "rave reviews" the place got compared to our experience. My daughter and I go somewhere new every Friday afternoon. As foodie hobbiests, we decided to try Victor's. The majority of the lunch crowd was leaving, so the cooks and waitstaff should have been responsive. Both were slow. Not being in a hurry no biggie.

Have you ever been to a restaurant that is old and humid and the table feels sticky? That's Victors. It's held together by insulation foam and although the grafitti is part of the charm, it still has a filthy feeling. I used the ladies room and the old fashioned hook to lock the door has shifted. Luckily the bathroom was so tiny I could hold the door with my foot and hand to keep other patrons out.

We're water drinkers, and they slapped 2 glasses of tepid water on the table with a couple of ice chips, gone in less than 3 minutes. My daughter ordered the "Bay of Pigs" sandwich with Yucca and I ordered "Bistec Encebollado" with plantains and bean/rice. It was extreme at both poles. The meat in her sandwich was saltier than jerky and overly spiced. Mine was so bland I salted everythig and it was completely cold. The Encebollado was the worst! It was bland, overcooked. dry wafer thin tough slices of beef w/onions-. So dry there wasn't a drop of juice or sauce on the plate and room temp. Do these cooks taste the food before serving? I can't believe any cook would allow that plate out of the kitchen! The only thing going for the meal was the beans and rice, but that was cold too.

My stepmother is Puerto Rican living in FL. I've had plenty and good and bad Carribean food. This was the worst. I usually don't complain, but it was so bad the waitress took it off our bill. We won't be going back.

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★☆☆☆☆

The biggest disappointment of this place was all the "rave reviews" the place got compared to our experience. My daughter and I go somewhere new every Friday afternoon. As foodie hobbiests, we decided to try Victor's. The majority of the lunch crowd was leaving, so the cooks and waitstaff should have been responsive. Both were slow. Not being in a hurry no biggie.

Have you ever been to a restaurant that is old and humid and the table feels sticky? That's Victors. It's held together by insulation foam and although the grafitti is part of the charm, it still has a filthy feeling. I used the ladies room and the old fashioned hook to lock the door has shifted. Luckily the bathroom was so tiny I could hold the door with my foot and hand to keep other patrons out.

We're water drinkers, and they slapped 2 glasses of tepid water on the table with a couple of ice chips, gone in less than 3 minutes. My daughter ordered the "Bay of Pigs" sandwich with Yucca and I ordered "Bistec Encebollado" with plantains and bean/rice. It was extreme at both poles. The meat in her sandwich was saltier than jerky and overly spiced. Mine was so bland I salted everythig and it was completely cold. The Encebollado was the worst! It was bland, overcooked. dry wafer thin tough slices of beef w/onions-. So dry there wasn't a drop of juice or sauce on the plate and room temp. Do these cooks taste the food before serving? I can't believe any cook would allow that plate out of the kitchen! The only thing going for the meal was the beans and rice, but that was cold too.

My stepmother is Puerto Rican living in FL. I've had plenty and good and bad Carribean food. This was the worst. I usually don't complain, but it was so bad the waitress took it off our bill. We won't be going back.

Pros: Funky

Cons: Overall Bad, Food, Service, Cleanliness

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Ouch.

My wife and I moved up from Tampa few years back, and miss Cuban cooking. Victor's was showcased on Food Network. It sounded good so we tried it out.

The staff was wonderful, and although there was a wait (20 minutes, Sunday 10:30am) they were well organized. We were seated by the front door which meant the people waiting were all hovering above us. That became annoying as we began to eat and could hear running commentary from the patrons standing, literally, within 2 feet of where we sat.

Prices were steep: $8 for a sandwich that's $2-$5 back home. The food should have been much better, or at least authentic. My "Cuban" sandwich strangely tasted like a Ruben due to a combination of misfires. It wasn't served on Cuban bread, and was soaked with mustard, having a strong vinegar taste. The ham seemed baked, and was cut way too thick. Aside from the mustard, the sandwich was too dry. I've had dozens of Cuban sandwiches and this tasted closer to a Ruben. For $8, it came with potato sticks.

The tostones my wife ordered were saturated in oil, and also had that vinegar taste -- you couldn't taste the plantain. Again, no cuban bread - for toast, we got rye! The black beans had as much flavor as the water they were boiled in. Her scrambled eggs were cooked to order, and the banana pancake had no complaints from our 3 year old. So as a Cuban restaurant, Victor's makes a good iHop.

We got cafe con leche. It was tepid. Window vendors in Miami usually make them pretty sweet, but this wasn't, and also tasted more like regular coffee made strong, and not dark coffee.

It just turned out that everything was overall pretty bad - very disappointing. It's unfortunate this is billed as "authentic" Cuban food. It's not even good food. When we got home, I did an image search for "cuban sandwiches" for nostalgia purposes. Unfortunately I still had a Ruben burning my throat lining.

Sorry, but save your money and time with this place.

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★☆☆☆☆

Ouch.

My wife and I moved up from Tampa few years back, and miss Cuban cooking. Victor's was showcased on Food Network. It sounded good so we tried it out.

The staff was wonderful, and although there was a wait (20 minutes, Sunday 10:30am) they were well organized. We were seated by the front door which meant the people waiting were all hovering above us. That became annoying as we began to eat and could hear running commentary from the patrons standing, literally, within 2 feet of where we sat.

Prices were steep: $8 for a sandwich that's $2-$5 back home. The food should have been much better, or at least authentic. My "Cuban" sandwich strangely tasted like a Ruben due to a combination of misfires. It wasn't served on Cuban bread, and was soaked with mustard, having a strong vinegar taste. The ham seemed baked, and was cut way too thick. Aside from the mustard, the sandwich was too dry. I've had dozens of Cuban sandwiches and this tasted closer to a Ruben. For $8, it came with potato sticks.

The tostones my wife ordered were saturated in oil, and also had that vinegar taste -- you couldn't taste the plantain. Again, no cuban bread - for toast, we got rye! The black beans had as much flavor as the water they were boiled in. Her scrambled eggs were cooked to order, and the banana pancake had no complaints from our 3 year old. So as a Cuban restaurant, Victor's makes a good iHop.

We got cafe con leche. It was tepid. Window vendors in Miami usually make them pretty sweet, but this wasn't, and also tasted more like regular coffee made strong, and not dark coffee.

It just turned out that everything was overall pretty bad - very disappointing. It's unfortunate this is billed as "authentic" Cuban food. It's not even good food. When we got home, I did an image search for "cuban sandwiches" for nostalgia purposes. Unfortunately I still had a Ruben burning my throat lining.

Sorry, but save your money and time with this place.

Pros: Decent American-style breakfast, friendly staff, social atmosphere

Cons: Not close to Cuban cooking, overpriced, long wait, crowded...

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Funky ambience and great food, served up by a friendly staff. I left my name on one of the walls (patrons are encouraged to do so) and would go back again when in Minneapolis.

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★★★★★

Funky ambience and great food, served up by a friendly staff. I left my name on one of the walls (patrons are encouraged to do so) and would go back again when in Minneapolis.

Pros: Ambience, service, humorous menu names

Cons: small place with few tables

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Victor's is tiny or I would be there every weekend. The food is worth the wait that typically accompanies it. My rating would be a solid 5 but the dinners are not in the same league as the breakfast offerings. The Rancheros Cubanos is my favorite and I love to share mango pancakes as they are melt in your mouth good. The coffee is Cuban style which means little and strong and the soda comes in cans so no refills.

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★★★★☆

Victor's is tiny or I would be there every weekend. The food is worth the wait that typically accompanies it. My rating would be a solid 5 but the dinners are not in the same league as the breakfast offerings. The Rancheros Cubanos is my favorite and I love to share mango pancakes as they are melt in your mouth good. The coffee is Cuban style which means little and strong and the soda comes in cans so no refills.

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Overall, Victors 1959 Cafe was underwhelming. We went there with some of our best friends and sat outside at a table on their small patio. Service was pretty slow, but we weren't in a big hurry and were happy to chat. We asked for recommendations and the waitstaff was happy to provide their insight - very friendly staff. Their recommendations, however, brought average food that was dry, lifeless, and uninspiring. Furthermore, the food was cold - and the kitchen is only 23 steps from our table! I am NOT a Cuban food expert (far from it) but I have eaten enough of it to know that the pork dish I ordered was incredibly overcooked and too dry to serve. One saving grace was the fried plantains - but who can't fry things? Small, cramped unisex bathrooms, too. Again, very friendly and accomodating waitstaff stuck serving poor food.

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★★☆☆☆

Overall, Victors 1959 Cafe was underwhelming. We went there with some of our best friends and sat outside at a table on their small patio. Service was pretty slow, but we weren't in a big hurry and were happy to chat. We asked for recommendations and the waitstaff was happy to provide their insight - very friendly staff. Their recommendations, however, brought average food that was dry, lifeless, and uninspiring. Furthermore, the food was cold - and the kitchen is only 23 steps from our table! I am NOT a Cuban food expert (far from it) but I have eaten enough of it to know that the pork dish I ordered was incredibly overcooked and too dry to serve. One saving grace was the fried plantains - but who can't fry things? Small, cramped unisex bathrooms, too. Again, very friendly and accomodating waitstaff stuck serving poor food.

Pros: Parking on the street was easy, friendly staff

Cons: Food, presentation, bathrooms

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I was so looking forward to a good meal here but I was disappointed. I have had Cuban food many times but none like this. It was bland and overcooked.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was so looking forward to a good meal here but I was disappointed. I have had Cuban food many times but none like this. It was bland and overcooked.

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As a Cuban, I was a little insulted by Victor's. Granted, the atmosphere is great & reminds one of the little cafes and sandwich shops in Tampa & Miami (except for the pictures of Fidel and Che Guevara). It's a very nice setting. But mango waffles? Cuban sandwiches served on what looked like....a kasier roll? Fried plantains that looked to be nothing more than fried bananas. This is not what my grandmother and mother used to make. This was not real Cuban food - it was a cheap imitation. Cuban restaurants are in short supply in this part of the county and I'm sad to say I won't be back to this one. Even the cheapest, dirtiest hole-in-the-wall cafes in Tampa or Miami knock this place off the map. Not worth the wait.

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★★☆☆☆

As a Cuban, I was a little insulted by Victor's. Granted, the atmosphere is great & reminds one of the little cafes and sandwich shops in Tampa & Miami (except for the pictures of Fidel and Che Guevara). It's a very nice setting. But mango waffles? Cuban sandwiches served on what looked like....a kasier roll? Fried plantains that looked to be nothing more than fried bananas. This is not what my grandmother and mother used to make. This was not real Cuban food - it was a cheap imitation. Cuban restaurants are in short supply in this part of the county and I'm sad to say I won't be back to this one. Even the cheapest, dirtiest hole-in-the-wall cafes in Tampa or Miami knock this place off the map. Not worth the wait.

Pros: Nice atmosphere, a cool little shop

Cons: Fake Cuban food, very long wait

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I have eaten at Victor's several times and must say that the food is fabulous! Very unique and consistantly delicious. However, I can only recommend this place on weekdays. I made the mistake of going there on a Sunday morning a couple weeks ago. My husband and I stood in a line of people without so much as a glance from any of the servers. I am aware that they are busy, and I am aware that, yes, it's Sunday and I will probably have to wait for a table. BUT, waiting for 20 minutes to get your name on a list is a little ridiculous- I don't care how good the food is. My hubby and I left due to impatience.

This doesn't mean I wouldn't go back. Just not on a weekend.

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★★★★☆

I have eaten at Victor's several times and must say that the food is fabulous! Very unique and consistantly delicious. However, I can only recommend this place on weekdays. I made the mistake of going there on a Sunday morning a couple weeks ago. My husband and I stood in a line of people without so much as a glance from any of the servers. I am aware that they are busy, and I am aware that, yes, it's Sunday and I will probably have to wait for a table. BUT, waiting for 20 minutes to get your name on a list is a little ridiculous- I don't care how good the food is. My hubby and I left due to impatience.

This doesn't mean I wouldn't go back. Just not on a weekend.

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I went for breakfast, but I'm told Victor's is fantastic any time. I had 'Cuban hash' with strong coffee. It was great tasting, fairly inexpensive, served in a timely fashion (despite the fact they were slammed), and full of interesting people. Next time I'm in town I'll definitely agitate to go here again!

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★★★★★

I went for breakfast, but I'm told Victor's is fantastic any time. I had 'Cuban hash' with strong coffee. It was great tasting, fairly inexpensive, served in a timely fashion (despite the fact they were slammed), and full of interesting people. Next time I'm in town I'll definitely agitate to go here again!

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Victor's food and service is outstanding. I could not rate it any higher.

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★★★★★

Victor's food and service is outstanding. I could not rate it any higher.

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Most people in Minneapolis enjoy going out for breakfast on weekends. Waiting in line is therefore a fact of life especially when it's Victor's. His menu states that Victor just cooks the way his father taught him. What it doesn't say is that this food is prepared so well it could best be described as seductive. You'll want to take your time savoring each bite of a mango waffle, a Cuban black bean and egg dish and guava jelly on toast as I did. Service was so good I had to decline a fourth attempt to refill my coffee cup.

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★★★★★

Most people in Minneapolis enjoy going out for breakfast on weekends. Waiting in line is therefore a fact of life especially when it's Victor's. His menu states that Victor just cooks the way his father taught him. What it doesn't say is that this food is prepared so well it could best be described as seductive. You'll want to take your time savoring each bite of a mango waffle, a Cuban black bean and egg dish and guava jelly on toast as I did. Service was so good I had to decline a fourth attempt to refill my coffee cup.

Pros: inexpensive, excellent food, great service

Cons: , limited hours, my limited stomach

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We waited 35 minutes to get in on Sunday at 10 a.m. The food and atmosphere was well worth the wait. We asked for water 3 times before it came. We asked for coffee refills twice before our meal came and got the refill five minutes after we had cleaned our plate. That said, the food came out in a very prompt fashion. Props to the chef! The owner was around doing busy work. I was a bit surprised he didn't greet the guests.

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★★★★☆

We waited 35 minutes to get in on Sunday at 10 a.m. The food and atmosphere was well worth the wait. We asked for water 3 times before it came. We asked for coffee refills twice before our meal came and got the refill five minutes after we had cleaned our plate. That said, the food came out in a very prompt fashion. Props to the chef! The owner was around doing busy work. I was a bit surprised he didn't greet the guests.

Pros: Food, Ambiance, Value

Cons: Waitress Service, Wait for a seat

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Victor's is the only place to go for authentic Cuban food here in the frosty north. Great decor, too!

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★★★★★

Victor's is the only place to go for authentic Cuban food here in the frosty north. Great decor, too!

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You can find American faves on the menu, but why not delve into the breakfast Cubano side? Try a sweet plantain omelet or mango pancakes as you sway to the Latin music. Or go for the Basque Scrambler with three eggs, peppers, onions and…

 

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