Crema Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 3403 Lyndale Ave S

    Minneapolis, MN 55408

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  • 612-824-3868

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Where do I start? This place has been Fabulous from the time they opened --15 years ago(?). They have been buying local and organic since they opened and stayed the course. The breakfast and dinner get my highest rating, they use the best coffee and make Sonny's award winning ice cream and sorbet on premises. The summer patio is the prettiest I've seen in the entire world, there's candlelight, wine, romance, all of it...

Oh, and it appears that the same crazy person reviewed Crema a couple years back (6 times on the same day) and gave he staff a bad rating. The staff rocks!

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★★★★★

Where do I start? This place has been Fabulous from the time they opened --15 years ago(?). They have been buying local and organic since they opened and stayed the course. The breakfast and dinner get my highest rating, they use the best coffee and make Sonny's award winning ice cream and sorbet on premises. The summer patio is the prettiest I've seen in the entire world, there's candlelight, wine, romance, all of it...

Oh, and it appears that the same crazy person reviewed Crema a couple years back (6 times on the same day) and gave he staff a bad rating. The staff rocks!

Pros: Everything!--atmosphere, local and organic food, best coffee

Cons: closed Monday & Tuesday in Winter

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I have seen a lot of complaints about the service, but maybe they have changed staff since then? I moved about 6 months ago to just a block away from this place. Needless to say, I have been in there many, many times and have NEVER had one single issue with service or the staff. They are always overly friendly and extremely helpful and nice. ALWAYS! By now I am sure I have met the entire staff that works there. I also have never had a meal that I didn't like! All the food is absolutely delicious and a great place to bring friends and family. My grandmother fell in love with this place, as have many others I have brought. I have no complaints other than it tends to have some weird hours at times, so it might be worth giving them a call to see if they are open before making the trek there.

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★★★★★

I have seen a lot of complaints about the service, but maybe they have changed staff since then? I moved about 6 months ago to just a block away from this place. Needless to say, I have been in there many, many times and have NEVER had one single issue with service or the staff. They are always overly friendly and extremely helpful and nice. ALWAYS! By now I am sure I have met the entire staff that works there. I also have never had a meal that I didn't like! All the food is absolutely delicious and a great place to bring friends and family. My grandmother fell in love with this place, as have many others I have brought. I have no complaints other than it tends to have some weird hours at times, so it might be worth giving them a call to see if they are open before making the trek there.

Pros: Unique ice cream, great food, best atmosphere in town

Cons: weird hours

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Whenever I want to treat myself and pretend I'm in Europe, I go to Crema. The surroundings are beautiful and casual. The ice cream is an experience in smoothness. I'm not sure why others have said the help is sub-par. I've always been treated great and I often go alone. It is a more casual place; don't expect a lot of attention. You order at the counter and the food is brought to you but that's about it. More than enough in such a small place with, oftentimes, only one person staffing it. I love Crema and hope they're around for a long, long time!

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★★★★★

Whenever I want to treat myself and pretend I'm in Europe, I go to Crema. The surroundings are beautiful and casual. The ice cream is an experience in smoothness. I'm not sure why others have said the help is sub-par. I've always been treated great and I often go alone. It is a more casual place; don't expect a lot of attention. You order at the counter and the food is brought to you but that's about it. More than enough in such a small place with, oftentimes, only one person staffing it. I love Crema and hope they're around for a long, long time!

Pros: Best Patio, small, European cafe style, interesting food choices, ice cream to die for.

Cons: You'll have to get up after the meal to get your ice cream...but I don't really consider this a con in such a small, casual place.

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I have been nothing but impressed with this place! The food is fresh and absolutely wonderful and the service staff is always helpful. My boyfriend and I have deemed this "our place" and we try to go there once a week. Some of the ice cream flavors seem off-the-wall but have amazing flavor without being over the top (the Organic celery sorbet was a personal fave!) The patio feels like you are sitting at a cafe in Italy and is a great escape w/ a glass of fair trade/organic wine. Definitely check this place out. Those who are giving it all 1 star and saying that the service was poor all signed in on the same day. Coincidence? Or a bitter customer trying to sabotage the rating. Give it a try!

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★★★★★

I have been nothing but impressed with this place! The food is fresh and absolutely wonderful and the service staff is always helpful. My boyfriend and I have deemed this "our place" and we try to go there once a week. Some of the ice cream flavors seem off-the-wall but have amazing flavor without being over the top (the Organic celery sorbet was a personal fave!) The patio feels like you are sitting at a cafe in Italy and is a great escape w/ a glass of fair trade/organic wine. Definitely check this place out. Those who are giving it all 1 star and saying that the service was poor all signed in on the same day. Coincidence? Or a bitter customer trying to sabotage the rating. Give it a try!

Pros: Patio, Ice Cream, Wine, Accessible

Cons: None

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This place has great food, wine, atmosphere and of course the BEST ice cream. I think everyone who is complaining about the staff is crazy. I live in the neighborhood and have been there a lot and been treated great every time. The staff is friendly and helpful, people who are picky, bitter and unhappy are the ones complaining about the service.

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★★★★★

This place has great food, wine, atmosphere and of course the BEST ice cream. I think everyone who is complaining about the staff is crazy. I live in the neighborhood and have been there a lot and been treated great every time. The staff is friendly and helpful, people who are picky, bitter and unhappy are the ones complaining about the service.

Pros: organic, tasty, beautiful garden

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Overpriced bad tasting ice cream. Went there and was not impressed at all. 5.95 for two small scoops, I will never return. I read other reviews alot of them seem to be well below average. It seems like they need to work on some things if they dont want everyone to stop going there.

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★★☆☆☆

Overpriced bad tasting ice cream. Went there and was not impressed at all. 5.95 for two small scoops, I will never return. I read other reviews alot of them seem to be well below average. It seems like they need to work on some things if they dont want everyone to stop going there.

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Crema Cafe is a Twin Cities gem. Tiny and full of character, it offers some of the best ice cream anywhere. This is the home of Sonny's Ice Cream and they make all their flavors in small batches by hand. Fruit sorbets in particular are intensely flavorful. The menu is quite limited - this is a small cafe/ice cream place, not a big, fancy restaurant. I had dinner there last night with a party of 8 and we found the service good, the staff friendly, casual, and funky in an Uptown sort of way. Summer evenings end blissfully with a trip to Crema Cafe.
One thing I like about Sonny's ice cream is that it is not sweet and gooey like so many others. It's more delicate and exotic. They rarely have anything that has gobs of caramel, chocolate, butterscotch, or marshmallow.

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★★★★★

Crema Cafe is a Twin Cities gem. Tiny and full of character, it offers some of the best ice cream anywhere. This is the home of Sonny's Ice Cream and they make all their flavors in small batches by hand. Fruit sorbets in particular are intensely flavorful. The menu is quite limited - this is a small cafe/ice cream place, not a big, fancy restaurant. I had dinner there last night with a party of 8 and we found the service good, the staff friendly, casual, and funky in an Uptown sort of way. Summer evenings end blissfully with a trip to Crema Cafe.
One thing I like about Sonny's ice cream is that it is not sweet and gooey like so many others. It's more delicate and exotic. They rarely have anything that has gobs of caramel, chocolate, butterscotch, or marshmallow.

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I took my wife here for the date night and was told very nice things about this place.
when we arrived, immediately we were treated poorly from the employees. The food was very good, but the
service was so terrible, it ruined any chance of a fun evening.

Not recommended

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★☆☆☆☆

I took my wife here for the date night and was told very nice things about this place.
when we arrived, immediately we were treated poorly from the employees. The food was very good, but the
service was so terrible, it ruined any chance of a fun evening.

Not recommended

Pros: food

Cons: service, atmosphere

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After visiting Crema, I walked away feeling not only like I'd paid entirely too much for lunch but that I'd also been treated as more of a bother for even requiring them to make my food than i was treated as a paying customer. The total unprofessional behavior of not only the counter staff, but the manager as well, turned me off from ever visiting again. After waiting to be served by two flirting counter staff members, i spoke up and received the "what do you want?" in an annoyed voice. I couldn't believe it. Because i heard the food was great, i ordered anyway...got charged for the wrong meal, was told that i was "Crazy" when i politely noted the mistake. After asking to speak to manager in order to get my money back, i was told that my business wasn't needed and if i wasn't happy then not to bother coming back...No money refund.

This place was a complete nightmare

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★☆☆☆☆

After visiting Crema, I walked away feeling not only like I'd paid entirely too much for lunch but that I'd also been treated as more of a bother for even requiring them to make my food than i was treated as a paying customer. The total unprofessional behavior of not only the counter staff, but the manager as well, turned me off from ever visiting again. After waiting to be served by two flirting counter staff members, i spoke up and received the "what do you want?" in an annoyed voice. I couldn't believe it. Because i heard the food was great, i ordered anyway...got charged for the wrong meal, was told that i was "Crazy" when i politely noted the mistake. After asking to speak to manager in order to get my money back, i was told that my business wasn't needed and if i wasn't happy then not to bother coming back...No money refund.

This place was a complete nightmare

Pros: none

Cons: vibe, staff, manager, attitude, price

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these people are unbelievable. The service is outrageous here. They exude such a stuck up attitude and have zero customer service understanding.

Not worth the time and effort

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★☆☆☆☆

these people are unbelievable. The service is outrageous here. They exude such a stuck up attitude and have zero customer service understanding.

Not worth the time and effort

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I used to enjoy this place. the food was great and I never thought I'd have any complaints.
I recently went for dinner and was sorely disappointed by the quality. I'm not sure if the staff they have hired is new, but there was a typical "uptown snobbery" that i hate to see ruin this wonderful part of minneapolis.

They've gone downhill in my mind.

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★☆☆☆☆

I used to enjoy this place. the food was great and I never thought I'd have any complaints.
I recently went for dinner and was sorely disappointed by the quality. I'm not sure if the staff they have hired is new, but there was a typical "uptown snobbery" that i hate to see ruin this wonderful part of minneapolis.

They've gone downhill in my mind.

Pros: none..

Cons: food, serivce

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Beware! This place clearly thinks it's too special to serve customers the way a professional establishment should. If you like going to eat at a place where you're treated like an annoyance just for being there and making them ACTUALLY WORK, then maybe this is the place for you. otherwise, I'd steer clear of it. The food is not worth the crappy attitude floating around this place. yuck!

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★☆☆☆☆

Beware! This place clearly thinks it's too special to serve customers the way a professional establishment should. If you like going to eat at a place where you're treated like an annoyance just for being there and making them ACTUALLY WORK, then maybe this is the place for you. otherwise, I'd steer clear of it. The food is not worth the crappy attitude floating around this place. yuck!

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Given that this place is just a few blocks away from where I live, I had been meaning to go for months. I finally stopped in for lunch one day - the tomato basil soup and croque monsieur (grilled ham & cheese) was better than I had in Paris. How had I not heard more about this place! The patio is gorgeous, the food is absolutely OUTSTANDING - very european cafe style - and they have 1/2 price bottles of wine after 9:30 pm.
Perfect quiet, reasonably-priced date place (tuesday night is date night). Organic local foods. My new favorite place in the Twin Cities - hidden gem - and incredibly charming. And despite the reviewer below, I have always found the staff to be incredibly accomodating. Intimate and inviting. You'll love it.

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★★★★★

Given that this place is just a few blocks away from where I live, I had been meaning to go for months. I finally stopped in for lunch one day - the tomato basil soup and croque monsieur (grilled ham & cheese) was better than I had in Paris. How had I not heard more about this place! The patio is gorgeous, the food is absolutely OUTSTANDING - very european cafe style - and they have 1/2 price bottles of wine after 9:30 pm.
Perfect quiet, reasonably-priced date place (tuesday night is date night). Organic local foods. My new favorite place in the Twin Cities - hidden gem - and incredibly charming. And despite the reviewer below, I have always found the staff to be incredibly accomodating. Intimate and inviting. You'll love it.

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The last thing I expected to do was flame Crema Cafe. Their commitment to organics is unparalleled. The cooking is creative and seasonal. The ice cream is the best I've had anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, their counter staff has often left something to be desired.. Today was a new low, however. One of my daughters, having had her fill of pizza, wanted the grilled cheese that is on the lunch menu. The counter staff basically said no and blamed boss's orders. So I then asked for the simple buttered pasta and Parmesan that was previously on the dinner menu. Can't be too much trouble to whip this up, right? Apparently it is for these folks. Again, I was told no with blame spread everywhere from the boss to the supposedly busy Tuesday date night to the fact that the menu doesn't accommodate children. This was actually said to me.

I've dined at dozens of subpar, phony, overrated, overhyped, and flat out lousy places. Seldom have I walked out, as I did tonight, and never have I immediately posted a bad review as I am now. The first rule in the restaurant business is to make the customer happy. Reasonable requests for special service are to be expected and should be accommodated. Zero attempt was made toward that end this evening. Barring a productive conversation with one of the owners, I won't be back.

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★☆☆☆☆

The last thing I expected to do was flame Crema Cafe. Their commitment to organics is unparalleled. The cooking is creative and seasonal. The ice cream is the best I've had anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, their counter staff has often left something to be desired.. Today was a new low, however. One of my daughters, having had her fill of pizza, wanted the grilled cheese that is on the lunch menu. The counter staff basically said no and blamed boss's orders. So I then asked for the simple buttered pasta and Parmesan that was previously on the dinner menu. Can't be too much trouble to whip this up, right? Apparently it is for these folks. Again, I was told no with blame spread everywhere from the boss to the supposedly busy Tuesday date night to the fact that the menu doesn't accommodate children. This was actually said to me.

I've dined at dozens of subpar, phony, overrated, overhyped, and flat out lousy places. Seldom have I walked out, as I did tonight, and never have I immediately posted a bad review as I am now. The first rule in the restaurant business is to make the customer happy. Reasonable requests for special service are to be expected and should be accommodated. Zero attempt was made toward that end this evening. Barring a productive conversation with one of the owners, I won't be back.

Pros: Organics. Creative, seasonal menu. Ice cream. Ambience.

Cons: Unaccomodating to reasonable requests to deviate from printed menu

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This is my very favorite place in the whole city. Whenever I want to make myself proud that I live in Minneapolis, I just go here!

They have just added food and wine to the menu and everything is outstanding. Everything is made in house from organic and local ingredients--major plus! I haven't had pizza like Crema's since I was on the Southern Coast of Italy. The wine list is carefully planned out with wines in the $5-$8 range. The pastas are unbelievable and I just went for Sunday brunch today---how outstanding. Who would have ever thought that the best ice cream/sorbet makers in the universe could do food like this?

The staff is friendly and wonderful and the atmosphere casual and cozy as always.

Somebody above wrote that the ice cream was expensive?!#---you get what you pay for. This is not Kemps honey, not Ben and Jerry's or Sebastan joes, this is the real deal with every piece of fruit pureed perfectly and infused perfectly in your cream and frozen just for you.

Me OH MY!

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★★★★★

This is my very favorite place in the whole city. Whenever I want to make myself proud that I live in Minneapolis, I just go here!

They have just added food and wine to the menu and everything is outstanding. Everything is made in house from organic and local ingredients--major plus! I haven't had pizza like Crema's since I was on the Southern Coast of Italy. The wine list is carefully planned out with wines in the $5-$8 range. The pastas are unbelievable and I just went for Sunday brunch today---how outstanding. Who would have ever thought that the best ice cream/sorbet makers in the universe could do food like this?

The staff is friendly and wonderful and the atmosphere casual and cozy as always.

Somebody above wrote that the ice cream was expensive?!#---you get what you pay for. This is not Kemps honey, not Ben and Jerry's or Sebastan joes, this is the real deal with every piece of fruit pureed perfectly and infused perfectly in your cream and frozen just for you.

Me OH MY!

Pros: Great value, cozy, casual and hip!

Cons: The outdoor patio isn't open in the winter. This is the most beautiful patio I've ever seen.

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Crema Cafe has the best ice cream in minneapolis. If you're in the mood for great quality ice cream definitely go here. There are new flavors daily and you must try them all!

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★★★★★

Crema Cafe has the best ice cream in minneapolis. If you're in the mood for great quality ice cream definitely go here. There are new flavors daily and you must try them all!

Pros: Best Ice Cream, New Flavors Daily, Quality over quantity

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The sorbet is fantastic. I believe the last two I had were blackberry cabernet and cherry cabernet. Try either of these with something complimenting, maybe vanilla or chocolate. Mmm!

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★★★★★

The sorbet is fantastic. I believe the last two I had were blackberry cabernet and cherry cabernet. Try either of these with something complimenting, maybe vanilla or chocolate. Mmm!

Pros: the variety of flavors, the outdoor patio, complimenting lighting

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This is the real deal. Italian ice, Italian setting, Italian owners. It doesn't get any better than this.
Ba da bing. Da best in da bizness.

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★★★★★

This is the real deal. Italian ice, Italian setting, Italian owners. It doesn't get any better than this.
Ba da bing. Da best in da bizness.

Pros: Great people

Cons: None

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Ice cream is expensive but good. However you can get sonny ice cream at a much cheaper price from your local lundy's supermarket.

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★★★☆☆

Ice cream is expensive but good. However you can get sonny ice cream at a much cheaper price from your local lundy's supermarket.

Pros: good ice cream

Cons: expensive

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Really superb gelato, the first I have had state-side. The pastry I tried was not up to this level, but the atmosphere is perfect and this is a fabulous date place.

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★★★★☆

Really superb gelato, the first I have had state-side. The pastry I tried was not up to this level, but the atmosphere is perfect and this is a fabulous date place.

Pros: ice cream

Cons: pastries?

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Mmm . . . chai ice cream, perfect raspberry sorbet, chocolate ice creame made gelato-style. What more could you want? Warm ambience? Friendly staff? Crema has all of this and a great cup of coffee too. I'd buy stock in this place if it were available.

2
★★★★★

Mmm . . . chai ice cream, perfect raspberry sorbet, chocolate ice creame made gelato-style. What more could you want? Warm ambience? Friendly staff? Crema has all of this and a great cup of coffee too. I'd buy stock in this place if it were available.

Pros: Friendly, Delicious, Late night

Cons: closed thru winter, Sonny's at Lunds

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Crema Cafe serves up the best ice cream I've ever eaten! Go often to try new flavors that you'd never dreamt of - and typical flavors that are far above the rest.

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★★★★★

Crema Cafe serves up the best ice cream I've ever eaten! Go often to try new flavors that you'd never dreamt of - and typical flavors that are far above the rest.

Pros: exceptional quality

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Just what the restaurant name implies - rich and creamy ice cream!

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★★★★★

Just what the restaurant name implies - rich and creamy ice cream!

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On a recent trip to Crema, the founder Sonny himself helped me find a treat that wouldn't aggravate my food allergies. He recommended the strawberry balsamic basil ice cream and I wasn't disappointed. As I finished my single in the cool, pretty interior I decided that one wasn't enough and also had an iced crem-ah, which was delicious. He introduced himself to my husband, shook his hand and asked us to come back. During a recent night time visit we listened to good live jazz while we waited in line. Crema is a great mix of wonderful ice cream made with top-of-the-line ingredients, friendly people, a lovely space and occasional live music.

2
★★★★★

On a recent trip to Crema, the founder Sonny himself helped me find a treat that wouldn't aggravate my food allergies. He recommended the strawberry balsamic basil ice cream and I wasn't disappointed. As I finished my single in the cool, pretty interior I decided that one wasn't enough and also had an iced crem-ah, which was delicious. He introduced himself to my husband, shook his hand and asked us to come back. During a recent night time visit we listened to good live jazz while we waited in line. Crema is a great mix of wonderful ice cream made with top-of-the-line ingredients, friendly people, a lovely space and occasional live music.

Pros: Wonderful flavors, Friendly atmosphere, Lovely space

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This corner spot started life selling owner Sonny's homemade ice cream and has since grown into a charming neighborhood cafe. Ice cream is still its claim to fame and rightfully so, but now you can get a nice lunch here, too. It might…

 

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