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Al's Breakfast

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University / Dinkytown
American, Coffee Shop, Diner
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413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2005
612-331-9991
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Today
6:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch

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Visitor rating
  • 105
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good but an extended wait

The food is decent and I gather the wait line is part of this experience. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and have a patient group. Lively banter with the service staff adds to the experience.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Ringo515
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Des Moines, Iowa
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
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Des Moines, Iowa
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The food is decent and I gather the wait line is part of this experience. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and have a patient group. Lively banter with the service staff adds to the experience.

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New Brighton, Minnesota
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We've been breakfasting at Al's for decades. Fancy? No. But if you like breakfast, Al's is the place for it. The menu is extensive, but if you don't find something you want on the menu, ask for it and they will probably make it happen. Weekend cook, Alison, creates specials available only on the weekend (Well, sometimes there is a... More 

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306 reviews 306 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
255 helpful votes 255 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This tiny restaurant in Dinkytown has a well deserved reputation. I had scrambled eggs with bacon, smoked cheddar and Hollandaise and toast. It was fabulous. There is quite a wait for a seat at the bar, but it's worth it.

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San Mateo, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Don't be put off by wait or single counter seating. This place is SMALL. Perfectly cooked poached eggs, fresh potato hash browns, crispy bacon and blueberry pancake. Pancake was good but a little tasteless. Coffee was dark roast and rich. Expected watered down diner coffee. Staff has their own language to bark out orders and interact with each other. Paid... More 

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61 reviews 61 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Best dang buttermilk pancakes in Minneapolis. Also had eggs Benedict-made the typical way, very good. Had them with hash browns-just an opinion but the hash browns weren't especially flavorful nor worth the amount of grease consumed. Be prepared for high noise level and friendly quirky service.

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Hudson, IA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Long wait but great food and service. Didn't know that the waiters doubled as the entertainment too :) Omelets were great, blueberry pancakes to die for, and the hash browns were dynamite as well.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

If you're lucky enough to get here when there's no line/wait, than you're in for a treat. Don't plan on eating here with a large group (2 or 3 MAX). Sitting at the counter with hungry people behind you is an experience you won't get anywhere else. It's truly one of a kind and is a must if you have... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We first saw Al's on "Triple D", so when we were in MN decided we had to try it. Totally worth the maneuvering around the small space (and entertaining too). Cooks and wait staff are soon nice, and the food is awesome. We had a Jerome, yum! and another delicious egg dish to share.Poached eggs are a specialty, and their... More 

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Verona, Italy
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

It's really like a narrow corridor, with a long bar and stools for the customers. The atmosphere is jovial and warm. The servers (probably University students) are invariably kind and helpful. The blueberry and walnut pancakes out of this world. A place to visit in Minneapolis. But be careful, when you look for it if you blink you'll miss it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Very few Breakfast experiences like it. Learn how to do the "Al shuffle." I always get the Jose with a side of blueberry pancakes.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2005
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis>  > University / Dinkytown
  • Neighborhood: University / Dinkytown
  • Phone Number: 612-331-9991

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?