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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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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: Lunch, Breakfast

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Visitor rating
  • 109
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 3
    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
A must do once breakfast

Al`s is a thirteen (13) stool breakfast bar. The space is tiny small, but friendly, with an excellent staff. Our waitress has been there 35 years, so far ! The pancakes are excellent and most recommended. You will probably have to wait for a seat, just behind the eating customers, but it is not a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
OLDRED2014
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Pinehurst, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

Al`s is a thirteen (13) stool breakfast bar. The space is tiny small, but friendly, with an excellent staff. Our waitress has been there 35 years, so far ! The pancakes are excellent and most recommended. You will probably have to wait for a seat, just behind the eating customers, but it is not a long wait and worth it.... More 

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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This is a one-of-a-kind dining experience. The food is down-to-earth good. The restaurant is approximately 10 feet wide and 30 feet long. One row of 14 stools line the counter and it is standing room only against the wall. People line up down the block to wait their turn at the counter.

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Spring Park, Minnesota
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The best breakfast in the State! Moved to the Twin Cities for work and asked where I should take my daughter to breakfast who was visiting from out of state. Everyone said, "AL'S Breakfast, but arrive early and be prepare to wait . It is the best food you will ever taste and the show isn't bad either." Being raised... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Al's is awesome. Plain and simple. Don't want to wait? Don't go or go early. Pancakes are to die for and the eggs, regardless of how prepared are always tasty. And the coffee is as good as any around. If only they served Bloody Mary's.

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Vicenza
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Are you an european (Italian?) lookig for an authentic american experience? Go to this place. Beside the experience there is not much else to say: food is good, but nothing extraordinary. The place is narrow and everything inside is probably as old as the owner(s). It is set up in a nice neighborhood, so it might be a visit just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

What a great place to find on a Friday morning in the cities. Visited from out of town and walked in to find two stools at the bar. This in itself was amazing in that there are only (by my count) only 13 stools in the entire place. The restaurant looks to be only about 10' wide! The staff was... More 

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Merrick, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Expect a wait when you dine at Al's. I was visiting Minneapolis with my boyfriend and wanted to go to some of the iconic staples around the city. Al's Breakfast was small (but I was expecting that based on research I had done) and we probably had to wait around 45 minutes for two stools. The setup is a tad... More 

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Oswego, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015 via mobile

The abundance of 5 star reviews has me baffled. Vintage ambiance is about all that the hype lives up to. If you're looking for a long, uncomfortable wait in a dirty, cramped closet then here it is. Blueberry pancakes were heavy and bland. Corned beef hash was a pile of hash browns with a sprinkle of corned beef, onion and... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We were lucky, we got to dine in Al's Breakfast without having to stand in line, which would appear to be the norm. The place is tiny with 14 stools, and the scale of the room (narrow at only 10' wide) is part of its charm. The food is really good and the service exemplary. Its been there since 1950... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

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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Additional Information about Al's Breakfast

Address: 413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2005
Phone Number: 612-331-9991
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis>  > University / Dinkytown
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
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop, Diner

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