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Restaurant Alma

528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (University / Dinkytown)
(612) 379-4909
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Ranked #6 of 1,585 Restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Bagels
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: University / Dinkytown
Cross street: 6th Avenue SE
Transit: #6 Metro Transit Bus
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166 reviews from our community

90% Recommend
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English first
Golden Valley, Minnesota
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I had never heard of Alma but my daughter had, and she took me there for my birthday 3 or 4 years ago and it has been our destination for my birthday, hers and special occasions ever since. Restaurant is relatively small and you must make reservations. The menu is the most unique I have ever seen and it changes... More

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Chester, Virginia
15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

My culinary team and guests just flew into Minneapolis from England. Restaurant Alma's Chef offered my team to use the kitchen for prepping their ingredients for our competition which was very kind however we had to take a later flight so we could not take advantage of this offer. I still decided that we would go for dinner in order... More

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Santa Clarita, California, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Alma is a physically small restaurant and reservations are important. The 3 course tasting meal is difficult only because as you review te menu you can't figure out how to pick only 3 things. Fresh ingredients, ample portions and superb service make it one of my favorite Minneapolis spots. I have been there several times and I haven't been disappointed... More

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Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This rating receives an extra star for exceptional service. However, the only menu given was a 3 course tasting menu with five choices for each of the 3 courses. If a la carte is available, do that instead. My first course was a sweet corn chowder that was very heavy on the cream. Never, ever in my life have I... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We chose Restaurant Alma for our anniversary last week, and we both loved it. We did their three course tasting menu ($52) with wine pairing ($20), which I highly recommend. My favorite was the duck entree course, amazing. The service was great too. We will definitely be back!

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Potomac, Maryland
Top Contributor
197 reviews 197 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I think this restaurant was very good, but not so good that it was one of the best meals I've had. I was a little disappointed - maybe expecting too much or ordered the wrong thing? Small place, excellent service. The amuse bouche was the best thing I tasted that night. Shrimp, orange, watermelon, arugula, spicy mayo - creative, refreshing,... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We had an absolutely wonderful experience at Restaurant Alma. As native Minnesotans, we tend to sometimes overlook the best things closest to us. You fall into a rut and go to the same place time and time again and forget about what this town has to offer. Restaurant Alma has been around since 1999, and we have visited Brasa, it's... More

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Savannah, Georgia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Restaurant Alma promotes their $52 three course tasting menu to their guests, though the dishes are available a la carte for an undisclosed price. I highly recommend the Lightly Pickled Shrimp for the first course. The Garlic Scape Naan was also very good as the second course. However, neither my wife or I, or anyone else at the tables around... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Price fixe menu and there doesn't seem to be any bad item on the menu. Our choices included Coppa Salami & Summer Beans (yum), Roasted Peppers & Cauliflower (yum), Garlic Scape Naan (hearty yummy dish), grilled bread (to die for), and halibut en papillote (good but we were full by then so could hardly eat this). We had a table... More

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Pottsboro, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I had heard about this place from a co-worker who knew the chef. I took a friend there as a token of gratitude for taking care of me following surgery. All I can say it the meal was superb, as was the dessert. The prices were a bit over my budget but it was a special occasion and was well... More

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