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Victor's 1959 Cafe

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3756 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409-1119 (West 38th Street)
We are on the corner of West 38th Street and Grand Ave South in Minneapolis. Both streets are major bus lines.
612-827-8948
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Today
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tue - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Good for:
Casual Dining
Outdoor seating

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 87
    Excellent
  • 66
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    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 bit of Cuba in MN!

Had an awesome Ropa Vieja on our second trip to Victors1959 Cafe! Our first trip was for dinner and the Cubano sandwich was just as tasty...service matched the excellence of the food as well, they made my birthday trip there a great day!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
Gene H
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Hudson, IA
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
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170 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Hudson, IA
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Had an awesome Ropa Vieja on our second trip to Victors1959 Cafe! Our first trip was for dinner and the Cubano sandwich was just as tasty...service matched the excellence of the food as well, they made my birthday trip there a great day!

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San Antonio, Texas
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Stopped in for breakfast this morning about 9:30. It ended up being about a 30 minute wait as there were 3 groups ahead of us. We spent the time reviewing the menu and deciding, changing our mind, deciding....well you get the idea. Everything sounded amazing! The tiny entry was full of names and dates written in marker. Some went back... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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60 reviews 60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I loved the pulled pork sandwich I had here. The service was fast and friendly. The only down side about this place was that it felt a little dirty.

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St. Paul, MN
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110 reviews 110 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This is a tiny place - we counted 8 booths and two, 2-top tables plus a small bar that probably seats four. Guessing they can double that when the weather is warm and they open up their patio seating. Point of telling this is that YES, they do take reservations... and it would probably be very smart to have one.... More 

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Pickerington, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Went there for dinner while working in MSP Friday around 5:30PM. per a recommendation from a local. Great place, doesn't look like much from the outside, small 2 or 3 car parking lot but ample street parking. It is well visited by not only locals but from all over. You can tell by looking at the walls ceilings and other... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The best Cuban sandwich I have had. Try the Basque Scrambler if you make it for breakfast, the creole stew is amazing!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Top Contributor
348 reviews 348 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This is not the classiest nor the most organized restaurant I have been to. Nor is it very big. We had to wait for lunch for almost a half hour on one of the coldest days we have had this winter. That being said, once we got a table things settled in to one of the best meals I have... More 

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Eagan, Minnesota
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96 reviews 96 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Café con leche, sweet plantains, Spanish omelette with chorizo and Cuban toast with guava jam!! Amazing breakfast and great informative service!! It's like traveling to Cuba, except for the other English speaking people around. I love what Victors is and hope they don't ever change!

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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81 reviews 81 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Our family of 4 ate here on a Saturday around noon. We arrived about 11:40 AM and waited 40 minutes for a table. This neighborhood restaurant is pretty small and there was a constant stream of people in and out. Plan plenty of time to get seated. Once seated, our server and hostess were both very attentive and friendly. Could... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Phenomenal menu. Cannot be beat. Great value for breakfast and lunch; dinner is outstanding, albeit pricey. Fun atmosphere. I've encountered surely waitresses several times there. I understand they have high demand and not many tables. But still! Nevertheless, I go back.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3756 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409-1119
    (West 38th Street)
  • Public Transportation: We are on the corner of West 38th Street and Grand Ave South in Minneapolis. Both streets are major bus lines.
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis
  • Phone Number: 612-827-8948

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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