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Victor's 1959 Cafe

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Caribbean, Cuban
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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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8:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tue - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 112
    Excellent
  • 74
    Very good
  • 12
    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
I can't stop eating here.

When I first walked in, I doubted the place. It seems to have seen better days. But we stuck with in and boy am I glad I did! The breakfast is phenomenal. My husband and I eat here probably 1-2 a month now. The waiters are always great and super attentive. The outdoor seating in the summer is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Msmotzko
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Delano, Minnesota
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Delano, Minnesota
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65 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When I first walked in, I doubted the place. It seems to have seen better days. But we stuck with in and boy am I glad I did! The breakfast is phenomenal. My husband and I eat here probably 1-2 a month now. The waiters are always great and super attentive. The outdoor seating in the summer is where it's... More 

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Thank Msmotzko
Arden Hills, Minnesota
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a place! We had brunch at noon on a Saturday, it was crowded, but we got a table after waiting 5 minutes. Service was good and brisk, and we passed the short wait time for food looking at all the graffiti everywhere. You have to go into the restrooms-very intellectual and funny graffiti. The food came quickly, and was... More 

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1 Thank Elaine F
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

We had family in town who had seen this place on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives so they wanted to try it out. We got there around 11 am on a Sunday and had to wait about 45 minutes but it was worth it! Our table enjoyed the following: *Tropical mimosas *Mango waffle - very light and fluffy, great flavor... More 

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1 Thank Ruth D
Weston, Florida
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38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

From the outside you may not want to go in but it was highly recognized by Guy Fieri and we totally agree. We had Cuban sandwiches, chimichurri steak and empanandas. Delicious. The chimichurri rice was flavorful and nice touch.The place was packed with hungry diners. Loved the ambiance.

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1 Thank sphsteacher
nikimu, Public Relations Manager at Victor's 1959 Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed everything we have to offer! More 

boca raton
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64 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

I had only the picadillo so i really cant judge the menu. It was just ok. Barely saw a raisan and did see about 4 olives. Nothing like the Cuban food in South Florida and not nearly as good. Cuban bread did nit rese le what i refer to as Cuban bread. Place is funky and adorable. Livelw and peppy... More 

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Thank cary n
Lakeville, Minnesota
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473 reviews
318 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

very enjoyable the food is very flavorful but not very spicy..I could have made a meal of just the black beans & Rice my wife and one of our friends didn't care for the Tropical rice..expected it to be sweet and it wasn't..we were all too full after eating and drinking on winery tours all day to really finish or... More 

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Thank MinnScooter
Minneapolis
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111 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

This funky, unique, and very tiny restaurant is wonderful! So much more fun than the ho hum chain restaurants around town and the Cuban food is delicious! The menu offers a wide range of breakfast and lunch items. Our group of three was boring in that we all chose the same lunch--the picadillo, and we all agreed, it was excellent!... More 

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Thank MinneapolisCMB
Minneapolis
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Been there a few times and always delicious. Takeout is also available and they do a great job of wrapping food up so it stays hot! Most recent visit was for a business colleague who saw "Chef" and had never tried a Cuban sandwich. Problem solved!

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1 Thank Casey H
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Taste-a-licious food created with flair and flavor! The wait staff were patient in describing the menu options. Atmosphere is cozy and eclectic. The wait that sometimes occurs because of its size is definitely worth it. Breakfast is good but dinner menu at Victor's is top notch!

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1 Thank Linda N
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

The Ropa Vieja was delicious. I had neglected to make a reservation but we were quickly seated at the bar. Great food, great service each and every time.

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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: Caribbean, Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?