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Keys Cafe - Nicollet Avenue

114 So. 9th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403-2404 (Downtown)
612 339 6399
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Ranked #40 of 1,581 restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Californian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown
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221 reviews from our community

84% Recommend
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Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

For breakfast the food was fine, but very noisy. Service is adequate and a fun experience if you're in downtown.

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Santa Barbara, CA
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112 reviews 112 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

We stopped in for breakfast at the recommendation of our hotel. We had a great breakfast. The place is really big and was busy on a Sunday morning so service was a little slow but the food and the prices made it well worth the wait. Would definitely return.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

My wife and I visited the Keys Cafe on a Monday evening in June. The restaurant was largely empty and we were seated quickly by the friendly staff. We order a couple of beers while we viewed the menu. We ordered a reuben sandwich and a meat loaf sandwich. Both were generous in their proportion. The Reuben was tasty even... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We loved our food and the service was wonderful too. We were there a little after 11 am so my husband got breakfast and I got lunch. He got an everything omelette and a buttermilk pancake, and said the pancake was one of the best he has ever had. I had the turkey club and it was real carved turkey,... More

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Twin Cities, MN
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61 reviews 61 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Key's is a big place in the Foshay Tower. The marble covered pillars and old terrazzo floors conspire with the large crowds to make this place noisy and difficult to carry on a conversation over breakfast. Keys is known for their big portions and their bakery goods. The entrance is anchored by two large display cases of pies and pastries.... More

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Blue Springs, Missouri
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I had breakfast at Keys on three occasions while on an extended stay in Minneapolis. (I had lunch there one afternoon as well.) The service and food were very good. The portions are large and the price is very reasonable for what you get and the location. It seemed that a lot of locals who work downtown frequent the place,... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We had breakfast there on two mornings. Service was always excellent. Food was good with very substantial portions.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We stopped here for breakfast twice during our visit. Breakfast was really good. Banana and pecan pancakes actually had the bananas and pecans mixed in the batter. Definitely prefer this over topping a plain pancake with the bananas and pecans. Grabbed a lemon bar and brownie for a late night snack on our way out the door. Really enjoyed these... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We get a seat outside. A couple of waiters come out and one seems like she might be the supervisors comes out. No one greets us, we wait. There was another table who had 2 small children and they wanted to pay they asked another server if he would take their check and credit card. He said sorry I don't... More

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We went for lunch and loved it. The best patty melt I have ever had!!! I don't know if it was the homemade bun, grilled onions or the meat that did it, but all together it was great. The atmosphere is awesome, our service was great, and the food outstanding!!!

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