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128 Cafe

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American, Vegetarian, Contemporary
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128 Cleveland Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104-5726
651-645-4128
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cute little lunch spot

I work at the nearby university and Café 128 is a relaxing and delicious place to go for lunch off campus. I had the fish tacos which were very good and reasonably priced. The restaurant appears small but there is another back room that you don't notice right away. Friendly staff, clean... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 9, 2014
Amy L
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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88 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Darling Husband took me to the 128 for a Mother's Day treat and what a treat it was! First of all the location is off the beaten path. It is a small restaurant so no big crowds or lines at a buffet on this busy restaurant day. Service is excellent, friendly, not pushy. There were children in the place but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 via mobile

I happened upon this restaurant looking for a place by St. Thomas University. The menu changes often but I am sure there will always be something for everyone. Valet parking is offered and the attendant is great. Tasty, flavorful food that pleases the palate. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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Minneapolis
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We live in the neighborhood and have not been to 128 for a while. Well, we were missing out. The food was great, the service wonderful. We started with wine - which you can order by the glass, quartino, half or full bottle. So if your group, like ours, could not decide, problem solved. We were treated exceptionally well and... More 

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I work at the nearby university and Café 128 is a relaxing and delicious place to go for lunch off campus. I had the fish tacos which were very good and reasonably priced. The restaurant appears small but there is another back room that you don't notice right away. Friendly staff, clean, comfortable.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This was our first group dinner at 128 Cafe since the change in ownership. The BBQ ribs remain one of the best options on the menu with their tangy unique sauce with a 'kick'. We also shared the roasted garlic appetizer and needed more toast to enjoy all of it. Members in our group who had sandwiches only received chips... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I like this restaurant and visit occasionally. Among many things I like, the fish is fresh and delicious. Last week a Peach Melba had a delicately crumbed almond cake with peaches that may have been somewhat mulled (?) and fresh raspberries. The atmosphere is pleasant - maybe noisy once in a while but usually very comfortable, subdued and welcoming.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The food is quite good - not exquisite but interesting. For example, the barbeque sauce on the short ribs had an usual spiciness. But the noise level was close to intolerable. The restaurant has a few small tables outside. On a nice day, I would gladly return to one of those tables. But inside - never again.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Every year for my birthday we go to this restaurant, have for at least 15 years. I couldn't believe the limited menu and that it was printed on paper that looked like it came from a really cheap restaurant. The wine menu is very limited asked for a couple different kinds and they didn't have them. No more filet only... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014 via mobile

After hearing and reading about 128 Cafe for several years, my boyfriend and I finally had dinner there last night, and it did not disappoint. It has been under new ownership since September 2013, so I can't compare to the previous owner's tenure. We had to utilize valet parking for $5 since all street parking required a permit until 8... More 

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Excelsior, Minnesota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

I have been visiting the 128 Café for 20 years. It's been my go-to restaurant when family and friends visit. My mom is in town so we naturally decided to go there. Needless to say, I am saying good bye to the 128 Café. First of all, it's a 40 minutes drive for me to get there so I expect... More 

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Additional Information about 128 Cafe

Address: 128 Cleveland Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104-5726
Phone Number: 651-645-4128
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Saint Paul
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 40
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian, Contemporary

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 128 Cleveland Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104-5726
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Saint Paul
  • Phone Number: 651-645-4128

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40
  • Cuisine: American, Vegetarian, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?