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128 Cafe

$$$$
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 - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 26
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 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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English first
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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MN
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181 reviews 181 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
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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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Mahtomedi
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We had dinner on a Friday night and had made early reservations so we could get to the theater after dinner without having to rush. Our table was ready on arrival, and we were seated immediately. The seating area is small and busy, but we were not distracted by noise or other patrons. My wife and I shared a lovely... More 

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