We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
128 Cleveland Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104-5726
Improve this listing
Ranked #127 of 798 Restaurants in Saint Paul
Price range: $0 - $40
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Vegetarian, Contemporary
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations
Write a Review

48 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
182 reviews 182 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Saint Paul, Minnesota
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Top Contributor
138 reviews 138 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Excelsior, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
2 reviews
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Braga, Portugal
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

My husband and I have dined here many times but this was the first visit for my husband's parents. We've always enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service here, but this weekend's meal was especially memorable. My mother-in-law and I both ordered the salmon. She is picky about fish and declared it "perfection!" It was fabulous and paired with delicious caramelized... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed 128 Cafe also viewed


Been to 128 Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

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 0 - 40
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian, Contemporary

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from 128 Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?