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Bonnie's Cafe

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2160 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55114-1820
651-644-3393
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6:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Fri 5:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sat 6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Travel back in time

We go to Bonnies a few times a month for breakfast, and it's great. The food is comfort food at it's best, and the staff are wonderful. The décor is right out of the 70s and super cute.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
blondie277
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Minneapolis, MN
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Minneapolis, MN
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We go to Bonnies a few times a month for breakfast, and it's great. The food is comfort food at it's best, and the staff are wonderful. The décor is right out of the 70s and super cute.

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Thank blondie277
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small restaurant on University that is big on good food. Try one of their combo breakfasts including the pancakes and sausages. There is parking on the side of the restaurant as you cannot park on the street. Service is also excellent with no extra charge for substituting what is on the menu. More of a local attraction but highly recommended.... More 

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Thank Larry M
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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254 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Really bright and cheery atmosphere in an old diner ambiance. The staff was nice and attentive. Clearly a homey group as there were some regulars in and chatting with staff. Swedish Meatballs for lunch....need I say more. I'd definitely go back. Love this style of dining once in a while. It's solid. There aren't many places around like it that... More 

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Thank MollyAW1234
Sioux City, Iowa, United States
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

This is a very plain and old fashioned café that will take you back 30-40 years. What it lacks in ambience, it makes up for in great food and perfect service. Our server was obviously very proud of this restaurant and the food it offers, and she should be. It was a great breakfast at a reasonable price.

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Thank Greg A
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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87 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Experienced this place for the first time this morning. Met friends for breakfast at 9:30. The place was fairly busy, as the tables and booths were about half full, plus there were several people seated at the counter. I had the blueberry pancake special - they used real blueberries that were delicious! Even though there were several groups present, our... More 

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Thank tmazionsmith
St. Paul
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Bonnie's is solid. Good food, fair prices, 1968 atmosphere. What sets it apart is Kallie. I've eaten there a dozen times or so and Kallie had served me most of the time. She is very friendly and always greets everyone with a smile. Even when she is busy, she takes the time to chat with the customers. Not superficial banter,... More 

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Thank BigEats
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79 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

This is a little gem in University Ave that isn't going to wow you with a fancy interior or menu...in fact the menus have updated prices written w a Sharpie...a little tacky, but who gives a darn. Coffee is good, I enjoyed the biscuits & gravy and my kids like the French toast and pancakes. Don't worry about how you... More 

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Thank Len M
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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102 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

All diner, from the atmosphere to the menu to the food. Excellent coffee. You can, actually, get white toast here if you wNt it. The roast beef hash is excellent and if you want it extra crispy, they listen! The chorizo scramble was generous and tasty. A great diner experience!

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Thank CJRvallarta2013
Minneapolis
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I stop at Bonnie's for breakfast often, and it is like stepping back in time. Real food and genuine hospitality. I recommend their homemade roast beef hash. Really good.

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Thank Cleolundy
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

I come here often for lunch as it is very close to my work. I often call in for a to go and the food is always done when i get there. I.have eaten there as well, having been seated in a booth. my only complaint (and i would hardly call it that) is all the tables and booths are... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2160 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55114-1820
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Saint Paul
  • Phone Number: 651-644-3393
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
5:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
5:30 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 2:00 pm

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