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Vanilla Bean Bakery

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812 7th Avenue, Two Harbors, MN 55616
+1 218-834-3714
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7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Great food is all about flavor. Wake up your taste buds today with a home...
Great food is all about flavor. Wake up your taste buds today with a home cooked meal at the Vanilla Bean Restaurant in Two Harbors. Whether you choose our signature oven-baked omelets, Swedish pancakes with lingonberries or our award-winning soups and sandwiches, or pan-seared fish dinner, you'll find great flavor, great value, and great service. The Vanilla Bean is way more than great coffee. We are proud to say that our friendly servers and accommodating kitchen staff are truly the best you'll find anywhere!
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  • 29
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  • 12
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great walleye sandwich!

We had a walleye sandwich delivered from Vanilla Bean to us at Castle Danger taproom on a Friday night. It was excellently made, and despite being delivery and transported through the cold the sandwich held up well. It was a bit pricey when added in the delivery fee, but getting the sandwich... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
DLillith21
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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60 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We had a walleye sandwich delivered from Vanilla Bean to us at Castle Danger taproom on a Friday night. It was excellently made, and despite being delivery and transported through the cold the sandwich held up well. It was a bit pricey when added in the delivery fee, but getting the sandwich, home fries and adding a side salad was... More 

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Minnesota
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

My girlfriend and I stopped in for breakfast just before the "John Beargrease" races were to start. I think our waitress really didn't want to be there! She never brought us coffee refills, the table beside us was waited on hand and foot by anther waitress and when our breakfast finally came, it was "cold as ice". What a disaster,... More 

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Vanilla Bean Café is a charming diner. Server was very friendly and service was great. Food was as good as we've heard. Hash browns cooked perfect and my wife's crepes were, in her words, "wonderful".

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Asheville, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Eating out with a group of birders can be a challenge, esp with the varied tastes of folks. Our visit to the Vanilla Bean was excellent, with delicious home-made soup and breads. The restaurant was very busy but the meals all arrived promptly and were delicious- a real change from "slaw or salad" type restaurants. We would certainly go back.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Many of the reviews I read on this site before having dinner here tonight were written about the restarant under the previous ownership. I remember eating here a few years back and thinking it was alright. But tonight's experience blew my mind. The restaurant has a whole new feel. Our server was attentive without us feeling ignored or smothered. And... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Excellent and great service The hash browns were great along with the nutmeg pancakes. Very nice place and very clean. Recommend this location for breakfast anytime.

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Jason V, Owner at Vanilla Bean Bakery, responded to this review

Hello James! Thank you for your wonderful review of my restaurant. I'm very happy to read that you enjoyed your breakfast. Please make sure to stop in again soon! --Jason More 

Atwater, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Stopped in for a early dinner on Sunday and was treated to a fine meal that tasted great. The portions are healthy so I am pleased that I was able to enjoy a snack later. The Whitefish Cakes are to die for. I would drive the 4 hours again for another order of them. The service was top notch and... More 

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Jason V, Owner at Vanilla Bean Bakery, responded to this review

Hello Mike! Thank you so much for your fantastic review of my restaurant. I'm thrilled you loved your dining experience with us. Those fish cakes are amazing! Please make sure to stop in again during your next trip north from Atwater! --Jason More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

As a previous reviewer stated, beef tips are not a good choice. Our order was overcooked, dry and tasted of the red wine used in the sauce. No beef flavor. The hashbrowns were scorched on the bottom. Stuffed chicken breast was juicy and tasty as was the rice mixture accompanying it. Both meals were served with squash which was a... More 

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Jason V, Owner at Vanilla Bean Bakery, responded to this review

Hello A4Traveler! Thank you for your recent review of my restaurant. I'm disappointed to read our Beef Tenderloin Tips were not up to our typically standard of excellence during your visit. I will definitely go over our proper cooking techniques with my staff. But, I'm very happy to see you enjoyed your Stoney Point Chicken. It is one of our... More 

Two Harbors, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Perfect Friday night dinner with the family! My fish was excellent, and loved the homemade tartar sauce...and was pleasantly surprised with the winter-drink menu (highly recommend the Peppermint Patty!) As always, very good service - food presentation was beautiful, and very affordable prices. One of the gems of the North Shore any time of year!

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Jason V, Owner at Vanilla Bean Bakery, responded to this review

Hello Mary! WOW - What a wonderful review. Thank you so much, and I am thrilled you enjoyed your dinner experience. The best help you can offer a small business like mine, is spread the good word around Two Harbors! Thanks again, and I hope you can visit again soon. --Jason More 

Duluth, MN
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We just had dinner here. It is nothing special. We had beef tips that were very dry and over cooked and a burger that had so much seasoning in the meat it was overpowering. We had been hearing advertising on a local radio station and we were in Two Harbors and thought why not. It should have been why. We... More 

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Jason V, Owner at Vanilla Bean Bakery, responded to this review

Hello beech3242! Thank you for your recent review of my restaurant. However, I'm very disappointed to read your title. We have thousands of guests that do make a special stop to my restaurant every time they are up the North Shore. I'm very sorry your recent visit wasn't up to our typically standard of excellence. I hope you can make... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 812 7th Avenue, Two Harbors, MN 55616
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Two Harbors
  • Phone Number: +1 218-834-3714

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 20
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Great food is all about flavor. Wake up your taste buds today with a home cooked meal at the Vanilla Bean Restaurant in Two Harbors. Whether you choose our signature oven-baked omelets, Swedish pancakes with lingonberries or our award-winning soups and sandwiches, or pan-seared fish dinner, you'll find great flavor, great value, and great service. The Vanilla Bean is way more than great coffee. We are proud to say that our friendly servers and accommodating kitchen staff are truly the best you'll find anywhere!
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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