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“Simply a great restaurant...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant Alma

Restaurant Alma
528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (University / Dinkytown)
(612) 379-4909
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Ranked #4 of 1,582 Restaurants in Minneapolis
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Bagels
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: University / Dinkytown
Cross street: 6th Avenue SE
Transit: #6 Metro Transit Bus
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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126 reviews 126 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
“Simply a great restaurant...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

We've returned to Restaurant Alma several times - for special occasions (Nicole insists for her birthdays), events (e.g., U2 concert at TCF Stadium), or simply spur of the moment. It remains one of our favorites in the Twin Cities.

The Place: Alma is situated within an historic / preserved building - not too far from the university, in an area that has a young, vibrant feel and a mix of residential and business. Once inside, you'll find it has a warm feel, with nice small tables along street side windows, and a long bar. The atmosphere inside is a great casual fine dining vibe (like many, our preferred) - with a warm ambiance, and friendly relaxed feel - the opposite of stuffy or fussy - and a focus simply on serving great food.

The Seating: Smaller place (not excessively so) - we prefer the seats along the windows at the front of the restaurant, including the little table sitting by itself by the door to the balcony or tables in back - great view of street and people. To us, it feels like tables in back are hidden off in the dark; and, the balcony just feels isolated from the restaurant. Just our $0.02.

The Food: The food is seasonal, changes every few weeks, features many locally sourced and organic items, and is without exception excellent. Alma offers a tasting menu, including wine pairings - and we enjoyed this tremendously on a couple visits. But, if you prefer a la carte - the menu is one of the cleanest, best organized you'll find, with a few choices for each of three courses. To date, every dish we have ordered (whether tasting menu or a la carte) has been outstanding. Deserts are also very good.

The Staff: Younger, knowledgeable, relaxed, friendly. Thumbs up.

In short, a great restaurant, with focus squarely on serving exceptional food, and a very nice, warm casual fine dining feel. Very recommended.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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144 reviews 144 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Tasting Menu”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We had a great experience at Alma. The service was great, and the food was outstanding. Great flavors, and well thought out dishes. Everything went so well together, and we loved what we ordered. Perfectly cooked fish, great sauces (and not overwhelming), and fresh seasonal ingredients. We also went right after our wedding and they played the song my wife walked down to isle to. Cool spot, great food.

Visited October 2012
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Minneapolis
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18 restaurant reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Wonderful anniversary dinner.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

We visited Restaurant Alma for our anniversary. We decided on the tasting menu with the wine pairing. Every bite was perfect. It is not an inexpensive meal, but very worth the splurge for a special occasion. We have wanted to go back and just order an entree of the menu. Which is a more inexpensive option. The service was outstanding.

Visited August 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“great date night”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Restaurant Alma has a wonderful, interesting menu. Excellent food with a good variety, great service, good atmosphere. The food is good for those who want to try something new, but still has something to offer for those who are less adventurous. Loved it!

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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66 reviews 66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Worth visiting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Food here is exquisite, just what you'd expect from one of the most acclaimed places in the Twin Cities. Pick one from Column A (starter), one from Column B (middle), and one from Column C (entree) - there are sufficient options in each that you just can't go wrong. But my favorite was actually from the implied "Column D" (dessert), a sticky toffee tart with chocolate espresso sauce and coconut sorbet - wow. Four-and-a-half stars: slightly slow (only slightly) and slightly less (only slightly) attentive service was the only downside to giving this 5 stars. But it's clear why this is one of the top 5 restaurants in the Cities.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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