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Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings
Fresh American cuisine featuring classic comfort foods with a contemporary touch, local beer, extensive wine and whiskey menus, handcrafted cocktails, and the best fries in town. Serving weekend brunch 10am-3pm, featuring gourmet twists on breakfast classics. Lunch from 11am-4pm Monday through Friday, dinner from 4pm-10pm Monday through Thursday and from 4pm-11pm on Friday and Saturday.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night
American, Contemporary
Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Table Service, Free Wifi
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Reviewed March 24, 2020

After seeing this online as a Duluth restaurant, we decided to give it a try one day for lunch. What we didn't realize is that the cafe is a part of a larger nonprofit arts and community development program. Profits from the restaurant support the...mission of the entire project. Cool! The menu has lots of unique options on it, and cafe also has a fabulous drink menu and wonderful bourbon selection. I had Jack's Turkey Sandwich; my husband had the New England Crab burger. Both were excellent. We topped our lunches off with a Lavender Twilight cocktail from the menu and a Barrel Bourbon straight up. The meal, drinks, and presentation were excellent. Check out the displays and the theater area while you are there.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed March 10, 2020

My adult son and I stopped in here for lunch. We each ordered the $10 lunch special as part of the Eat Downtown Duluth Restaurant Week. The special was a sirloin sandwich with carmelized onions and mushrooms and was delicious. I understand this was a...prix-fixe meal but they would not sub out the kettle chips that came with the meal for their delicious "pommes frites". We ended up ordering a side order of the "pommes frites" and frankly could have done without the bland kettle chips. Our meals came with a delicious "vegetarian" chocolate chip cookie....both us and the table next to us got a chuckle about it being described as "vegetarian".More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 10, 2020

We visit Duluth often and had never been to eat here. I had read recommendations from Endion Inn and we decided to try it! It's a super cute place with lots of art work. Our meals were great, we had the brunch menu. I had...the salmon appetizer and my husband had the biscuits and gravy. We were both so pleased with the taste and freshness of the meals. Waitress was great and friendly. This was just a great surprise!More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 16, 2020

Had a very good lunch here. I ordered the crabmeat burger, which was a large and delicious crabmeat cake, with fries (fries were really good but a bit oversalted). My husband ordered the BLT which was tasty but a bit light on the bacon, he...thought. This is one of the best restaurants in Duluth with fresh, tasty produce in a sophisticated but understated atmosphere.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 7, 2020

I shuffle into the dimly lit entrance of Zeitgeist in downtown Duluth, glad to be out of the cold, biting wind. I turn to the right, walking up to the hostess station at the entrance of the cafe. A friendly waitress seats us at a...simply set table with a candle in a glass, salt and pepper shakers, silverware, and napkins on the main floor, between the well-lit bar and window-covered wall. Vibrant, colorful paintings of various animals hang from the walls, creating a fun, casual, and unique atmosphere. The restaurant is loud from the conversation between diners. I look at the menu, and we order pomme frites, what they call their french fries, which come with ketchup and herb aioli, along with the option of truffle oil. The menu itself is colorful and printed on a cardstock-like material, and the items on it include appetizers, salads, entrees, bowls, and sandwiches. The prices range from about $10 to $25, typically. I order an arugula salad with Dijon vinaigrette as well as pretzels from the appetizer portion of the menu. My sister and dad order coconut curry with chicken while my mom orders a rice, chicken, and mixed greens bowl. Our waitress is very attentive and friendly, and she brings us our pomme frites shortly after we order. They are served in a tall, wire cone and are small, thin, and lightly fried. The herb aioli is light, creamy, pale green, and has a slight garlicky tang to it. It goes very well with the fries. Zeitgeist is a high-ceilinged, narrow room with a main floor and a loft. A wide, simple staircase leads up to the loft, which juts over half of the restaurant- the bar- from a brick wall. On the ceiling, modern light fixtures hang, giving off a dim light. Zeitgeist is lit mainly through natural light, so it is dark now, but during the day it is very bright. About ten or fifteen minutes after we order our food, it arrives. My arugula salad is simple, but bright: a large bowl of fresh, green arugula and parmesan cheese with a small dish of light-colored Dijon dressing. The arugula is sharp and tastes very good with the tangy vinaigrette and mild cheese. The pretzels arrive in the same wire cone as the pomme frites. There are three, and each is a large breadstick shape. They are lightly salted, warm, bready, and have a slightly crusty golden exterior. The pretzels come with three aioli sauces, each in a small, square dish. The stone-ground mustard aioli is zesty and tastes very good with the pretzels. The jalapeno aioli is very creamy, light green, and mild, with an almost dill taste. The cheese aioli is very creamy and mild, but it is still flavorful. My dad’s and sister’s coconut curries are very colorful- red and green vegetables and precut, seasoned chicken are served on top of a steaming dish of rice with coconut curry sauce. They both find it very delicious. My mom’s bowl is very bright and fresh as well, and she enjoys eating it. After eating our food, we leave, full from our meal. Overall, Zeitgeist is a great restaurant for people who want flavorful, delicious, and somewhat unique food. The atmosphere is fun and casual, and the service is quick and professional. No matter what you order to eat, I would recommend at least getting the pomme frites! 4.9/5More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 23, 2019 via mobile

Awesome food, service and new menu! Brunch was outstanding on a Saturday before the show across the street at the NorShor. We appreciate the vegetarian and gluten free options. We love that eating here also gives back to the community. As a non profit the...proceeds go back into the theatre and restaurant. Can’t wait to come back and try more things on the menu. Really enjoyed the root vegetable hash. Father in-law loved his eggs Benedict. Thank you, Zeitgeist!More

Date of visit: December 2019
Z4294ZVsarar, Owner at Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded December 24, 2019

Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We really appreciate the love and hope to welcome you back soon! Best,

Reviewed December 20, 2019

Hubs and I ate here before catching The Wizzard of Oz show at NorShor Theatre. The wine selection left quite a bit to be desired for this bold, robust cab girl. However, I was surprised, in a few ways, with the smoked salmon salad. The...smoke salmon itself was sparse, certainly left me wanting more protein in my diet. But the delicious crunch and vinaigrette dressing, were delectable. Service was ok, once we actually got to chat with the bar tender a little more. Oh yea, we put our names in for a table, Thursday night, but w/o a rese, we ended up eating at the bar. Probably wouldn't return.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 11, 2019

My wife and I went here for Valentines day, and let me say, it was great for the people watching. I can't remember what food I had, but I do remember the goth couple, definitely on a first date, seated directly adjacent to me. They...really didn't talk a lot, but it seemed like they were getting along alright. Goth people aren't always the most expressive types. At one point, the guy got up and took out a disposable camera and positioned himself behind her so they could get a cute couples shot. Not sure how that photo turned out, but I have the memory forever in my head.More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed October 6, 2019 via mobile

Nice place to stop by for a drink and something to eat. Not a large drink list or menu to choose from, but what they have is good. Staff is very nice and pleasant to deal with. Comfortable atmosphere where you don’t feel rushed. We...had burgers and chicken and each was prepared perfectly as requested. Ingredients were fresh. Portions are ample. Prices are on the high end ($14/burger, $7/beer) but that’s the prevailing rate for this area.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Sara R, General Manager at Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. We hope to welcome you back soon! Best,

Reviewed October 4, 2019 via mobile

We visited on a Sunday morning. I am not a breakfast fan, but this place had interesting, creative, and delicious dishes. We were all very happy with our selections. Good service. Cool vibe. Would definitely recommend.

Date of visit: September 2019
Sara R, General Manager at Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2019

We just launched our new brunch menu last weekend so this really means a lot. Thank you for sharing your experience and I am glad we were able to change your mind on brunch! We hope to welcome you back soon. Best,

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August 13, 2017|
Response from TDJ10 | Reviewed this property |
Not a separate menu, but many options on their regular menu are or can be made gluten free.
June 7, 2015|
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Response from AndyJayB | Property representative |
Sorry for the delay in response. Our lunch menu can be found on our website. I can't post it here due to TripAdvisor guidelines but google us and you'll get there!
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