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Al's Breakfast

Certificate of Excellence
University / Dinkytown
American, Diner
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413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2005
+1 612-331-9991
6:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Sun 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 am - 1:00 pm
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in on a very cold morning, food was great! Fun place with lots of nostalgia and a huge portion.

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is a local institution and very, very charming...if you accept that you'll probably have to wait an hour or more. It's a tiny place (it seats 14 people) but oh so vibrant! They only serve breakfast. Their choices are awesome, they offer anything you can think of for breakfast. Portion sizes are exactly what you'd want if you... More 

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New Hope, Minnesota
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75 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

it just doesn't get much better than Al's. It takes cozy to a new extreme, 14 stools and a long counter but that's part of the charm. I've been going here since 2001 and it is always the same, just like you were there yesterday. Wait in line (it can be a blizzard and the line will still be there),... More 

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Grantham, New Hampshire
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

A friend and I went to Al's on a Saturday morning at about 7:30. We were first in the waiting line but only waited 2 minutes before 2 stools opened up. I had the pumpkin pancakes. Wow, were those big and good. 2 was enough for me. Highly recommend these. The coffee was better than standard restaurant coffee. Food arrived... More 

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

Al's is a regular breakfast spot when visiting the U. Big portions, bottomless coffee, great diner menu choices. Al's has never disappointed!

Thank Sara B
Chicago, Illinois
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250 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

Al's is more of an experience for those who went to school in Minneapolis. My friend had fond memories of being there. I found it to be far too cramped and not worth the wait. I'd recommend it, though, for those looking for a true "locals" experience.

Thank KU90
London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

Don't be put off by the queue, Al's Breakfast is worth the wait. Staff members are endlessly entertaining in this tiny, energetic and eclectic breakfast joint. The menu is a step up from the usual diner fare and portions are flexible in size (a big plus for me as I'm often put off by the huge quantity of food on... More 

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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

No frills joint and no high prices. excellent value breakfast food. I had 3 blackerry pancakes and couldn't finish them as they are massive.

Thank damian t
Edina, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

Tried to go last week, but the line was too big. I have loved this dining institution on the University of Minnesota campus for 35 years. Newly retired and new to trip advisor.

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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

This is a college, quirky joint to me, and that's about it. It's basically a hallway that you usually stand up in to eat. It always has a line outside, because it's tiny, giving it the impression that it's really popular. Don't get me wrong, 30 years ago in college this place would be 5 stars for me. Now, it's... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Good for
Dining on a budget
Open Hours
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
6:00 am - 1:00 pm
6:00 am - 1:00 pm
6:00 am - 1:00 pm
6:00 am - 1:00 pm
6:00 am - 1:00 pm
6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2005
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis>  > University / Dinkytown
  • Neighborhood: University / Dinkytown
  • Phone Number: +1 612-331-9991

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