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Al's Breakfast

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University / Dinkytown
American, Diner
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413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2005
+1 612-331-9991
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6:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Grantham, New Hampshire
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31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago

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

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Chicago, Illinois
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214 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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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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london
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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.

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Edina, Minnesota
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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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MPLS
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7 reviews
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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Twin Cities, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

We always try to get to Als when they first open. Their pancakes are out of this world. I am a breakfast freak, and Al's always hits it out of the park. Quirky and small, the wait staff must be imported from New York, but in this case it adds to the charm. Be prepared you might be standing in... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

Went for breakfast - awesome is the only words that comes to mind. I will say next time I will at least nibble on something before going because I was really hungry !

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625 reviews
382 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

Al's Breakfast is a U of Minn institution according to my wife who went to law school there in the '60's. The space is tight and the food wonderful. It felt like college again.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20
Cuisine
American, Diner
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday
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?