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128 Cafe

$$$$
American, Vegetarian, Contemporary
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128 Cleveland Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104-5726
651-645-4128
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 34
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great Little Adventure

This was a gem to find! We did not have a reservation, but they were able to seat us anyways. Small menu, but you could not go wrong with any of the choices. Delicious! Great wine selection. It was a perfect date night, but would be great for a small get together as well.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Nicstans
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was a gem to find! We did not have a reservation, but they were able to seat us anyways. Small menu, but you could not go wrong with any of the choices. Delicious! Great wine selection. It was a perfect date night, but would be great for a small get together as well.

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Thank Nicstans
Maple Grove, Minnesota
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163 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

I had heard and read about this place, so we dined with friends their 2 weeks ago just before the Magnum Chorum concert at St. Thomas. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical about a restauranteur that was described as being located in the basement of an apartment at the edge of a university campus, but we had... More 

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Thank ViajeroJBW
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Cozy restaurant with fantastic food. I highly recommend it. The pot roast is brought to a whole new level here. it was fantastic!

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Thank MJ9856
St. Paul,MN
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

My wife and I have been going here for years and have always had incredibly good food. It is located in the lower level of an apartment building and is very cozy inside. Valet parking is available. Nice wine and dessert menu also. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed!

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Thank ponsib
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

You wouldn't think the modest surroundings would yield world class cuisine. But, that was exactly what we had. There were five of us, all having different things. Everyone raved about how delicious their food was. I had perfectly cooked salmon. Sometimes gourmet food comes without anything else on the plate. The pleasant surprise were all the extras that came with... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

This restaurant is on campus so the parking is somewhat an issue, but since we arrived in town on a Friday nite, we were able to park just across the street in the campus lot. It was considered 'after school hrs'. Easy access therefore. The intimate setting (with tablecloths & personal attention) was a big plus. Then the chef (whom... More 

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Thank adventurer2013
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015 via mobile

Drink discounts during happy hour made it a bit more bearable to pay the wine prices. Food was spectacular. Guarantee I will be back!

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Thank Mike B
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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88 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Darling Husband took me to the 128 for a Mother's Day treat and what a treat it was! First of all the location is off the beaten path. It is a small restaurant so no big crowds or lines at a buffet on this busy restaurant day. Service is excellent, friendly, not pushy. There were children in the place but... More 

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Thank Helen S
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91 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 via mobile

I happened upon this restaurant looking for a place by St. Thomas University. The menu changes often but I am sure there will always be something for everyone. Valet parking is offered and the attendant is great. Tasty, flavorful food that pleases the palate. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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Thank Denise F
Minneapolis
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We live in the neighborhood and have not been to 128 for a while. Well, we were missing out. The food was great, the service wonderful. We started with wine - which you can order by the glass, quartino, half or full bottle. So if your group, like ours, could not decide, problem solved. We were treated exceptionally well and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 128 Cleveland Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104-5726
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Saint Paul
  • Phone Number: 651-645-4128

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40
  • Cuisine: American, Vegetarian, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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