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“Always Memorable”
Review of Restaurant Alma

Restaurant Alma
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Ranked #18 of 1,808 Restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $52
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: University / Dinkytown
Cross street: 6th Avenue SE
Transit: #6 Metro Transit Bus
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Always Memorable”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

Restaurant Alma is one of my favorite spots in Minneapolis for a date night or dinner with special friends. I love their three course tasting menu and find the proportions to be the perfect size to share tastes and still be satisfied at the end of the meal. I took two friends a few weeks ago as a "thank you" present and we were all thrilled with our selections. The menu changes frequently, but on our visit we voted the bitter greens the best of our first course. Mole braised rabbit and the Roasted prawns tied for best second course. We couldn't decide on the third course - all of us loved the hake, beef and duck. Couldn't end the meal without sharing the lemon tart for dessert. The perfect ending to a wonderful meal. I love the ambiance and the low noise level in this restaurant and find their servers to be attentive, informed and friendly.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank JustBeadIt2
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Southlake, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
231 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 292 helpful votes
“Simply a great restaurant...”
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
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1 Thank Dave_from_MN
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
291 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Tasting Menu”
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
1 Thank wuzed111
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Burnsville, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
154 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Wonderful anniversary dinner.”
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
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“great date night”
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
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Thank sallymayday612
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