Namaste Cafe

Twin Cities, Minnesota

4.1 / 38 votes

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An Uptown Nepalese restaurant and chai cafe

Restaurant, Coffee/Tea/Juice

Namaste Cafe opened in April of 2006. Their menu includes a vegetarian section, with entrees running from $9 - $11. They also have an extensive list of freshly-prepared chai. The atmosphere is bright and airy and there is some outdoor seating. There is an emphasis on organic ingredients. Check out their web page for the menu.

They also have happy hour from 3-6 p.m. daily.

Note that they are wheelchair-accessible, but only if you use the ramp that comes from the parking lot in the rear.

Added by Rachel Widome on May 7 06 (last updated Nov 17 12)

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A friend and I went to this cafe last week. The food and the decor are amazing!
We got there before dinner, right when a shift change was happening so I'm not sure if that is why the service was a little slow paced, or if that's just how it is in a nice relaxing place like Namaste Cafe.

The menu is very good, with vegan and vegetarian options clearly marked. All in all a great place to eat and relax, I'll be going back for sure! :-)

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UPDATE: Namaste has revamped their menu and added more than a few new vegan dishes (clearly labeled) with unusual flair. For example more than a few dishes seem to be more Chinese or Caribbean than South Asian.

I came here for lunch and had a "roti wrap" ($7) which was delicious and perfectly-priced for the size of the dish. It was a whole wheat wrap/roti filled with tofu, black chickpeas, onions and a variety of spices, as well as fresh cabbage and tomatoes. The dish is nicely spicy and feels both substantial, but healthy (I love that Namaste offers whole wheat and brown rice).

The service is friendly, but slow. Expect to wait a while for your meal.

Dinner prices are about double lunch prices, and the menus are extremely different as well. While I want to try some of their dinner dishes, the prices seem too high to justify (unless their portion sizes are huge, which I doubt they are, based on my past experiences).

All in all, Namaste is a great lunch spot and maybe a decent dinner one. The food and flavors here are fresh and unusual. Their chai (and large tea selection) is still easily the best in the Twin Cities and puts to shame places like Spyhouse and Tea Garden.

Previous review: Namaste now has outdoor seating and wine. It can get really hot if you're sitting inside during the summer (they don't have a/c), so keep that in mind. I still think it's overpriced, especially for the tiny portions they give you, but the flavors are fresh and light and they've improved the taste quality. Their chai is still the best in the Midwest. They have one excellent vegan dessert, the "carrots in coconut cream" which is deliciously sweet, smooth and creamy. Amazing, unusual flavors. Unfortunately, they only occasionally have the ingredients for it.

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Neighborhood

Uptown

Non-Smoking

Accepts Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible

Prices

$$ - average

Payment

  • MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • Nepalese

Features

  • Gluten-Free Options
  • Happy Hour
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Quiet
  • Romantic

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Hours

11am - 10pm

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