Cafe Brenda

Twin Cities, Minnesota

Closed as of Dec 5 09

300 1st Avenue North
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401


2.7 / 36 votes

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Upscale Americana downtown

Many people go to Cafe Brenda expecting it to be a vegetarian restaurant, which it is not. This is probably because it won "Best Vegetarian" restaurant in the City Pages a few times many years ago.

The vegetarian items they do have though are quite good, and their seasonal menu seems to always have a couple vegan options as well (though you may have to ask). Great appetizers.

Added by Matt Mackall on Feb 28 03 (last updated Dec 4 09)

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Brenda's offers some interesting, tasty food, but nothing spectacular. Prices are a bit high at $12-16 per dish. The service is friendly and the atmosphere is classy; this is a good place to take a date. Vegan options are limited, but they do have some dishes and also vegan desserts.

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This was one of the best vegetarian restaurants I've ever patronized. I was visiting Minneapolis from Seattle (where there is a massive variety of excellent vegetarian and organic restaurants), and wasn't expecting to find anything of this sort. However, after stopping by and having dinner, I have to say that the service was extremely friendly and attentive. The food was also outstanding, and appropriately spiced - very flavorful and fresh. Oftentimes with vegetarian fare you will find that the typical restaurants will use some processed foods that give a distinctive off-flavor, however this was not the case at Cafe Brenda. The waitress informed me that this was due to the fact that they make all of their own product in-house(e.g. mock duck - very good). I'm not sure why some reviewers mention they encountered weak watered down fare, as this was most certainly not what I encountered. The food (vietnamese mock-duck salad) was only lightly salted (thankfully), and was full of flavor. I also had the corsican hummus/red pepper platter was also perfectly done.

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Wheelchair Accessible


$$$ - expensive


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  • American


  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Quiet
  • Romantic



11:30am - 2pm;
5:30pm - 9pm
11:30am - 2pm;
5:30pm - 10pm
5:30pm - 10pm

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