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Cafe Levain

Map & Directions 4762 Chicago Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
  • American, Contemporary, French
  • Sun 10:30am-2:30pm, Sun, Tue-Thu 5pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm
  • MasterCard, Visa
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly
  • Brunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Not Accepted
  • Lot Available, Street


City Pages' Description

Reborn from the ashes of former fine-dining standard-bearer Restaurant Levain, Café Levain is a T-shirt casual, safe and sound little French-oriented bistro, with the emphasis on safe and sound. The French onion soup is the best in town--beefy as a steak, comforting as a quilt, and smothered with top-quality cheese, well browned. The roast chicken boasts a skin as crispy as bacon, and is craveable, good, and plain. The menu is remarkably brief, just a handful of entrees, a very few appetizers, and a dessert or three to pair with the wonderful wine list, but if you're in the mood for inexpensive comfort foods cooked with skill and grace and served with good wine, Café Levain is the safest bet in town.

Member Reviews

  • KimG30 wrote a review for Cafe Levain
    on 06/02/08

    Bravo to Levain for abandoning the too fancy/too expensive Manhattan restaurant experiment in favor of a casual neighborhood cafe. But, it's a cut above most other Minneapolis cafes in the food and wine. Great discovery last time: a Spanish white wine called Basa.

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Tips from foursquare

  • Le Tweed on 11/22/09

    Try their burger if it on the menu that night. like ground siroin simmered in sauteed onion and served on a bun...

  • Bill D. on 09/14/12

    Mussels in a cream sauce and short ribs with Brussels and fall foods done perfect!

  • ZCT on 12/26/13

    Authentic French service. Rude and slow. Even though the food wasn't bad.

  • Tony O. on 10/26/13

    Get the mussels. The duck breast and the burger were delicious. If you have a large party, ask to get seated in the back room.

  • Lindsay S. on 09/20/13

    Everything is a sensual delight and service was very good.

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