Restaurant Alma

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528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-4909
https://www.almampls.com/
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Opened in 1999, Restaurant Alma is a casual fine dining restaurant, offering eclectic American cuisine and warm hospitality in a rustic historically preserved building. A high, open beam ceiling, ... Read more
exposed brick and concrete floors display the original space, while an open kitchen, banquette seating and gentle lighting contribute to an intimate and contemporary feel. We specialize in three course tasting menus, allowing the customer to select any three dishes from the menu for $45 per person. A la Carte dining is also available. Our food is sourced from top quality seasonal ingredients, featuring a high percentage of local and organic products. Our menu changes every six to eight weeks, offering a mix of new and signature dishes. We consider Alma to be a truly “American” restaurant honoring many different cooking traditions and interpreting them with our unique creative vision. Inspired by great artisanal foods of the world. We craft all of our stocks, sauces, breads, pastries and ice creams from scratch on a daily basis. We also strive to support other artisanal producers when purchasing wine, cheese, honey and many other ingredients.

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Local from Minneapolis, Minnesota

A northeast Minneapolis favorite. Excellent reviews and diverse menu. You will want to stop there more than once.

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It's hard to get a reservation but I love going here for special occasions. The menu changes regularly so everything is fresh and in season.

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Santa Rosa, California, USA
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My wife and I arrived on separate airlines into Minneapolis roughly around the same time. We were both cranky as neither of us had eaten. After picking up our rental car and then heading to our hotel we started discussing dinner options. TGIF? Chilis? We were starving and at this point anything sounded good. I then remembered reading about Alma and decided to inquire at the front desk and ask how far away it was from our hotel. Turns out we were only a couple miles away! Before heading out I called the restaurant to make sure they could take us and were told to just come on out.

When we arrived (around 8) the dining room was just about empty. There was only one other table of two and then us.We found out later that it was State Fair weekend and most places are slow during this time. However as the evening went on, the place did start to fill up.

The menu is set up as a pre fix but are able to order as single dishes if you like. As mentioned, it's $45 for three courses and is an excellent value considering the quality. But believe it or not, we chose not to go this route and just piece milled out dinner. My wife and I shared a pesto and tomato salad. I usually do not get worked up over a dinner salad, but this one was amazing! The tomatoes tasted as if they were freshly picked from a backyard and were accompanied by thinly sliced new potatoes and marinated red peppers. We were in the mood for a sparkling, but the only one they had by the glass was a Spanish Cava. It was delicious! hints of apple and earth, very Champagne like and at $9 a glass a total steal!

For my main I went with the pork tenderloin. One of my pet peeves is that many restaurants tend to over cook pork. I am one of those who prefer mine medium rare. When it arrived, that is exactly how it came out. Score! It was served over a sweet corn chowder and jalapeno corn bread. Every bite was mouth watering. My wife ordered two small plates, the calamari which I did not try as I am "allergic" and the smoked chicken cannelloni which scored an OMG!

Our wine selection was a Spanish Petalos. I had never heard of the grape, but it was absolutely delicious. It reminded both of us a big pinot (think Goldeneye from the Anderson Valley) and for the price ($55) was again an amazing value. Alma uses Reidel wine glasses which being a glass snob was happy to see.

We finished our dinner off with a cheese course. They served the cheese with a chutney and nectarines drizzled in honey. This made for lots of fun mixing and matching our cheeses. Along with our cheese. They also brought us out a complimentary glass of Muscat. A very nice gesture in my book.

Laurie our server was very nice and attentive and made sure we had a nice night out. Some of the reviews mention that the portions here are small which I agree with, but considering the quality of the meal I had zero problem with this.

This is truly a find!

Inside Tip. Do not park in the lot next to the restaurant, it's a private lot that belongs to an apartment building and they will TOW!

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Burns, Kansas

Fine dining. A cafe for more casual food and incredible cocktails.

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