421 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5541444.981162 -93.235445
Neighborhoods: University, Dinkytown
Best appetizers in town – I go there for appetizers all of the time. It's the best calamari I've ever had. The calamari to fried ratio is huge. It's perfectly cooked, not rubbery or chewy and it comes with this roumelade sauce that has a great seasoning and flavor to it. The camarones greca, their shrimp appetizer, is full of large shrimp in a tomato based dipping sauce with grilled crostinis, the shrimp are also cooked perfectly and the large chunks of tomatoes make a great bread topper. Lastly, the mussels appetizer was very delicious and came with a good number of them. My boyfriend and I can go and get 2-3 appetizers and eat that as our dinner. It's delicious seafood at a great value (during happy hour it's 1/2 off). They have great service and great pours of wine. It would be very nice for a romantic date and their small outside sidewalk patio is wonderful during a perfect day/night. The one appetizer that did not wow me was the crab cake. I would not order that again. It was missing something. It was lacking flavor and that special kick that I like to have in my crab cakes. The sauce that it came in also was very distracting and somewhat overpowered the flavor of the cake. It seemed more like cake and less like crab. Overall, the service is great, the ambience is great and the appetizers are even better. It's a must-try! It is rather small on the inside with perhaps 2-3 four seat tables and perhaps 8 two seat tables so large groups might have difficulty dining here on a walk-in basis.
Eclectic, fun global dining spices up the Dinkytown scene. – In Short
A casual, chic vibe is executed by warm, golden walls and table lanterns, plus elegant wine service. A counter facing the front windows caters to single dropping in for a bite or takeout orders. Tables in the front room are close together and fill up quickly with couples, families, young professionals and students. The globe-trotting menu has thin, flaky phyllo pizza topped with tomatoes, herbs and Parmesan. Meat entrees feature a seared rib eye steak.
seconds, please! – absolutely love this place. the hummus recipe is original and delicious--perfectly served with warm pita. you can't find baked brie like theirs anywhere else in the tc, and i could probably live off their turkey wrap and greek salad. the diversity makes it perfect for a casual lunch, romantic dinner, or celebration. they have my business and recommendation as long as they're around!
User review by h2okiki – Kafe 421 is superb. The servers are all very friendly and eagar to help. The owner is very warm, and makes everyone feel welcome in her restaurant. The menu is extensive, and there is a dish to please everyone. My favorite part: fresh bread at the table!
kafe 421 is also a great place for dinner, when the menu expands to offer half a dozen entrees and a special or two. they also have live music on wednesday nights. i've liked everything i've tried here!
Speechless!!! – EXTREMELY friendly hostess and staff, great decor, and the food.... oh, the food! From the unique bread with olive oil through the last bite of the Pollo, I couldn't believe how delicious it was! I hesitate to review Kafe 421 only because it's already getting more business by the day and I don't want to have to wait for a table next time, but they really deserve all the praise they can get.
YUM!! – My office (17 of us) went for lunch yesterday to celebrate the retirement of 2 co-workers. The service and food was FABLOUS!! With our large group, we were able to sample many of the appetizers, all of which were fresh and delicious! The entrees, especially the tenderloin and lamb gyros were worth every bit! Upon my return to the office, I called a couple friends and told them about this wonderful gem! Thank you!
we need 421 in dinkytown – A slightly raw gem, this cafe is a neighborhood bistro, family restaurant, and business-lunch destination all in one. service can be absent-minded and some of the main-dish selections are good efforts but need work (flavors in the scallops with coconut risotto never quite blend; ditto on the pasta with shrimp, lemon and asparagus). salads, sandwiches, soups, desserts (creme caramel, for example) are excellent. best of all is the casual atmosphere -- we always feel welcome here.
Improves Dinkytown – This is where Bon Appetit used to be. Wow what an improvement! The interior is nicely redone. The food is tasty. I had the Campo veggie sandwich on foccacio. The prices were higher than most other restaurants in Dinkytown but you get what you pay for.
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