518 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5541444.989168 -93.252606
Neighborhoods: University, Marcy-Holmes
Citysearch Editorial Review – Inspired by Victorian-era charm and elegance, this Northeast coffee shop and café is anything but stuffy. Large windows look out onto a bustling area of Hennepin Avenue, while the dark-wood décor, oversized chairs and tall bistro tables offer a place to escape. Folks hunker over laptops and frothy drinks as they nibble on the café’s homemade sandwiches, gourmet pizzas and scratch-made desserts. And during evening hours, the cozy café offers up pasta dishes, wine specials and more.
Bland overpriced food, but great atmosphere! – Had a small personal pizza about 8 inches (Bland as chef boyardee) and a can of coke - price: $13.27
Husband had a Rachel sandwich and the Chevre app, a bottle of reeds ginger brew, and a creme puff
Total for him - about $30, for real!
I would never eat there again, but would go for the coffee and desserts.
Requires a few tweaks! – Atmospher is SO relaxing here. Nice lighting, browns, artwork, fireplace, live music, variety of seating options. The coffee is the best in town. The desserts are to die for. I think the food is trying too hard. Most is very good (I do not like the salad dressing) but I think would better if they had some good, hearty, home cooking. Think soups, salads, meat loaf, mac/cheese, bread pudding, etc. A great spot none-the-less
Horrible food – I live in the neighborhood and I really wanted to love this place...but I can't. I have been here several times and the only thing on the menu that is good are the cornmeal pancakes for brunch/breakfast. The rest of it...bland, dry, tasteless and overpriced. Oh, don't forget the rude service on the side. The lattes are good too and that's about it. One more thing, I strongly question the sanitation of the place...my boyfriend swears he saw creature scurrying across the floor but in an effort not to scare the s**t out of my mother he kept quite. Go down the street to Brasa or the Bulldog for good food and friendlier people.
Disapointed...not too veggie friendly-be careful, there are some things that seem vegetarian and are not – I ate here on the recommend of a friend...it was not very good. I am a vegetarian and so is my husband. We later found out that our order contained gelatin. Very sad. I was also upset due to the fact that there was no where to sit. The place was packed with single people and their laptops-we did ask someone who was just nursing a cup of coffee if we could share the table with him. (it sat 4) He just left. Oh well..this is maybe an ok place if you just want some coffee or a dessert-I certainly would not eat here again. Also, the bill was 45.00 (inc tip) for 2. Yikes!
Meh – This place is okay. The coffee is good, as are the pastries and sweet treats but the entrees are too pricey for what they are. And what they are, what they is, is dry and kind of tasteless. I had the mac and cheese and a salad and it wasn't worth the money. Honestly, save your money...we're in a recession!
Favorite new hangout! – Since my first visit just a few months ago, Wilde Roast has quickly become my new favorite place to meet up with friends for a good catching up session. The layout and choice of seating really encourage Wilde's patrons to sit and chat for hours upon end. It's warm and inviting, the drinks and desserts are fabulous (don't miss the pumpkin pie! It's simple, but so good!), and the food is for the most part very good. Despite a few minor disappointments, I've found that both their Reuben and artichoke dip are the best in town; the Reuben is not in the least greasy and the sauerkraut on it is amazing, and the artichoke dip is made with REAL chunks of artichokes, cream, and just the right amount of cheese (versus your too parmasean-y varieties). I was slightly disappointed by their version of the French dip (I don't understand the mayo on it) and the grilled cheese could have used a salty ingredient - but all the ingredients were fresh and in good proportion.
My only qualm about the actual space is that they don't really cater to studiers. I'm no longer a student, but if I was one, I'd be disappointed that I was only welcomed with my laptop or textbooks on weekday mornings. That said, again, Wilde Roast has one of the best atmospheres I've found for a long lazy talk over coffee and cake, and also would make a good date spot. Highly recommended!
Northeast low-lit cafe known as much for its intimate decor as its well-rounded menu – In Short
The dim Victorian-style cafe greets visitors with a hushed chatter as a medley of business diners and students converse over frothy mochas and loose-leaf teas. The oversized armchairs and bistro tables encourage patrons to linger while savoring made-from-scratch desserts, ambitious sandwiches, gourmet pizzas and mixed greens salads. The dark espresso-stained decor mimics the coffee beans lined behind the front counter, as chefs flaunt their cooking skills in the open-face mini kitchen.
Kill the Wireless – Thanks god they killed the wireless on the weekends. The place was too busy and I didn't like to go there, but now that the wireless is gone so are the students who camped out for hours. Now I don't mind telling my friends to meet me at the Wilde Roast because we can find a place to sit. This is what Oscar would have wanted!
I love/hate this place – I have a love/hate relationship with this cafe. I can't stop coming in because the coffee and atmosphere are just THAT wonderful. However, I feel compelled to point out the disparity between the cost of food and portion size.
Lunch/Dinner are one thing--the sandiwches are decently sized, so if you don't mind paying $10 for a sandwich and a meager handful of reall tasty chips, you won't be disappointed. Do NOT order breakfast here though. My benedict is about half the size (still the same price) as it was a few months ago. For something that I feel was overpriced to begin with, we have decided never to order a hot breakfast here again.
However, this place has the best coffeecake and desserts in the Nordeast neighborhood. The la bete noire is to die for, and the creme brulee comes out freshly carmelized. I want to love the Wilde Roast unconditionally, but there alwaysy seems to be an underlying issue with them. Please bring back the normal portion sizes--this is not a Parisian cafe, it is Minnesota!
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