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Acadia Cafe

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

40 Ratings
Ratings: 40
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Taps: 29
Bottles: 42
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

329 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55454-1030
United States
phone: (612) 874-8702

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Reviews by spoots:
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spoots

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

[Update--Acadia has really cleaned up its act, so I am revising my rating. During my last visit the staff couldn't have been more pleasant, and the dust has been dusted--good job!]

Acadia is a good place to grab a beer and a bite (and a coffee afterward). There's a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere here, and, as a working-class guy, I feel very comfortable among the working-class crowd that hangs out here.

The design of the place is logical, and the semi-rummage sale furniture works OK for the space. I'd guess this cafe seats about 40, but when it's busy--as it was on both occasions when I stopped in--it feels a pretty cramped. However, the high ceiling absorbs noise and it is one of the quietest busy spaces I've seen. Thank goodness for that. I didn't get a chance to enjoy a musical performance, but there is a separate room for it and it looks pretty similar to what Bryant Lake Bowl has going on for performance space.

The service was great on my first visit, but disappointing during the follow up. Maybe it was a result of the crowd, but I got the impression the folks behind the counter (there is no table service) on my most recent visit had had a long day. I didn't get a dose of attitude as much as ambivilence--sort of a "...next...yeah, whaddya want...next..." sort of vibe. I almost felt bad for troubling them with my order.

On both occasions I ordered a Surly beer and some food. The on-tap selection is good--and frankly, surprising--but for every Delirium Tremens there is a Leinie's Honey Weiss taking up valuable real estate. I suppose that's the nature of the beast; there are still a lot of mainstream beer drinkers out there, and this place has to meet them halfway in order to survice. Of course, if you don't find something on tap to your liking, the bottled selection is excellent--Kozlak, Acadia, Rogue, Bells, Victory, and Grain Belt to name a few. Considering that this is essentially a coffee shop with food, it's a hell of a selection. Well done, folks!

The food was good, but my cheese plate on visit 1 was pretty skimpy--maybe they were running low on the Irish cheddar. On the other hand, the veggie burger I ordered on visit 2 was exceptional--flavorful, with guacamole, cheese, and red onions, and served with a generous side of (Frontera?) tortilla chips and a terrific salsa. A real deal for $6.40.

I like this place, and I'll be back to explore their beer selection.

[Just a side note--the folks at Acadia need to take a hard look at how clean the place is. Everything was dusty (the display wine bottles were especially noticable), there was trash on the floor, and their water urn was so dirty it was downright gross. I know it's hard for restauranteurs to stay on top of this stuff, but everybody in my group noticed that the place looks like it needs a thorough cleaning. Points off for that, but I'll bump the score back up if they've done some clean-up work next time through.]

03-18-2006 23:07:06 | More by spoots
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Jackofallbrews

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -26.8%

I liked the look of the outside, with colorful hops painted across the sign, indicating a potentially good beer destination. Inside, the place looks like a cross between an old English pub and a shady University dive bar. Tin tackers from local and distant craft breweries vie for attention with old British Isles bar decorations on the walls. A beautiful, stained glass and mirrored English style section of the bar hosts a dual beer engine for cask beers.

The stained and sticky beer list was impressive, featuring many local brews by Indeed, Schells, Surly, and many more. Plenty of craft beers from across the country were present as well, such as Tallgrass, Odell, Lagunitas, and Founders. They had a bunch of somewhat expensive Belgian ales, and my wife ordered a Liefman's Goudenband that I've never seen on tap anywhere! I ordered a cask Indeed Day Tripper to take advantage of that wonderful looking beer engine. I was less than impressed with my pour: too much head and a dirty glass. I expect cask beers to be cloudy potentially so I wasn't bothered by that part of it. The next beer I ordered also had streaking inside the glass indicating poor cleaning from the previous user.

We ordered food from the bar, taking a tap handle mounted on a heavy base as our order indicator back to the table. I went safe and got fish & chips, the wife got a quesadilla. The food was decent, but very typical of "bar food". The fish and fries were tasty, but an unhealthy portion of grease glistened everywhere, including all over the paper lining the basket it came in. Not haute cuisine, but it would do in a pinch.


The place hosts live music frequently on their small stage, as well as Nintendo Night, and some beer events like Beer & Beast. We were there in the early evening and didn't catch any special events so I can't speak to those.


Overall, I think this place was interesting, but not high on my list for food or beer. I was happy with the beer list, but felt that the unclean glassware and iffy pouring did not do it justice. I got the impression that this was just a college bar trying to differentiate itself from the other local bars by catering to the craft beer drinking crowd. This is only one man's opinion from one visit, so don't hunt me down with pitchforks and torches if Acadia is your favorite local! Given how close it is to Town Hall and Republic, I would much rather head to either of those locales for a pint and dinner.

08-25-2014 15:42:32 | More by Jackofallbrews
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KTMinnesota

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +22%

07-11-2014 19:59:23 | More by KTMinnesota
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

06-28-2014 04:13:36 | More by mothman
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.4%

06-11-2014 02:48:45 | More by Powderhornphil
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treznor

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.4%

05-20-2014 21:27:52 | More by treznor
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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Philby11111

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-24-2014 02:21:14 | More by zeff80
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Fluffheady

Illinois

4.07/5  rDev -0.7%

For me, this place has the *it* factor. They had many cool and one-off things on tap I hadn’t seen on our beer travels of Minneapolis. It feels a bit more "coasty" than other places in the city. If a helicopter picked this place up and dropped it in Portland or San Fran, they would thrive.

11-25-2013 03:21:17 | More by Fluffheady
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Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis, MN
91 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.