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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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Greggy

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

Groggy, with maybe a hint of hangover, we hit the streets from our hotel next to townhall. In search of breakfast, we walked the streets until I happened to look up and see "Acadia Cafe." A hell of a stumble, I'd say. We walked inside and the place was empty but a few guys were working. Our bartender was very polite and kind and took our beer orders (at 930am). I ordered a saison dupont which unfortunately cost $8/chalice. Glad I only grabbed one! The food on the other hand was pretty affordable. I had bacon, eggs and toast for something like 7 bucks. On the beer end of things, I counted 28 taps to the best of my memory. Of those taps, there was probably a good 5 that I haven't seen many other places in the cities. After a bit, some music kicked in and boosted up the ambiance a bit. I think I'll definitely head back here sometime but at night to see how it handles a crowd.

01-12-2009 05:24:59 | More by Greggy
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opwog

Minnesota

4.86/5  rDev +18.5%

This was an exceptional stop for me, while visiting the Minneapolis area. Some friends initially stopped down the street and I made a solo trip down to check this out, as fellow BA'ers had listed this as a must stop. I was very glad that they did and my friends caught up later and wished that they had just come with me. The staff was really laid back and incredibly friendly and knowledgable. This is the type of place where I could twist away an bitterly cold afternoon. They just need to fix the lock on the restroom ;-)

12-12-2008 08:35:49 | More by opwog
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mynie

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

EDIT:
Taking the "service" section down a tick. I came in recently with a state-issued temporary ID. It's printed on paper, but since I'm 29 and haggard most places accept it. If a place doesn't because they got strict ID policies, that's fine, I understand, you can't be too careful with Johnny Law always breathing down your neck.

But when I showed it at this place, the guy behind the counter got all aggressive and started asking if I was a cop. Fucking seriously. It's okay if you can't serve me, but it's really uncool to accuse me of being law enforcement.

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Close your eyes. Imagine the Map Room if the Map Room wasn't always filled with assholes. Sounds nice, eh?

Never in a thousand years would I have stopped here if I hadn't seen a sign reading "28 Taps... No Crap on Tap." That's neat, right there. Shows commitment. Because, I mean how much does it suck when someone you know goes on and on about the large and awesome tap selection at such and such a shithole, and then when you get there all they got is like every Michelob variety and maybe Rolling Rock.

28 Taps. No crap, indeed. Nothing close to crap. Tons of One-Offs. It was too early to try and Big Eddys or Locker Stocks, however. Good thing it's never too early for Coffee Bender.

Aside from the massive and excellent tap selection, this place is like just about every other hippie cafe I've been to in Madison or Iowa City. Laid back employees, decent music, nice wooden smell. The menu was sparse but the food was pretty tasty. The prices were a little steep but nothing too outrageous. Nice little joint, overall.

10-27-2008 01:31:04 | More by mynie
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deliriumfest

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

At a first glance, this is a just another cafe with live music on the weekends. But if you step inside, you find that beer is the real king here. With great hours, a magnificent tap and bottle selection, knowledgeable staff, and live music, this place is top 10 in my book.

My first experience here was before I had any knowledge of beer whatsoever. The bartender helped guide me through the lofty selection based on my description of a "good" beer. What resulted was a learning experience and five beers later a pretty good buzz. Now every time I come back, I never have to worry about what I'm going to have.

The food at Acadia is another plus. It can be best described as classic bar offerings with a few ethnic things here and there (along with vegetarian options as well). The house cut fries are exceptional and so is the hot turkey sandwich. The food is great anytime of the day from lunch to late night.

Finally the music on weekends and weeknights (during the winter) is a great option. From local singers/songwriters to random assortments of instruments and electronica, you are sure to find something to your taste. And be sure to get there before nine to avoid cover charges every time.

Overall one of the best places to find a great tap selection and knowledgeable staff in the twin cities area!

10-14-2008 15:19:55 | More by deliriumfest
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morimech

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

Stopped by for lunch and a couple of pints. Ordered the new Flat Earth Curly Tail and was served FE Belgian Pale Ale. I like that beer so I drank it anyway. There has to be something on tap to satisfy any beer lover. A large bottle selection is also available. The food menu is nothing spectacular but some interesting selections and the food was good but also nothing spectacular. Prices seem on par for the area if not a little cheaper.

The atmosphere is not as refined as the establishments a couple of blocks to the north but should not surprise anyone considering the neighborhood. Breakfast was recommended to me so if I find myself in the area in the morning I will be sure to stop back.

08-08-2008 21:14:58 | More by morimech
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beeeeeer

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

I stopped in to the Arcadia last night. First time visit to the new Arcadia, I did go to the old address a couple times in the past. Overall a descent place, nice selection of beer with local Surlys and Flat Earths. I had two beers Southern Tier UberSun and Tyranena "Devil Over A Barrel" Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter. I also stole some of my old lady's Rogue Black Brutal. All three were great served in a Duval glass. We also ordered a couple sandwiches which were pretty good as well. The atmosphere is very similar to the old Arcadia. This not a very clean place, lots of grease and grime on everything including the dirty hippies that fill the establishment. However, this is what one would expect for the west side neighborhood. The quality beer makes the café good. Next time I am seeing a show at the nearby Triple Rock or Cabooze, I will stop in again for some great beer.

06-13-2008 16:31:41 | More by beeeeeer
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +10.5%

This is a review of the NEW Acadia Cafe.

Cool place with 28 taps....9 local taps with the rest of the stuff split between Mid-west and imported goodies. Plus, if the taps bore you...ha...they have 40+ bottles to entertain you

A very nice interior with a booth area along the windows and a handful of tables scattered about. A nice big performing stage graces the back wall. An adequate 12 seat bar is just to the right as you enter.

I had lunch there ordering a very nicely done Tuna Melt. Nothing crazy on the menu but it all seems to be done well.

My server, James, was a great young guy. He was not only interested in my travels but is an outdoors type so we had plenty to talk about concerning hiking, climbing, kayaking...etc. Plus, being a UofM Duluth alum, had great memories of Fitger's and Sir Ben's!

Best of all was my conversation with owners Jeff and Ted. What a pair of great guys! We chatted about beer...duh!...and the upcoming Surly tapping of Darkness. We really had a great chat...and best of all a special treat for me, did I have room in my check baggage for another bottle....SURE, I do! A bottle of 2007 Flat Earth Winter Warlock! WOW! Thanks guys!

So, if in Minneapolis do yourself a favor and go enjoy a few pints at Arcadia Cafe...I am sure you won't leave disappointed.

05-26-2008 08:33:53 | More by Deuane
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LeonTrotsky

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +13.4%

Acadia Cafe is basically a coffee shop that happens to have 20 or so taps of excellent beer, a great place to go with friends or alone to read. The staff has always been very friendly and knowledgeable and they usually comment on whatever book I happen to be carrying. I have not tried a lot of their food, but their black bean burger is amazing, probably the best vegetarian burger I have had. Nothing beats a black bean burger and a pint of Furious

Acadia Cafe is one of my favorite places to get a beer, or should I say was...The old location was a couple blocks from my place but they have recently relocated to a distant part of the city, I will probably still go there on occasion but I'll need to find a new local drinkery.

01-05-2008 16:43:13 | More by LeonTrotsky
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ianrca19

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

I've driven by this place a thousand times, heard it was good, so I thought I'd stop in for a light dinner.

Acadia doesn't look like much from the outside; like a thousand other Minneapolis eateries you need to step inside to get a true feel for the place. It's got that funky Minneapolitan feel: asymmetric everything, properly pierced and tatooed staff, a mini concert venue through the door in the back, and enough vegan this and organic that to make you want to go green on the spot. It's a comfort for any Twin Cities guy or gal.

The gentleman behind the counter was incredibly friendly, helpfully and happily answering all our questions about the food even though there were 3 or 4 people in line behind us. He also seemed very knowledgable about the beers he was carrying. They had about 20 or so beers on tap, plus more by the bottle. My only beef is that they were out of my Bell's Two Hearted Ale! That's okay, though, because I was fortunate enough to experience a SurlyFest instead. The $5 tab for the beer was a bit steep for my liking, considering the rest of my wife's and my food cost about $14, but again, that SurlyFest was worth it.

We received our food after about a ten-minute wait, and it hit the spot. My Acadia club was perfect: fresh turkey, lettuce and tomato and lots of crispy, meaty bacon and the 9-grain bread it was served on could be a meal in itself. What wonderful, hearty, fresh-tasting bread! My wife's chicken bacon ranch appeared to be just as good- normally we'd be asking for a box, but she finished the whole thing. My sister-in-law had similar good things to say about her amazing-smelling veggie melt. The kettle chips served with the sandwiches were perfectly crispy and salty, and the crunchy fresh pickle was excellent as well.

I'd like to return for a cup of coffee sometime, and their breakfast menu looked great, too. I can't think of a better place to do lunch in Minneapolis. What a great find.

10-15-2007 05:57:06 | More by ianrca19
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Chaz

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%

Back when this place opened I lived only a few blocks away, and their claim to fame was signature coffee drinks and a limited menu, but my how times have changed. In recent years the cafe's interior was given a significant facelift, and the exposed beams and brick more than compliment the contemporary look of the front counter, and the raised ceiling enhances the feeling of spaciousness in an otherwise cozy java joint. I’ve enjoyed their cold-press coffee on more than one occasion, and when it comes to for your java needs I’d heartily recommend them over the chains creeping into the neighborhood. The menu is hardly modest, seeing as how it offers both breakfast and lunch/dinner items, but neither is it too ambitious, with most items being well suited to the casual setting. The variety of soups, salads and sandwiches should more than accommodate both the neighborhood crowd and those from further a field (and on my next visit I visit I look forward to pairing a sandwich with a Rogue or two!) I’ve never attended a performance here but welcome the opportunity, as the room is roughly the size of the theater at the Bryant Lake Bowl thus ensuring an intimate event. And as with the BLB, there’s a great list of tap and bottled beer to choose from, and it’s this selection that makes Acadia far from ordinary in the sense of an “ordinary neighborhood coffee shop”. 24 taps here, and all but a couple of these pour some of the best craft and imported beers available in town*. Final verdict: with comfortably-cozy seating for several dozen patrons, a fairly full-featured menu, an extensive beer list, and a venue, the Acadia ranks at the top of the list of neighborhood cafe in the Twin Cities.

Note 1: when I heard they were putting in 24 tap lines I was worried they’d have a hard time selling-through them; I’m glad this proved not to be the case. Note 2: It’s great to see both of Rush River’s mainstays side by side with those of Surly Brewing.

05-03-2007 22:43:56 | More by Chaz
Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis, MN
91 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.