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Café Twenty Eight

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

28 Ratings
Ratings: 28
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 7.19%
Taps: 4
Bottles: 25
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2724 W 43rd St
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55410-1663
United States
phone: (612) 926-2800
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(Place added by: fantome on 11-06-2005)
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Reviews by Erdinger2003:
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.83/5  rDev +8.5%

This little cafe in the middle of Minneapolis has a nice little selection of beers with glasses to accompany them. The atmosphere was friendly and inviting. The service was outstanding with food being very nice, even though I only got bread and Darkness. The menu looked like they had some real good food like Calamari. I noticed they had glasses from Westmalle, Rochefort, Chimay, Orval, and Duvel. The beer they had was Rochert 8, Surly Darkness, Surly Furious, Surly Bender. Overal I can't wait to visit with a little more time and money.

Erdinger2003, Dec 28, 2006
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Photo of beerwolf77
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%

Made a point to hit this place for brunch while in Minneapolis. Glad I did.

Old firehouse turned coffee house/restaurant. Minimal seating but we got there when it opened so no problem for us. The beers list isn't long but they have all four Surly's year round beers and a seasonal. We ordered food and a couple coffee benders. Great way to start the morning.

Not sure what else to say. The food was fantastic they had Surly on tap and the server was super friendly. Overall a great place for brunch and beer. I highly recommend stopping here if you are in the area.

beerwolf77, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev -11.2%

Had the pleasure of stopping by here the other day, primarily to sample Darkness on draft.

Cafe 28 is a modest size cafe, with a modernistic, airy, look and feel to it. We were here for lunch on a Tuesday before Thanksgiving, when I wouldn't normally think a restaurant would be doing all that well. However, this place has an eclectic, easy to appreciate menu, and so maybe it was no surprise that the cafe was doing a brisk lunch business this particular Tuesday. As for the beer selection, they had 4 different Surly beers on tap, and I believe some 23 or so bottled beers as well. While I have to give the cafe full marks for the quality of the beer selection (darkness, furious, cynic and coffee bender), it's hard to give the selection more than an average score, given the limited number of beers available (the cafe also has a pretty decent wine by the glass selection). Service was quick, polite and pleasant (mostly well trained young people), though the experience was enhanced when the owner/manager came out to talk to us briefly (Linda). Food, I thought, was quite good. I was very pleased with my Adobo, and was especially impressed with the level of heat and spice I encountered in the dish. My friend had the egg sandwich with bacon, and it was excellent as well. Linda confirmed that there is a focus on using very fresh, local, high quality ingredients in the food here, and I thought it definitely showed.

Prices were pretty reasonable I thought. My darkness was $6 a ten ounce glass, but otherwise I believe pints here were a pretty reasonable $4. Lunch for 2 came to a bit over $30, which I thought was very reasonable for what we had had. Overall, I was very, very happy with our visit here, and would happily come back again.

I can't over emphasize what a very nice place this is, and what a nice time we had here. Cheers!

Edit from 9/17/11. Stopped by to try some Surly 5 (knew this place would still have it on tap), and get some lunch as well. Also had probably the freshest glass of furious I can ever remember having (just delicious). As for our lunch... did I mention the food here is really, really good? I'll definitely be back...

John_M, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%

This is not a beer bar. In fact, it doesn't have a bar at all. They only have four taps --- all Surly. But the bottle list is extensive and high quality.

This is an upscale but relaxed neighborhood restaurant. As I understand it, the owner is the wife of Surly's headbrewer. This was key information for me, given that I was looking for Darkness on tap and was able to get one here.

I had a Surly Furious with my wonderful ribeye. Get the beet salad with arugula and a hunk of creme fraiche. Dessert was my warmed-up Darkness (which I ordered with my Furious and my dinner) and an absolutely decadent chocolate cake with a molten chocolate center and vanilla ice cream.

All said and told, I had a beet salad, steak with fresh spinach and potato au gratin, with a Furious, plus chocolate cake and a 10 oz. Darkness for about $55 dollars including tip --- reasonable if you ask me.

BuckeyeOne, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of adrock7309
4.83/5  rDev +8.5%

Ok - need to disagree with Florida9 the previous poster. This place does only have 4-5 taps and all were surly but they also have two pages of bottled beer of all high quality selections including many seasonal/specialty and top notch belgians.

We stopped in last night for some Surly Darkness on tap which was phenomenal. In fact the service was so good that when my buddy and I argued over the last of our glass of surly - the server brought us an additional half a glass to end the night. Awesome!

Food was amazing and I highly suggest the Adobo pork if you like spice.

The highlight of the night was our last darkness. It was served in a hand etched Duvel style glass from the first year release of Darkness. The server told us it was etched by Todd the masterbrewer at Surly.

Definitely worth a stop if you're in Linden Hills

adrock7309, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Florida9
3.7/5  rDev -16.9%

For the record, Cafe 28 isn't a "beer bar," it's a neighborhood restaurant that serves some beers. I'll admit, it's a very good restaurant that serves a few (and I stress "a few") good beers, but Cafe 28 can hardly be considered a beer bar.

The restaurant is located in a very nice, high class area of South Minneapolis next to Lake Harriet. The building it is located in what appears to be a turn of the last century rehab that is shared with an architectural firm. The walls are brick. The floors are a lighter hued hardwood. Everything is colored in a warm, cozy earth tones. It would be a place to eat, drink and relax, except for the country club cliental. Seriously, there was more Tommy Bahamas clothing in here than Macy's and, at 35 and aside from my daughter, I probably had the next youngest person beat by a good 20 years.

As for the beer, there are only four taps. Yes, four. That's it. I think they had a few cans as well. All the taps are from Surly, which makes sense, but still its a rather limited offering. I like Surly and enjoyed the offerings, and I would imagine anyone coming here knows this is a Surly "owned" restaurant. However, there are more wines on the menu than there are beers. The focus here is not on beer.

Now, the food is excellent. It's an rather odd blend of traditional French (quiche, pate, lamb), Mexican (tacos, guac, adobo) and American bar food (burger, fries, sandwiches). But it all works and everything I had, with one exception, was very good. I had a roasted beet and arugula salad and the pork en adobo, both of which were fresh and well prepared. The exception was my daughter's "kid's meal" which wasn't anything more than shitty boxed mac n' cheese. While I would be willing to accept this at a bar, as I've mention before, this place is not a bar. Being a high end restaurant, capable of making classic French preparations, but treating my kid like a culinary retard isn't appreciated.

Florida9, May 22, 2010
Photo of pwoods
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%

I stopped by here first thing in the morning the day I got in town for Darkness Day. The atmosphere is style good, though it seemed a bit too upper scale for my tastes, especially when some of the housewives started piling in. Very nice bar area. The service was outstanding. I hadn't been able to check into my room yet and the waitress was nice enough to let me stash my suitcase off to the side. She asked where I was comingin from and what for, and was very excited to hear that I came all the way from Cincinnati to attend Darkness Day. She took my order(quiche and a Furious :D) and the owner, Linda, brought my beer out and started chatting for awhile. Later, Linda came out with a mug of Coffee Bender on the house. The selection was pretty small but definitely of high quality with the Surly beers on tap. The food was also pretty good, though they only had a brunch menu available when I stopped in. Prices seemed good.

pwoods, May 12, 2010
Photo of TastyTaste
4.2/5  rDev -5.6%

Located in the tony Linden Hills neighborhood of South Minneapolis, Café Twenty-Eight is much entwined with Surly Brewing Company, and it sure shows. The walls have some of the older Surly screen prints, the beers on tap are all Surly, and the head brewer is co-owner. The service is friendly; the atmosphere is of a repurposed bank or office building, with the pressed tin ceiling that is what I find in some of my favorite Midwestern bars. The soup is good. I had intended to just stop in for a pint, but I was informed that there is some sort of agreement with the Linden Hills neighborhood that they are only permitted to serve beer with food. There is no bar, just a place where a bar should be and some tap handles. I guess this makes it more food-oriented, which is how the upper crust by Lake Calhoun like it. I had a cup of lentil and bacon soup, which was top notch if unwanted. A great place to come for a meal and beer, but not for simply beer alone.

TastyTaste, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of WeisGuy
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%

Ate lunch here last Saturday before catching a flight home from MSP. My wife and I make a point of hitting up Cafe Twenty Eight every time we're in Minneapolis (once a year, usually). Very nice laid back cafe/bistro atmosphere. Nice neighborhood feel and it gets points for the older renovated building. Beer quality is always high -- the Furious is always super fresh. We've had excellent service every time we've been in. The wait staff know their beer and have always been extremely friendly. Upon hearing of my love of Surly, our waiter on Saturday brought us each a sample of Smoke to make sure we were able to try it before the keg kicked in a few days. Draft selection is, predictably, all Surly - four total - and usually seems to be Furious, Cynic and two special releases. I enjoyed a few mugs of Coffee Bender (awesome Surly mugs, btw) and my wife had a pint of Furious. Very nice - though not huge - bottle list with nice diversity. The food here is very good...probably the best I've had while enjoying great beer. The tuna melt is great as is the fresh guacamole, but my personal favorite is the pork braised in adobo sauce. The prices are reasonable - very fair for what you get.

WeisGuy, Jan 05, 2010
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4.83/5  rDev +8.5%

I decided to head over to Cafe 28 for brunch last Sunday. As I entered I noticed how clean the place was, which is always a plus. I enjoyed the Huevo Rancheros, which is an item I order every chance I get, and this was a great example. It was nice to see that they use some local ingredients in their food. The selection of beer was awesome for a place this size. A great chance to try the newest Surly stuff is the icing on the cake. Plus the coffee was excellent as well. I will return, truly a great place.

, Dec 07, 2009
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Café Twenty Eight in Minneapolis, MN
96 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.