Common Roots Cafe

Common Roots CafeCommon Roots Cafe
Common Roots CafeCommon Roots Cafe
Bar, Eatery

2558 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55405-3319
United States

(612) 871-2360 | map

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pat61 from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Its actually a decent place to go meet someone, have a beer and a sandwich or sit and have a beer and work on your lap top. Its mostly neighborhood people and it has an adequate beer selection and decent food.

Jan 06, 2015
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jsprain1 from Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

A- It's a "trendy" coffeeshop type place. Assorted pieces of art on the wall. I always enjoy the challkboard menus too.
Q- Most everything is organic and local. Everything here is superfresh which is always a good thing.
Ser- Service is not terrible, but it doesn't go beyond normal coffeeshop customer service.
Sel- Beers are local, or at least regional. Only 6 taps or so.
F- The food is ok, but nothing rave-worthy. Their specials tend to be good. The fish tacos I had last time were not good though.
V- Beer is reasonably priced. Food prices are maybe a buck more than I think they should be.

Dec 03, 2011
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Moon2Goddess from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

As far as beer is concerned, it is kind of an afterthought here, but it is fresh on tap and organic, I usually just get the Summit Oatmeal Stout. That they support local brewers and farmers is awesome. The decor is eclectic and casual with mismatched wooden furniture. The service here is exceptional for a coffee shop type of menu board, the staff is knowledgeable and attentive. It has been extremely busy every time I have been there, lots of college kids, meet-up groups, dates and autonomous writers. The food selection is limited, but that just makes the quality of their food that much better, they do not cut corners here, some loving kindness goes into every stock of soup or flat-bread baked. I would recommend Common Roots to anyone who has a pallet and appreciation for organic menus.

Sep 04, 2011
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jera1350 from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Common Roots is basically a corner internet cafe with small tables and some limited seating, but I think it's a hidden little gym for awesome food and some good beers. Being that they focus on local and organic is a huge plus as well. Had to wait a few minutes to find a seat, but not too long. Happened to be there during happy hour for $5.50 appetizers and $3.50 pints. A nice little selection of brews with Surly Cynic, Bender and Furious, Rush River Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, Summit Oatmeal Stout and maybe a couple more that I am forgetting. I think the highlight of this place is the food though. We had the Salted Cod Cakes, Flatbread Pizza and Plantain Cakes. All three were exceptional. Had the lemon ricotta pancakes another time for breakfast. Absolutely amazing. I was extremely impressed with the food. We got some bagels to go for breakfast the day after and they were terrific as well. Service was extremely friendly and helpful. I will definitely be back.

Feb 19, 2011
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kbutler1 from Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Cool Uptown Minneapolis cafe/restaurant that serves some good local beers. Surly is always on tap or in can and they will get Darkness and the specialty beers as well. Better known for thier local and organic foods. Had a chicken sandwich before there and it was very good. You have to order at the counter though and they bring your food to you. Fun and eclectic. A place to come and do some work on your laptop sipping coffee and then transition to beers later in the day. It can be a little trendy for people though so be ready for that.

Aug 23, 2010
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MPLS from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I can't remember when this spot opened up on Lyndale, but I know it became engrained in my memory when they became one of the first spots to start carrying Surly's Coffee Bender. A beer that is very very fitting for this bar, as it's local and well has coffee in it.

The atmosphere here is typically pretty dry as the majority of people are here not for drinking beer but rather sippin' their lattes, updating their latest version of os x, or listening to music on their stereophonic headphones.

The quality and service of this place is pretty awesome since it's never extraordinarily crowded when I have been here. It's more self-service than anything, but the workers seem to enjoy their jobs.

The selection is pretty good, MN-centric taps.
This is their tap list as of today:

finnegans, irish amber $4
lift bridge, crosscut pale ale $4.50
point, st benedict's winter ale $4.50
summit, oatmeal stout $4.50
surly, bender $4.50
surly, cynic ale $4.50
surly, furious $4.50
surly, mild $4.50

Happy Hour is pretty awesome here and is a quiet spot if you're looking to catch up with someone over a cheap beer.

The biggest drawback about this place is the food is overpriced. I'm mostly looking at the sandwiches here, definitely not deserving of the asking price. Nice they have local and organic ingredients though.

+ Good happy hour
- Overpriced food (Sandwiches)

Feb 11, 2010
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Greggy from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I didn't really expect much walking into this little coffee shop right across from the CC Club but I figured, what the hell. To my surprise and amazement, they had a good tap selection, and keep in mind, this is a coffee shop. Most notable was Surly Coffee Bender, CynicAle, Flat Earth Rhode Haring, Summit Oatmeal, and maybe one more. I opted for the coffee bender. It was served in an 8 or 10 oz glass, which was a little odd, but a good sipper, nonetheless. After the coffee bender I grabbed a bowl of the tomato basil, which came to 5 and change. The soup was tasty and the bowl seemed endless. The atmosphere was a little sterile. It was mostly college students on their apple computers with a coffee. Although this isn't exactly a beer destination, it's a relaxing spot to enjoy a pint, or less in my case.

Jan 12, 2009
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Common Roots Cafe is a nice place to have a beer in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood. It looks a lot like most coffee houses. High ceilings, lots of exposed bricks, rustic meets modern wood tables. Then there is the beer. Seven taps all from Minnesota. Some Surly, some Flat Earth, some Summit, Some Schell's, and not just the breweries normal offerings but their more rare ones too. The food is as close to purely organic as the can get it, and as locally grown as they can get it. It is tasty too. Service has been good every time I've been there. You order at the counter, and bus your own dishes. The staff has always been very friendly, and has been knowledgeable about the beers they have on tap. All in all, when I've been in the neighborhood over the past year or so I've found myself stopping into Common Roots Cafe, and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

Jan 10, 2009
Common Roots Cafe in Minneapolis, MN
Place rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 13 ratings