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Al's Breakfast

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University / Dinkytown
American, Diner
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413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2005
+1 612-331-9991
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09:00 - 13:00
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Sun 09:00 - 13:00
Mon - Sat 06:00 - 13:00
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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Al's is a regular breakfast spot when visiting the U. Big portions, bottomless coffee, great diner menu choices. Al's has never disappointed!

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Al's is more of an experience for those who went to school in Minneapolis. My friend had fond memories of being there. I found it to be far too cramped and not worth the wait. I'd recommend it, though, for those looking for a true "locals" experience.

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Don't be put off by the queue, Al's Breakfast is worth the wait. Staff members are endlessly entertaining in this tiny, energetic and eclectic breakfast joint. The menu is a step up from the usual diner fare and portions are flexible in size (a big plus for me as I'm often put off by the huge quantity of food on... More 

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london
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

No frills joint and no high prices. excellent value breakfast food. I had 3 blackerry pancakes and couldn't finish them as they are massive.

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Thank damian t
Edina, Minnesota
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Tried to go last week, but the line was too big. I have loved this dining institution on the University of Minnesota campus for 35 years. Newly retired and new to trip advisor.

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MPLS
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

This is a college, quirky joint to me, and that's about it. It's basically a hallway that you usually stand up in to eat. It always has a line outside, because it's tiny, giving it the impression that it's really popular. Don't get me wrong, 30 years ago in college this place would be 5 stars for me. Now, it's... More 

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Twin Cities, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

We always try to get to Als when they first open. Their pancakes are out of this world. I am a breakfast freak, and Al's always hits it out of the park. Quirky and small, the wait staff must be imported from New York, but in this case it adds to the charm. Be prepared you might be standing in... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Went for breakfast - awesome is the only words that comes to mind. I will say next time I will at least nibble on something before going because I was really hungry !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Al's Breakfast is a U of Minn institution according to my wife who went to law school there in the '60's. The space is tight and the food wonderful. It felt like college again.

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Minneapolis
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

I'm a stickler for breakfast, and Al's....well....was just average. It wasn't the tight quarters or the fact that on this day the food was served on a paper plate as I've been to many places. However the blueberry pancakes with walnuts didn't leave me overwhelmed. What I did like was the service and company of the regulars. Id go back... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
Cuisine
American, Diner
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 13:00
Monday
06:00 - 13:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 13:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 13:00
Thursday
06:00 - 13:00
Friday
06:00 - 13:00
Saturday
06:00 - 13:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2005
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis>  > University / Dinkytown
  • Neighbourhood: University / Dinkytown
  • Phone Number: +1 612-331-9991

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?