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Al's Breakfast

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University / Dinkytown
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413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2005
+1 612-331-9991
06:00 - 13:00
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Sun 09:00 - 13:00
Mon - Sat 06:00 - 13:00
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have to say the pancakes were sub par. Not the best flavor and the presentation looked like something you would find at home. Delicious hash browns but not much else. It has a collage atmosphere, it is really hard to eat there with more than two people. Nice service, a very dinner like environment, and they only take cash.

Thank Kalina L
Saint Cloud, Minnesota, United States
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Al only has seating for 15 people, however, Al and his staff and the food, makes up for it. Al serves the BEST pancakes, egg's, and combinations you will ever find. People from NY come to Al's for his James Beard Award breakfast. Come and try it, you will leave happy, full and with a smile.

Thank Timothy M
Brussels, Belgium
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

What an experience! Suggested by a colleague and is now my favourite breakfast place. Day 1 had an omelette and a bottomless cup of coffee. Day 2 had the blueberry pancakes (after seeing them on Day 1). Would have gone a 3rd day but had to fly home.....

Thank Richard B
Miami, Florida
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

If you like your meal with a row of folks waiting right behind you then this is the place. Limited seating combined with good food makes for a wait & the need to eat quickly.

Thank expressmom
Iron Mountain, Michigan
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

The breakfast was excellent! Food is made to order therefore it is very fresh. Very fun vibe inside as well as outside in Dinkytown. Favorite place of students and U of MN athletes. You will not be disappointed if you eat here.

Thank Elizamaine
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Stopped in on a very cold morning, food was great! Fun place with lots of nostalgia and a huge portion.

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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234 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

This place is a local institution and very, very charming...if you accept that you'll probably have to wait an hour or more. It's a tiny place (it seats 14 people) but oh so vibrant! They only serve breakfast. Their choices are awesome, they offer anything you can think of for breakfast. Portion sizes are exactly what you'd want if you... More 

Thank Aeneken
New Hope, Minnesota
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

it just doesn't get much better than Al's. It takes cozy to a new extreme, 14 stools and a long counter but that's part of the charm. I've been going here since 2001 and it is always the same, just like you were there yesterday. Wait in line (it can be a blizzard and the line will still be there),... More 

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Grantham, New Hampshire
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

A friend and I went to Al's on a Saturday morning at about 7:30. We were first in the waiting line but only waited 2 minutes before 2 stools opened up. I had the pumpkin pancakes. Wow, were those big and good. 2 was enough for me. Highly recommend these. The coffee was better than standard restaurant coffee. Food arrived... More 

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 30 November 2016

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

Thank Sara B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 20
American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 13:00
06:00 - 13:00
06:00 - 13:00
06:00 - 13:00
06:00 - 13:00
06:00 - 13:00
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?