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128 Cafe

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128 Cleveland Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104-5726
+1 651-645-4128
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2013 via mobile

Awesome! Food was great! All courses top notch! We were a party of 4 and didn't break the bank! I have to go back here the next time I am in MSP!!

Thank Cor-man1
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2013 via mobile

I have been coming here occasionally for years (I live out of state). i never liked ribs before I had them here. I thought they were too fatty and messy. I have been telling my cousins about their ribs for years. We are all foodies and very picky. I told the girls that if they legitimately rated the ribs below... More 

Thank khumbu04
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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63 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2013 via mobile

The food is great. The shrimp taquitos were amazing. I ordered the blackened sesame salmon. It was cooked perfectly and the seasoning was delicious. My husband and or friend ordered the ribs. I didn't have them but he said that they were just ok. Overall a great restaurant in a unique location.

Thank MrsArnold266
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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91 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2013

I bought a Groupon here but would go back without! Brought my parents here, more a intimate date type place although there was a large family with young kids next to us! Very small, make a reservation. ORDER THE RIBS. Yes, they are expensive, but they fall off the bone! So delicious! Also ordered each of the salads, all were... More 

Thank EllenJoan2222
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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98 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2013

Small menu and wine list, but wine list is well priced. I had the mahi-mahi, and it was a very small portion and nothing special. Small, two section dining room with about 10 tables in each – a bit noisy. No street parking until after 8pm M-F, valet $5. Service was just average. My wife is the rib expert and... More 

Thank Looneyman
st paul
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128 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2012

We dined here Fri nite and were underimpressed. Although a "cute place" (as long as you don't get stuck sitting in the boring back room addition), the tables are small and crowded. Service was avg, a best; food was avg,at best but came with above avg prices. Bibb salad with goat cheese and cranberry was nothing special, tasted a little... More 

Thank kirbyfredstpaul
St Paul, MN
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116 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2012

We'd heard raves about this place from friends. Living a couple miles away Cafe 128 was a great place to try for our 20th anniversary. We were not disappointed. I had a tomato soup and the roasted garlic (+ goat cheese and apple chutney) appetizer and my husband had the ribs. Both were fabulous. The waitress brought up complementary glasses... More 

Thank HaroldsMaude
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2012

Been here a number of times and this last one was not up to stuff. Poor service and mediocre food. The highlights were the valet and the wine. It's a nice setting, but just wasn't what one would expect for the price.

Thank Matt R
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2012 via mobile

Used a groupon for this place. Located in a small house. Cute inside. Food very good. Small menu which is nice. Upscale food and prices. A little loud and noisy floor boards. Friendly service. No parking but do have valet service. Good date night place. Hope to go again.

Thank kks1177
Woodbury, Minnesota
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2012

We went to the 128 Cafe last night and finally had the ribs which we have been planning to do for oh, 20 years or so. Won't wait that long until we do it again. Started with a good ceasar salad and finished with amazing grapefruit sorbet. But in betwwen those wonderful ribs. Always heard that is the thing to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 40
American, Contemporary
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 128 Cleveland Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104-5726
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Saint Paul
  • Phone Number: +1 651-645-4128

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