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Purple Onion

1301 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2187
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good40%
  • Average18%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible0%
2 weeks ago
“Vibrant and inexpensive place for breakfast”
6 Sep 2018
“Good coffee: fair food”
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1301 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2187
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by here while around the UM campus for breakfast. My $5.95 eggs Benedict were perfect. My companion had the All-American breakfast which looked great as well. Popular spot, but lots of turnover on tables so it was fairly easy to grab a table after...More

Thank Mark H
Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

Dined her for breakfast last weekend. Very popular and crowded but lots of seating. Breakfast food was fair at best. No real taste to our dishes. Looks like a great gathering spot.

Thank steves941
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

I'm not sure what the buzz is about this place, service was awfulllll, food was mediocre and portions are definitely "controlled". I'm thinking they didn't even meet portion control. We were hungry when we left! Oh, by the way you serve yourself. You order, get...More

Thank Katie K
Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

I go here Daily and it a great place to get a cup of coffee the have great seating areas from couches to big tables

Thank Juniorlebaron
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Went for a quick breakfast while visiting campus housing. Great drinks, good eats, decent prices, free wifi. Lots of kids from the U hanging out. Worth this visit for a quick bite or java.

Thank hoofhearted02
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Always good food and help for all waitresses and waiters. You order and wait to pick up your food. It's a reasonable price to place in mostly college campus folks hang out there.

Thank tinaagnes
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Moving my son in at Univ of MN arrived early and looking for a cup of coffee. Great coffee and plenty of options. Carrot cake was delicious too. Friendly service and plenty of seating. Will come back when the kitchen is open for a meal.

Thank SashaGRose
Reviewed 24 May 2017

At the Purple Onion, you can spend hours in the comfortable atmosphere and get lost in the expansive (and fairly priced) menu. A wide array of coffee drinks, teas, and cafe foods are available and the staff are very friendly. I had a great time...More

Thank Emily D
Reviewed 18 December 2016

A co-worker of mine introduced me to this place and I am glad she did! I had tomato soup and the grilled veggie ciabatta. Both was very, very delicious and the price was very reasonable, too. This is a casual hang-out with food on offer....More

Thank Aeneken
Reviewed 10 August 2016

This was a fun, quirky spot for lunch during a campus visit. We had a sandwich/salad combo and a quesadilla - the quesadilla was really good! The combo was just ok. It is a college coffee house, so kind of grungy, but the service was...More

Thank 965melissaLI
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Meals
Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 00:00
Monday
06:30 - 00:00
Tuesday
06:30 - 00:00
Wednesday
06:30 - 00:00
Thursday
06:30 - 00:00
Friday
06:30 - 22:00
Saturday
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1301 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2187
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis>  > University / Dinkytown
  • Neighbourhood: University / Dinkytown
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