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Great Northern Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
American, Cafe, Diner
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218 1st Street East, Park Rapids, MN 56470
+1 218-732-9565
07:00 - 19:00
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My favorite is the #12 for breakfast. Chicken fried steak, two eggs, hass browns and toast. They also have wonderful omelettes.

Thank ernie m
Nevis, Minnesota
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't let its appearance discourage you from stopping in. They have a great breakfast and it is very popular with the locals including myself. I have been going there for breakfast for many years. Love the place!

Thank Michael M
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We go here ALL the time!! Food is always good, great prices, huge selection, friendly staff... You must try the French Toast!! Omelets are great, yummy burgers and sandwiches... The only thing that might be a negative for some, the building is not the prettiest, inside and out ... But I guess I'm used to it and it doesn't bother... More 

Thank Shala W
Park Rapids, Minnesota
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110 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

It's off season here, so there aren't many places to go for breakfast. I took a friend with me and was disappointed in our veggie omelettes. Canned mushrooms and the "with Swiss cheese" meant a slice laid on top of the omelette. It's a busy, place and you do get a lot of food for your money. I guess it... More 

Thank Retired6812
Roseville, Minnesota
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

The Swedish Meatball dinner was on special for the day we were there for lunch. It was delicious. We got a big portion of mashed potatoes, corn and two big meatballs!

Thank Becky D
Peculiar, Missouri
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

We have vacationed in Park Rapids for over 20 years and breakfast is always at the Great Northern. The service is good and the breakfast choices are many, a large portion is served which is a good value. The omelettes could be shared, French toast is the best. The atmosphere is very basic but it's worth a stop.

Thank MooreFun295
Seneca, Illinois
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

This little restaurant is PACKED for breakfast and there is a reason for that! The food is abundant, tasty, and reasonably priced! Try their French Toast.... It is great! The I letters are huge and the hash browns are yummy! Worth the trip in the morning, but you might have a bit of a wait on the weekends, and they... More 

Thank RVAMember
Becker, Minnesota
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Typical small town cafe. Was very busy on a Saturday morning. Staff was really nice and food came out fast. No complaints and will go back when we are back in Park Rapids!

Thank Dina K
Weyburn, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

We finally tried this cafe after reading numerous good reviews about it. They were all correct! This is like a cafe of old with prices to match. The food was down home cooking and prices were really inexpensive. The place was full so we asked two at a table for four if we could join them and that worked out.... More 

Thank blkWeyburn
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62 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

If you like home cooked meals and friendly service this restaurant is a must stop! No credit cards so bring cash but huge portions at a small price.

Thank blackjackbooster

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 218 1st Street East, Park Rapids, MN 56470
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Park Rapids
  • Phone Number: +1 218-732-9565

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