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“"Wilde" (the British Writer Oscar Wilde !).NOT A TRACE HERE...BUT GREAT BRUNCH”

Wilde Cafe & Spirits
Ranked #90 of 1,981 Restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$20
Cuisines: American, Pizza
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: University / Dinkytown
Reviewed 11 April 2016

WEEKEND BRUNCH...large restaurant with outside seating...right on Main Street by the historic Mississippi River...Leisurely weekend brunch can't get better than this.

LOCATION & ATMOSPHERE: Our group ordered the giant mimosas and settled in by the "British feeling" fireplace to wait for "late comers " of our group to show up. Very relaxing. Perhaps in addition to a giant image of Oscar Wilde hanging in a central place, the dark wood and squishy velour offer morning comfort and promise of a compfy breakfast experience. The upper dining room is darkish and filled with multiple levels of seating. Attached is also a bar area and bakery with a somewhat limited range of baked goodies..none particularly British...not even a shortbread.
But back to breakfast...once our large plates of scrambled eggs and generous "benes" arrived at the table, we knew this was going to be a great brunch experience... egg dishes were perfectly hot and sauced nicely, tossed greens... super cheesy potatoes and toast were offered as accompaniments...everything was crispy and fresh. Large mugs of steaming thick coffee balanced the weighty entrees. Many other small sides can be ordered extra from the moderate length menu to "fine tune" the basic breakfast offerings.
A "bit of sweet" is offered in the dessert menu, but really meats, salads and eggs are stars here. Oddly, few items echo the British theme of the restaurant's name.

SERVICE: Friendly but overstretched, service gets slower as morning wears on. Needs more staff here. But somehow we still got our food and drinks fairly quickly, and coffee refills regularly.

TIMING IS KEY HERE: This is not an "early" place and tables do not seem to fill up until 11 or so. No lines. A tablelist and hostess regulate seating, even by noon wait was only 15 minutes. Wide range of table types offers something for everyone. Not particularly set up for children except outside seating.

SUMMARY: The location cannot be beat. Parking not great but OK. After the heavy brunch, ample walking paths invite a stroll down to Father Hennepin Bluff Park, and tour of St Anthony waterfront. Information signs and historic plaques are also fun to follow after breakfast.
So here visitors have good food and great view by the historic center of Mpls AND a picturesque area to walkoff all those extra breakfast calories. Best season for walking the cobblestones and riverpaths is April to Nov.

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Thank deem705
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Reviewed 21 March 2016

Came here for a late night appetizer, drink, and dessert. The setting was really nice near the river, and inside with the tall ceilings, stone columns, and fireplace. The service was friendly and fairly quick. Our tasting was limited to only the goat cheese appetizer and creme brulee dessert, but both were excellent.

I plan to come back again sometime for dinner.

There is some parking on the street out front which is convenient if there are spots open. It will cost you a couple dollars depending on how long you dine for.

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Thank Ryan E
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Reviewed 16 March 2016

After a movie in the area we decided to try this place. We enjoyed a nice dinner with good wine. Service was good & friendly. Food was tasty & well presented. Recommend.

Thank Debby S
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Reviewed 8 March 2016 via mobile

On the banks of the Mississippi River in one of the older original areas of Minneapolis, this cafe is great for breakfast, a quiet coffee and working your social media, lunch, business meetings gatherings, or a cozy dinner by yourself or with friends.
The food is well prepared and presented and with a good variety of options.
It is worth mentioning that the owners of the cafe care about their workers and have been one of the first restaurants to provide higher wages, paid sick leave and other benefits.
Definitely worth a visit at least three times!!!
Peter Thomas

Thank Pete55401
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Reviewed 22 December 2015 via mobile

Interesting breakfast spot right on the river. I had the Eggs Benedict which were fairly well executed- aside from one slightly under poached egg. The Gouda cheese hash browns are something special. Coffee was good, strong and hot. Most importantly, they have a replica lamp from a Christmas Story- Frajeelay... :)

Thank Makemeabeliever
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