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Aster Cafe

Coffee Shop, Café, and American Restaurant$$$$
Marcy - Holmes, Minneapolis
  • The experts at City Pages and METRO magazine recommend this place
    • City Pages
    • METRO magazine
  • Micah S.
    "Get there for HH 5-6pm, good beer, cocktails, and flat bread pizzas."(3 Tips)
    Adam C.
    "Great Hot Toddys, they use Jameson"(3 Tips)
    Dawn Marie P.
    "Excellent dog-friendly patio with great vegetarian options."(16 Tips)
    Drew C.
    "Well worth it with a Pear prosciutto pizza!"(2 Tips)
97 Tips and reviews
  • outdoor seating
  • live music
  • good for dates
  • happy hour
  • sandwiches
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  • Ghadeer A.
    Perfect for date night: dimmed lighting, 10/10 atmosphere, dreamt outdoor seating. Delicious seasonal menu. Usually have some local talents to perform and charge extra for it, totally worth it.
  • Linda H.
    Didn't eat there but it very quaint, love the outdoor seating where you are able to have your dogs with you!
  • Connie W.
    Yummy brunch menu (eggs Benedict, bacon & ham quiche)
  • Katherine B.
    Check out their patio seating on a warm day for delicous food, a good view, and great atmosphere.
  • Darren J.
    Great patio seating. The drink list is wonderful. The food options are a little limited, but good.
  • Shelly Z.
    Shelly ZordichFebruary 3
    Come in for happy hour and get a flatbread! They are all really good.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CafourekAugust 24, 2016
    Nice outdoor seating, good WiFi and great beer on tap along with a creative cocktail menu.
  • Micki B.
    Micki BalderJuly 17, 2016
    Jazz brunch on Sundays!
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammJune 29, 2016
    Great big patio with views of downtown Mpls. Glass of rosé + sorbet assortment = summer heaven.
  • Thomas H.
    Thomas HernandezMay 16, 2016
    Average food for at inflated prices.
  • Philip D.
    Philip DoucetteMarch 13, 2016
    Great great spot.
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MyhillMarch 12, 2016
    Beautiful place to sit on a sunny afternoon! Definitely more of a cafe than a coffee shop -- came here because Aster is my mom's name :D ❤️
  • Arun D.
    Arun D'SouzaNovember 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the desserts here!
  • Chris R.
    Chris RAugust 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great hummus plate!
  • Laura S.
    Laura StanisichJuly 25, 2015
    Dog-friendly patio
  • Phil K.
    Phil KelleyJanuary 1, 2015
    Great bartenders, great atmosphere, tasty brunch.
  • Claudia M.
    Claudia MoraSeptember 2, 2014
    Rather mediocre food...
  • Micah S.
    Micah SpielerAugust 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get there for HH 5-6pm, good beer, cocktails, and flat bread pizzas.
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KoontzAugust 25, 2014
    Often has live music and the patio is large, with skyline views
  • City Pages
    City PagesAugust 21, 2014
    The space features an extensive and quirky beer and wine list, specialty tea-infused cocktails, and an ambiance that is at once cozy and relaxed. Read more
  • Emilee O.
    Emilee O'LearyAugust 16, 2014
    Pecan and peaches malted waffles are good, not too heavy. The waffles with berries aren't worth it, very skimpy on the fruit.
  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer HolleyAugust 14, 2014
    Great place for an intimate concert.
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BeavisAugust 7, 2014
    Awesome patio, awesome service, awesome food
  • Craig S.
    Craig SwansonJuly 27, 2014
    Excellent patio area, wish their service matched. What a shame.
  • sara h.
    sara hMay 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Bean dip and dog friendly patio 😍
  • Jeremiah M.
    Jeremiah MalecekMarch 23, 2014
    Got to go Sundays for the jazz 11-2 and the brunch! Get the chorizo torte. An amazing blend of ingredients in the most unusual bun styled sandwich.
  • Travis S.
    Travis SniderFebruary 8, 2014
    Great place to see a show.
  • Bruce K.
    Bruce KocherJanuary 23, 2014
    Sunday brunch and dancing
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KennedyOctober 20, 2013
    Check out the Famous Volcanoes when they play here!
  • Kara H.
    Kara HakansonAugust 30, 2013
    Come at night, get a tea-infused cocktail.
  • Ken S.
    Ken SykoraJuly 13, 2013
    The smoked salmon flatbread for brunch is delish!
  • Steven P.
    Steven PopplerMay 24, 2013
    If you like 2 Gingers, the Jalopy is right on the money.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DodesMay 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The music is phenomenal! Especially while sitting at the bar
  • Will B.
    Will BlackApril 28, 2013
    Great patio! Great food! Unique drinks! Fun place to hang out with friends, and you never feel rushed when there is a line of people waiting!
  • Jay M.
    Jay MApril 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Summer 2013 Try the Gin Et Jus, refreshingly light. Just what you need for a hot summer day!
  • Andrew Thomas Evans
    Andrew Thomas EvansApril 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get there early for happy hour so you can wait over an hour (well a long time) for a drink before its over!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MayApril 24, 2013
    Flatbread with red-wine poached pear, prosciutto, spinach, carmelized onion, and chèvre.
  • Molly
    MollyApril 20, 2013
    Go to see the Steve Noonan band, they are awesome!
  • City Pages
    City PagesApril 9, 2013
    If you find yourself near the river at lunchtime, Aster offers a variety of homemade sandwiches. Those taking in a romantic moonlight gaze at the river can have a cocktail & catch nightly live music. Read more
  • Alla I.
    Alla IMarch 16, 2013
    Flatbread with red wine poached pear with prosciutto, spinach caramelized onion and chevre.
  • Caitlin E.
    Caitlin Erwin-MacDonaldMarch 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Dave is bar far my favorite person here! Make sure to try the cobbler!!
  • Tyler R.
    Tyler RowekampMarch 10, 2013
    Great food and atmosphere. Bluegrass brunch is phenomenal !
  • Caitlin E.
    Caitlin Erwin-MacDonaldFebruary 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The bartender is super hot!
  • City Pages
    City PagesFebruary 8, 2013
    Go for their classic hot toddy. Aster makes its with Jameson, honey, lemon, and hot water. Simple, straightforward, and it'll cure what ails you!
  • Adam C.
    Adam ChapinDecember 7, 2012
    Great Hot Toddys, they use Jameson
  • City Pages
    City PagesDecember 7, 2012
    Voted Best Restaurant for a First Date by City Pages in 2012! Possibly the most romantic & enjoyable all 4 seasons. Dishes have an understood sophistication and won't hurt the wallet if the date flops
  • Kelsey R.
    Kelsey RigginsNovember 8, 2012
    Turkey Apple Brie is awesome!
  • Amy G.
    Amy G.September 29, 2012
    HORRIBLE service....waited 40 min to get a table when quoted 20, took 30 min to get drinks and 30 to get food...
  • Dawn Marie P.
    Dawn Marie PetersonSeptember 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent dog-friendly patio with great vegetarian options.
  • Tia D.
    Tia DowdingAugust 10, 2012
    Ask your server about the apple, bacon, walnut, and bleu cheese flatbread pizza. It's heavenly!
  • Jason K.
    Jason KornelisAugust 7, 2012
    Fantastic atmosphere and a great selection of beers. The flatbread pizzas are pretty phenomenal too.
  • Roman G.
    Roman GaponenkoJuly 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Infused cocktails will free up your schedule for the rest of the day.
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan ErdmierJune 23, 2012
    Find a night with live music, and order the guac.
  • Jay M.
    Jay MJune 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure you pop in for Happy Hour on Sundays: 3 dollar Fultons and 5 dollar Surlys this summer.
  • Margaret M.
    Margaret McGrawJune 17, 2012
    Great view, nice patio, bad service.
  • METRO magazine
    METRO magazineMay 23, 2012
    The Aster complements its elegant aesthetics with live music and an array of cheese plates, salads, sandwiches, local brews and tea-infused drinks. Read more
  • Kittie F.
    Kittie FaheyMay 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for Adam's Elixer... amazing frothy latte made with honey and black pepper - try it!
  • Markie M.
    Markie MarzolfApril 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They have tea infused cocktails!
  • Jill N.
    Jill N.April 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent lattes & friendly service. Follow AmEx on 4sq for a $5 off ck in special.
  • Audrey A.
    Audrey AndersonMarch 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Serrano ham flatbread is the best and only 5 dollars during Happy Hour!
  • Josh V.
    Josh VolkMarch 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Never a call to stop here. Great place during a bike ride along the river and don't miss books and bars book club.
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PenaMarch 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Their cappuccino's are AMAZING!
  • Mike W.
    Mike WalkerFebruary 19, 2012
    Best hot toddies in either city!
  • Jenna B.
    Jenna BennettJanuary 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I like the pear walnut blue cheese salad!
  • Tonia C.
    Tonia CarlsonDecember 23, 2011
    The sandwiches are awesome!
  • Kurt S.
    Kurt SNovember 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Turkey sandwich is one of the best you'll ever have!
  • Susan A.
    Susan AustrianOctober 29, 2011
    Try the turkey burger with sweet potato fries
  • Chank D.
    Chank DieselOctober 25, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    try a jalopy!
  • Rebecca H.
    Rebecca HSeptember 3, 2011
    Awesome infused vodkas, particularly the earl grey.
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KoliasAugust 23, 2011
    Sip coffee and eat dessert on Tuesday nights while listening to a live accordianist! Beautiful!
  • Arun N.
    Arun NairAugust 21, 2011
    Used to be a lumber shop in 1850s
  • Heather R.
    Heather RobtoyAugust 18, 2011
    Try the apple bacon blue cheese pizza and the brownie ala mode! Yum!
  • Kristin M.
    Kristin MarieAugust 11, 2011
    If you just checked-in at Aster Cafe, leave now before they ignore you, screw up your order, and charge you $20 extra.
  • Noel P.
    Noel PetersonJuly 8, 2011
    One of the few places I know of that have Ace Pear Cider on tap. Delicious.
  • Jaimeson W.
    Go here for the live music; you won't regret it!
  • Lauren G.
    Lauren GantnerJune 21, 2011
    The perfect spot for summery porch drinks. I recommend the Buckingham Bronco or the Philly.
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew BurnsJune 12, 2011
    Apple Bacon walnut blue cheese flatbread. Best $10 worth of food in town.
  • Erik B.
    Erik BergerJune 6, 2011
    lemonade is super good, but $2.50 is a lot for a small cup half filled with ice.
  • Nick A.
    Nick ArcherJune 1, 2011
    We love their outdoor patio because it's a great place for a stop while walking around St Anthony Main and the the best part, you can bring your dog too!
  • Ed K.
    Ed KohlerApril 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The WiFi password is "neighborhood".
  • Jess M.
    Jess MMarch 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Name That Tune on the 3rd Monday of every month! $5 to sign up (includes your first Fulton beer) and $3 Fulton beer afterward!
  • Drew C.
    Drew CarlsonMarch 18, 2011
    Took the Whiskey-Pomegranate-Guinness tea on the rocks challenge. Well worth it with a Pear prosciutto pizza!
  • Lynhurst
    LynhurstMarch 4, 2011
    The band Lynhurst has a concert here Saturday, June 25 at 9 pm! Read more
  • Kristi R.
    Kristi RoenFebruary 22, 2011
    Turkey sandwich with brie & apples is delicious! They also have Fulton beer - a definite plus.
  • wphsu
    wphsuJanuary 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great happy hour from 3-6pm daily.
  • Meghan W.
    Meghan WilkerDecember 23, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    One of the rare places that's as pleasant for a cup of coffee in the daytime as it is for a glass of wine in the evening. Also, great small plates and desserts.
  • Meghan W.
    Meghan WilkerDecember 9, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the apple pear tart, but sub salted caramel ice cream. WHAT?! Yes.
  • Meghan W.
    Meghan WilkerDecember 9, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the pear prosciutto pizza. LOVE.
  • Jordan S.
    Jordan SmithNovember 29, 2010
    Pear Gingerbread with Lemon Curd. Yum. Also, cheap happy hour from 3-6.
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 27, 2010
    Try the Brie & Artichoke Sandwich & Side Of Greens
  • Patrick S.
    Patrick StephensonNovember 25, 2010
    The view of downtown Minneapolis from the tables outside will make you glad to be alive and unblind. Beautiful at night.
  • jeffrey g.
    jeffrey gNovember 23, 2010
    Give the Ace Pear Cider a try, it's delish!
  • Lynhurst
    LynhurstNovember 5, 2010
    The band Lynhurst will be performing here December 9 · 9 pm - 10 pm
  • MPLSco
    MPLScoOctober 25, 2010
    Delicious drinks and a laid-back place to hang out!
  • Alexandra
    AlexandraJune 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Rumba cocktail made with rum, Morrocan mint tea & limeade. (They actually have a whole list of tea-infused cocktails for the summer!)
  • Soraya D.
    Soraya DarabiMarch 11, 2009
    I worked at The Aster Cafe for years. It is my favorite spot in Mpls. Order a single espresso, sit at the bar for hours and play scrabble with the baristas. Write songs.
  • Kayla B.
    Kayla ByersOctober 30, 2016
    Excellent patio
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