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Namaste Cafe

Asian Restaurant and Indian Restaurant$$$$
East Isles, Minneapolis
  • Nobu H.
    "Almond curry and the dumplings are legit!"(3 Tips)
    "Their spicy fried potatoes are amazing."(3 Tips)
    Drew G.
    "Pair one of the daily lunch boxes with a Stella or a chai and enjoy."(10 Tips)
    Ryan M.
    "spicy lamb and potato"(2 Tips)
52 Tips and reviews
  • chai
  • spicy fried potatoes
  • good for dates
  • Indian food
  • spicy food
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  • Matt C.
    Matt ClarkJuly 25
    The food is excellent but the kitchen gets backed up frequently and the service is lackluster. Order all your food as soon as possible and get a bottle of wine.
  • Brooks J.
    Brooks JJuly 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    This place has a great staff, & food that's just as good! They know the menu, & they will make on point recommendations!!!
  • Garrio H.
    Garrio HarrisonMay 23, 2015
    They have unlimited rice, are dog friendly and their lunch special is great.
  • Ansell
    AnsellApril 12, 2015
    The Roti Wrap was fresh and very satisfying, though the wrap seemed like a pre-made tortilla from the grocery store.
  • Jordyn
    JordynAugust 30, 2014
    Super cute cafe with great food. Expensive for dinner, but lunch is reasonable. Their spicy fried potatoes are amazing.
  • Erin C.
    Erin ClarkAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The almond curry is amazing! This place has some of the freshest curries in town. Always best to pick a table on the porch.
  • City Pages
    City PagesAugust 5, 2014
    The restaurant trades in Nepalese cooking--dal, chaat, several curries--that tends to be lighter and fresher than most local Indian fare and offers several vegetarian and vegan options. Read more
  • Nicole T.
    Nicole TollefsonMay 31, 2014
    Lots of good vegan and gluten free options here. Haven't had one dish I didn't like yet. Love the Ginger Cardamom Chai (you can get soy milk) and the cabbage salad with peanuts ;)
  • Alex F.
    Alex FinkMay 18, 2014
    Chai of any variety is a must. Paratha is good with curries.
  • Kaustubh D.
    Kaustubh DurapheMay 18, 2014
    Must visit for the authentic Indian food.
  • Cameron T.
    Cameron ThomsenApril 26, 2014
    I'm an EXTREMELY picky eater, and I actually liked it!
  • Zachary C.
    Zachary CrockettApril 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Golgappa appetizer! Beautiful edible cups of deliciousness! Amazing Mumbai street food. Dip them in the bowl of broth to fill them up a bit, then eat them whole! Splash! Flavor explosion!
    Upvoted Aug 27
  • Tom M.
    Tom MillerMarch 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Daily "lunchbox specials" are a great value. The menu is preset, but you are able to choose a vegetarian or meat option for the main entree. Only $10.
  • Jill G.
    Jill GFebruary 10, 2014
    Love to sip on a pot of ayervedic tea here
  • City Pages
    City PagesJuly 19, 2013
    Every culture has its dumpling, but the Nepalese mamacha are in a category all their own. Namaste Cafe makes them with a few different fillings, but our favorite without a doubt is the ground bison.
  • Brad P.
    Brad PluthJuly 2, 2013
    Great food, fantastic service and even better company with a barrel of laughs on a perfect MN summer evening outdoors.
  • Jena R.
    Jena RichterJune 19, 2013
    Tuesday night is "date night" – check out the deal!!
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HustingJune 14, 2013
    Almond curry is fantastic!
  • Soma N.
    Soma NikhanjJune 8, 2013
    Everything is awesome! Best chai, some of the best Indian food in the cities!
  • Bite Squad
    Bite SquadApril 12, 2013
    What's not to love about Namaste Cafe now that you can get them delivered via! Save $5 off your first order with coupon code FOURSQUARE.
  • Meg
    MegFebruary 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Chai coconut cream is so yummy!!!
  • Rifa C.
    Rifa CostaFebruary 4, 2013
    The namaste chicken chilly n tangy lamp curry are awesome. The roti is just too big(but good) for my palette
  • Jenna B.
    Jenna BennettOctober 9, 2012
    Rob is a great bartender- try the Ginger Orange Zing!
  • MM
    MMOctober 8, 2012
    Very spicy lamb, avoid. Yummy parathas and chole
  • jason w.
    jason wayeOctober 4, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    You may not immediately think of it, but the salads here are super good.
  • MagicBrad M.
    MagicBrad MARKETINGSeptember 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Always a pleasure. Lets have a "FourSquare" PARTY here!
  • Claudio
    ClaudioSeptember 4, 2012
    Try coconut and spinach with spicy level 2: very good!
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HamiltonSeptember 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the spicy masala iced chai. Best damn tea the the city!
  • Vee B.
    Vee BeeJune 26, 2012
    As of 4 days ago they now have a full bar with fun summer cocktails. HH is $2 off apps and half price drinks. 4-6pm.
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan McGoffJune 6, 2012
    Amazing food! I had the spicy lamb and potato and it was phenomenal, and for a pretty reasonable price, all things considered. Our waitress was so sweet and helpful, too. Definitely recommend it.
  • Darrin E.
    Darrin EdelmanJune 1, 2012
    Happy hour from 3-6 every day.
  • Ashley T.
    Ashley TMay 18, 2012
    Excellent service, great food and the perfect outdoor setting. What else could you ask for!!
  • MagicBrad M.
    MagicBrad MARKETINGApril 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Chai
  • Shelley H.
    Shelley HuotJanuary 6, 2012
    Their Chai can cure anything from the flu to a broken heart!
  • Naren M.
    Naren MDecember 31, 2011
    Order the potatoes! And namaste special curry. 1) rice that comes with the curry is less, so order extra or a bread/naan. Also a spice level of 2 is good...not too spicy, but enough
  • Brian
    BrianSeptember 13, 2011
    Curry is great!
  • Niqui R.
    Niqui Rodger (ruiz)August 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Such delicious food. Friendly staff. Do the lunch box specials. The coconut creme brule was so amazing.
  • Portlandia
    PortlandiaJuly 26, 2011
    Diners rave about their meals and the setting of this Indian and Nepalese restaurant.
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KempJuly 18, 2011
    They're known for their chai, but be sure to try the red lentil dal...just amazing, winter or summer. Read more
  • Gabriel G.
    Gabriel GoldsteinMay 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't forget to get the Masala Curry. It's Ashley's favorite!
  • Blythe R.
    Blythe RiskeApril 12, 2011
    Great happy hour (3-6 week days); sketchy wifi
  • Brian L.
    Brian LoebMarch 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is super cute, has delicious food, and a lot of clearly marked vegan options!
  • Nobu H.
    Nobu HataJanuary 30, 2011
    Almond curry and the dumplings are legit!
  • Dan M.
    Dan MoriartyOctober 2, 2010
    Coconut fish really good
  • Drew G.
    Drew G.June 3, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Pair one of the daily lunch boxes with a Stella or a chai and enjoy.
  • Eric F.
    Eric FossumMay 11, 2010
    Eat the spicy fried potatoes.
  • samantha r.
    samantha rusherMarch 8, 2010
    I would like to visit here again. It's been quite a long while.
  • Derek L.
    Derek LFebruary 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The spicy masalla chai may be perfection for taking the edge off a cold MN day/night.
  • Derek L.
    Derek LFebruary 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Have the spicy fried potatoes appetizer. Delicious.
  • Shawn O.
    Shawn O'HalloranJanuary 9, 2010
    Mango lassi so good
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