A little history about us, for you... When Victor’s 1959 Café opened in April 1999 we were excited about bringing great Cuban food to our south Minneapolis neighbors – and we still are! What we couldn’t have imagined was that all these years would pass and we would have the pleasure of not only being part of a wonderful community, but that we would receive guests from all over the world, making new friends and meeting so many amazing people.
It continues to be a rich and rewarding experience for us to serve all of you! We’re delighted that you enjoy our Cuban food so much and for those of you who have been with us from the beginning as well as those of you who are newcomers, we thank you for your tremendous support!!
Our quirky little building has gone through many phases in its lifetime which lends to the character. Its small size makes it a challenging space to work with sometimes, but we’re always trying to make the most efficient use of every inch this tiny tropical joint!
In 2004 we remodeled the kitchen which made it possible for us to offer dinner in addition to the breakfast and lunch we had already become well known for. Jill Cordes of The Food Network visited us in 2003 for their “Best Of” show and featured our breakfasts.
2005 was the year when I, Niki, learned how to do the only part of the business that I hadn’t done yet – the cooking! My Cuban born ex-husband,Victor, taught me the traditional Cuban recipes he had learned from his father and I picked it up enthusiastically.
In 2007 we added our lovely patio that we have so enjoyed making into a tropical outdoor dining space. We made a rain garden and re-configured the whole parking lot/patio area to make it more eco-friendly while also adding extra outdoor seating which we love having for you in the summer months!
Summer of 2008 brought the Food Network back for a 2nd visit, this time they featured us on their popular show, Diner’s, Drive-ins and Dives. We cooked up some “off the hook Cuban food” with host Guy Fieri and it was a blast! What an experience that was – tons of fun!
2008 also brought my step-son, Vic, back to town and to take the helm in the kitchen again so I could concentrate on other parts of the business… Together Vic, Niki, and an awesome crew work hard every day to continue bringing you the best Cuban food in Minneapolis!
It’s still a family affair and we’re still having a great time bringing a taste of Cuba to our south Minneapolis neighborhood and guests from all over. In September of 2010, we did a little bit of remodeling in the dining room to make the flow of the space work better, added a beautiful bar/counter and made the space more energy efficient and user friendly!
Thank you, thank you, thank you, to all our friends, family and guests for supporting our endeavors. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to our little piece of Havana in south Minneapolis – Take a peek at our menus here online to see what we’re cooking up for you!
Gracias, from all of us at Victor’s 1959 Café… see you soon.
Viva Cuba! Viva Cuba libre!
About Take-Out Orders:
We do offer our full menu for Take-Out and we do a lot of Take-Out business. However, sometimes we can’t take an order if the kitchen is super busy with our in-house customers. Our little kitchen can only do so much! So, we want you to know that if you call to place a Take-Out order, we will definitely do it for you whenever we can!
But sometimes we might have to say “sorry, we can’t do it today” and it breaks our hearts when we have to say no…. (FYI, it’s usually on the weekend days that this is likely to be the case). So don’t be shy about calling, just don’t be mad if we can’t do it that day please and thank you!
If your Take-Out order is large or for a party or special event, please contact Niki by email in advance to see what can be arranged. One to two weeks advance notice is best depending on the size of your order. Email Niki at email@example.com.
Breakfast/Lunch is served Every Day from 8:00AM - 2:30PM
Dinner is served Tuesday thru Saturday from 4:30PM - 9PM'ish'
(Last seating is at 8:30 PM in the winter months)
Reservations are recommended for dinner and you can make them
online right here from our website, or call us at 612-827-8948.
Please take note, we are a very small restaurant so remember to plan
ahead, especially if you have more than 4 people in your party! Parties
larger than 8 people must call for reservations so we can try to find
room for your group. Thanks for your patience, flexibility, understanding
and support –
we really appreciate you!
We have Breakfast Happy Hour Monday thru Friday, 8:00am-10:30am
$4 Sake Bloody Marys and $4 Tropical Mimosas!
Our Dinner Happy Hour is Tuesday thru Saturday, 4:30pm-6:30pm
$4 wines by the glass, $3 beers, $4 Tropical Mimosas and
select bottles of wine for $14.
Holiday Hours 2011:
Thanksgiving Day – closed
Monday December 5th – closed for our holiday staff party!
Christmas Eve – open 8am – 12noon, closed for dinner
Christmas Day – closed
New Year’s Eve –open 8am – 2:30pm, closed for dinner
New Year’s Day – closed - Happy New Year!!
Happy Holidays from all of us at Victor’s 1959 Café!!
All content 2011 Victor's 1959 Cafe. Photos by Rachel Thompson and others.