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Purple Onion

University / Dinkytown
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1301 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2187
06:30 - 00:00
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Sun 08:00 - 00:00
Mon - Thu 06:30 - 00:00
Fri 06:30 - 22:00
Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

At the Purple Onion, you can spend hours in the comfortable atmosphere and get lost in the expansive (and fairly priced) menu. A wide array of coffee drinks, teas, and cafe foods are available and the staff are very friendly. I had a great time talking for hours with a friend here and eating a tasty sandwich. PRO TIP: you... More 

Thank Emily D
Plymouth, Minnesota
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234 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

A co-worker of mine introduced me to this place and I am glad she did! I had tomato soup and the grilled veggie ciabatta. Both was very, very delicious and the price was very reasonable, too. This is a casual hang-out with food on offer. There are mostly students in there but you will also see lots of University staff.

Thank Aeneken
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130 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

This was a fun, quirky spot for lunch during a campus visit. We had a sandwich/salad combo and a quesadilla - the quesadilla was really good! The combo was just ok. It is a college coffee house, so kind of grungy, but the service was nice, food prep was really slow. I would go back, but not if I had... More 

Thank Melissa I
Chassell, Michigan
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56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

I wanted to take a walk and find a great breakfast and I was lucky to find the Purple Onion. The breakfast sandwich was really tasty and it did not break the bank. The sparkling peach tea was refreshing. Both totaled $7.98.

Thank Victoria B
Olathe, Kansas
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Heard great things about this place from the locals..we were not dissapointed! You order at the counter then chose where to sit. We sat outside on the patio in the front. I can recommend The Three Little Pigs scramble and pancakes. There were a variety of pasteries that also looked delicious. We were there about 9:30 on a Sunday morning... More 

Thank Melissa M
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

Ate outside this morning and it was really really good. We have eggs Benedict and French toast and bother were awesome. Prices are really good and service was friendly!

Thank traveler482055082
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2016 via mobile

It's warm in the winter. Wifi friendly. The service is great. The prices are reasonable. You never feel rushed. It's a great place!

Thank Mike W
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 March 2015

I loved everything! The food was simply delicious! The employees are very helpful, patient and attentive. I went there for breakfast and there is a great variety of cool things to eat.

Thank Deusa S
Glendale, Arizona
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2014

I enjoyed eating breakfast here. It was one of the few restaurants in the neighborhood that I could find oatmeal. They had great coffee, as well. I am a senior, so it was fun to be where the students go.

Thank dlynnb2014
1 review
Reviewed 3 September 2014 via mobile

Really liked the food - pancakes with almonds and strawberries - num, Rob's French toast is amazing, barbecued pork sandwich is one of the best I have ever tasted, and the mandarin orange salad was great. Everything is so fresh. Everyone was very friendly! The atmosphere is relaxing - plenty of tables and sitting areas with sofas and chairs available.... More 

Thank JDAdventure

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Restaurant Details

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Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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Open Hours
08:00 - 00:00
06:30 - 00:00
06:30 - 00:00
06:30 - 00:00
06:30 - 00:00
06:30 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1301 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2187
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis>  > University / Dinkytown
  • Neighbourhood: University / Dinkytown

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