1113 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540444.962624 -93.257592
Mon. - Sat. 7am - 3pm;Sun. 8am - 3pm
Neighborhoods: Phillips, Ventura Village
Not the same! – I have eaten at Maria's Cafe many times throughout the past 5 years and this time was awful. As other post said the service is always slow and I have no issue with this as if you travel to latin american countries this is common. I will wait for good food and great service.
During my last visit I had the worst service ever. I usually go for breakfast, but this time decided to try lunch. I entered and a nice hispanic gentlemen brought me water and asked what I would like to drink. He brought my drink right over, then I waited 10 minutes to see my server. He walked by me 3 times and never said anything. Finally he came over and asked what I wanted. I orderd the quesadilla and I asked for no peppers and he said he would see if he could do it. He walked away and never came back. I watched him walk by twice and he never said anything. Finally I stopped him and he said "oh Im not sure," What do you mean your not sure. You didnt even check so I have no idea if I have even ordered. He walked away again. I didnt see him again. Maybe 10 minutes later a girl walks out with my food. It was made without green peppers.
The female puts my plate down and doesnt say ANYTHING! Not enjoy, Not can I get you anything else, nothing!!! I asked her for more salsa and another soda. She turns around and give me a nasty look. She brings over the salsa and as she walks away I asked for a soda. She brings it over and says nothing. As she walked away my male servers walks up and she said Im not going to run all your food. Wow, keep your issues with coworkers to yourself. He walked over and ask if I need anything else. I try and read the paper and enjoy my dilla. It was okay nothing like breakfast. and it took about 30 minutes for a quesadilla at 1pm in the afternoon and it was slow. maybe 4 tables in the whole place. I didnt see my server again until I asked for my check, I get my check and they charged me 1.50 for a side of salsa in a 2oz cup. Are you kidding me! I couldnt believe it, I love their salsa, but thats way over priced for 2oz. I paid my bill and asked for a box. Then the server takes my salsa that I asked for a container and throws it away. I paid an extra 1.50 to have my salsa thrownen away, Ill never go back. The service is awful and the food is okay. Hopefully the owner will change her staff and check the quality of food.
Will no longer be a Patron – I have gone to Maria's Cafe numerous times throughout the past few years and have always had a good experience. But I will never go back again after this past weekend's experience.
It seems as if they do not read other's complaints, because my complaint is very similar to everyone else's...Cold Food and Horrible Service! In our case, they had no excuse because the restaurant was not busy at all. I ordered the special, which arrived cold and missing the sausage...and when the sausage finally arrived, it was cold too. My girlfriend ordered the veggie omelet and we shared the corn pancake. The corn pancake was brilliant but not good enough to give Maria's more than 1 star.
Its funny to think that they offer all of the flash but don't take care of the fundamentals. I listened to beautiful latin music from the live musician but then had to endure terribly cold food. The only other compliment I can offer was that my server always kept my coffee cup full and asked how we were doing. She knew we were unhappy but I just didn't have the energy to complain about the horrible meal.
Great Great Food! (plus how you can get great service) – Ok- here is the deal with Marias Cafe. I have been there several times over the past 5 years and I have had both great and awefull experiences. I have always enjoyed their food and have never ordered anything I didnt like. I have had food brought to me cold and I have seen the confusion that happens at the counter with the running of food. I have also had slow service,from both server and kitchen. But for the past two years, I have never had a bad experience for I figured out what to do.
If you are there on a weekday, the service should not be horrible. The head servers are all quick and helpful. the rest of the staff is usually good...and if they are not, LET MANAGEMENT KNOW! the management really cares.
On a weekend, you have to try to get a good server. Just ask for Carl (the only guy server there), Sania, Jess or Alissa.
Carl rocks! I always sit in his section and he takes care of all his tables and keeps them happy. He will bend over backwards for you if you are pleasant to him. He is chill and will even sit at your table to answer your questions...if the vibe is right.
Sania is the veteran of the group and she knows her stuff.
Jess is good and efficient, though seems a little sassy.
Alissa is new but good. She can be a bit scattered, but she will get the job done.
Give this place a try. the food is worth the trip, and the service can be great too.
Delicious! – Good, relaxed service. Pleasant outdoor seating. Wonderful corn pancakes. Wonderful stuffed omelettes! Thank you, Maria's!
Cold Food and Horrible Service – Breakfast Columbian style sounded like a great plan Sunday morning. The four of us arrived around 11:00 and although it was somewhat busy we were promptly seated. 10 minutes later our waitress "greeted" us without eye contact and stood about two feet away, she then complained that she could not hear us and could we speak up? The few times she returned to bring or refill coffee she would not look at us - it was very strange. About 30 minutes later our food arrived; although the place was somewhat busy we could see orders completed and ready to be served waiting for up to 10 minutes. Not surprisingly, when we received our food it was room temperature - mmmm, room temperature eggs. How does this place stay in business?
Major Disappointment!! – Maria's was recommended by a friend so we were excited to try Columbian food for the first time. We have tried many other types of Latin food so we were no stranger to it, so we went on a Sunday morning to check it out. We had good service, though the couple next to us was seated way before us and were not even greeted yet by the time we ordered our meal. They had to get up and ask for help. I can see where service may be a problem here, the wait staff seemed clueless.
I had the "Sunday Special" with scrambled eggs, Arupa, two sausage patties, yuca and pinto beans. My Husband had the "Huevos Pericos" and we ordered a side of the famous corn pancakes.
The corn pancakes should be given 5 stars all by themselves, they were moist and delicious and the grated cheese gave it a nice complex flavor- I would go back for this.
HOWEVER.....for $11, I got a horrible dish where the eggs were overcooked, the pinto beans were tasteless, the Arupa was dry, the Yuca was cooked to oblivion and had no spice , the sausage patties were gross and I had to use my husband's leftover salsa from his dish to make my dish more palatable. My Husband did not like his much more but it was slightly better, though the homemade salsa was good and had the right amount of heat and flavor. I boxed my uneaten food and took it home, hoping to try it again later. I ended up throwing it away because my thoughts about it did not change after I got home. We both agreed that we would NOT be coming back for the egg dishes and were overall greatly disappointed. I hope this was not authentic because it was a horrible representation of Columbian food. I would go to "Sunny Side up Cafe" or "Victor's" if you have a hankering for eggs and beans for breakfast. Again the corn pancakes are worth a try and I would come back for those.
Traditional South American dishes offer a new take on breakfast. – In Short
This 140-seat cafe, which opened in January 2000, serves breakfast all day and also offers a lunch menu. Most of the meals are South American, particularly Colombian and Venezuelan. Owner Maria Elena Hoyos, a native of Colombia, uses her hometown and family recipes to make dishes such as mango pancakes, cachapas (corn pancakes) and huevos pericos (a type of egg dish). She also caters business meetings at the restaurant.
Minneapolis' best flapjack. – THE singular best pancake in Minneapolis. I'll put ONE of Maria's world-class pancakes up against a stack of the competition. Yes - Even better than the original pancake house.
Horrible Service! – On Jan 28th at 12:55PM my friend and I entered Maria's. We waited a few minutes and were seated in the dining room near the counter service.
At 1PM our waitress came and took our order (1 Corn Pancake and sausage patties and 1 Quesadilla w/Chili). The restaurant had empty tables so I wasn't expecting a long wait for our food. 1:15PM came and went. 1:30 came and went.
The waitress had been doing her best to try and ignore us. At 1:35PM I finally stopped her and asked about the order. She condescending said they had a new cook (1st Day on the job) and everything was taking at least 30 minutes. If she would have explained this in the beginning we wouldn?t have at a problem.
At 1:40PM my friend and I got up and left. We were stopped by the waitress who again snipped, ?Do you want you food?? ?No.? we replied. We were also stopped by the hostess. I explained the story and she said ?There isn?t a new cook today. We hired him 4/5 weeks ago.? The waitress then snipped back again and said, ?The hostess is new. She doesn?t know what she?s talking about.?
On my way out I decided I should tell Maria the horrible service we encountered. We asked the hostess to find her. Entering the kitchen another waitress said ?You better tell Maria the story before she meets the customer.? After a few minutes, I saw Maria in the kitchen walking around as the hostess emerged to say, ?She?s on the phone.? (Note: I saw Maria. She wasn?t on the phone. Maybe she was trying to help cook, but she certainly wasn?t one the phone. If you?re going to stretch the truth at least make sure the customer can?t poke holes in your story.)
Maria?s Cafe has the horrible service. Maria?s Cafe has rude wait staff. It was the first and last time for my friend and the last time for me.
Muy Bien! – Wow...I love Maria's for breakfast...Lots of nice, granola-hippy servers! The corn pancakes are simply divine. Be sure to get them with the cheese. Maria's is always full on weekends but they get us in fast. Service is quick and efficient. This is one of my favorite breakfast spots in the city!
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