2418 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5541444.973140 -93.222157
Neighborhoods: University, Prospect Park
Editorial Review by Citysearch Staff – Family owned Middle Eastern restaurant and market featuring marinated chicken, beef and lamb kebabs, gyros, and lamb shank.
Foreign, Fun and Delicious! – The Caspian Bistro truly offers guests a scintillating dining experience. The art, the food, the music and the attached market all evoke a sense of foreign delight and intrigue. The food is exquisitely tasty. If you need to escape midwestern monotony, enjoy the delicious foreign fare and pleasant wait staff at the Caspian Bistro!
I've been coming here since I was 8! – Caspian is truly a restaurant that I can't seem to get enough of. I've been coming to this place since I was 8, when it was even more of a hole-in-the-wall than it is now (no sign and no lights and only one room--the back extension was recently added), but I've kept going back ever since. The kebabs are fantastic--my favorites are the koubideh (ground lamb and beef), choobideh (ground chicken), and the barg (filet). The rice crust is also great when they have it! The tea is great also. If you get a chance, hit up the grocery store for some Bulgarian feta (pungent, but fabulous), lemon-flavored almonds, and dates. Great value, great food, and attentive service. I've had more authentic Persian food (and it is great), but this place is still a favorite.
A lot better inside than outside – When I first came to Caspian, I wasn't even sure, I wanted to come in. Place looked really unimpressive (to say the least) from the outside. But when I came in, I was pleasantly surprised. It was really clean and well decorated.
Food is pretty good and very cheap. All waiters are friendly and helpful. I've visited this place several times since and never been disappointed. The only downside, they don't serve any alcohol, but you can bring your own, and they'll supply you with glasses.
a little heaven in the twin towns – the food here is wonderfull, people are great, service is super. i like to visit the Caspian at least 10 times a year or more.
I was charmed by this lovely Persian restaurant east of the river on University. It IS difficult to find: it is opposite Baker's Square, and the parking lot is on 25th. The food was all lovingly prepared. Persian is a delicate cuisine that is not spicy but instead very fragrant. It is not one of the "great" cuisines, and I do not think one could eat it every week, but it should be tried. It is sort of a refined Middle Eastern. The deserts should not be skipped and the cookies, on the other hand, reflect one of the world's great baking traditions. The number of distinct dry cookies Iranians can prepare is amazing and unique. One part of the restaurant that one SHOULD visit often is the attached grocery, probably one of the best gourmet stores in the Twin Cities.
Quite a find! – Hard to find (no sign) but truly worthwhile! Everything is delicous, especially the desserts. I recommend getting a big group of friends and ordering 6 or 7 dishes and splitting them - allows you to try all the great food!
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