128 Cafe

128 Cleveland Ave. N.
St. Paul, MN 55104
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128 Cafe +

Mark Kartarik


  • Tue-Thu, Sun 5pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm
  • $$; $$$
  • Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly
  • Brunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended
This quirky little restaurant in the basement of a St. Paul apartment building is now in its second incarnation, after one of the waitresses bought the place from the former owners. The ribs are a must-order--they're the baby-got-back of baby back ribs--as is the roasted garlic appetizer with goat cheese and apple chutney.When weather permits, the restaurant's street food truck, 128 Mobile Cafe, parks in downtown St. Paul during lunchtime, serving up the signature ribs plus several sandwiches and salads.

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  • St. Paul's 128 Cafe is now chef-owned and the food shows it
    December 18 at 6:25 a.m. by Joy Summers

    First of all, die hard fans of 128 Cafe's classic ribs can relax -- that particular menu item is still available, as is the roasted garlic and the classic Caesar salad. That said, new owner and chef Max Thompson has enlivened the re...

  • 128 Cafe has been sold: Are our favorite ribs lost to the ages?
    July 12 at 8:45 a.m. by Joy Summers

    It's the end of an era at 128 Cleveland Ave. in St. Paul. The neighborhood gem 128 Cafe closed for a brief time before being resurrected by Jill Wilson, a onetime server at the cafe. Six years later, the ribs are still exquisite, bu...

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