Reviews of Capitol View Cafe & Catering (Catering)

637 Smith Ave S, St Paul, MN 55107, United States

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REVIEWS OF Capitol View Cafe & Catering IN Minnesota

joshua kelly

Great everytime

Martin Hernandez

Cozy local family restaurant. Good food at decent prices

Molly Schuneman

Wonderful food, great service staff. love it here

Scott Oren

Big portions of food.

Troy Stack-Nelson

Great place for breakfast or lunch. True neighborhood diner that is family owned and operated

Bryan Berg

Huge menu with a lot of different options. Very, very good food no matter what you decide on. Awesome all-you-can-eat fish. Good service. Pretty good prices considering the big portions. You won't be disappointed!

magalicious c

Extremely fast service and great food!

Nidia Tirado

Great food, great service! Highly recommend it!

Matt Krych

Very tasty food and fast!

Jodi Stee

I love the Capitolview Cafe. My favorite breakfast is the stuffed French toast with 3 different fruits.

Matthew Williamson

Had the Cajun with chorizo sausage. Very good. Hash browns we're a little chewy. Overall, very good.

Debra George

Excellent food and friendly wait staff. This is one of my favorite spots for huevos rancheros! Great home made chips too.


My family and I like this restaurant. The best time to go is on Friday for the all-you-can-eat fish fry! BEST fish in the Twin Cities! the home-made sweets and pastries are my wife's favorite! Way better than Mickeys! My only thing about them is that I wish I could go for dinner. Keep it up!


Good: Breakfast was delicious. Huge portions. Excellent service from our wait staff. Bad: Many of our utensils were dirty and some of the napkins were water stained (with possible mold spots?) which wasn't the greatest. 3 1/2 stars.

TP Blazr

Nice selection but little uniformity. It is hard to distinguish various menu items from each other.

Brock's Black Excellence

Very Good place to eat!!! The Chicken Noodle soup is probably the best I've ever had!!

Chris And

Ma and pa type place with great breakfast. You get started quickly despite it being busy.

Brian Wolf

Service was poor the waitress was hardly their with the coffee the busboy did more then the waitress did

Greg Osland

New owners and the breakfast was great. Very nice people and I hope them the very best.

Montigue Haukos

Great breakfast. Prices are vary reasonable.staff is friendly and helpful

Mark Heinen

Favorite breakfast place in stp!

Lenore Polfus

Great food speedy service friendly staff.

Evan Hartshorn

A great place for eating. The wait staff is awesome.

Lou McCoy

They have new management so I was a bit worried about one of my favorite breakfast places. I should have been. My son had the breakfast burrito and it was great, as always. I had and omelet which was fluffy and wonderful. As always, prompt service and quick, frequent coffee refills made this a fine way to start the day.

Evelyn Blackburn

Fast like a diner but cozy like an old cafe. Great for a quick bite on a weekend.

Nick Running

Food is good, but the service was terrible

Scott Kissner

Unfortunetly one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had... waited over 1 hour for cold and incorrect food orders just for our waitress and every other employee basically avoid us like the plague because they knew there was an issue at our table, our orders were not correct and no one wanted to even acknowledge it. Will not go back.

Jessica Rivera

My most favorite breakfast spot, but really all the food is great and so is the staff.

Frances Regan

Really good food, great service

Ed Barrett

Awesome breakfast

antone cumpian

Reminds me of being in a restaurant in San antonio tx

Bailey Schomaker

When trying out any Breakfast place, I order the Eggs Benedict. I find that this is a good judge of their ability to makes a good egg as requested (poached when eating a Benedict) and that hollandaise sauce is a fickle mistress who requires attention and skill. The Classic Benedict was delicious! Perfectly poached eggs atop a thick slice of ham and a buttery, crisp English Muffin. All was smothered in a rich, creamy hollandaise sauce. It was served with a huge side of crispy hash browns. The coffee was hot and the staff were friendly and quick! Can't wait to go back and try out some of their Mexican inspired dishes! Would definitely recommend if you're looking for a great breakfast in a cozy atmosphere!

Denise Holmes-Scott

Love this place. Best breakfast in town!

Kimberly Maas

Very clean restaurant. Attentive staff. Food cooked quickly and is tasty. Good place for all ages. Enjoyable experience!

Kevin Bohdan

All around excellent place to dine. The hash browns are absolutely amazing.

Jo Ann Tesar

After years of never having an average meal, this is the first time I had a below average meal. The cheese on my grilled sandwich seemed like processed cheese in a can. Left a waxy feel on my teeth. Certainly disappointed

C. Brill

Food is good service is quick and fast always enjoy our Meal

Kim Watts

Enjoy the service and the food, each and every time we go there.

Lauren L

The cajun breakfast at the uptowner cant be beat. It was good here but very small portion

Athena Vasquez

Absolutely LOVE Capital View. Always has been family favorite & always will b 4 my kids & I

J Shipley Newlin Jr

Really good breakfasts. Good portions, not too large. Friendly service.

Kathy Ericson

Again as always another great breakfast!! Thanks Mia and Shannon for the personal touch you add to our visits. Kathy E.

Jerred Nelson

Great food, great staff, old school vibe and nostalgia all over the walls

Stephen Zander

Amazing neighborhood place.

Marjory Torgerson

Went yesterday, had a deliscuous breakfast, and the price was great! I highly recommend it.


Great food and excellent service

Jonathan Hall

This place is a hidden gem on the West side of Saint Paul. The food is spectacular & the service is perfect.

Jay Wulf

As usual, my meal today was wonderful. I had the Pork chop and eggs special. The the pork chops were seasoned and cooked just right, the potatoes were fresh and cook perfectly as well. In the eggs were exactly to my specifications. Yawn that the staff is always friendly and accommodating. The cafe has lots of natural light with many windows perfect for a breakfast or lunch time dining experience.

Steve Lease

Great food. American and Mexican

Heidi Engen

Delicious Food - I love the French Toast with the cream cheese filling topped with whipped cream, blueberries and strawberries. A+ However, I can never eat it all. I wish there was a half size portion of it at half the price.

Adam Flaherty

Good food but slow service (even though it wasn’t that busy). Also, they changed their gift card program and it took quite a bit of convincing that they needed to honor the two-year-old gift card I wanted to use.

Alan Armstrong

Excellent breakfast. Good portions, fair prices. Very attentive and friendly staff.

Ronald Boeckman

A+ Good food and service,rueben sandwich

Maeve O'Mara

Great neighbourhood cafe. Always friendly service and excellent food. Worth working around the closed High Bridge to get here!

Brenda Cruz

Excellent food and service!

Amanda Rizzo

Always amazing food and service. We love having family breakfast here!! A+++++

Terri Buttleman

Sooo good everytime we have gone. Breakfast is like the days meals. I also bring at least 1/2 home. Always busy, must mean good food is served there. Staff friendly and efficient.

Ellie Leonardsmith

Sweet home town place with some interesting Mexican twists.

bryan citrowske

Foods good just a little pricey for dinner food

Shayna S

My favorite place on the east side of the cities for Sunday breakfast. The menu is extensive, the food consistently good, and the staff very friendly. Service is generally good but there have been times we've had to seek out someone to refill our coffee. However, as of Dec. 2018 they will no longer be accepting debit or credit cards.

Edgar Espinoza

Extremely poor experience and way overpriced. A friend and I ordered the 'Steak & Eggs' for lunch (listed under 'The View Specialties'), when we got our orders, my steak was noticeably smaller than my friend's and over cooked (I ordered medium). The waitress forgot my toast and it arrived several minutes later. Moreover, at least a 3rd of my steak was pure fat. the rest of the meal mas mediocre at best. I complained to the waitress and she offered to give me a caramel roll for the 'inconvenience'. This was unfair as I still had to pay full price for a unsavory plate. To make matters worst, we also learned that coffee was an extra $2.69 (most places include it as beverage option). On top of the 'Specialty' plate of $12.49, that brought up my bill to $16.40 after tax, which was way too much for what we got! I gave the rest of my $20 dollar bill as tip for the girl attending our table since she was helpful and friendly, and the poor experience with the meal was not her fault. I'd give it ZERO stars if possible. One thing is for sure, the group of friends I was at the time and I agreed this was our last time coming to that place. Not worth it.

Emma Burrows

Nice location, though not much parking. The food is some of the best around, the cinnamon rolls are heaven! If you are in town you have to stop here!

Magnus Johnson

It was okay not good

Liz Pearson

Good location and service for a good meal. Not a lot of choices if you are a non meat eater.

Kendra McKee

Every time I get fries from this place I'm always disappointed. The fries are never all they way done, this time I chose the home fries and those weren't cooked all the way through either. My sister asked for over hard fried eggs which means no raw or runny yolk. Well needless to say the eggs were not fully cooked either. The cook obviously doesn't know what well done food is.

John Enger

Food is excellent and service was fantastic by the owner and her daughter

Jill Felling

My only complaint is that I ate way too much because everything was SO. FREAKING. GOOD. Quick, friendly service, and our food was served fresh and hot. I will definitely recommend!

Ronnie Meinen

If your hungry this is the place to go. They have a great menu and the staff very friendly.


Cajun breakfast is amazing! Large portion for less than $13.00! Great service as well.

Samantha Olson

If I could give negative stars I would. Worst experience I have ever had! I use to love this place! First off 2 adults and a toddler, when we ordered our drinks the kid didn't even let us get a kids drink In. We didn't even get a kids menu until after we had ordered a short stack. The food was terrible my eggs were not even cook right and was very greasy. I expect some grease but really. The server didn't even ask how the food was until after she brought us the check. Never going back again.

Cachel Newbauer

Very tasty food, quick service

Jessica Bonn

My favorite breakfast place. I have yet to have a bad item on the menu. My friend and I go here every Sunday. It is a nice family friendly setting with a fairly priced menu. The food comes out fast and hot. I recommend their chicken fried steak!

Robert Deeb

food was good. Service was excellent.

j hetrick

Food great Service is friendly and fast Great neighborhood gem

Josh Matter

I love love love this place and try to get there every time I'm in the cities. The Mexican dishes are outstanding!

Clayton Barmore

Nice place and the service is exceptional. The food is not to bad but not the greatest.

Kathleen Schneider

The soup was lukewarm and the service was subpar. I'll not go back.

Randa Drobnick

Incredible food. Great services. Lots of love!

Liz Binkert

Good food with large portions!

Samantha Huntley

Wonderful family owned restaurant with a huge menu and really great food.

Brian J Valento

Meet with friends for breakfast once a month, food & service excellent.

Lenny Wood

Nice place. Pretty good service. Big portions but not the pancakes. $3.75 for ONE sausage patty? Hmmm. No Splenda or high-end cream for the coffee. Overall it is pricey for the value. And there is no view of anything but the street.

Luis Contreras Ruiz

It's not bad, but my friend makes better meals

Paul Swanson

Love those people and the food

Julia Bates

Good food, even under the new owners.

carol thompson

Great service. Pleasant decor. Great food served hot.

Sean Hansberry

Can't believe it took me so long to try this place... It's amazing! Delicious food and super cost effective makes me think this might be an every other week brunch place (and I'm pretty picky about where I eat out!)

Patrick Schmidt

Great breakfast with Mexican and American specialties. Try a side of Guac with your eggs. You won't be disappointed.

Darryl Germain

Best Huevos Rancheros since I lived in CA years ago! Cozy atmosphere too!

Jacque Lee

Great Mexican breakfast. Huge portions, fantastic value, great flavors

Natalie Wimmer

Food was definitely mediocre for the lunch. Breakfast might be better but lunch food was not good. Ratings are a bit deceiving.

Meghan Wickstrom

My last few visits here haven't been very good, but today was really good. Our server was attentive and really nice. Everything seemed to be running much better than before. I will definitely be back soon.

jason regan

Nice place! Its bigger than it looks and the food is fantastic!

Rosie Martinez

Danielle is the best! The food is very good and the service is even better!

bow one

Great food, best service, awesome experience! Today was the "Breakfast Burrito!" Yummy for sure. Highly recommend!

Vance McVey

Good food. Attentive. Comfortable.

Doug Dill

The service is good, always keeping the coffee cup full. I'd give the food a "C". It's OK, just not yet great.

marianne Fletcher

Stuffed french toast is delicious.

Mary Ecker

Even when this cafe is really buzzing, the service, food and environment are great! It's a fun place to go. Even with the bridge (a more direct access from downtown) closed, this little cafe doesn't seem to be hurting as much as neighboring businesses. I believe it's worth following the detours to eat at this cafe.

Cleven Duncan

Service, food and atmosphere is spot-on for a small family-friendly diner. HIGHLY recommend this place! Homemade Cinnamon Roles are a MUST!

Craig Aichele

Pros— Nice causal Family friendly restaurant. Great food, lots of room. The thing I like the best, they always keep the coffee topped off. Cons- it gets a little loud when it’s busy,

Andrew B

Love the breakfast here. It is always good and fresh.

DJ Dickie Degrees

Very good food, waiter was wonderful

Terri Turner

Great as always

Linda Stack-Nelson

Love this place! Huge menu of breakfast and lunch food, fast & great service. You can always rely on an a table fast, food delicious, and faces friendly! Do yourself a favor and support this local business!

ROB Nechanicky

The Cajun Breakfast is so good!!! Service was great.....had a cup of coffee poured as i sat down. Will be back for sure! Parking a little sketchy.

Sarah Lechowich

Great coffee. Laid back atmosphere. Great brunch options. Always leave with a full happy belly!

john Poupart

Great food, wide array of choices on the menu, both Mexican and American dishes. Excellent service. Check it out. You will not be disappointed.

Tony Miller

Love this place. Real trendy place. Owner is really nice and friendly staff.

Monty Zavadil

Great place for breakfast. Nice service and convenient location. Lots of good memories here!

Rosemary Heim

Great breakfast and lunch place.

Ephraim Nicholson

Personal experience, that may or may not have any bearing on anyone else's experience: A friend of mine brought me here for a birthday breakfast. I ordered the cinnamon swirl toast, which was amazing. But, the kicker for me was the fact that I noticed a group of people sitting across from us. They were wearing red and black. Eventually, I recognized that this was the Vulcan Krewe! So, the Capital View Cafe has given me nice memories, and is a place where St. Paul Winter Carnival folk apparently gather. So, come here and see whom you can spot!

Andrea Sakara

Good food! Eggs Benedict is awesome here

Lex Talionis

Really great breakfast place. Lot's of options and like most places in the neighborhood, lots of good Mexican-type options. Very reasonably priced too!

Beverly Almquist

was over charged for food according to menu price, have no clue why my usual early bird was over $8 and I usually pay just over $6 & give a $3 tip, this waitress was "Not" Shannon who provides excellent service. Was disappointed in lack of preparedness and service on this days visit.

Dawn Kelley

Breakfast was good service was good served Breakfast all day

Martin Pemberton

This place has never disappointed. Easily one of the best "home cooking" breakfast restaurants in the Twin Cities! Also bring cash, 3.95% discount for cash paying customers.

Jarrod Berge

Great breakfast with fast service.

Rob Peterson

The food here is always great and the service is never bad. The prices are just right considering the location. I highly recommend coming here. The only reason I have 4 starts instead of 5 is because the cooks messed up my order today and did a bad job of fixing it. I have been here dozens of times and this is the first time this happened. The waitress did an amazing job to get it back to the cooks to have my food remade.

Chelsea Breza-Berndt

Really great breakfast at a reasonable price. Will be back! They have a unique menu and it really is a small town diner feel. Beautiful view of the state capitol building from outside on the sidewalk too.

Marc Faullhammed

Always good food and a friendly staff

Tina Lassahn

Late breakfast experience: Long wait (past the point of comfort), standing in the doorway. Wondered if the numerous magazines in the rack near the door was for that reason? Was eventually pointed in the direction of a table in the back room (adjacent to the frame shop). Was reseated to the middle room upon request as back room was cold to the point of everyone seated there needed to wear coats and hats. Upside: Food was good with large portions (no sharing plates though, without a $2.50 charge).

Charlie Schrandt

Great service from Gabby. Food was fantastic (Cajon Breakfast ). Love this place.

L Stafford

Good food every time I go here!


Just a breakfast and lunch place. Not open for dinner. Fast and Friendly service.

Serena Garcia

Food is still good after all these years, but the waitresses are rude and that was a deal breaker for me.

Olov Strole

Great breakfast spot in St Paul.

Craig Willford

Is feeling pretty hangry when I came in and now I feel great! Delicious red pork lunch and I still have enough left over for breakfast!

Drew Losure

An excellent meal - at a restaurant, that should be the prime reason for the rating, and since it was one, it remains the prime reason for my five star review. However, I will get into the details as well. I am a vegetarian; the menu was extremely varied, even for non-vegetarians, but surprisingly vegetarian friendly with few necessitations for substitutions or removals from menu items, and when substitutions were desired (as I did choose an item which required a substitution) the staff was eager to please and made the process simple and painless - while this should delight my fellow vegetarians, it should also encourage any diners as to experiment with menu items that they otherwise might not order on the basis of an ingredient they do not enjoy, as substitutions do not seem to be found objectionable whatsoever at this establishment. This takes me to the service. The restaurant is seat-yourself, which is fine, and our server was adequately attentive - it was a busy time of day and they seemed understaffed, but she certainly made enough time for us and was there when we needed her. I wouldn't rank it among the best service experiences I have had among restaurants of this level, but it was also nowhere near the worst; as I said, it was adequate, and our server was pleasant and helpful within the limited time that she had for us. The menu itself is eclectic, containing a mix of traditional breakfast items, standard American diner fare, and Mexican/Mexican-American food that was both excellent and reasonably ethnically authentic (though I was severely disappointed with the salsa provided with the "chips and salsa" that my dining companion requested. The guacamole was of significantly higher quality, however). Finally, the prices were extremely reasonable, and my final verdict is that this certainly IS a restaurant that I will be returning to in the future. Photo posted taken from the men's restroom, I found it humorous... next time I will take pictures of the food, as those are likely a bit more helpful in deciding whether or not to patronize an establishment.

Ajdrex Joymaster

The prices are up there but it's mostly worth it for the food.

Steven Davitt

Generous portions of American and Mexican diner/cafe food. Serves breakfast all day. Lots of locals and good neighborhood vibes. I’ve never walked out of there unhappy!

Danie B

Capital View is a pretty good breakfast spot. They have a lot of options and their prices are fair. The staff is consistently very friendly as well and is has a homey come to it. It is always busy on the weekends though so you won't be able to enjoy a quiet, relaxing breakfast, if that's what your going for.

Mike Fuentes

Good food

D Chill

This place was very busy and not enough wait staff on hand. This is not why I took a star though because that kind of thing happens from time to time and our server apologized for the lack of attention. We had Mexican lunch and the food was blah. Nothing to write home about or go out of the way to get. The chips and salsa was what you would expect from free chips and salsa. The guacamole was good thought, made fresh!

Jeff Casarez

The food was very good here. Loved it and will be back!!

calho001 University of Minnesota

Great breakfast, great service! Glad the Highbridge is now open!

Brian Walker

Not as good since ownership change. Still a busy place though.

Nicholas Goldsmith

Busy for good reason. I love the Cajun Breakfast, many of the other items are also quite worthwhile.

Amanda Stende

Food was absolutely amazing! I had the Fritterwich with sausage, boyfriend had cajun eggs Benedict. We were both thrilled.

joe zanmiller

Great experience. Greeted and seated promptly. Rich tasting coffee. Quick turnaround on delicious breakfast.

Karla Ladwig

Breakfast's are fantastic! I have also enjoyed the beef faita. So flavorful! Great wait staff. Prices reasonable.

Emily Huber

Great food, great price! If you have a sweet tooth, get the Churro Waffle. Our waitress recommended it and she did not disappoint!

Jon Strande

Above average greasy spoon cafe with a wide range of food selections in both classic diner and Mexican veins. Only open for Breakfast and Lunch, expect them to be relatively busy at all times. They do have a reasonable sized group of bussers that refill coffee and water to help you feel more attended to while you wait for the waitress. For breakfast, I recommend getting there before 9 for the early bird specials which come with a drink included. Cheap, tasty, and efficient.

Eva K

My favorite place to take out of town company. Closes at 2 pm

Noah Bluesky

EDIT: Had to downgrade 1 star. Ordered the Friday fish fry a couple weeks ago and the fish was TERRIBLE. Not edible at all. I asked for fresh plate and it came the same way. It was like fried snot. Not a sign of white flaky anything. Really quite a turn off. Have not been back since. This a a good place to go for what I call " good clean fill". Big portions, prices are OK, friendly service. I eat here 1-3 times month. Usually for breakfast.

jon ruppert

Lovely atmosphere and a vibrant caring staff. Its always a great meal too with wonderfully crafted meals.

Angi Desp

We visited for brunch with a Groupon and really enjoyed it! Our waitress, although new was very helpful and friendly. I ordered breakfast and my husband had lunch. We both enjoyed our entrées and will be back again shortly!

Tim Kraack

My parents have been eating breakfast here nearly every Sunday for years. I love joining them for the great food and friendly waitstaff who have gotten to know us over time.

rohit kapoor

What a cute cafe! A true representative of nice, steady & beautiful St. Paul. Pancakes & Hash browns were just perfect. Staff was very friendly. Loved it!

Benjamin Angell

Great little spot on smith. Food is good if you're looking for a textmex plate. Price is reasonable, portions are good, and staff is nice. Can get pretty bust during peak times but waits are too long. Great place for kids and grandparents.

Paul Foss

Fast friendly service coupled with great food makes this restaraunt a "go to" for my wife and I.

Vincent Branchaud

Awesome food, attentive staff. Try the Machaca!

LeAnne L

Word to the wise. Use cash if you absolutely must patronize this place. And watch out for the police coming to grab any random cook that's flipping your omelet. Bad for the digestion.

Andrew Luhmann

Great menu! Great breakfast! Awesome staff!

Dan Maher

Excellent food Reasonable priced Great service


Amazing menu, wait staff & service.

Aliza Lundin

The churro waffle was amazing!

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