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Art Center Café

The Art Center Café is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm. Lunch is served from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.

The Art Center Café provides a pleasant respite for students before or after class and a delicious, affordable dining destination for all visitors. Chef Melinda Alves offers a different menu each week, including soup, salad, sandwiches and hot entrée along with fresh baked goods each day.

Star Tribune food writer Rick Nelson enjoyed lunch at the Art Center Café and included it in a July 9, 2015 Taste feature you can read here: Summer dining served on the shores of Lake Minnetonka.

The Art Center Café is easy to get to yet provides a wonderful getaway experience, just one exit and one turn from 394 (only a few minutes west of Ridgedale Center). Combine lunch with a stroll through the gallery, peek into the art studios and browse in the Art Center Shop. Enjoy original artwork always on display throughout the building.

Other nearby attractions include the Noerenberg Memorial County Park and the Dakota Bike Trail.


Chef Melinda’s menu for the week of January 14

SOUP cup / bowl
Moroccan chickpea (vegan)

Curried cashew (grapes, apples, bacon) on greens with white wine vinaigrette
Couscous (zucchini, pine nuts, feta, Kalamata olives) on greens with vinaigrette

SANDWICH whole only
Spicy roasted shrimp on focaccia with chipotle-avocado mayo

Fresh grape and balsamic glazed chicken with brown rice pilaf and roasted cauliflower

DELI SANDWICHES half / whole
Ham / Turkey / Egg Salad / Tuna
Served on a variety of breads

Muffins, Cookies