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Sebastian Joe's Ice Cream Cafe

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(30 Reviews)

1007 W Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405

(612) 870-0065

Today: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Phone: (612) 872-5240

Fax: (612) 824-0657

Payment method
amex, discover
Price Range
Calhoun Isles, Lowry Hill
Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts, Dessert Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Ice Cream, Dessert

Good for Kids: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Below Average


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Sebastian Joe's Excellent Place

Every time we visit Minneapolis (our daughters) we have to go to Sebastian Joe's on Franklin street for the ice cream variety and the coffee. It's a great pleasure to take the grandchildren who pick a different ice cream flavor each time. Mine is the pot hole chocolate. The coffee is so good I order it sent to me at Christmas time to give as gifts. My favorite is Italian Espresso. Last time we were there I was impressed with the seemingly endless line that went out the door. The wait was enjoyable as a people watching experience. This place is on our ""Can't be missed place"" each time we visit the Twin Cities.



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We were vising the area and spent some time searching around on-line to find a good place to take our kids to get ice cream. We came across Sebastian's and the reviews looked good, so we decided to try it out. Due to where we were staying it was a 1/2 an hour drive to get there, but we thought it would be worth it.

Least to say, it was so not worth it. The cashier was extremely rude for starters. Then it was over $4 for a cone with one scoop of ice cream. The ice cream was not even pushed down into the cone, and the one scoop that each cone got was way too big for the size of the cone, so it was tipping off of the cones. Not to mention that the ice cream started melting immediately and two of my kids had to throw their cones out after only 4 minutes of eating them because it was melting all over their hands.

My husband and I got coffee and it was truly the worst coffee we've ever had at a coffee shop. A cup of Folgers with some Coffeemate creamer would have been better. Both of us felt ill after drinking 1/2 of our cups of medium lattes. The coffee was so, so bitter to the point where it almost sour. My pumpkin latte just tasted like bitter coffee with a scoop of mushed pumpkin mixed into it. Not good.

I have no problem spending a good chunk of money on good coffee and desserts, but this was not worth what we spent at all. Huge disappointment and we will not be returning.

miss mazy


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love this place !
at times, bad service, but who cares?!

great prozen yogur, great malts



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bad customer service

I don't know why I expected warm fuzzies when I entered Sebastian Joe's for the first (and last) time in years today. Perhaps it was because I have such good memories of going there when I was little; I didn't expect the cold welcome and the rude comments by the cashier as she told me and my husband that we could not stay in the establishment because we had dunn bros coffee in our hands. Perhaps the owners of the two establishments are in a bitter blood feud, and cannot stand even the sight of the other store... regardless, I think it is bad policy to humiliate one's customers

Pavel Ushakov


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The best ice cream in twin cities.

They have pretty much the best ice cream in twin cities. I especially like Oreo! Also Rum and Raising is very good.

I see they now have a fan site at sebastianjoe com



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Love the ambience

I love this ice cream shop! It has a very quaint, old town feel in the middle of a big city. They have this pretty indoor seating area with a fireplace and also an outdoor seating area with twinkly lights.

The only complaint I have is they should shove ice cream into the bottom of the cone. Otherwise you eat the ice cream and all you are left with is the cone. Give me a reason to eat the cone! It would be nice if they put an M&M in the bottom so ice cream won't drip out. (Hint, hint).



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I brought my family here after a nice Sushi dinner. Looking for a good ice cream desert. NOT! The children, 12 year olds, were disappointed when they received their Dixi cup sized single scoop for $3.05. I had a single scoop of chocolate with syrup, whipped cream, and nuts for $6 plus. This they call a Sundae? Guess they have never visited Baskin Robins! I've had better from Cub. Next time we'll go to IZZY'S.



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My new favorite place

I've lived in the Uptown area for close to a year now and have heard many things about Sebastian Joe's, negative and positive. The one time my boyfriend and I actually made it in for a visit, it was the middle of summer and the place was PACKED. We gave up and left just for lack of patience, but my curiosity was officially piqued. I read all the reviews I could find and have to say I was a little hesitant, but I still wanted to make my own judgment. So today ended up being the day and I was not disappointed.

The girl behind the counter was very sweet and, after hearing that it was our first visit, encouraged us to taste everything (tempting, but we limited ourselves to just a few samples). We ended up getting the Pavarotti Sundae and a two scoop cup with Oreo and Sebastian's Favorite. It was all absolutely delicious. The consistency of the ice cream was perfect and it was very rich in flavor. The Oreo was seriously heaven and I think my bf regretted not ordering that in a sundae.

I have to say, if you're thinking about trying this place, try it! Don't let the negative reviews sway you. There's a reason the lines are out the door in the summer. I concede that everyone has different tastes and may not agree with my assessment, but giving this place a shot and deciding for yourself probably isn't going to break the bank. And if that is a possibility, go during the winter. The lower the temp, the higher the discount. And it will be less busy too. In summary, I recommend this place.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Delightful, quality, home-made ice cream in charming, friendly, settings. Great coffee, too!

Rotating selection of ice cream flavors with favorites always available. Now they are roasting their own coffee beans as well. Sometimes they even have coffee flavored ice creams! Yay! A marriage made in heaven.

(velocityno9 needs to get a life or learn how to eat ice cream)



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Not very good!

The lady behind the counter was rude.
The ice cream was too runny (I know that might sound stupid, but it IS possible to keep it at a temperature and consistency so it doesn't get EVERYWHERE right away).
The cones are too small for the ice cream scoops, they need to make them to be more accommodating. My hands were sticky from the dipped cone and the ice cream before I finished paying.
They were out of napkins at the counter.
Waaay overpriced ($5-6 per cone).
The ice cream wasn't that good, very lacking in flavor and sugar. I've had better quality consistently at big chain places like Cold Stone.
Very little parking.



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Best Beverage.

The best coffee drink I have ever had was a cold-press soy iced latte from Sebastian Joe's. Delish. :)



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Amazing Flavor and outdoor seating

Great service, outdoor seating directly in front and on the side(s). Many Ice cream flavors (all hand made) to choose from.



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Best Icecream in town!!!

This my absolute favorite icecream place in the Twin Cities. They just renovated the Linden Hills location and added a cute outdoor porch and fireplace. There is always a new icecream to try but its so hard to not order my favorite the Pavarotti (Banana, caramel and chocolate!) when you know how good it is!

I take all my out of town friends to Sebastian Joe's- its a Cities icon!



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Best ice cream ever!

I've been a fan of ice cream since age 6 and aside from cream and dream in prague, this is the best ice cream I've ever had. I love the oreo and pavoratti. If you're feeling a little daring, try a scoop of chocolate coyote with a glass of water.



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In my dreams...

I like the classics. Sure the Oreo is what everyone always wants but have you ever tried the chocolate? Just plain chocolate? I loved it growing up and when I moved to Seattle I had fantasies for years about having it shipped to me by the crate. No one makes their chocolate with such care to create such simple lovely chocolaty flavor. If you haven't tried it, get yourself a scoop and enjoy the discounts for the unbearable winters and relatively recent addition of computers for free internet access. Also they are open late and packed usually right until close which means on one hand you'll likely stand in line even if it is 11:30pm, but on the other you won't feel like an intruder coming in a half hour before close.



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Dog Friendly and awesome coffee

My first coffee experience when i moved to the USA, became a coffee addict. Tried 'em all, Seb J's has the best decaf latte out there. Best bakery treats too, you allready know about the ice cream, try the flavors B4 you buy too, helpfull staff, a must stop after walking the dogs around Lake of the Isles, you'll often see a few puppies lying under the tables outside, worth going out of your way for.



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Sebastian Joe's....

well.. i live in minneapolis actually about 2 miles away from sebastian joes. i found out about them when i saw that they were the #1 ice cream spot in the twin cities. they didnt let me down at all. the ice cream is great(the flavors change slightly every day). there is a line every time i go there, no matter what day or time, but for some reason they seem to have great service that moves you along pretty well. the neighboorhood and the entire feeling you get when your there is really great. one con, is that if your driving you'll have a tough time finding parking. but without a doubt i recommend sebastian joe's.



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The Stuff Dreams are Made of

I do not live in Minneapolis, but have been exposed to Sebastian Joe's during my last two visits. This is some of the very best ice cream I have ever consumed, and I've traveled all over the world. The mocha mint and caffe latte are outstanding. It's expensive, but,as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. I wouldn't think of visiting Minneapolis without a visit to Sebastian Joe's.



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This is DEFINATELY the BEST ice cream on the planet! I bring ALL of my friends because it is so good! It is such a cute place and a great atmosphere! Every one should try it!



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