Bemidji Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Bemidji

April 14, 2018 Etsuko Causey

Bemidji (/bəˈmɪdʒiː/ bə-MIJ-ee) is a city in Beltrami County (and county seat), in north west Minnesota, United States. With a population of 14,301 as of July 1, 2016, it is the largest commercial center between Grand Forks, North Dakota and Duluth, Minnesota. Bemidji houses many Native American services, including the Indian Health Service. The city is the central hub of the Red Lake Indian Reservation, White Earth Indian Reservation and the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. Bemidji lies on the south west shore of Lake Bemidji, the northernmost lake feeding the Mississippi River and as such is deemed "The First City On The Mississippi." Bemidji is also the self proclaimed "curling capital" of the U.S. and birth place of Paul Bunyan
Things to do in Bemidji

1. Cabin Coffee House & Cafe

214 3rd St NW, Bemidji, MN 56601-3112 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 12 +1 218-444-2899
Excellent
54%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 73 reviews

Cabin Coffee House & Cafe

The Cabin Coffee House & Cafe is Bemidji's premier coffee house. Serving Peace Coffee and fresh, made from scratch, baked goods, daily. The Cafe has a broad range of options sure to delight, and all the sandwiches are served on bread baked at our very own bakery. The 4 Hippie Chics & A Dutch Girl bakery, located in our Cabin Uptown location, makes all of our bread, cookies, muffins and other delicacies from scratch - no frozen dough here!

Reviewed By Linda B - Alexandria, Minnesota, United States

Great coffee and scrumptious baked goods made onsite. This was a surprise we just happened on in Bemidji but they're only a couple blocks off the lake in a downtown side street. It's much better than the exterior leads one to believe:)

2. Raphael's Bakery Cafe

319 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601-3124 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 218-759-2015
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 97 reviews

Raphael's Bakery Cafe

Reviewed By AnAnthropologist - New York City, New York

We decided to visit for breakfast after seeing some reviews on TripAdvisor. At the suggestion of a customer at another table we went over to the bakery counter and each picked out a donut to start. There were incredible choices (including one with German chocolate cake topping, one filled with jelly and whipped cream, one with Reese's cups and "s'mores" donut with chocolate and marshmallows) and after finally deciding I had a glazed Bismarck. It was light with delicious custard cream filling and a wonderful crispy, not sticky glaze. The best donut I can remember having in literally years. There is also a chocolate topped Bismarck. My husband had a coffee roll (like a cinnamon bun) which he said was great. Then, we split a meat and cheese omelet which was loaded with ham and topped with pepper jack cheese. Good coffee and service too. Given how wonderful the donut was I am sure the rest of the baked items are amazing too. Everything looked great. If you like donuts, this is absolutely worth a detour and if you live in the Bemidji area, lucky you. Thank you to the retired HS principal who not only recommended the donuts but treated us to them. We appreciate it and will pay it forward.

3. 209 Bar

209 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601-4026 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 218-751-2442
Excellent
74%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 210 reviews

209 Bar

It's a bar/grill

Reviewed By CarterJonErickson

Over the past 3 years I’ve eaten here numerous times and have tried most of the menu, especially all of the ones highlighted in the description. Have always had good food and service. The atmosphere is very nice and a very good beer selection!

4. Big River Scoop Ice Cream

219 Bemidji Ave N, Bemidji, MN 56601-4097 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available American +1 218-444-3898
Excellent
69%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 75 reviews

Big River Scoop Ice Cream

Quaint, old fashioned style ice cream shoppe with 24 flavors of Super Premium ice cream available on a rotating basis. You can choose ice cream by the scoop, double scoop or triple scoop; ice cream sandwiches, sundaes and malts and shakes. Also available are gourmet popcorn, cheese corn and caramel corn along with cookies and nacho chips and seasoned cheese.

Reviewed By rebeccagottberg - East Grand Forks, Minnesota

An ice cream shop on steriods with flavours unlike any that I have ever had (lemon poppyseed, carrot mango sorbet, This *@$^ just got serious, Zanzibar Chocolate, and many more). These flavours will set your tastebuds on fire and you will be making many trips back just to try all the flavours out! Love that you can get a Babe's Raft (3 mini scoops) or Paul's Canoe (5 mini scoops)! Never had ice cream like this and know that I will not ever again!

5. Tutto Bene

300 Beltrami Ave NW, NW Bemidji, Bemidji, MN 56601-3105 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 20 - SGD 26 +1 218-751-1100
Excellent
73%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 313 reviews

Tutto Bene

Reviewed By paulwiener - Flagstaff, Arizona

We went there for dinner. It was so good, we went back the next night. Very nice atmosphere, excellent, above and beyond service from Emily, food was outstanding. Very nice selection of Italian regional wines, server was very knowledgeable of them, allowed us to taste the wines they sell by the glass.

6. Cantabria Coffee Co.

211 2nd St NW, Bemidji, MN 56601-4011 Takeout, Seating Cafe Breakfast, Dinner
Excellent
74%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Reviewed By janc468 - Oahu, Hawaii

Met a friend here for coffee. By 10 am the pastry selection was very sparse. However the coffee was good and my friend enjoyed a blueberry muffin. There were a few rooms with tables and a rustic casual decor. There is free wifi, just ask for the password.

7. Big Apple Bagels

1710 Paul Bunyan Dr NW, Bemidji, MN 56601-2111 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Lunch +1 218-444-7840
Excellent
63%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Reviewed By Ronald D - Stillwater, Oklahoma

Looking for a light dinner, I spotted Big Apple Bagels so turned around and went back. I'm glad I did. I had a club sandwich on a Honey Oat bagel which was absolutely delicious. The bagel was even toasted! The sandwich was filling and the coffee I got was just delicious.

I got an Deep Dish Apple Pie giant muffin to go ... which I haven't eaten yet, but I'm sure it will be terrific as well.

What a great bagel shop!!

8. Dunn Bros Coffee

501 Paul Bunyan Dr SE, Bemidji, MN 56601-4800 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 4 - SGD 8 +1 218-444-5252
Excellent
45%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 30 reviews

Dunn Bros Coffee

Reviewed By Michael H - Minneapolis, MN

Ate here after checking out of my hotel on a Sunday to put off the long drive home as much as I could. We have several Dunn Bros in my home city, so I figured the coffee quality would be good, but my big surprise...MoreThanks Michael - especially about the service - we can get swamped in the summer sometimes and have short delays. Sounds like you were not in a hurry anyway!

9. Minnesota Nice Cafe

315 Irvine Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601-2923 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 10 - SGD 16 +1 218-444-6656
Excellent
63%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 215 reviews

Minnesota Nice Cafe

Small hometown cafe in downtown Bemidji, MN. Fabulous food!

Reviewed By Deb H

Stopped here for breakfast before shopping at the Bemidji Woolen Mills. Had the daily special....maple pecan pancakes with Hormel Black Label thick bacon. Best combo! Servcie was a pure example of "Minnesota Nice"!

10. Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant

317 Beltrami Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601-3104 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Free Wifi American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 10 - SGD 20 +1 218-444-0567
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 182 reviews

Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant

Reviewed By Seahorse825 - Rochester

We wanted to see the Paul Bunyan and Babe statues, and this place was right nearby. An Irish pub is always a draw for us. This one did not disappoint. The home made chips are delicious! We had the Reuben special and walleye sandwich, plus my husband also got the Irish whiskey mushroom soup. All were wonderful. Highly recommended!

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