Places you should be going: Caspian Bistro & Marketplace

February 19, 2013

You say you need a little Persian in your life?


2418 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 623-1113
Tue – Thur 10:30 am – 8:45 pm
Fri – Sat 10:30 am – 9:45 pm
Sun 12:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Mon Closed

On the Quick:

Food: 4/5

Atmosphere: 4/5

Service: 4/5

Vibe: Relaxed, unique, & satisfying.

Price: $-$$

Booze: Nada

Beware: Umm, in a FoodFighter first, not much to beware. Guy at the register will flirt with your lady?

“Welcome, Dr. Jones, to the Temple of Meat!”

Aww, shit. Now the owners of the Caspian wil be after me. “We have many vegetarian options, you Capitalist Imperialist American dog!”

Aww, shit. Now I just made the cardinal error of equating Persians with Iranians. Man, am I in trouble now.

Disclaimer: The Caspian serves vegetarian food. The modern state of Iran contains a majority of ethnic Persians, however, the positions of the current Iranian government in no way reflect the opinions of all Persians.


All that nonsense aside, the Caspian is great place for groups, a casual night out, and to demonstrate your foodie cred (“Oh, you’ve never had Persian food? We simply must go to the Caspian. No dear, Iranian and Persian are not the same thing, not exactly. Yes, this menu can be confusing. Let me guide you…”)


Time to get your meat on. Meat platters. Grilled meat. Kebabs. And, wonder of wonders, grilled meat formed around a skewer? (How do they do that?) No matter. Dive into meated bliss.

-Beyond Meat-

The dill rice is an affordable, and delicious upgrade to your side dish.

All the platters come with a grilled, whole tomato on the side. Perfect contrast in flavor & texture to all that meat. (yup, added that to my backyard grilling repertoire.)

Try one of the signature, Persian beverages (tart cherry, mint, or quince & lime). Just do it. They are delicious and unique. Remember, foodie cred.


The owners better take out life insurance, because this space has so much potential, aspiring Twin Cities chefs are probably already plotting some sort of Spy vs. Spy type takedown. Open, airy, big windows. Nice. (Warm in winter & cool in summer.)

The Market

Walk off your meat coma with a little shopping. Caspian is a restaurant and a neat little ethnic grocery & deli. Get your date fix here, people.

It’s clean, well organized, and the prices are fair.


  • Good for groups.
  • Oodles of free parking in the back.
  • Mad foodie respect.









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