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“I was in town 24 hours and ate here for dinner AND the following day for lunch.”
Review of Kool Beanz Cafe

Kool Beanz Cafe
Ranked #1 of 816 Restaurants in Tallahassee
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
773 reviews
517 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
“I was in town 24 hours and ate here for dinner AND the following day for lunch.”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

I travel all over the Southeast and easily one of the best meals I have ever had in the Tallahassee area. If you enjoy Farm to Fork style eateries, this is the place you don't want to miss. Menu changes daily, so new printed menu's are shared on a clipboard.

Kool Beanz was so good, I ate dinner on Monday night and brought a business partner for lunch on Tuesday. Enjoyed both meals. The flavor combinations I could never imagine, but they create an excellent flavor profile and having you digging into your meal and cleaning the plate.

Love the local artists that decorate the walls. No reservations, and go early to score a spot on the outdoor patio. (much quieter than the inside dining)

Parking is limited in their lot and very little street parking in the area.

  • Visited May 2014
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Marietta, Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
75 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Excellent Food in an Eclectic Atmosphere”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

I visited this restaurant for the first time last year, and our group returned this year - when it was suggested, there was a unanimous acclamation that, yes, we should go there. That in itself is a review. This particular group consists of some who are serious epicures and those who are critical of everything (I am a much more pedestrian person, so neither of those things).

Some might rate the food in this restaurant as five-star, but the atmosphere is very casual and trendy. Wait staff in shorts or jeans and t-shirts, rough hewn tables painted and a kind of alternative look to the entire facility as far as art and decorations.

We walked in, no reservation (I don't know if they take them), and were immediately shown to a nice table. It took a moment for anyone to appear to wait on us though, as it turned out, our server was delivering two orders to adjacent tables. Therefore the rumbles of dissatisfaction began with a couple in our group. But in a moment, the server was there and our drinks soon on the table.

We were there for lunch so I can only speak to the lunch menu. The offerings are reasonably priced but not fast food and they are, like the atmosphere, eclectic. The mix of entree versus the accompanying side dishes is creative and even eccentric but when it arrives, it is just wonderful.

One gentleman remarked that the portions are not large but it was not a complaint; he was pointing out that you could eat everything without feeling stuffed. For my part, I actually had more than I could comfortably eat.

This is not a specific review of the entrees, but I can say that both this year and last, no one left the table less that completely happy with the meal, the service and the atmosphere.

This is an unusual place - eclectic as I said - in terms of appearance and service, but it is also unusual in that among an eclectic group of people, some of who are very particular about everything, no one left without saying that they'll be back the next time circumstances permit.

I'm one of them. I highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited April 2014
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Tallahassee, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Wonderfully Different!”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

I absolutely LOVE Kool Beanz! One of my all-time favorites. The menu changes daily based on whatever the Chef determines to be the freshest & best when he goes to market. Never had a bad meal or experience here. Service is excellent....everyone is so friendly & knowledgable about their meal selections plus their wines. It's a small place and at times can get a little noisy but the incredible food makes up for that. Always recommend to new visitors in town and go myself at least once a month. Simply....A Must!

  • Visited March 2014
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Pensacola, FL
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Amazing food and Atmosphere”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

Went there for lunch with some locals and Wow! The owner was wandering around... meeting people. He actually made a recommendation for lunch which was spot on! I will be back on my next visit!

Visited March 2014
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Tallahassee, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Kool food, kool service at a kool price”
Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed the sesame seed seared tuna as well as the iceberg wedge generously doused with chunks of tasty blue cheese. The tuna came on a bed of tasty mashed potatoes with sautéed wild mushrooms. The service is simply amazing. We ordered and almost instantaneously our food was served. Our tab was surprising low.

  • Visited April 2014
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