The 318 Café was founded in 2004 by Tom Peterson and
They are cousins, musicians and restaurant industry veterans. In July of 2016, after almost 12 years of ownership, they handed over the reigns to a former employee, Kate Bailey, along with her husband Doug. It's been an amazing run and the 318 Cafe is in excellent hands moving forward with all of the reasons it was always such a great fit for Excelsior - cool music, friendly environment & service, and excellent food & beverages served all day long.
The 318 Café officially opened its doors on November 16th, 2004.
In its 11+ years of operation, the 318 has cultivated a strong and loyal audience for food, music, coffee, craft beer and wine because of their commitment to quality, friendly service and exceptional value. With just 50 seats, the 318 Café is the premier, intimate live music “listening room” in Minnesota. The small stage has been graced with performances by Dan Wilson, Keri Noble, Martin Zellar, Michael Johnson, Chris Koza, Ben Kyle, Romantica, Caroline Smith, Channy Leaneagh of Polica, Adam Levy, Chastity Brown, Billy MacLaughlin, almost all of The Jayhawks, Tina Schlieske (of Tina & the B-Sides), members of Soul Asylum, Michael Gulezian, Ann Reed, Joanna James, Tim Mahoney, Michael Monroe, Dean Magraw, Jim Anton, JT Bates, The Pines, Becky Schlegel, Kenni Holmen, Molly Maher, Vicci Martinez, Caleb Hawley, Kevin Bowe, Patty Peterson, Jeff Arundel, Gwen Mathews, Mary Jane Alm, Boyd Lee, Daisy Dillman Band, and so many, more talented local and national musicians.
The 318 Café is 100% locally owned and independent.
We support the community of Excelsior. We support many other local businesses in day-to-day operations including tons of MN Breweries, Ames Farm Honey, Stickney Hill Farms, Ridgeroll Farms, TeaSource, Grey Duck Chai, Dogwood Coffee, La Quercia Farms, Excelsior Farmers Market vendors and many more.
Set in a 100+ year-old building once used as a lumber mill, a naturally warm environment full of character, wood beams and history awaits your next visit.
Whether it’s for a quick latte, a glass of wine and a cheese plate, a MN craft beer or a show, we would love to see you. There is a fireplace for cold winter days, a little patio for summer sun, and an ample parking lot…the 318 Café crew happily welcomes you!