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In 1979, the Ansari brothers from Jerusalem created and established the Mediterranean Cruise Cafe in Eagan, Minnesota. After years of working together, some of the brothers left the business to pursue other endeavors. From that point on, Jamal Ansari has been the sole owner of the Mediterranean Cruise Cafe. After serving the Eagan community for over 30 years, in 2009, Jamal, along with his sons, Khalid and Rhami, relocated the restaurant to Burnsville where they built a beautiful, new restaurant. With their strong Mediterranean heritage behind them, Jamal and his sons have created many original delicacies from Jerusalem, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Italy, Turkey and Greece. Not only is the Mediterranean Cruise Cafe noted for its food, it is also known for its unique belly dancing entertainment Thursdays through Sundays. With years of hard work, the Mediterranean Cruise Cafe has been recognized as the one of the top restaurants in the Twin Cities.


Mon-Wed-11am – 11pm
Thur-11am – 1am
Fri & Sat-11am – 2am
Sun-11am – 11pm



“If they can do it, I can do it’. It was a big dream and only $40 in Jamal’s pocket when he arrived in the land of opportunities in 1976. Enrolled as a college student and working many odd-end jobs as a dish washer, line cook and waiter for a few years until in 1979, a dream became reality. From the moment he opened the doors of The Mediterranean Cruise Cafe that November. Jamal has put his heart and soul into his striving business for over 35 years.





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