Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some more common questions we get here at J. Selby's. If you have a question you'd like answered, please e-mail


What are your hours?

Monday - Friday  11 am – 10 pm
Saturday 8 am – 10 pm
Sunday 8 am – 8 pm

Please keep in mind, on Saturdays and Sundays we only serve brunch until 2PM. When brunch ends at 2PM, our kitchen is closed until 3PM while we transition over to the regular menu. You are able to order drinks and dessert during this time. At 3PM we start taking orders for food! 

We are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, and New Years Day.

Where can I park?

Right now it's mostly street parking. We do not have a parking lot. We also have bike racks for our cycling friends! You can also take the Metro Transit Bus 21 and we are not very far from the Green Line, either!

Do you take reservations?

Since we are not a restaurant with a hostess or traditional wait staff, we do not do reservations. 

Do you do carry out orders?

We do not take orders over the phone, but we do offer a To-Go option when you order at the counter. Because we only use compostable to-go containers, we have a small surcharge on to-go orders. Please let us know first, before you tell our cashier what you want as that will make it easier and your food will be prepared in the order it was received.

How do I order food?

We ask that you first select a menu and decide what you want before approaching the counter. When ready, please go to the counter (look for the Order Here on the chalkboard at the top). We give you a number to place on the stand where you sit once you've paid and later bring the food out to you. We ask that you do not sit until you've ordered when there is a long line and/or we are busy. If you have small children, a disability, or any other reason that would require you to sit first, please feel free to do so.

What items are gluten free? 

We use the phrase gluten sensitive (gs) instead as we can't guarantee anything is gluten free due to cross contamination, but the items that are gluten sensitive are marked with a gs. You may also ask to see one of our Gluten Sensitive menus. We also have soy sensitive and tree nut sensitive menu.

Do you take tips?

J. Selby's is a no-tipping establishment. We believe that tipping adds a hidden cost to your meal, and we'd rather be more honest about what costs us more to make. Moreover, we operate as a team and we don't think it's fair that some members of the time are given special compensation over others. So, instead of tips, we pay a wage that is well above the "living wage" for Ramsey County which is currently $11.79. 

What is your soup of the day?

Here is our schedule for our soups!

SUNDAY: Creamy  Carrot
MONDAY: Split Pea Dal
TUESDAY: Vegetable Lentil
WEDNESDAY: Roasted Squash (with candied pecans!)
THURSDAY: Tomato Basil Bisque
FRIDAY: Tortilla
SATURDAY: Spicy Peanut

What is the Community Bowl?


The community bowl is a pay what you can option. It's our way of helping others have access to a delicious, hearty plant-based meal without worrying about the cost. The suggested price is $2 to $9.

Are you kosher?

We are! Learn more about that here. That means we do NOT allow outside food or drink.

Do you allow dogs inside?

We allow service animals with proper identification.

Do you have a patio?

We not not have a patio.

Can I sit down before I order food? 

If there is no line and we are not busy, sure. Otherwise we ask that you order first and then sit down. If you are not able-bodied, have children or a baby, or any other reason to need to sit down before, let us know, and we will gladly accommodate you. 

Why is your kitchen closed from 2 to 3 on Saturday and Sunday?

Our kitchen is smaller, and we have to change over from our brunch items to our dinner items.

Can I buy a gift card?

Yes! You can buy a digital one here or come buy a physical one in the restaurant!