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Ciao Bella

3501 Minnesota Dr, Bloomington, MN 55435
952 841 1000
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Ranked #2 of 183 restaurants in Bloomington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $18 - $40
Cuisines: American, Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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85% Recommend
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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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74 reviews 74 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

The lobster risotto is a dish that stands apart from most others in Minneapolis and the surrounding suburbs. Served with pancetta, mushrooms, broccoli, and an amazing truffle oil, I would have eaten two helpings were it socially acceptable to do so. The salted caramel custard is divine, and the cheese ravioli is impressive. Can't wait to go back again!

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Cave Creek, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I went to Ciao Bella for dinner and was pleasantly surprised with the service and the meal. I found out later that I was lucky I was there on a Monday evening as I would have not been seated for a while as I had not made reservations. As luck would have it, we were seated quickly and were soon... More

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San Francisco, CA
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116 reviews 116 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We tried this restaurant close to our hotel, and it didn't disappoint. We had a variety of small plates--scallops, shrimp, cauliflower, and warmed olives with cocktails. Everything was delicious. The server was attentive, but not intrusive. Modern art decorated the walls of the restaurant with very unique interior design.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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84 reviews 84 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I love Ciao Bella but they are getting really expensive and the service is sporadic. They continue to have an issue with check-in that they can't seem to solve. They have plenty of people to seat you but they always seem to be absent or clustered at the podium instead of greeting customers waiting in line. Two of us had... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Great suggestion from the hotel I was staying in. Very nice bar, great food, great menu and also surprisingly, a decent wine list. Will be back on my next trip to MSP.....

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I have been here many times - dinner or lunch in the dining room, happy hour in the bar, or my favorite in the limited time we have in Minnesota - meals outside on their lovely patio. Food is reliably good. Always a fun, lively vibe. As I write this I'm thinking I should go there again soon.

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Bloomington, Minnesota
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Ciao Bella is a great place to meet for lunch, gather for a drink after work on their patio or enjoy a dinner. It is never a disappointment. Their food is so fresh and you must save room for the lemonetta dessert!!! The wait staff is friendly and very service orientated but knows not to interrupt your conversation. Simply awesome...everytime!!!

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Food was great but I thought the portions to be on the small side. Price was average for the quality of the food.

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Lubbock, Texas
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53 reviews 53 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

A group of 9 women from California, Texas, South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota kicked off a three day trip with a fabulous meal at Ciao Bella. One of the best waiters I have had the pleasure to enjoy service from made just the right wine, entrée and dessert recommendations. Among the fabulous entrées at our table were Fettucine with... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We visited with two families and had a very enjoyable meal. We had caramelized brussel sprouts and roasted cauliflower as an appetizer and they were both very good. Even the kids liked them. My salmon was also quite good and well prepared, as were the salads (especially the Brasiliana) and pesto sea bass. Ciao Bella also has a very nice... More

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