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831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402-2506
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Ranked #20 of 1,579 restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 9th
Description: Zelo celebrates fresh food, with influences from Italy and the Mediterranean to Asia and beyond. This downtown Minneapolis institution sets for itself high standards, and compliments its menu with exceptional hospitality and a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Using fresh food from local sources and original recipes made from scratch, Zelo is inspired by the food - making it authentic and approachable, feeding customers' increasing desire to experience, learn and discover.
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88% Recommend
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I recently had dinner at Zelo before a concert. I used to eat there quite often when I worked downtown, but hadn't been there in years. In my experience, even restaurants that start out well tend to decline over the years. I have to say that hasn't been the case with Zelo. We had 6 in our party, so we... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Had dinner on the sidewalk in the most perfect Minneapolis weather. The server was attentive, friendly, and helpful. Got to try many things from the menu and enjoyed every bite. Not one person in my party of 7 had a single complaint. Great beers, food was top-notch. Good times!

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North Canton, Ohio
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57 reviews 57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Really like the atmosphere though a little hard to hear. Great staff- friendly and knowledgable. They have an extensive wine list and cocktails. They have staff who can tell you a lot about the wines. Had an excellent walleye dish. The other dishes everyone had were equally good. No one was disappointed in their choices. Small dessert list but good.... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I had a seat at the bar for lunch alone. The bartender was knowledgeable and responsive. There was a great view of the people passing the building through large windows as well as of the dining area. The Walleye was DELICIOUS and perfect for lunch. There are great dessert options as well. The place is ver conveniently located in the... More

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Rochester, Minnesota, United States
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125 reviews 125 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Our recent experience to Zelo was a bit disappointing. The waiter did not seem knowledgeable about the menu or fish in general. I had the pesto crusted sea bass and the flavor combination was quite odd. Pesto and wasabi mashed potatoes do not go together (the menu states the fish is served with mashed potatoes, no mention of wasabi). But,... More

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San Diego, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I met some folks here for dinner recently, and we all loved it. We were all from other parts of the country and did not know each other well, so having a restaurant that offered the accessible ambiance and surroundings, as well as a variety-laden menu helped enormously. I particularly enjoyed the asparagus pasta. Delicious! Wines seemed a little pricey,... More

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Overall, I definitely recommend this place. The Halibut was wonderful with a nice garnishing of risotto and peas, the pasta was excellent, and a great wine selection. The menu is varied to accommodate many different moods and includes pizzas, salads, pastas, seafood, steaks, and burgers.

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Merrifield, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

It was a great meal. Friendly staff and great atmosphere and most of all company. The location is also great with a lot of things to do nearby.

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We have been to this restaurant several times, but it had been close to a year since our last visit. The number of entrée’s are plentiful. The restaurant’s food is just as good as ever. The wine list is fairly extensive, but their new iPad wine list was not real user friendly. Perhaps that is just because it was the... More

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Bloomington, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

Visited late in the evening for a quick dinner. Service was terrific. Staff was friendly and helpful with suggestion. The food was presented well and tasted good. Would definitely consider a second visit!

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