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831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402-2506
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Ranked #16 of 1,584 restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $40
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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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387 reviews from our community

89% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Excelent choice for italian dinner in Minneapolis! Located on Nicollet Mall, is a pleasure to walk afterwards! Menu changes with the seasons but I had the ricotta and spinach raviolis and almoat asks for seconds.

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49 reviews 49 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I go to Zelo a lot for business meals. The main appeal for me is that it has a menu that has something appealing for almost everyone - including meat lovers, pasta lovers, and vegetarians. Also, the pre-meal bread is amazing. The atmosphere is quite nice but the acoustics are not great. If I am dining with more than one... More

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Olathe, Kansas
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

I did the whole thing. Ciao salad was fabulous,Tortiglioni Rossa which is sausage, sweet peas, roasted peppers, romana rossa sauce and finished with the budino a molten chocolate cake. All were perfectly prepared. Service was excellent, friendly, helpful, but not over bearing. If I were ever in downtown Minneapolis this restaurant would be at the top of the list. I... More

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Montgomery, Minnesota
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Everything was great, service, food, dining room. Our waiter, Tony, did not rush us, had plenty of suggestions. Nice location, close to everthing.

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Seattle, Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

When I read the menu I was surprised at the simplicity of the item descriptions. However, I was blown away by the combination of complex and simple flavors that had me sinking back into my seat in bliss from the very first bite. The waiter advised us that they make all the pasta in-house so that is what I tried.... More

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Del Mar, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

Great food and greater service! Seafood was amazing and waiter (John) was just fantastic. The timing pace and sophistication of this casual eatery makes it worthy.

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Owatonna, Minnesota
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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Our hotel desk agent recommended this restaurant, so we walked the few blocks to check it out. We were a little hesitant because we were dressed quite casually - on our way to Target Field. The hostesses assured us we were quite welcome and promptly seated us. Our waiter was attentive and fun. He took good care of us without... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

Our family of 5 (kids 10, 9 & 7) dined here on a Friday evening. The restaurant was not crowded, but there was a nice, positive vibe from the Young Happy Hour crowd. We were given a nice big table, with crayons and paper for the kids to use. Kids menus are offered. A nice beer and wine selection was... More

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Zelo offers indoor and outdoor seating. The indoor atmosphere was great for conversation. The waiter was excellent. The beer was cold and the food was hot and delicious. This restaurant is great for an intimate meal or a relaxed business dinner.

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Palm City, Florida
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50 reviews 50 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We dined at their sister restaurant, Bacio some time ago and enjoyed it so much that we just had to try Zelo which is in the heart of downtown. Zelo provides a number of intimate semi-circle booths which afford the diners some privacy and makes it easy to enjoy a conversation in addition to a spacious dining room with traditional... More

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