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al Vento

5001 34th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
+1 612-724-3009
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Ranked #83 of 1,579 restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 50th Street
Transit: 50th & Hiawatha LRT
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133 reviews from our community

87% Recommend
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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Wonderful food wonderful service. Very creative menu, however, the wine and beer offerings need improvement. No good cab or chard. Doesn't everyone offer Summit?

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Arlington, Virginia
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I had a wonderful meal here on a recent Tuesday night. Fortunately I was dining solo, because if I was in a group of more than 2 we would have had to wait. I certainly didn't expect it to be so crowded. But even with the crowd I had a fantastic meal (the restaurant is broken up into 3 separate... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The place is in a great location in our neighborhood and we looked forward to trying it, and although it wasn't horrible we don't plan on going back. Brunch buffet was set up in the front dining room, but did not smell very appetizing when we walked in - just sort of a strange sour smell. Food was pretty basic... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Had the scampi, but it was so oily and greasy. Floating in it. They used to have an outdoor dining patio and now it is enclosed with too many tables. I really liked the outdoor ambiance. The location is good, situated near Minnehaha Parkway.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

The food at al Vento is some of the best Italian I've ever had. Appetizers The bread and oil is ridiculously yummy. Their bruschetta is worth getting too. Entrees The Gnocchi with fresh asparagus maitake mushroom and zucchini is amazing. Their pizza is also pretty great. I've gone to brunch and find the food to be very good, considering it... More

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Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

First off... it was Mother's Day. I went with my Mother-in-law, and my Grandmother-in-law, and the waiter never once said "Happy Mother's Day". Not once. Not once, did I get a refill on my "unlimited drink" and the rest of my table might have gotten one refill. The brunch food, doesn't merit any positive mention in this review, because there... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014 via mobile

We made reservations for 2:00 brunch on a Saturday. We were trying to celebrate Mother's Day one day early, but would have been happier elsewhere, anywhere else. It took several minutes for us to be greeted at the door and we were seated in the front and sparsely decorated front room. We were there for the buffet brunch and began... More

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Every time we visit Minneapolis, we make a point to have dinner at Al Vento. The food is always incredible, the staff are attentive, and the atmosphere is great. This past Saturday night was no exception!!! My husband and I argue over who is going to order the bucatini - this trip he ordered that and I had the pork... More

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orono, MN
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

Food was very tasty and different than you're typical Sunday brunch buffet. Based on the food quality, I'd come back again, but the restaurant was so noisy and loud we basically ate in silence. Sunday brunch is a communal meal if there ever is a communal meal and this restaurant fails on this aspect.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

I'm not really sure why this place doesn't get more attention. It's so consistently delicious... Great service and atmosphere as well.

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