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al Vento

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5001 34th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (50th Street)
50th & Hiawatha LRT
+1 612-724-3009
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4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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    Very good
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  • 2
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars

Stopped in for happy hour. Expected to grab a drink and a quick app and ended up staying for a light dinner. The kitchen messed up and gave us the Brussel sprouts with chorizo instead of the Brussel sprout bruschetta. What a delightful oops! We were so impressed we ordered the bruschetta sampler... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Business meetings
  • Special occasions
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stopped in for happy hour. Expected to grab a drink and a quick app and ended up staying for a light dinner. The kitchen messed up and gave us the Brussel sprouts with chorizo instead of the Brussel sprout bruschetta. What a delightful oops! We were so impressed we ordered the bruschetta sampler and the sausage and goat cheese pizza.... More 

Thank MNWineLady
Boston Mass
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102 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love to review really good places, but I'm sorry to say I didn't really find the food here to be very good. My dish had way too many flavors mixed together...you couldn't taste any of the ingredients. The 'regular' spaghetti and meatballs were about average... not terrible, but not spectacular either. The risotto was better, but i wouldn't run... More 

Thank Bea409
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Delicious eggs Benedict! Most delicious brunch I've ever had. Highly recommend. Great ambience, a little dark, but not if you sit under the glass wing. Interesting variety of food-eggs, fruits, breads, dipping oils, and a chocolate fountain! A very fun experience.

Thank Jennifer A
Jupiter, Florida
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

My wife and I were pleasantly surprised by the variety and quality of the dishes available. Everything we had was really good and the service was great. We will definitely be back on our next visit to the area.

1 Thank Ontheroad825
Saint Paul, Minnesota
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Having lived in and traveled throughout Italy extensively I have never eaten anything like this. The focaccia was nothing but white bread, the bruschetta was soggy toasts with two inches of unrecognizable glob on top, the pasta was overwhelmed by a too red sauce. The only thing possibly redeemable was a lamb ragout if served on the proper pasta and... More 

Thank SandyC70
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

I went with a group of people and one is a vegetarian and the other can't eat dairy or gluten. I couldn't believe how patient the waiter was with them, trying to help them figure out what to get (esp. the one that can't eat gluten OR dairy at an Italian restaurant where almost everything has cheese or pasta). He... More 

Thank Sherrill P
St.Paul, Minnesota
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675 reviews
384 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 311 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

This is a distinctive brunch with excellent Italian food, including eggs florentine (think eggs benedict with yummy spinach, distinctive sausages and oh yes - chocolate dipping with fruit. Unusual brunch - also includes some non alcohol and alcohol included options. Recommended.

Thank Seniordad
Burnsville, Minnesota
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214 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 315 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I have heard nothing but good things about Al Vento and I have looked forward to checking it out forever. We wanted to go somewhere special for our anniversary and that led us here in February. First, it was charming and adorable. I can't express how much I love romantic little places like this and I was so excited when... More 

3 Thank Dita D
Hudson, WI
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This place is located in a Minneapolis neighborhood that is not commonly travelled even though it is very close to 62&77 and the airport. This place is a great find where all the pastas are made fresh daily with careful sauces, great service in a refined but casual setting. Highly recommended. Food, service, ambience. Outstanding and a very good value.

Thank apgoop1
Naperville, Illinois
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93 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Served every Sunday from 10 AM until 2 PM. A wide variety of foods from which to choose from their buffet. They offer eggs, sausages, roasted potatoes, pastries, salads, cheese, fresh fruit and even a chocolate fountain. Be sure to make a reservation and go hungry!

1 Thank Jan H

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5001 34th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
    (50th Street)
  • Public Transportation: 50th & Hiawatha LRT
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 612-724-3009

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions


Open Hours
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?