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“Superb food, great service, enjoyable patio” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Zelo

Zelo
831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402-2506
+1 612-333-7000
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Ranked #18 of 1,598 Restaurants in Minneapolis
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: American, Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, 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.
Irving, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Superb food, great service, enjoyable patio”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

After much indecision over where to eat, my husband and I snagged a patio table at Zelo; I am so glad we did. He had a margherita pizza, which was light and thin and delicious. I chose the fetuccine with chicken, lured in by the spinach/chicken combo, but fearing disappointment. I was so happy to have taken the chance, as it was the lightest white sauce I've ever had and the flavors were heavenly. We are often underwhelmed by Italian restaurants that weigh everything down with too much cheese, too much everything. This was proper Italian food; a delightful meal.

Visited June 2013
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Top Contributor
115 reviews 115 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Great spot for food, people watching and great drinks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We wandered by the crowded places on Nicollet to find a treasure just a block away. A bit quieter still lots of character and interesting food. Grapefruit gimlet, a new taste was light and refreshing. Whole grain salad was amazing, light dressing and flavor galore. Hazelnut and plum cheesecake a delightful mix of flavors.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Williams Bay, Wisconsin, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Menu selections was poor.

I had a linguini de mare, $24, said it had "tiger shrimp". Dish arrived and they were the tinniest shrimp I have ever seen. Looked and tasted like frozen shrimp from the supermarket. Overall flavor was bad.

My wife had "Pablo's homemade lasagna". Could not even finish it the taste was so bad.

Bruschetta was disappointing as well.

Would not recommend

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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68 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Professional staff, fun atmosphere, all around classy good time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

I had come as party of a small bachelorette party for a nice dinner out. Our table easily accommodated our group. We ordered a variety of cocktails- each one was unique and so delicious. I had the mushroom linguine for my entree and was very pleased, but even more so with tiramisu for dessert! Wow! Staff was professional and helpful.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Shepperton, United Kingdom
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9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“A delightful surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Visiting Minneapolis on a family holiday and finding ourselves in Nicollet Mall we chanced upon this delightful restaurant. Stunningly designed interior (originally for an upmarket fur shop), the lighting is low and this maintains the atmosphere. The staff were very child friendly, knowledgeable about the food and attentive. The food was more than a cut above and presented in just the right quantity. We were all impressed with the food - my (made on the premises) pasta and seafood was delicious. I don't expect you to be disappointed.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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