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“Sit at the bar & order apps - not dinner” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Spasso

Spasso
17523 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka, MN
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Ranked #16 of 76 Restaurants in Minnetonka
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Hwy 101
Transit: Free Round Trip Car Service in our new 2010 Cadillac Escalade. Up to 6 people
Deephaven, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Sit at the bar & order apps - not dinner”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Spasso is a welcome addition to Minnetonka however I truly wish the food was better! The best bet is to sit at the bar and order appetizers, esp. the risotto balls and the bacon wrapped scallops. The bartenders are fun and friendly, too. Unfortunately I've never had a good "real meal" here - over-dressed salads, greasy pizzas, bland pasta -nothing special at all. The manager is also unfriendly and seems to get angry when the bar is crowded. Huh? Guess he doesn't want the business.....

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Stillwater, Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Wine in a Western Suburb”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

If you love wine and are looking for a good casual meal, set your sights on Spasso in Minnetonka. In addition to the highly-rated list of wines on the menu, you can purchase bottles from the adjacent wine shop and bring them into the restaurant with no additional cost or corkage fees (and it's a great little wine shop with many reasonably priced bottles with high markers from Robert Parker, et al.). Menu favorites include wood-fire pizzas, tenderloin tip fondutta, mixed greens salad, steaks and grilled meat loaf. A complimentary car service is also available for special occasions.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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david.pattison@chrobinson.com
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73 reviews 73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Really good food, a little higher priced, can be noisy.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Last visit was on a Friday night. Got in without a reservation in about 20 mins. They have a nice beer list, and really good wine by the glass program. Charcuterie plate was really good. Had the spare ribs too. Fork tender and tasty. Dessert menu was a little lacking. When it's really busy here, it can be hard to hear. But will definitely be back.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Minnetonka, Minnesota, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Where everyone knows your name :-)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

We just love this place! It is a high quality restaurant in every respect - good food, good wine, good service - and yet there is a refreshing air of unpretentiousness about it. It is our neighbor restaurant and bar and go there often for happy hour and dinner. Sometimes we stop at the wine shop and sample what they are featuring and then buy a bottle to be uncorked in the restaurant at no extra charge.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“The Place for Wine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

The food is very good here - steaks, pastas, and other Italian specialties. But the best thing about Spasso is the wine. Order off the extensive wine list or shop at the adjacent wine shop before sitting down. Either way, everything is sold at retail prices. That means a $50 bottle at a "normal" restaurant is less than $20 at Spasso. A great atmosphere for groups.

Visited February 2013
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