Al Vento
Al Vento

Al Vento

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.alventorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (612) 724-3009
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours of Operation Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm

    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jon Hunt
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available upon request.
  • Private Party Facilities: Parties of 12 or more will be seated in a semi-private dining area. A set price per person will be agreed upon, depending on guest needs. Meal will be coursed.
  • Special Events: To make a reservation for a party of 5 or more, please contact the restaurant directly at 612-724-3009.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 50th Street
  • Public Transit: 50th & Hiawatha LRT
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public parking lot located behind the restaurant. Entrance on 50th Street.
A word from Al Vento
Al Vento is a romantic Southern Italian bistro with fine dining at affordable prices. The relaxed decor and elegance by candle light provide the perfect setting for friendly banter, family outings, or simply staring into the eyes of your lover with a fine Italian wine in hand. With notably some of the most knowledgeable and friendly staff in the Twin Cities, Al Vento is the perfect dining experience for you this evening.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Al Vento reviews from OpenTable diners
164 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (142)fit for foodies (99)romantic (86)special occasion (81)great for outdoor dining (74)notable wine list (44)good for groups (27)great for brunch (27)hot spot (12)late-night find (12)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (6)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Mangia
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    While the food was incredible, service was awful - slow and totally impersonal. From our first interaction with the host, the staff was disconnected throughout our meal. It was nearly a full hour before our first drink and course arrived. It was busy, but there were open tables around us and plenty of servers around. Service continues to be an issue here, which is too bad, as we love everything else about this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We were by the door and even though there was a drape up above us, each time the door opened we got a cold waft of air. I would suggest not putting a table there. The service was great - I hate to complain that it was too fast. We got our drinks right away and within minutes our appetizer arrived. As I put the last bite of appetizer in my mouth they took the plate and then our dinner arrived within seconds after that. We were looking for something a little more relaxing. We were done in less than 40 minutes. Not really a date night - more like a date moment :-) the staff however was great. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly Local Spot
    TheTwistedChefVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This south Minneapolis neighborhood spot is very nice with a relatively simple short menu (refreshing in itself) with locally sourced ingredients and some fresh ideas. Reasonably priced and definitely worth a visit. Although to cool to dine outside when we were there, looks like a great patio, outdoor dining area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great homemade food
    Dhaivyd
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Homemade pastas, cheeses, sauces, crusts, and virtually all the food is fantastic. This visit, one guest was excessively loud, but once she left, the atmosphere was pleasant. The only minor disappointment was the cranberry cheesecake. We liked the chocolatey tiramisu much better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great Italian!
    Drt358
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Fresh pasta, great sauce! Romantic and vibrant. Service is attentive but not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We were seated in the area between the bar and the front door, and the bartender served us. He was not attentive, didn't answer our questions and generally contributed to a reduced experience. In the future, I will request different seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We were very disappointed with the good. It had absolute no flavor to it. It was way overpriced. I definately would not recommend this place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Annie
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Thw wait staff was very attentive and knowledgeable. Food was nicely prepared and well presented. In fact, everything was deliscous! We difenitely will be back to try the patio in the summer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious
    brunchlover22VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The food is always amazing, the service is friendly and fast. Great ambiance. We love Al Vento for date nights, special occasions and just random nights out. I used to live in the neighborhood but now I live downtown Minneapolis and I still travel across town for the delicious food. Keep up the good work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great date spot!
    RonJohn
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We've been dining here on special occasions for years, and they have yet to let us down. The hosting (front of house) can be a bit rough because sometimes they aren't very organized so you have to wait. But that is our only criticism, which says it all. The wine list isn't particularly long but it is excellent, you won't be disappointed. Tuesday Date Night is a fantastic value. I love a restaurant that wants to bring fine dining to everyone. They almost always have some pork shoulder dishes, and if you want to avoid pasta, the pork savory dishes are always tender & delicious. This is a cozy, warm, low voice place where you can get to know your server. Love it, and it's very reliable & consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Find in sweet neighborhood
    SMpls
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This was a great spot for homemade Italian food and great wine. With half price bottles of wine on some nights, this is a great date night spot as well as fun for smaller groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • al vento always delivers
    misho5
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    a very reliable restaurant with consistent quality food. brunch food was timely replenished. love bottomless mimosas.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Italian Food
    louiseinMSPVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I like Italian food, but it's not first on his list. So when he said he wanted to go, I was so excited. I wanted to go to a cozy neighborhood place and this was perfect. The wonderful smells greeted us as we came through the door. The host was busy but attentive. We asked to a specific table and we were lucky to get it! And the food! Wow! Everything is made from scratch and done very well. The only down side was the cider. I like cider and wanted to try the local brew they have on the menu. Like they say, it takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch. I mentioned it to the server as is probably not typical of the brew. And she took that off our bill! We will be back! And I will try the cider again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • gnocchi great
    Dhaivyd
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The gnocchi was absolutely fantastic. Service was great. Ambience good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    pastalover
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My boyfriend and I went here for a nice dinner out for the two of us. The service was great and we were both very happy with our meals and drinks. I would definitely come back and definitely recommend this to others.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not great
    luvthecities
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had heard a lot about this place and were excited to finally go there. The food was generally good. I could have rated it much higher, but both of our entrees were really salty. We should have said something, but our schedule was tight and we didn't want to fuss. We will try again at some point in the future. The service was good, but a bit overbearing. We had multiple servers and several who kept trying to take my wine glass away - I hadn't yet decided if I was going to have wine with my dinner. All were pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Great Experience
    dvmdiner
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Al Vento is a favorite neighborhood spot. Never a bad choice on the menu, great service and unique cocktails at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    dogmom
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The food was wonderful. We tried numerous things and shared. Loved it. It was busy, the tables are very close together so while the food is perfect for a special occasion, there is really no privacy. Fun place if you are OK talking to tables around you, we did and it was good! Seemed the wait staff was short handed so service was slow but our server was apologetic yet fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Once again, Wonderful
    vancouver06
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We had a terrific meal with friends at Al Vento. The food was fabulous, the wine list was great and the service was amazing! We highly recommend this place for "date night" or any meal! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    HighExpectations
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food on "date night" was better than the food we ate on Saturday night. The food on Saturday was average, not especially wonderful. I must say that I was a little disappointed. I expected better!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DEANfromLAX
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We loved our meal and overall experience at Al Vento. Great food and service. We tried 3 of the pizzas and all were excellent. Also the sampler plate of the bruschetta - delicious! We will come again when we visit the Cities.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local place with good food
    Food4fun
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Great food good ambiance and a lot of fun to try ...not far from home and good service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BRUNCH !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Such a good deal and great great place! I do not think it is kids friendly though...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good Overall
    KeshaLien
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was my first visit to Al Vento. We had two appetizers (the olive tapenade over honey goat cheese and the Hen of the Woods mushroom polenta cake brussels and sqaush) and two entrees (the Bucatini al'amatriciana with house cured pancetta tomato and chili and the Fettuccine alle vongole with manila clams white wine marscapone and chili). All my dining partner and I thought each dish was a bit too salty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • each day the menu changes. a .
    unimpressed
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Something marvelous each time. Ghnocci was savory and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, slow service
    SteakLoverVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Very fun, neighborhood place. Great food with an energetic ambiance. This is a nice date night place to go if you are not in a hurry.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Italian in Town
    GreatItalian
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Every time I've been to Al Vento it has been a perfect experience. The food is top notch, the atmosphere is cozy and romantic, and the service is great. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants, and the absolute best Italian in the Twin Cities.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Over priced for poor-mod quality
    Easy2please
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I have visited Al Vento once or twice a year since you opened. I have enjoyed paying more when the food and service has been better than most restaurants. This visit was disappointing. I have to say that the prices go up and the quality does not increase, sad to say. I ordered the beet salad which tasted bad---with few beets. WAY overpriced for the measley portion. Most of items listed on the menu for the salad couldn't be even seen or tasted. The arugula was acidy and so strong, couldn't taste the beets. Do you ever do some tasting of your own salads? My chicken entree was good but, not excellent. Very small portion but, would've been fine if the salad wasn't so disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We have dined here for years. The food and service is always great. As with many restaurants, noise is an issue. Sometimes it's hard to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alvento...must try if you have not
    Frenchy
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Bruchettas are fabulous...all of them. Salads fabulous...Entrees featuring a brand new seasonal fare fabulous!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We keep coming back
    MyPicks
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Never a bad meal, always great service, handicapped accessible which is a great plus. We keep coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely, neighborhood gem
    frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This place is unique and a welcome break from all of the formula restaurants out there. We dined on the patio on a perfect September evening. The Pizza is fantastic, the caesar salad is the best I have ever had and the pistachio semi-freddo was the best dessert I have ever had and it didn't even have any chocolate in it. Our server, Geoff, was great and steered us to the best things on the menu. Can't wait to go back the next time we're in Minneapolis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful dinner
    Gyneth
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Al Vento is one of my favorite neighborhood dining spots. On a recent visit, my husband and I enjoyed an entree of meltingly tender pork tenderloin encrusted in a pistachio coating, served with orzo and garnished with juniper and a balsamic/fig compote. Creative, delicious, Italian in South Minneapolis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • victuals4life
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Food was supremely superb. Server (Brian) was very attentive and helpful. A wonderful neighborhood gem of a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great patio
    RarelyGoOut
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We sat on their enclosed patio while it rained. It was a great space! Our food was fantastic. Love the happy hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxed fine dining
    Justlikehome
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Very attentive service which allows for carefree dining. Courses timed well. Everything comes properly prepared and out of the oven hot. Just the way you would cook at home. Knowledgeable staff regarding wine..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Linger after each course
    gr8tfood
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I have never had such great service. It was impossible not to linger over each appetizer because they were so bountiful. Great wine selection with very knowledgable wait staff. On the expensive side, I would use the excuse to dine at Al Vento for every special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    Sunshine
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Had a nice dinner at Al Vento in their beautiful covered patio with large potted plants, nice service, pleasant atmosphere. The food was very good. A number of interesting menu choices. I will definitely go back. Co-worker recommended Al Vento for Sunday brunch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I keep going back to Al Vento...
    VegieMix
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I have been to Al Vento several times, and have always been pleased with the food and the ambience. The semi-enclosed outdoor patio they added last year is my favorite spot. The Tuesday Date Night menu, four courses for $20, is just the right amount of food and all of it delicious. Bottles of wine are half price until 6 PM.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best patios!
    James
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This is always one of our favorite places, with great food, homemade pastas and friendly service. In nice weather, the wonderful patio is a big plus. I think it's the best moderately priced Italian restaurant in the Twin Cities! Its sister restaurants (Rinata and Sparks) are also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.