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Al Vento
Al Vento

Al Vento Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.alventorestaurant.com
  • Email: alventorestaurant@hotmail.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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Great everything! Block from my house. I'll be back again and again!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We have gone to Al Vento several times in the past couple of years and the food has always been uniformly delicious. We were there very early at 5:30 and the main dining roomwas only half full so the noise level was low and tolerable. However as were leaving ay 6:45, most of the tables were full and so then the noise level was way beyond a comfortable level. We would never go at a busy time. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We set a reservation for four at 1:00pm and arrived at the restaurant at 1:03. There was no host in sight despite the restaurant being visibly slower. There was another couple waiting on the only bench in the tiny waiting area when we arrived and another group of four arrived shortly after. I was able to take a seven minute phone call before we even saw a host and once we saw one they checked us in and cleared a table, but instead of clearing us from this cramped area where we had been for almost ten minutes they decided to check in the other groups. It was 1:17pm before we were seated. Food was great, buffet was always stocked and delicious, only thing that was sub par were the ice cold Eggs Florentine. Recommend the calzone slices."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The food at Al Vento is rustic and delicious. All of the wait staff is extremely attentive and customer oriented. They have a real genuine positive attitude. I have been there several times and will continue to go back. Great place for a nice date night or bring the kids with."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "It is nice to go to a restaurant that doesn't serve the same thing over and over again, it can get boring. Every time I come to El Vento, I have something different."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food is amazing, the staff are friendly and it is right in my neighborhood. I love coming here."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Once again, the Tuesday Date Night fixed menu was wonderful! The Caesar salad was the best ever, nice and garlicky, the way I like it! This is a great value for such delicious food. I've been dining here for years and not once have I been disappointed in the food, wine and service."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The trout and flatiron steak were delicious. The caesar salad was too garlicky and peppery. The gnochi dish was bland. Dessert were very tasty."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Table for four at 6 p.m. We were surprised how busy the restaurant was for a Wednesday night. But that did not impede service. We were not rushed and left at 9 p.m. which speaks for the comfort of dining at Al Vento. I was able to substitute root veggies with the steelhead trout which demonstrates their flexibility. Another diner had lamb shank which was moist and flavorful. My spouse had linguine which was too spicy for me but he often orders spicy food so he was happy with it. A fourth diner ordered the sandwich, chicken with pesto which was o.k. with her but not spectacular. We had dessert and coffee, but mostly we had the time to get caught up with each other, which was the object of going out to a restaurant.."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We frequently eat at Al Vento and have never been disappointed. The food and service are always excellent. Their Tuesday night 'Date Night' menu is terriffic and a good value. Combined with happy hour prices, it makes for a great experience."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Good food Good service Love the feel This all equals a good time"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I had a gift certificate to Al Vento and took my family there for a weekend brunch. The restaurant is laid out like a long, thin hallway and made it difficult to get to/from the buffet. But no matter, the food was highly underwhelming - tasteless pasta, scrambled eggs, pancakes, and so-so Italian sausage. The only truly good item was ricotta stuffed crepes. I will not return. The server barely got by to check on us or clear our plates."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I love alVento's! I always go there on my birthday without fail! The food is always outstanding and so is the service! I also like the Tuesday night date night! It's a big hit with all of my friends. Thank you for another wonderful experience at alVento's! Maria Lidstone"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We have been to Al Vento many times but the last time was really subpar. We went back this time for Date Night and were pleasantly surprised to find the food and service were outstanding. We sampled the marinated olives and stuffed mushrooms, two seasonal salads from Chef Hunt, and our gnocchi and ravioli dishes were both exceptional. We shared a lovely bottle of wine and capped off the evening with gelato and coffee. This dinner reestablishes Al Vento for us as a "go to" location for special occasions and comfortable dinners with friends. I can't say enough about the improvement in the service - nicely done to all. We wanted for nothing and our glasses were always full."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The restaurant is located in an older neighborhood with limited parking. The dining space is a bit crowded, but the service was excellent. The good was outstanding as well. The only drawbacks I experienced were the long wait between the appetizer and the main course and the fact that the restaurant offers nothing extra for a guest's birthday."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We hadn't been to Al Vento in over two years. It used to be one of our favorites. Our recent visit was quite disappointing. The sausage pizza has changed and not in a good way. No flavor. The Buccatini al'Amatriciana has always been my favorite. Granted, there is an ample amount of pancetta, but the dish was so very salty. Almost indelible. It was my wife's birthday. I don't think we will go back."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Awesome food and a fun place to have dinner with your partner. Knowledgeable and efficient servers. The kitchen staff has superb capabilities. One of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Quality of food is notable. Presentation and preparation lead to a tasty and satisfying meal."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Al Vento is a little on the pricey side, but it's worth it. The service is great, food is amazing and if you take advantage of one of their specials it's very affordable. We usually go there for more special occasions. We tried the Tuesday Date Night deal for the first time the other night and you get a ton of food for a low price. Al Vento is truly a gem in Nokomis."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "It was the first time we ate brunch here and it was excellent. For a reasonable price, we had unlimited mumosas and a wide range of breakfast, pasta, salad and dessert items. We will definitely eat brunch there again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed an amazing meal at Al Vento for our 20 year anniversary! The food was awesome, with the exception of the spiced chocolate gelato, couldn't eat more than one bite, because it was too hot. But Tiramisu was AMAZING! Great ambience with the exception of a table right behind us with two men who didn't seem to realize they weren't the only ones in the place. Will definitely be eating here again."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "My favorite brunch spot in south mpls by far. A buffet with eggs florentine, waffles, a variety of cheeses, potatoes, pasta, fruit with chocolate fondue, cannoli, crepes, and more. Just awesome… Plus great bloodies with house made mix and mimosas included with the meal."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Loved it. Menu was unique and the flavors were excellent chef creations, not your normal Italian fare. Service was terrific too."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food was outstanding - we enjoyed a vegetarian pizza with the most wonderful combination of ingredients/toppings and a goat cheese stuffed chicken breast with a delicious polenta side dish. It was a bit loud in the front room. In previous visits we've been seated in the back room where it seems much less noisy. We appreciate having a place like Al Vento in the neighborhood that we can walk to for a nice date night, leaving the kids behind with a sitter."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great fresh food, knowledgeable, attentive but unobtrusive wait staff. House made cocktails and reasonable prices. (Parking is on the tight side.)"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "awesome food and atmosphere. Make sure you make a reservation for weekend brunch or you might not get a spot!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "My husband and I had brunch at Al Vento about a year ago and loved it. We had friends here from AZ and they absolutely loved it! We got to chat and catch up with one another and had great food the whole time! Highly recommend the restaurant for Brunch and Dinner! Love it! Mary"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "cant wait to go again our server was very attentive - just wonderful highly recommend the Boozie Brunch ! the food is delicious and so many different things to choose from"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We love this neighborhood eatery for the ambience, service, great food overall."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Waitress was knowledgable about the menu. The meal enjoyable. The staff didn't us out to finish our meal."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Great service and food. Tues date night is a real deal. Looking forward to going back!!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We were at Al Vento for another special occasion. Our server, Lou, was attentive (but not, too) and congenial. since this is a favorite dining spot of ours we were glad to be there again. We chose the date night menu which had fine choices."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Four of us went on a busy Sat PM. Terrific pizza Prosciutto and egg with baby arugula goat cheese and Sicilian stuffed mushrooms with walnuts and mother sauce as app, delicious and creative skate with beet couscous. Oothers enjoyed lamb shank and beet fettucine elk bolognese with wonderful mother sauce. Waiter very attentive and we appreciated candor re: wine selection. Noise level a bit too loud, but improved as crowd dissipated."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Al Vento is wonderful. The food offerings are always very creative and tasty. The wait staff is very informed of each entree and offers excellent service. My only complaint is each time I've been there, no Cabernet is offered on the wine list. The wines need a bit of revamping."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Al Vento was wonderful - as always. We had our first date there and have been returning regularly since. We live some distance but it's worth it. And it is PERFECT for a romantic reunion dinner after an airport pickup - 6-7 minutes drive and you're at your table. The food is outstanding and the service is always very helpful and friendly. And if you need more incentive they have half price wine every day at dinner before 6 and all evening Sunday and Monday. What can I say. We love this place."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "This place is great for dates. Being separated at the moment, I have yet to come here on a date. Instead, I bring my girlfriends on Weds. nights to vent! A $6 sandwich with a tiny side salad? Yes, please! The wait staff is excellent. The host staff and help staff are a little uptight or "off," (see for yourself,) but all in all, I will continue to go here!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "The Tuesday Date Night fixed menu is always a hit. We got there early enough to get the 1/2 price bottle of wine, so that was a bonus. The menu is three courses and gelato at the end. Everything was delicious and will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Al Vento has become a go-to spot when gathering a group from around the metro area to catch up and enjoy a good meal. I plan to come back to try items on their dinner menu and wine list. Service was friendly and timely, we did not feel rushed despite being seated during the last hour of brunch. The buffet service was a adequate although some salads were not being refilled as early as an hour before the brunch ended."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Went for a Sunday Brunch. There were no crackers for the cheeses. The eggs were cold and bland. The pasta was cold and sticky. Butter wouldn't even melt on the pancakes. The only thing decent were the potatoes. Would not recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Service was wonderful and very attentive. Food was great, best meatballs I have ever had. Great neighborhood gem"
    Dined on 2/18/2014