It was prom night Saturday,and
It was prom night Saturday,and large tables.full of prom dresses. The large groups did not seem to affect the good table service and attention we received. Halibut w spring risotto were really a treat. !
The energy level in the restaurant was high all night, but it is a smaller space and it was mostly full.... Glad that we had reservations!!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Your neighborhood Italian bistro
Good solid Italian rustica style. Housemade pasta. Small but solid wine list. Quiet.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bursting with flavor
Our party of five with varied choices all commented on the full flavors of the selections. The tirimisu was light and amazing. The mint chocolate chip gelato was fresh tasting and not too sweet.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, tight space
The food and wine was great but we were packed in like sardines. I had the Fusilli, a bottle of wine and we split a dessert. All were very good. No place for waiting groups to hang out while their table is being prepared to they were standing right next to our table while we ate.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent neighborhood Italian!
I love the separate rooms, provides a very quiet, and possibly romantic feel if you take a date, and I recommend that you do.
Service was prompt, knowledgeable, and very friendly.
I took a date on Sundy night and we tried the $20 4-Course meal. We both ordered different items and everything was excellent.
Great experience overall, highly recommended to friends.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We all enjoyed our meals. The hanger steak was a big hit at our table. The waitress was pleasant and recommended a nice wine. We had not been there for a while but will return soon.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Don't tell Al Vento lovers
We love the food at Al Vento but it can be very loud. Rinata is its sister restaurant with the same great food but much quieter.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was excellent, service
Food was excellent, service was very attentive. We enjoyed our visit and will be back.
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is one of my favorite
This is one of my favorite places to go for a nice dinner. The food and service is always great. I'm Italian and I think their pasta dishes are the best in town.
The noise atmosphere is usually good except this time we were seated next to a table of 20 women having a party which made it difficult to have a quiet conversation at our table. Since the restaurant was not crowded it would have bee nice to have been seated further away. We probably should have asked.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was incredible. It's definitely a cozy little place, lots of candle light. I could see it normally being really quiet but there was a large group in the same room as me and my date so that definitely contributed to the noise. Reasonable price for the quality of food also. I would definitely recommend to anyone for a nice first date.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect for date night
Wonderful food, great amount of space given to talk. Took my parents and my fiance here for my parents' 34th anniversary. Everybody loved it. Would not recommend for children, but Sunday date night is perfect--good price and good amount and variety of food.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great italian Food
Our waiter recommended the spagehetti and meatballs which I rarely order when dining out but this was a fantastic dish. The meatballs were some of the best I have ever had! And the bread served before the meal was delicious! The bar has also made great use of Proseco and Lemoncello in some very satsfying cocktails!
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been going to Rinata for three years. Their pasta is handmade. The caesar salad is still our favorite; it's packed with flavor and enough garlic to make your taste buds dance. All of their dishes are filling even though they look small. The olive tapenade ith the bread is to die for. Their menu changes regularly and we have enjoyed every dish that we have had. Some stand out dishes are the gnocchi paired with a protein, fettuccine with shrimp in a white wine sauce with chili flake, and their fettuccine puttanesca. My husband adores their meat dishes that include a hangar steak, short ribs with risotto, and wild boar with gnocchi. You can even call ahead and request them to make gluten free pasta. This is truly a gem. Enjoy!
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been to Rinata a couple
We've been to Rinata a couple times now. The service is always great as is the food. It's a smaller place so you better not mind being close to other restaurant patrons. Overall it's definitely worth trying out. Go on a Monday or Tuesday night fr half price bottles of wine.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
A hidden Jem
This is really a very good restaurant that doesn't appear to get much traffic. We have gone here a number of times and have never been disappointed. This time around we has the bruschetta, ravioli & the flank steak all which were really very well prepared. What I really like is the consistency & the fact that they don't seem to take any short cuts.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding Hole In The Wall
I am not easily "wowed" by a restaurant. But I was more than WOWED with the entire dining experience at Rinata!! The food was excellent!!! We all had something different and each dish was more fantastic than the next. Truly a hole in the wall dining experience! Neighborhood dining at its finest!
I would recommend Rinata to everyone!
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food, service and wine are all excellent. Several friends recommended this gem and they were right. Each dish is indiviidually prepared, fresh and superb. Service is excellent and I'd recommend this restaurant to anybody who enjoys great food and a terrific dining experience.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
love - love - love
Rinata NEVER disappoints us! It is our favorite little 'gem' that my husband and I go to... The food is always outstanding. The service staff are respectful and tuned in.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious red pepper risotto
My wife and I visited with another couple for dinner on a Friday evening. The bruschetta appetizer was great, and I loved my entree - a red pepper risotto with trout in it. The service was good, too. My only (mild) complaint is that it was quite hot in the restaurant, but that wasn't enough of an issue to keep me from coming back.
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
My go-to standby
Each time I come to Rinata I always have excellent food, great service, and enjoy the atmosphere. Their menu is constantly changing, and the new additions are always great!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Italian in Minneapolis
Authentic, delicious Italian food. Can't beat the half off bottles of wine from 4:30-6 either. Great service. Nothing bad to say about Rinata.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for a date night
We had a wonderful experience at Rinata in Uptown Minneapolis. The staff was very friendly and they knew answers to anything we asked about the menu. Low lighting and dark wood make the ambiance perfect for a first date or get together with close friends. The prices are pretty cheap too!!!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I both enjoyed our dining experience here. A seemingly light dinner of salads and sharing a pizza was more than filling. We enjoyed the pizza with caramelized onions, prosciutto, and truffle oil. So good! Lucky for us, there was a special on wine, bottles half price, and the pairing was excellent (Compass, Sav-Blanc). The chocolate cake, when split, seemed small at first but was so rich that it was just right. The ambience was nice--very understated and artfully tasteful.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was very good and interesting.
Food was very good and interesting. The service was just like Italy a little slow. We were in no rush so it was fine but don't think you are going to get in and out quick. We would go back again
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food and environment
This restaurant has a nice environment for and exquisite food as well. it is a gem in the middle of the ocean!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Was looking for something
Was looking for something in the neighborhood and gave it a try. Made a 6:00 Friday night reservation. We were very pleased with the experience. The service was great, the food was very good. We would have no issues recommending this restaurant to our friends.
7/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great spot and good food
My friend and I had a super dinner Satruday night. Great food choices, a wonderful waitress with excellent ideas for both of us for dinner and our wine. No outdoor eating space so great on a cool summer night or the three seasons when it is cool/cold here. Very cozy.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sunday Date Night
Great value and even better food. We will be coming back.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Date night special.
A very nice Italian bistro. Well prepared and flavorful dishes. Date night special menu is perfect for just the right amount of food with enough choices. Personal service. Small but nice wine selection.
8/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always a great place to eat! Food is always fantastic, menu changes often, and that makes me always wanting to come back again and again!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rinata is a small and comfortable Italian restaurant with a charming interior. On Sundays, they offer a four-course tasting menu for $20. Food is seasonal and always predictably good!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
love my little Italian
You know... there are a 'MILLION' up and coming, trend setting , dazzling new restaurants in the cities... but when in doubt - i can always go back to the quiet and simple atmosphere of Rinata to get some of the best home cooked Italian... It was my birthday celebration - and - it was grand.. LOVE
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Aim to please
I am not a fan of red sauce and so when I saw that the usual white sauces were absent from the menu, I was very disappointed. The waitress assured me that I could order many items with a variety of non-red sauces. I ordered the fettuccine with an olive oil and cream sauce. The BEST I've ever had. Molto bene'!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I love rinata their food and service consistently good.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
a special find
I was searching for a place to go for a birthday dinner and came across Rinata. The small, cozzie, dimly lit resturant was a perfect end to my birthday. The food was good and the service was fantastic! I love being able to get quality recommendations from the server when you are torn between two dishes. The bread was probably one of my favorite parts!! And the 1/2 price bottle of wine on Mon & Tues is an added bonus!
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service were absolutely outstanding. A wonderful value!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were recommended by a co-worker
We were recommended by a co-worker to visit because of the favorable comments on the food. We were not disappointed at all. The braised bison short ribs were outstanding. The atmosphere was very warm and inviting especially for a romantic evening, which was the occasion we were celebrating. We will be back to try more of the fine cuisine.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Memories of Italy
Took us back to the fabulous food we had in Italy....Rinata's chef is that good! I had fettuccine with frutti de mare and it was fantastic. My husband's chicken cappellini was equally good, and our gelati was top-notch. Servers were attentive, a bit stuffy perhaps, but that would be our only qualm. Overall we'll be back!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sunday night date night was
Sunday night date night was a good value. Except they were out of the mussels starter we both wanted. The food was good and Erin our server was very nice and helpful.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rinata rarely disappoints. Low key and comfortable. Food is reliably good, nothing too fancy but well above your average Italian restaurant. Prices are reasonable
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed our evening at Rinata. Our reservation time was honored. We had a decent table. The restaurant was not chaotic. It reminded us of being back in Europe, where one does get a chance to enjoy the meal in a relatively quiet setting. We were not rushed to eat during the meal. The waiting staff was not too intrusive or in your face. The menu was not overwhelming to read. Wine choices were good. The food was well prepared. It was a pleasant experience to be dining there, and we will be back.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
i'm still dreaming of the food. it was beyond expectations!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Erin served us in the bar
Erin served us in the bar ... we had the Sunday night date night special and we like the multiple small plates that come with that. The food was very good and the service was attentive.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Evening Out
It is not often you go to a restaurant and every single thing you partake of is delicious, especially with 6 diners!
We had the salmon bruschetta and mussels as appetizers - both were everything you could want out of the order: a bit of spice to the mussels with a delicious broth we couldn't help but dip our bread into, and a smoked salmon that was light and flavorful- not at all overwhelming (and don't get me started on the bread- I'm a training pastry chef, and I could not get enough of it!).
For dinner our group got the gnocchi with prime rib, hen with cranberry, salmon, and cannelloni with duck. We all shared bites and everything was fantastic! All around good food, FABULOUS service, and quiet, reserved atmosphere from a small kitchen.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small Menu, Big Success
The atmosphere is cozy, mellow, and more than enjoyable. The bar is small, but welcoming, and the intimacy of the lighting added a nice touch.
We had Brussel Sprout Bruschetta with truffle oil and ricotta (A-), split the poached pear salad (B-), my partner enjoyed the fettucine de frutti del mare (A) and I tried the spaghetti (A). The portions were modest and priced well, and the food was above the average MPLS fare. The bruschetta could have used a little less salt, and the salad was slightly bland, but the entrees were DELICIOUS.
We were treated to an apple tart with vanilla gelato for dessert with caramel scape, and it was the perfect sweetness to finish off the night alongside a tawny port.
Exceeded expectations; highly recommended.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely Little Restaurant
We have eaten here numerous times over the years and and have never had a bad meal or bad service. the ambiance is delightful. It really is as close to an Italian trattoria as we will find in the cities and that in just fine with us. No glitz, no loud conversation, just a quiet, intimate place with great food served at a nice pace. Try it.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Such a great experience, we
Such a great experience, we went there for our anniversary and had an amazing time. The food is so fresh, house made pasta is amazing, and the ever changing menu is always loaded with fantastic options.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Value Date-Night Meals
The mussels as appetizer are good in size and texture, swimming in tasty broth. (The broth's salt level can be toned down for my taste.) The pear salad is refreshing and the bread is well made, with the aromatic chopped olive and oil dip. The freshly-made pasta with shredded chicken is well tossed together with subtle flavor. The tiramisu is simply to die for. The wait staff is attentive but not intrusive. The setting is romantic and the noise level, appropriate. All in all, I challenge anyone to come up with a better dining experience in the Twin Cities for the $20 date-night special at Rinata! No wonder they are busy most Sunday nights.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed everything about this restaurant especially the excellent food and service!!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
so glad we tried it
All courses were excellent, wait staff very friendly, knowledgeable, and available without being intrusive.
12/7/2013 4:00:00 PM