Rinata
Rinata

Rinata

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rinatarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (612) 374-8998
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Sunday-Thursday 4:30pm-10:00pm Friday and Saturday 4:30pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Tim Allen
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: There is a beautiful small dinning room that seats up to 12 people. Reservations required by phone for private parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Jonathan Hunt 612-374-8998

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 25th street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is located in the rear of the building.
A word from Rinata
At Rinata, you will be served Italian fare that comes from your back yard. Going along with Italian tradition, Rinata cooks what is around them and what is available. Taking the simplest ingredients and making them work together. So please come in tonight and enjoy a piece of Italy in your back yard!

To learn more about our happy hour, specials and any upcoming wine dinners please CLICK HERE.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Rinata reviews from OpenTable diners
120 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (93)romantic (72)fit for foodies (70)special occasion (46)notable wine list (25)good for groups (12)late-night find (10)hot spot (6)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • date night!
    highlandgirl
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Great food, friendly staff and cozy atmosphere. Date night on Sundays is a terrific deal! Loved the butternut squash ravioli- yum!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really nice, low key date night spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I had a perfect night out with my wife here. Small menu makes it easy to pick and share a few things. The food was great, service was great and it was just a simple and easy night out for us. It's nice to find a place that isn't overdone on anything.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I am not one to write reviews often, but this magnificent dining experience deserves it! We hadn't gone on a date in nearly a year since having our first child, so I wanted it to be special, but not over the top. We like to look good and be classy, but don't usually enjoy the scene that all of that brings. The lighting over each table makes you feel incredibly intimate and the food was timed just enough a part so you can enjoy your cocktails between courses. Prices were fair and service was perfect. We hadn't laughed together so hard in what feels like forever. Great Date, Great Experience!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our waitress was outstanding.
    DanielVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    She was attentive and knowledgeable. The food was great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday night dinner
    CheHVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    First time we have tried the Sunday date menu. We brought two friend who had not tried Rinata. They were very ok pressed with the homemade pastas...spaghetti and meatballs and butternut squash ravioli. Service was very personable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too much garlic
    k8rd3cVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The caesar salad had so much garlic in it that it didn't even taste good and I did not feel well the entire next day. The bison, however, was phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sveegs
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Although the menu was limited, the food was very good and I'm glad I didn't have a lot of decisions to make. We very much enjoyed what we ordered. The printed menu could use some commas to better describe the offerings. Prices were a little high but not sure if it was due to location. Parking was tough - small lot behind the building. But, we will come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    CatDVMVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Stopped here before a concert at the Temple Israel and were very pleasantly surprised at the ambience, server and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still cookin'
    LateNightDinerVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Life gets busy and it has been a while since we dined at Rinata. They are still cookin' great Italian dishes with local, seasonal ingredients. We introduced four friends to our favorite Hennepin Av haunt tonight and they loved it! I enjoyed the halibut and butternut squash risotto and the fish was stellar. Crispy outside, warm, moist inside. The risotto was the best I've ever had. I love that they are so seasonally minded!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • rinata is sweet
    misho5
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    really quaint place. been there a few times. love the food. took a friend from new York and he felt at home saying how much this restaurant feels like a one from new York. I agree with him.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Food
    YUMMY
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Rinata was recommended to me by my Mom, she and my Dad went their for an Anniversary dinner. She said they tried the Sunday night date night menu (for $20!) and it was awesome. I went their with my Boyfriend, we ran into some of our friends and they said this is "their spot," they love it so much. After eating there, we can see why everyone loves it. The food was outstanding, so delicious and filling. The portions were perfect. The date night menu consists of an appetizer, salad, main entree and dessert. We each tried the date night menu and got to try a number of different dishes, all of which were decadent. The restaurant is small and cozy. We left there feeling "fat and happy." We will be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great little restaurant
    pt4critic
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Very good food, primarily Italian inspired, at a great price. Their Sunday night special of 4 courses (appetizer, soup/salad, entrée, and desert) for $20 is the best bargain in town. Unlike many similar specials there are multiple choices for each course and the portions are normal sizes. Interesting wine list although a bit overpriced with very limited choices under $40. Service has always been friendly and efficient and the servers are knowledgeable about the various dishes. Dining area is small with tables close together, but the noise level is moderate. A small free parking area is behind the building.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Little Gem
    Layla
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I brought two friends (new to Rinata) for a bday celebration. They LOVED it! Rinata honored my special table request which was available for us even though we arrived early. My friends enjoyed the cozy atmosphere while relaxing over fabulous food and cocktails. They ordered pizzas and are still talking about it days later. I ordered the squash ravioli which was mouthwateringly delicious. Our waiter was extremely attentive and charming. I know I'll return and bring more Rinata newbies with me! Congratulations, Rinata! You are a wonderful addition to the Uptown area!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • alltherageVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I'm currently staffed on a consulting engagement in Minneapolis and it's definitely my favorite Minneapolis restaurant by far. I live in NYC and I would come here once a week if I could. The spaghetti and meatballs are absolutely perfect. They have half priced bottles of wine on Tuesday. Dessert is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Why haven't I been here?
    BlueLarkspur
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This was a great unexpected treat on Hennepin Avenue in Uptown, not a stretch of road I typically associate with good eating. All the food is made from scratch and it showed. There's a nice wine list with plenty available by the glass. Everything we had was really delicious but the butternut squash ravioli with brown butter and sage was especially worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun place to eat
    holly
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Small quarters but not to tight, waitstaff very attentive, and food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Halibut with risotto was delicious. Nicely sized portion and the risotto cooked to perfection. The server was gracious and attentive, and responded appropriately when someone in our party had to send his meal back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect spot
    sh63
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We loved the quiet atmosphere and wonderful food. So glad to have found a place where conversation is possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rustic Delight on Hennepin
    ILoveLocalVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My wife & I have been coming to Rinata since they opened, and continue to love it. This is the type of rustic, home-style Italian place I enjoyed when I lived on the East Coast, in bigger cities like Boston, with a more substantial Italian population. There's nothing quite like it in Minneapolis. The food is real Italian-style comfort food, but I mean like perfectly braised meats, or squash ravioli, not generic pasta & red sauce. Their happy hours and 1/2-priced-wine deals are unbeatable too. Great little spot in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luv2eatout
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We had a wonderful time at Rinata. This was our first time at the restaurant. The dining room is divided into two distinct areas. We had the smaller area all to ourselves on a Monday night. It's a pleasant space, wood floors, candlelit, and quiet. No special view, except of the street. The service was excellent, wine bottles half price on Mondays, and interesting menu as well. We had mixed green salad which was very good. The pastas were delicious and my son liked his margarita pizza. We enjoyed the whole experience and would indeed go back. I'd love to try the Sunday evening deal of 4-course meal for $20.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dolan
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Loved it. We will return. The food was delicious and the service was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great meal but sad bucatini is gone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great meal, but very sad the Bucatini was taken off the menu. It's our favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we'll go back
    Lucybird
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Picked this for after a movie at Uptown, focusing on location and price. All four of us were pleased with our meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quaint and quiet
    FirstDate
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Went there on a first date. Had never been there before, but it exceeded expectation. Quaint, quiet ambiance, and waitress was very considerate. Only critique is that the place seemed a small, and tables a little close to each other, but they made it work with class.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of the best!
    Uptownfever
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Love this place, amazing food and wine. The service is outstanding. Reminds me of many neighborhood places in Chicago or New York.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Tables are small and crowded. My pasta was not fully cooked. The service was good but not great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful, memories of Italy
    cdix24
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Rinata's is a wonderful restaurant, reminded me of my trips to Italy. The food was outstanding, the service was great and just an overall wonderful experience. This was our first visit, but will definitely will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Our experience was wonderful! We arrived during happy hour and I was surprised to be the only ones dining. We will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not up to the mark
    Alex
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was mediocre & the restaurant was really hot & really noisy. The advertise are romantic , which was certainly not the case. Service was bad - our waitress didn't help us & had no personality, it was like talking to a wall. For the low quality of food & bad service - this place is very over priced. I'd suggest going to this place if you;re super super hungry & Chipotle is closed.
    • Food
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  • Really great place
    dugefresh
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Most of the food is made from scratch everyday, pasta, cheese, bread, etc. The food was some of the best I've had, service was great. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian find
    traveler
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Small and unpretentious this restuarant had wonderful Italian food with a bit of a gourmet twist. We sampled a few of the appetizers as well as the home made pastas and all proved to be delicious and fresh. A relaxed environment with a good bar gave the place a cozy feel that is missing in all the new trendy industrial style restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rinata Me Anytime
    racheatsVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Just got back from Italy and was craving some Italian carbs, and I left happy. We ordered a nice wine, shared a fab appetizer, indulged in delicious bread and oil, and shared a pasta and pizza. They also let us improvise on the pasta and made it with chicken, it was very good. I had never tried their pizza before, and I must say, I was very impressed - it was sooooo good. I'd definitely come back and do the same, don't miss out on the pizza! I really wanted to try some of the dessert, but we were too stuffed - next time. Also, our server was very attentive and pleasant, she made it a very pleasurable experience. We shall be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beth
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food here is incredible! A little cramped at times but well worth checking out!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We have been to Rinata several times, but this time it was so bad, we won't be back. The waitress was slow in getting to us. All the food (except the bread), was WAY too salty -- my pizza so much so that I could barely eat it. The waitress never came back to ask us how our meals were, and our water glasses were empty for a LONG time (due to all the salt). I finally went to ask her for water (which she DIDN'T bring immediately), and, even though she didn't ask, I told her how bad the pizza was. She did take the cost of the pizza off the bill, but since we had a Living Social voucher, it only saved us $2, and meant that we didn't get to use $8 of our voucher. It would have been nice if she had come earlier and offered me something edible.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too spicy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I love spicy food,don't get me wrong. but this is over the top for Italian. SOME chili flake is really good in a nice sauce,but not this much. If the toned it back a bit,it would be a home run. Good quality food,and I will probably be back,but I will have them omit about 3/4 of the chili flake.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rinata
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This is my third visit to Rinata. Each time, I have thoroughly enjoyed the menu, the service, and the friendly atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining room
    TonyT
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food was excellent. My wife found a new favorite red wine, Barbera! The decore was good. I wish they wouldn't have packed all the custmers into one of the two rooms - would have been nice to spread out alittle.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food always... But
    Chezanimalhair
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We go here a lot. The staff and service are fantastic always. The food consistently great as well. But on a summer night it's so damn hot in there we nearly passed out, and it was a struggle to eat. Please improve AC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Liked with reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at Rinata yet felt a bit taken. There were two different wine menus on the table. The wine we ordered from one menu was not on the other, the waiter ended up picking the wine for us and it was the most expensive bottle on the menu. When we alerted him to this error he had no comment. We were disappointed with the response. Our meals were very good so we would still recommend Rinata for its food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tables too close together
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Good food but too crowded. Our table was on the end and was way too close to the next table. To leave the table, I had to move sideways to fit between the tables. And I am not a large person. It was awkward to carry on a conversation with any sort of privacy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate