About Ciao Bella

At Ciao Bella, we serve simple, fresh Italian cuisine made from local ingredients. Our handcrafted meals are accompanied by a thoughtful, approachable wine selection. We believe dining is more than food: it is an experience, and ours is quality. Enjoy your handcrafted meal on our lively outdoor patio, or take in the local art collection in our dining room. Our philosophy is simple: quality food and wine presented with welcoming service. Every meal. Every day. Please join us.

A Minneapolis metro favorite, Ciao Bella was opened in 1997 by Minneapolis restaurateur Rick Webb, whose pursuits have set the standard in Twin Cities dining for over 40 years. Heading downtown? Visit Ciao Bella’s sister restaurant, Zelo, for another dining experience from Rick Webb featuring handcrafted food and dedicated service.

3501 Minnesota Drive
Bloomington, MN 55435
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dining Room:
Monday through Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 4 – 9 p.m.

Bar:
Monday through Saturday: 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.
*Limited Menu including pizza, flatbread, and dessert served until 11 p.m.
Sunday: 4 p.m. – midnight
*Limited Menu including pizza, flatbread, and dessert served until 10 p.m.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(952) 841-1000

Website:
http://www.ciaobellamn.com/

Executive Chef:
Steve Tippett

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Ciao Bella Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (92)
Business Meals (71)
Good for a Date (67)
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Good for Anniversaries (59)
Good for Birthdays (53)
Great for Lunch (50)
Worth the Drive (50)
Fit for Foodies (47)
Creative Cuisine (46)
Great for Outdoor Dining (46)
Romantic (44)
Good for Groups (40)
Authentic (35)
Notable Wine List (34)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Fun (31)
Happy Hour (28)
Casual (24)
Healthy (24)
Bar Seating (23)
Cozy (23)
Comfort Food (22)
Hot Spot (21)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Local Ingredients (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
People Watching (14)
Seasonal (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Disabled Access (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Great Beer (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Tapas (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Organic (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Vegan (2)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Great restaurant, however, noisy. The food choices, quality, portion options and service is top shelf. I highly recommend Ciao Bella!

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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Awesome service amazing food. Will definitely be back.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

We enjoyed our evening in a quiet booth . Jeff our server was excellent! This is our favorite dining spot in all of the area!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

The lo carb salad was phenomenal! And my friend's Bella Burger looked pretty amazing too. This is a lovely restaurant for almost any kind of occasion!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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·Dined 7 days ago

Food was wonderful. Service was excellent. We had a nice relaxing time bonding with our group.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We have eaten here for many years - The food is very good - Especially the lasagna.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food and service were amazing

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Even with my open table reservation and my co-worker arriving 10 minutes early, we did not get a table until 15 minutes after our reservation time. This caused us to be late for a business meeting following lunch. Very frustrating.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Fun
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had an amazing meal and the server was awesome! We loved it!!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Can’t say enough about Ciao Bella, fantastic menu, have never had an item that was not fantastic. Meticulous presentation, flavorful, great variety. Our server was super personable, helpful, attentive and flexible.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent start to finish. The wine recommendation was perfect. We ordered small plates to share. All were wonderful.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Outstanding meal as usual! It always delivers. Highly recommend.

Tags: Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Staff at Ciao Bella is the best around!! None better!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Awesome Birthday Celebration - food and service amazing

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

About as good as one could hope for without traveling across the Atlantic. The kitchen knows what it is doing....

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food is always good. The indoor restaurant can get very noisy. Went in the summer and ate on the patio. Very nice, much quieter

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I visit this Restaurant often. It is one of my favorites because it has consistently great food and great service. It can get a little noisy when it is really busy (and it is usually busy). I just ask to be seated off in a corner and it is not as bad.

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Rehenna was awesome!

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Always worth every penny to come to Ciao!!!! The best service of life always, so so so quick and happy and SO knowledgeable!! I love the dim atmosphere, incredible food, I will always come here for special occasions and nights we can splurge on dinner!!! It’s a wonderful, superb experience! Bravo!!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Good for a Date
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We loved Ciao Bella. Our server was wonderful! She gave us great suggestions and really knew the food. The food was fabulous, we couldn't be happier. The prices are on the high side but we had the daily specials and there are less expensive items on the menu.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Ciao Bello Is our go to restaurant when we want something a little special. This time it was my husband’s birthday. anytime especially in the summer we love the patio. Inside dining is nice but I find the noise level hard to have a conversation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Paleo Friendly, Kid-friendly
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We have been to this restaurant many times and always enjoy the food both small plates and dinner specials. The negative for me is the wine by the glass selection which I think is marginal

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Really quite wonderful experience. Reasonable value. Helpful way staff.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Good menu, nice ambiance, delicious food, and great service. Very nice restaurant for Happy Hour, special celebrations, or just a nice night out.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Enjoyed the atmosphere. Our waitress, Sam was great. Wanted to try somewhere new & were very happy with Ciao Bella. Will go back again. :))

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Really enjoyed the food and our waiter is the top one for sure. Never had a bad meal here

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Ciao Bella never disappoints. We were there for dinner celebrating a birthday. I asked for a quiet table for 2 and my request was honored. Actually, it's never quiet there, but we were seated in a corner, away from some of the "energy". Great service, great food... and we appreciated the special attention surrounding the birthday dessert. Definitely recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 18, 2017

If you'd like to eat here, make a reservation. We came on a Tuesday night and it was absolutely packed. The appetizers were fantastic. We ordered the calamari, the crab cakes and the classic bruschetta. Best appetizers I've had this year. I ordered the 6oz filet mignon, I was not impressed. The plate presentation was awful and was not attractive to me at all. Dessert was delicious. Great place for apps. Going back to try another entree.

UPDATE: Came back two nights later. Our server, Michelle, suggested ed the lasagna. It was so fantastic. She was a fantastic server as well. Kind, quick, and had great suggestions. However, the girls in the front were rude. We walked in and got nothing but nasty stares from them. They just stared at us. We stood there for about 5 minutes as they just looked at us. Like excuse me, are you going to ask if I have a reservation? Are you going to seat us? Or are you just going to stare at us? Fortunately for us, one of the managers saw us and seated us quickly and promptly. My client was rather upset with the customer service up in front. Fortunately the food made all the difference.

Not sure if I'll come back. I'd rather get it to-go than deal with the girls in the front again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 17, 2017

we love food and service here. staffs are on point, tentative, professional but not cold. we come here probably once or twice a month so we've been having the same food. please add new items!!

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Celebrating my wife's birthday. One of our favorite fine dining restaurants. Love to take special friends to. Super service to go with a great menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great server and great food! Didn't rush us even though there were people waiting to be seated.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Never disappoints. One of my regular spots & I love it more everytime I go.

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 16, 2017

From the moment you walk in they treat you great. The atmosphere is warm, the service was some of the best I've experienced. My wife and I split twonentrees and they divided them in the kitchen. Wine was good and the cloudless chocolate desert worked for my gluten free wife. Definitely will be back.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great quality food, service and all of the above

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 15, 2017

My first time at this restaurant... very nice atmosphere and the food was excellent. I was there for dinner but in the future will stop by for drinks and apps too. Thank you!

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

I took my girlfriend for her birthday. If you make a reservation you get to sit in a area with white tablecloths and a candle, if you don't you sit in a more general area. The food and service was amazing.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This is not my first time to Ciao Bella and I must say, I have never had a dish here that I didn't like. My wife and I went out to dinner with another couple and everyone loved their meals. The staff was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. They even made suggestions to us on how to save money around the salads. I had a Maple Glazed Salmon over butternut squash puree and spinach, and my wife, who despises Salmon, had multiple bites from my plate! Great time, great food and great place to go!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our server, Maggy could not have been better. She made us all feel welcome and attended to all of our needs. Her wine and food suggestions were spot on. Both the food and service were wonderful. We will be back again!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had the cauliflower appetizer which was excellent. We also enjoyed the salmon special (with maple syrup, spinach, and butternut squash). It was excellent. Overall, the food was very good.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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