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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.*

*Ciao Bella will open at 11:00 am on Sunday, January 28th and Sunday, February 4th

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.
**Hours may change during the week of January 29th through February 4th

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

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (71)
Good for a Date (70)
Good for Anniversaries (53)
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Business Meals (45)
Fit for Foodies (44)
Good for Birthdays (44)
Creative Cuisine (38)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Worth the Drive (36)
Notable Wine List (35)
Romantic (35)
Good for Groups (34)
Great for Lunch (33)
Authentic (33)
Bar Seating (27)
Cozy (22)
Happy Hour (22)
Great for Outdoor Dining (21)
Comfort Food (19)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (19)
Fun (18)
Casual (17)
Hot Spot (16)
Seasonal (15)
Healthy (12)
People Watching (11)
Late-night Find (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Great Beer (4)
Tapas (4)
Vegan (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Organic (1)
Spicy (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

The food here is amazing! The Seared Ahi Tuna and Short Rib and Roasted Tomato Ravioli were exceptional. The wait staff were so friendly and professional and extremely attentative to our table. The whole experience is well worth the price. I will stop here again next time I’m in the twin cities.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 2 days ago

Consistently top notch over the years. Great wine options, the food is excellent, and the desserts are worth saving a little room.

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

We loved the manager who bought us drinks since we had to wait.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

The food was good. The service was excellent. The ambience was very nice. It was way too noisy, though. My wife and I were not able to carry on a conversation without yelling.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was great, ambiance was good.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

Inadvertly has made a reservation online for the day after valintines day so we then looked for it on the 14th is was not there. Totally embrassed and my wife a bit sad. Our lovely host and then manager said let me see what I can find. Found us maybe the best spot in the bar and I was humbeled. We had a martini with real stuffed olives! Ordered a small Calamari which I had to say was pretty dam fantastic since there are only a few that do it correctly. Ordered the glazed Brussels sprouts which were like a dessert and when well with our lobster nocce which we shared it all. Their bread mopped up the losbster sauce at the end. We finished with a lemon dessert. Our waiter was a super pro and she could have not been better. All of the waitstaff were fantastic!!! Basically my screwup turned into the best possible dining experience I have had in awhile. Oh and we went because my buddy gave me a gift card so I thought let’s give it a try since I had not been at ciao bells for a number of years. I can see why they have been going strong since 1997!!! I would rate our whole experience a 10 or double 5 Star Thanks to all the staff who made it happen!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Fun, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food and service.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

It was fantastic! We will go back again!!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

Good food great service

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

The service was slow for a lunch. I sat for about 15 minutes before our lunch order was taken. The food was ok but not great (great = telling other people about it).

the other party and I both ordered the crab sandwich. The plate looked appealing enough. The bread under the crab was a bit soggy. The crab was OK. The sauce was nothing special. The fries accompanying the sandwich were generally more soggy versus crisp.

I'd rate the experience overall at a 6-7 at best. Probably more like a 6 since I expect more frpom Ciao Bella

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 10, 2018

It was our first time dining experience for my husband’s birthday. We both thought the food was fabulous! Although our server was obviously very busy, she still managed to give us very personal attention. A bit pricey but would return for special occasion.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing atmosphere and great service and food. Very attentive and polite all evening. Did everything to make our visit super special.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, People Watching, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Had a great Valentines Date Night. The Tortiglioni Rossa is amazing!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Delicious food! A little bit expensive but not unreasonably so!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Ciao Bella never disappoints. Great food and service. The cocktails from the bar are always well made. The house bread is fantastic! We went for dinner but Lunch is just as good.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Fantastic food, staff, management!! Ambiance is very inviting and friendly. Value is very good and the food is always prepared with care. Great place for any occasion! The bar is full service and a great variety of popular beverages are available. The wait staff is attentive and caters to your every need. The parmesan shrimp is a fantastic appetizer.

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Great fun, food, and service!!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Excellent service-we were early and they accommodated us and gave us a table in a quiet spot. So ok that was great as I was entertaining guests for the Super bowl and it was the farewell lunch. But Joey, the manager Santiago- all joined up to make it a terrific experience. Great food, wine, service- an altogether A+ time. Thank you. Sue

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Food quality excellent. Service was spot on. We were seated at the reservation time and the server did a good job of pacing the meal.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fun
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Once again Ciao Bella did not disappoint. We took our daughter there for our family anniversary dinner and had a great experience! The staff is amazing as well as the food.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Outstanding experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

It was very busy but that is not unusual when I dine at this restaurant. We were largely ignored by our server with incredibly long waits to get her attention.

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent dining experience. Outstanding food, top notch service, warm and inviting ambience. A bit expensive but well worth it.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We had dinner here the night before the super bowl. It was great!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 2, 2018

I’ve dined here for years and never had a bad meal. The ahi tuna crisps are delicious. I love the pasta, pizza or fish entrees. The wine list is recognizable and includes great options that you don’t usually find by the glass... like Cakebread Chardonnay. You can go casual or dressy for special occasions. I highly recommend this restaurant as one of my favorites.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Went on Super Bowl weekend. As a fairly regular visitor, had no idea they were going to jack up their prices 30%. The dish I regularly order is @$34 - it was @ $42. Quite disappointing. Was told by staff that their 'vendors increased prices on them'. Really? Maybe 10-15%, but 30%? That was really out of line, and disappointing for a place I've gone to for 15+ years.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 2, 2018

I have never been disappointed with the every aspect of experience of Ciao Bella

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Our waitress “April” made our dining experience extra special.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Fresh, superbly prepared food. The taste exceeded amazing!

Tags: Business Meals, People Watching, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 30, 2018

I went here for dinner with my fiancée and his dad.
They both had fruitti di mari pasta which was AMAZING. I had Tuscan kale salad which they veganized for me and it was delicious. We started with the warm olives - the green ones were outstanding!! Definitely recommend that as a starter. The boys loved the fresh bread and butter. Lots of people there for a Tuesday so it had great energy as well. Will be back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

This is possibly the best service I have had. In addition, the food and beverages are excellent. You can't go wrong here, but best to make a reservation.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I always make a point of going here when in Minneapolis - it’s a great restaurant and has been consistently great ever since it opened. Wonderful food and service and a very well thought through wine list that is extremely well priced. Can’t beat it.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Friendly staff - receptionist was attentive and kept us informed about the reservation.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Quality Italian food and good service. Good for a date night.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

As usual - simply excellent! We dine at Ciao Bella numerous times throughout the year - but always on my wife's birthday. Same table ever year, same great service every year, always fantastic food. These people know what they are doing - first class all the way!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Our waitress, April was delightful! Engaging and very perceptive of our needs!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 26, 2018

To noisy ,what is typical for restrants in USA
.but the food was awesome and good choice of wine options

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The service was incredible; our waiter, Scottie, was very attentive to our table and we never had an empty wine or water glass! The mozzarella bruschetta was amazing and the entrees were great as well. The only downside is that this place, for a date, can get a bit too loud. It's perfect for group gatherings and for certain date dynamics but definitely not for everyone.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Jeff (my favorite waiter) makes every dining experience special!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 26, 2018

One of the very best dining experiences I have ever had. The food was delicious, our waiter was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive yet unobtrusive, and it felt like every single employee was committed to making our evening perfect. I would gladly recommend Ciao Bella to anyone.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for a Date
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