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Lela

4.2
4.2
796 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Lela Restaurant has a laid-back, fun atmosphere with an overall theme of Intriguingly Simple - captivating design and menu, yet simple and comfortable. Lela Restaurant focuses on fresh ingredients centered around steak, crudos and hand-made pasta paired with inventive beverage offerings.

With the open floorplan that showcases the bustling kitchen and the wine room as the focal point upon entrance, guests leave Lela Restaurant captivated by the creativity of the menu and inspired by the ambiance.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (952) 656-5980
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Catering
    Please contact Samantha Freimark at 952-656-5947 or samantha.freimark@sheratonbloomingtonhotel.com for private events.
  • Private party facilities
    Very intimate modern/comfortable setting for 36 people seated or up to 40 people reception style.
  • Private party contact
    Ashley Osterman: (952) 656-5980
  • Neighborhood
    Bloomington
  • Cross street
    I-494 & Hwy 100
  • Parking details
    Complimentary self parking shared with hotel parking.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 796 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.3Value

NoiseModerate

796 Reviews
  1. Kenttheswimmer

    Tulsa

    35 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very unattended and uneventful evening. Would consider going back, but nothing particular to draw.

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  2. winegurl

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We took our adult children for dinner and wanted a place that we could have a conversation. There was just the right amount of background noise. food was amazing. We will definitely be back.
    LelaResponded on March 2, 2020
    Hi Winegurl Many thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our casual, family friendly atmosphere and can't wait to welcome you back. We also offer a range of wine dinners that you may be interested in so be sure to sign up for our news letter via our website to learn more.

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  3. Foodii

    Minneapolis

    29 reviews

    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Taking advantage of Restaurant Week, we decided to try Lela for dinner on a Friday night. The dining room is wide open with hard-surfaced tile walls and a view of the kitchen so it was very lively with all tables nearly full, but not super busy. The booth seat my wife sat on was very hard and uncomfortable while my chair was comfortable so we exchanged seats and she was right, it hurt my bottom after a while. The Restaurant Week dinner menu was 3 courses so we opted to order from that. Adelle, our server, was prompt and knowledgeable offering menu suggestions that I always appreciate. He started off by saying that the dishes were mostly Italian inspired I would disagree. Being Italian, a meatball appetizer and a gnocchi dish do not define Lela as an Italian Restaurant as seen in the offerings we chose. For the appetizer course, we ordered Lela’s Simple Salad with cherry tomatoes and lemon vinaigrette, and the Peruvian Ceviche of Hamachi with coconut milk, lime juice, habanero chili, garlic, ginger, and cilantro. The salad was just okay, and the Hamachi was quite watery indicating it was not freshly prepared and all I could taste was lime juice. The other flavors were washed out so it was not a pleasant dish. My wife had the Steak & Frites, a perfect medium-rare hanger steak with freshly made fries. The fries were not as crispy as they should be but tasted fresh. I had the Pan Roasted Skuna Bay Salmon with “melted leeks, mushrooms, and beure blanc lemon butter sauce that I pared with a glass of Böen Pinot Noir that was superb! The salmon was nicely roasted and moist that pared perfectly with the leeks and sauce – for sure the best dish of the night! The Chocolate Mousse was actually a small dry chocolate cake with something resembling chocolate shavings, but was actually a sugary wafer broken up over the top. Lela was a hit and miss for us on many counts and not a restaurant I will likely go back to, especially with the loud noise levels. There are better options!
    LelaResponded on March 6, 2020
    Hi Foodii Many thanks for joining us in Lela for Restaurant Week. Feedback from our guests is vital to the growth and development of our team and while it is never pleasant to hear when we fell short of a guests expectation, it is important that we do. I was delighted to hear that you found your server to be knowledgeable and that your enjoyed our Skuna Bay Salmon - it is one of my favorite dishes! Hopefully you will give us another opportunity to welcome you back in the future.

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  4. FoodieMN

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We e been here a couple of times, the Devi e is phenomenal and the food is fantastic. Great wine list!
    LelaResponded on March 2, 2020
    We look forward to welcoming you back soon NicoleJ!

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  5. TBWhit

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved their lunch pre fixe menu for only $15. Lots of options that all sounded delicious. Everyone at our table enjoyed their choices.

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  6. Seagull

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice space and interesting menu but really the food was just OK except for the french fries which were fabulous. we ate there on restaurant week so we may have not had their best work Also our server was great and very accommodating
    LelaResponded on March 2, 2020
    Hi Seagull, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. I was delighted to hear that you enjoyed the fries but it sounds like we fell short of your expectations in a few areas also. I would appreciate the opportunity to make things right and would encourage you to reach out to me directly so we can go about doings so. Andrew Avila Director of Operation 952 656 5901

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  7. MollieJoy

    Minneapolis

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The cocktail I had - a Jack Rose - was exceptional and I've thought about it for days afterwards. The appetizer (a meatball) and the main dish (lobster gnocchi) were tasty but the sauces were definitely made by someone with a heavy-hand in the salt department. The chocolate mousse cake was very good, but the outside of it was surprisingly dry. The service was slow, which was okay as my friend and I caught up, but if we'd had places to go the wait to order drinks and to receive our food would have been too much.

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  8. BarbaraS

    Minneapolis

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a great meal! Meatball ap is one of the best ever. Salmon entree was also excellent. Good wine selection.
    LelaResponded on March 2, 2020
    Hi BarbaraS, Thank you for your wonderful feedback, we are very proud of our award winning wine list! Our signature meatball has been a crowd pleaser since the day we opened and is great on its own as an app or served as an entree on top of our house made bucatini. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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  9. Felicia

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic. The waiter was fun and very knowledgeable. The ambiance was good, we had a conversation while eating
    LelaResponded on March 2, 2020
    Hi Felicia, Thank you for taking the time to provide this wonderful feedback. We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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  10. cuteshopper

    Minneapolis

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious! Only wish there was a little more in my bolognese serving. Will return!
    LelaResponded on March 2, 2020
    Hi Cuteshopper, We are glad to hear that you found the bolognese to delicious!

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FAQs

Lela offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (952) 656-5980.

Lela is rated 4.2 stars by 796 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Lela

5601 West 78th Street, Bloomington, MN 55439

Additional information

  • Cross street
    I-494 & Hwy 100
  • Neighborhood
    Bloomington
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Complimentary self parking shared with hotel parking.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (952) 656-5980
  • Catering
    Please contact Samantha Freimark at 952-656-5947 or samantha.freimark@sheratonbloomingtonhotel.com for private events.
  • Private party facilities
    Very intimate modern/comfortable setting for 36 people seated or up to 40 people reception style.
  • Private party contact
    Ashley Osterman: (952) 656-5980
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