Lela

4.4
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727 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The intriguing space at Lela is both inviting and approachable, featuring an open kitchen and urban-style experience. Alluring tastes are created via a food-forward concept anchored by a selection of prime steaks, house-made pastas, and seafood crudos.

Chart your own course through a careful selection of global wines and craft beverage. From beginning to end, Lela offers a vivid atmosphere where its bar and lounge are completing the night with creative cocktail twists and iconic flavors.
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MJ
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience4

One of the worst restaurant experiences I have had in a very long time. Five of us ordered food that we all thought was very mediocre, e.g., the lobster truffle gnocchi had zero lobster flavor. The waitress did not remember to bring the macaroni and cheese side dish. She brought it out later and I sent it back because the noodles were not fully cooked. The coffee was served warm, not hot. The chocolate mousse cake was very dry. The donut with apple compote was meh. Overall, a very disappointing experience.

m
Minneapolis
98 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lela is my favorite restaurant because it has delicious food, excellent service (thank you Adel!) and love the atmosphere. All the pasta for the dishes are made in house and all are wonderful. Difficult to decide which items to choose because all are appealing.

Lela
Responded on November 11, 2019

Dear mari - Your review of our restaurant is greatly appreciated. We do have amazing service and food, but its our drive to exceed our guests expectations that make us who we are. We are grateful for your business and look forward to having you back soon. Michael Berk

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T
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu items are pricey to be sure, but they're tasty withal. The service is exceptional.

Lela
Responded on November 3, 2019

Teacher 1941 - thank you for the review. We do have amazing food and service. Our pricing is competitive with similar restaurants in the area. We are always evaluating comments like this to ensure we are still comptitive. Thank you for the feedback. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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CC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, our server was amazing...the wine list amazing. I can't wait to go back.

Lela
Responded on October 27, 2019

Dear CarrieC- we are truly grateful for this lovely review. Thank you! We look forward to impressing you on your next visit as well. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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a
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Server was awful. Had to ask someone else for flatware, refilled our bottomless mimosas only once because he was nowhere to be seen. It was fairly slow and he didn’t seem to be present on the floor at all. Disappointing!

Lela
Responded on October 27, 2019

andrewh - We were all saddened to read this review. The experience you described is not typical of our restaurant, and we apologize that indeed it was yours. Please reach out to me directly in order to make this right for you. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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MB
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful experience! Great food and great service as usual!

Lela
Responded on October 27, 2019

MattB - we always enjoy serving you. We are grateful for the 5 star review and hopefully we earn another one on your next visit. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the meatball for an appetizer and the salmon for main course. Both were terrific! Will come back!

Lela
Responded on October 27, 2019

Anonymous - Thank you for the amazing review. Those dishes are my favorites as well. Hopefully we see you again soon. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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ER
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing staff, very attentive to us and others around us. Food was outstanding. Ambiance very nice. Highly recommend and see for yourself.

Lela
Responded on October 27, 2019

ERICN - thank you for the amazing review. You described Lela perfectly. We do hope to have you as our guest again soon. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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s
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening- perfect food
Great service
Thanks Lela

Lela
Responded on October 27, 2019

Sarahj - we should be thanking you. We truly enjoyed having and hopefully we see you again soon. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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CR
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Service was great! Once we asked to be seated in the bar area we were very happy with the noise level not being a factor for conversation. Enjoyed the evening !

Lela
Responded on October 27, 2019

CheryIR - Thank you for the great review. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience and hopefully we see you again soon. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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J
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice surprise! Beautiful place great service wonderful food. Chocolate mousse was fabulous as was the bolognase

Lela
Responded on October 27, 2019

Jh78 - thank you for the detailed review. We enjoyed having you and hopefully we see you again soon.

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BW
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always consistently very good!

Lela
Responded on October 27, 2019

BillW - we appreciate your loyalty and business. I am glad you recognize our consistency. Thank you again and hopefully we see you soon. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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RD
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Restaurant week menu. Delicious cerviche and meatball. Steak blue cheese pasta was super rich and wonderful. The steak was underwhelming to me. Over salted and I don’t like my meat Pre cut. (Personal preference) Fries were superb. Service attentive and friendly. Overall a great experience. It is a hotel restaurant and feels a bit like one.

Lela
Responded on October 18, 2019

RockyD - Thank you for the detailed review. We will pass along your comments to the team. Lela is definitely a neighborhood restaurant with an excellent relationship with the Sheraton hotel. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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WV
Minneapolis
45 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lela was a wonderful find from Restaurant Week. None of the three of us were familiar with the restaurant but decided to try it. We weren't disappointed. We had a wonderful server who helped us with questions and was friendly and attentive but not hovering. I had the steak and Frites from the set restaurant week menu and was not disappointed. The steak was prepared well and cooked to my desired medium-rare. The wine choice was nice and the tres leches cake for dessert was the perfect touch. Certainly a place I would recommend.

Lela
Responded on October 18, 2019

WVUHammy - Thank you so much for the detailed review. We appreciate the feedback and certainly your business. We do hope to see you again very soon to earn 5 stars. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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CS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Brunch was a real disappointment and very expensive. No carving stations, just one salad, egg dish was tasteless, only two breads, sliced steak dish was black and dry, desserts were small and old. Only two good items, shrimp and fruit platter. Cost us $85 for two, would not go there again or recommend it to anyone else.

Lela
Responded on October 18, 2019

Dear CaroleS - thank you for the detailed review. It was certainly sad to read as I know we can do much better. Lela's brunch typically receives amazing feedback regarding the selection and value. Please reach out to me directly as we would love the opportunity to earn your trust back, as I know we can. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Very nice space. We ordered ceviche-good, beet salad-ricotta tasted like it was not covered properly and tasted a bit off, meatball-delicious, coulotte cut steak, seasonal veg. We enjoyed ceviche, waited approximately 45 minutes for the salad, which finally arrived with our entrees. Food was overcooked- steak and green beans. Sent back to kitchen, cooked better, but sauce for steak was separated and inedible. We waited for server to check back, but he was elsewhere in a nearly empty restaurant. We asked for our bill to be split and he returned with 2 checks- 1-bottle of wine 2-food. Both totalled the bill, but definitely not in half. He claimed that it was not possible to split it 50-50. BS. So, unfortunately we won’t be returning. There were too many things a miss.

Lela
Responded on October 18, 2019

Dear michellej- thank you for the detailed review. It was certainly sad to read as I know we can do much better. Please reach out to me directly as we would love the opportunity to earn your trust back. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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KW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the best service and wonderful dining experience. Adele was very helpful explaining the menu items and the food was wonderful.

Lela
Responded on October 13, 2019

Dear KristiW - Thank you so much for the detailed review. You explained our restaurant perfectly. We will pass along your compliments to Adele and the culinary team as well. Thank you again and hopefully we see you soon. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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CV
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazingly flavorful dishes.

Lela
Responded on October 13, 2019

Dear ChristopherV - Thank you so much for the detailed review. You explained our restaurant perfectly. Thank you again and hopefully we see you soon. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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Y
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Food was

Lela
Responded on October 5, 2019

Dear Yumfor5 - thank you for the 5 star review. That is our goal with every guest. We hope to see you again soon. Thank you for the business. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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G
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I read a review about the Sunday brunch that was popular with kids, so we took 4 children.
Nice and clean spacious dining area with cool wine bottle accent. The waiter was nice to give kids plastic cups that wouldn't break.
We came after 1pm so they kindly told us we could stack up whatever we wanted before they cleared the brunch items at 2pm.
The brunch buffet was set up on a long high table--super high reaching my chest and I'm just over 5 ft tall, so it wasn't easy for me to get food nost of the time, especially toting 4 kids who couldn't even see the food unless they were standing 5 feet away or physically hoisted up.
I had to hold onto my plate and the kids plates carefully because there was absolutely no place to set down your plate while debating what to get from the crowded brunch buffet table.
I had been excited to try the seafood paella, but unfortunately it seems since we came in the afternoon, most of the food wasn't very fresh and dryly lacked some taste. Didn't get a chance for any omelets due to time constraints and seemed to be no one manning that station.
Overall the waffles and pancakes with optional whipped cream and fruit tasted best--but quite sad to have spent 30$ per adult &12$per kids just for some waffles and pancakes... you can decide your own money's worth.

Lela
Responded on September 22, 2019

Gggg - thank you for the detailed review. We take these comments seriously and will review what happened on the day you visited. We typically offer fresh food throughout the entire service times and have an amazing omelette chef available. Your comments regarding the buffet height are appreciated. We do hope to see you again for the buffet and please let me know when you do come. I would like to ensure a perfect experience for you and your family. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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G
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Was really looking forward to Lela based on reviews and the crab claws but was left pretty disappointed. Right off the bat the waitress was very pushy about us both getting bottomless mimosas/bloody Mary’s. She asked several times throughout the dining experience. The hot food selection was smaller than I expected and difficult to reach the food located in the back do to the counter height. The worst part was the crab claws were old, fishy and no melted butter.

Lela
Responded on September 22, 2019

Grant - thank you for the detailed review. We definitely have amazing crab claws, service buffet selection. We will investigate as to what happened with your experience to ensure it does not happen to future guests. We do hope to see you again soon as I am certain we can impress you enough to earn 5 stars, Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good experience. However, Our server was wearing too much cologne. I had to wait for it to dissipate before eating my food each time he passed or all I could taste was him.

Other than that it was very nice.

Lela
Responded on September 22, 2019

Anonymous - thank you for the detailed review. We will investigate your comment and we sincerely appreciate your compliments. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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C
Minneapolis
39 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Attentive service. Expensive. The ceviche came as a disappointingly small portion for 2 of us to share.
Everything is an add-on. Wide open space and a pleasant atmospheric contrast to the old Hotel Sofitel Chez Colette space. Again, was way more expensive than we planned vs. the value. I mean really...$7.00 for a side of fries to go with the already pricey $39 6 oz. petit filet?

Lela
Responded on September 22, 2019

Carol - thank you for the detailed review. We appreciated all the feedback as this helps us improve. We do hope to see you again, we commit to a more impressive experience on your next visit. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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T
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal met the standard I’ve come to expect. I submit, however, that two regular bartenders, mayhap three, would be a better staffing choice than one exceptional individual and two ‘fill-ins’ on a Friday night.

Lela
Responded on September 22, 2019

Teacher1941- thank you for the detailed 5 star review. We will definitely take into account your comments. Thank you for the business and we hope to see you again soon. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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JG
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent place for a business casual meal, service and food is impressive for a spot you may not have considered. Don’t miss the patio on a warm fall day for lunch - outstanding.

Lela
Responded on September 15, 2019

JGradyCole- your review was amazing and much appreciated. We are aiming to earn a 5 star review form you on your next visit. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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l
Minneapolis
60 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lela's was an incredibly pleasant surprise. I hadn't heard of it until a few weeks ago and now I can't wait to go back. I've been recommending it to others. I love the decor and the food was absolutely scrumptious. Highly recommend.

Lela
Responded on September 15, 2019

localreview - we cannot thank you enough for this amazing review and referring your friends. Please let me know when you plan to visit us again. Looking forward to having you back. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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AD
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, wonderful service, and outstanding menu/wine. This time I had the fortune of enjoying the duck. Loved it. Looking forward to our next visit, already.

Lela
Responded on September 8, 2019

AnneD - Thank you for the detailed review. You mentioned all the reasons why our guests love us. Come back and see us again soon! Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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U
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and wonderful food!!

Lela
Responded on September 8, 2019

Dear Uptownfever - Thank you for the 5 star review. That is why we are in the business and work hard to achieve this with every guest. Come back and see us again soon! Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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E
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service and food are always excellent and delicious in this restaurant. Ambience was a little calm but fina. Nice place for dinning any day and for any occasion

Lela
Responded on September 1, 2019

Edward - we appreciate your review. We do hope to have you back soon in order to earn a 5 star rating. Thank you for your business. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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F
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We love the quality and variety of Lela’s small plates. The service was great. I just wish the patio was better. We will keep coming back.

Lela
Responded on September 1, 2019

Dear Foodie - we sincerely appreciate the 5 star rating. We work hard to achieve this rating and hope to earn it with every guest, What would make our patio more enjoyable? Looking forward to having you back. Thank you again! Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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BC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was okay as was service. Just not what I expected based upon other commentary.

Lela
Responded on August 26, 2019

Dear BobC - thank you for the review. We take pride and our service and have earned great reviews because of it. We would love to have you back in order to earn that same experience. I am certain we can win you back! Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had brought my husband here to celebrate his birthday and ess excited that the wine list won an award from wine spectator. However, the entire experience was disappointing.
- The waitress was a smoker, so the smoke smell when she came to the table would linger.
- The sommelier didnt seem to have a grasp of the wine list and was not as helpful as we would have expected t pi describe the wines on offer.
- The restaurant was near empty, which didnt help the ambiance.
- The cheese course came with several pieces of moldy cheese - not the good crunchy crystals that are in aged herd cheeses, it was the furry kind that should have bee caught and cut off.
- The only highlight was that we enjoyed the lobster deviled eggs.
Overall, it was a very disappointing experience for what I was hoping would be a special night.

Lela
Responded on August 26, 2019

Dear Anonymous - First, thank you for your review. It was frustrating to read for me because I know we are better than the experience you shared. I imagine it was even more difficult to actually experience. Please connect with me as we would love to have you back in Lea to show that we are actually better then this experience. Thank you again for the comprehensive feedback. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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p
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Nice room, spotty service (our guy was all over the room AND outside), a steak that was prepared too quickly, very good asparagus, an ok salmon, and a great glass or wine.

Lela
Responded on August 18, 2019

Dear pikyetr - Thank you for the detailed review. We will ensure to review with the team your comments in order to improve. We do hope you come and see us again soon! We have an amazing restaurant, with great food, staff and wine!

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JL
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good. Customer services was the best! We will be coming back!

Lela
Responded on August 18, 2019

JudyL - Thank you for the 5 star review and the compliments of the food. That is why we are in the business and work hard to achieve this with every guest. Come back and see us again soon! Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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E
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, quiet ambience, and amazing food! I had the Tuna Brioche and would definitely order it again.

Lela
Responded on August 11, 2019

Evalyn - Thank you for the 5 star review and the compliments of the food. That is why we are in the business and work hard to achieve this with every guest. Come back and see us again soon! Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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OT
Minneapolis
30 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here three times and the food has always been wonderful. I had the surf & turf (filet & lobster) and it was delicious.

Lela
Responded on August 11, 2019

Anonymous - Thank you for the 5 star review and the compliments of the food. That is why we are in the business and work hard to achieve this with every guest. Come back and see us again soon! Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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BY
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Need more vegetarian and vegan choices. Many dishes were high in salt & oil.

Lela
Responded on August 11, 2019

BobY - Thank you for your feedback. We take these comments seriously and will evaluate menu changes from it. Of course our culinary and service team will work hard on honoring any request. Please come back and see us again soon! Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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OT
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has a wonderful time at Lela for a Sunday brunch. It is my second time for brunch and it was wonderful onc again. The service was terrific, and the food delicious. Brought my friend and she was impressed as well :)

Lela
Responded on July 29, 2019

Dear Anonymous - THANK YOU for the 5 star review. Our brunch is amazing and glad you recognize that too! Tell more friends! We do hope to see you again soon and we sincerely appreciate your business. Sincerely, Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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SR
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is an elegant place which is quiet enough to hold a conversation at the table,rare now a days. The food was very good though portions were small for the price. Service was excellent on a Saturday night.

Lela
Responded on August 11, 2019

Dear SusanR - THANK YOU for the 4 star review and your compliments of the restaurant. Of course we strive for 5 stars and hopefully we earn that on your next visit. Sincerely, Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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KV
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for brunch because I saw they had paella and bottomless bubbles. It was a beautiful spread to choose from. Lovely and bright atmosphere and good service as well. I will be back.

Lela
Responded on July 29, 2019

KellyV- Thank you for the lovely review. You described our Brunch perfectly. We would love to see you back soon. Michael Berk Hotel Manager

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