About Lela

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.

5601 West 78th Street
Bloomington, MN 55439
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast
Monday through Friday
6a - 11a
Saturday & Sunday
7a - 11a

Brunch
Saturday & Sunday
11a - 2:30p

Lunch
Monday through Sunday
11a - 4p

Dinner
Monday through Sunday
4p - 10p

Happy Hour
Monday through Sunday
3p - 6p & 9p - 11p

Cross Street:
I-494 & Hwy 100

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(952) 656-5980

Website:
http://www.lelarestaurant.com/

Catering:
Please contact Private Event Manager Emily Vieth
Emily.vieth@sheratonbloomingtonhotel.com
Or
952-656-5906

Parking Details:
Complimentary self parking shared with hotel parking.

Executive Chef:
Stewart Woodman

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Private Event Manager Emily Vieth
Emily.vieth@sheratonbloomingtonhotel.com
Or
952-656-5906

Private Dining

Very intimate modern/comfortable setting for 36 people seated or up to 40 people reception style.

Lela Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

3.9

ambience

4.0

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

74% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (15)
Special Occasion (15)
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Bar Seating (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Business Meals (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Cozy (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Casual (3)
Romantic (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Tapas (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

Nice place, clean, good food and drink, service was a bit slow, but still fine if not in a hurry. I will go back.

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·Dined 4 days ago

My fiancé and I were estatic about going to Lela’s for v-day. I had found it after doing some research on 5 star dining so we were really looking forward to our special evening. I made reservations for 2 for 10pm a week before. We arrived at Lela’s at 9:50pm and were very pleased with the place. We were seated and asked for a regular menu not knowing that they were only doing a vday special menu. The waiter took our special menus and brings back 2 happy hour appetizer menus telling us that the kitchen closes at 10 and we would have to order off of this menu. However, another waitress gave us the vday menus back saying we could order off of it. So after all of this confusion, we ended up having to order off of the happy hour menus. Although the food was fine, I wish we were warned that the kitchen closes earlier. Both of us got off of work late that day and were looking forward to an actual meal and not bar food.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

Very very disappointing experience.   I read all the fantastic reviews for this place and thought it would be a great spot for Valentines Day....boy was I wrong.   We were not told all they were offering was a set price menu until we sat down and the chefs counter.   The choices were all pre-prepared and this restaurant seemed ill-suited to the crowd.  I asked if i could order off the regular menu and we were told no yet throughout the night we saw items from the regular menu coming out of the kitchen??  In terms of a chefs counter experience....there was none.  There was no interaction with the chef, no special treat or course that usually accompanies a chefs counter.  It was little more than a table in front of the kitchen.   In terms of the dinner, it was a disaster.  The "NY Strip" was cut like a sirloin and had the tenderness of a flank steak and was full of gristle the Pork was tasty but the carrots were dried out and over-curried and the Gouda Polenta had turned into wallpaper paste.  We sat and watched our dinner sit under the heat lamps for at least 10 minutes before they were delivered and ended up with a luke-warm meal.  The desert....ugh...what was supposed to be chocolate mousse was obviously sitting in a refrigerator uncovered all day as the plates were ice cold and it had the consistency of a stale marshmallow.  The even managed to screw up the drinks as my dirty martini came without dirt and a glass of wine came with "dirt" in it in the form of dead flies or pieces of cork or something.To add insult to injury, the restaurant had the gall to add themselves an 18% service charge to the bill.  If you are going to force your diners to eat off a pre-chosen menu, perhaps you need to inform them when they make the reservation and above all make sure the choices are well prepared and served in a timely manner.  Your regular menu looks great but this disaster of an experience that cost me $210 will make it very unlikely i will ever come back.

 

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

The Prefix menu was not worth the $60.00 PP they charged

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

Pretty good for a chain hotel restaurant.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We had a wonderful server who was very attentive, kept the coffee and ice tea rolling, and are breakfast was very good!

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I had heard good things about Lela, so I was expecting something better.

My gnocchi dish had good flavor, but it was lukewarm at best. My guess is that it sat for a long time while the other entrees were prepared because service was a bit on the slow side. Letting a dish sit for a long time is a real bush-league move. I would have expected someone in the kitchen to notice that it had been sitting for too long and make a new one.

I know management will say "you should have said something". But here's the thing -- when you're out with a group of people, it's about more than just your food. When you send your food back you ruin it for everyone at the table. It disrupts the rhythm of the evening.

Everyone else seemed to enjoy their food, so maybe it was just my turn to have a bad meal. It's a great looking restaurant with an interesting menu, so I will try Lela again at some point.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 7, 2018

What an absolutely wonderful evening. I have not had such great service anywhere in a very long time. We went for what was going to be a business meeting and ended up just being social. Literally the best overall evening out I’ve had in at least a year. If you’re lucky you’ll get to meet the manager Sammy - would not have been the same without him.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I met two friends for Happy Hour food and cocktails, and Lela was an excellent choice! We sat in the bar area and had a comfortable table and were able to talk to one another. Michael provided us excellent service, and the food, wine, and cocktails were very good and the value was excellent! I would definitely recommend Lela, and we plan to make it our spot for our monthly Happy Hour gatherings!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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·Dined on February 6, 2018

Awesome pasta! We did the pre-fix 3 course lunch and what a great value! The Bolognese was so flavorful as was the mushroom ravioli. We will be back!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We were visiting Minneapolis and this restaurant had very good reviews online. We really enjoyed our meal. The highlights were the meatball appetizer and the crab cakes. Both were fantastic!! The wine list was pretty good and I tried a nice Malbec. For our entrees, we shared a ribeye which was tasty and well cooked. Dessert was the least exciting-- a trio of donuts. They were a little cakey and not super satisfying, but the rest of the meal was really nice.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great first time experience. Open Table reservation worked perfectly. Service was rock solid. Food choices were great. And biggest hit, outside of NFL/Super Bowl celebrity watching, was the donuts. What a great dessert choice!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The setting is pleasant and sunny for Sunday brunch. Great breakfast menu plus regular menu was available. The House omelet was fluffy and filled with nicely sautéed ingredients. The crab Benedict was excellent with the patty filled with lots of crab meat. Desserts were delicious, the sorbet sampler and chocolate cake. Service was efficient and friendly.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I MET WITH MY NIECE AND HER FAMILY FOR BRUNCH AFTER A CHURCH SERVICE ON SUNDAY. OUR TABLE WAS READY AT ONCE, WE HAD AN EXCLLENT SERVER AND EVERYONE WAS VERY HAPPY WITH THE FOOD THEY ORDERED. IT WAS VERY QUIET WHILE WE WERE THERE, AND SO CONVERESATION WAS RELAXED AND COMFORTABLE.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Loved the whole experience. Beautiful space and great food.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I want more people to go to Lela! The food was great, service was friendly and fun, but it was kind of dead for a Saturday night. Granted we did go early (5:30 to 7), but it was only like 20% full even when we left. The server was knowledgeable about the menu and chatted with us without being overbearing. The food was fresh and yummy and the cocktails/wine were good. There are a ton of seating options, whether you want a banquette, table, secluded booth, casual cocktail seating, etc. It would be perfect for big groups as they have a lot of large tables and not much traffic. I hope it stays open!

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 26, 2018

There were 8 of us and we shared everything from apps to salads to entrees so much fun!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Really enjoyed this restaurant. 10 stars on the food. Especially loved the meatball. Best ever!!!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Birthday. They did not do anything even tho I had informed them

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We cancelled reservations at Kinkaids when we noticed they no longer had a decent seafood offering and switched to Lela when we noticed tuna, salmon etc on the menu.
My granddaughter and I both ordered the yellowfin and were not at all impressed with the quality of the offering. One piece was so full of grisly tissue I could not eat it.
Place was not busy at six thirty, but service was pretty slow regarding drinks, appetizers.
I would not go back.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 19, 2018

This is my third visit, and I have enjoyed all three visits. Great cocktails, and wonderful apps. We chose multiple apps to share, and really enjoyed (meatballs, deviled eggs and brussel sprouts were my personal favorites). It was not very busy when we were there, so noise level was great. Service was very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 14, 2018

As a self-proclaimed brunch enthusiast, I was excited to visit Lela based on the online reviews and photos. However, I was disappointed that my experience did not live up to my expectations.

When you drive up to the restaurant, it is important to note that Lela is located inside of the Sheraton Hotel; this was not called out when I made reservations on OpenTable. However, when you pull up, there is ample parking and a dedicated entrance. When you walk in into the space, it has a simple elegance to it. But the one other thing that really surprised me was...my five person party were the only guests in the restaurant.

When we sat at our table, our server remained attentive throughout the service. She shared that the Eggs Benedict was the most ordered and her favorite menu item; my two friends who ordered it commented that the taste was average. My friend who ordered the pancakes said they were middle of the road and my other friend who ordered a shrimp pasta dish said she thought her dish was average.

I wanted to a menu item that was more unique, so I ordered the donut sliders. I love a sweet savory/salty dish, so I thought this would satisfy my taste buds. Though the presentation was ok, the taste was subpar. The slider was not well proportioned to the donut bun; the donut bun was far more dense than I anticipated; the flavors did not blend well together. I also ordered a side salad and I enjoyed that more even though it was just greens with dressing.

Though the price was right, the taste was not. Therefore, I would not recommend this establishment for brunch. Perhaps, it is best to just visit during dinner for steak, but I will likely never discover if this is true.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Fine food although steak was overdone.
Service is irregular.
Like the menu and will return again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Three of us enjoyed the Christmas buffet. The food was delicious with the usual wide variety of dishes to choose from, each and every one done to perfection.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Afternoon Tea
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We were there for Christmas brunch. The food was excellent for a buffet.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Fabulous! Attended the Christmas dinner buffet and my expectations were far surpassed. My 93 year old mother (in a wheel chair) LOVED the Prime Rib, the green beans, the salad and everything else. I'm not a meat eater and yet found many, many vegetarian options, all of which were fabulous. I'm curious to return and try their regular menu. In short, this is not your typical hotel restaurant. Far better!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 24, 2017

To start with our food took over 1.5 hours to get after we ordered. Side note we were on the early end for dinner-5:30. We were a party of 5 and everybody ordered different entrees. My steak ordered medium well was overdone as was my vegetable dish. My husband ordered a gluten free pasta that was undercooked (hard and chewy). All of us were underwhelmed. I rarely write a negative review but this was a really expensive meal-Christmas Eve- and a huge disappointment. The server was fine and the atmosphere was also fine.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The food is wonderful as is the ambiance! Lela is a gem, my husband and I dine here often.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 17, 2017

My first visit and the food was superb. Beautifully presented. Service was top notch. A great new find.

Tags: Disabled Access, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

It has amazing gnocchi and brussel sprouts. I'd definitely go back and recommend it

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We enjoy our meals here. Food is interesting and always wonderful taste. Wait staff was delightful. Good birthday celebration with family

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Went here for brunch. Not very many people, 2 servers for 4 tables. Food took forever, when it arrived it was cold. Server refilled coffee once. Server was friendly, but moved at a snails pace. Based off the experience, I would not recommend it.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 10, 2017

This is a fav lunch spot. I decided to try the brunch but was sadly very disappointed. The food was served cold. The staff seemed overwhelmed though the place was less than half full.

By all means enjoy their weekday lunches (the ceviche is especially delicious. ). Skip the weekend brunch.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Service was inoeccavle. Food was below mediocre. My pasta was great (parpadelle) though

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The food quality was very good. Our server was horrible. The restaurant was very loud (and I went on a Tuesday). The overall feeling and atmosphere was not bad but not good, as a lot of the restaurant was not heated

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I was so disappointed! Lela had become our favorite brunch spot but Sunday was not a good experience. They have removed our favorite entree from the menu. The food took forever, and then one of the meals was cold. They ran out of Bloody Mary mix (at a brunch??), and they served MOLDY berries. When we pointed out the problem, they brought more and they were moldy too! I left a message for a manager to call and nobody returned my call. So sad - this place used to be outstanding.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 3, 2017

They were completely understaff we sat there for 15 minutes until we asked the bus person Juan who was the server for this section he was completely surprised that the server on duty had not been by to take are order, he then said I will take your order and he got the order in and delivered. Something is not clicking at Lela they need to get a manager on duty to oversee what is going on in the dinning room, Juan should be promoted.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We will return. It was good. We had several small plates and HH appetizers and enjoyed the. All. Creative and tasty. The only downside was we sat in the bar area for HH specials as they don't offer those in the dining room and it was very cold as the wall is basically all windows. Maybe if there had been more people it would have warmed it up. We told the waiter and he turned up the thermostat but couldn't feel it in the short time we had left. I hope they can war, it up when it gets really cold out because it wasn't even really cold the night we were there.

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My daughter ordered the Halibut which came on the plate without any sides or even a sprig of green. We were aware that we had to order 'sides' but thought at least the Halibut would have come somewhat 'dressed up' and not just plopped in the middle of a plate. A niece who ordered a steak had the steak served the same ~ in the middle of her plate. There were no rolls or bread basket of any kind provided or offered. I felt the desserts were limited for a holiday affair.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had a great Thanksgiving traditional meal with the family. We even were able to get a tv by the TV's in the bar for the end of the Vikings game. I highly recommend.

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