Osteria I Nonni

4.8
1242 reviews
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Italian
Osteria I Nonni, the Twin Cities premiere Italian fine dining destination has been recognized by Minneapolis/St. Paul magazine's editors and readers as the top Italian table in the region seven years running. Our cuisine is contemporary and innovative focusing on central and southern traditions. Specialties include fresh seafood, house-made pastas, local and organic ingredients as well as desserts made from scratch. Our menu changes five times annually to offer the freshest most seasonal dishes possible. I Nonni's wine program has been nationally recognized with over five hundred labels gathered from Italy's finest wine artisans. Our bar offers twenty fine wines by the glass as well as grappa, amaro and other Italian distillates that highlight a deep, superb selection of spirits, aperitivi and cocktails. I Nonni's intimate setting makes it the perfect dining experience for special occasions as well as everyday enjoyment.
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JT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to Osteria I Nonni for Restaurant week. The had a great tasting menu with wine pairings. The wait staff was attentive and providing great feedback on the menu. My husband and I will return again soon.

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C
Minneapolis
33 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great dinner at I Nonni.

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L
Minneapolis
29 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten at this restaurant several times. In my opinion, it is the best Italian restaurant in the Twin Cities. The food is excellent, the service attentive but not overbearing and the price is very reasonable for what you get. We ate on the patio this time and it was a very lovely experience with flowing water and much vegetation. I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough.

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D
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Perfect evening to start out in the patio! Our server, Sarah, went above and beyond and I think that is her typical work ethic! She gave us plenary of time, recommended perfect pairing of wine with the food. The fresh pea ravioli was exceptional with complex and complimentary flavors. Thanks! We will be back to check out happy hour on the patio!

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l
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely dinner on an attractive patio on a beautiful summer evening.

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BT
Minneapolis
41 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

A charming, delicious Italian treat. True Italian - not American Italian. It was actually a little difficult (in a good way) to decide what to order because everything seemed great! Patient and friendly waitress. Completely enjoyed our meal!

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DM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner. We had great service. Michelle was very knowledgeable and helped pick out exactly what each of us wanted. Courses were timed perfectly and the food was delicious. We will be back

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PB
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for a very early dinner on a weekday afternoon, so it was just filling up. The space as an Italian feel - the modern style. We started with glasses of white and red wine, followed by the VERDURE ALLA GRIGLIA (Grilled greens, cherry tomatoes, house-cured lamb bacon, red onion, gorgonzola dolce-tarragon dressing, bone marrow bread crumbs). This was a beautiful presentation and a delightful salad, the gorgonzola dolce was slightly sweet and a perfect dressing. For our mains we had TORCHIO ALLA SORRENTINA (House-smoked san marzano tomatoes, burrata, fresh basil, parmigiano reggiano) which was outstanding, with cold smoked tomatoes and and the FETTUCINE CON PROSCIUTTO COTTO (Shaved leoncini ham, pea shoots, calabrian chili, pistachio, parmigiano brodo). This last dish was tasty but overly salty, which was intensified by the salted calabrian chilis. It is a fairly simple dish, so I was surprised that they got it so wrong. For desert we had a double espresso and the GIANDUJA TORTA, which is basically a chocolate decadence cake (Flourless chocolate-hazelnut cake, olive oil, lava salt, crushed hazelnut) which was good, but I would leave off the olive oil - I don't think it added anything to the flavor or texture. Overall very good and worth another visit.

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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s
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Claudia, the assistant manager, and Matt, our server, gave us an awesome experience. My boyfriend loves Italian food for his birthday and we had exceptional food. Claudia and Matt went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time. Thank you Claudia and Matt!!!

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g
Minneapolis
47 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Portions were perhaps too generous. Great variety on the menu, including some vegetarian choices. The salad especially were amazing.

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e
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Very nice inside and outside settings.

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DR
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great experience, Hannah was incredible in her service to our table. Food was delicious

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Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice meal. Service great. Had appetizer, salad’s, then asked to split a pasta. Thought given the super slow night the chef should have happily agreed to split our pasta. Wasn’t any fault of the server, but she was forced to deliver the message. Not as nice as it should have been.

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EK
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and outstanding service all around.
Will recommend this restaurant to all of my friends.

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M
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food,, wine, staff and ambiance were fabulous! Best calamari in Twin Cities!
Hats off to Jerome, Dave, Alyssa, Laura and Claudia for a perfect evening. We will be back!

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MA
Minneapolis
44 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I Nonni is the best of the fine dining restaurants in the Twin Cities. It excels in all aspects of a dining experience: food, service, and ambience. I Nonni counters the horrible dining trend of seating couples in cramped quarters where you are as close to strangers as to your dining partner. At I Nonni, all seating in their spacious dining room is set for four, which ensures that you have an intimate dining experience with your own party. I Nonni excels at pairing their extensive wine collection with their outstanding food selections. Leisurely, multi-course dining is the only way to fully enjoy the I Nonni experience. I Nonni honestly has the best calamari and carpaccio in the world; their pastas are first rate; lamb, duck, and now chicken are excellent; and the selection of desserts and dessert wines are superb. We highly recommend finishing the evening with their carrot cake paired with Ben Rye (or Vin Santo). If you're in a rush, don't visit I Nonni. If you want the best evening of dining in the Twin Cities, get to I Nonni as soon as you can.

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J
Minneapolis
49 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant! The food is wonderful, and so it the staff. They are extremely accommodating.

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S
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food served well. A true Italian dinner experience.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place in the twin cities - we love this restaurant

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FT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am not a foodie and don't go out to restaurants of this caliber often. The food was very good, they served good portions, and best of all, service was very friendly and not at all pretentious, which is something I hate in upscale restaurants.

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o
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2013
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for special occasions. Pricey - - but you get what you pay for.....

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p
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2013
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

All four of us were unimpressed. It was apparent from the start that our waitress wasn't happy or just didn't want to be there. The food was average and the steak my friend chose had a lot of fat in it and was very expensive. The bread was good but we all expected more. My wife likes everything and rarely voices her displeasure but was quick to tell me that we will never go back which I already knew. Our friends said they will not return either.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been to Euope several times.
I consider I Nonni one of our 10 top meals ever.

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DW
Minneapolis
34 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had their tasting menu. The only reason we didn't go 5 stars on food is that we tried something new, the pan fried crab, which we've never had before and didn't really care for it. That may be all on us though as we really didn't know how to eat it and the texture was not to our liking.

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B
Minneapolis
74 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2013
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Food is great, although I would rate Parma and Campiello higher. Service was excellent! The space is big, echoey and creates an unlovely ambience. We had to shout to hear each other. The outside dining area is lovely, but we were told that it gets impossibly buggy in the summer.

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JK
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2013
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

There were two for dinner. One person's meal was almost inedible. The other meal was excellent. The service, however, was universally very poor. The waitress was barely civil and would disappear for prolonged periods of time. The wait between our salad and our main course was ridiculously long. We would not go there again.

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p
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Looking for pizza and pasta? This is not the place. This is nouvelle cuisine in Italy done exceptionally well. The flavors are so well blended and prepared and the presentation is magnificent to say nothing about the exquisite Italian wine list.

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p
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Menu for tasting Tuesday was ok. Regular menu was much better. If you go and have never tried the menu good selection but if this is Not your first time there and want to get a good deal just do their regular tasting menu for only $6 more. Waitress was much more engaging to other tables but was very quiet towards ours. If i come back with the same group of people would just suggest the regular tasting menu selection instead and with that you don't really have to schedule for a specific night.

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OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2013
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

We haven't eaten here since last summer and were extremely disappointed. Our first 2 choices of wines ($50 plus) were not available. They server finally suggested something they actually had in the restaurant. Our salads were very nice, but that was the only nice part. Our entres were very bland -- the gnocchi with tomato sauce tasted like something out of a can. Honestly, no seasoning. I love gnocchi and was very surprised. The lasagne tasted like goulash with ground sausage. Not as described. The desserts sounded good but after getting tricked into thinking the main menu would be good we decided to skip our usual cappuccino and dessert. We won't be back for a while-- And we plan to check the blogs for reviews before we return.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2013
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful drinks and food! My wife and I enjoyed the different menu options and the tasting menu was a great deal

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S
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought out of town friends here from Nashville. They mentioned they don't have good Italian restaurants there. I Nonni was wonderful! Our server was attentive and didn't rush us. The food was delicious from appetizers to dessert. We will be back soon!

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KA
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2013
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The restaurant entrance was hidden which made it hard to find. However once we were inside the restaurant, it was very nice. We enjoyed the decor and lighting. The service was hospitable and one of the best parts of our experience. Our server had trouble answering a few questions, yet overall very pleasant. The food was the problem. The cuts of meat (pork and steak) were cheap. The amount of gristle and fat was not acceptable for money we paid for the entrees. In addition, everything was coated in pepper. There was no mention of pepper on the menu for either of the dishes we ordered. I would not recommend this establishment to my friends or family. The food was unsatisfying and practicably inedible.

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A
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have a great chef who is making some of the most delicious and innovative charcuterie around. Everything this guy does is absolutely delish. The wines at iNonni are FAntastic, probably one of the biggest selections of Italian wines in the US. The prices are actually very reasonable, given the quality of the experience. The staff and management are very kindly, professional, and are very well educated about the food and wines that are served. I Nonni isn't really what I would call a hip restaurant - and that's what I like about it - no gimmicks. They are just doing really, really good food, wine, and service, and they are keeping it pretty classic and classy. So, you should go! Go to I Nonni!

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OT
Minneapolis
53 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2013
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service and food at I Nonni is always excellent!

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OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Osteria Nonni is a good place, but it's place is little far and as far as I recognize, nowhere close to any landmark.
The service is lovely, however the portions are very small and quiet frankly, a bit pricey than what its worth. Nonetheless, it is a nice experience.

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C
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything was great but we keep coming back for the wonderful calamari appetizer

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2013
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

The food preparation was far too trendy and rich in seasonings. I hate to need a dictionary to order. The noise level when the dining room became full was not conducive to conversatioon.

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PK
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

An elegant restaurant with gormet food competitively priced.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Osteria I Nonni is our "go to" place for special celebrations and world class food.

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