Pazzaluna Urban Italian Restaurant & Bar

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In Italy, every meal is a journey… the same is true at Pazzaluna. Start with appetizers featuring a selection of bruschetta and pizza straight from our wood-burning oven; then move on to a traditional Italian dinner menu of antipasto or insalata (salad), to primi piatto (pasta course), to secondi piatto (main course), and finally a delicious dolce (dessert). Discover the truly Italian art of lingering over dinner with family and friends, making conversation, and enjoying wine in a setting that is both urban and relaxing.

The award-winning and critically acclaimed Bar at Pazzaluna Urban Italian is an energetic and fun place to meet after work, before an event at the Ordway, Xcel Energy Center, Roy Wilkins Auditorium or just to unwind with family, friends, clients or business associates.

During warm weather, relax on the patio and enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown St. Paul (patio open May through September). See for yourself, you'll be glad you did.
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Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Came to Pazzaluna for our anniversary again this year. The service was rushed again and just not on for a nice dinner out. Our server didn't discuss any of the features or walk us through anything on the menu. They also didn't acknowledge the special dinner, but not expected at a mid-level spot like this. I asked if they were participating in restaurant week as there was no signage or menu and then our server brought a separate menu. We didn't order off it, but was still odd to not discuss.

The food was just average with the brisket risotto overly sauced, fatty tough brisket, and risotto not done. We also had a wrong entree brought out and had that fixed. Overall the food is usually pretty good if you stick to their classics. I think the staff rotates a lot and this was a Monday night. The pace and everything just seemed a little off, but it was still a nice evening. 2 adults with dinner and drinks was about $100. I think the bar area here might be a better fit next time. The main dining room is a bit hectic and pretty loud despite the tall ceilings. Still a worthwhile place to check out if you haven't.

DJ
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the host’s welcome and remembering my name to the great recommendations for nondairy options from the server, we had excellent service and the food was divine. Will definitely come back!

OT
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Have dinner at Pazzaluna before every concert/event in DT St Paul- this time was disappointing. Had a different server every time one came to the table and the food took forever. The main course was dropped off without the needed utensils.
At this price point, I expect quality food & service.

L
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

There were a lot of larger groups who were very loud and celebrating, and my husband and I wanted a more intimate and romantic dinner. The food did not disappoint, but we wish it had a better ambiance. We paid a lot of money to have good food yes, but to feel like we were in a dorm room dining hall? It will be a while before we go back.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Out food was mediocre at best. We had the mussels - they were barely a bite full. We ordered Cesar salad with anchovies and it came without anchovies. Our main course wasn’t hot, more room temperature. Device was not impressive. Our server was uninterested. Two of the 3 people that came to our table said, ‘no problem’ after we tanked them. Please train the to say ‘you’re welcome’ or something else. We won’t be back.

SM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a friend's birthday and had a wonderful time. Server never rushed us as we were there a long time visiting. I would recommend this for a fun, energetic environment!

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

food quality is down, very noisy, menu has changed, used to be outstanding,

KH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing! Chicken Piccata was delicious. Loved the decor.

K
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my boyfriend to Pazzaluna for his birthday, and it was wonderful. We took advantage of the birthday program which gave us a free bottle of wine and a dessert. I ordered the salmon, and it was excellent. The prices are a little high, but worth it. Valet was more than I usually have to pay in Chicago, but I believe there was an event in the area.

T
Minneapolis
140 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pazzaluna is a great place before a play in St. Paul. Great service and very tasty food.

BS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Pazzaluna and try to get downtown 2 or 3 times a year for special occasions. Their pizza is surprisingly delicious!

P
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait person asked right away what our time constraints were and made sure we had a relaxed time within them.

LP
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Valet was under staffed and very slow. Food was excellent. Service was good but delivered dishes to wrong diners.

NS
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening with friends. Food delicious; service was awesome.

JA
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very friendly and the food was perfect!

SB
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, love it!......................celebrated my daughters birthday and the service was great as well as the food!

S
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Pazzaluna many times over the years and always enjoy it. Our server, Lois, was excellent and had good recommendations for entrees. It was my husband’s birthday so we received a free bottle of wine and a dessert to celebrate. Service was outstanding as always. One of our favorite places to go for a dinner out.

R
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had always wanted to try this restaurant but since we live in the Western Suburbs, it’s quite a trek especially given closures on 94. However it was worth the trek! Four of us celebrated my daughter’s birthday, belatedly and we all agreed it was a lovely evening. The ambiance is upscale & classy. The noise level was not high, although it was early on a Sunday evening and the restaurant was not full. Service was great and the food & drink menus were varied and interesting. All of us had difficulty choosing an entree but we each chose something different and were happy with our choices - 2 of us had pasta and 2 had fish (one scallops, one walleye) with risotto. As others have said, the bread was also tasty as were the desserts. We shared 3 of them: gelato, pecan pie and budino - very delicious. It is more expensive than other places we frequent, but the portions were generous and the overall quality exceeded our expectations. We will return!

RD
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. The food was out of this world, literally the best Italian I’ve ever had. Try the gnocchi, it will be hard to have room for dessert though so come hungry.

F
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Highly recommend

PO
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great time at Pazzaluna, the octopus was very good.

BB
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an important business dinner with representatives of our national association. Staff was very attentive and the evening was very successful!

IN
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We visited Pazzaluna, as we have done for the past few years, to celebrate our anniversary, and we usually love it, but I have to say that I was somewhat disappointed this time around. First off, a couple of the items we ordered (bruschetta and Angel Hair/Capri) seemed dull and flavorless, and not the same recipes as the last several times we went. They almost tasted like the sauce & tomatoes came out of a can. Also, I had called them 10 days ahead of the reservation (after booking online through Open Table) to ask if we could have a booth or at least a nicely situated table location because we were celebrating our anniversary. She said she would make a note of it and that they would do their best. Well, I know they can't promise, but we were stuck at a table in the farthest corner of the back room, right next to the server station. I felt like I was eating in the kitchen, instead of celebrating a special occasion at a nice restaurant. I am still saying I would recommend to a friend, because we've loved it in the past, and we will give it another try sometime.

C
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We had a terrible experience! It was a lovely evening so we asked the host if we could be seated outside, she told us it was first come first serve and then walked away. Umm... ok? Didn't escort us outside, just walked away. There were 4 hosts and it wasn't busy so she wasn't being run off her feet. When we seated ourselves, we waited 10 minutes before a server walked by us after dropping food. We stopped her and asked if she was our server or if she could help us. She rolled her eyes and said "whatever". 10 minutes later another server came over and asked if we'd been helped. Took another few minutes for our server to get to us and her attitude was so unbelievably bad it was almost comical! We toughed it out to see how really awful it was going to be and we weren't disappointed. At some point the manager walked through asking everyone how they were doing. We told him about our experience he never followed up, never checked back and the service actually got worse. I would advise everyone to patronize another restaurant before a show. Pazzaluna does not deserve your business!

ND
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

This was my second time at Pazzaluna - this time the food was just as good but the service was not the best. We went at 9:15 after a show, and were two women so perhaps that was two strikes against us. The server wasn't at the table promptly, and she didn't describe specials or anything. We ordered, and someone else brought out our food - they did not bring the appetizer first. So we had to remind them about appetizer which then came out a bit cold. (It was likely sitting there.) We were offered tiramisu as a birthday special which was nice, but since the birthday girl doesn't drink she couldn't have it and the server got a bit snippy when we asked about something else. Finally, she forgot to bring me my to go box and I had to approach her while she was running tickets which she obviously found annoying. My point - service should be fantastic no matter what time you're there.

K
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was FAB!!!

J
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love Pazzaluna, great atmosphere and outstanding food. Robin was a phenomenal server.

S
Minneapolis
41 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their bread and virgin olive oil is awesome. Pastas, fish and wine selection too. Arancini needs a little work. If you're looking for outstanding Arancini, you need to visit Cafe Biaggio, also in St. Paul, but not downtown.

JI
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I'm sorry to say we were very disappointed in our dinner at Pazzaluna. Out of 4 meals, 1 (scallops) was excellent!
I ordered a Caesar Salad with Salmon Rare and the salmon was so well-done that I couldn't even cut it, let alone eat it. I showed the server and she blew it off and didn't offer to comp the salmon even though I hadn't touched it. The other 2 meals were cold by the time they arrived.
We spend $300 and had highly recommended it to the people we hosted. They were less than impressed.
So sorry to give a bad review.
I LOVE to support St. Paul businesses.

J
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ate here prior to going the theatre. We used the valet service and picked up our car after the performance which worked out great. Everyone ordered a different entree and all were happy with their food choices. I even heard a couple “Umms!

CD
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoy the person who waited on us, she had a delightful sense of humor and was very attentive.

OT
Minneapolis
50 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had not been in years, but so surprised and impressed how good everything was. We will definitely go back when in St Paul

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service, little too noisy to visit.

FN
Minneapolis
63 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My husband has back issues and I had requested a hightop table but they those were only in the bar. Instead they allow us to be seated at chair with a back on it which was adequate. Other than that our dinner and the service was excellent!

S
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I was very disappointed. My husband and I went for dinner before a show. The service there was really friendly and prompt but was disappointed by the food. There were fruit flies buzzing around and landing on the breadbasket. We started with the mussels as an appetizer and while the broth was tasty, I got a piece of grit or sand in every mussel I attempted to eat. The most disappointing though, was the brisket and risotto I ordered for dinner. The risotto was underdone and was slightly crunchy and was not rich or creamy. The brisket had a thick dark brown meat gravy that further weighed the course down.

While I enjoyed the service, I wish the food had been at the same level. We won’t be returning.

C
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Happy choices - food and drink - wait staff Excellent
Main setting - no problems - not hovering but there at the appropriate time - food and drink including bottles of wine were GREAT

Look forward to our next date night as we move on to year 52yrs

Must experience for any age group - plus had a vegetarian who took food home - that says volumes

D
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG. I normally find one or two offerings I can or will eat. There were SO many yummy choices I could hardly make up my mind. I would come back to Minn/St. Paul just to eat here.

RD
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

I love the food and drinks, they were excellent. Getting my first drink took almost 30 minutes! That was way too long. I had to ask for bread when it should have been offered when we first sat down. Overall though after we got going the service was good.

G
Minneapolis
64 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is great, waitress was super. Little noisy because people excited to be there. We go back regularly. Great wine list, pecan pie the best.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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