Pazzaluna Urban Italian Restaurant & Bar

4.4
4013 reviews
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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
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for a business dinner and it was wonderful. We had a reservation for 6:30 and when we showed up at 6:20 they got us seated right away and settled with drinks while we waited for the rest of our group. The ambiance was a great blend of busy but quiet enough to enjoy conversation. The service was great; our waitress was attentive and able to make some wonderful wine and food recommendations. Most importantly, everyone's food was phenomenal! It's a little on the higher end for price but the amount of food was good and it was all so delicious it felt well worth the money. Will definitely bring customers here again.

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BK
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere at Pazzaluna was very cordial and all the staff attentive and polite. Both the bar and restaurant late on a Sunday Valentines weekend were not overly crowded, the drinks very nice and well poured with great service. The antipasti my date and I had were the perfect beginning of an Italian meal, the salmon risotto dish and the Bolognese lasagna perfectly prepared. The tiramisu was a delightful finale to this wonderful evening. The wait staff were professional and knowledgeable. This along with the qualities of the food truly make this a destination for special occasions.

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RV
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great location, menu with variety, good atmosphere, good service.

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i
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious but not worth the price. Service was a bit slow. Have valet which is nice.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous!!

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k
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for Restaurant week menu. Good choices my bruschetta lacked flavor needed garlic, but tomatoes
were great for Mn winter!
Service was great.

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D
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Had been here some time ago and was so excited to come back with out of town family. The portions were so small, the food was just fair, but our service was great. Will not be going back again, so not worth the money.

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LP
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate our delicious dinner while being served by attentive, fun and sweet wait staff, all in a beautiful environment.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food is good but it’s not the polished fine dining experience you might hope for.

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EK
Minneapolis
53 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in the Twin Cities. Knowledgeable caring, staff. Quality food from appetizers, to entree, to deserts. Great bartenders that really know how to make a drink.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

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SP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the Prix Fixe Valentines menu with wine pairings! Delicious!

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DF
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was great to get back to Pazzaluna after a few years away. The food (as before) was excellent. Some of the best lamb I've eaten.

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HB
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Have eaten here many times. Food overall was disappointing compared to prior visits. Will consider elsewhere next special occasion.

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DG
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were seated with reservations promptly. Our server was prompt, knowledgeable, experienced and a great balance between I’m checking every 2 minutes ( annoying) and I’m aware of your pace... cocktail refresh, dessert etc.
the food was fresh and fabulous... and I would highly recommend.
A lovely surprise was the arugula salad, which I ordered primarily for balance.... it shined... I would consider a larger portion as a main and be delighted.

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LG
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Half of chicken picatta was not cooked. Waitress made no effort to assist in wine selection. Staff seemed in a rush to have us leave and we were there to celebrate a birthday.

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LH
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Loved the place. Server Curtis was wonderful.

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G
Hawaii
29 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Short on time due to traffic and show tickets!! Server made it happen! Thank you Mark!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant!

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JS
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Surprise family Bday event and service was painfully slow. Waitress inattentive. Ran out of martini and beer glasses also served incorrect beer. Handed off delivery of Bday desert to another employee and was given to a 20 year old male at the table instead of a 60yo Bday woman. Appetizer plates were piled up to get attention of bus boy, waitress, ANYONE to remove them long after they were needed. Bill came to $500 but sure felt worth much less to our party based on the experience.

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c
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was awesome even though the kitchen botched our original order and we waited over an hour for 3 pizzas.
She was awesome and the manager stepped in as well which was nice.

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RE
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and service - could have added a few more shrimp to my dish. I would go back again.

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OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love eating at Pazzaluna. I can honestly say it's my favorite restaurant!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and the food was delicious and quite filling.

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MB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and comfortable surroundings. Vallet service great with the below zero temps yet still an easy walk to the Ordway.

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JD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My brother and sister-in-law from Dallas were the diners. They enjoyed the food and the experience very much! A group of us from St. Paul Winter Carnival also watched the Grand Day Parade from inside Pazzaluna ~ that was also a great time! I think the Mauer/Bisanz family also had a great time watching the parade! Pazzaluna definitely is worthy of its 5-star rating!

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S
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Meatballs and salad classics-nice and tasty, walleye nice but very small portion, duck was ok...no wow effect, last time my duck was more vibrant and exciting .Portions are getting smaller and smaller. You could incorporate more ingredients to have a bigger variety of the dishes. The best of all was this wine- Sangiovese from Napa Luna vineyards phenomenal , deep and full. Conrad ‘s service was good but please pay attention to silverware- guests need to have them as soon the food arrives not after. No one talk to us about the specials for the evening. We dined at Pazzaluna for many years ,now with the new chef ,new manager we would expect the same or even higher level of the food, unfortunately our last visit was not as exciting as before. We did not get bread before our appetizer, I had to ask for it. The gelato and cappuccino were good. We felt the prices on walleye and duck are too high. The valet service by Homsa was great as always.

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JR
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fancy and delicious without being pompous and uncomfortable. If a more refined date night or dinner with the parents is in order, Pazzaluna should be at the top of your list. Italian food doesn’t have to mean strictly pizza and pasta. Pazzaluna also serves up a great selection of anti-pastas and meats, particularly their chicken piccata and their beef meatballs in two types of savory, creamy and tangy sauces. Doesn’t hurt that they still have phenomenal pastas as well. The fresh ravioli was amazing.

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KC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Maybe we got the wrong dishes but food ranged from barely edible to mediocre. At the prices they charge I expected much more. My husband got the ribeye special and it was very grisly. I had the scallops and orzo and it was extremely oily. On the positive side service was excellent and the gluten free selection was excellent. With so many options for excellent food in St Paul, I won’t be back.

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G
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pazzaluna is an excellent restaurant. I asked to be seated at the counter, which gives a great view of the cooking process. If you are interested in food, try sitting there; it's both educational and entertaining. Few restaurants have scallops on the menu anymore, but Pazzaluna does, and they're superb. The bread basket is delicious, too.

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AY
Minneapolis
46 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It was the same as it was 5+ years ago. My husband and I have not visited this restaurant in a number of years so I’m happy to say it hasn’t changed a bit. Food was delicious! I am making a note though to. It done there so close to closing time, it was brought up a few times during our meal.

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OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great experience all around. Seated our table of 8 immediately. Service was perfect and everyone loved their meal. 3rd time there over the past 11 years. Excellent place except it is a loud.

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very enjoyable experience in dining! Highly recommended. We will be back.

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JS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall a good experience. It was a little hard to hear basic conversation due to the background noise.

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MK
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service! Our waitress gave a great recommendation for the gnocchi, and it was amazing.

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NC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought some friends from New Jersey for dinner before the Wild Game and our waitress took great care of us and made sure we were happy and on time to the game. Treat food and great service!

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B
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We celebrated my daughter’s 12th birthday before heading to the Wild game.

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f
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We went before a wild game. One of the first things they asked was if we were going anywhere and had time constraints. I’m paraphrasing but it was great to be asked so they knew as well if we had to get somewhere. The food was good, one of the pizzas was ok but the other was very good. The carpaccio was ok not great. The service was excellent she did a great job if checking in but not overbearing. I would definitely go back.

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VD
Minneapolis
107 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always love eating at Pazzaluna. The food is wonderful, the service is great, they even have a couple of good vegetarian options. This is our go-to dinner stop before seeing shows at the Ordway, and we know we'll be back.

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FN
Minneapolis
57 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We had to wait at the door a few minutes as the hostess was ignoring us but everything was fine after that. We were shown to our seat and given our menus as well as the wine list. My husband chose the Butternut Squash Ravioli and I had a chicken wrapped with ham that was very good. Because it was my birthday my Creme Brûlée was complimentary. Overall we had a very good experience.

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