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About Al Vento
Al Vento is a romantic Southern Italian bistro with fine dining at affordable prices. The relaxed decor and elegance by candle light provide the perfect setting for friendly banter, family outings, or simply staring into the eyes of your lover with a fine Italian wine in hand. With notably some of the most knowledgeable and friendly staff in the Twin Cities, Al Vento is the perfect dining experience for you this evening. Specials offered daily!
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Italian, Seafood, Contemporary Italian
Hours of Operation:
Hours of Operation
Open Daily 11am-9pm
Lunch Menu: 11am-2pm
Happy Hour Menu: 2pm-6pm
Dinner Menu: 4pm-9pm
Happy Hour: 4pm-6pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Off-site catering is available upon request.
Public parking lot located behind the restaurant. Entrance on 50th Street E.
50th & Hiawatha LRT
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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To make a reservation for a party of 5 or more, please contact the restaurant directly at 612-724-3009.
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Al Vento Ratings and Reviews
This is where I go with my friend who has lived in Italy with an Italian mother. He loves going here and always tells me that the food reminds him of home as it is as authentic Italian as you can get this side of the Atlantic. We always do the Tasting Meal, which at $35/4 courses is a great value for great food.
I always find the staff wonderful. The only "drawback" on the recent visit was that it was busier than usual so the volume was a bit high.
In the summer, sit on the patio!
This is a very small neighborhood place that was worth the 1/2 hour wait after our reserved time. Service was relaxed and personal with a young energetic staff. Be prepared to stand if you need to wait for table since their bar only has a few seats. The tiramesou was the best! This was a great find and I’ll be back soon
Al Ventro was just alright, which, for the price is disappointing. The atmosphere is fun and it has the feeling of a cute, cozy, romantic, bustling Italian bistro which I did enjoy. The service was just so-so, the side staff (water, food runners etc) was excellent however our waiter was really disappointing. We chose to do the tasting menu but we hadnt been there before and the waiter seemed surprised that we were unsure how to order for the tasting menu and just expected we knew exactly what to do. One of the descriptions for a menu item I was intersted in was really vague so I asked a question about it and he had no idea how to describe it even though it was a special on their tasting menu. I think he forgot to put our order in because it took quite a while to come out, which we didn’t mind because we weren’t in a hurry, but then he didn’t check on us at all until the 3rd course came out. The back-staff was much more attentive and if we could have directly tipped them instead we would have. Most of this I could honestly overlook but the food wasn’t anything special. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t anything special. The appetizers were the best part and my fiancé had the chicken soup which was good and obviously made fresh in house. The shrimp salad I had was extremely acidic as was the sauce on the short ribs. My entree which were mushroom filled crepes with a bechemel was extremely bland and very underwhelming. Overall, I don’t think it’s worth the money as it was fairly expensive which I don’t mind but I expect the service to be at least good and the food better than mediocre.
The table was not in a good location, right in front of the door that leads to the parking lot so vehicle headlights kept shining into my friend’s eyes. The music was a little loud-not to mention strange funky disco music-but the waiter turned it down for us when we requested. Also our table was right under the speaker. A note that there was a Malbec wine on the menu that indicated it is from France, but the Malbec grape is from Argentina. Thought that was weird. There was also a fist fight right in front of the restaurant as I arrived which was out of the ordinary for the area. The food was fantastic, I had the chicken with cauliflower which was top notch, I ate every last bite! Next time I will just make sure to ask for a table that is not near that door.
We haven't been here in years, and unfortunately the food quality has declined and the service has declined even worse. After 25 minutes we had only seen one person who gave us water, and several times we had to hunt down anyone we could find just to order, actually get the items we ordered, etc. Doubt we'll be back. Too bad, as it used to be great.
Well, first of all, they did not have Beefeaters Gin for my martini, nor did they have Cranberry juice to make a Cosmopolitan for my wife. It was our anniversary and was expecting a quiet setting, but they put us in a room where they were having a retirement party together with another large group making it very difficult to talk and hear each other. Probably won't go back.
First time at Al Vento & I was hopeful for some good Italian food. Service was spotty & then after appetizers and salad we waited...& waited. Finally told that our order got placed behind the party of 60 that came in but that it would be soon (we were table of 3). Then manager came & stayed that he assumed we knew what had happened to my pasta. This was a new story and we learned my dish had been served to another table. So they re-made my dish & served it with my family’s dishes which were...sadly..cold. Clearly they had kept theirs while they remade mine. They realized this and graciously remade their dishes. They were very gracious and apologetic about the whole thing so I only wish I could tell you the food was amazing but it wasn’t. Overall I would say it was good, but with just a bit more attention it could get to very good. There wasn’t enough sauce on one dish, & the chicken dish was bland. Apps, salads & dessert were very good. So will I go back? Maybe someday but I wish it had been a place that would be worth the drive.
Sometimes this place is hit or miss..like this time. Enjoyed the half price wine, the bruschetta sampler and my piccata (even tho the piccata sauce was wasted on the firm cauliflower). This was my guest's first visit and he had the disappointments - the roasted pear salad and the gorganzola red pepper pasta. He does a lot of cooking and travels the world; I wanted to impress, but it was a miss.
Food & service were great. Wine list offered an interesting and affordable variety. Fine cocktails - a Rob Roy "up" was exceptional. Caesar salads were very good - anchovies available "on request." Sautéed cauliflower side was nicely done. Halibut and steak entrées were affordable and nicely done. Atmosphere was "lively" but still conversation-level. Will definitely return.
I've known of this restaurant for some time and was eager to take my family there as part of our Thanksgiving time together. The server was attentive and knowledgeable. As an East Coast Italian, I was excited for homemade pasta. I want not impressed by the pasta dishes. They were bland and seemed like they sat in the kitchen a while before we received them. I had hoped to add this to my short list of go-to places. Sadly, this is not the case.
Service was a bit rushed. Though I booked as a birthday celebration and cards were in the table, waiter failed to notice. Also brought our check without even checking to see if we wanted a dessert. Appetizers were ice cold. Manager said they were chilled, but ours were frozen. Manager said he would talk to chef, which was last we heard from him
Our reservation was for 11:30, and we were not aware that they were only serving brunch at that time on Sunday. We got a pizza with prosciutto and runny egg, but it was overcooked and oily. We also got the Bucatini pasta which was quite undercooked. I hope that the troubles with the food were caused by a poor brunch, and that all their food isn't that bad. The ambiance would have been better at night. It felt strangely dark at noon.
We dine out regularly with a large group. Fewer and fewer restaurant will accept reservations for larger groups. Al Vento not only accepts this sort of group but handles it well. They were helpful in assisting the people with special food needs. This is the old style Italian food of my childhood, and it does that we'll. No surprises, but well prepared and graciously served.
Loved the first half of our meal - had the tasting menu with the featured wine ... excellent appetizers and salad/soup course ... enjoying every minute of this charming neighborhood restaurant that we had heard so much about . Then the scallop entree arrived - something not quite right about the taste and my dining partner found it inedible ... inexplicably when we told our generally wonderful waiter about our food, he asked if we wanted it boxed up to go home !
We were given complementery house made limoncella which was outstanding ...
Dessert was a fairly gummy uninspired geleto...
So some things outstanding, others quite poor... we will be back but will likely choose our food more carefully...
And perhaps they need a different response to food that patrons find subpar...
First time visiting, the Open Table picture shows bright yellow and white decor. The restaurant is very dark green grey walls and light bulbs covered with brown sheer cloth hanging from the ceiling. Totally different than what we expected. Had the four course menu. The pear lettuce salad could use more spice. Soup was good and the main courses very good. Nice to get the half price bottle of wine. Service was excellent.
Our waiter was very kind. The food was hit or miss. Stuffed mushrooms were AMAZING, but the chicken was dry.
Our biggest complaint was that it took over an hour from the time we ordered to the time our meal arrived. We were starving!
Overall a very nice time but we probably won't go back. I would be all about it at half the price.
Have been to Al Vento many times over the years, but food seemed less interesting than I recall. Tasting menu rather lackluster. Also, when I signed up on Open Table it asked about occasion and I said Birthday, as this was to celebrate my daughter's birthday. I don't know why they asked, as no mention was made...no Happy Day, no little treat to acknowledge, etc. Luckily, I brought flowers for the table, so it was a little more festive. I wouldn't rush to return.
I couldn't believe how bad the service and the food was. We had to wait 20 minutes for our drinks to arrive. Then the cheese fondue came with black 2" cubes and an unlit, going cold cheese bowl. I ordered the clams and linguini. The meal came cold with starchy noodles - no sauce at all. I had to ask for some kind of cheese or something to give it taste. My husband's meat ball and spaghetti was eatable, but tasted old. Noodles mushy. I was extremely disappointed. Never again!!!!
One god note, the bus girl kept my water glass full and gave me clean silver for each course.
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