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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!

5001 34th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55417
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Sunday: 4pm-9pm
Happy Hour: 4pm-6pm

Cross Street:
50th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(612) 724-3009

Website:
http://www.alventorestaurant.com/

Catering:
Off-site catering is available upon request.

Parking Details:
Public parking lot located behind the restaurant. Entrance on 50th Street E.

Public Transit:
50th & Hiawatha LRT

Executive Chef:
Jon Hunt

Additional:
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

Special Events & Promotions:
To make a reservation for a party of 5 or more, please contact the restaurant directly at 612-724-3009.

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Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Al Vento can accommodate all your special event needs.

Al Vento Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (52)
Neighborhood Gem (52)
Cozy (38)
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Special Occasion (34)
Good for Anniversaries (33)
Authentic (31)
Romantic (31)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Casual (29)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Tasting Menu (25)
Great for Outdoor Dining (24)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Worth the Drive (21)
Notable Wine List (18)
Happy Hour (17)
Comfort Food (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Business Meals (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Seasonal (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Fun (7)
Healthy (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Late-night Find (4)
People Watching (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Disappointing meal. Not enough menu choices with meat, and service was not great. Had to ask three different people for salt and pepper. Was excited for family to try since last time was good, but sadly probably won't be back.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 2, 2017

We were seated on the deck which was lively on a summer evening.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options
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food4
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 1, 2017

A nice Italian restaurant with good food! Love the patio seating on a nice day.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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·Dined on July 31, 2017

The food was great. The service was a bit slow, but I think that was due to being short on servers. I was disappointed at how long it took to be greeted by our server after being seated. The server was kind and helpful, despite how busy everything was.

Tags: Happy Hour, People Watching, Good for a Date, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The tasting menu is the reason we made our reservation. Unfortunately the pace of the meal was so slow that we weren't even hungry anymore by the time the main entree arrived.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Beautiful night on the patio. Delicious summer salads.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We had an early before concert dinner with friends. Love the atmosphere. The food and wine were very good. We will definitely come again.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 27, 2017

great food - tried the tasting menu and would do again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Had dinner midweek and ate on the open porch. We were there during a rainstorm. The windows were open so enjoyed listening to the rain. The beet salad was amazing. It was freshly made. We both had pasta dishes and they were perfectly prepared. This is one of our favorite restaurants.

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 25, 2017

This was our first time and we will definitely be back! Fabulous patio. Great wine list. Food was SO GOOD! Service was just the right balance of attentive/friendly/but not too familiar.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The food was excellent and the service was very attentive. My wife said it was her new "best favorite" restaurant in Minneapolis

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 21, 2017

A friend and I went there during Restaurant Week. The set menu was a combo of regular menu items. Delicious! Every dish was great - get the mussels and the encrusted salmon with spinach risotto.

We sat on the patio, and service was friendly, and they let us have a leisurely dinner. We'll be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 21, 2017

We had a fantastic meal during restaurant week and the service was great. We tried the wild mushroom bruschetta, the caprese salad which was simple yet, amazing, and the salmon. The flavors with the salmon were perfect. I would definitely come back. They have a nice patio if you are willing to wait or get their early. The noise level in the inside dining room gets pretty loud when all the tables are full.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy
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·Dined on July 21, 2017

Went to Al Vento for a date night with my girlfriend for restaurant week. Loved it from the moment I stepped in. Awesome, quant and intimate. The service was a step above and the food was right on par as well! I highly recommend it!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Another great dining experience at a local treasure. Great food for both meat eaters and vegetarians. Exceptional flavors in all courses and a good choice of wines. Service was top shelf too. Always going back👍

Tags: Kid-friendly, Organic, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Casual, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Delicious menu for Restaurant week! The steak frites were scrumptious, Chef Hunt always teases tremendous flavor into his steaks. My date loved the salmon and our mussels were delicious as usual. Delightful to hit Happy Hour and sip the Parker Station Pinot Noir for a super price!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Once again Al Vento made our anniversary special. The food was wonderfully prepared and the portions were just right. The half price bottles of wine is always a great deal and the selection is amazing. The service was perfect, Nicholas was attentive, friendly and offered great advise. All in all, a memorable dinner!

Tags: Tasting Menu, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual, Cozy, Business Meals, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Our food was a mixed bag- some good, some lacking finesse. Service was mixed as well - we were promptly sat and served water but had to ask the assistant to order drinks 15 minutes later. Our server later told us she thought we were not happy when we first sat down?! Likely won't be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Great food. Great specials. Always consistent. A Restaurant Week highlight.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Tasting menu is a great way to explore the menu and is a good value.
Half priced wine bottles, early in the week, are a great deal and feature a great selection.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Love this place

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Ice machine was broken on this hot night where we waited and waited for beverages....then waited and waited for menus....and so on. The company was good so filling the time wasn't difficult but it was noteworthy. I had requested outside seating on the open table app but they sat us inside.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Very good salad, drinks and excellent service. Pasta was good but not the best I ever had.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Charming atmosphere and attentive staff. The fresh pasta was delicious. We'll be back soon to try other entrees!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 13, 2017

This was our second time at Al Vento's and we were more pleased this time than our previous dinner. Food was excellent & the service was outstanding.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Always a lovely time! The wait staff has consistently been fantastic over the years. I love having a local Restaurant like this! I have had very nice wines, and great desserts. We are very lucky to have you nearby. Thanks! Southside Pride!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Always a delightful meal at al Vento. Come early, come late... but come often! You will be delighted with the innovative tasting menu, the seasonal dishes, (fantastic Halibut) as well as the core favorites. Chef Jon Hunt and his bar team also curate a wine list that is as robust as it is afforable, especially on half priced bottle of wine nights!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 8, 2017

This was the first time we had dined here and it was great - a real find. Good value, nice atmosphere, friendly folks, good food. Could not be better.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Featured wine (a Barbera) was excellent; tasting menu variable very good to OK; boar and pork dishes a bit dry; pork a tasty cherry based plate sauce that while good with the sautéed veggies, a bit of flavor disconnect with the walnut crusted pork. I've had better luck here in the past.

Tags: Business Meals, Tasting Menu
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Food was delicious but the service was laughable. Our appetizer came very late and we were assured that we wouldn't pay for it. Then it was on our bill but our server told us it "just looked like that but I took it off." No, they were figured in the total. We had to wait for 35 minutes for our dessert, too. And the server asked us multiple times how we wanted our check and it was still messed up (beyond the mushrooms...).

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Great Neighborhood gem. The staff is very attentive and friendly. We went for our anniversary and the manager brought us each a glass of prosecco to start the evening. The food that followed was outstanding. I would recommend Al Vento as they also have a great tasting menu that changes weekly. And watch for the wine dinners as they are also a great deal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 29, 2017

We loved the food! Our server, Ben, was a delight! He described the menu perfectly. We will be back!

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Healthy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Everything was great until the service just stopped. Our waiter was in our area and would indicate he'd be right back but then he was off doing something else. Finally had to ask another staff person for our check and another for a box for leftovers.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 24, 2017

incredible food and outstanding service!! love this place - will be back soon - with friends!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Great food and drinks, we love to stop on the fly tool The food is delicious and the drink menu is super, Nick is a great mixologist!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Nice menu options and wonderful outdoor dining. I will return ;)

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Overpriced for small portions. My friend's ravioli came with hardly any sauce. She asked for more, and it took so long to come after asking twice, her pasta was cold by the time it came. We had already finished eating by then.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 11, 2017

I had the Bucatini pasta which was spicy and delicious. It was similar to the dish at Rinata. It was half off bottle of wine night so that made the drinks affordable. Otherwise ordering a bottle or by the glass might get kind of expensive. We sat on the covered patio while it rained and it was dry and very cool to feel outside in the rain. The only negative of the patio is that it has small tables for two out in the middle and in the open. We were seated there first and asked to be moved. There is just no privacy at those types of tables and spending close to $90 we wanted some privacy. Service was great. Overall we would defiantly to back. It's a cute little neighborhood place in south Minneapolis.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Tasty food and cocktails, and professional yet personable service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Always a great night at Al Vento. We have been going there for years. We drive from White Bear lake and It's well worth the trip.. If you haven't please do yourself a favor and give it a try. You won't be disappointed!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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