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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (52)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 23, 2010

Overall, it was a great experience but rather pricey. My entree was not served hot but lukewarm.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 22, 2010

We had a Groupon which was good. The meal was WAY over priced. The taste of the food did not match the price. I had a shrimp and pasta that was just okay, the sauce was not great and it was 18$. My husband had the Veal Chop that was good but not $26 good. They need to improve their food or lower their prices.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 21, 2010

I just discovered Al Vento a months ago but it is my favorite restaurant in town. The food is fabulous.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 21, 2010

we had 6 for brunch...european brunch...enjoyed trying new & unique things...plenty of food choices...loved the mimosas!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 21, 2010

Excellent unique food experience in a pleasant atmosphere. Great variety of menu items all reasonable priced. Overall, service is good but ocassionally slow. Good wine selection and deserts to die for.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 20, 2010

Food was awesome...I'm a garlic lover and I would say a bit too much garlic but other than that, it was wonderful. Also wish they served something other than Micro-Brew.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 20, 2010

Wonderful dining experience. Great food, great service. We will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 20, 2010

Visited Al Vento on a Groupon laden Saturday night, so it was much busier than your average week-night. Tables were close together, servers were a bit harried and haphazard, but the food was good, the room was glowing nicely, and everyone was pleasant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 20, 2010

Excellent restaurant! I can't stop raving about the food and the overall experience. Everything is made from scratch, and the prices are extremely reasonable. Great, great find!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 20, 2010

This isn't my first experience with your restaurant. My two other evenings were very delightful. Unfortunately, our waiter seemed to be a little harried and we wanted to order one course at a time and share them and take our time. He wasnt' as gracious as he could have been. Most of the food was very good but the Fusili with asparagus was pretty awful. The pasta was spongy and we couldn't eat it. A total lack of flavor made it bland also. The ravioli was delicious.

The noise level was almost unbearable also. I hadn't experienced that before. We had a very difficult time hearing each other and had to shout.

Also, I made online reservations and noted that it was a b-day. No candle even though we told our waiter.

Sorry!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 20, 2010

Fantastic experience and I can't wait to go back and see what else they have created for their menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 20, 2010

Al Vento was all right. The appetizers were the best part of the meal, chard and peccorino, and salmon/ berry bread (forget what it's called.) Our entrees were all right, not worth the prices, since they were not excellent. We had skate, the fish was nice, the risotto was too soft, a bit mushy, flavor overly oniony. We also had veal, and the meat was a little gristly, didn't have terrific flavor, wasn't served hot and was just acceptable. The desserts were ok. We had the chocolate in pastry (textures didn't work too well together, needed more vanilla creme to counterbalance the dense, heavy, bitter chocolate). We also had the tirimisu...all right,but short on mascarpone. I'd only go back for the appetizers. Also, nice waiter.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 20, 2010

Food was outstanding, from appetizer to entree. Waitstaff was attentive and well versed in the menu. Overall a great dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 19, 2010

Overpriced and mediocre. Noisy. Great for people who need that environment.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 18, 2010

This was our first time to Al Vento, and my wife and I were very impressed. The food was great, and we plan on coming back this summer to sit out on the patio. Great value for outstanding food!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 18, 2010

Our family had a lovely meal at Al Vento. Our favorites were the Caesar salad and chocolate/strawberry tart for dessert. Service was friendly, helpful, and very attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 17, 2010

The menu was somewhat limited and the food was pretty average. We ordered the bruschetta sampler which was too heavily laced with garlic. We also ordered gnocchi,veal pizza and chicken pasta. The chicken pasta and pizza were nice, the gnocchi tasty but a little greasy, and the veal was flavorful although the sauce was too heavy, it masked the meat taste. The price was very reasonable.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 15, 2010

My husband and I love Al Vento. It is a special night out, without the formality or fussiness of a destination restaurant. The spaghetti with meatballs is our favorite to share. Monday the mussels served to my husband were so plump and luscious that I wanted some and I don't even like mussels! Our waiter, Tom, was friendly and attentive, but smart enough to leave us alone to unwind before ordering. A great night out, with half-priced bottles of wine an unexpected plus.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 14, 2010

This was the third trip to al Vento for my boyfriend and I and, as always, the food was delicious! Unfortunately our service wasn't good on this visit; our server was clearly way too busy to give his attention to us. We waited about 10 min. before he showed up at our table. After taking our order we rarely saw him. The few times he was around he seemed very rushed. It wasn't a problem since they have other people available who quickly refill water and bring food, but it was definitely noticeable. Once or twice he asked how we were doing as he sped by but he didn't stop walking as he asked; he just talked over his shoulder as he passed by. We'll still return since it hasn't been a problem on past visits and we like the food so much.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 14, 2010

Al Vento was busy when we arrived. We were seated right away. Bread and water arrived promptly. Our waiter was appropriately attentive and knowledgable. The food was excellent. A memorable dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 13, 2010

I've come here often, but this time did not compare to others. The food was overwhelmed with garlic to the point that you couldn't actually taste the food, only the garlic. I hope that it improves back to where it was a year ago when the food was much better.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 12, 2010

Great food and cozy atmosphere...we really enjoyed our dinner. Do not go earlier than your reservation b/c the bar area only has six or so spots and there is no waiting area so it was difficult to get a drink and wait for our table without being in the way.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 12, 2010

Food is consistently awesome. Very solid wine list. Informed and friendly staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 12, 2010

My husband and I enjoyed everything about out first outing to Al Vento. The food was outstanding, there was a fun energy in the restaurant, and the servers were fun and attentive. We really apprecited the attention to detail at all levels. We've been giving our friends and family rave reviews about the restaurant and we look forward to bringing them in to share in the foodie fun.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 10, 2010

Al Vento was great. The food couldn't have been better : fresh, flavorful, affordable. The staff was warm and hospitable. Highly recommended.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 8, 2010

We've eaten at Al Vento several times and the food has always been outstanding. The service is top notch and the prices are very reasonable as well. The wine list is very good and on Sunday and Monday bottles are 1/2 price. Minneapolis is very lucky to have so many really, really good neighborhood restaurants like Al Vento, Signature Cafe, Duplex, Corner Table, Cafe Maude, Victor's 1959, et al. I have recommended Al Vento to quite a few people and have always gotten great feedback when they've eaten there, too.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 8, 2010

Al Vento is one of my favorite places to eat. It's hidden in South Minneapolis, but worth the hunt! They make all their own pasta, sauces, and dishes, and the waitstaff is amazing at wine pairings and romancing the food! The ambiance is subdued, with Tuscan decor and low lighting. Tuesdays are date night, with dinner specials that are the best steal in town. The patio is great in the warmer weather. Go for Brunch Sunday, it is the best deal, amazing food, and bottomless mimosas!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 7, 2010

Great food and excellent service, as always.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 7, 2010

our experience was as always at Al Vento wonderful.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 5, 2010

The tables were so close together that it was uncomfortable. The man at the table next to us was hitting me with his elbow each time he took a bite... way too close.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 5, 2010

Good food, prompt service, reasonable prices - what more could you want?

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 5, 2010

Their food was extremely flavorfull.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 5, 2010

Al Vento was outstanding! The food was excellent - everything we ate was spectacular. It was one of the best plates of spaghetti and meatballs I've ever had - they didn't hold back!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 5, 2010

earlier quiet plus wine deals. Food exceptional. As it got later, crowd increased, noisy as sound echos-- great spot. Price good with coupon offer- -otherwise a bit spendy if you want wine too. Have a great offers certain week days-- if no coupons

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 5, 2010

Wonderful food. I'm never disappointed when we go there. We always consider al Vento when we're thinking of a nice place to go, and we're always happy with our decision when go there.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 4, 2010

Everything is perfect. Pasta is excellent. Highly recommend.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 4, 2010

Delicious and interesting dishes. The spaghetti with meatballs and the gnochi were great!!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 4, 2010

The food was very good and the service was outstanding. It was very crowded and very noisy.

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·Dined on March 4, 2010

I am very fortunate to be within walking distance of Al Vento. It IS a neighborhood gem. I didn't have room to add this comment to "Note to the Restaurant". All Al Vento staff is wonderful, Tom is a favorite. He worked the night of a blizzard last year and because I can walk to Al Vento, I decided to enjoy a dinner, by myself, that night. Tom is like an old friend every time I visit the restaurant - whether for dinner or brunch!

I have lived in the neighborhood for 60+ years and Al Vento is the best restaurant to occupy the corner of 50th Street and 34th Avenue!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 3, 2010

We chose to dine here for a special occasion based on a friend's recommendation and were very pleased. The atomosphere was nice and appropriate for a small, neighborhood restaurant with a sophisticated menu.
The food from the truffle packages and bruchetta to the chicken parmesan and shrimp with pasta was entirely wonderful. The tiramisu was spectacular.
I'll be back to sit on the patio and try their pizza in the summer.

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