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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (42)
Good for a Date (31)
Cozy (28)
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Good for Anniversaries (25)
Special Occasion (24)
Romantic (24)
Authentic (23)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Casual (18)
Tasting Menu (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Business Meals (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Great for Brunch (5)
Healthy (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Fun (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

My family and I dined in at Al Vento for the first time for my birthday. We were extremely kind, patient, and understanding that they had another large party to tend to on that night too, so they were busy. We didn’t demand for anything and waited patiently. Our server was really kind and tried his best to be attentive. We didn’t receive our food until an hour later. Our food was undercooked and under seasoned. My pasta was still really hard. Our food presentation was really poorly done when compared to other customers sitting in the surrounding tables. The worst part was that my aunt’s dish was covered in vegetables and sauce, so after she took a few bites out of dish, she told us something didn’t seem right. The lighting was dim, so I pulled out my phone light to check the chicken and it was still RAW. The server was kind enough to make the meal free for my aunt, and offered another order for her, but we declined. We just told them to make sure it doesn’t happen to other costumers. We still tipped well even though the manager didn’t bother to come apologize to us. We saw and heard our server tell his manager about what happened, but the manager just ignored us for the rest of the night. He would walk past our table, greet other people, but ignore us. We figured he probably didn’t want to deal with it. The chef didn’t come apologize either. The food was poorly done, and we were really disrespected, the only person who was really kind to us was our server. It was quite a disappointing experience since everyone gave Al Vento such a high praise and reviews online. We most likely will never dine in at Al Vento again.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

I took my brother since he wanted to sample good Italian food in the Twin Cities. He wasn't disappointed. We had a great meal of appetizers, pasta, and excellent (and not too expensive) wine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Went on a Saturday night and it was a very awesome meal. The bartender takes pride in the way he fixed our drinks before sitting down for dinner. The food.... Superb!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Did was very good and we enjoyed our evening

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great food & great drinks. Superb service. We requested and were seated at a quiet table away from serving stations and foot traffic. Very enjoyable.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Not as good as it once was. We were both disappointed with our NYE dinner and were there before the rush.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 28, 2017

As always, we had a great experience. Service was outstanding.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 21, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great food! Great staff. Thanks for making it easy and delicious.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great experience! We took 4 of our closest friends for a special occasion. They’d never been and they loved it! Great food, service and ambience! Recommend to all!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Very poor service! We are regular customers and were very disappointed with the service. We have had this waiter before and he is not good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great time

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 10, 2017

This was the perfect spot for a night out with friends. Good food, an energetic vibe and delicious cocktails. It gets loud so be prepared. It was also packed so reservations are a good idea. Knowledgeable wait staff and very friendly. We will be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Always tasty food in a cozy atmosphere. Service is always good here. We brought our kids (9 & 7) for my wife’s birthday. There’s a good level of background noise (but not loud) so the extra noise my boys made was not an issue.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Expensive, food was awful. Service not so hot. We will never go back!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Very good food, moderately priced. a little slacking on customer service (very slow, neglectful, inexpérienced)

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Celebrated my husband’s birthday with yummy olive & goat cheese bruschetta and delicious cod entrees. We toasted with well crafted Negronis! It was a wonderful place to celebrate because of the super servers and great food!

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

We've always like Al Vento. Don't get there often enough. Great server. Asked about a Primativo and she seconded it. A really good wine, especially at the Happy Hour price. Food is always good and often offers pleasant surprise tastes.

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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...

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great good as always. Wait staff was attentive and friendly.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The service was below acceptable. The temperature in the restaurant was extremely hot and very uncomfortable! The noise level was exceptionally loud and my husband and I could not even talk. The food was good, but not great. We will not return.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We love Al Vento. The Caesar Salad is exceptional. Great food, service and atmosphere make an unbeatable combination.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

They have the best Tiramisu we have ever had! Meat balls are fantastic also. Very good food.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The food was great. The service was good but the server was not attentive.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was great. I liked the atmosphere. We enjoyed our time without feeling rushed.
I wish the server had been a little more friendly

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Al Vento never fails. The food is always amazing and service fantastic. I’ve been coming here for years and have introduced many people to it who all love it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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