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About Bonicelli Kitchen

We'd love to see you soon, we've switched our reservations to Yelp. You can go to our site here https://www.bonicellikitchen.com/reservations-1 to make reservations, There is no 2.5 hour wait, sorry for the confusion. Thanks!
Chef Laura Bonicelli

1839 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Italian, American

Hours of Operation:
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(612) 259-7851

Website:
http://bonicellikitchen.com/

Executive Chef:
Laura Bonicelli

Additional:
Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Wine

Bonicelli Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (25)
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Fit for Foodies (18)
Local Ingredients (16)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Cozy (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Healthy (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Casual (12)
Seasonal (11)
Authentic (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Tasting Menu (9)
Romantic (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Organic (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Tapas (5)
Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Fun (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vegan (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Great Beer (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Chef inspired menu, easy to navigate, complimentary starter plate and decent wine menu. Waiter was knowledgeable and helpful with the wine selection. We enjoyed the meal and orchestra hall afterwards was 3.3 miles to downtown.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Casual
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food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great, seasonal food with smaller portions and items that work for sharing. As someone with a smaller appetite who loves food, it's a perfect fit for me, with room left over for a little bit of dessert. Nice wine list. And, it's quiet enough for conversation, something that you don't always get these days in downtown hot spots. Escape the crowds downtown and drive a few minutes down Central NE and find a great spot.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Healthy, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Delicious food! Highly recommend!

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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, from the tasting plates to the entrees and desserts. And the wines by the glass satisfied the varied tastes of our group. It was a relaxing evening with good friends and exceptional food.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Cozy
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Small restaurant. Food is spectacular. 1/2 price wine nights include all wines, which are modestly priced to begin with. This is a gem of a restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Comfortable and attractive venue. Wait staff were attentive and helpful. The food was very fresh and delicious - particularly the crab cakes.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We went for my daughter-in-law’s birthday at her request. Very interesting and tasty food. Great service and food recommendations. A fun evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Small menu, but excellent quality and variety. I will definitely refurn

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Very nice small restaurant with interesting menu, Italian and fusion, with small plates. Very nice wine list, all wines by the glass or bottle, with a well organized listing by characteristics of the wines. Servers were well-informed, (the menu changes frequently). Squash ravioli was great!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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food4
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 2, 2017

This restaurant is fabulous! Great food, excellent service and a cozy, feel good atmosphere. The chef and staff make it feel like you’re their favorite people from the time you walk in until you walk out. Creative, tasty food and drink. You should eat here!

Tags: Healthy, Business Meals, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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service5
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

A neighborhood gem! Excellent food in a lovely, cozy dining environment. We ordered seven small plate items to share with our group of 6. Perfect amount of food. Flavor and presentation of food were both outstanding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
ambience5
service4
value4

 
·Dined on October 28, 2017

Quaint setting - reminds me of a Tuscan local. Friendly and attentive staff. Unique choices and flavorful foods. Enjoyed very much !

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Very pleasant surprise.
The food was excellent, the atmosphere quite pleasant.
Got to meet the owner and chef.
Highly recommended
Wine is little expensive

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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food5
ambience4
service3
value4

 
·Dined on October 20, 2017

First time at Bonicelli Kitchen was enjoyable. The waiter was friendly and attentive, the food was very good and the price was good. Hope to add this to our dining out rotation.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on October 19, 2017

The most enjoyable,friendly,and delicious restaurant that my wife and I have experienced in the USA. You would have to go to Italy to get that great of a meal!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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service5
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

We were able to try 7 dishes with the group I was with and they were all fabulous. The squash ravioli was a standout dish for me! The owner is very friendly and her pasta is the most traditional Italian pasta I've had yet in the cities.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

My husband and I recently dined at Bonicelli for my 33rd birthday. He had made a reservation, which I would recommend as there are about ten tables in the place. The ambiance was quiet and inviting. Our table for two was by the window, and the only oddity was that the table was quite long--so we felt very far away from each other.

Our server was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the food options. Being 8 months pregnant kept me from experiencing her wine aptitude---next time! We ordered five plates to share, and allowed her to determine the order in which they would arrive:

Squash and Amaretti Ravioli - DELICIOUS, would have loved twice as many pillows on the plate

Orlando's Famous Meatball - Excellent, the thick spaghetti-like Bucatini was a nice compliment

Thai Glass Noodle Salad with Chicken - Wonderful, a pause between heartier plates--the flavors were enthusiastic and clean

Balsamic Braised Beef - Substantial! The tangy horseradish mashed potatoes offset the rich beef perfectly

We finished with the pizza (we decided to order this instead of dessert), which I can't find on the website menu---but basically it was amazing fresh vegetables and cheese on top of a deep-fried dough. Roman street food according to our server. It was delightful.

Overall, it was a fantastic birthday dinner; pleasant service experience; and reasonably priced for the excellent quality of food. We will be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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food4
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Restaurant came HIGHLY reccomended to us. None of us saw the merit. $119/person
Glad we went. Never go back.

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food3
ambience2
service2
value1

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food, knowledge of wine & service. Creative dishes for sharing.
Something for everyone at a good value. Great value for small groups.
We'll be back again and again.

Tags: Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options
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food5
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service5
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Menu descriptions are spot on in terms of flavor profile, which is itself note worthy, but the food exceeded that and thus my expectations. Good wine selection. I really enjoyed the Albariño (to start with crab cakes, hummus, olives and killer fried pita bread). Then the chenin blanc (twice!) with the pasta and lemon sauce with basil and an ... eggplant thingy. A pinot noir with the ribs (these ribs had a well balanced, understated south east asian thing going on, fall off the bone tender, but crispy in all the right spots) and I was in full gear. After that I have little recollection. I felt like a kid in a candy shop. Very nice. Service was on top of everything and helpful. Space is kinda small and noisy. Some would say lively. And I would agree. Still intimate though. Nice patio. Especially considering its location on busy Central ave. Emphasis on small plates. The pizza was in tune with the procession of dishes and lively. Propelling me onwards. Alas no room for dessert however. My bad. Great for a date, a night out with out of town guests or on pay day.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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food4
ambience3
service4
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

I don't think I would eat here again even if the food was free. We ordered several small plates and not only were none of them remarkable, they were bland and served barely warm. The soup was under-seasoned, there was so much horseradish in the mashed potatoes to even eat, and the and the braised beef was not served hot. We threw away more food than we were able to eat. There are many places in the immediate area that serve much higher quality food.

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food1
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 9, 2017

I went here for my birthday because it was on my list of places people often recommend in Northeast - it was amazing. Each person in my party of 8 got something different so we were able to try many different dishes- not one bite was a disappointment!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Comfort Food, Cozy, Romantic
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food5
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service5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Opened this past December (2016). While they bill themselves as an Italian restaurant they have a very eclectic menu. The small plate concept works well for tasting several of their unique entrees We will be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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food4
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service5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 6, 2017

tried several things- crabcakes were excellent, mushroom soup was bland and served too cool.
Very disappointed in meatball- large but mushy- although the small portion of pasta and sauce were excellent. Chocolate cake was fantastic. Would go again to try other items

Tags: Good for a Date
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food4
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service5
value3

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 30, 2017

We were very impressed with the wonderful food! Creative, delicious, locally sourced and seasonal choices, beautifully presented. Our group opted for many small plates and a couple of the large plates to share. Everything was absolutely fresh and delicious. Highly recommend this spot.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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food5
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

We had a group of 6 and had never been here before. Our waiter was wonderful and patient with us. We shared a lot of different dishes and were amazed by the variety, quality and interesting choices. Would go back in a heartbeat!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Casual
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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great food. Chef run and owned. Love in every bite! Interesting/delicious flavor combinations! Highly recommend.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Fun, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great date night. Small dishes.

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food4
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

We found the food very unique, fresh and appealing to the eye. We ordered 2 small plates each and along with the appetizer tray we were perfectly satisfied. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. We plan to return soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 8, 2017

One of several times we have visited Bonicelli Kitchen - ALWAYS niuce staff, delicious food and beatiful presentation. NICE JOB to ALL.!

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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food5
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Excellent food and service. Love it!
Locally grown ingredients served with a passion for food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 21, 2017

The wine list is quite good. The space is cute but did get very loud. The food was ok to good but our service was not good at all. For the price and experience there are other places in town I would prefer to go back to. We likely won't return.

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food3
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Really wanted to like this restaurant, but the food is just not that good for the price. Service was excellent. The tuna on the salad nicoise was bone dry; the meatball and bucatini was fairly tasteless; and the pizza had a lot of stuff on it but not much flavor. Sorry.

Tags: Casual
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food2
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Love the Torte. Lots of vegetarian options. Very fresh. Great service. Nice table outside on a perfect night.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 10, 2017

I really enjoyed the flavors of all the dishes and desserts we ate. I had a lovely, quiet meal, catching up with an old friend. Thanks for a lovely evening.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The food was amazing. Everything we ate, was incredible. We will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Great, fresh and unique menu. Loved everything from the space to the decor to being able to hold a conversation without blaring noise as is the case with some other places in town. Loved the lemon basil pasta!

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 1, 2017

The salad with cucumber and edamame with wasabi vinaigrette was definitely one I could get addicted to! The lemon pasta was also delicious but don't try to add chicken to it (it came on the side shredded and cold, not as a grilled chicken breast). Small plates are perfect for being able to taste and share. Many items looked great so I'm looking forward to returning to try more.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Really liked the quality of food, very tasty. Although I wished they had more protein options...just a bit limited in that department. Would have like to a pork, chicken or fish that would have been a full entree. Waitress was amazing. Wine was fairly priced. Fairly nice atmosphere.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Like a nesting doll of gastronomic delights. Dinner was perfect.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly
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