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Rinata

4.2
1230 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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About

Rinata is an intimate trattoria that offers a simple menu that features house-made pastas and pizzas, in addition to an extensive alcohol menu of wines, beers and cocktails. There are happy hour specials Monday through Friday with select beverages and food items available half off. This restaurant also offers a date night special every Sunday, with a four-course dinner.

Start with the bruschetta with Brussel sprouts or pancetta, Mediterranean olives or the steamed PEI mussels. For entrees, try one of Rinata's specialties, like the seared red snapper, lamb osso bucco alla Milanese or the chicken scarpiello. End your meal with a dessert. Try the tiramisu, molten chocolate cake or the cannoli. Rinata is good for families, small and large groups and other special events. Gift cards and delivery are available.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner Sunday-Thursday 4:30pm-10:00pm
Friday and Saturday 4:30pm-11:00pm
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Erik Weed
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Private party facilities
There is a beautiful small dinning room that seats up to 12 people. Reservations required by phone for private parties. We also have our main dinning room that can fit up to 35 people.
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Private party contact
Erik Weed: (612) 374-8998
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Catering
No Catering is currently available.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
25th street
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Parking details
Parking is located in the rear of the building.
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Public transit
The number 6 stops on the corner of 25th and Hennepin ave.
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Entertainment
Sorry we only entertain mouths.
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Special events & promotions
Please check our website for special events. rinatarestaurant.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
3.9
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on October 9, 2016

Well kept secret which I am passing around as this Italian restaurant is divine. Nice cozy environment with wonderful food. Still thinking about what a delicious meal we had!

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2016

The food is always good. I've never had a disappointing meal.

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3.0Dined on September 30, 2016

Food is always outstanding❤️

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4.0Dined on September 23, 2016

The food at Rinata is always fresh and flavorful. They make their own pasta, and when I want a true Italian flavor this is where I come. Their wine selection is decent and they use good wine glasses (important). They also have a full bar.

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4.0Dined on September 17, 2016

Ravoli outstanding!

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4.0Dined on September 17, 2016

Rinata is a family favorite. Especially during the winter, when the Italian style interior feels warm and cozy. The menu lends itself to cozy dishes that feel like they may have been braising all day. It is like a warm bear hug on the most brutal of winter nights. And when temperatures dip a score or two below zero...that is no small thing.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2016

I was so impressed with everything. Everyone at our table ordered something different and we all enjoyed every single bite. The service was great. The ambiance was great. It was a fabulous experience. Definitely would encourage everyone to visit.

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5.0Dined on September 4, 2016

Rinate, with it's tasting menu, is a great deal with gourmet ingredients and preparation. The rigatoni with elk was very flavorful. What's in that sauce? The bucatini Amatriciana was the best I've tasted in the Twin Cities, bright and spicy. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on August 27, 2016

I am a Rinata irregular. Given that I live 15 or more miles from it, that is. And that we like to cook ourselves. But when I want food I can count on, an informal vibe, zero attitude and good value wines, Rinata is my favorite place for going out.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2016

We sampled a number of menu items, and all were very good. Quite frankly, what we liked best was the ambiance...it was QUIET, although much of the restaurant was filled while we were there. Very nice setting for an anniversary dinner, as we could easily have a conversation. We will go back!

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2016

Fantastic, homemade pasta! Rinata elevated their spaghetti and meatballs to a whole new level.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2016

Every trip to the Twin Cities includes a dinner at Rinata's -- an authentic Italian bistro. The food is sublime -- nearly everything us made from scratch from the bread (which is truly out of this world -and I never eat bread at restaurants) to the pasta to the tiramisu (another item I rarely eat but which is redefined here). Even the house wine is great. Enjoy!

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2016

Loved the Prosciutto wrapped melon... The salmon was overcooked: the top 1/3 of the fish was fried. Rinata could use a makeover... Starting to look a little dowdy.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2016

I love rinata. A hidden, seemingly secret neighborhood gem, this was the first time i had sat at a table and seen how the dining room really fills up! I am happy they are thriving. We were having a low key five person birthday dinner and even though the room was full of other large parties it wasnt too loud or crowded. I only felt bad for the server having to manuever through the tiny walk ways. Food is great and well done especially considering the price. We shared a couple apps and everyone finished their pastas. Cocktails seem ok, however i usually go for wine. The soave is amazing. Dessert w house made gelato is also lovely. Our server was so sweet and as attentive as she could be while still serving every table in the joint. She often checked in to let us know shed be with us soon and we didnt mind the leisurely pace. Adding one WA might benefit the dinner rush. I have also sat at the bar for date night which is a great deal and a lovely atmosphere. Will be back again when i am craving pasta :) also random but their mussels are amazing and i hope they return to the menu sooooon!!

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3.0Dined on July 23, 2016

Nice and quiet. Can easily chat without having to yell across the table. Food was good. Will definitely visit again.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2016

Delicious meal!!! We had a great time. The restaurant week menu was super!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2016

We went during restaurant week. The tasting menu was varied with selections and we enjoyed all. Food was excellent and service was great considering they were booked solid during restaurant week. We will be back in September and hope to get the room off main dining for a group of 8.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2016

Loved the food, it was a great spot. Pretty crowded, tables were very close to each other which made the ambient noise of chit chat a little more prominent. Other than that, the service was great and food was delicious.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2016

The ambiance leaves a little to be desired, but the food was fantastic. Every dish we tried was amazing and the drinks were great too.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2016

I thought it was lovely. The peach, prosciutto, and goat cheese appetizer was amazing! Our food was awesome and our server was very friendly. It was a little too expensive for me to go often, but I would go back for restaurant week again.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2016

I went with a friend to Rinata for dinner during restaurant week. They accidentally brought my friend the wrong pasta dish and my friend didn't realize that until he had taken a bite. They offered to bring him the dish that he ordered, but the dish he got was delicious, so he felt there was no need for more food.

Our meal was wonderful and I was given a great wine recommendation. My pasta was also delicious and we both got the salmon for our entree. Everything was so yummy and we left feeling quite full.

We ate pretty slowly and took time between our courses; we were there for about 2 hours total and didn't feel rushed at all. The waiters were very informative and welcoming.

It is a dark restaurant as the shades are always closed, but that makes it feel really cozy. We went on a very hot day, and even though the did have the AC running, I don't think that I ever really cooled down (maybe that was due to a combination of red wine and warm food). Regardless, I would definitely eat here again. It would be a good place for a date or to take my parents for a nice dinner when they're in town.

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2016

It was a hot day in Minneapolis, but didn't think it would be hot in the restaurant as well. It was so hot that me and 3 of my friends were actively sweating while sitting there and the back of my legs against the chair in the dress were drenched. Other than no air, the food was decent. Waiter was very busy and didn't have much time to deal with us let alone get us more drinks or water.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2016

We were a party of 5 during restaurant week. Everyone enjoyed their meal although one steak was too salty. The room was very warm. Server was great.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2016

Excellent food-everything made from scratch. Rigatoni with spicy elk sausage was superb. Decent wine prices-nice to get away from the downtown scene where wine is far too often marked up 3X or even 4X.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2016

Great food! Good atmosphere. Waiter seem that to have us there.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2016

Rinata was wonderful! Such a great bang for your buck. I would definitely recommend this spot and I will be going back soon.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2016

We went for restaurant week and the value was very good. The only down side was the small desserts. Our server/bartender was excellent!

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3.0Dined on July 19, 2016

we visited rinata for restaurant week. the restaurant week menu was fantastic, with four courses! truly enjoyed the cheese and sweet corn filled ravioli with red pepper sauce and the sambuca tiramisu. the salads we had were lovely and fresh too. i would say everyone was disappointed with the main course, either a steak or salmon, neither wowed the group. the atmosphere was also lacking. it was an extremely hot day and the restaurant was uncomfortably hot, dark and cramped. we tried to eat as quickly as possible so we could escape the hot little room, when we would have rather had a leisurely meal enjoying our four courses. we live by their sister restaurant, al vento, and would choose to go there first any day! we've also been to their other restaurant, sparks, and enjoyed that much more too.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2016

I went for restaurant week and it was amazing! Of the 4 places I when this was my favorite. The prosciutto wrapped peaches are a must!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2016

Food was truly delicious. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2016

wonderful inventive food, served with appreciation

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2016

Rinata was a wonderful! I drive past it all the time and it is easy to miss as it is in a strip mall like building, but I am so glad we made a reservation. It was a cute quaint place that is perfect for a relaxing evening and conversation with a date or friends. The food was AMAZING. If you love Italian, definitely check this place out!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2016

Hidden gem, this was first time at Rinata, for restaurant week - we absolutely loved it! We ate at the bar, the bartender was helpful and friendly. Enjoyed a lovely 1/2 price bottle of prosecco, inventive salad courses (one with pickled peaches!). My second course was gnocchi - I honestly loved it so much I saved half of it to take home, third was salmon, perfectly cooked and moist. Tiramisu and gelato were final - I had hoped to get the pistachio gelato but they were out. The mocha flavor was excellent! All in all just a wonderful evening

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2016

We went for restaurant week. From the outside, the restaurant doesn't look like anything to special but the food is delicious! The restaurant is rather smaller and it was a super hot Minnesota day and the AC was not working. Everyone in our group was pretty uncomfortable! I will definitely be back though, just maybe not in the summer.

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2016

We have been to Rinata's about 6 times in last year and a half and food has always been very good....this time it was closer to a 3.25. I still will go back as it may have been an off night. We were cerebrating 2 friends 60th which I told them so I thought they may do something special but did not.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2016

Really good food and great atmosphere for a special date night

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2016

We have been to Rinata many times. Always fabulous. Until our visit on June 23rd. I had the fettuccine. Very disappointed. The noodles were hard, sitting out too long hard. The dinner was cool, not hot. The shrimp tasted greasy. I would not order this dish again.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2016

This was the 3rd time dining at Rinata and as always the experience was fantastic! The food is amazing and the staff is friendly. I always recommend this place to family and friends.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2016

This place is great. Went there two weekends in a row. Servers are attentive and helpful without being annoying. Lighting and ambience is great, dim but not dark, music not too loud. Food is incredible and fairly priced. Good for a date or casual meal. Surprisingly empty, probably overlooked by the other flashier restaurants in the area, but they're missing out. Highly recommend the prosciutto-wrapped peaches and the sweet corn ravioli. I'll be back for sure.

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2016

Loved It. Expectations where exceeded. Definitely a place for an intimate dinner.

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