Spasso Minnetonka

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$30 and under
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Italian
Spasso is a contemporary Italian/American restaurant with wood fired pizzas, pastas, entrees, and weekly specials. With a selection of over 140 wines by the bottle and 60 wines by the glass all at retail pricing, we also have a full bar with a great Happy Hour from 3-6 daily and 8-close Sun-Thurs, 9-close Friday & Saturday. Sunday brunch is from 10-4.

Note: our patio is seated on a first come, first served basis. You may indicate on your reservation if outside seating is your preference, however; we do not guarantee availability outside.
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JR
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was the second time we have dined here. It was busy on a Thursday night, glad I made a reservation. We enjoyed a fine selection of wines and tap beers. The beer arrived nice and cold. The wait staff were super busy, but we got what we needed and an apology was offered. The chicken parmigiana was served not with boring red sauce topped spaghetti but with a wonderful fettuccine Alfredo - yum. My bride enjoyed Lasagne. So.....fine place, good service, wonderful food. And.....make a reservation!

ZD
Minneapolis
58 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

While the food is good it is not great for the expense....
The wait person was not friendly.

SK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

My family was one of the first ones at the restaurant and within 20 min they starting seating all the tables immediately around us when most of the rest of the restaurant was near empty. Felt like no breathing room when tables 20 ft away were empty. Service good, food was very good. Everyone friendly.

CK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit. I met some college friends here and it was perfect! Beautiful space, comfortable seating, able to have conversations without competing with other patrons. The server was attentive without being intrusive and the food was fantastic! Definitely recommend!

ED
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spasso is our favorite neighborhood restaurant and we really liked our new waiter too!

KA
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

This was was my first time at Spasso. The food was very good but smaller portions (which is fine if you don't want to get full or want to lose weight). The prices were above average, so for $115 for 3 people after tip and a shared bottle of wine, it was not a good value in my opinion.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great kids meal

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love our neighbor hood restaurant!

T
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food portions where just right and great tasting. Service was spot on and he was patient,calm and answered all of our question. First time back after three years. Much improved and I will go there again.

H
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their pizza is consistently fantastic. We had an Oreo cheesecake dessert that was absolutely amazing.

OT
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

What a disappointment. I had asked for a specific type of table, they were open and they still wouldn't seat us at them. We sat down and waited at last 10 minutes before anyone came to see us, food was mediocre, staff was distracted. The only reason this place is surviving is because there isn't an alternative with an equal drink menu. Hopefully there will be soon

LO
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always great food and service, one of our favorite places

S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good - busy night at the restaurant. I had to send the entree salad back to add to it, as it was so sparse - about 1/4 the size of our friends' who ordered the same salad as a side. They took care of it, but I never like to send back food and not be able to eat at same time as others.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Weak watery cocktails and

LG
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A little pricey and a tad noisy. Excellent waitstaff and tasty food.

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Booths help reduce noise

LR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A friend and I recently went to Spasso for lunch on a weekday. I had no idea of what to expect other than that I have driven by the restaurant frequently and wondered what kind of food they served and whether it was any good. From the minute we entered, the restaurant was quiet and the ambience--very nice. The lights in the booths reminded me of the restaurants that we frequently ate at during the 60s and 70s -- classy and intimate, yet casual and family-oriented. The waitress was very friendly and attentive.

We both ordered the walleye sandwich and thought the way that the walleye was prepared & cooked made it simply scrumptious. The squash & tomato-based soups were also very flavorful. I enjoyed lunch so much that I returned a week later (on a Saturday night) for dinner.

It is said that environment ambience plays an important part in good dining experience. Spasso's has delicious food and service. The only exception was the ambience -- specifically, the lighting. Since I'm sensitive to lighting, that is an important feature for me when I dine out. At Spasso's there was a noticeable difference with the lighting between lunch & dinner. At lunch, the lighting was dimmed down some while at dinner, the ceiling light brightness was more intense, which is fine, however, it can spoil the mood when a bright light shines in one's eyes, even at a distance of 20 feet. Those little LED or halogen lights can be extremely bright and if not aimed properly can affect the mood while dining. For that reason, I prefer eating at Spasso's during lunch versus dinner.

Overall, I give Spasso's a two-thumbs up. The food is scrumptious and the portions are generous. In summary, it's delightful and worth every penny. That said, it might behoove them to hire a lighting expert to evaluate the placement and angles of the bright ceiling lights.

s
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We’ve been going to Spasso for the last six years – since we moved to Minnesota. It’s had its ups and downs, but seems to be on an upturn. During that time they are consistently out of beers - particularly the dark beers my husband drinks. They always have some excuse but it’s frustrating. Great place to take the grandkids - The kids menu is awesome ! We really like the fact that it’s a better value than the Wayzata scene.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I ordered Scallops and got four smallish scallops and a Tom Brady at Thanksgiving-sized portion of what tasted like canned corn.
I wasn’t worth the premium price I paid for it.

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Great brunch menu!

JH
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

I usually enjoy the food at Spasso.... I tried the corn risotto with seafood and it was awful, yuck! The risotto was so salty it wasn’t edible, the salmon was nearly raw, the shrimp were rubber & the crab was a blob of grossness & to top it off it was expensive.

SD
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent choice especially like buying a bottle of wine next door for a very reasonable price and bringing it to the restaurant with no corkage fee. Our friends who are in the food distribution business said we were served fresh, home made pasta and it was the best quality they have had in a a long while. Very reasonably priced menu with a nice variety of Italian food. Not a fancy menu but you don’t need much more because the chicken marsala and the meatballs and spaghetti are so good you don’t need to look any further! Service was a little slower than usual but nice to take our time and visit with our friends.

BT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The no corking fee on the wine purchased next door is great.

S
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I have been to Spasso many times. But - last Monday we took friends there for her birthday (4 of us) Ordered glasses of wine and appetizers. Wine was slow coming, half way thru our appetizers. We ordered meatballs and crab cakes. For the 4 of us we got one small meatball and one small crab cake - not enough for 4 adults. Waitress should have brought that to our attention when we ordered. Then our dirty appetizer plates sat in front of us for 20 minutes til our main entrée came. Waitress came by several times but failed to pick up dirty plates. I had to hail her down to get a second wine. We probably won't be going back - too many places with better service than we received

s
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice breakfast brunch with my daughter

l
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Service was fine to start, but then he disappeared. The the food was taking a long time— we wondered why tables around us
sat well after us had their food. Food finely came and was clear it had been sitting for a long time under a heat lamp. The sauce and top layer of my pasta was dry as was the pizza sauce on my 17 year- olds pizza. Waiter left the food and we did not see him again. We decided to eat the food and leave.
The pasta dish was bland and without anything that would make it worthy of a place that is described as an upscale Minnetonka pasta restaurant
There are better places to spend your eating out dollars.

TT
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Server was quite distracted twice bringing an appetizer we did not order

Food was not up to visits past - asked for my pizza well- done and it was anything but

Ho hum experience

J
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The prime rib Dinner was overpriced for only meat and dry mashed potatoes. No bread, no salad —not what I would have expected

m
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place! We used their car service to arrive(thank you Ben) I ordered Walleye, which was probably the best I've had...pan fried, then baked. The waitress was great~attentive and yet not rushing us. We also ordered the ahi tuna appetizer which was perfect for something light. The wine list is extensive~ We were celebrating a birthday and they did give a few options for a free dessert which was so awesome. Cant wait to go back.

P
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We all enjoyed our evening. Two had Walleye which was very good. One had Lasagna also very good. One had sea bass. The sea bass was not super great, it was a very small piece and the taste was ok. The mushroom and pea puree with it was very good!!

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Engagement celebration dinner

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CB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful service and even worse food. I wouldn’t recommend even trying this place.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were seated on the patio and it was quite nice as it was a beautiful evening and not much restaurant noise, like there can be inside. Service was not great, felt like we were forgotten being out on the patio, but again… It’s a beautiful night to be outside.

Spasso Minnetonka
Responded on September 20, 2019

Thank you for joining us for an evening on our patio! We apologize for the slower than normal service, we will definitely discuss this with our staff and make adjustments. We appreciate your support!

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M
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We had not been to Spasso for a few years. Tried it for a Birthday. The Pasta was really not memorable lacking flavor. Would not order that again. Ambiance is pleasant. Server was delightful.
Just lacking in quality of food.

Spasso Minnetonka
Responded on September 20, 2019

Thank you for coming to Spasso for the birthday celebration. We are very sorry that we did not meet your expectations when you dined with us recently. We will take your comments to heart and do our best to make improvements on our quality. We do hope you will give us another try!

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S
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Alittle slow to be greeted and take drink orders. Alittle noisy. BUT Terrific food, our friends LOVED menu choices and their food- want to come again soon!

Spasso Minnetonka
Responded on September 20, 2019

Thank you, thank you! We look forward to seeing you again soon Sunny!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food. Loved that you could but a bottle of wine next door and bring it in! Loved the car service. Can’t wait to come back! Lasagna was phenomenal:)

Spasso Minnetonka
Responded on September 20, 2019

Wonderful! Thank you for utilizing all of our extra services that Spasso offers! Cheers!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and meal. Great way to celebrate several birthdays.

Spasso Minnetonka
Responded on September 20, 2019

Thank you! We hope you had a fabulous birthday celebration!

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J
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience2

We've gone to Spassos over the years and enjoyed it. However, in the last two years the menu has decreased and the food quality/taste has diminished.

Spasso Minnetonka
Responded on September 20, 2019

Thank you for supporting Spasso over the years! We are very sorry that we did not meet your expectations when you dined with us recently. We will take your comments to heart and do our best to make improvements on our quality. We do hope you will give us another try!

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JB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, we enjoyed every bite!
The ahi tuna crisps were superb! Warm olives were a first for us.

Spasso Minnetonka
Responded on September 20, 2019

Thank you for the feedback JoyceB! We hope to see you again soon!!

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a good meal and great service!!

Spasso Minnetonka
Responded on August 21, 2019

Happy you enjoyed your meal and service at Spasso! Thank you!

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