Zelo

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3549 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
At Zelo, we serve simple, fresh Italian cuisine made from local ingredients. Our handcrafted meals accompany a thoughtful, approachable wine selection. We believe dining is more than a menu: it is an experience, and ours is quality. When you’re our guest, our staff learn your name and remember your favorite glass of wine. We passionately commit to bring you the full dining experience – quality food and wine presented with welcoming service. Every meal. Every day. Please join us.

An enduring Minneapolis destination, Zelo was opened in 1999 by Rick Webb, a Minnesota restaurateur whose pursuits have set the standard in Twin Cities dining for over 40 years. Looking for another unparalleled dining experience in the south metro? Visit Rick Webb’s acclaimed Ciao Bella, the restaurant that inspired Zelo’s handcrafted food and dedicated service.
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Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing and the wine list was impressive! Our waiter Patrick was super attentive and funny! He really elevated the experience and we will for sure return to Zelo! 10/10

NH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous waitress and dinner. Just in town for a long weekend with my girlfriends.

KS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven’t been to Zelo in years, but was pleasantly surprised the quality of food, the staff and the dining room were still excellent. We were in a time crunch and our waiter did all he could to get us our food and check in a timely manner. Fantastic service and great quality, plus their complimentary fresh bread is as amazing as I remember!

MF
Minneapolis
55 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dane provided excellent service and recommendations! Ahi tuna app was A+, as were the pork chops!

F
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very well managed restaurant. Good, consistent food, measured service, and pleasant ambiance. Restaurant management pays close attention to customer’s request.

MD
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were visiting Minneapolis for the first time in many years and went to Zelo for dinner. While the food was very good, we were most impressed with the service. Our server was Jeff S. and he seemed to be around every time we needed him. We loved his "can do" attitude as we asked for some substitutions in our order and needed some items billed on a separate check. We travel a lot and eat out regularly. Jeff stands head and shoulders above most servers we have had. He absolutely made it a memorable night and we will definitely be back!

C
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I had to take a customer out to dinner. Zelo has something to please everyone, so I knew it was a safe choice. It was. We all enjoyed our meals, bread and wine choices.

M
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, the server just the right amount of attentive without being overbearing, and the ambiance was comforting. Overall a wonderful dining experience!

R
London
59 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Sea Bass was fantastic and the service was very good. I also enjoyed the glass of wine. I wasn’t overwhelmed with the experience as the garnish on the Sea Bass was unimaginative and the all inclusive cost of $73 was A bit high for a piece of fish and a glass of wine. However, maybe that’s the norm in downtown Minneapolis.

J
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. Loved the atmosphere. Definitely will be back!

b
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time on a business dinner

d
Wilmington
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went a little early which turned out to be a smart move. It got very busy by 6pm. Great lasagna. The lemon cheesecake was excellent

TB
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Zelo is a great place for a business lunch in downtown Minneapolis. Fantastic location, very good food, solid service and an overall great experience. On this occasion both my friend and I had the excellent crab cakes so we didn't get a very broad look at their offerings. The meal seemed expensive given that we had only one course and beverages.

JI
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Zelo. One of my favorite places when I'm visiting the Twin Cities from NYC. Solid Italian menu and excellent wine list. Service is always friendly and professional.

TR
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good as always!!

WK
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service were absolutely wonderful...the food, especially the pork chops and pasta (switch from potatoes for an extra fee), was fantastic. Our server, Erika, truly knew how to make our dining experience enjoyable. Her fantastic smile and very knowledgeable suggestions helped the three of us to love our food choices. The one suggestion for improvement is the level of the noise...it was hard to have a good conversation.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Super yummy dinner! We got tons of food and seemed reasonably priced. Good drinks and wine too! Loved the shrimp appetizer.

TR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Crab cakes... Yum! Food and drinks were fabulous. Service was great!

G
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a wonderful evening. The waiter, John, was a big part of the wonderful. So knowledgeable about wine choices and about the details of the menu. Service was beautifully timed and requests were delivered faster than lightning. And so funny! Food was delicious and desserts amazing.

LS
Minneapolis
30 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Galen provided impeccable service. Each of us had a seafood dish, all of which were perfectly prepared. Such a nice evening and a reminder that we have to eat here more often!

AB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wine are expensive but terrific. A good downtown date night option.

SW
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall very good experience.

J
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service, great food. This place exceeded all expectations and then some.

s
Minneapolis
84 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Still one of the best Italian restaurants in town. Definitely one of my favorite “go to” places

JN
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had so much fun at Zelo! Always the best service here, truly my favorite restaurant in Minneapolis!!! Food is wonderful, waitress we had was outstanding, will always come back!

F
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice atmosphere. Greeted and seated immediately. Linens on tables. Water served almost immediately and drink service prompt. Ordered a chef special of grilled prawns and scallops over a bed of roasted tomatoes, kales and chic peas. Delicious. Traditional pastas also flavorful. Meatballs served with pasta very tasty. Chocolate flourless molten cake - perfect finish. We will be back.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

While their typical customers do not include toddlers on a Saturday night, the staff graciously accommodated our mostly well behaved little one. The food and drink were excellent and the service was outstanding.

GF
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The staff, from the host station to the bar was excellent. Our server started out a bit spastic but settled in and got much better. Love the restaurant and would recommend to anyone

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting Zelo. Food was fantastic. Highly recommend the caprese salad. It was very flavorful. Handmade ravioli and Rossa were also excellent. Service was excellent. Will definitely return.

DS
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and fantastic service. Our server was Andrea, and she we great.

J
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great atmosphere and the clam chowder was delicious.

EH
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, lively, cool space. Great for special occasion.

L
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and service are great. It is very noisy and difficult to have conversations

JV
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Never disappoints!

DH
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was really good. Service was great. Only negative was despite the face we booked a reservation a week in advance, arrived on time but we still had to wait 20 minutes for a table on a rainy, cold Tuesday evening. Couldn't Velo put the four hostesses to work clearing tables and helping guests instead of standing there looking at their phones. Isn't 4 hostesses overkill for a Tuesday night at a cafe this size?

T
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was excellent. Love the grain salad! Special of the night was also delicious.

LS
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I take my godson out to dinner every other month - and Zelo is the only place he wants to go - so it's our hangout and I don't see that changing. As a vegetarian I have excellent choices and Zelo is happy to adapt if I ask for a pasta dish to have the meat removed. Always such friendly staff who are never intrusive - attentive but not hovering. And my godson's love of seafood and fish is always satisfied - as is our need for carmelized Brussels sprouts. Zelo knows what to do and they do it well.

BB
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Tim was the best!

DS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food with generous vegetarian options. Great service.

WW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zelo is a minneapolis treasure.