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Zelo, Minneapolis, MN
Zelo, Minneapolis, MN
Zelo, Minneapolis, MN
Zelo, Minneapolis, MN
Zelo, Minneapolis, MN

Zelo

4.9
4.9
3884 Reviews
$30 and under
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 69 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Thu 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (612) 333-7000
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Jason Gibbons
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown / North Loop
  • Cross street
    9th
  • Parking details
    Complimentary valet available Monday through Saturday after 6 p.m. Adjacent public lots and on-street parking are also available.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,884 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Minneapolis - St. Paul

    Best Overall

  • Minneapolis - St. Paul

    Best Food

  • Minneapolis - St. Paul

    Italian

  • Twin Cities / Minneapolis

    Best Overall

  • Twin Cities / Minneapolis

    Best Food

  • Twin Cities / Minneapolis

    Best Service

  • Twin Cities / Minneapolis

    Great for fine wines

3,884 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice restaurant. Service was pretty good but not great. Worth going there for sure.

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  2. Stempster

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was able to grab a last second reservation on a night when the place was packed. From the friendly greeting to the excellent service from the waiter to the fantastic food, an overall great experience. The recommended walleye did not disappoint. And the pasta with sausage was also very tasty. The attractive room added to the overall experience. Would definitely return when I’m back in town.

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  3. aurelianobuendia

    Denver

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a memorable dinner at this lovely restaurant in downtown Minneapolis. I recommend the braised lamb herb linguine. What a superb entree!

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  4. Curt

    Minneapolis

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Zelo has the best team of servers, bus staff, and chefs. Fresh and delicious food that is worth the extra few dollars. Meals came hot. Drinks came cold. Must be a great place to work because I recognize many long term employees. The floor manager demonstrated “servant leader” behaviors. It was a real pleasure to see a well run restaurant.

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  5. Austin

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Zelo's location on Nicollet Mall and the expansive dining room, with its high off-white colored ceilings, modern chandeliers and medium dark wood trim, is welcoming and comfortable. The menu is wide ranging Italian, from wood-fired pizzas to house made Pasta and aged steaks with a few wrinkles thrown in like Walleye Milanese and Beet Caprese salad. Our server was highly knowledgeable of the menu and attentive to our needs throughout the meal. Told my wife, that I plan to make Zelo part of my quarterly restaurant rotation, to see how the food changes from season to season.

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  6. MichaelS

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We were excited about this place. sadly the results were not as expected. bartender did not shake the maritini as he should have. the crab cake appetizer was good. the meal not so much. the ravioli was very salty and the chicken pasta dish was tasteless. This is one place you can skip

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  7. MeganS

    Minneapolis

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience across the board! Had the salmon with zucchini and potatoes, the chocolate budino dessert, and an espresso martini, all of which were delicious!

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  8. KellyC

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, very filling! Hearty portions! Great service and it’s beautiful inside! They were also happy to accommodate my request to change the sauce to a non creamy version, thank you!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food. Was able to linger with out feeling rushed.

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  10. Ryan

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is great to have Zelo back open. It is a great dinner spot pre theatre.

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  11. JDuluth

    Minneapolis

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is fantastic. Our serve ... fabulous and fun. The ambience is great. We love Zelo!

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  12. LeEtta

    Minneapolis

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and service but loud so the acoustics prevented conversation.

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  13. KimK

    Kansas City

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Fabulous service! Salad great. Pasta not as wonderful.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server made our experience outstanding! We highly recommend dining here. Our cuisine was 10/10 and we will definitely dine here again!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful food, clean, and service was excellent. Dress up a bit for this dining experience. It was busy when we were there and pretty loud with lots of conversation. But, I would definitely go back for the delish food and impeccable service.

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  16. SteveS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and drinks as usual from Zelo, and we especially appreciated the great service from Carina who made sure we could be out in time for a concert at State Theater even though we only had just over an hour to eat.

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  17. smiley

    Minneapolis

    66 reviews

    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Zelo has become one of our favorites for excellent food, great service and yummy cocktails!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely beautiful restaurant, phenomenal service and unbelievable food. Will ABSOLUTELY visit again when in Minneapolis.

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  19. Imageseer

    Salt Lake City

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the delightful dinner to celebrate a colleagues event. We really enjoyed the food and the environment made for a perfect setting for an enjoyable meal and discussion. The waiter was a little bit stiff, but maybe he was trying to add to the ambience. He kept saying “ i will be serving us” which seemed odd and a tad pretentious ;-) lol

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  20. MatthewC

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Benjamin did a fantastic job guiding us through our dining experience.

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  21. ValerieC1992

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was such a wonderful place to have dinner with my fiancee to celebrate our 5th anniversary! Their lasagna was cooked PERFECTLY and the ricotta had that satisfying light crisp to it without the pasta being dry! The cappuccino sorbet was the perfect dessert to go with my meal!

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  22. Sam199

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, and great atmosphere. Perfect special occasion restaurant for any celebration. Our server, Benjamin was extremely professional and courteous.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here. Exceptional service, amazing food. I would definitely go back!

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  24. Jason

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great meal. Love the fact they let you order smaller portions to try different options.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. We had the sausage and pepperoni pizza and the special pasta.

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  26. quantumlondon

    London

    42 reviews

    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Busy restaurant with a good downtown buzz. The starters of caramelised Brussels sprouts and avocado bruschetta were delicious. I had the linguine with confit duck which was tasty but too salty for my taste. (I had the smaller portion which was just right. The larger version is probably good for sharing.) my friend had the vegetarian lasagna which he enjoyed too. Finished off with a very nice blueberry sorbet. One glass of wine plus one non alcoholic cocktail. USD140 before tips.

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  27. ericw

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Extremely enjoyable business meal...did not disappoint

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  28. HarryTheHornet

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Awesome food and service but at a decibel noise level bordering on painful

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  29. Gary

    Palm Springs

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We had an excellent meal at Zelo. We hurried through it because we found the noise level of some tables to be extremely loud and annoying. Too bad there aren’t private rooms where this type of group could be placed. It really detracted from our evening and caused us to leave much sooner than we had expected.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent, service was very quick, and the espresso Martini was extremely good.

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  31. MeganD

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant, excellent food, very attentive staff.

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  32. Normaldiner79

    Minneapolis

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food and service. Prices are a bit high but worth it

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  33. PatL

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. The Lasagna is always top notch. I do wish they had the sausage potato soup every day. It is soooo good!

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  34. Deckard

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I had a wonderful meal. Great food, great service. This was our first visit, and we’ll definitely be back.

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  35. WendyS

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Still our favorite place to eat when downtown Minneapolis. We love the proximity to the Dakota and Orchestra Hall as well as many beautiful hotels. However, the atmosphere was a bit unsettling from the choice of music playing as it did not fit the classy, warm aesthetic. Also, the wine list was incredibly overpriced for the caliber of the majority of the wines. Still, the food was delicious and the after dinner latte was a work of art ❤️

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  36. Loukitty

    Minneapolis

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner! Everything was perfect!

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  37. SusanZ

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All the things I had were delicious. Started with their bread, ciao baby salad, shared the caramelized Brussel sprouts and had the chicken and mushroom risotto. The serving size of the risotto was big, so had some leftovers. The menu had many options. This was my first time there. Hope to return to try other things.

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  38. TCfoodie

    Minneapolis

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The brick chicken was back to being spectacular. Just after the reopening, I had this same dish and it was a little over cooked. On this most recent visit, it was perfection: luscious and juicy from the first bite to the last . Zelo is now offering a half size to their salads and that way you will still have room for their pastas and entrees. One of the highlights to downtown dining.

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  39. PackerMidget12

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and the service was spectacular. The meatballs and calamari were incredible as was the octopus that was part of the special on the evening we had dinner. Do not pass up the lemon dessert!

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  40. NHUT

    Denver

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All of the staff here were exceptionally friendly. We were greeted at the front door and told the history of the building. Our server was fantastic. Our food was great. I enjoyed my salad and my husband thought the pork chops were good. But, the highlight for me was the salted caramel custard. Yum!

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FAQs

Zelo is rated 4.9 stars by 3884 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 69 times today
Google Map for Zelo

831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Additional information

  • Cross street
    9th
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown / North Loop
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Thu 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Complimentary valet available Monday through Saturday after 6 p.m. Adjacent public lots and on-street parking are also available.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jason Gibbons
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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