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

Zelo

4.9
4.9
3852 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 20 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 3,852 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

    Great for fine wines

  • Minneapolis - St. Paul

    Italian

  • Twin Cities / Minneapolis

    Best Overall

  • Twin Cities / Minneapolis

    Best Food

  • Twin Cities / Minneapolis

    Best Service

  • Twin Cities / Minneapolis

    Good for business meals

  • Twin Cities / Minneapolis

    Great for fine wines

  • Twin Cities / Minneapolis

    Good for special occasions

3,852 Reviews
  1. Deckard

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  2. WendyS

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  3. SusanZ

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  4. TCfoodie

    Minneapolis

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  5. NHUT

    Denver

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  6. PackerMidget12

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  7. Debv

    Detroit

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and staff and our server was excellent!

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  8. HeatherB

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was wonderful, everything was amazing. Great service, very quick and attentive. The lemon dessert was amazing.

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  9. JillB

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The cocktails and food were amazing, from the appetizers through dessert! Our waiter was very friendly and attentive and the prices were well worth the wonderful food we had. We would definitely go back again and would recommend others go too!

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  10. Sydney

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Good spot for Italian and interesting specials but the food didn't wow me like I was expecting, but by no means is it bad it's quite good. Still a nice place to stop by and I enjoyed the experience overall.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Zelo is my favorite! The service has always been top notch and attentive Their bread is amazing so go ready for carbs! Chao Bella salad is great, Rossa pasta and the risotto are some highlights. I wish they’d bring back Zelino in the medical arts building for lunches. They had a chicken salad sandwich on the house-made bread. Yum!

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  12. JohnS

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time. Wife’s Birthday she really enjoyed herself. We had a great server and everyone else was wonderful. Wine was great as was the food. Other than being a little uptight about going downtown, we could not have been happier with everything at Zelo.

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  13. BenK

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very tasty. Wonderful service. Just a wee bit crowded and noisy but it was Friday night. Almost perfect!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot… server was awesome and the wine list and food were on point. Would love to return asap

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  15. SusanS

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meals were delicious and the portions were perfect. The staff was highly attentive and provided just the right amount of attention. Best of all, there wasn’t a “health and wellness” surcharge added to our bill. We are already generous tippers but we have experienced up to a 21% surcharge in other restaurants downtown, on top of our gratuity. Zelo is a perfect place to dine!

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  16. Suzy

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner, we enjoyed all of our dishes and great service as always. Just wish they would reopen their grab and go for lunch! But Zelo is a great restaurant and always a good options for a dinner with a friend or dinner with work colleagues.

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  17. TNT42

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I were able to get a table at this beautiful restaurant, at the last minute, for Valentines Day. What a wonderful choice. Definitely will be go there again.

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  18. looking4unique

    Minneapolis

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate at Zelo for Valentines Day. We each ordered one of the seafood specials. The lobster and parpadelle with truffle sauce was superb and the fresh pasta does need to be mentioned… excellent. The Italian Seafood Grill was also crazy good. The scallops we very large, not a piece of grit and tender. The octopus was also extremely tender and the shrimp large and extremely tasty. The seafood was in a red sauce that tasted of just the right amount of garlic and just a little hot pepper just to get your attention. If you don’t want spicy I’m sure the kitchen could adjust the heat. Haddie the server did an excellent job of describing the food and drinks.

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  19. CaitryG

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was excellent. I will definitely be coming back!

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  20. TailyrK

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Honestly this place didn’t wow me, all of the entrees seemed like they were lacking something and for the price points on the menu I just don’t have a reason to return with so many other options in the area. The staff was very attentive and the complimentary valet was nice but other than that it was an underwhelming experience.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, fantastic service, somewhat expensive but definitely worth it

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  22. Picky

    Minneapolis

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful waitress, relaxing atmosphere, great steak and salad, had a great time.

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  23. SeafoodLover

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had the special which was gnocchi with lobster sauce topped with scallops, shrimp, and octopus. Absolutely delicious! Also got the pumpkin butter cake and tried my friend’s crème brûlée. Both amazing. My friend had the brick chicken and enjoyed that as well.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    192 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    192 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have not been to Zelo since the pandemic. I’m happy to report that it is as good as ever. If you like dining as theater, it’s hard to beat Zelo - the food, service, and ambience are some of the best in downtown Minneapolis. Pastas and seafood are the standouts here… highly recommended.

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  25. DrofFuninfifties

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Fun place for date night. Food and service were excellent. It gets loud when busy but still very enjoyable.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great evening at Zelo before the Orpheum. Excellent service, food and atmosphere. Will return.

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  27. ScottJ

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service was wonderful. Would go back there again

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  28. BB12

    Minneapolis

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Benjamin was an excellent server, very knowledgable about the menu and wine list. He made the meal special!

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  29. DianeF

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service from host to server was great—warm and inviting. The atmosphere was great too though we would have appreciated lights down a notch—lighting felt more like midday lunch atmosphere rather than evening cocktails and romantic dinner. Our cocktails, the warm bread and butter, and appetizer—we had the avocado bruschetta—were all really delicious. Both of us were disappointed in the main chicken fettuccine—it was pretty tasteless with big globs of cooked fresh spinach and chunks of unseasoned chicken and very little sauce. The salmon looked great and next time we’ll try something different. Overall a lovely evening for just over $100 before tip.

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  30. laura

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice restaurant with great staff and food! We will be back.

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  31. SarahA

    Fargo

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was amazing especially the house made gluten free pasta. So good! The only thing I didn’t care for was how loud it was. It was very distracting and almost hard to carry on a conversation.

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  32. BriM

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service is great, and I thought everything went ate was very good. If I had one complaint, I think the salads are overpriced for what they are. But otherwise it was a great experience and I can't wait to come back!

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  33. JJ529

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here for an anniversary, and it was absolutely wonderful! Service was super fast, and the staff was kind. Our server's name was Benjamin, and he was a total gem!! Will definitely be back in the future.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb food, excellent service, lively environment.

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  35. BradyH

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was amazing and the service was perfect. Everyone seemed very happy to be working there. I'm still thinking about the food. It was perfect when I first got there but as the night got busy, it got a lot louder in the restaurant. That was my only downside.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food! Will definitely come back.

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  37. AliciaB

    Minneapolis

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved the atmosphere, the staff was so friendly. The food was so good. Loved everything that I had.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Zelo is one of my favorite restaurants! Definitely the best downtown Minneapolis has to offer. The management and staff are a step above the rest! I love to come back again and again.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was friendly and helpful. The free valet parking was convenient. The quality of the food was top notch and it was served warm. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. Nothing to complain about and lots of options on the menus to come back for.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Was nice to see they reopened and was very busy on a Saturday night. Food and service was excellent

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FAQs

Zelo is rated 4.9 stars by 3852 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 20 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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