Zelo

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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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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful anniversary dinner great service and excellent sever

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Double date and they gave us free desert.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was very knowledgeable and had great recommendations concerning the food!

DC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Ben for a waiter. He was outstanding and made us laugh even though our concert was canceled. We really enjoyed our dining experience.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Always great food and service. Been going there since it opened.

RS
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and atmosphere were excellent. We were provided the servers suggestions on drinks and food. There were great suggests and very helpful!!

GP
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service. Waiter was very attentive and engaged. Food was prepared as ordered and wonderful.

AC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous as usual.

F
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always get fabulous food and excellent service!

GS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service. Our Waiter, Galen, was fantastic. Very knowledgeable about the menu and wine list, and always available to help. Great atmosphere! We celebrated our anniversary and had a wonderful experience!

PF
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

College roommate reunion!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Bar was excellent. Predinnner drinks were very good, and the server was friendly, energetic and welcoming. We enjoyed the recommended cocktails and shared a calamari which was very good (although not as well done as I had ordered). Dinner was another story. We had a table jammed up against a service station which made for a chaotic experience. Our server was brusque and short tempered, as if we were doing him a favor by eating at his table. He also rushed us through dinner, having us through salad, entrees and dessert in 60 minutes, when we had made it clear that we were celebrating an event and wanted to linger. On top of that, the food was ok but certainly not anything special. I had the walleye special (BTW the waiter was offended that I asked the price), it was over salted and mediocre at best. Not once were we asked if everything was ok or how were we doing. All in all, I wouldn't recommend it.

SJ
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cori, our waitstaff, did an amazing job informing us of the specials. We ordered one of each when we couldn’t decide because they both sounded delicious. She offered to split the dishes for two so we could each try the other’s. We cleaned our plates!

Great food, cocktails and pre-show atmosphere! I am never disappointed at Zelo!

RC
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Tim our server was excellent. When in Minneapolis our favorite restaurant.

KR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed. Linguine de mare was excellent.

FL
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zelo is one of our favorite places to eat before going to a show at the Orpheum. The food is always delicious, the atmosphere is always enjoyable, and the service is always top notch. This time, we had the pleasure to have Benjamin take care of us. He was amazing and by far our favorite server yet. If you want a great place to go before a show, or just a nice place to eat, this is place is a must!

LA
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Convenient for a bite before the Dakota - over priced and mediocre at best.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent server and food

MB
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although loud when we first arrived (6pm Thursday), it got quieter. Food not only very good, but portions were more than we expected.

L
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I dined at Zelo before attending My Fair Lady on March 5. Our waiter was very friendly, attentive and helpful. The food was delicious.

DW
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner, fantastic captain’s wine list. Our server was attentive and very knowledgeable about wine and the menu

OT
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, nice service, convenient complimentary valet parking!

CT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice, they did not acknowledge the birthday at all

OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Zelo the other night with my husband and we had Ben as our server. He provide wonderful service! Great conversation, good recommendations, and attentive. We’ll definitely be back to visit again!

O
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First visit to Zelo - and to Minneapolis as well. Was in the City on business with a colleague and chose Zelo largely on the comments on OpenTable. It is well located - near many hotels - and upon reflection was simply a great night out.

The bar side is comfortable and grand and there is a really good vibe in there so perhaps consider a drink before dinner. The restaurant is comfortable and equally energetic. We had a friendly greeting at the entrance and the server and assistant server were outstanding. We let our waiter Ben choose the wine - apps - main and deserts so no excuse to having a great meal ...and none had to be given...all of which were very good....and I suspect everything else on the (large) menu would be good as well. The food came quick which tells me the are well organised back of house.

If I could critique one thing on the evening is that the bill came before we even finished desert...actually maybe at the same time desert came...but nonetheless, felt somewhat rushed to get us out of there.

All in all...I would encourage anyone to enjoy a meal at Zelo as we certainly did.

MK
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The zucchini noodles and Brussel sprouts were excellent way to start. Salmon was also very good.

LI
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as usual.

E
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience!

N
Minneapolis
30 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience, love everything about Zelo.

JC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The restaurant provides good food and friendly service team. Service is prompt and efficient.

KH
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Been to Zelo a few times now, and the food and service is always great. Slight knock on the stars as they generally won't honor a booth request if you are a party of two. They like to sit their parties of two in the middle table aisles - which isn't the quietest or most romantic as all the servers whisk by you. I've never had an issue with this elsewhere. So if you are looking for a quiet date night; you might consider another locale.

CL
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zelo was amazing great food and great service we had a wonderful time this is one of our new favorite restaurants!

P
New Orleans
14 reviews