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“Great bar, good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Zelo

Zelo
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Ranked #9 of 1,794 Restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$40
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 9th
Description: 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. 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.
Chicago
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203 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Great bar, good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2012

Ended up having dinner at the bar and really enjoyed it. Bartenders are very friendly and lots of choices on the wine list. Had tomato basil soup, which was good, put really tasted more like marinara sauce. But, loved the whole grain salad and the tuna appetizer. Very comfortable place. Will definitely come back.

Visited May 2012
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St. John's, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
“Lovely meal, lovely service, lovely building”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2012

We happened upon this restaurant because it started to pour rain and we ducked into the foyer. We were warmly welcomed and escorted to a table within seconds.
The physical surroundings are excellent and add to the experience.
We had a lovely server; warm, friendly and not intrusive.
Everything we tasted was very good, from the freshly baked bread, to the starters right on to dessert. THe pasta was well made, the pizza delicious, and the meat perfectly cooked.
Portions were a good size without being overly large.
The grapefruit martini was excellent.
I would strongly recommend this restaurant. All of us thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Visited May 2012
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Rochester, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Zelo-a great menu and good prices”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

It has a contemporary style without being cold. The menu has a wide variety of choices from gourmet pizza, to sandwiches, to great entrees.
Service is excellent!

Visited March 2012
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charlotte, nc
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Wonderful food right on Nicolette mall”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

The food here is outstanding and the service is excellent. Nicolette mall is a great place to shop and eat in downtown minneapolis

Visited April 2012
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Our First Time Was a Good Dining Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2012

We ate at Zelo, Friday, April 13, 2012, and found it to be an enjoyable dining experience.

First, we found the decor and atmosphere pleasant and not excessively noisy.

Next, I cannot say enough about our server. She was friendly, professional, and helpful. She had a good sense of humor and interacted well with us. At the same time, she was never intrusive.

When it came to the menu, we were very much impressed. The restaurant alters it menu on a seasonal basis and the chef uses as many "locally grown" ingredients as possible. What we especially appreciated is the fact that most items come with two prices based on portion size. With so many restaurants serving outrageously large portions (Olive Garden, Old Country Buffet, etc.), it was nice to have some control over the number of calories consumed. We were even asked whether we wanted bread (I guess a trend in the restaurant business). We did want the bread, and it was really good. The lasagna I had was excellent.

I found the price of our night dining out to be reasonable.

I can say with all honesty that, if you are in downtown Minneapolis a trip to Zelo will not disappoint.

Visited April 2012
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