Amore Victoria Ristorante

★★★★☆
  • 1601 W Lake St

    Minneapolis, MN 55408

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  • 612-823-0250

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Wonderful scratch Italian, charming location and ambiance. Love the new cedar rooftop with all the flowers! A must try.

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★★★☆☆

Wonderful scratch Italian, charming location and ambiance. Love the new cedar rooftop with all the flowers! A must try.

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Don't try brunch again until you've completed your renovations and improved your cooking standards. The food was crammed into a space that was too small to accommodate the number of patrons at the restaurant. Gnats were on the fruit, the

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Don't try brunch again until you've completed your renovations and improved your cooking standards. The food was crammed into a space that was too small to accommodate the number of patrons at the restaurant. Gnats were on the fruit, the

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My husband and I had one of the best experiences we have EVER had at Amore Victoria. We have been meaning to have dinner here for months as we have heard such great things from friends. Upon entering, we were graciously greeted and seated at a comfy, velvety corner booth for two. The pan-seared (home,made) gnocchi was to die for and the entrees spectacular! The home made bread was enough to make me come running back. We have been to many Italian restaurants both here and in other cities, and I have to say, this one ranks up there with the best, if not THE best. The ambiance is very authentic and I love the rustic brick walls, as well as all the fun colored candles flickering everywhere...Needless to say, we can't wait to come back!

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★★★★★

My husband and I had one of the best experiences we have EVER had at Amore Victoria. We have been meaning to have dinner here for months as we have heard such great things from friends. Upon entering, we were graciously greeted and seated at a comfy, velvety corner booth for two. The pan-seared (home,made) gnocchi was to die for and the entrees spectacular! The home made bread was enough to make me come running back. We have been to many Italian restaurants both here and in other cities, and I have to say, this one ranks up there with the best, if not THE best. The ambiance is very authentic and I love the rustic brick walls, as well as all the fun colored candles flickering everywhere...Needless to say, we can't wait to come back!

Pros: Scratch sauces, homemade pasta, TIRAMISU

Cons: none

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The happy hour deals here are great! We also had really good service and enjoyed the papaya salad - highly recommend checking this place out!

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★★★★☆

The happy hour deals here are great! We also had really good service and enjoyed the papaya salad - highly recommend checking this place out!

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The food is incredibly delicious, large portions, great wine list. The staff was wonderful. We held our daughter's wedding reception in the wine cellar room and it was a great evening. The tiramisu instead of wedding cake was a stroke of genius!

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★★★★★

The food is incredibly delicious, large portions, great wine list. The staff was wonderful. We held our daughter's wedding reception in the wine cellar room and it was a great evening. The tiramisu instead of wedding cake was a stroke of genius!

Pros: Reasonably priced, yet fantastic food! Great staff

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Happy Hour is awesome! The $2.50 beers all day is awesome! The staff/bartenders are awesome! Its a cute little place, with a great environment. Literally, all of it is awesome!

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★★★★★

Happy Hour is awesome! The $2.50 beers all day is awesome! The staff/bartenders are awesome! Its a cute little place, with a great environment. Literally, all of it is awesome!

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the papaya salad was fantastic, the chicken scarpelli robust! I noticed the San Pellegrino umbrellas so I ordered one and they had it, al contra re! And the view at the bar was great.

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★★★★★

the papaya salad was fantastic, the chicken scarpelli robust! I noticed the San Pellegrino umbrellas so I ordered one and they had it, al contra re! And the view at the bar was great.

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I've tried this spot several times out of convenience, but this place consistently disappoints. The size of their menu might be the downfall - instead of a manageable amount of fantastic entrees, they have endless bland ones lacking freshness.

I live in the neighborhood, so I've really wanted to love this place. In the future, however, I'm doing the drive to Broder's when I'm in the mood for Italian.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've tried this spot several times out of convenience, but this place consistently disappoints. The size of their menu might be the downfall - instead of a manageable amount of fantastic entrees, they have endless bland ones lacking freshness.

I live in the neighborhood, so I've really wanted to love this place. In the future, however, I'm doing the drive to Broder's when I'm in the mood for Italian.

Pros: location

Cons: food

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We like to go to Amore Victoria once in awhile for dinner. On Friday night, we decided to just have cocktails at the bar. The bartender was curt, made lousy drinks, and the tense, chaotic atmosphere made it uncomfortable to enjoy a cocktail. He yelled at the bushelp in Spanish, and was mean to the waitstaff ordering drinks. Completely ruined the experience! PLEASE fix this, we love the place!

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★★☆☆☆

We like to go to Amore Victoria once in awhile for dinner. On Friday night, we decided to just have cocktails at the bar. The bartender was curt, made lousy drinks, and the tense, chaotic atmosphere made it uncomfortable to enjoy a cocktail. He yelled at the bushelp in Spanish, and was mean to the waitstaff ordering drinks. Completely ruined the experience! PLEASE fix this, we love the place!

Pros: homey, warm atmosphere (most of the time)

Cons: bar service

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One look at the massive menu and you'll be impressed with the options and prices. I came here for my birthday dinner and it was truly a wonderful finish to an already lovely day. Our waiter was Jonathan and he was personable, helpful (I can never choose what wine to drink and he suggested a tasty Malbec), and very informational. I had the chicken parmigiana - tender, moist chicken with a light breading on a bed of pasta with a not-too-sweet red sauce topped w/ the perfect amount of freshly grated Parmesan. The bread they passed around was fresh with an lightly crisped outside and soft, warm inside - I'm not usually a bread eater before dinner, but I couldn't resist with this one! And to top it all off, the price was quite reasonable. With all your options and price ranges here, you can't lose. I hope to do some more exploring on their massive wine menu next time.

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★★★★★

One look at the massive menu and you'll be impressed with the options and prices. I came here for my birthday dinner and it was truly a wonderful finish to an already lovely day. Our waiter was Jonathan and he was personable, helpful (I can never choose what wine to drink and he suggested a tasty Malbec), and very informational. I had the chicken parmigiana - tender, moist chicken with a light breading on a bed of pasta with a not-too-sweet red sauce topped w/ the perfect amount of freshly grated Parmesan. The bread they passed around was fresh with an lightly crisped outside and soft, warm inside - I'm not usually a bread eater before dinner, but I couldn't resist with this one! And to top it all off, the price was quite reasonable. With all your options and price ranges here, you can't lose. I hope to do some more exploring on their massive wine menu next time.

Pros: friendly service, free parking, big menu, great wines

Cons: none

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The Italian food here is really good and the service is top-notch, they're very helpful. I've had some of the entrees and appetizers (I really liked their gnocchi). I highly recommend it.

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★★★★☆

The Italian food here is really good and the service is top-notch, they're very helpful. I've had some of the entrees and appetizers (I really liked their gnocchi). I highly recommend it.

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Found it by accident walking around shopping. The aroma lured us in and we were happy it did. Very homey feeling. Great service and good wine list but most importantly the veal marsala( not on the menu) was nothing short of REAL ITALY. My favorite Italian food is veal marsala. After having it all over Florence, Rome and Venice I am spoiled and cannot find the same in the states but I did here. Why am I in Houston and this place in Minneapolis?

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★★★★★

Found it by accident walking around shopping. The aroma lured us in and we were happy it did. Very homey feeling. Great service and good wine list but most importantly the veal marsala( not on the menu) was nothing short of REAL ITALY. My favorite Italian food is veal marsala. After having it all over Florence, Rome and Venice I am spoiled and cannot find the same in the states but I did here. Why am I in Houston and this place in Minneapolis?

Pros: Veal, wine, family run.

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We had the best experience the first time we went to Amore Victoria. An art fair was in session and we were having difficulty finding a parking spot. The owner offered to take our keys and park our car for us when a spot opened up. He actually took his own car out of the parking lot and parked our car right by the door and brought us our keys at the table! I have never received this kind of customer service anywhere! Not only was the customer service great but also the waitstaff was very educated on the wine list and menu. The food was outstanding. We were in love with everthing we ordered and was still craving it an hour after we left. If you are planning a trip to Minneapolis, you need to stop and eat at Amore Victoria, the atmosphere itself will make it worth it.

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★★★★★

We had the best experience the first time we went to Amore Victoria. An art fair was in session and we were having difficulty finding a parking spot. The owner offered to take our keys and park our car for us when a spot opened up. He actually took his own car out of the parking lot and parked our car right by the door and brought us our keys at the table! I have never received this kind of customer service anywhere! Not only was the customer service great but also the waitstaff was very educated on the wine list and menu. The food was outstanding. We were in love with everthing we ordered and was still craving it an hour after we left. If you are planning a trip to Minneapolis, you need to stop and eat at Amore Victoria, the atmosphere itself will make it worth it.

Pros: Service, ambience and taste

Cons: absolutely nothing

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I've had spectacular food and service here so recommended it for my "ladies monthly brunch". I was very disappointed!!! My food, chorizo huevos, was cold, the potatos overly salted, the chorizo bland. I chalked it up to the large group and maybe it was not timed well as one ordered a calzone.

The most disappointing thing was the service. We all had empty waters and were not asked for refills......one lady asked for cream for her coffee no less than three times before finally getting it. Her coffee was cold by then.

I will return and give it another shot. I hope they can correct this issue.

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★★☆☆☆

I've had spectacular food and service here so recommended it for my "ladies monthly brunch". I was very disappointed!!! My food, chorizo huevos, was cold, the potatos overly salted, the chorizo bland. I chalked it up to the large group and maybe it was not timed well as one ordered a calzone.

The most disappointing thing was the service. We all had empty waters and were not asked for refills......one lady asked for cream for her coffee no less than three times before finally getting it. Her coffee was cold by then.

I will return and give it another shot. I hope they can correct this issue.

Pros: The atmosphere is nice, not too crowded and nice brunch

Cons: The service is bad.

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I've been to Amore Victoria three times in the past six months or so, and it has been fantastic every time. The menu is extensive, but everything my groups (I've gone with at least 8 people, different people, all three times) have ordered has been fantastic. I particularly enjoyed the gnocchi with pistachio. It was rich and delicious. The creme brulee was tasty, and the key lime pie martinis were stellar. The wine-drinkers were also pleased with their selections. Some of my family's cocktails were a little too strong when we went, and it was a little noisy in the bar section, but those are really the only negatives I could possibly come up with. I will definitely be returning.

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★★★★★

I've been to Amore Victoria three times in the past six months or so, and it has been fantastic every time. The menu is extensive, but everything my groups (I've gone with at least 8 people, different people, all three times) have ordered has been fantastic. I particularly enjoyed the gnocchi with pistachio. It was rich and delicious. The creme brulee was tasty, and the key lime pie martinis were stellar. The wine-drinkers were also pleased with their selections. Some of my family's cocktails were a little too strong when we went, and it was a little noisy in the bar section, but those are really the only negatives I could possibly come up with. I will definitely be returning.

Pros: Extensive and amazing food and drink menu

Cons: Somewhat noisy in the bar section

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We have been to Amore Victoria 5 times over the past few years and every time we have been there we walk away full, happy and excited to go back. My most recent trip there I ordered the Pollo Portobella. It was a chicken dish that was absolutely amazing. The sauce is made from a perfect blend of white wine, garlic, butter and balsamic. The orzo pasta was cooked perfectly and had some bell peppers in the mix (I typically don't like peppers, but these were not over powering, had just the right flavor.) It has an outstanding and unique flavor while also being subtle. My fiance got the Lobster Ravioli and thinks it's one of the best italian seafood dishes he's ever eaten. Each seafood gives a distinct flavor so you can differentiate between the shrimp, scallops and lobster. The last two times we went he had the Gnocchi con pistachio e gorgonzola, once again a winner, if you like the flavor of pistachios you will think it's phenomenal. The service was alright (3.5 out of 5) nothing special. This restaurant focuses more on the food than glitz. I would not recommend this place for small children. It is good for large groups and happy hour, I threw my fiance a surprise birthday party in their cellar downstairs. Also, from Sunday to Tuesday there are half off bottles of wine. I would have to recommend the Marques bottle (a white wine) for $15 on half-off night. All in all, it's a great value, you end up walking out of there with a wonderful tasting experience without breaking the bank. Our check has been between $35 - $65, one includes just two entrees, the other includes two entrees, 4 glasses of wine and dessert. This is my favorite italian dish, however, my experience in Minneapolis is limited and I have not gone to the top italian restaurants, like Bellanotte.

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★★★★★

We have been to Amore Victoria 5 times over the past few years and every time we have been there we walk away full, happy and excited to go back. My most recent trip there I ordered the Pollo Portobella. It was a chicken dish that was absolutely amazing. The sauce is made from a perfect blend of white wine, garlic, butter and balsamic. The orzo pasta was cooked perfectly and had some bell peppers in the mix (I typically don't like peppers, but these were not over powering, had just the right flavor.) It has an outstanding and unique flavor while also being subtle. My fiance got the Lobster Ravioli and thinks it's one of the best italian seafood dishes he's ever eaten. Each seafood gives a distinct flavor so you can differentiate between the shrimp, scallops and lobster. The last two times we went he had the Gnocchi con pistachio e gorgonzola, once again a winner, if you like the flavor of pistachios you will think it's phenomenal. The service was alright (3.5 out of 5) nothing special. This restaurant focuses more on the food than glitz. I would not recommend this place for small children. It is good for large groups and happy hour, I threw my fiance a surprise birthday party in their cellar downstairs. Also, from Sunday to Tuesday there are half off bottles of wine. I would have to recommend the Marques bottle (a white wine) for $15 on half-off night. All in all, it's a great value, you end up walking out of there with a wonderful tasting experience without breaking the bank. Our check has been between $35 - $65, one includes just two entrees, the other includes two entrees, 4 glasses of wine and dessert. This is my favorite italian dish, however, my experience in Minneapolis is limited and I have not gone to the top italian restaurants, like Bellanotte.

Pros: Free Parking, Happy Hour, Half-off bottles Sun-Thurs

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When my birthday came I thought Amore Victoria would be a great place to have dinner. We were greeted with a friendly hello as soon as we walked in the door, seated promptly and shortly after greeted by our server with glasses of water in hand. The menu is big. While we were exploring the menu our server came with a basket of delicious fresh baked bread, some parmesan and dipping oil. We nibbled while we decided on dinner.
We started with the calamari. This calamari was quite possibly the best I've ever had. It was tender, not overcooked, with a fresh and soft flavor and it literally melted in your mouth. Delicious!
For main courses, I had the Agnolotti Alla Lobster & Shrimp and my date had the Pollo Bianco. Mine was beautiful. There were 3 lobster ravioli, 3 shrimp and 3 crab leg portions. The lobster ravioli was great, with a sweet flavor. The shrimp were perfect and the crab was so juicy! The only downfall was cracking the shell; I didn?t want to waste any of the delicious sauce on the outside! The sauce was fantastic! A cheesy creamy flavor explosion, laced with fresh garlic and brandy. The caviar sprinkled over the dish was not overpowering, it added a great, salty kick, as well as giving the dish a wonderful look. My date?s entree was a large helping of pasta with tender pieces of chicken and flavorful mushrooms with prosciutto covered with a creamy sauce. It had a wonderful earthy flavor; the different ingredients really stood out in the right ways. Our server suggested the Chardonnay on the half priced list. It was a wonderful addition. And desser!. My date chose the chocolate cheesecake and I chose the cannoli, filled with a wonderful cinnamon sweetened cheese. We also had coffee. The coffee was very fresh. It went well with my cannoli. My date loved his dessert choice. It was firm and extremely creamy. The desserts were very well presented. All in all Amore Victoria is a wonderful place! It was a very relaxing and delicious Birthday. We will be back!

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★★★★★

When my birthday came I thought Amore Victoria would be a great place to have dinner. We were greeted with a friendly hello as soon as we walked in the door, seated promptly and shortly after greeted by our server with glasses of water in hand. The menu is big. While we were exploring the menu our server came with a basket of delicious fresh baked bread, some parmesan and dipping oil. We nibbled while we decided on dinner.
We started with the calamari. This calamari was quite possibly the best I've ever had. It was tender, not overcooked, with a fresh and soft flavor and it literally melted in your mouth. Delicious!
For main courses, I had the Agnolotti Alla Lobster & Shrimp and my date had the Pollo Bianco. Mine was beautiful. There were 3 lobster ravioli, 3 shrimp and 3 crab leg portions. The lobster ravioli was great, with a sweet flavor. The shrimp were perfect and the crab was so juicy! The only downfall was cracking the shell; I didn?t want to waste any of the delicious sauce on the outside! The sauce was fantastic! A cheesy creamy flavor explosion, laced with fresh garlic and brandy. The caviar sprinkled over the dish was not overpowering, it added a great, salty kick, as well as giving the dish a wonderful look. My date?s entree was a large helping of pasta with tender pieces of chicken and flavorful mushrooms with prosciutto covered with a creamy sauce. It had a wonderful earthy flavor; the different ingredients really stood out in the right ways. Our server suggested the Chardonnay on the half priced list. It was a wonderful addition. And desser!. My date chose the chocolate cheesecake and I chose the cannoli, filled with a wonderful cinnamon sweetened cheese. We also had coffee. The coffee was very fresh. It went well with my cannoli. My date loved his dessert choice. It was firm and extremely creamy. The desserts were very well presented. All in all Amore Victoria is a wonderful place! It was a very relaxing and delicious Birthday. We will be back!

Pros: The atmosphere, the service and the food!

Cons: The parking lot was very icy.

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I wanted to like this place. I really did. I just couldn't. The menu is incredibly ambitious and looks great on paper, but their inability to execute totally did them in. We were seated immedietly and endured good service the whole night, but the food was a total misfire the whole way through. I would never have expected to recieve a plastic glass in a place like this, but sure enough, there it was. We ordered the fried Calamari. We were served rubery pieces of squid that were hardly fried - the texture was horrid. The product, breadding and sauce was all inferior. And for whatever reason they decided to put an appetizer portion on a full on dinner plate (entree portions are HUGE). The protion was right, but to put it on a huge plate made it look ridiculous. Zero points for presentation. We then split the Mandarin salad which was pretty much a sea of soy sauce and some odlly textured greens. The water chestnuts were about as crisp as a month old stalk of celery. The chicken served on the salad felt as if Cisco had delivered it a monther earlier and all they had to do was thaw out the pre sliced product. Our entrees looked great on paper. I had the Chicken Scarpeli. The chicken was far from the "Medallions of chicken breast" claimed on the menu, it was actually stripped breast (same as the salad) - which didn't taste as if it was sauteed with the rest of the ingredients. The italian sausage in the dish felt more like the pre-cooked Hillshire Farm variety. Nothing melded together, all the flavors were seperate and did not work - as if the ingredients were simply tossed together and had spent zero time integrating before they were plated. When I think about food, I think about several things... presentation, texture, aroma and taste. I think they missed on all of the above. Maybe my expectations were too high, but regardless, it was a real miss. It's too bad. Like I said, I rteally wanted to like it, but the meal was memorable for all the wrong reasons.

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★★☆☆☆

I wanted to like this place. I really did. I just couldn't. The menu is incredibly ambitious and looks great on paper, but their inability to execute totally did them in. We were seated immedietly and endured good service the whole night, but the food was a total misfire the whole way through. I would never have expected to recieve a plastic glass in a place like this, but sure enough, there it was. We ordered the fried Calamari. We were served rubery pieces of squid that were hardly fried - the texture was horrid. The product, breadding and sauce was all inferior. And for whatever reason they decided to put an appetizer portion on a full on dinner plate (entree portions are HUGE). The protion was right, but to put it on a huge plate made it look ridiculous. Zero points for presentation. We then split the Mandarin salad which was pretty much a sea of soy sauce and some odlly textured greens. The water chestnuts were about as crisp as a month old stalk of celery. The chicken served on the salad felt as if Cisco had delivered it a monther earlier and all they had to do was thaw out the pre sliced product. Our entrees looked great on paper. I had the Chicken Scarpeli. The chicken was far from the "Medallions of chicken breast" claimed on the menu, it was actually stripped breast (same as the salad) - which didn't taste as if it was sauteed with the rest of the ingredients. The italian sausage in the dish felt more like the pre-cooked Hillshire Farm variety. Nothing melded together, all the flavors were seperate and did not work - as if the ingredients were simply tossed together and had spent zero time integrating before they were plated. When I think about food, I think about several things... presentation, texture, aroma and taste. I think they missed on all of the above. Maybe my expectations were too high, but regardless, it was a real miss. It's too bad. Like I said, I rteally wanted to like it, but the meal was memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Pros: Nice people, great bread

Cons: Tacky = plastic glasses - flavor combinations were off, poor execution

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I have dined here several times and have always been pleased with both the food and the service. And the ambiance speaks for itself...rich,cozy decor and great music. The only valid compaint I have is that the parking lot is sometimes full..however, it's one of the only places with parking in uptown, so maybe its not that valid. I love the Shiitake dish with gorgonzola and rosemary MMM. I think the previous reviewer needs to return. I think their experience was just a fluke as all the other reviews of this restaurant are extremely positive. Anyway I would recommend this place to anyone who has not tried Amoe Victoria yet...

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★★★★★

I have dined here several times and have always been pleased with both the food and the service. And the ambiance speaks for itself...rich,cozy decor and great music. The only valid compaint I have is that the parking lot is sometimes full..however, it's one of the only places with parking in uptown, so maybe its not that valid. I love the Shiitake dish with gorgonzola and rosemary MMM. I think the previous reviewer needs to return. I think their experience was just a fluke as all the other reviews of this restaurant are extremely positive. Anyway I would recommend this place to anyone who has not tried Amoe Victoria yet...

Pros: Food, Service, Decor

Cons: Parking, when their lot is full

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the best thing I can say about this place is that the chairs are comfortable. We began our experience at Amore Victoria being told that the reservation that we made a week in advance didn't actually get saved in their computer. The host was very nice and appologetic and we were able to get a table after a short wait at the bar. The mixed drinks from the bar however, were weak and tasted like candy or soap depending on your selection. We were then taken to our table that was by an emergency exit and quite drafty. The wine list was great and did have several good selections that were affordable. But when the wine was brought to our table the waiter could only find two glasses and left the unopened bottle at our table while he went to try and fine a third. Apparently it is common for the place to run out of clean wine glasses during a dinner rush. We had to ask twice for silverware and napkins and didn't get them until after our appetizer was gone. Oh and the apptizer we ordered was the roasted pepper one and it was so salty that it was barely edible. The entrees were good as long as you stuck to the specials list, but the eggplant florentine was terrible -- the dish was mainly pasta, you couldn't taste the thin slice of eggplant under the massive amount of mozzarella cheese and where was the spinach exactly??? Wanting to end our evening on a good note we opted to order dessert -- the Creme Brule and cappuccino. The dessert was served first and it tasted good, but we were purplexed to find that it was cold as it had just come from the fridge. The coffe wasn't served until the dessert was nearly gone and while it was hot, it was also watery and not very good. Needless to say the service was ill-timed at best. Perhaps if sat in someone elses section at a different table and ordered different things we would have had a 5 star experience, but I would say you are rolling the dice when chosing to dine at Amore Victoria.

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★★☆☆☆

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the best thing I can say about this place is that the chairs are comfortable. We began our experience at Amore Victoria being told that the reservation that we made a week in advance didn't actually get saved in their computer. The host was very nice and appologetic and we were able to get a table after a short wait at the bar. The mixed drinks from the bar however, were weak and tasted like candy or soap depending on your selection. We were then taken to our table that was by an emergency exit and quite drafty. The wine list was great and did have several good selections that were affordable. But when the wine was brought to our table the waiter could only find two glasses and left the unopened bottle at our table while he went to try and fine a third. Apparently it is common for the place to run out of clean wine glasses during a dinner rush. We had to ask twice for silverware and napkins and didn't get them until after our appetizer was gone. Oh and the apptizer we ordered was the roasted pepper one and it was so salty that it was barely edible. The entrees were good as long as you stuck to the specials list, but the eggplant florentine was terrible -- the dish was mainly pasta, you couldn't taste the thin slice of eggplant under the massive amount of mozzarella cheese and where was the spinach exactly??? Wanting to end our evening on a good note we opted to order dessert -- the Creme Brule and cappuccino. The dessert was served first and it tasted good, but we were purplexed to find that it was cold as it had just come from the fridge. The coffe wasn't served until the dessert was nearly gone and while it was hot, it was also watery and not very good. Needless to say the service was ill-timed at best. Perhaps if sat in someone elses section at a different table and ordered different things we would have had a 5 star experience, but I would say you are rolling the dice when chosing to dine at Amore Victoria.

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This place is so charming you will feel like you are in a mama/papa boutique restaurant in the north of Italy. One of the things I really appreciate is the authenticity. It is not the usual predictable red sauce/spaghetti eatery that most Americans call Italian. This is not a corporate run noodle warehouse. It is the real deal. Incredible menu choices and wines. I have to admit I usually order the same thing because I love it so much. The veal piccata. Savory lemon sauce with huge artichoke hearts and capers. You will find Italian menu choices not available in most so called "Italian" restaurants. This is owned and operated by a couple who know their stuff. The atmosphere is wonderful. Very old world. Beautiful murals and pillars. You won't want to leave. You'll want to live there. Plus the staff is uber friendly!

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This place is so charming you will feel like you are in a mama/papa boutique restaurant in the north of Italy. One of the things I really appreciate is the authenticity. It is not the usual predictable red sauce/spaghetti eatery that most Americans call Italian. This is not a corporate run noodle warehouse. It is the real deal. Incredible menu choices and wines. I have to admit I usually order the same thing because I love it so much. The veal piccata. Savory lemon sauce with huge artichoke hearts and capers. You will find Italian menu choices not available in most so called "Italian" restaurants. This is owned and operated by a couple who know their stuff. The atmosphere is wonderful. Very old world. Beautiful murals and pillars. You won't want to leave. You'll want to live there. Plus the staff is uber friendly!

Pros: Incredible atmosphere, chic Lake Calhoun neighborhood, great food/wine.good service

Cons: none

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I wish I had known this place had been here earlier! The food is so warm and delicious. There is too much to choose from however on the menu..we stuck with the Chef's Page items. The Risotto with Fried basil leaves was scrumptious. Also delicious was the tenderloin and Pumkin-Squash ravioli...the sauce was incredible. Beautiful ambiance with some creative touches..like the hand-laid cracked tile at the bar with the vintage wine squares...

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★★★★★

I wish I had known this place had been here earlier! The food is so warm and delicious. There is too much to choose from however on the menu..we stuck with the Chef's Page items. The Risotto with Fried basil leaves was scrumptious. Also delicious was the tenderloin and Pumkin-Squash ravioli...the sauce was incredible. Beautiful ambiance with some creative touches..like the hand-laid cracked tile at the bar with the vintage wine squares...

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In a city that seems to be moving toward modern stainless steel restaurants and high-profile, pretentious eateries, Amore Victoria is a breath of fresh air. Charming mohagany wine bar, rustic floors, rich colors, and a cozy wine cellar with a fire place make this a perfect dinner destination,especially in fall/winter season, --however, floor to ceiling windows, a bar that gives you a view (as well as an outdoor patio),and it's proximity to Lake Calhoun make this place equally inviting in the summer.
The menu is huge, however a page consisting of top-sellers definitely helps out. We were also handed a "chef's page" by the hostess consisting of some great seasonal plates, including a lemon peel tilapia, and a wonderful ceviche (not sure why a Spanish dish is on the menu, but I won't complain as I thoroughly enjoyed it). Also on the page was a summer gazpacho soup which I didn't try but looked tasty.
My dinner companions ordered off the regular menu. An olive and goat cheese appeitzer, Sea Bass Piccata, and Tortellini alla Panna all were outstanding . Freshly baked Italian bread made it to our table just in time, however try not to spoil your appetite on this irresistible rendition. Save some to eat with your meal. We finished off with a delicious homemade tiramisu and freshly prepared fruit tart.
Next time I will come for the half-priced bottles of wine Sun-Wed. The Happy Hour looks great as well.
I highly recommend this place to anyone who is getting bored of the same old over-advertised, coldy built restaurants, and their menus that try too hard....leaving you thoroughly uninspired.

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★★★★★

In a city that seems to be moving toward modern stainless steel restaurants and high-profile, pretentious eateries, Amore Victoria is a breath of fresh air. Charming mohagany wine bar, rustic floors, rich colors, and a cozy wine cellar with a fire place make this a perfect dinner destination,especially in fall/winter season, --however, floor to ceiling windows, a bar that gives you a view (as well as an outdoor patio),and it's proximity to Lake Calhoun make this place equally inviting in the summer.
The menu is huge, however a page consisting of top-sellers definitely helps out. We were also handed a "chef's page" by the hostess consisting of some great seasonal plates, including a lemon peel tilapia, and a wonderful ceviche (not sure why a Spanish dish is on the menu, but I won't complain as I thoroughly enjoyed it). Also on the page was a summer gazpacho soup which I didn't try but looked tasty.
My dinner companions ordered off the regular menu. An olive and goat cheese appeitzer, Sea Bass Piccata, and Tortellini alla Panna all were outstanding . Freshly baked Italian bread made it to our table just in time, however try not to spoil your appetite on this irresistible rendition. Save some to eat with your meal. We finished off with a delicious homemade tiramisu and freshly prepared fruit tart.
Next time I will come for the half-priced bottles of wine Sun-Wed. The Happy Hour looks great as well.
I highly recommend this place to anyone who is getting bored of the same old over-advertised, coldy built restaurants, and their menus that try too hard....leaving you thoroughly uninspired.

Pros: Free Parking Lot

Cons: None

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My wife planned a surprise dinner for friends who became recently engaged. We were expecting a few tables pushed together but instead we were set up in the basement level in a private room. The staff were alert and didn't give away the surprise leading the couple-to-be downstairs. Our server was great. He had a sense of humor, lots of patience, and just the right amount of knowing when to check on us and when to hang back. The food was delicious and everyone had leftovers. We never felt rushed to finish up the night. Even though I was in a bigger group (7 people) it does look like a romantic place for a date. I was so happy with the experience.

2
★★★★★

My wife planned a surprise dinner for friends who became recently engaged. We were expecting a few tables pushed together but instead we were set up in the basement level in a private room. The staff were alert and didn't give away the surprise leading the couple-to-be downstairs. Our server was great. He had a sense of humor, lots of patience, and just the right amount of knowing when to check on us and when to hang back. The food was delicious and everyone had leftovers. We never felt rushed to finish up the night. Even though I was in a bigger group (7 people) it does look like a romantic place for a date. I was so happy with the experience.

Pros: Great service, excellent food, ambiance, romantic

Cons: Parking

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A very good friend recommended Amore Victoria, raving about the place for months. She lives in uptown so dines there often. We live a little further away, however we thought we would give it try last Saturday night. Wow....were we impressed. Just walking in the door gave me the most cozy and inviting feeling. The ambiance is so quaint, with rustic woodwork, velvet booths, arches, and a neat little wine cellar ion the lower level. There was a rehearsal dinner in there that evening, so we had a peak. I somehow had a feeling the food would be fabulous the minute I walked in the door. It smelled of fresh baked bread and delicious simmering sauces. The food was just that...fabulous!!! The bread is baked daily and has a wonderful crust with an inside that melts in your mouth. The salad dressing was amazing on the Cappriciosa Salad. For dinner we had the highly recommended Mushroom Passion, and the Pollo Portabella...MMMMM! For dessert is was the most flavorful Tiramisu I have ever tasted, (and I have tasted many). It was a bit busy which brought the noise level up. I noticed the other reviews stated the tables were too close together. Really it is only the four or five tables along the long wall booth. All the others are fine. If you wish for a more quiet or private table, ask to be seated in the side room, which is much quieter and has a cozy little love cove, or the wine cellar. They also have large booths in the main room.
All in all an amazing place. We will definitely be back!!!!!! We hear the Happy Hour is great and the Wine specials Sun-Thurs.

E.V.

2
★★★★★

A very good friend recommended Amore Victoria, raving about the place for months. She lives in uptown so dines there often. We live a little further away, however we thought we would give it try last Saturday night. Wow....were we impressed. Just walking in the door gave me the most cozy and inviting feeling. The ambiance is so quaint, with rustic woodwork, velvet booths, arches, and a neat little wine cellar ion the lower level. There was a rehearsal dinner in there that evening, so we had a peak. I somehow had a feeling the food would be fabulous the minute I walked in the door. It smelled of fresh baked bread and delicious simmering sauces. The food was just that...fabulous!!! The bread is baked daily and has a wonderful crust with an inside that melts in your mouth. The salad dressing was amazing on the Cappriciosa Salad. For dinner we had the highly recommended Mushroom Passion, and the Pollo Portabella...MMMMM! For dessert is was the most flavorful Tiramisu I have ever tasted, (and I have tasted many). It was a bit busy which brought the noise level up. I noticed the other reviews stated the tables were too close together. Really it is only the four or five tables along the long wall booth. All the others are fine. If you wish for a more quiet or private table, ask to be seated in the side room, which is much quieter and has a cozy little love cove, or the wine cellar. They also have large booths in the main room.
All in all an amazing place. We will definitely be back!!!!!! We hear the Happy Hour is great and the Wine specials Sun-Thurs.

E.V.

Pros: LOTS of PARKING, food, ambiance

Cons: None

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Nice place. Great happy hour. The portions are very generous; however, most of the pasta dishes are very heavy in cream. The service is okay, but if you go, call ahead and reserve a booth, they're great and very comfy. If you get stuck with a table, good luck because most of them are pretty cramped together. The salads are very good, but their lasagna isn?t all that great. All in all a good place to try for dinner; if anything, go for their happy hour.

2
★★★★☆

Nice place. Great happy hour. The portions are very generous; however, most of the pasta dishes are very heavy in cream. The service is okay, but if you go, call ahead and reserve a booth, they're great and very comfy. If you get stuck with a table, good luck because most of them are pretty cramped together. The salads are very good, but their lasagna isn?t all that great. All in all a good place to try for dinner; if anything, go for their happy hour.

Pros: Ambience, parking lot behind building, happy hour, BIG selection of wine

Cons: tables too close together (cramp)

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Excellent food, Excellent wine selection, Attentive knowledgeable staff, very reasonably priced. Beautiful ambiance!

2
★★★★★

Excellent food, Excellent wine selection, Attentive knowledgeable staff, very reasonably priced. Beautiful ambiance!

Pros: perfect date place, food for anyone

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Husband-and-wife-team Jenna and Alex Victoria have their signatures all over this charming neighborhood bistro. Her contribution: an Old-World, casual space with mahogany woodwork, chandeliers and cushy burgundy booths.…

 

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