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Downtowner Woodfire Grill
Downtowner Woodfire Grill

Downtowner Woodfire Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.downtownerwoodfire.com/
  • Phone: (651) 228-9500
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast:
    Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:00am, Saturday: 7:00am - 12:00pm, Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm
    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday-Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Sunday 2:00pm - 9:00pm Monday 3:00pm-10:00pm Tuesday - Thursday 3:00pm - 10:30pm Friday-Saturday 3:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Persian, International
  • Executive Chef: Jefferey White
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: A room off the back of the dining area offers privacy for meetings/ special events. The room seats 20-34 people, has a fireplace, av equipment, and customized menus for your group.
  • Private Party Contact: Robert (651) 228-9500
  • Entertainment: Sunday breakfast is accompanied with live piano.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Chestnut/ Walnut
  • Public Transit: Bus stop at the corner of our block.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Large parking lot across the street from the restaurant and 1/2 block west from restaurant on Walnut Street.
A word from Downtowner Woodfire Grill
"simply beyond the ordinary"
"****" - Kathie Jenkins - Saint Paul Pioneer Press

Downtowner Woodfire Grill specializes in Persian fire roasted meats, grilled steaks and chops, and gourmet wood-fired pizzas. The atmosphere is warm & lively offering 2 fireplaces, a full bar with 3 fountains and live jazz. The restaurant offers free parking with convenience to both the Xcel Energy Center & Ordway Theater. Downtowner Woodfire Grill also provides a full menu for breakfast & lunch, and a children's menu. This cozy restaurant serves a great plate as well as provides an experience to savor.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "So many restaurants are so noisy that it is difficult to have a conversation at the table. Not the Downtowner. The atmosphere there is perfect for relaxed conversation. The decor is tasteful and comfortable. The food and the service are excellent. One of my favorite restaurants, always perfect."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The overall ambience was very pleasing, mixed with the smell of a wood fire grill, I felt comfortable from the begining. My family took my partner and I out for our birthdays. My brother joined ( having special needs) and the server kept him content and laughing throughout the meal. We ordered the MY strip, salmon, pork chops and burgers. All of which were good, but we're lacking any sort of presentation. This is a great place, however, if you are looking for somehibg elegant but simple that is agreeable for everyone in the family."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Good coffee and pancakes but the omelets and other egg dishes we ordered were pretty flavorless and not worth the calories"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Have been here frequently for Brunch, but this was our first dinner visit. The Kebabs were well prepared and tasty, but the veg was quite underdone, and the steak - the special that night - was tough and overcooked. Overall the meal was OK, but I think we'll stick to Brunch visits going forward"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Met a group for a birthday celebration. Individuals had different types of food. The food was excellent and service was great. Very attentive server and manager."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Excellent local restaurant . Great food, service and parking is great."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The appetizers - humus and spinach artichoke dishes were very good. I would recommend them. Our entrees were just okay. We expected better food based on the reviews we read, but were disappointed. It was not bad, but as I describe this type of restaurant fare to others, I say, " it was food. " Not bad, but nothing memorable. Prices are reasonable for what you get."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We met up with friends who had their new baby. The experience was delightful. Great service, good food and great Sunday morning music. A great neighborhood spot ."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Fun when you walk into a restaurant and they know who you are by your reservation and number in your party! Made my 20 year olds bday brunch extra special because the host told our server it was his bday. They brought him a great dessert! It was fun!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I have dined here numerous times over the past 10 years with family and business associates. Food and service has always been excellent. I will return for breakfast, lunch and diner many more times."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We celebrated our wedding anniversary with brunch at the Woodfire. The food was excellent, the service attentive, and the background music relaxing. My wife is on a gluten free diet, and it was easy for her to find food that fit her...including very good gluten-free bread for toast. It had been a busy week, and this was a peaceful and pleasant end to that spell of hectic activity. We'll go back!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My wife and I were on our first date night in weeks, so I was a little nervous going to a restaurant we had never been, especially with so many faves that we have not been to in a long time. However, we now have a new favorite! We went for an early dinner before our movie time, and the manager Ben said he knew just the table when I asked for something romantic. The spot next to the fireplace was perfect, and our waiter was on point with a good wine recommendation and great pacing to the meal. The buffalo shrimp were outstanding, and the kabob-style fire-grilled meats and vegetables were fantastic, especially the sauce. Ben kept checking back to make sure we were doing well and even tried to give me credit for flowers he brought over. Kudos!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Staff was amazing and attentive with my toddler granddaughter ! Food was very good too! Great parking!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My wife and I went to the Downtowner for our anniversary, as we have done in the past. We went there because we enjoyed it in the past. The food, the ambience just made for an enjoyable dining experience."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "this place takes you back to a different era. my dad noticed right away that cole porter music was playing. we just loved being there. oh yeah, and the food is good! i found veggie hashbrowns, held the cheese and got gluten free toast.. was amazing"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We have been fans of this place since it opened. Dinner Thursday everything was sub par, table needed refinishing, was sticky and badly damaged, server needed training, they had one special (we've always come for their fish specials) and it was gone by 6:30 and we had to ask the waitress if there were an specials, steak not eatable, lamb chops undercooked and bland, manager accommodating but patronizing, explaining cuts of meat as if a $20 some dollar steak is supposed to be horrible? Did not feel like we were at the downtowner of old sadly and it was my birthday."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We went here for our 25th Anniversary and loved it."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Food was delicious and timely. Server was attentive, yet not pushy. Ambiance was great. Fireplace was great touch."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Convenient free parking, great service, consistently good food what's not to like?"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "There was a line of people waiting to get in, with our reservations we were brought right to a table upon arrival. Looking forward to going back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Took family here to celebrate parents 40th wedding anniversary. Food and service was excellent. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I loved the quiet noise level and privacy of the tables. The waiter, Luke was exceptional with is professional yet personal service."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We dined here after my daughters high school graduation ceremony a and enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The staff was efficient and friendly. Prices are moderate. Decent wine selection. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Completely satisfied with our experience. My wife had a broken foot and the host went out of his way to accommodate us and help in any way. The meal was excellent from the salads to the entree and dessert. Everything was cooked to perfection. Overall a great dining experience. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Great service and food. Like the openness of the grille/restaurant Close parking. Really good mussels "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Ben the host is amazing, there's an incredible variety of food to please everyone, and the entire experience is consistently great. Love this place. One of our favorites."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Always love the smell of the wood fire when I walk in this place. The menu always has interesting options on it that are prepared and presented well. They normally have a special that catches my eye but the menu has something for my teenage kids as well."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We went before the theatre and the food was wonderful and the service was excellent."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We had not been here before and relied on the reviews. I'm very happy with our experience at the Downtowner Woodfire Grill. The Woodfire smell is one of my favorites, which is a wonderful greeting as you enter the restaurant We had a group of eight for a special occasion. The service was very attentive, and she did a great job with us. They have a decent wine list, and a great selection of menu items. We all enjoyed our meals, and will make it a point to return. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Perfect setting for a celebration lunch with co-workers for a close friend who had just become a US citizen that morning."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Great service, understanding wait staff and good food. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We have been here several times and are usually very impressed. This time was Mothers Day, and it was a little busier and more active. Food was good, but mine needed reheating which took far too long. Waitress was also hard to find for service. I'll go back but will also stay away for the kitchen and busy days."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We enjoy a nice dinner instead of a brunch for Mother's day and this restaurant doesn't disappoint. Table was ready for our reserved time, all staff we encountered were very friendly. Full menu plus a couple of specials were available. Relaxed atmosphere on a busy day."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Very delicious smoke meats. Tried the family style platter with 5 meats. All perfectly cooked and plenty of food for 5 adults. Air has strong woodfire aroma which comes across in the foods. Great service. Very fast even though the restaurant was full (Mothers Day)."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I was a regular back in the late 80's when the fare was less upscale. I left the state and was more than pleasantly surprised by the Downtowner in its present incarnation when I returned. I have been a frequent diner, since my return. I have dined with my family, had business luncheons, and hosted a large group gathering and continue to return. Delicious, well prepared food, excellent service and Moe's signature Cajun breakfast will keep me coming back and sharing this gem with friends for years to come. Moe is a nice man and I could not be happier for another's success."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had a wonderful brunch on Mothers Day at the Downtowner. One thing that was particularly nice was they had a special menu but also offered their full menu too. Only thing I would change would be to make sure we were in the main room. We were in a side room and it was as nice as possible but the main room is still more attractive."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Bagel was burned, charged extra $2.00 for when that was never mentioned, food was ok, coffee not super hot, quiche over cooked."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This place is amazing. Great, friendly service! Fantastic bloody Mary's! The best heuvos rancheros I've ever had, and sometimes there's a jazz pianist playing during the morning hours. My wife and I came there for breakfast after our wedding, and couldn't have been happier with the choice. We bring the kids now, and they love it too."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This was a great breakfast. A busy morning for places, but we barely noticed. Again we felt like we were the only people in the place, service was excellent and the food was very good. We have found our new breakfast spot."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was fair but expensive. We arrived while they were still serving breakfast but were able to order lunch (after we asked for the menu). For an Upscale?? restaurant, well at least their prices were, the food was only mediocre. The waitress was blase, and at times rude. While she could nit control her table assignments, one side of the restaurant to the other, we felt neglected and had to call on other servers repeatedly."
    Dined on 5/10/2014