Downtowner Woodfire Grill
Downtowner Woodfire Grill

Downtowner Woodfire Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.downtownerwoodfire.com/
  • Phone: 6512289500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast:
    Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:00am, Saturday: 7:00am - 12:00pm, Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm
    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday-Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Dinner:
    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 6512289500
  • 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.
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Downtowner Woodfire Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
133 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (58)good for groups (57)neighborhood gem (50)fit for foodies (36)romantic (30)great for lunch (25)great for brunch (24)notable wine list (17)kid-friendly (15)hot spot (11)late-night find (5)scenic view (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Was a perfect place for a small meet up. Great service and accommodated us well.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Food and wine was good. Relaxing atmosphere at the time.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first impression
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The Downtowner was highly recommended by three members in our group and I will gladly become the fourth. Even arriving early the staff was ready for us and served us well. The roasted pear and chicken salad I had was perfect for my dietary needs and nicely presented. The wait staff were very accommodating and made our occasion most delightful. Definitely will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good overall experience
    MnRnAnE
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I like this restaurant. Service was a bit slow this time, but still had a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JustUs2
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    First time to Downtowner, and we were impressed. My wife had a 'margherini' that she raved about. She had the salmon and loved it. I had the New York Strip and found myself wishing I had gotten something else. It was cooked exactly how I wanted it but had more edge fat/grizzle & connective tissue than expected, so was a little hard to cut. Ambiance is great, as was pleasant service. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Catered to our large party!
    4hotchix
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a group of 12 women, of which 2 arrived fashionably late. The wait staff served all of us and were very attentive. When the latecomers arrived they slipped their orders in and got them up to speed with the rest of the group. We had great food and a wonderful dining experience. Would recommend to friends.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The ambiance, staff and service were wonderful here. We could not have been treated better. At least two of us did not enjoy our breakfasts. The eggs Benedict hollondaise tasted as though it had meat gravy mixed in with it. The french toast was crusty. The hashbrowns were well done as we'd requested but tasted greasy. Everyone was so pleasant and helpful that I hate to complain. I would not go back for breakfast but would be willing to try lunch or dinner.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Paula
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Excellent food, second to none service! Highly recommended - will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DINNER
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    GREAT FOOD AND SERVICE WILL BE BACK! GREAT PLACE TO GO BEFORE A SHOW AT THE ORDWAY!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant of Choice
    ScottL
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We usually dine here before we attend the Ordway. It is a favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Melody
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Nice place to get together with your friends or familly. Cozy and inviting restaurant with good food and reasonable prices. We didn't drink so I can't comment on that. So I would recommend the place for your next special occasion or just for a casual dinning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go-To St. Paul Restaurant
    ChanDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This our go-to restaurant before a Wild game. The food is wonderful and the service is outstanding. They even give us our favorite table without our having to request it. If we didn't live in Chanhassen, we would dine at the Downtowner more frequently, but we only get to St. Paul for the Wild games.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    My wife and I had our 36 wedding antiversery the food was awesome the waiter was great and the room was outstanding.......comps to the cheif and the service. We will be back, thank you so much. Milo R. Tupy
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pre-race fun
    Trecker
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My sister recommended this restaurant for a gathering place for a group of us from out of town. They set us up with a round table that made it easy to communicate with everyone in the group. The menu had a nice variety including pasta dishes for those who wanted to cargo load for the marathon but it also included a variety of other selections for those not running or who had other pre-race rule loading needs. I enjoyed the special that evening and one of my friends who likes lamb said that it was cooked perfectly to his taste.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!
    Great88
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great food at a decent price. If you are going to a Wild game park here and they will take the cost off your bill!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed by all
    Sparky
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We were fortunate that our group of 4 were seated by the cozy fireplace on a chilly evening. This made for a very comfortable and enjoyable evening. Two members of our party had the short rib special and said it was delicious. One had a hamburger and raved about it. Mine was the fire roasted sirloin, which I had had before and enjoyed. This night it was a bit dry and the basmati rice was rather bland, which I had not remembered from the last time I had it. The Caesar salads we had were enjoyed by all. Our service was very good. We will return for dinner and/or brunch which we have enjoyed in the past.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent and Delicious
    RestaurantWarrior
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    They have a really nice atmosphere and the acoustics were good for holding a conversation with a group. The food was very good, they have a nice wine selection and the service was timely.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    Itsalrightma
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great food. Outstanding service. It was a great dinner to celebrate our anniversary. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always tasty
    ImpresarioVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I have liked coming here for years and never been disappointed. My salad was good and what I expected.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing experience for a newcomer!
    Imjustadoctorinmymind
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I'm new to town and this was a great first experience for a restaurant in the twin cities. It was a dinner to celebrate my eleventh anniversary and everything went better than expected. The atmosphere was great, the crowd was great the food was good and I can't wait to come back. The host at the front door and waitress we had were very nice, and helpful. It may have been the time of our arrival, but the vibe I got was more of a slower pace and purposefully set for you to enjoy your time. Not really important but my wife noted that although you have complete visual access to the kitchen, she didn't hear a sound as they prepared the meals and I would say that is fairly impressive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    Suzie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Had a nice brunch. Staff super friendly! Good food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    dtjb
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our first time dining in St. Paul, food,service and overall-great! Would go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    nowincolor
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I loved the food, it was all delicious. The service was a bit on the slow side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last Minute BDay Lunch
    JamesBeard
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Made a reservation at the last minute, for a BDay Lunch on a Friday with no problem. The table location was great, a nice booth, plus there was a fire in the fire place. The wood fire pizza is always great and the beet and goat cheese salad is the best in St. Paul. We were a bit of an unruly bunch ordering off the menu and making special requests, but our waiter took it all in stride. Our waiter even surprised us with birthday dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cozy Late Lunch
    mbhunt
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had a late lunch (2-ish) and chose this place because of the Woodfire Grill :) We found great parking in their lot, sat right next to the cozy fireplace, had constant attention of the staff, and delicious food. We can't wait to come back! Neat neighborhood, too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sat. and Sunday Morning Breakfasts
    Photoguy
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Saturday and Sunday Morning Breakfasts at the Downtowner are just wonderful. I love the ambiance, the fireplace fire, the musician, and the Eggs Benedict.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant evening!
    outinthefield
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Downtowner easily accommodated my group of 7 with a full bar, apps, salads and great wood fire-grilled meats. Raves from everyone who ordered the kebabs (pork, lamb and chicken). A nice birthday dinner night!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Nice atmosphere and excellent food, the service was good. We had went there for an retirement lunch and ordered a variety of food and everyone was happy with what they got.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treat for out of town guests
    Thegraciousdiner
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We brought a group of 11 for an early Sunday dinner (5:30pm). A few of us arrived early and had cocktails at the bar, great service and unexpected happy hour with $3.00 Martinis. Our table was set up and waiting for us, the server was efficient and friendly and the food was excellent. We ordered a variety of menu items from veggie burgers and salads to a tenderloin steak and everything in between. The highest marks went to the Lamb Shank special of the day and the Nesseff Salad. Both were outstanding. Everyone else was pleased with their meals as well. Our out of town guests and others in the group who were there for the first time were highly pleased and we shall all return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early dinner.
    Bubbles
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had an early dinner reservation as we had an event not far from the Downtowner Woodfire Grill. We were seated promptly, and the service was attentive but not intrusive. We enjoyed the faint scent of the wood fired grill. The Chef had created an Ahi Tuna special that was spectacular, and although not on the menu, a baked potato was made available to accompany my wife's perfect steak. For dessert we enjoyed an ice cream drink made with real ice cream!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great steaks!
    Nick
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Marvelous food and and service. The steaks met our preferences in preparation hot and tender. Very creative and tasty deserts.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great!
    KTK9
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We booked the Downtowner for a low-key bachelorette dinner and it was great! The service and food were fantastic!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch on Saturday
    Libs
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our group enjoys the Downtowner Woodfire Grill. I had the chicken wrap, and it was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and atmosphere
    riverrose
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Love the Downtowner for it's atmosphere but go for the food. The filet was melt-in-your mouth tender, the pork loin delicious, and the alfredo which they added tomatoes at my husband's request. I got my filet with the mashed potatoes and a demi-glaze sauce that was to die for.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business Dinner was good!
    GrazingGreg
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    No one in our party of six had any complaints about the food or service. The wait staff provided tasting samples of the Surly and Summit local brews for my out of town colleagues. My colleagues from the Netherlands and Germany preferred the Summit EPA. For appetizers, both the hummus and baked goat cheese were excellent. My colleague from the Netherlands enjoyed the Bone-in Cowboy Rib Eye. I had a slight complaint as I ordered the twin pork chops done "medium" and they were somewhat overcooked, tough and smallish. Next time I'll order them medium rare. Other than that all was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed this time
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I have recommended this restaurant to others in the past. But last evening the food was not spot on as it has been in the past. I ordered the appetizer with the vegetables and seafood and fried, while it was OK it wasn't stellar and wouldn't order it again. The special with halibut and "potato salad" was different. The halibut and sauce with a sweet and savory mix was actually fine and the halibut was prepared well. However, the cold potato salad in a very different version with some type of spice that just didn't impress me at all. The waitress was kind enough to offer an alternate after I said I didn't like it, but I didn't accept the offer of another potato. I hope this was just an off night.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The staff went above and beyond to make our 5th Anniversry Special. They spent time with a floral display on the reserved table as well as a wonderful desert gift. Highly recommend the white brownie desert. Thank you for taking the extra time to help make our night great!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nancy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We went here for my son's birthday and the host was friendly with his greeting wishing him a happy birthday upon confirming our reservation. The food was very good but not excellent. My husband had the lamb and it was not cooked to his request so they happily made him a fresh plate and removed the price from our bill because he was not able to eat with the rest of us at the table; which we thought was outstanding customer service. The second plate was great. The rice and garlic mash potatoes were very good. The wood fire chicken had great seasoning and the fire roasted kabobs were also very tasty. Our wait staff was attentive and pleasant. It would have been a bonus if they had outdoor seating as the evening weather was beautiful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never again.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We went to the downtowner expecting a nice dinner out with good wood fired food. It was terrible. To begin, the server looked and acted as though she would rather be giving childbirth than serving us. There was no wood fire to be seen. The mushroom appetizer we ordered tasted like it had been made 2 weeks prior, frozen, and then microwaved. The "loaded" baked potato was clearly microwaved based on the molten block of cheese that was on top. Finally the steak was boiling hot through and tasted like it had been microwaved as well. Based on the state of the food and the fact that there was no wood fire to be seen, I would be suprised if everything at this restaurant wasnt microwaved. I would never go there again or recommended it to anyone.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mick
    Mick
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We have always been happy with our experiences at the Downtowner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.