Downtowner Woodfire Grill
Downtowner Woodfire Grill

Downtowner Woodfire Grill

  • 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
    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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Downtowner Woodfire Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
165 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (74)special occasion (71)neighborhood gem (68)fit for foodies (46)romantic (34)great for lunch (31)great for brunch (24)kid-friendly (21)notable wine list (20)hot spot (14)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (4)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    Sammy13VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Took family here to celebrate parents 40th wedding anniversary. Food and service was excellent. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I loved the quiet noise level and privacy of the tables. The waiter, Luke was exceptional with is professional yet personal service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and ambiance
    MBFoodie
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtowner
    msp1
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Eating Experience
    Dooiniedunit
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great service and food. Like the openness of the grille/restaurant Close parking. Really good mussels
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • One of our favorites.
    JonnyDiner
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid W. 7th Street Option
    MNFoodie
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Downtowner Woodfire Grill
    Jerry
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We went before the theatre and the food was wonderful and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleasant
    Lynn
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Celebration lunch
    LAging
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Perfect setting for a celebration lunch with co-workers for a close friend who had just become a US citizen that morning.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Great service, understanding wait staff and good food.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers Day dinner
    blabber
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food, Great Atmosphere
    StPaulLocal
    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).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Downtowner and Moe Rock!
    SinodaX
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing!
    Wildhen2
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our favorite brunch spot
    Doran
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day
    RealtorPaula
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try again
    Notasnob
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wild Hockey Game
    tmontVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The Host was top notch! He made sure every guest was taken care of. The service was great and the food is always good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great W 7th Gem
    RealtorPaula
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We have been looking for a new Sunday breakfast place, since moving to the area. This place is gorgeous and the service is outstanding. A comfortable, relaxing, elegant place to enjoy breakfast with live music on Sunday mornings. This will be our new Sunday breakfast spot.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steak
    dineoutandabout
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Both my daughter and I had the filet, medium rare, and it was perfectly cooked and seasoned. I'm not real crazy about the skewered vegetables, but they are OK. I've been to the Downtowner several times for lunch and dinner and have had consistently good food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    good4bizlunch
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We had a business lunch there and it was perfect. Great service, good food, and we could hear each other talk!
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Annie
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Many choices. Always excellent service and delicious food that offers something for everyone. Only reason it was more noisey was due to every table full-hockey game night,prom night and a convention in neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Wonderful experience with great menu choices. Excellent food and great service. Will definitely make reservations again.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food & worth the visit!
    visitor
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We requested a round table and had seven people and they gave us a round table near the grill. It was quite warm and would rather sit in a different part of the restaurant. The buffalo shrimp was delicious. The halibut was a special on Friday night and was very good. Our son ordered chicken on a kabob stick and would not order that meal again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • all was so-so
    MNChris
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Everything was okay, but nothing was noteworthy. The loacation was within walking distance of the Ordway.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time
    Lovethegame6
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Our first visit. Outstanding experience from start to finish. Great wine, food, service, and atmosphere. I had the fire roasted game hen served kabob style and my wife had the tenderloin. Both entrees were a joy, prepared to perfection and so tasty!! The service was thoughtful knowledgeable and efficient. Dinner hour was busy and now I know why. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    The recommendation from our server proved to be the correct choice for dinner. We also shared a couple of items and that was easily facilitated by our server with no fuss, no extra charge.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • was great, but slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    I've been to the downtowner a couple of times and the food is always good and the service is always good. Not great, just because everything just takes so long. Don't come here for anything quick. Great ambiance however. I'm sure I will frequent again.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Great for meeting clients for lunch; last minute reservation; easy access from freeway; free parking lot; attentive service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    flavorseeker
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I remarked as well as my table mates remarked the noise level was perfect. We did not have to scream at each other to hold a conversation, nor did we have to listen to nearby table conversation. The restaurant was full and the service and attention to us was great. The salads were a good size and very good. My steak was done perfectly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for Brunch on Sunday
    food4lars
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Went as a group for brunch on a Sunday. It was pretty busy but service and food were both good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Woodfire Grill
    SandyHVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We really enjoyed our visit to Woodfire Grill. Our server was extremely knowledgeable and helpful and helping us select our menu options.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • " Perfect in every respect!"
    Groucho
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    From the accommodation they made in a special seating spot to the great cocktails, wine, and the food itself the restaurant couldn't have been any finer. We'll be back again......
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtowner Woodfire Grill delicious
    Bargahog
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Brought a friend who had never eaten here and she was very positive. The food, ambience and service were special. Another satisfied newcomer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pleasant evening
    Kimber
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I always enjoy the Downtowner, but hadn't been for quite awhile. This occasion was a birthday and the restaurant was very accommodating. I had reserved a table for eight when another person added in. When I called to up the party size, I was wary that it would be a problem, but the person I spoke to was very nice (I've gotten attitude from other venues in the past.) Everyone's food was very good - our group ordered from every section of the menu and no one was disappointed. The only warning is to dress lightly - the dining room is extremely warm. There's a large fireplace in the middle that is beautiful for atmosphere, but you feel a bit like you're melting at times. All-in-all, recommend it highly!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtowner
    JohnBCVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Have been to Downrtowner wood fire Grill many times and it continues to be a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.