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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
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "Marvelous food and and service. The steaks met our preferences in preparation hot and tender. Very creative and tasty deserts."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "We booked the Downtowner for a low-key bachelorette dinner and it was great! The service and food were fantastic!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Our group enjoys the Downtowner Woodfire Grill. I had the chicken wrap, and it was excellent."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We have always been happy with our experiences at the Downtowner!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Wanted a relaxing place with a reserved table for pre-concert dining and this is it. The woodfire scent makes you happy when you walk in the door, the menu is varied and well executed, the drinks are well made, and the service is friendly and professional. Our foursome had the lamb shank, the salmon, the swordfish, and some kind of steak - don't remember - and everyone loved their meal. Not too loud for conversation, which is the point of dinner companions, ya? A great start to a fun evening, with quality that matched the artistry of Santana and Rod Stewart."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Food was well prepared. Service lacked. We had to constantly look for our waiter to get refills of water, etc. It took two attempts to get our drink orders. The food "runner" was not helpful always refusing to assist us in getting the missing items from our order and referring all to our hard to find waiter. We were one of 6 groups so the place was not busy. Would not go back due to service issues."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The food was average. Nothing special. I would go there again, but I wasn't overly impressed with the food."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "There are several larger tables open, and they seat our party of 7 next to the kitchen. It can't help but be noisy. The food was excellent!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I've thoroughly enjoyed every meal I've had at the Downtowner. The pancakes are great because they are not overly sweet as can sometimes happen at restaurants for breakfast."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "My business lunches are always a success at the Downtowner. The restaurant is the perfect blend of friendly/professional service, delicious/interesting dishes, classic decor/lively ambience and affordable prices. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I often come here because I know the food will be well prepared and delicious. It is especially enjoyable on a cold Winter's night."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I had a very nice birthday dinner, had the family style. The food was cooked perfectly, had friendly service, and a great birthday desert."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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