Downtowner Woodfire Grill
Would definitely returnWe arrived 30 minutes ahead of our reservation and were seated immediately. Very friendly service, the menu had a nice variety of offerings, and our food was delicious. Easy parking across the street and a good choice for dinner after a performance at the Ordway.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was excellent, greatThe food was excellent, great portion size too, service was a little slow to start, took a while to get our drinks and the bar wasn't even busy. but would definitly go back!!!6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWhere we feel welcomeWe go to the DWG occasionally and they always recognize us and make us feel they are pleased to see us. We love the look of the place and are always happy with the food. All in all, a great place to take friends for a relaxing dinner.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMWe've been here many times.We've been here many times. The food is always delicious and served in a timely manner, not to mention the portions are generous. We had the sirloin and the Persian fire roasted chicken, both were excellent. The atmosphere is more upscale but still appropriate for children and families, the dress ranges from casual to dressy-casual, you won't feel out of place stopping for dinner or a drink after work. Will have to go back for the happy hour!6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMhappy hourOur work department met for happy hour after work. The food was absolutely wonderful for $3.00!!!! the martini's were fun to try (again at a bargain of $3.00).. We could hear each other and the food came out quickly. A great find.6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMDowntowner for all occasionsWe enjoyed our lunch, with excellent service. The server introduced us to a few new items not on the menu, and everyone
was very friendly. The food was excellent, and we are interested in returning for an evening adventure.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat choice!Two of us had eaten at the W Grill before several times and liked it a lot. Another couple accompanied us on Saturday night.
We were all impressed again and plan to return. We all had excellent, food, service, and drinks. A fine experience! Thank you.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat placeGreat food, nice atmosphere, outstanding service, and on and on. I had the rib-eye and it's one of the best I've had in Minnesota since I arrive 2 years ago. My wife had the halibut and she said it was outstanding. Thanks for a great evening on our 44th anniversary.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service for our large group!I was worried since we had 12 people at brunch, but they brought in multiple people to deliver our food, and they did a great job! Cajun breakfast is good as ever. :-) There is a pianist during brunch, and he played great favorites, lots of Gershwin.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWhatever the occasion - DelightfulVery accommodating management and service. Friendly atmosphere. I come here for ordinary occasions, knowing I'll get a great meal; and I come here for special occasions knowing I'll get a very special meal. I like that I can bring any friend here and he or she will find a comfortable environment and a delightful experience.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreatWe have been there several times...everything is great!5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMWild Game Pre-DinningStopped in with business partners before the 2nd Wild playoff game. Had a 7:15 rez. Place was packed, but we got seated very quickly. Waitress was pleasant and attentive. Food was quick and excellent. There were a lot of empty tables by the time we left at 8:15. It was clear to me that this place operates efficiently (without sacrificing service or quality) and understood that most people there need to eat and go quick.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMPleasant eveningGood staff, pleasant managers, good food, solid restaurant.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMSunday BrunchWe took visiting guests for Sunday brunch and all enjoyed thoroughly. We were seeking a restaurant that had atmosphere and that we could carry on a conversation across the table w/o shouting due to competition from other guest's voices or loud music, plus a great menu. All was good! Thank you!5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMThe place to eat before the showWe love the Downtowner Woodfire Grill. We make reservations as soon as we buy tickets for shows or events at the Excel Energy Center. While there are a lot of options around the Excel, none have the quality of food and service that we get at the Downtowner Woodfire Grill. The service is warm and friendly and never pushy. The food choices are tremendous.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyed the time and the mealEnjoyed the time and the meal there. Waiter was very nice and attentive.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMIt's difficult to say whatIt's difficult to say what the normal noise level would be because we were there on a prom night and the place was filled with highschoolers in mostly large groups. But we didn't have any trouble hearing each other across the table. I'm not sure about some of the categories above (foodies, bar scene, kid friendly, etc.) as we're not drinkers, there weren't kids there...but our experience was awesome. The food was wonderful, everything came out hot, my steak was cooked to perfection and 'oh-so-tender'! Other dishes at our table were the halibut special, lamb and salmon. Everyone agreed it was delish and presentation and portions were also great! Definitely a come-back-to place. Thank you!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMOur server was very good andOur server was very good and one of the people in our group had a stomach ache and she recommend good foods that were not going to be more upsetting for his stomach and she was very good at explaining foods:) great service and great place to eat!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful service from serverWonderful service from server Jesse. He was very helpful with food suggestions. Food was amazing! Will be back!4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was a lunch date. PlanningThis was a lunch date. Planning a future evening w/neighbors.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMThe downtowner is on my goThe downtowner is on my go to list for consistent
Great food and service.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMI use Open Table to find restaurantI use Open Table to find restaurant's and this place was another good find. I went there for lunch and will be back again.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMcomfortable and tastyWe like this place for its comfortable atmosphere - fireplaces, attractive decor, plenty of space between tables, not noisy. Our food was very tasty. The server was attentive but not intrusive - just the way we like it.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMFriendly staff. Food ok. IFriendly staff. Food ok. I ordered vegetable hash and expected to see more vegetables. Atmosphere was very relaxing, the way I like it.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMNo white table cloths Just ClassyNeeded a classy place to take my Bishop, Vocations Director and 5 other seminarian brothers. The Bishop was in town from Green Bay so we needed a nice place, superb food for less than $35, classy environment without white tablecloths, and in downtown St. Paul without $10 an hour parking and a hidden location that takes a half hour just to find. And this place delivered. It was the first time I ever went there and a gamble since the Bishop and all my brothers were counting on me to come through with the right choice. It was perfect.
I went on a Monday Night at 5:45 and there was very few people there, servers waiting to wait on you and the special was a delicous Lamb shank with plenty of Mashpotatoes, also superb, for $20. I suggest!4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMTuna steak in the Salad NicoiseTuna steak in the Salad Nicoise was the best ever.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWelcoming, Very Good Food and StaffWe had a very good dinner in a warm, welcoming, cozy ambiance after a chilly day! Entres (salmon and lamb shank)were delicious and reasonably priced. Wait staff was efficient and friendly. Atmosphere was quiet even though tables were fairly full. Can't wait to go back again! Thank you.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was our 1st time there.It was our 1st time there. The smell of the fire wood was awesome when we walked into the restaurant. The menu was unique to any other restaurant we had been and enjoyed the experience very much.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was my first visit toThis was my first visit to the Downtowner Woodfire Grill and I was really WOWED. We had no idea this place existed. It was warm and cozy on a blustery day, food was awesome and the waiter a delight! He made wonderful suggestions and was very attentive. Outstanding experience.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a group there rangingWe had a group there ranging from 10 - 82 years of age. Everyone enjoyed it. They were patient with us (we were late) and they served a large table of 15 very well. Recommend.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMOur server was great and theOur server was great and the food was excellent! The apple pecan pizza was outstanding!4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was very busy the nightIt was very busy the night we went due to the hockey game but even with the crowd service was good. The "buffalo" shrimp appetizer was wonderful. The sauce in the shrimp had grest flavors but was not the traditional "buffalo" spicy shrimp.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMWe ate there before the BonWe ate there before the Bon Jovi concert. It was excellent!!!!!4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMOn a busy event night, weOn a busy event night, we experienced excellent service, food and ambiance. Although tables were full, we were served promptly and had an enjoyable time with friends. Staff was friendly and helpful. The lamb special was moist and delicious. Desserts were small, well presented, and fantastic. Can't wait to go back for more.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMFood and service were bothFood and service were both excellent. This is a great choice to go if you want to visit with friends. It is quiet enough to have good conversation without straining to hear. The service was attentive but not intrusive and we did not feel rushed to order or rushed to leave once we had finished eating. Menu is varied -something for everyone. At our table orders included pizza, pasta and kabobs. Everyone was happy. In my opinion the grilled shrimp here can't be beat.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMOur server really knew theOur server really knew the menu and was very descriptive. There was a chopped salad that I thought I wanted until she told me in detail what it was like and I opted for the tuna nicoise instead. The tuna was seasoned and cooked perfectly. She also voluntarily brought more dressing after noticing there was hardly any on the salad. My husband had the salmon and although it was well seasoned, it was over cooked. The kabobs are always great as is the basamati rice and if you like lamb, it is wonderful here.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful food and wonderfulWonderful food and wonderful service! We were seated promptly!!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistently great food!Consistently great food! Foodies will love it, even non-foodies like my kids can find things they like!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMFodd is awesome..the lambFodd is awesome..the lamb shank was fabulous, so was the veal. I love this place, you can always count on very high quality food and the service is wonderful3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMVisit often!This food and the service this restaurant offers, never disapoints. - and I'm not getting open table points for this last reservation.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMI like this place a lot, butI like this place a lot, but this time, the manager inserted himself into our lunch in his effort to pay attention to my elderly mother -- it was intrusive. Once is nice, twice is cute, three times....come on, don't you have work to do? Leave us alone!3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMWaitstaff was very accommodativeWaitstaff was very accommodative about short time frame for dining as we had event tickets. It was a game night. Parking lot attendant ran out of dining coupon receipts but trusted that we truly had a dining reservation and allowed us to park without a charge.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThe place was PACKED, whenThe place was PACKED, when we arrived ten minutes late for our reservation prior to a Wild game. However, we were instantly greeted in a super friendly manner by the guy in a suit at the host stand. We apologized for being late for our reservation and he smiled and told us no apology was necessary and they were holding our table for us. A nice young woman was then directed to take us to our table.
We had barely sat down when a helper greeted us and poured us water. It was only minutes later when our waitress arrived to take our drink order. Being on a tight time line we decided to forego appetizers and ordered a couple items from the recommended Persian section of the menu. We found the included salads to be pretty average, not bad3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMSomething for everyoneWe hadn't been to Woodfire for a while. I had forgotten how good it is. There is something for everyone here, from my 84 year old mother-in-law to my low carb requirements. It is lively but you can still hear everyone at your table. Just a great place.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMThe restaurant was very busy.The restaurant was very busy. However, the food and service were very good.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect NightWent to the Downtowner Woodfire Grill for the first time on the night that I purposed to my girlfriend. I randomly picked the restaurant for that special night and I am so glad I did! I was only expecting a good meal and a nice atmosphere, but the staff went above and beyond when they saw or heard what was going on. I did not expect them to make that night anymore special than it already was, but they certainly did! Perfect atmosphere! Excellent food! and a awesome staff! Thanks for making it a night to remember, we will defiantly be back!3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistently good dining experienceWe have dined at Downtowner many times and have always appreciated the off the beaten path menu and great service. Meals have always been consistently good. Nicely prepared, hot on arrival and interesting flavors. We feel as though the menu is priced very well given the value and dining experience.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMDefinitely great food andDefinitely great food and the wait staff was pretty good, but the bar was very backed up. It was a concert night so they just seemed a little understaffed at the bar. We had a considerable wait for our bar drinks each time we ordered a round and then ended up with the wrong order but we were okay with it.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMFood, service, value wereFood, service, value were all A number 1!!!! Top it off with a wonderful
birthday dessert and free parking. It was a lunch that lasted two and
half hours with marvelous table top service. Luncheon portions were just
the right size; food came warm and ready to eat.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMDowntowner Woodfire Grill for bruncWe really enjoyed our Sunday Brunch at the Woodfire Grill. The food was excellent and the staff was very accommadating. A very pleasant experience!3/17/2013 12:00:00 AM