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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
  • "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
  • "Food was delicious and timely. Server was attentive, yet not pushy. Ambiance was great. Fireplace was great touch."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We really enjoyed our visit to Woodfire Grill. Our server was extremely knowledgeable and helpful and helping us select our menu options."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The Host was top notch! He made sure every guest was taken care of. The service was great and the food is always good!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We had a business lunch there and it was perfect. Great service, good food, and we could hear each other talk!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Wonderful experience with great menu choices. Excellent food and great service. Will definitely make reservations again."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Everything was okay, but nothing was noteworthy. The loacation was within walking distance of the Ordway. "
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014