JJ Astor
JJ Astor

JJ Astor

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jjastorrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2187228439x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Everyday: 6:30am - 2pm; Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Everyday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Richard Selz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accomodate parties from 1 to 100. Please contact us to arrange your special event.
  • Private Party Contact: Richard Selz 218-722-0591x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Superior St and 5th Ave W
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from JJ Astor
Welcome to JJ Astor (located on the 16th floor of the Radisson Hotel Duluth), where guests enjoy welcoming service, inspired décor, modern approachability, unparalleled views, and signature dishes.
We have created a contemporary menu utilizing sustainable produce from local farmers and fresh fish from local fishermen.

Whether settling into the oversized armchairs in the lounge, or admiring the view from the inviting sofa style banquettes, the restaurant provides a memorable dining experience for locals and visitors alike.

Authentic portraits, blueprints, and photography from Duluth’s past adorn the teak panels located throughout the restaurant. While the most stunning view is undoubtedly the view of Lake Superior, the interiors also paint a captivating picture of their own.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
JJ Astor reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (51)special occasion (35)romantic (31)fit for foodies (10)good for groups (7)great for brunch (6)notable wine list (5)great for lunch (5)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)neighborhood gem (3)hot spot (2)Show More
  • Great for a date or night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Enjoyed dinner and the view was great. Excellent service and we really had a special evening while seeing all of Duluth.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Celebrating our daughters bday. We had a very nice time. However ,The food took forever to come out, but our server made it up yo us. Nice job! Everything was wonderful !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View of City
    ToyLitPlunger
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We always make an effort to get to this restaurant when we go to Duluth. Always a spectacular view and a pretty unique experience for youngsters. Ok to dress casual even during Sunday brunch--very welcoming of tourists not dressed in their Sunday best!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • View was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The view was amazing, the sun was setting and the fall leaves added to the view. The food however was disappointing, not much variety and the small portions made the meal seem overpriced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The view is wonderful. The food was good, nice walleye. The ambiance was nice, but the restaurant could use an nice update. Decor seemed a bit run down.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    A must for a couple on a getaway. Neat environment.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Had Sunday brunch on a beautiful morning. Great service...delicious food...wonderful view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Memorable Anniversary Experience
    familyfolks
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We absolutely enjoyed our anniversary dinner at the JJ Astor. The food was awesome (especially those spiced walnuts) and the ambiance was spectacular. Thank you so much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LadiesLunch
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Food good!! Wait staff "Shelby" EXCELLENT, @ her job!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good.
    FriendlyFoodies2
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We're always have the Eggs Benedict and the French Toast for Brunch. They are both very, very good. The service has been prompt, courteous and helpful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful View
    loveuniquedining
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Perfect dinner for a girl's night out. We dressed up and ordered the stuffed meatloaf, Caesar chicken salad, and salsa chicken. The food was excellent, but some in my party wished some of the sides were a little more normal. The view of Duluth is beautiful and it is fun that the restaurant rotates. It is definitely unique and the service and food are great!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Revolving restaurant!
    Elfwryth
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was great. I had the duck and my DH had the walleye with a pecan crust. Walleye was okay, but duck was divine. Our server was incredible. It was our honeymoon, but the children there did not detract from the romance or scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back!
    Nicole
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I couldn't have been happier with our dining experience. My boyfriend and I had our two girls with us - ages 6 and 8. I was a little nervous about having them in a classy restaurant, but our waitress, Candice, was amazing. She made them happy and comfortable right from the get-go. She totally changed the mood and the impending anxiousness of the little ones. They did great and we all enjoyed the delicious dinner and the beautiful view. Food was also very reasonably priced. Our hostess Shelby was wonderful as well. We can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, needs updating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My girlfriends and I went there to celebrate a Birthday. Tracey was our server and was very knowledgeable about the food they were serving. We all took her recommendations and enjoy the food so very much. Pork, meatloaf, and prime rib was excellent. Desert was prefect of course! The hotel needs updating badly which of course includes the restaurant. Outside windows need cleaning but the big black spiders and their thousands of babies on all the window pane made for an entertaining evening. Good scrubbing an update would make the place 5 stars for sure!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This restaurant has very good food. It is a great example of good food. The 360 degree view is great and amazing. It is a wonderful way to experience Duluth and all it has to offer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great view...random customer
    Couldvebengr8
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My girlfriend and I wanted a great view of duluth and good food which we got and were impressed with at jj astor. The only negative which took away from our experience was there was an intoxicated lady there with her friend who was extremely loud and vulgur. She was talking about very morbid things and was quite disturbing. We were dressed very nicely and they were in sweats and jeans. If u want to be a top notch restaurant, they may want to invoke a dress code, or address customers who unfortanately are taking away from the what would have been a great experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Had a very nice dinner. Relaxing dinner for 2. Good views over the city and Lake Superior. Food was excellent. I would recommend to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was great, especially the scallops and fries on the appetizer menu! The revolving restaurant provided a great view of the whole town of Duluth and harbor!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic
    WineluvrVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It takes a little over one hour for the restaurant to revolve 360 degrees. The views are quite breathtaking.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mediocre food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Disappointed with all dishes except the salad. Awesome views, inedible veggie side dish, excellent fingerling potatoes, poorly prepared chicken and salmon. Server was overworked and noticeably stressed, but remained pleasant though very rushed. It is a shame this wonderful location is wasted with unacceptable restaurant experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Order the right stuff
    Live2Dine
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I went to JJ Astor with my sister and dad on a recent visit to Duluth. We had the bruschetta as an appetizer and it was delicious- the tomatoes were ripe and juicy. For the entrees my sister had the surf and turf, my dad had the chicken, and I had the pecan crusted walleye. The steak was perfectly done and the chicken was moist. The walleye is a different story. It was flavorless and the pecan crust was burned across the entire fish. I expecting a better meal for the price. JJ Astor is definitely a place where you need to know what to order.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great view, good food
    thechemmeister
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I love the old school rotating restaurant concept, and was happy to find one in Duluth during a recent visit. The scenery was awesome and the rotation speed was perfect. The food was really good and the service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • outstanding view, outstanding view
    pickyeater
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    the view was great and in almost an hour we turned 360 degrees so we had the views from every corner of the city. there I figured out that how that famous bridge works. the two table beside us were a bit noisy and the macaroni and cheese that was my order was not good and I even couldn't eat one spoon of it but the grilled salmon which my parents ordered was great. our server was so nice and friendly and helpful. the view was great and in almost an hour we turned 360 degrees so we had the views from every corner of the city. there I figured out that how that famous bridge works. the two table beside us were a bit noisy and the macaroni and cheese that was my order was not good and I even couldn't eat one spoon of it but the grilled s
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • At least the view was good
    Cquick
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My wife and I planned to close out our weekend getaway with a nice quiet dinner. When we arrived (830pm) there was plenty of open seating. After a while we realized it was kind of cold. The food was acceptable from what we ate. Just when our food was served a group of about 9 people who had been drinking quite a bit arrived. There were very loud and obnoxious. Now I am all for having a great time, but please not next to me when I want a quite evening with my wife. After about 5 minutes we left. We did not even eat 10% of our meal. The loud group was just too much. I will not be returning to this restaurant, nor would I recommend it to those desiring a quite evening.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A nice place, but could be great.
    IndustryAppraiser
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It is a very nice restaurant, but it could be a great restaurant. We went there for lunch, because my wife had 2 bad previous experiences at the restaurant. I had not been to it yet and wanted to check out the view. I had checked the menu online before we went and there was a few good choices, but it was a very small menu. Our server was good, he seemed a little nervous and new, but we where eating lunch. I would go back to the restaurant, but only for lunch. There are better restaurants for dinner in the area.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • brittany
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Food was great the service wasn't. He seemed to be elsewhere and hardly smiled. Forgot drinks.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waste of time
    easy2please
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    To begin the experience, you walk into the first floor of the Radisson hotel and get a nice smell of sewer gas. Take a rickety elevator up to the restaurant. We were seated promptly. The waitress took our order. Our food came out to us cold. My scrambled eggs were runny and burnt at the same time. The potatoes were bland and under cooked. After bringing our food the waitress disappeared and did not come back till we were almost done. After my wife ordered a ( what I feel is way over-priced at $9.00) Mimosa, the waitress promptly returned with the check. I expect poor service and bad food at times in a crowded restaurant, but not when we are one of three groups that are there.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pat from Mpls
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Our waitress was just ok, she seemed in a rush to get our order. Never refilled our water and never asked if I wanted a coffee refill. She just was lacking in personality!!!!!! The food was very good & the view was spectacular!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 319 reviews are from the JJ Astor reviews archive.
  • pricey and lower scale
    Firsttrip
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was pretty good but the atmosphere was lacking. We went to have a romantic dinner for our anniversary and the kids and other patrons were quite loud. The server talked a little too much while we were trying to eat our dinner. He was very friendly and out going just a bit much. I would recommend going later in the evening if you want something quiet and romantic we got there about 7pm. It was not what I expected from the pictures and the food was severely over priced for what appeared to be more of a family atmosphere. I was very disappointed in the wine selection for what I thought was supposed to be an upscale restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had a group of nine, and only two people were satisfied with their meals. The best things on the table were the duck fries, which were very good, and the mashed potatoes. We were very disappointed with the duck, the ribeye, the meatloaf, and the margarita pizza. The price for the quality of food was too high. The potatoes were undercooked in the clam chowder, the ribeye was tough and not flavorful as most ribeyes should be. The filet mignon was good, desserts were good. I would not return to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pre-Marathon Dinner
    Markymark
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We were in town to run our first Grandma's Marathon. We were staying in the Radisson hotel so we thought it would be convenient to eat at JJ Astor (located on the top floor). The restaurant floor resolves giving you a beautiful view of Downtown Duluth. The scenery is quite nice. We had the bruschetta appetizer and one of their mixed salads. These were both delicious. However, for our main entree, we had the chicken florentine pasta special with fettuccine that was added to the menu specifically for the runners. We wanted to carb up the night before the race and this dish was just way too creamy. Too much sauce and too little pasta. The service was fine. The restaurant seemed high quality but wasn't the best place to eat before a big race.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing atmosphere
    LEA81
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I was there with my 97 year old friend who had been wanting to dine here for quite awhile and we finally made it. He had dined here years ago with his wife for a Denfeld class reunion. He used to be a 2nd or 3rd officer on many ships, and he grew up in West Duluth, so he very much enjoyed the view from each angle as the restaurant turned as we dined. We both had the Walleye sandwich, which was delicious. And the staff was very attentive and helpful throughout our visit!! They went out of their way to make our visit very enjoyable. Will definately return here often.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • graduation party
    mustdo
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We celebrated a graduation with beautiful starters, drinks, dinners and desserts. The food was spectacular and the atmosphere was so beautiful. Our servers were fun and friendly. They knew about all the food and drinks and answered our questions and helped us order just what we really wanted and enjoyed. It was a special celebration and was well worth the expense. thank you to all your staff
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty GOod
    wineanddiner
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food was great and the view was even better - spinning around to see downtown Duluth at night was super cool and the girlfriend thought it was quite romantic. While we went there for a special occasion, and as such dressed up very nicely, it was unpleasant seeing families bring children wearing jeans. For the price and what not, you think they would have a dress code. OTher than that, top notch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Steaks still had a lot of fat on them-steak knives wouldn't cut. Brussel sprouts were tough-not done. Great bread and Mahi Mahi but not for the price.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable Rotating View
    mnshe
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We were lucky to score a last minute reservation for six people during our recent DFL convention. The restaurant was very busy but took good care of our group of six, especially in the . Food was wonderful. Watching the view as it changed from dense fog to clear sky while the restaurant rotated made for extra entertainment.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meatloaf
    Susanvan
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Who orders meatloaf? I can't believe I did. I finally gave in and ordered it after hearing for so long how good it is. And it was. amazing!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spectacular view
    Upnorth
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The last two times we have eaten at JJ Astor we have been treated to spectacular views of Lake Superior and the Duluth Harbor. The first night was a spectacular full moon and the other night a 1000 foot ship sliding into the ship canal at twilight. Couple that with great food and service, it was a very pleasant evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Probably just a bad night
    RegularsVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had reservations at 7:30 but we didn't even get checked in until 8:00. Our waiter finally came to see us 5-10 minutes later. The bartender gave us a free drink but it wasn't enough. After the waiter came, service was better but not special. The food was fine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Views!
    Elayne123VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I took my mother here for her birthday. The skies cleared just in time for us to enjoy the beautiful revolving views of the city. The food was good but my mom's pasta had way too much cream in it so it appeared soupy. My walleyed fish was delicious. Our server (Dawn) was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.