joan's in the Park
joan's in the Park

joan's in the Park

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.joansinthepark.com/
  • Phone: (651) 690-3297
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM

    Closed Sunday and Monday
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Susan Dunlop
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Our full menu is available for catering.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer semi private dining for up to 25 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Joan Schmitt 6516903297x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bayard
  • Public Transit: Snelling Avenue @ Ford Parkway
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Neighborhood parking available.
A word from joan's in the Park
joan's in the Park restaurant and wine bar is an elegantly cozy dining destination, located on Snelling Avenue in Highland Park, showcasing Chef /owner Susan Dunlop's distinctive American cuisine and Maître d'/owner (and Highland Park native) Joan Schmitt's first-class hospitality. We offer only the finest ingredients, sourced locally when possible. Our carefully selected wine and beer list will also appeal to all tastes. joan's is a must try, if you enjoy great food and amazing hospitality in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
joan's in the Park reviews from OpenTable diners
140 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (123)fit for foodies (116)special occasion (101)romantic (67)notable wine list (56)great for outdoor dining (46)hot spot (11)good for groups (7)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Love the Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/26/2014
    On the evening before Thanksgiving, the wife & I dined at this cozy place for the first time. I picked this place to go on a date night based on the reviews I found recently. I've worked in private country clubs myself for almost 20 years and I have to admit that the service, quality of food and the atmosphere was very comparable on all levels. From the time the appetizer arrived, she began texting friends and co-workers how wonderful everything was so far. Clearly, we'll return another time and will definitely spread the word to all we know.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Experience
    Mainstreet123
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    By FAR the best filet anywhere in metro area (yeah, better than Manny's)! Great wine selection. Great service. Could not ask for a better experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect dinner every time
    Lauran211
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Probably my 6th visit to Joan's, and it consistently amazing. Excellent food, great wine, service tailored to the pace you want. Perfect place for gluten-free eaters as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gracious hospitality and incredibly good food!
    ChaseGordon
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Though space is very small, Joan's ranks "big" for all the right reasons: Staff welcomes guests warmly, offers excellent selections of beautifully presented food, and perfectly balances good service without being intrusive. Prices are moderately high, but I have NEVER been disappointed. Diners definitely need reservations, and though I suspect they welcome walk-ins, it is unlikely a table would be open - so reserve!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great food, friendly staff and over the top service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Darling spot for date night
    RyanKyleMommyVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We were impressed with our first visit to this little restaurant when we came for date night this past Friday. We had 7:45 reservations (a must, its cozy!) and arrived 20 minutes early to enjoy a drink at the bar. The owners / waitstaff are so friendly and attentive - but not annoying - and the atmosphere is cozy and comfortable, like a large extended dining room! Our drinks were thoughtfully topped off when our table was a little slow to turn over, and we didn't mind lingering at the bar a little longer. The drink list was smart, but not overwhelming. The wine list was good, but not enormous, as was the menu. The food, however, was OUTSTANDING. Every single thing we ordered was delicious - the potato gnocchi, the beet salad, the crab toast, the steak, the monkfish, and especially the browned butter pudding. This is the type of meal you linger over - perfect for a date night or a night to catch up with old friends. Great job Joan's -- we will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite you can count on
    Duckey
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This gem is consistently serving most well prepared dinners. The service is wonderful and it is cozy yet feels elegant too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find in St Paul
    Fun2dine
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    One of the best meals had in St Paul. This small family owned restaurant puts out an unbelievable food product. We were very impressed by the thought, creativity and detail of each dish. Our waiter was fantastic and very knowledgeable about each dish. With his recommedations we tried many things including the smoked lamb ribs, corn dumplings and crunchy shrimp, crab toasts, kale Caesar salad, charred beet salad, and the scallops. Each one was more delicious than the next. The crab toasts, a Joan's in the Park favorite are an absolute must, as was the beet salad! We ended with the brioche bread custard, another must! A wonderful neighborhood spot to try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good!
    Snowy
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This special small restaurant is delightful. A nice menu, with enough choice to make you scan again, a wine list of solid, but not too expensive choices, and wait staff that pays exactly the right amount of attention, it is a sure destination for a wonderful evening. I tried the delightful tacos, and others at my table the scallops, filet mignon and chicken, and each was prepared to absolute perfection. I have eaten tacos many times in the Southwest, Mexico and the big cities, but never experience the exceptional flavor and unique taste such as these. The scallops and the steak were gone before I could look up again, and the chicken was smacked upon and described as the best I have ever eaten. Wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Becoming a tradition
    Bojacker
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Although we've been to Joan's on the Park multiple times our favorite spot to enjoy Halloween is there. Last year we had such a fantastic experience that we decided to reserve a table again this year. I was a little nervous as we enjoyed ourselves so much last year it would be tough to duplicate. My caution was unfounded. As soon as we walked in Dan the maitre d greeted us, remembered us and got us off to a great start. We were early so he seated us at the bar for a few minutes to enjoy a glass of wine. Joan's was busy but comfortable. Our table was ready for us in a few minutes so we moved over and Mark took over. The service was wonderful as usual and the food was fantastic. We're looking forward to our next visit!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently wonderful
    foodie
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Joan's is great in so many ways; Joan herself, knowledgeable staff, fantastic food, and excellent service. We are delighted to have this special restaurant in our neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Splendid, as always.
    PennsiveGuy
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    This was my fourth visit to Joan's, and each time the experience has been superb. Joan seated us and Dan was our server. Dan was exactly what you want in a server - knows the menu and the wine list well, and is attentive but not a pest. And the food was stunning. The charred beet salad was a great play of the earth beets against the apple, with subtle seasoning. And the subtle seasoning theme carried through to the market fish (whitefish) and the ribeye. I like that they let the main ingredients' flavors shine through, rather than trying too hard to season them. If I want to be immersed in spices, I'll go to one of my favorite Indian or Thai places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in the City
    Zugs
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Joan's never disappoints! Great food and even better service. The Lobster Salad is to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    StPaulieGirl
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Thanks for an amazing meal and wonderful hospitality! Love to have you in our hood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic experience
    billmilwaukee
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had been to Joan's previous just to site at the bar, but finally had a chance to have dinner. Every part of the meal was fabulous. From the appetizer to the salad to the entrees, all excellent. The service was wonderful, and the place itself is incredibly charming. We couldn't have asked for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent with qualifications
    Dave
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The food was just excellent – imaginative, delicious, and well prepared and presented. The cauliflower "risotto" was wonderful. This review is a bit tempered due to the excessive noise level, beyond energetic to objectionable and irritable. We had a moderate wait even with an Open Table reservation that was 15 minutes beyond the first available time. It seems that some adjustment to the reservation system would easily remedy this. Given this, we will still be back often and with (very quiet) bells on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Marcus1967
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Quite possibly the finest dining experience I've enjoyed this past year. Great food, brilliant, attentive and knowledgeable staff. It was my wife's birthday and they made it all the more memorable. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • don"t let the store front fool you
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Joan's in the park is one of the best restaurants in town, on par with Heartland, Bachelor Farmer, and that ilk. Fabulous flavors, perfectly cooked and in appropriate portions, with doting but not intrusive service. Going back, definitely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PhilthefoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The food and service were fantastic. My only complaint was the noise level from a large party at the table next to us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Joan's in the Park
    Smith007
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Living three blocks from this Highland Park gem, and until now missing out on experiencing this fantastic restaurant, was a major oversight. We cannot overstate the terrific level of service, the outstanding food and the top notch wine. An A+++. We sampled several courses and would have difficulty in not having the exact same choices on a return visit. Definitely will revisit before the holidays!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Very Nice Evening
    Kermitthefrog
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The décor is attractive, the service is very good, and the food is outstanding. It's a bit pricey and the wine list lacks a house wine by the bottle, but otherwise, I would not hesitate to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic as usual
    KD19
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My wife and I love Joan's. The food and service is always spectacular. I would recommend the corn dumpling shrimp, lobster salad, and crab toasts for starters. The market fish is always perfectly prepared. Make sure to finish the meal with the signature brown butter pudding... Wow
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    chezjoey
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I had the most incredible meal here! Everything was delicious and the service was great. Highly recommended!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • amazing find great food family ran
    meatlover
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I was trying to find a new restaurant to try in st paul and Joan in the park came up in my search. The food was amazing! Per my meat loving husband, best steak he has ever had. I had the market fish. Phenomenal. Food aside, you cannot top the mother behind the bar and her two sons serving. We will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will be back!
    Flyboy99VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    What a delightful surprise! In our first experience with joan's in the Park, we had marvelous experience from beginning to end. The staff was very attentive and friendly, Joan was pitching in and interacting with the guests, and the food and wine were absolutely superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite restaurant
    ricky
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Joan's is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is always terrific, wine great and service wonderful. We love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    HappyFoodie
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, Joan and her crew up the ante at her truly wonderful establishment. Thank you for another great evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Happy Anniversary to us,
    Fantastic
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Everyone from the moment we walked in the door wished us a happy 36th anniversary. Great service and server was gracious and friendly best filet we ever had
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We LOVE Joans in the Park~ We keep going back. The food is outstanding. All of the employees and the owners, Joan and Susan are just so kind and always make a point to check in with each table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We love it here! Feels like going to a good friend's home for dinner -- always so welcoming with great service and great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    AlexB
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We were looking for a nice place in St. Paul for a romantic dinner and lucked upon Joan's. We ordered the steak tartare appetizer, the rib-eye (rare - which is often overdone but wasn't at Joan's), the heirloom tomato salad & the pork chop; All of them exceptional. We shared a side of roasted potatoes (tasty, but nothing really special) & the apple dessert with cranberry sorbet (divine!) Our waiter, Dan, was very attentive and helpful with wine selections. The only caveat is that, while the outside of Joan's is pretty unassuming, all of this does come at a price. While a main dish can be had for under $30, you can very easily spend more than double that per person with the extras
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just great
    Ludo11
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Live in the neighborhood and went for the first time after our engagement about a month and a half ago. Went again last night for my fiancé's birthday. Both times, the service & food were amazing and they made a special point of making our event special. Small place, so advanced reservations are a must, but well worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Resturant
    chowgirl
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    What a wonderful family owned neighborhood restaurant. Service was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Joan's in the Park
    enjoygoodfood
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    is truly a gem. Staff is incredibly gracious and the food is always excellent!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food in Highland Park
    GoodFood
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our meal at Joan's was fantastic from beginning to end. The crab toast was outstanding and the beef tartare could convert anyone squeamish about eating it. Everyone in our party of four enjoyed their meals, but those of us who ordered the filet especially loved every bite. This is not a quick, decent meal kind of place - the prices are worthy of a special night out and the wine list is very nice. Be sure to make reservations - it's tiny!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food and Service
    Kellyns
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband and I made a reservation based on a recommendation from my sister. We weren't disappointed. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable, the courses were timed perfectly, and the food was amazing. We're already talking about when we'll go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • no thanks...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    way too loud, very difficult to hear the person sitting next to me... it took 45 minutes before we placed our order and over 75 minutes before our food arrived. food was great, but the service and noise make it a place to skip..
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply amazing!
    JoEricVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The service, food, and overall welcoming atmosphere makes Joan's a true neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unforgettable Joan's
    FoodChic
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    What started as a birthday dinner amongst 3 sisters, ended as a spectacular evening of fine dining and amazing service. In my reservation, I had mentioned my sister's birthday and we were all charmed that the table came complete with Happy Birthday glitter shapes on the table, lending a decidedly festive air. The service was amazing, while not being interruptive. The food was just delicious with unique sauces and seasoning. The overall ambiance was cozy and charming for what looked to be a simple storefront venue. The big surprise at the end of the meal was a kindly stranger, who anonymously bought our bottle of wine for us as a birthday surprise! It was a first, and as middle-aged diners, totally unexpected! Joan's is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food - lots of noise
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Wonderful food but the noise level is way too high to be enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic