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: 6516903297x
  • 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
148 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (122)fit for foodies (120)special occasion (99)great for outdoor dining (76)romantic (68)notable wine list (48)hot spot (4)late-night find (3)good for groups (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unforgettable Joan's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
  • Brasstar
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food and service were outstanding. My wife and I will be back. The ambiance (we sat inside) is a bit like being in someone's living room. Go there with local friends. Our waiter made the evening. His wine pairing suggestions were spot on. They have a bar but the location of it is such where you WILL want a table. In short, food and service this good deserve a better inside dining area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Malka
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We love joan's in the park, the delicious food, the wonderful (and personal) service, and the intimate atmosphere make this a perfect evening out. Definitely not a burger joint.  This is where you go for a night out for a romantic evening with spouse, dinner with another couple, or a gathering of friends who enjoy high quality food and good conversation. It is a little pricey (but worth it) and not the place for energetic children.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Joan's in the Park
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We really appreciate this restaurant for reliably excellent food and service and - in summer - the outdoor patio. The staff make you happy to be there from the moment you walk in. The menu changes with seasonal produce availability and Chef Susan is creative with seasonings for the standards. I had the day boat scallops and for summer, they are paired with fresh corn. My dining companion had the brine soaked roasted chicken with raspberry walnut reduction. We had the chili-rubbed, grilled carrots as a side. Dessert was an apple-corn cake that was presented like a tres leche - and was a delightful new taste experience. Love this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth a visit
    satisfied
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The food was well presented and imaginative. Loved the squash appetizer, the cranberry chicken and the pudding dessert. Check out the menu before you go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best food ever!
    Vdize
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Love Joan's ! I go there often . The food is phenomenal I can't believe joan and Susan have not been solicited to open up a chain. Fantastic service, you cannot beat this place. I am constantly craving their food and I'm not pregnant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All this from pizza ovens?
    Almostred
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Absolutely impeccable from start to finish. This is the old Grandpa Tony's location on Snelling and I am flabbergasted that Joan's can successfully pull off their menu using only a pizza oven. My companion and I had two starters, two entrees and two desserts, and they were all unassailable. The patio is well appointed and our server was professional, yet unobtrusive. He was able to be (or not be) where I wanted him to be (or not be) when I wanted him to be (or not be) there. Spendy for two people, but worth it, considering the cr*p I've spent similar sums on elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy, friendly, attentive, special
    diner
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We went to Joan's in the Park to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We had fine wine at the bar while we waited a reasonable time for our table. The restaurant is family owned and operated, it shows in the personal attention they gave us without being intrusive. The food was delivered to our table by the chef. It was unique but not weird, and very tasty. We were surprised with a complementary celebration dessert and the gift of a photo of the two of us. Joan's on the Park is our new favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • innovative menu
    Foodieinverness
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    It is very difficult to choose from all of the interesting items on the menu. We had a very large sampling. Everything was delicious, but we particularly liked the crab toast, the pork belly tacos and the lobster salad. The food is very rich so be prepared. Nice wine list. Wonderful service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    It may have been a bit pricey but the food and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Fabulous food and wonderful service. What more could one ask for? The crab toasts were to die for. The scallops were crispy on the outside but melted in you mouth. The braes was warmly fantastic. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday girl
    Smokey
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My first visit. Dining experience was beyond what I expected. Food was exceptional, service friendly and knowledgable. Expensive, but worth it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    badgers
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    First time visit. Owners introduced themselves. Food was great and would meet the toughest food critic's standards. The evening culminated with a birthday cupcake (which we were too full to enjoy at the restaurant) and a commemorative photo. First-class restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional customer service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Would recommend this restaurant to everyone! Very good food with a very personalized feeling. The whole staff, from the servers to the owner, to the chef, were all so so friendly and accomodating. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    kca1988
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Joan's is a gem. Service was great - approachable yet appropriate. Started with a loaf of homemade bread, brushed with butter. I had the carrot tartare - minced carrots, accompanied by hazelnuts, microgreens, and a nice vinaigrette. Partner had the heirloom tomato salad on top of brioche. Excellent. Entrees were the chicken which was the most succulent chicken we've had. It's a large portion, with the breast somewhat rolled, and the savory/sweet glaze was amazing. I had the salmon with lentils. I would have liked the salmon medium rare, so wanted a lighter hand on the sear but it was a nice dish. We split the browned butter pudding, a cross between crème brulee and panna cotta. Great N/A beer in Thomasbrau. We'll be back. Delightful place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food. Small portions.
    Marc
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We returned to Joan's for the first time in a long while since it isn't very close to where we live. The food was fabulous as usual, and we love the quiet atmosphere amid great lighting and pictures. While we don't mind paying higher prices for excellent food, 3 scallops for $29 was really a shocker. Two of the scallops were large, the third of average size, but considering it was accompanied by just a small corn relish, we both felt that the price was over the top considering the portion size. They were an absolutely delicious 6 bites, but we don't expect to fill up on their delicious, hot bread when we're paying $29 for an entree. The pork chop was large and perfectly prepared, but the carrot side at $11 for 4 carrots was too expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WOW the food
    DAC13
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Driving up, this place does not inspire. The outdoor seating does not look like much at all, and the windows could use a clean. So i was mildly worried as it was our Anniversary. But they did several special things for us. A Picture and a free dessert wine which was excellent. The food was amazing. This is gourmet, fit for foodies. The flavors and tastes were wonderful. We shared the crab appetizer, the Kale salad and a side of the carrots (OMG they were awesome). We each ordered a steak. We could have spit the rib eye easily. The wine was not 3-4 times what you'd pay at the liquor store either. The steak was a little under cooked, but we usually order Medium and hope its a bit on the med/rare and it was. Great flavor. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Personalized wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We've been eyeing the place for a while and finally made the effort to reserve for a summer Friday night. The food was excellent. When they encourage you to order the browned butter pudding, do not refuse. A pudding that comes with a rubber spatula to get every last bit can't be bad. My husband ordered steak and I had the scallops. Both were exceptionally prepared with light, seasonable veggies. We were going to order a bottle of wine and our waiter ended up recommending we order by the glass (which was less expensive) so we could have a better wine pairing with our dishes. He was right. It was spectacular. Unexpected treats included hot bread fresh from the oven and a chocolate wine for dessert. Definitely planning a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A real treat
    Mplsmin
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was interesting and beautifully presented. The crab toast appetizer was delicious. The wait staff was friendly and able to advise on wine pairings and dishes (without being pushy or overly chummy). The patio faces on Snelling, but was still a pleasant and relaxing option. The restaurant asks you to limit a patio meal to 1.5 - 2 hours, so we chose indoors for our second visit to allow enough time to savor the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    enjoygoodfood
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Gracious hospitality offered in a residential storefront. Staff is knowledgeable and friendly, and the food is amazing. Though the menu is small, the choices meet a variety of tastes. Food presentation is artful and there is a great wine list! Best of all, diners are encouraged to enjoy their meal without haste. Prices are moderately high, but diners enjoy fresh, organic and mostly locally grown food. Highly recommend Joan's in the Park.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • toby
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food was all delicious. This was my first visit to the restaurant, and the food was great,but the portions were not proportionate to the pricing. I hesitate to recommend without a caution of that. Staff was all friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A favorite
    gbwedinaVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Wonderful food with family-like service makes Joan's one of our favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • barbie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Filet was cooked to perfection and a sizable portion for the price. Scallops could not have been any better with taste and texture surprisingly succulent. What can I say about the fresh baked loaf of bread. Made in the oven by their own pastry chef and could be a meal in itself with a fresh lettuce salad. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    kenmich
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our first time at Joan's, recommended by friends. We definitely will be back. Server was super friendly and helpful, and the food was fantastic - loved the crab toast appetizer before our steaks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • harriette jandric
    Cookie
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Fabulous food!!!! Nice owners and staff. Would go again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fabulous!
    weder001
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We reserve Joan's always when we want to take special guests out to dinner....and we have never been disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Patio Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Had a wonderful meal on the patio the other night at Joan's. Menu has some nice new additions for the season. We tried the lamb ribs with strawberry and cucumber. Definite winner there! Great service, as always. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the wait!
    champlinfoodies
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Every bite we had was delicious. Because of their small size, we couldn't get the six of our family members in near our birthdays in April, so we aimed for my father-in-law's in July; the two-and-a-half-month wait was worth it! The crab toasts were awesome, and the corn fritters and shrimp were yummy. Two cuts of steak, and the daily salmon were all delicious. Maple-glazed roasted radishes were awesome, and good potatoes always win my vote! Per other reviews, we had to try the brown-butter pudding: I understand it's trendy now to put salt on desserts; I am not a fan, but despite those sour notes the rest of the pudding made up for it for me! My husband really enjoyed the bread custard, too. So very pleased we made it there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Table for 2 Birthday Celebration
    kjomitch
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    From the moment we walked in we were greater by friendly, professional staff. Service was great. The bread made in-house was reason enough to come back. Ordered the lamb ribs and squash to start. AMAZING. Entrees were great as well. My favorite part of the night was having our photo taken with the birthday cupcake (on the house) and getting a hard copy of that photo given to is before we left. The brown butter pudding was incredible! We will definitely be crossing the river from Mpls To STP again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Food
    diningcouple
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    A great place for a steak or chicken entree. Let the help choose the sides and the wine...they know what they are doing. Interesting and delicious appetizers. Very friendly staff and a personal touch on all the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DavidVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Tonight I tried some new items.. The lamb ribs were one of the most incredible food treasures I have ever eaten. They were moist falling off the bone with a slight sweet/spicy sauce drizzle on the plate. In addition we had a carrot tartare, it had a perfect combination of mustard seeds, blue berries, walnuts and a perfect vinaigrette drizzled on the plate. I stepped away from my normal steak and tried their Pork Chop. WOW!! it was cooked to a perfect medium, extremely moist with just enough char grill on the outside. Each piece I cut I added a little smear of her rhubarb barbecue sauce (This in itself is an amazing taste treat), this combination of smoky pork with the sauce made me smile in delight every time I took a bite. AMAZING !!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner
    AlexDhugal
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    It was my birthday and my partner took me to Joan's, after the great time we had on Dining Out for Life day. The folks remembered us from that day, and we charming and gracious at all times. They even gave me a birthday cupcake and each of us had a glass of a dessert wine to celebrate the day. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A winner for sure.
    shhh
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This was our second visit to Joan's in the Park and it certainly didn't disappoint. We brought San Francisco residents (probably the best restaurant city in the country) and they were both pleased with their selections. The scallops got a rave, the filet was perfectly cooked and everyone loved the side dishes. While the noise level became a bit intrusive as the evening went on, we will return for the food and good service. The wine list was also pleasing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Roman
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Excellent food and a fun atmosphere! A little pricey but all of the food was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was my second time at Joan's - first time was in the fall of 2013 and we had a superb dinner. Menu was small but very creative and extremely well-prepared. I was surprised coming back the 2nd time to see the menu had changed very little given the limited offerings and I felt as though the entrees were more fitting for fall/winter than summer. Also a bit disappointing this time was the service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Patio to enjoy dinner !!
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Had a delicious steak dinner sitting on a quaint covered patio !!! They always are coming up with exciting new ideas, this time I tried some Pork Belly that was just perfect, salty, crispy and rich !!! YUMMY
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tulane81
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Nice ambiance, food and menu mediocre at best. Staft very friendly service was just ok
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    PhillipVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Best Restaurant in St. Paul, service is outstanding and the food is extraordinary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate