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

joan's in the Park Details

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

    Sunday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM

    Closed Monday
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steak
  • 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 (651) 690-3297

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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 !!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Excellent food and a fun atmosphere! A little pricey but all of the food was great!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Nice ambiance, food and menu mediocre at best. Staft very friendly service was just ok"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Best Restaurant in St. Paul, service is outstanding and the food is extraordinary."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We had a tremendous dinner (again!) at joan's in the Park. We dined outside on the fantastic patio and the meal was out of this world. Out of town guests were impressed and delighted with all of the suggestions Dan made as our server. Chef Susan's preparation of our dinner, from appetizer all the way to dessert was phenomenal! Dan and Joan made sure the wine glasses stayed filled! See you again soon!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Joan's in the Park is truly a neighborhood gem! The food was amazing from the fresh bread to the delicious dessert. The restaurant is family run, so the service is top notch, warm & friendly. We were served by the owner's son and ordered his recommendations. We started with a crab toast appetizer and a house salad that is a bib lettuce ceasar with fried oysters. We then split a rib eye and monk fish special. It was so good we came back the next night and ordered a different appetizer and entrees, but had to have that salad again!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was imaginative and delicious. Fantastic from starters through dessert. Service was attentive and thorough, without being ever present. A great time!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Joan's in the Park exceeded my expectations once again! The menu is innovative, fresh, and ever-changing...as is their wine and port list. The staff are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about service, food, wine, and life. Lots of people are 'regulars' for nights out and special occasions because the vibe that goes with it all is so great. It's special."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "the menu had many unusual options, ensuring that I will be back to sample more. It's a place to go to enjoy your meal and take your time savoring every mouthful. It is NOT a place I would bring my kids, no chicken fingers or french fries, thankfully. It is small, so reservations are a very good idea. The fish I had was seared snapper, very delicate and delicious . My husband had thick juciy bacon wrapped pork chop with a smoky savory taste. The dessert was a brown butter pudding with cream on top, was so good they bring you a spatula to scrape every last morsel out."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "An inside corner was the perfect spot for an intimate dinner with my wife. The patio looked like a fun place for friends and groups. No chance for a spot in the small parking lot.We arrived early enough to accommodate the stroll through a charming neighborhood from our on-street parking spot. The entrees and staff were outstanding."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Two of us who are retirees go for dinner to celebrate each other's birthdays. We like to try different restaurants and this was our first time at Joan's. The staff was friendly and the service was attentive but not disruptive. The bread loaf served with the salad was warm and delicious. We both had the filet which were cooked perfectly and was one of the best we have found. We finished with the cheese plate which was a very nice mixture of different textures and flavors. Joan's is definitely now on our list of restaurants to return to soon."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This is the first time that I only was intrigued with one selection. The side plates had only one selection that I was excited about. But my meal was good. I also was disappointed with the food that was served with my scallops."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner on the patio the other night at Joan's. The food, ambiance, everything was perfect. Our out-of-town guest was very impressed with the filet, and my husband and I enjoyed the pork chop, which was tender with a delicious, smokey flavor. Dessert did not disappoint, either; we had their signature brown butter pudding and their bread custard. Overall, a splendid night with good food and friends."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Really enjoyed diining here on Saturday. Outdoor space was fantastic, service very professionsal and the food was spot on. Flavors, seasoning were great. It was the type of meal that you remember! Drive from the NW surburbs was worth it! Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We go out of our way to come to Joan's and they never disappoint. They treat all of their customers like regulars and I can't say enough good things about them! The food is amazing & you cannot skip the brown butter pudding!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This was my first time at Joan's; I moved into the neighborhood just a few blocks away about a year ago. Service was good but overall I was disappointed. My ribeye was a terrible cut, over 50% fat, and it was severely under-cooked. I should have sent it back but I didn't, so it's partially my fault, but this should never have been served. The onion pancakes were interesting but bland. I wished there was a potato choice on the menu. The salad was creative and well presented but I expected something more for the price, and the server failed to remove the bleu cheese as requested. For the price, I expected it to be much better than it was."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This place was wonderful, we went for our 7th anniversary - the food was fantastic - order the lobster salad - you will be amazed. The server was extremely professional with a good personality. The entire experience was wonderful - we will be back to this family owned gem."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We enjoyed another wonderful meal celebrating an anniversary. The Gold Snapper and Bone in Porkchops were very delicious!! Our reservation with Open Table was for 5:30 pm -- confirmed by an e-mail. However, the restaurant's system indicated 5 pm -- they said this has happened a couple times with Open Table -- did your system have a hiccup?"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I am not a newcomer to Joan's in the Park, last nights dinner is the reason why. The food was exceptional, the service outstanding. The staff and owners at Joan's are just so hospitable, they make you feel like family. I'll be back soon for the crab toast! Thanks for another terrific experience!!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Creative, delicious food (but small portions as is usual nowadays--unless one orders the 16 ounce steak) from a somewhat limited menu that changes four times a year. An informal setting staffed by welcoming, enthusiastic professionals. ."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I dine out a lot, maybe 3 times a week, so it's rare that I find a restaurant that does something others have not tried. Joan's is that restaurant. This was my first time eating here, and the menu was creative and artistic, and perfectly executed. Personal attention from the owners and attentive wait staff topped it off. I'll be back often, even though it is a long drive from home."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Everything about Joan's in the Park is perfect - the food, the wine, the wait staff, Joan, Chef Susan, the ambience, the patio. Everything is perfect."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The evening was picture perfect !! The food was spot on perfect !!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I've eaten at Joan's twice now. Both occasions have been wonderful. The food is great. There are a lot of great restaurants near me in Minneapolis, but it's definitely worth the drive to St. Paul for a dinner at Joan's."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My Fiance and I chose Joan's in the Park for a celebratory dinner and could not have been happier. The staff was wonderful, and the food was simply amazing. We will definitely be back...and soon!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The service was outstanding and the food was great! Definitely at the top of our list to return. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Interesting menu selections, using local ingredients. We loved the intimate setting, and the opportunity to chat with Joan and the chef during our meal. Our waiter was charming and knowledgeable, and gave us excellent recommendations for meal choices. My husband enjoyed his rib eye steak, and my pork chop was one of the best meals I've ever had. We had seen on the website that they had roasted Brussels sprouts, which we had planned to order, but they were just changing over to roasted radishes. Our waiter encouraged us to try them, and we were grateful - they were delicious. We also shared the signature brown butter pudding for dessert, which was a perfect ending to a lovely meal."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food was delicious, fresh, and beautiful without being fussy. (No bacon foam here, thank goodness!) Chef uses lots of fresh herbs, so simple dishes really dazzle your mouth. We especially liked the steak tartar, herb salad, and calamari, although everything was excellent. There's a good wine list, and the servers are professional, but gracious and very well informed. In fact, this is some of the best service we've had in the TCs. Kudos to all!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "It was a beautiful night to sit on a patio and enjoy delicious food. Joan's in the Park delivered perfectly !!!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Always exceptional service, delicious cuisine, excellent wine list. I keep coming back for romantic dinners, girls night out, business dinner, or nice for a night cap and dessert. Have visited multiple times and it consistently delivers a great experience. Check adds up quickly, but it's a great value."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "My husband and I went to joan's to celebrate our anniversary. It was our first visit, and it lived up to the great reviews. Everything we had was excellent, especially the filet mignon and the pork tenderloin. Cozy dining room, locally sourced menu. Attentive, helpful service (Chef Susan herself brought out several dishes). The prices were on the high side for an everyday dinner out, but fine for a special occasion. I would like to return for a glass of wine on the pretty patio."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Great meals and service but somewhat noisy. Maybe a day besides Saturday would be quieter?"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We felt the food was over priced for the amount you received,$30 for a very small piece of fish with nothing served with it. Sides were $12 for 3 small carrots. Very tasty but over priced for the area. Probably won't go back for that reason. On street parking is a plus."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Joan's once again proved that this little place can be counted on to deliver great, innovative food with friendly, unhurried service. If you are looking for La Belle Vie elegance, look elsewhere than this cinder block building on a busy street. if you are looking for a relably excellent dining experience, give Joan's a try."
    Dined on 5/30/2014