The Port - St. James Hotel
The Port - St. James Hotel

The Port - St. James Hotel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.st-james-hotel.com/stjames/thePort.html
  • Phone: 6513882846x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Bar Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Rafael Perez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Contact sales Department at Saint James Hotel

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main Street
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking available at any of the 5 parking levels at the Saint James Hotel
A word from The Port - St. James Hotel
The Port is a fine dining restaurant located on the lower level of the historic St. James Hotel built in 1875. There are many original treasures to be found in the restaurant. Among them is the iron-gated wine cellar, once used as the hotel's bank vault. At the Port restaurant we serve Contemporary American and Midwestern food, from regional favorites to reinterpretations of classical dishes; all of our seafood is flown in fresh primarily from Alaska and the west coast. The Port is best known for sourcing the best quality seasonal ingredients available. Our menu changes frequently to reflect the current offerings from our region, delivering the best of our local bounty.

The Port is a Winner of Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2014.This is the 11th year that The Port has earned this prestigious honor. We are also listed as one of the few restaurants in Minnesota with very reasonable wine prices. www.winespectator.com


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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
The Port - St. James Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (24)romantic (24)notable wine list (19)fit for foodies (13)neighborhood gem (9)good for groups (4)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)great for lunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Foodiegirl
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was good, atmosphere was nice, romantic. At times there was a little more noise than I would have liked for a romantic dinner because there was a very obnoxious bar guest at the bar hooting and hollering throughout our dinner (8PM reservation) - it might be a good idea to teach staff how to intervene with a bar guest like that. Service could also have been a little better - it was a tad slow. Waitress also spilled my martini while placing it down on table in front of me and instead of changing the wet table cloth she brought me a napkin to put over the huge wet spot directly in front of me. Changing the table cloth or simply moving us to another nearby table would have been more appropriate and much appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    service and food were excellent..the heritage pork chop was super
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This was a disappointing experience. In the past, we have enjoyed dining at the Port. We ordered off the regular menu instead of the special Date Night menu, maybe this was a mistake. I ordered the halibut, it was definitely overcooked and the arugula was tough stems, not the delicate leaves. My husband ordered the beef tenderloin, which was delicious, but the side dishes left a lot to be desired. I'm not sure why a chunk of what I presume was pork belly, was added to the signature Caesar salad. The dessert menu had few options other than heavy chocolate almost candy like dishes. Looking at other reviews, nowadays, dining at the Port seems to be hit or miss.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice quiet evening
    Jimmy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A friend suggested this location for a nice dinner. I ordered the seafood medley dish and my wife had the halibut. My seafood and pasta was cooked perfect but my wife requested medium well on her halibut (against my judgement) and it came out a little over cooked but still good. The ambience was amazing but we were 1 of 4 couples dining and it felt a bit empty for 7pm on a Friday night. There were more folks at the bar than in the dining room. Overall we enjoyed the experience but would have hoped for a bit more energy and people. We definitely will come back again, but we may just try the bar.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dinner
    Downhiller
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We just enjoyed celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary and chose the St. James Hotel and dining at The Port restaurant after recommendations from friends. I can now see why The Port has received so many awards. The food was fabulous! The atmosphere and service were outstanding. I can't always afford this restaurant, but it was definitely worth the 1 1/2 hour drive for us!!! We will go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We are new to the area and like to go out; several people has suggested the Port if we wanted a great meal for a special day. We looked at the reviews and decided to give it a try. What a great surprise; we had cheeses, the cured meat plate and ahi tuna tartar to start, top notch dishes; for entrees had a beautiful beef tenderloin and the smoked and roasted chicken; we finished with a very good array of sorbets and ice creams that are served by the scoop for just $2.00 a piece!!!!. The food was delicious and well presented , service was friendly and professional. Those who think this restaurant is for special occasions should come by and check it out for themselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Night!!
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My husband and I had an amazing night at The Port. Everything was so spectacular!! The service was awesome, food was some of the best we have had, and the wine list has something for everyone. I would recommend The Port to everyone! Thank you for making out night amazing, as it doesn't happen often due to the fact that we hardly ever get out:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the menu changes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We loved the new snack section of the menu; the entrees were tasty and had great presentation. The service was discrete and on point. We usually come here for special ocations only but now the Port feels more friendly and affordable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service with mediocre dishes
    spicymeatball
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The restaurant was quiet and intimate and I appreciate that. The service was good as well. I was seated by friendly staff and then was waited on by friendly and helpful server. My biggest gripe is with the food. Both dishes that were ordered lacked seasoning and had a strong flavor presence of char from the grill. Some people may enjoy these flavors, but it just wasn't right for someone who is looking for powerful flavors beyond what steak and potatoes have to offer.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A little disappointed
    Hcgirl
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    After reading the ratings and reviews we were really excited expecting a meal to really wow us. The presentation was very impressive but the food quality was average and portions very small. The chocolate lava cake was excellent but the fried ice cream average and had a soggy coating. Overall we enjoyed our breakfast in the Veranda the next morning and banquet dinner at the wedding we attended there much more.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not as good as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Having eaten here many times, This experience was not up to par. We felt rushed by the server even though she knew we were there celebrating an anniversary. My husband ordered halibut which was raw in the middle. I ordered the short rib which was okay, although the sides were cool to cold. Even though there are lots of open tables, a large, loud party was seated right next to us which really put a damper on our dining experience. We would only recommend this to others based on previous visits, not this time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • seafood
    atarmour75
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Scallop was under cooked and noodle were clumped together!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Had issues with both our entrees. Bison Ribeye was very tough and vegetables undercooked. The Tenderloin portions were very small.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    noname
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We received outstanding food and service. This was a repeat visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Date Night Menu - Wonderful
    CurlyVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We didn't realize that Wednesday was date night. They featured a menu that offered two appetizers, two entrees and a desert to share for $70. For $10 more you could also have two glasses of champagne (or a non-alcoholic beverage) and two glasses of wine. We felt it was a great deal. Mussels and roasted beet salad were our first choices. We both had the tenderloin steak with Dauphinoise potatoes & broccoli. The steaks were tender and done perfectly. The potato wedge absolutely wonderful. The ambiance was very nice and service was good. We would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bob42
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Loved the home-made pasta; too bad there was so little pasta in the seafood dish. Specialty cocktails were very weak.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Wonderful Evening
    TkDundalkMD
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Our party of four was greeted promptly and we had our choice of tables. It was half-price wine night and the selection suggested by our server was spot on! Everyone's food was delicious and beautifully presented. We were treated to a live piano player and perfect music for the evening. We had a lovely evening with great food and drink, impeccable service and music!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 46 reviews are from the The Port - St. James Hotel reviews archive.
  • Wonderful date night
    Purrfection5
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    First romantic date night in a long time. The we both had a delightful seafood dish. Appetizer of the Big eye tuna, and creme brûlée for desert. It was all delicious. If your looking for quality it's a great place with just the right size portions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Anniversary Dinner
    Perfectnight
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Our table was ready for us on time. We had noted in our reservation that this was our anniversary and it was acknowledged at our seating and by the manager later. We ordered a cocktail and were given time to enjoy it rather then being rushed through dinner. We tried the pork starter it was not a normal dish for us and it was an awesome combination if flavored. All of our food arrived piping hot and the flavors were amazing. My husband had the halibut with roasted fennel. He did not know what fennel was but loved it! I has the need trenderloin and the chef put a perfect crispy crust on it while the meat was tendr and cooked as ordered. We were offer the option of a complimentary dessert or a bottle of champaign for out room. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real chef works here!
    REN04
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This quiet restaurant in the cellar of the St James Hotel is only open a few days a week. Check their web site. We enjoy the excellent service and the care and presentation that is evident in every dish. Interesting and varied menu. The quality of the food not the quantity is the reason to visit the Port of Red Wing Restaurant. Take your time and check out the wine list.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food and Service
    Londonlife
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We needed to be out at a certain time to get to a show. They were great; food was great, too. One thing that was a disappointment was the size of the dessert. It was delicious, but way too small a portion. It was more like a morsel. Otherwise, it was worthwhile.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent value, consistent quality
    BeeJay
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    My wife and I live in Winona, our close friends live in St Paul and we meet at the St James for dinner. The food, service has always be excellent and we have never been disappointed. The "Date Night" promotion on Wednesday evening is an outstanding value we had not expected. We will continue to use the St. James as our place to meet as it has always been a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the usual hotel restaurant
    DonC
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We were pleasantly greeted and our reservation was acknowledged by a table near the fireplace with no waiting. Our server was pleasant and helpful with our table's many menu questions resulting from the interesting menu and its unique food combinations. Subsequent service was prompt and non-obtrusive. Soup and main courses were served while the food was still hot. Butterfish with fennel was perfectly cooked and very tasty. The pheasant soup special was excellent. Two at our table had the wrapped chicken breast and both gave it excellent reviews. The volcano cake dessert which tasted great was smaller than expected and might not be quite enough to split for a couple but doesn't require as much time on the treadmill the next day.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what we were expecting
    PortNotAHaven
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Although I have to give The Port high points for an interesting menu, they should probably put a couple of things on the menu that will appeal to palates that are not as evolved as others might be. Most of our group had a difficult time finding something they weren't afraid to order. I found the menu creative and exciting but I'm a bit of a "foodie". We were a table of four and only one of us enjoyed our meal. Also, there is a point when you can take the "char" too far. The steaks, short ribs and even the broccolini were charred beyond the flavor enhancing point.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful Hotel & Restaurrant
    NedlyVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Dinner was rather enjoyable! The mussels appetizer was wonderful. The Lobster Bisque soup was tasty but didn't taste like Lobster bisque. And the short ribs were cooked perfectly. I will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    brandy
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Try the seafood selection, and you will not be disappointed. The buffalo tenderloin was also very tasteful. Wish they had separated our tables a bit more, but the experience was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dinner in Old hotel
    javo3
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    A limited menu of about a dozen entrees with an equal number of starters provides plenty of choices for a fine meal. I had lamb sliced over wilted greens all over a risotto type dish made of wheat and wild mushrooms. Delicious. Wife had tenderloin steak with broccolini and an interesting layered potato dish. She pronounced it as wonderful. We both started with a lobster soup which was very good. Service was helpful and friendly. All workers are treated to all new menu items when a new menu is produced which makes them able to answer questions about each dish.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We really enjoyed the food,
    mcjw
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We really enjoyed the food, but our server seemed a bit distracted at times. Considering the cost of the meal as my husband put it, service and ambiance were nothing too special, but nothing was bad. Food was fantastic. The food was creative and delicious. We would definitely eat there again especially if we were looking for something different to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Weekend getaway
    diner1987
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Spent our 27th Wedding Anniversary at the St James and dined @ The Port for Dinner. Amazing Hotel with an incredible restaurant to boot. Outstanding wine list only topped by a wonderful dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Shortribs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The Waygu short ribs were amazing - simply the best quality beef I've had. The wine list is worthy for the area. Service was the right balance of attention and privacy. Nice work.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine Dinner Not So "Hot"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was our first time here - we need to try again. The Valentine menu was not the full normal menu - bummer. Our server was miserably un-attentive. However, another table's server was way more energetic and checked in on us several times. For now, I do not recommend this restaurant but will try one more time on a less busy night. Valentine's Day was totally packed all night long - that could have been why we were a litte disappointed. The food did tast great with the exception that my side dish was extremely salty - and I love salt.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EXQUISITE Valentines 5 course
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    EXQUISITE Valentines 5 course meal. Waytu beef was the most amazing meat I ever ate. And the crab bisque was the best soup you could imagine! Thank you so much! Best dining experience I have had in years, mostly because of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special date spot
    Nicholas
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The Port is great for occasional date nights. Our favorite item is the oyster on the half shell with habeniro vodka sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Jason
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    My wife and I requested a table at THE PORT of St. James Hotel. We had fairly early reservations at 5pm. A very large wedding was upstairs and the parking ramp was completely full. (had to walk 2 blocks to find a spot) We ordered the Mussels for an appetizer, she had the Kobe Beef fillet, and I had the Bison Rib Eye, both were succulent and well executed. The downs: cold cauliflower on the Kobe Beef (apparently the chef does it this way, we had to ask to make sure) weren't ready for that.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love the ambiance, the wine
    TLRedd03
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    I love the ambiance, the wine and the food! Every time I come to The Port I have a fantastic dining experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Special Setting For Couples
    NavyFlyboy
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    The Port is a real gem for anyone interested in sharing a special evening with a special someone.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good, not great
    goodeaterVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Food is well-composed, good flavors, but heavy-handed on salt. Nice wine list. Salmon had a beautiful crust on it, and beggar's purses make a good vegetarian choice.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Port at St James is a winner
    dnavigator
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Several years ago on a motorcycle trip along the Great River Road up from Chicago we stumbled on this restaurant. We've made it a destination every since, usually getting up there 2-3 times a year. Never a disappointment, the food is also fantastic with impressive specials on the weekends. Their Caesar salad is unique and incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Buffalo Steak! We thoroughly
    Andersons
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Great Buffalo Steak! We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at The Port. We went there for our anniversary trip and enjoyed the food and ambiance. Only downfall if that the room was extremely cold. Bring a sweater or jacket to stay warm!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rated a B or B-
    Babs
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    The a la carte menu is quite limited and the prices higher than similar restaurants. We had the sea bass and the salmon. Both were tasty but had too much garnish and sauce. Portions were average. As this was an anniversary dinner (we had to tell the server this even though it was mentioned on the reservation), we were told that dessert was complimentary; however, it consisted of a small creme brulee to share, hardly enough for one person. They were not busy and service was okay. We would have liked the service to be a little less hurried and more attentive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.