Black Woods Grill & Bar - Duluth

4.4
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361 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
With its intimate dining rooms and gregarious bar, it's the perfect setting for any occasion. Join us for a first date, a fiftieth anniversary, a celebration of victory or a night out with friends, and we'll find a cozy corner, a comfy booth or an accessible table to suit you.

Our Duluth location is home to the happiest happy hour around and the best breakfast in town, every Sunday from 9am to 2pm. Black Woods Duluth also features charming group dining options with Lake Superior views. Curbside delivery is also available for your enjoyment at home.
What 361 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.5
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4.6
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MA
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cold where we were sitting, the waiter was awesome!

MH
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and atmosphere. Great and friendly service. Perfect place for a date night

V
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Food was decent but my walleye was under seasoned. Atmosphere was top notch.

j
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joanne was a wonderful server. Our food was delicious and tasty.

R
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food and service. Party of 8 and everyone was pleased with their menu selections and the service.

G
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had my wedding reception at Blackwoods Duluth. Everything was perfect!

LW
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

My Old Fashioned was not adequate especially for the price. Could hardly taste the liquor. My Walleye (boundary waters) was ok but nothing special. Service was friendly and good.

EF
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The walleye we ordered was a hybrid fish. It didn't taste like walleye and was overcooked. A restaurant shouldn't advertise walleye if it's 1/2 farm raised walleye and 1/2 saugeye. That's false advertisement, because it's not truly wild walleye. Three of us ordered walleye and we were all disappointed. My son ordered hamburger, and the bun was hard as a rock and the meat was brown/black. I will never go back there again. The ambiance was good, and so was the service, but the food not so much.

TN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful experience, we called hour before our reservation to add 2 more, and you were very accommodating. Thank you for the wonderful time and food. our server, while I don't remember her name was excellent. we will def. consider dining again, next time we are in town.

SS
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Ordered steak and pasta. Both were cold, steak was dry and well done(I ordered it medium). Such a huge disappointment

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our experience was fine everyone in our party was able to find something on the menu that they liked

T
Minneapolis
159 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

one of our old favorites in Duluth. Reliable food, like the ability to make Open Table reservations. Really like the salads, fish and pot pie.

CM
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived for a food show at the DECC, and at night we came to your property for dinner. The service was excellent and the preparation of the items we ordered were done beautifully as was the flavor.
Thank you for an enjoyable experience.
Connie Marchio

EP
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoy this restaurant in Duluth. It is one of only a few that take reservations on Open Table, or take reservations at all. With a 94 year old father-in-law, we need to be seated immediately and in a quiet to moderate volume location. Food is fabulous (try the chicken pot pie) and service is outstanding.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great experience! Walleye was mediocre but drinks were fun and great atmosphere!

MM
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Outstanding friendly service. Food? Meh. Maybe we ordered on a non-fresh fish day?

CR
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were celebrating a family anniversary and several birthdays. Black Woods provided a bottle of champaign and glasses for the gang. Our server was terrific! It’s always a bit loud there, but we can hear each other talk, and the whole family enjoyed the dinner.

M
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Kiersten our server was very pleasant. I love the noise level at your restaurant, it’s non existent which is what we love!! The wild rice patty was very good. So was the margarita flatbread!

SH
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic view of the lake from the dining room. Great food and service. We will be back many times while our son is at UMD.

SA
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great view of the lake, excellent service and food.

TG
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience4

We make it a point to stop for a Walleye dinner at least once during our annual trip to Duluth. Service and location are great. However, for some reason, the Walleye this year was not up to par.

MU
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parking was a bit of a problem even though we had a 7:00 reservation. Other than that it was an awesome experience. We were there for our anniversary and very pleased.

JH
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall this restaurant is an excellent choice for a pleasant evening. Seating was immediate in a booth with a beautiful view. The ambiance was excellent and service was exceptional. The wait staff was knowledgeable of both the food and drink options. Portions were more than ample and the entrees were quite delicious.

SK
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Meh
Walleye very bad.
Why do I have to do 50 characters?

JJ
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The appetizer and salad (bleu cheese dressing specifically) were tops so we had high expectations for the entrees. My husband had the ribeye steak. It was cooked to perfection but I watched as he tried to cut it. The steak was the toughest piece of meat I have ever seen him try to cut. He confirmed that it was tough and hard to chew. I had the Black Woods Walleye-pan fried (with special seasoning blend). Whatever the seasonings were, it tasted bland. It was a disappointing meal. Our server was amazing. She was friendly and efficient-she was the best. I guess we'd give the place another try whenever we were in Duluth but try different entrees.

RH
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having a reservation paid off. The wait for those without one was 40 minutes. When I told the hostess I had a reservation she said our table was ready. No waiting at all.
Server was great, food was excellent and the atmosphere was warm and welcoming.

PH
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Chicken and ribs were excellent. Swedish meatballs were not what I expected but good. Great service.

V
Fargo
21 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Blackwoods is a predictably good restaurant in Duluth and generally on our must visit list when in Duluth. Entrees and sides are all very good with generous portions. Wonderful views of Lake Superior from the dining room.

SM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Celebrating our anniversary and our server was fantastic! The manager even came to our table to congratulate us. Couldn't have asked to be treated any better - even a free desert!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Need more help in the bar. Great place, good servers, not enough of them!’

G
Naples
16 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We had reservations at 5:15, got there 10 minutes early and were told we’d have to wait until our reservation time. Meanwhile another couple came in without reservations and were immediately seated. When I inquired why, I was told they were seated by a bar employee not a hostess. There was no, “I’m sorry, we’ll seat you soon”.....we waited and then we were then seated at the time of our reservations. So started out with bad customer service. My food and daughter’s food was good. My husband got the prime rib, which was 75% fat/gristle. The waitress did finally come back and offered him a different cut of meat. She also said she’d take off the price of the first entree, but he had to wait about 10 minutes after we were all done to get his food (and we charged for the second entree). So basically he had an inedible meal, had to wait after we were done to eat and was charged for second late entree.
We have eaten here previously and it was good, it was daughter’s request (she’s from out of town) to go here and it was an unpleasant experience.
It may be because it was a weekend night and the restaurant just can’t handle the volume? So maybe no weekends and definitely no prime rib. And they need to work on customer service.

AT
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak has wonderful seasoning. Cooked perfectly.

C
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The meal was average-
- whitefish with potato and croissant bun and 3 measly pieces of asparagus - colourless
- chicken quesadilla- had bbq sauce on it? no salsa
- Caesar salad was good - lovely piece of salmon

Service was good and attentive

The restaurant looks tired and dated - dried arrangement between tables was dusty.
There is much potential- not good food value for the cost.

JW
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Appetizer was forgotten and no silverware/napkins. Brought appetizer after meals and charged us for it. Waiter was friendly but not very attentive . Coconut shrimp over cooked. Filet was very good.

RC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

THREE COUPLES BOUGHT SWEDISH MEAT BALLS AND THEY WERE SO SPICY THEY COULD NOT EAT THEM. THERE IS NO HOT SPICE IN SWEDISH MEATBALLS.
THIS IS THE SECOND TIME WE HAVE BEEN THERE THAT THE FIRE ALARM TRIGGERED AND NO ONE KNEW HOW TO TURN IT OFF. THAT ENDED OUR MEETING AND EVERYONE ELSE, BECAUSE YOU COULD NOT STAY IN THE BUILDING WITH THAT EAR PIERCING SOUND.

KB
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

This place had killer ambiance for my husband and I. We had a lovely waitress, however, she was a bit slow. I honestly do not think she was goofing off...she was probably very busy.
The food was good. My husband had the CAJUN JAMBALAYA SKILLET, and he said it was excellent. I had the combo Chicken & Ribs. I wasn't too crazy about the bbq sauce, and the potato was a bit mealy, but the chicken was delicious. We started with Irish Portato soup and Prime Rib Veggie. They were both really good, but the Prime Rib soup...well, I could have eaten four bowls of that. It was SOOOOO good! Pluse they give you mini corn bread loaves, and those were excellent as well. I understand they make their own croissants. Must try the next tme.
Yes, there will be a next time...I would definitely go again. :-)

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

21 Birthday

CA
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet enough for conversation,coupled with tasty appetizers and entrees.

HT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Flatbread cold. Lobster bisque average at best. Coconut shrimp cooked 3 hours too long. Filet bland and underwelming. Boundary water filet worst walleye ever eaten. Pasta very dry and not much cheese on it. Service was just ok. Blackwater needs to reopen.

TS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service were both very good. I was surprised it wasn’t very crowded for a summer Sunday night.