JJ Astor

4.2
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1037 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Welcome to JJ Astor (located on the 15th floor of the Radisson Hotel Duluth), where guests enjoy welcoming service, inspired décor, modern approachability, and unparalleled views for the whole city.

Whether settling into the oversized armchairs in the lounge, or admiring the view from the inviting sofa style banquettes, the restaurant provides a memorable dining experience for locals and visitors alike.

Authentic portraits, blueprints, and photography from Duluth’s past adorn the teak panels located throughout the restaurant. While the most stunning view is undoubtedly the view of Lake Superior, the interiors also paint a captivating picture of their own.
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.0
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4.3
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4.7
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CZ
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Save your money. Bad food WAAY over priced. Couldn't even mix a $10 drink correctly. Go to Lake Ave Cafe

M
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience5

View was great, but service was just okay. Prices were ridiculous for the quality. Charging fine dining pricing is okay if you offer that level of service, we had a better meal and friendlier service at the little Cafe we went to the previous night.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

My partner and I chose JJ Astor because we were staying at the Radisson, and thought it would be a cute deal to have dinner in the rotating restaurant. We paid $160 for dinner (it was our three year anniversary). The food was mediocre at best, and I can’t find any way to justify that much money for sub-par risotto and the driest caprese appetizer I’ve ever eaten. My partner’s cocktail wasn’t anything to write home about, and the only highlight was the crème brûlée - though, I’d be very concerned if they’d found a way to mess that up.

To finish, I’d only recommend it for cocktail hour, but mostly for the novelty of the rotating restaurant. Most disappointing $160 I’ve ever spent.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

We loved the ambiance of the restaurant, but were disappointed in the food choices and dinner. I was not made aware of the fixed price menu when booking dinner reservations several weeks in advance. Due to a seafood allergy, my partner had trouble finding a dish he could enjoy. My risotto was cold when it arrived.

SZ
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a delightful experience. Everyone in our party ordered different items and they all superb. The cocktails were yummy, as well. The only disappointment was they really didn’t offer appetizers. The view is very enjoyable, as well.

l
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch

OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice spot to celebrate a special occasion. Great food, great service with an Amazing view.

LS
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chad was our server and he was fantastic. Very attentive and personable. The food was delicious especially the crembule. Prices were fair especially with the prime rib special.

DR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son’s birthday was great food and delicious meals!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Food arrived cold. We were there a couple of months prior and it was excellent. This time the breading only the walleye was heavy, soggy and terrible and the platter was all cold. Cold shrimp, scallops and walleye. Also, you ask if it’s a special occasion and it was a birthday celebration which didn’t seem to result in anything special.

KJ
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Bloody Mary was disappointing , it had no frills. Just celery and olives. And was small. The Portabella sandwich was quite overcooked. The French fries small but ok. Everything was average. The only time I’d go back is for drinks and appetizers - the view is great so worth going back.

AJ
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience5

I ordered the prime rib and the as you and horseradish sauce was not very good. Our waiter was . Not very happy. Not sure if he was having a bad day or not.

DG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends recommended JJ Astor to us as we were in Duluth for our anniversary. From the drinks to the entree to dessert everything was superb. Chad was an excellent server for the night - he answered all of our questions and made good recommendations based on our inquiries. Beautiful atmosphere inside and a joy to watch a snowstorm from the top floor! We will be back!!

K
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Professional, very competent waiter (Kyle?)

D
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I thought that it might be over rated because the real draw was the view. However, the food was delicious! The atmosphere was elegant, and the servers knowledgeable! It was a lovely, romantic place to spend New Year’s Eve.

JD
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve. A very busy place, yet the staff didn't show that. The food and beverages were wonderful! The four of us each had something different - each of us were impressed. Our server was as nice and attentive as you will find! The night time view is great. I can't think of a nicer way to have enjoyed the start of our evening.

T
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best prime rib I’ve had in years. You should have this on your menu every weekend! Dawn our server was top notch! Her wine pairing was perfection. We will be back. I hope to see a new menu sometime with some fun entrees. And maybe step up the kind of generic menu. I miss the duck, osso bucco, and the sinner fries were to die for.

BW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Although they function with a fairly limited menu, the food was very good, the view fantastic, our waiter was pretty darned good, and the value for the total package was worth it!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

A memorable experience that didn't break the bank for dining out, and our second time there. 5 out of the 6 of us truly loved what we had. Personally, with dietary restrictions that already make it hard to eat out, finding something within the already narrow range of selection was futile...so I personally just had to skip the diet altogether, and was thankful that I did as it was delicious. So while the limited menu was a little bit of a downside, the small menu could be seen as a benefit for someone who has a hard time making choices!

S
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Bring back the meatloaf! And the half a chicken. The meal was very ordinary. The mashed potatoes were no light and fluffy. The White Russians were ordinary.

RN
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fun place to eat, especially at Christmas time you can see Bentleyville from the revolving restaurant.

JG
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were there for breakfast and it was wonderful. Great Service and very good food.

SM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Sat at the bar initially to wait for table. Seating was only for about 8 and we were only one there and then few others. Multiple bartenders and not one greeted or acknowledged us in 15 minutes. Waiter at our table was sloppily dressed and showed the zero enthusiasm that we were there. Crab cake appetizers and mashed potatoes and vegetables with steak were barely warm. Filet was perfectly cooked and delicious. For a bill for two people if $160, I expect a great total experience and great quality food. It seems that the overall Managememt is very poor to allow any of these conditions to be happening on. Saturday night. View was great though but would never go back.

S
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great and the view was tremendous. Would recommend this restaurant for any occasion but especially for special occasions. Make sure you make a reservation if you want to eat dinner!

SS
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The service was outstanding! The food was terrible! My wife ordered the Prime Rib that the dog wouldn't eat (literally) and the vegetables weren't done. My wife would not return her food due to, what she thinks, is very uncomfortable. This was terribly unfortunate due to the fact it was our anniversary. We hosted our wedding reception there in 2000 and the event went extremely well. I really hesitate to write a poor review to a place we hold close to our heart, however, this is one of the very few exceptions.

KP
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food; lovely nighttime view; fun staff. Overall, an excellent dining experience.

JP
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful rotating restaurant with spectacular views! The food was a great value. We had exceptional service! This was a great opportunity to see Bentleyville from above after the chilly foot tour! We’ll be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience3

Food was decent. Didn't seem very fresh. It was almost like we were being served leftovers.

KP
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my daughter for her 11th birthday. She had been asking to go for a while. We both had an awesome time! Our waiter, although I forget his name, was the best! There was another couple who were waiting to be seated, and they were standing at the window by our table talking. Our waiter very kindly and graciously asked them to wait in the reception area as not to obstruct our view. The couple happily obliged, and apologized =) The food, the service, the view, all were amazing!! Birthday dinner win!

SP
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The man serving us was amazing, everything was great!

DM
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Me and my family had reservations at 6:30pm we got there at 6:10 it was at least 7:10 before we got seated took forever to get food and when we did the three steaks we ordered med came well by that time we were hungry so we ate they were good but they would of been excellent at med done so I can't see me or my family going back again sorry sincerely David Maus

TC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The views alone were worth eating at the restaurant, especially during Bentlyville. The food was good. A little pricey, but they did have a special for the day that was tasty and reasonably priced.

TT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! Highly recommend. We have been going every year for our anniversary for at least the past six or more years!

S
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The overall food and service was excellent. I was not impressed with the doors not opening right at 5:00. We ended getting in around 5:10 and missed the lights being turned on for Bentlyville. I was disappointed because my experience has always been positive.

GH
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Food and service was average and took almost and hour to receive our order and the place wasn't busy.

J
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was very good for the price, good value. The scenic view is fantastic.

M
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

They had no record of our confirmed 2:00 reservation. We had to wait 40 minutes for a table to open up.

SV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Thanksgiving buffet

OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A bit expensive
Food was good except the wild rice should have been handparched. Machine parched is tougher and chewy.
Ambiance and waitstaff were excellent.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The view, especially during Bentleyville at night, is amazing. The food and service not so much.