joan's in the Park
joan's in the Park restaurant and full service bar is an elegantly cozy dining destination, located on Snelling Avenue in Highland Park. We offer a 4 course menu designed by Chef /owner Susan Dunlop, which includes distinctive American cuisine . We offer only the finest ingredients, sourced locally when possible. Maître d'/owner Joan Schmitt (and Highland Park native) offers first-class hospitality. Our carefully selected wine, beer and signature cocktail 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.
The whole experience was wonderful. The food was fantastic and delicious. The service was spot on. If I left to go to the bathroom, my napkin was folded when I got back. I don't have a single bad thing to say about the place. I will definitely be back!
The staff, from start to finish always do a great job. The presentation, too beautiful to eat. The flavors, to good to stop.
Dinner after the Belmont Stakes horse race. The 4 course tasting menu was beautifully prepared and presented. We were lucky enough to get little extra courses with tiny spoons and forks. One was a whipped goat cheese and another was asparagus bites in a strawberry sauce. Everything was top notch. It was a dinner we will always remember.
Beautiful patio, personalized service, and every dish we ordered was over-the-top delicious!
The bar drinks were superb as was the food.
Terrific food, quaint and personal atmosphere, overall and excellent experience for a special event!
Hidden gem with amazing, creative food and impeccable service.
We had a lovely meal...great tastes, wines, pacing and service. Thanks!
We have dined at Joan's several times over the years, and it is always a pleasure. Welcoming and friendly, with wonderful food and one of the best outdoor patios in Minneapolis St Paul. Truly a delight. We will keep going back as long as they'll have us :)
There aren’t enough words to describe how wonderful our experience was. From the space, to the service, to the food were all amazing.
Friendly, helpful servers and always something new and unique on the menu. We couldn't have found a better place for date night.
Perfect anniversary spot! Attention to detail was amazing, great service, great food! Definitely will be back!
Fantastic way to enjoy my birthday. Food was wonderful, service was great and fun! Lots of little extras to make the dining experience like no other (chocolate wine for dessert, picture taken by Dan (waiter) at the end of all of us) The decor is beautiful. Here's a tip to other restaurant owners. When we left we were led out the door with a thank you and come back again by one of the owners. I'd go there again in a minute.
Joan's never fails to be outstanding. Fabulous food. Fantastic staff. A gem.
We had a wonderful time celebrating our anniversary at Joan's. There aren't many places in the Twin Cities where you can still get a complete experience of ambiance, service, and amazing food. Joan's in the Park is one of those places.
Standouts include the lobster and avocado appetizer, manchego and apple salad, and a tenderloin with an amazing glaze that I'm still thinking about.
We just love this place... you should go- soon.
We ate in the sheltered patio area, which is really nice. We had the tasting menu and liked all 4 courses very much, especially the first 3 courses. My husband prefers rum, and no specialty cocktails were available with rum. However, the bartender made one for him, which he loved.
Excellent food, great wines, best service. I’d highly recommend...
Fabulous. Service excellent. Food first rate. Minnesota friendly. Loved it.
As always, the best experience in dining imaginable. From the moment we walked in the team made us feel special. Love this place!
Delicious tasting menu, well paced with delightful waiter. Best in Twin Cities and I’ve eaten at most of the best in the area.
Another delightful experience at Joan’s. We feel very, very fortunate that it is our neighborhood place. The food, presentation and hospitality were outstanding as usual.
We really enjoyed our evening. The staff went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed our meal and had everything we needed. I love the format of small courses so we can take our time and enjoy lots of new things we make but not have otherwise ordered. It was lovely.
The service was immaculate!
This restaurant is a hidden gem. We loved the four course tasting menu. Everything we tried was fabulous. Drinks were also superb. We will definitely be back!
Great experience again! We are always impressed by the service, food, and always feel welcomed and appreciated.
Excellent four couse Prix fixe menu: great choices, fine tastes. A good restaurant for a leisurely dinner with friends. Quite expensive.
We love this neighborhood Gem. Service is amazing and the owners are wonderful.
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary with good friends and everything was perfect! We ordered the seared foie gras as an appetizer and our waiter brought out four small glasses of Sauternes (no charge). Very nice! The beauty of the menu at Joan's is that, while limited, the courses give you options to create your own dining experience. The food, service and ambiance were all excellent! We will be back.
Staff friendly, professional and personable
Love the cozy space, but unfortunately extremely noisy/ loud (however that seams to be the case everywhere theses days)
we just wanted to say ...bravo,bravo,bravo👏👏👏phenomenal dishes, excellent presentations,great flavors, top notch service. Last night it was our 1st visit and it is not going to be our last. Thank you Dan, Matt Holmquist, thanks for the Pinot, it was a great one,sous chef Gilberto Perez and the entire team you all did really exceptional job.
Susan Dunlop you should be proud of your team. They impressed us, from the moment we entered the restaurant until we left , they made us feel special.
Perfect place to eat before the opera!
Amazing staff, food and ambiance!!!
I was a little disappointed w/my main entree. The fish was very bland and not worth the price.
Joan’s is the best! Food, service couldn’t get any better.
Absolutely the best value in both fine dining, and creative cuisine. Would recommend over all other high-end restaurants.
Amazing customer service to the point they remembered which coat was owned by which guest when we left! Nice touch to a end a great evening.
Everything's perfect about this unique restaurant and its intimate setting. The team at Joan's in the Park feel like your friends and create an ambiance that is personal and warm, with an attention to detail. The food is exquisite and well-thought out, certainly at the level of the best foodie venues in the Twin Cities. There isn't another place like this anywhere in the Cities. Perfect.
This was our first time trying Joan's in the Park and it blew our expectations out of the water! Service was amazing, food was delicious, and the atmosphere was quaint & homey. We will definitely be going back.
Outstanding food, service, cocktails, and everything else! We’re going to return soon!
The 4 course tasting menu was outstanding with fresh and delicious items. Our server was friendly and attentive and kind. We'll be back!
Joan’s is our “go to” restaurant for special occasions. The atmosphere is calming and relaxed. The staff is friendly and professional. We can’t afford to eat there weekly, but we plan on going back on our next special occasion.