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About 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.

631 Snelling Avenue South
Saint Paul, MN 55116
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Closed Sunday and Monday

Cross Street:
Bayard

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(651) 690-3297

Website:
http://www.joansinthepark.com/

Catering:
Our full menu is available for catering.

Parking Details:
Neighborhood parking available.

Public Transit:
Snelling Avenue @ Ford Parkway

Executive Chef:
Susan Dunlop

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Outdoor dining, Wine

joan's in the Park Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (79)
Neighborhood Gem (75)
Good for a Date (63)
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Good for Anniversaries (60)
Fit for Foodies (60)
Creative Cuisine (60)
Good for Birthdays (42)
Cozy (42)
Romantic (38)
Worth the Drive (31)
Great for Outdoor Dining (28)
Local Ingredients (28)
Authentic (26)
Notable Wine List (21)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Business Meals (13)
Casual (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Seasonal (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Fun (11)
Healthy (11)
Good for Groups (6)
Organic (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely wonderful. Joan’s has been on my list to try for a long time. It finally worked out and was a fantastic experience. Our server was great, the food was great and the overall experience was...... great! This restaurant deserves all the accolades and you should experience it for yourself.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

I love JITP-- The food is always spectacular and perfectly executed, the service the right combination of knowledgeable and welcoming. It just has a nice vibe for an evening out with my wife.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Organic
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

The wait staff really shines here. Did not feel rushed and all questions were answered.
Lobster salad wonderful. Steak tartar good but need more spice.
Brown butter good, something to share.

Big setback was noise level.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We were a group of 4. We were offered a glass of wine during our short wait for our table. We all had wonderful meals. The waiter was fun and knowledgeable. This is the 3rd time my husband and I have been here and we are never disappointed!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Fun
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Lovely, but small place. Highly recommend reservations. Scallops & pork shank, meatball appetizer & salad were AMAZING! The Grouper special & beef cheeks were not great. Steer clear of those items.

The desserts we tried, carrot bar & pudding were definitely worth the calories. We hope to go back, because the food that we liked was really fantastic & our service was great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The special attention given to our table to make it "a birthday special decoration" with tiny metallic shapes was indeed eye catching. The photo of our table was almost Las Vegas style. A memorable evening.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Joan's never disappoints. From start to finish they are one of the best spots for really good food, prepared very well and served beautifully. Started with salad, followed by scallops on top of grains with mint and just a hint of mild heat. The fish special on top of purple sweet potatoes was also delicious. And the brussel sprouts were a great side.Matt was an outstanding waiter! Highly recommend joan's

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Joan's lived up to it's considerable reputation. Three of us chose the spot for a small celebration. We had a couple of the starters: corn dumplings and crunchy shrimp and potato gnocchi. The corn dumplings were satisfyingly crunchy; the "in season" shrimp was wild from the Florida coast and outstanding. The gnocchi was pronounced as among the best she had ever eaten by the gnocchi connoisseur in the group. We all would have been pleased to select either dish as an entree.

Two had one of the evening's specials - filet mignon - and another had the beef cheeks. There were no disappointments. The filet eaters remarked that even when the steak got cold, the rare centers were delicious. Both had planned to eat half, take half home, but not a morsel remained on the plate.

We were especially appreciative of the fact that Joan served 100% grass-fed beef and much of what we consumed was organic and local. We cherish a white-tablecloth establishment that cares so much about the food they serve us.

Two of us had wine from the extensive wine list and were satisfied with our selections. If we have one complaint about Joan's, it would be that there are no interesting non-alcoholic beverages for the non-drinker. Run of the mill soda products do not fit the fine dining profile (and they are boring and chemical-laden.) There are so many excellent craft sodas, ginger and root beers and N-A craft cocktails that could be offered. I would encourage the bar to try harder in this area.

Two of our party are always cold, and Joan promised and delivered a warm spot in the tiny restaurant. Another was burdened with crutches, and Joan and the staff were kind enough to open doors and make it easy for us to get around. Our waiter was attentive without being intrusive, and made some very helpful suggestions.

Our dinner was not cheap, but worth every penny. As people who strive for organic, sustainable dining, we plan to be back. Again and again. Thanks, Joan.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This is a wonderful restaurant with attentive and appreciative owners and staff. The room has energy but isn't overwhelming, and the food is delightful. It is worth the trip alone for the butterscotch dessert! It may look small and unassuming from the outside, but it is worth finding this gem down Snelling.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

A greater restaurant. Will be back! Service was attentive,excellent,fresh prepared food.

Tags: People Watching, Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We had our 16th anniversary dinner there. Wait staff was very attentive. Gnocchi appetizer was delicious. We started out with great cocktails from their fairly extensive list of interesting stuff. The rest of the meal was delicious. Saved room for their signature brown butter pudding, which comes with a little rubber spatula so you can get every last delicious bit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Leipzig)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We enjoyed a very nice anniversary dinner at Joan's. It was a busy Friday evening but our special occasion was recognized by both the waitstaff and the owners (who threw some cute "party hearts" on the table and were out and about during the evening which was really nice!). We arrived a bit early, enjoyed a drink at the bar and were seated promptly at our requested time. We took our servers advice and ordered an appetizer and salad to share, two mains and dessert. Each course came out promptly and was well prepared - especially the filet which was PERFECTLY cooked - one of two daily specials we enjoyed that evening. The menu was creative and approachable with nice pairings of flavors and textures. The only disappointment food-wise was the bread which was warm, but flavorless (note - we do a lot of bread baking so perhaps our standards are a bit high). Service was friendly and knowledgeable. Seating by the patio door was a bit cool on this late fall evening. Would request to be seated towards the front of the restaurant if you have a larger party. The restaurant is small and intimate, so be prepared for close tables. It can also get a bit loud if the tables and bar are at capacity. Overall we enjoyed our evening and would certainly recommend Joan's for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Been here three times. Each time the food and the people exceed my expectations. Quaint and comfortable. Food is amazing!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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 (Montana)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Unfortunately, we were disappointed in our Joan's meal. All the reviews were 5 stars and the menu looked wonderful, but, the food was. The salads were overdressed and the shrimp appetizer was over sauced. Our main dishes arrived less then hot - if I hadn't known better, I would have thought the food had been left under a warmer - the scallops were dried out!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Wonderful meal AGAIN! Always excellent food and service!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Amazing! Fine dining with a neighborhood feel. Scratch kitchen. Superb hospitality!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on October 22, 2017

October 19

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This was our second visit and Joan's did not disappoint. We had bragged about it to friends, and they were eager to try it out. They loved it too. We not only love the food, but the size of the restaurant and friendly, professional servers. Excellent all around. Great job. Thank you.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Amazing food and exceptional service! Our server, Dan, took such great care of us. He really went above and beyond to make our anniversary dinner feel special!!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Always our favorite!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 19, 2017

As soon as we walked in we were greeted with a smile. When made reservation informed them it was our anniversary. From Joan who sat us at our table to our waiter and the chef all made a point to wish us a happy anniversary. Food was wonderful as was the wine and service. Our first time here and probably not the last.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Phenomenal food, very courteous staff, comfortable atmosphere...Joan's In The Park is the place to find all three! We have never been let down and always look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

My boyfriend and I had a fantastic dinner there this weekend. Everything was so delicious. And the server was excellent, very personable and knowledgeable. He paired a red wine to each of our dishes, and they were all wonderful. There were plenty of unique, seasonal ingredients on their menu as well, so this would be a great restaurant for anyone looking to try something a little different each time they come. It's very small however so I would highly recommend making a reservation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Really enjoyed our meal. Steak was prepared as requested. Server was very good. Joan was very nice and helped create a warm atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

A most enjoyable experience - not only for the food, but the fact that the entire staff really CARES about you as a customer and want each customer to have a complete satisfying dining experience.
These really know how to operate a high quality operation from management to wait staff, menu creation, food preparation and presentation and all that goes with it.
A completely professional business operation.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This was our 3rd visit to Joan's, and as with the first 2 experiences, this was a terrific evening. Although the menu is fairly small, there are usually a couple of featured entrees as well as periodic changes in starters and salads.

We were there for a friends birthday, and from her arrival it was a special treat for her. Being greeted by the owner, confetti on the table, fabulous cocktail menu and nice wine list got the party off to a great start. The food is always beautifully prepared, and we tried different starters. The butternut squash tortellini was delicious and left us wanting more. The short rib meatballs were great, especially the tomato/pepper relish served with it. I LOVE their take on Caesar Salad.

I would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting a special meal. The tab definitely adds up, but it is well worth it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Joan's In The Park is our favorite restaurant. Have never been disappointed. Hosted our son, who was visiting out of town, and he was very happy with his meal and the superior level of service. I had requested a corner table as my husband is hard of hearing and we wanted to enjoy convivial conversation with our son. Mission accomplished!! Many thanks.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Food, wine, service were all excellent. Enjoyed our visit very much!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

My friend was visiting from France and we were headed to the Opera that evening, so me the foodie chose Joan’s for dinner. We had a fabulous experience both owners coming to our table to visit & I must say their Filet Mignon is the best in town. Thank you for never disappointing.

Tags: Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Organic, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Really good food. We felt the $400 bill was high for four people but our friends selected the wine....we didn't look at the list...and I think that is where the added cost came from. Don't know if there are more reasonably priced bottles. Our server was friendly and attentive but made two errors in one of our orders; comped a glass of wine to make up. Not as loud as some small restaurants, which was great!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Wow, Joan's has gotten expensive. More than $160 for dinner for two, with no dessert ordered. Yes, our meals were tasty, but the tab was a shocker. Example: a very small dinner salad was $13. Not in our budget any more; we envy those who can afford it.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent. Great food, great wine... great service as usual. Would recommend to anyone.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Excellent food and service. A favorite for an upscale restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We returned to Joan’s in the Park for dinner with friends on Friday evening and it was excellent as always. The lobster salad, duck and butter pudding were delicious!

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 26, 2017

great food, great service, pricey but will go again and again

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 26, 2017

This is one of the very best of the Twin Cities.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

We had a gift certificate from our kids who live in the neighborhood and we loved the special that night which was filet mignon with mushrooms in an amazing sauce.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was fantastic & service great! One of our favorite restaurants ❤️

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Delicious start to finish. The browned butter pudding is outstanding! A must have!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Delicious food & service

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