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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.
Saint Paul, MN 55116
American, Seafood, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Closed Sunday and Monday
$30 and under
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Our full menu is available for catering.
Neighborhood parking available.
Snelling Avenue @ Ford Parkway
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Outdoor dining, Wine
joan's in the Park Ratings and Reviews
Always impeccable. Took my steak loving friend who has sampled most high end steakhouses in the area and he said it was one of the best steaks he's ever had (8 oz. filet, with mushrooms and a reduction sauce, a perfect medium rare).
Their cocktail menu is mostly classics. Perfectly executed, consistent versions of your favorite drink.
Service is always good. Gracious, well informed, and present but not overbearing.
The dining and bar space are small and intimate. Reservations a must. Limited bar seating is luck of the draw. Older well heeled crowd, with lots of regulars.
This is a top 5 restaurant in the Twin Cities. No doubt.
This was a referral from a friend and it definitely lived up to our expectations. I let them know that we had 2 birthdays in our party. They started with sparkles on the table. Appetizers, main dish, dessert and wine and after dinner drinks were amazing. Our server was over-the-top with service; he even took our photo and handed each of us an actual printed photo to remember this special evening. 5 Stars
Joan’s in the Park was easily the best dinner I’ve had in a few years. Every taste had complexity and balance. It was truly remarkable. I highly recommend the Butternut Squash Ravioli appetizer and the Brown Butter Apple wIth Taleggio Fondue Salad. Their Beef Cheeks were amazing as well. 5 out of 5. My only complaint is noise level, but that is to be expected in a highly popular establishment with limited seating.
If you have never eaten here..make it a Bucket List ITEM. BEST STEAK IN the Twin Cities..best lobster salad..great wine selection...interesting dishes on the menu...all served in a very quaint atmosphere. Love..love this experience each time we go. Thank you
Ambiance is only fair at best, and at their price point, it is way to loud!
Tables are close which is part of the problem, but they need to add some noise deadening acoustics to the room - which is easy to do. We ordered 1 appetizer, 2 salads, the 2 lowest priced items of their entrees, 1 desert, and 0 drinks - not even coffee, we both had water. The bill came to $150.00 for the 2 of us. There are many places in the Twin Cities for that price that we feel is worth $150.00, but not here. Over-priced, to loud, service was fair, food good but not great.
Did I mention it is way to loud ?
First time at Joan’s. We were intrigued by the Open Table description (cozy) but came away very impressed with the food and service. The roast chicken was exceptional. Moist and juicy half bird. The brown butter apple “fondue” salad was a surprisingly deconstructed and delicious way to start. My wife’s monkfish was perfectly cooked. All ingredients are fresh and locally sourced. Wait staff is knowledgeable and attentive. A great place. We will be back.
Love, love Joan's in the Park. The food is marvelous -- a wonderfully creative spin on steak, chicken, and fish that separates the restaurant from the ordinary to the extraordinary. The owners and staff make dining there so personal you feel like you're sitting at home enjoying a luxurious dining experience. Strongly recommend for a special occasion (sans children), a romantic dinner, or a simple desire for really good food.
From the warm welcome on a cold night through the last bite of desert, Joan’s sets itself apart from any other restaurant in the city. The unassuming facade hides a gem of a place with a small menu focused on quality and a wine list well beyond anything you’d expect from a bar with 5 seats. The service is casual but refined. Menu highlights include the brioche style house bread, the milk braised pork, and the crispy shrimp starter.
Excellent meal! We had the beef cheeks, pork shank, scallops, lobster appetizer, brussel sprouts, short-rib meatballs, & carrots. Every one of these was suburb. We drank the red-blend wine($10 per glass; good pour). Our waiter, Dan, was attentive without becoming intrusive. My only caution is that there are only three scallops. Pretty pricey for them, considering the amount of beef & pork in the other entrees. No room for dessert, sadly!
New Year's Eve was fantastic! Prix fixe menu - fabulous greens, selections from the sea and land. Proportions perfect. Decorated tastefully. Patrons reservations flowed smoothly! Joan, Susan, Daniel and everyone else serving and cooking there know how to make evenings special!
Great spot for NYE. Food with the set menu was wonderful. Loved the lobster salad and gnocchi especially. $14 per mocktail was a bit much, although they were top notch. And we were given our bill before finishing our dessert, making us feel pushed out. Focus on the customer experience a bit more and this will be an excellent restaurant.
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