joan's in the Park

4.8
1688 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
last seating at pm 8:45pm
Kitchen closes at 9:30pm

Closed Sunday and Monday
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Phone number
(651) 690-3297
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Susan Dunlop
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bayard
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Parking details
Neighborhood parking available. We also have a small lot behind the restaurant
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Public transit
Snelling Avenue @ Ford Parkway
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Special events & promotions

Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wine
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5.0Dined 15 hours ago

They have a new 4 course menu and it was outstanding! Loved the salmon tartar
Pork ribs was melt in your mouth- delicious❤️

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

The restaurant went through a remodel and when they reopened they also changed the menu format. It is a 4 course "tasting"menu. I miss the old format. The food was different but good. Too expensive now with having the set price. The location and service are good. Good wine list. My husband tends to be a pickier eater and so the unique choices were not the best for him.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Dinner was fabulous! Neighborhood gem!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I've heard about Joan's in the Park for a few years and had attempted to try it several times. I am so glad I did. My nephew joined me for the 4 course dinner and we thoroughly enjoyed the plates we ordered. The filet melted in his mouth; my pork loin chop was very favorable with an awesome sauce. I have already told several people about the restaurant and plan to invite family and friends in the very near future. Not only was the food exceptional but the service was amazing. The waiter was personable and accommodating.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We enjoyed the food very much.
The ambiance was lovely and the attention to detail, outstanding.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Fabulous meal, lovely people - we had a marvelous time!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Fantastic first experience! The service and the food/drinks were spot on. We loved the four course menu style. Truly wonderful. Can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

It was a fun experience. This was our first visit. We will return.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We had been talking about going to Joans for well over a year and we were finally able to coordinate and make a reservation
4 course was one delicious bite after the other
Praises to the Chef for not only beautiful presentation but wonderful in taste....
Customer service was friendly and efficient
We will be back............looking forward to our next visit

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Wonderful experience for our group. Highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion. Comfortable cozy atmosphere with outside seating available. Wine list is well thought out. Food delicious !

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Fantastic meal, what an experience! Will definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Everything we ordered was excellent! Great service too

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3.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Good food but expensive and small portions. Thanks

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Love this restaurant! Exceptional food, and service to match. A consistently great experience!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Excellent food, professional, friendly service and a very relaxing atmosphere, We always enjoy our visits here.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

It was a very nice meal but very noisy. Eating on the patio would have been better.
Otherwise good food and good service.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Knowledgeable service, and a truly spot-on dining experience. Awesome food and a true attention to detail. We had the lobster appetizer, the pear salad, market fish special and grass fed filet, and topped it off with the house special pudding - every single course was delicious. You can’t say that about almost any restaurant. I highly, oh so highly, recommend Joan’s in the Park.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Dan was wonderful. Our food was wonderful!

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

It's always a wonderful night at Joan's. We were celebrating our anniversary and they made everything about the evening special. The greeting, the service, the food, the perfect table.

"The food is definitely reason enough to go, but it's the friendly and attentive staff that makes this a truly special dining experience. From the moment we walked in, our evening was handled beautifully. There is never a feeling of being rushed, but never a lag in the progression from cocktails through dessert and after diner drinks. " - well said by another reviewer!!!

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Another wonderful dining experience - we are never disappointed with the food or service! We did miss seeing our favorite chef swing by the table - but it was a busy night and the kitchen was hopping!

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Joan's in there Park is one of my favorite restaurants! I'd eat there more often but it's hard to get a reservation because I don't tend to plan far enough in advance.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Always a fantastic dinner at this gem restaurant of St. Paul.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

After discovering Joan's last summer, we've been back several times over the past year. Our latest visit was for our anniversary again, and it was as memorable as our first visit.

Because this is a review for a restaurant, I'll begin with the food: a relatively small menu but filled with delightful dishes from beginning to end. The starters are fantastis; we particularly enjoy the Steak Tartare and Crispy shrimp and corn dumplings. On previous visits we've enjoyed the fois gras and lobster toast.

The salads change from time to time, but they always have an amazing Caesar, as well as 2 or 3 other creative options. I've loved every entree I've had here, including roast chicken, hangar steak, filet mignon and fish. When the chef has a special, IT IS SPECIAL.

The food is definitely reason enough to go, but it's the friendly and attentive staff that makes this a truly special dining experience. From the moment we walked in, our evening was handled beautifully. There is never a feeling of being rushed, but never a lag in the progression from cocktails through dessert and after diner drinks.

There are cheaper options and restaurants with more extensive menus, but Joan's in the Park is a perfect choice for any occasion and never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Great night out! Cocktails were delicious and food was perfect. Just enough to leave you wanting more. We will be back! Thank you.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Very good food and good service
Greetings from Dirk and Petra from the Netherlands

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Enjoyed another delightful dinner at Joan in the Park. The scallops were cooked to perfection. The service was impeccable. Just love this gem!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Friends were very late. Wait staff continued to check in and stay very friendly and understanding. Food was delightful. Friends felt the temp was chilly and resorted to jackets. I don't know if that was a common complaint. I was comfortable.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Fabulous service and food

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

We requested a vegan meal for our anniversary. We only specified a few things we didn't like and just wanted to be surprised. The meal was five courses and it was exceptional. Joan's is chef-owned, and even though it is not a vegan restaurant, Susan was so willing to accommodate us. We have eaten at vegan restaurants in Los Angeles that are highly rated and this meal was as good as any of them. The service was impeccable and fun. We asked for a recommendation for a wine with the entree and Daniel was spot-on with what he served. Joan made several trips to the table to be sure we were enjoying the meal. We can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Nice evening!

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Server was fantastic, but the fingerling potato side dish was small and the rib eye was not that tender/ flavorful- is was fine, but was expecting more

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

This place never disappoints! The lobster salad was a delicious start. Friendly staff and relaxed upscale neighborhood restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

We come to Joan's about once a year and it is always fantastic. It's a little pricey but worth it. The noise volume can be a problem because it's small, but as people left it quieted down and we had our usual wonderful time. Highly recommended especially because it's a small neighborhood restaurant and we should support it to keep this gem going!

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Friendly, welcoming service. Excellent food. Looking forward to returning soon.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Joan’s is one of my all time favorite restaurants. Food and service always great.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

First-time patron. Was impressed with the food. They had run out of a couple things, but there was still plenty of choices. The chicken (a breast and a thigh) was moist and delicious (and huge!). My dates salmon was excellent as well, but, although not overcooked, medium rare would have made it even better (personal preference).

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Great restaurant. Go every year for our anniversary.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Fantastic as always.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Best restaurant in the Twin Cities. The food is always great and the service is always excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Love love love love ... I’m in love with this dining establishment. Service can’t be beat — it’s obviously important to the staff that you have an excellent experience. Food was outstanding, beautifully prepared and all selections were served at perfect timing — selections perfect for a variety of personal tastes. Cocktail menu to die for. I recommend highly.

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