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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

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (61)
Neighborhood Gem (54)
Good for a Date (50)
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Fit for Foodies (50)
Good for Anniversaries (47)
Creative Cuisine (45)
Romantic (40)
Cozy (37)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Worth the Drive (30)
Local Ingredients (21)
Notable Wine List (21)
Authentic (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Healthy (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Casual (9)
Business Meals (8)
Fun (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Organic (7)
Late-night Find (4)
Seasonal (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent wine list. Very friendly staff. They clearly love their jobs.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Noise level made it impossible to have a conversation

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Food was amazing but the staff only allowed 2 hours for our dinner. We were celebrating and felt rushed.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great birthday dinner!!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Always a warm welcome at the door. Food is excellent, Dan our waiter was on the mark with recommendations. Our go to place for date night❤️

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

One of the top 3 best restaurants in the Twin Cities quaint great staff great food and very good drinks

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This is my favorite restaurant in town and I feel lucky that they are in our neighborhood!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Very good waiter was great

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Chef Susan has blossomed in some of her new food choices. I love her ability to offer deliciously prepared staple entrees with such creative and amazing specialty items sprinkled throughout the menu. Perfect experience yet again !!!!

Tags: Organic, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Joan’s is always awesome. Hands down, The absolute BEST steak tartare in the Twin Cities - and we’ve searched extensively.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I eat out 400+ meals a year and Joan’s is #1 in my world period. Sorry moly the beat food and people.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We celebrated my husbands birthday. The food was delicious and the service superb. We will definitely visit again.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This is our favorite restaurant. We have eaten at Joan's five times in the past 18 months and in each instance the food and service has surpassed our expectatations. The menu changes frequently and each time we have visited the food has been amazing. We love the ambience and friendly vibe at Joan's and look forward to our next dinner there.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Joan’s never disappoints- excellent food made thoughtfully and with love. You can taste how much Joan and Susan love their business and share their joy with all who enter. Best restaurant...period. ❤️

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Joan's in the Park never disappoints; the food is always inventive and tasty and the service is great.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Awesome service with a diverse menu. The staff was attentive and able to fully explain the menu. My meal was perfect I highly recommend the Pork Shank

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Chose Joni's for our annual upscale holiday family dinner with our two adult children. First time there. Loved everything about it. Quaint atmosphere, attentive service, a menu with just the right amount of choice..but every one was a great option, great cocktail selection, appropriate price to portion ratio. On our way out the door, Joan caught us to personally thank us for coming...loved that! Will go back, especially in the summer to try out their patio. It was a very special night and Joan's played their part perfectly.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Once again, Joan's hit the mark for a great evening of good cocktails, nice wine and several phenomenal courses of food. They are consistently excellent here, and the staff and owners alike seem to delight in making our experience the best it can be. Tables are close and it can get a bit loud but it is so worthwhile.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Quiet night at Joan’s, before the holidays. Not my favorite table - kind of in the corner, but it was quiet and warm. Daniel is a great waiter - attentive and friendly. We only had appetizers and wine with bread - All was fine.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food and service at this neighborhood gem are outstanding. You will not be disappointed if you book a reservation here. We will be going back soon!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

It has been a while since I have raved to my friends that “I just had the best meal ever!” But I did just that after we dined here. From the friendly waiter who easily bantered with us, to the table side visit by both the owner and the chef, to the fabulous food. Don’t forget the signature brown butter pudding for dessert, they make sure you get every last bit. Don’t hesitate to enjoy this gem of a restaurant!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The best meal we've enjoy in quite some time and the organic roast chicken (and cranberry sweet sauce) was a once in a lifetime event......but we'll definitely be back. [Everyone should know that you won't find a better meal anywhere else on the planet. OK, too boastful, anywhere in the northern hemisphere]

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 15, 2017

This is my favorite place in the Twin Cites. Never disappointed!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fun
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Quite speedy for the food served. Delicious but small portions.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

The waitress insisted on describing the two meat specials to me in detail despite my telling her twice that I won't be eating meat, which was troublesome for a non-meat eater. The food service was very rushed with the first course arriving right after our wine was served and then the main course was served while still eating the first course. Not sure why the timing of the meal was so off as we did not request fast delivery. My kale caesar salad was delicious but way too salty. I have always heard raves about this restaurant but overall, not impressed with the service or food, especially for the higher end pricing.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 12, 2017

An excellent choice mid week to host a VIP client . An excellent choice all around - can’t wait to return for our anniversary dinner - which we are doing in five days. I’m sure it will be very special - the offerings are extremely well balanced and wine pairings are well thought out. Our server was polite and knowledgeable.
Everything was 5 stars! No doubt one of the best dining experiences in St. Paul if not the twin cities . Thank you !

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I've been to this restaurant 4 or 5 times now and each time the food has been superb. The service is spot on. The place is quite small and the tables a little tight, but the food well worth the squeeze

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Everything we ordered was delicious; the gnocchi for a starter, the chicken and beef cheek with a side of Brussels sprouts - everything was wonderful.
Nice quiet and intimate environment, I’ve already recommended Joan’s to friends!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We had the wild boar special with shaved black truffles. This dish was a Special for the evening, and was it ever special !! My toes curled on how delicious it was. Chef Susan came to our table and shaved the truffle fresh in front of us !!! Amazing !!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We randomly stopped in here the night we got engaged, we had an appetizer and some drinks. We thought the food and service was amazing. A year later, an entire dinner for date night was perfect. The lobster toast starter was my fiance's favorite, but we also had delicious pork shank and juicy filet with brussel sprouts. It was a perfect night.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Really great local spot. Excellent steaks and menu as a whole. I definitely recommend Joan's!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We are so fortunate to have Joan's in the Park in our neighborhood. Scratch that: in our city. Scratch THAT: in our state. Few restaurants in the Twin Cities have such attention to detail in their cuisine and service. From the time you are welcomed into this warm cozy restaurant, to the wonderful attention of the wait staff, to the unparalleled cuisine delivered by the kitchen: this is a wonderful restaurant and a jewel in our community. We always turn first to this place for special occasions. As always, our experience at Joan's was terrific. Thank you.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The food and service was very good, it has always been so. Thank you, Joan's, for adding some class to our neighborhood!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 22, 2017

If the food improves, this could be a good place. The food is poor relative to the price.

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