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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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4.7

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 (59)
Neighborhood Gem (56)
Good for a Date (46)
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Good for Anniversaries (46)
Fit for Foodies (40)
Cozy (37)
Creative Cuisine (35)
Romantic (35)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Worth the Drive (25)
Local Ingredients (20)
Notable Wine List (20)
Authentic (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Bar Seating (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Business Meals (11)
Fun (11)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Casual (8)
Healthy (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Organic (7)
Seasonal (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
People Watching (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was great and perfectly prepared. Service was wonderful. Thanks, Dan

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

We go to joan's often and are never disappointed. The food is always tasty and creative. The service is friendly and consistent.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

Joan and staff make it a very personable experience. It has a very neighborly feel, that you are part of the area no matter where you came from. It's a gem.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 13, 2018

The food is delicious! Service is on point, she even used a crumber to our table. It is a very small restaurant, cozy. Definitely recommend making reservations.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Enjoyed a really tasty meal with great cocktails to start and a lovely warm atmosphere for conversation. The chef, owner, and chef's daughter (our waitress) all made us feel especially well taken care of. The food was exquisite. We'll definitely be back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 10, 2018

wasn't so sure about this before i went. The food was over the top and its a great romantic spot.
I sat by a window and was a bit cold but I would do this over and over again. Food was so good! I will return as we loved it !

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We dined early which was a good thing as the noise level escalated as the evening progressed! Our waiter Dan was very accommodating as one of guests had some gluten free restrictions. Overall it was a pleasant experience!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Food is phenomenal, service wonderful. Just a great neighborhood restaurant that serves unique we'll crafted fare

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Joan's NEVER disappoints!! Worth every penny + leftovers!!
Thank you for a wonderful experience!! We love this place!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We were blown away with the flavors in every item ordered. We will definitely go back again.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Still one of the best restaurants in the state of Minnesota! Very friendly and enthusiastic service that really cares about their customers.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

What a gem this place is! Small, but beautiful. The food was exceptional. The service was friendly and accommodating. Reservations are a MUST. We cannot wait to go back.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Amazing! Everything was amazing!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Joan's is absolutely our favorite place to celebrate special events and be with favorite people. Always great food and special service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Super as always!!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Absolutely LOVE this place. Outstanding food, wine and service. Joan's on the park is one of our favorite restaurants. Not a bad drive from mpls and well worth it. Outstanding

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Omaha)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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 ?

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Wonderful food as usual, always enjoy dining there. I had the scallops and lobster salad and they were great, my husband had the fish of the day and that was also delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Friendly, romantic, and delicious. Great atmosphere.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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 12, 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 12, 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 9, 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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vip
 (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 5, 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 5, 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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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 4, 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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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 30, 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 30, 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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