Downtowner Woodfire Grill

4.5
2406 reviews
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"simply beyond the ordinary"
"****" - Kathie Jenkins - Saint Paul Pioneer Press

Downtowner Woodfire Grill specializes in Persian fire roasted meats, grilled steaks and chops, and gourmet wood-fired pizzas. The atmosphere is warm & lively offering 2 fireplaces, a full bar with 3 fountains and live jazz. The restaurant offers free parking with convenience to both the Xcel Energy Center & Ordway Theater. Downtowner Woodfire Grill also provides a full menu for breakfast & lunch, and a children's menu. This cozy restaurant serves a great plate as well as provides an experience to savor.
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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my best friend birthday. I pick out this place. We both always trying to out top each other’s. I won this time..we definitely coming back again. Yes

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H
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

My Sirloin Steak was really tough; it needed tenderizing before being cooked. The vegetables that came with it were underwhelming (served on a stick); I was expecting more vegetables.

My wife enjoyed her chicken and she commented on the very small portion of vegetables as well. The complimentary dessert to celebrate our anniversary was a nice touch.

Thankfully it quieted down at 7:30 pm.

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TC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was very good, the service not so much. We would go there again.

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JR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there to celebrate my boyfriends surprise birthday party. The manager knew it was a surprise and he helped get the friends seated prior to our arrival, and then brought us back when we arrived. My BF was so insanely surprised. The service was fantastic. Food was amazing. We will definitely return.

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HW
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

We have been to The Downtowner many times and always loved it. This visit was just okay-mostly because of our server. We aren't sure if he was the bartender and just helping out with tables or what. He never asked us if we wanted another drink or refilled our water. He was just absent most of the time. It was disappointing.

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C
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was so knowledgeable about the food and taste, the ambiance was soothing and relaxing, and the food was great!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

One of our favorite spots to go for a weekend brunch. Ambiance is amazing, food is always at the very least good (a lot of the time it’s way better than good) and selection is really good too.

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K
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our server and our food were great. The host was a bit rude and implied that accommodating our party of 8 was an inconvenience despite us having a reservation.

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f
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good location for a little upscale dining by Xcel Energy Center. Pizzas were very good, could use a couple more beer choices, but overall a good experience.

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DT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A great place to have a lunch meeting...great food, service and atmosphere

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l
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are great! I was slightly disappointed by the size of the cosmopolitan (especially for $10), but everything else was fantastic. The atmosphere was good--even when the place got packed around dinner time with a bunch of Wild fans that were there for the hockey game that night.
Since it was an event night, I parked in the reserved Downtowner parking lot and had to pay $20 for parking... but because I was actually going to the Downtowner, I was given a $20 voucher towards my meal--that's nice that they're able to accommodate that way.

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E
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent and our waiter was fantastic

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AW
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food courses were timely....not rushed. Good presentation of good food. Excellent service.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Concert night with friends.

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DA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Staff is excellent! Great customer service, great food, and a great value!

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r
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Been eating their lampchops for years, good stuff!

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed mimosas and bloody marys at the Sunday brunch. Our omelettes were unique and delicious. I appreciated having multiple healthy options.

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AL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are frequent customers of this great restaurant and brought our friends who are new to St Paul. We love having piano music and the breakfast is always delicious.
Its our favorite place to dine for breakfast.

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nothing too memorable about the experience. Food was just so so at best. Over cooked lamb chops. Mushroom dip app was nothing more than mushrooms with melted mozzarella on top served with stale crackers and pre-made naan bread. Lime pie dessert was inedible. Best thing about the visit was the fireside table. Overall - got the same quality of food as any number of chain "bars and grills" but it took twice as long and cost twice as much - don't see that all the fuss is about.

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TM
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were very good, the bar selection was pretty good.

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BH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice menu, good food, very close to the Ordway Center, where we were attending an opera performance. And it was St. Patrick's day so the area was jammed with people celebrating, yet this restaurant was calm and a bit of an oasis among all the revelers. I'd recommend it, and would go back again. This was my second time there.

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CB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

The only reason I would recommend this restaurant is because we chose the wrong day for our first visit . We had no clue it would be that busy the day before St. Patrick’s Day! The service was fantastic, the host was fantastic. The food was very mediocre, my eggs Benedict, very cold. The ladies restaurant looked like a bus station. I informed the staff however 30 minutes later it was still the same! I appreciate the fact that it was the day before St. Patrick’s Day, however the cleanliness of the ladies room, and the cold food should not have happened.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blake Sheldon concert

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and plenty of time before the hockey game!

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LD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great staff and service. Food very good. We all ended up getting the #6 - add mushrooms. You will not be disappointed!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Medium rare steak order was well done and dry. Good service though!!

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I
Minneapolis
43 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I really love the Downtowner for lunch. It is open, yet private at the same time and the cost is perfect. My only complaint and why I rated the service lower, was because there was no parking available when I first arrived. Two parking spots were snowed in (I know, it's hard this year), but when I came around the block, one did open. If that had not happened, I would have driven to Grand Ave because there were no spots on the street and I wasn't going to pay for ramp parking. Our waitress was tremendous as was the salmon salad on special. Don't ever quit making popovers--I come almost for this reason alone.

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CJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love going to the Downtower before a Wild game, or at any time for that matter. Great food, good service, great prices and menu selection. Great for a nice casual dinner out or for a celebration.

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AG
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and great spot to take my customers! Thank you and again well done!

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KK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely spectacular.
The service was friendly and efficient.
Love this place!!

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BC
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have celebrated good times and life passages at Downtowner for years, always good food, service and lovely setting. Brunch was with musician playing memorable music

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Our server was rude but everything else was great, great food

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OT
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and excellent place!

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy coming here. Recent visit was on a MN state high school hockey tourney night, boy was their parking lot a welcome sight! Service was efficient and friendly as usual, no wait for our expected reservation time, manager on duty was helping at the host stand which is always great for an immediate guest interaction. Very comfy and cozy ambience, good food, pizzas are on the smaller side so be sure to order the half salad add-on with your personal pizza.

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DL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service. Little pricey, but it is worth it for special occasions.

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F
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was very good. It has a warm homey atmosphere with good service.

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D
Minneapolis
35 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food fast service honors reservations always a great place to go before the hockey tournament

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F
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant place with a great atmosphere. Many breakfast choices.

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OT
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual

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z
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service at a reasonable price. Ordered the Cajun Moe breakfast and it was awesome.

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