Downtowner Woodfire Grill

4.6
2438 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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Service was almost none existent. Had to ask for a server for everything.

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

Easter Saturday. Loved it!

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

Great food and amazing service!

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere and service are great but the food is a little disappointing for the price. The food quality is there but the value isn't.

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F
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. But I was surprised at home American the food was. It’s not really Persian at all. That said. Everything was delicious and reasonably priced

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m in love with this place. It’s me and my friends new spot off West 7th. I wish more people knew about it but! Menu is awesome. Service is amazing (literally so attentive even when clearly busy) knowledgable. Everyone is so genuinely friendly it’s adorable. Love love love.

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LH
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food! Fast and delicious as well. Nice ambiance, quiet. Not a trendy spot for young people but perfect for families!

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C
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I visit the Downtowner I leave very satisfied. Excellent service, food and location. Thank you.

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BC
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service as always! It’s our Friday night hangout spot ... the halibut is wonderful! Dan is the best host and all of the servers are amazing!

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RA
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten at Downtowner many times over the years and I have never had an unpleasant experience. The service is wonderful as is the atmosphere. The menu is varied and the prices are reasonable. It's one of my favorite Twin Cities restaurants.

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with very friendly staff. We were in Minneapolis/St. Paul for the Men's Final Four Basketball tournament. After touring the beautiful St. Paul Cathedral, we enjoyed delicious lunch of wood-fired grilled kebobs...both the beef and the pork were perfect. With delicious basmati rice and vegetable kabos, our meal was very enjoyable. Returned to the hotel for a pre-game nap and went on to the arena to see our team capture the championship title. Thanks, Downtowner Woodfire Grill, for contributing to a perfect visit to the Twin Cities!

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

Great location and FREE parking in downtown StPaul!!

Service is excellent and food was delicious. We are going back again soon!!

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GP
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall a good brunch spot, only critique is we waited a while for service at first. When we did get to put our order in it came fast, fresh and tasted amazing.

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KD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was great. The service level of the server was just not what we’ve experienced in past visits at the Downtowner.

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ET
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a Saturday afternoon lunch, were seated right away. Quick service, food was wonderful.

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E
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to have breakfast at the Downtowner to celebrate a family birthday. It was fantastic. Our server was so friendly and patient with our large group. The food was delicious. We will definitely be back.

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DD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome dinner - great food and value! Highly recommended!

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CM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at Downtowner Woodfire Grill for my husband and I. Our meal was great, service very attentive and we also appreciated the parking. We will definitely be back next time we are in St. Paul.

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AD
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfortable environment, great staff, amazing food!

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EL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I was impressed with the patience and pleasantness of the waiter during the very long time my friend and I spent talking, eating and drinking wine. My friend wasnt. She felt his wishes that we hurry it up. Too bad because we weren't holding a table needed by others. There were empty tables.He probably should have turned the table over to someone else so he could go home.

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FM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful as usual, but the popover put this experience at 12 stars!!

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LP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was extremely courteous & helpful in giving us a table in a quieter setting and when they found out we were celebrating a special birthday they went over the top to make sure we had a pleasant experience! Love the atmosphere - so cozy & inviting - recommend it highly!

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P
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server and service was excellent. First time we had breakfast here, choices were outstanding, something for everyone. Sage our server was very personable and related to our group in many different ways, her birthday was on the same date as the birthday we were celebrating and she owned a cat which related to another guest. Overall would return for breakfast and dinner again.

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MF
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trisha did her usual outstanding job.

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R
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Disappointed in our dinner here. Very very smoky interior (and yes, I know it's a woodfire grill). Overpowering smoky smell. Food was marginal.

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JR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a good dinner before heading to the Xcel Energy Center.

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LM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful spot to eat before a concert at the xcel.

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NA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We love this restaurant for its casual elegance and woodsy grill smells!
A great spot for conversations too. We’ve always enjoyed the food - the 4 of us had completely different meals and were happy.

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CW
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I love the ambiance. Feels like being in a ski lodge. Service was good. Food was fine, but our dishes didn’t come out as advertised. The smoked scallop ceviche had bits of shrimp but no discernible scallops and there was not anything smoky about it. The filet said it came with smoked wild mushroom butter. It did come with butter on top, but I wouldn’t have been able to tell you there was anything mushroom or smoked about it. I had horseradish mashed potatoes and my son had garlic mashed potatoes, but they tasted the same and not much flavor of either. I would encourage them to actually have some bold flavor if they are going to put it on their menu. Disappointing misses given the price.

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great burger. My wife had lamb that was very good.

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JW
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We love Woodfire but this evening the food was just ok. The woodfired chicken was dry and the steak salad had a substandard cut of steak. Not the usual great food we have come to expect.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
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 on March 23, 2019
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 on March 23, 2019
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 on March 23, 2019
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
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
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 on March 23, 2019
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 on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
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 on March 23, 2019
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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