Downtowner Woodfire Grill

4.6
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$30 and under
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American
"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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4.6based on recent ratings
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HS
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best place in town for a business lunch, bar none.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

MF
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trish and everyone including Tori are the BEST!

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always....a great breakfast at the Downtowner.
Warm greetings by Tori & Moe.
Our favorite server Laura, is always exceptional.
Great food, service, & music.
Kay

AG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Meal was fabulous. Everyone enjoyed what they ordered and waitstaff was very attentive.

L
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was cozy and slightly fancy, service was prompt, and food was delicious! I’d definitely recommend for many types of gathering or a quiet date night. The beef kabob meal and Greek pizza were both very good.

CN
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fine dining experience. Will for sure be back again

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very impressed with the Downtowner. We got there early and we got into a nice spot. The food was less expensive than expected for a nice place on Valentine's Day. Thank you all that made it a nice night on a special occasion.

TB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my husband for Valentine's day and it was wonderful!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

This was our first time dining here. The service was a little slow but it was also Valentines Day. My meal was cooked perfectly but my wife’s steak was overcooked and dry. Downtowner was good enough to try again.

M
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Nice atmosphere for any meal; we enjoyed the live, light background music that was perfect for Valentine's Day. Great food and cocktails. Our server was just so-so, but that's unusual for the Downtowner.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was the bomb

IT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service great atmosphere. Everything there was lovely and for a decent price

P
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting future In-laws

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my wife. Occasion was acknowledged by host and waiter, and the brought out a special dessert for the occasion on the house!

J
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service impeccable. Warm inviting ambience.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was very slow and spotty. Took over 15 minutes to get our drinks.

AG
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Based off of this last experience, no I would not. I have been there before many times and not had as poor of service as I had on this occasion. We were seated promptly by the host and he also took the first order of drinks. Then we didn't have a waitress come by for 13 minutes. Very poor service this evening and that was before it got busy.
Very slow on the re-order or asking if we want a re-order of drinks and anything else for our table. I felt bad for my business guests that I had brought with the evening.

C
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting menu items, nice atmosphere, free parking (close enough to walk to Ordway or Excel Center)

RC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service. Outstanding food. Nice atmosphere. Love the Downtowner Woodfire Grill!

BB
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

We were surprised at how slow the service was. Hadn’t experienced that before. The food was not up to its usual greatness. We ordered mussels and they were mealy. My lamb kebabs were good but my food was not hot. I hope this experience was an anomaly.

CC
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The atmosphere at Downtowner with the open kitchen is great. As you walk in, you are immediately enticed by the aromas from the woodfire grill that proliferate the restaurant. As at least one other reviewer has noted, the host is grouchy - but you only see him for 30 seconds, so who cares? The food came out a bit slower than I would have preferred, and the place does seem a little pricey - but it is downtown St. Paul so that can be expected. Overall, we would be happy to recommend this place and would definitely make a stop back here on our next trip.

m
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I’ll be back. Nice place for sure. Good value for dinner and drinks.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dinner at the Downtowner. Our waiter was great, very personable and knowledgeable of the menu.

OT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Our server gave us water and didn't come back to our table for about 25 minutes. We had to find another server to locate our server. After that, the service was great.

J
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

2 of three of Our meals were outstanding but My pork chops were although very tasty were very tough.

JB
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful date night at the Downtowner! It was our first time and we will definitely be back! We both had the sirloin, it was delicious. Mine was cooked medium and wes perfect. The other was cooked medium rare and was a little chewy, but good. The roasted veggies and garlic mashed were great. Our server was professional and attentive. Loved the ambiance! Definitely recommend!

m
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place - casual yet elegant. A little on the pricey side but great for a special occasion- will visit again.

L
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent steak!

SV
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The waitress was fine. The food was fine as well but not extraordinary.

e
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT SERVICE, GREAT FOOD AND THE PRICES ARE GREAT CONCERNING THE QUALITY OF FOOD. I HAD THE SIRLOIN AND IT WILL COMPARE WITH MANY FIVE-STAR RESTAURANTS.
THE WAITRESS WAS FRIENDLY AND VER ATTENTIVE.

MS
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The asparagus omelet is amazing. We had quick courteous service and our food came out in a timely manner.

c
Minneapolis
80 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best dining experience from the host at the door to the server(David) to the most delicious food! The table we requested by the fireplace added to the ambiance. A great birthday celebration on a snowy, cold winter evening.

PR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The ambiance and woodfire smell were beautiful. A lot of free parking as well. The service was great. The lamb kabob was good per my husband.
I had a chicken sandwich and fries. The fries were fantastic. The chicken sandwich, however, was not good at all. It was gristly, a very small portion, and cold. I was looking forward to the brioche bun only to have it be really cold like it was microwaved from frozen. It looked like someone tried to grill it, but there was no fat base with which to grill it so was just some char marks on a dry bun.
Overall, I would not go back.

UM
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful place to meet friends for brunch. Good food, good drinks, and quiet enough to hold a conversation. Wait staff is outstanding!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

I am usually a huge fan, tonight must have been a very off night. Service was very slow. For example from the time our checks were dropped to the time she ran our cards 23 minutes passed.
Unfortunately, the food was very dry 😔 Bad night for the grill.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

T
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Our waiter was not interested in being at work at all. He basically didn’t even have people skills and should not be serving. He didn’t even bring a basket of bread to our table, when everyone around us was getting it. I am sure the Downtowner is a great place to eat, however, when you have less than good service, it makes the whole experience not enjoyable.

c
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Warm ambience on a cold night. Service was excellent. Had the scallop special. The scallops were good, but not wonderful. The sides and salads were great!!

DK
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great escape for dinner pre-Wild game! Had the woodfired pizza...delicious!!