Downtowner Woodfire Grill

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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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BP
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

No “ Woodfire” real flavor. Presentation crappy, butter soaked rice crappy. Guacamole really good tho. Server in major hurry. Nice place tho

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Food, service great. Nice table by fire place. Best atmosphere. Very nice evening.

b
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the nicest reataurants in the area. Parking lot next door. Nice decor.

M
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to the Downtowner a few times recently for brunch and dinner. The food is consistently very good and the service is great. Love the atmosphere too. Highly recommend it.

RW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Haven’t been there in quite awhile. Was quite surprised how much things had changed from our last visit. Food was outstanding; prices and portions a good value; our server was superb and ambiance was great!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!! Such a neat atmosphere and the service was outstanding! Food is excellent!

RW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We made a reservation but still got stuck by the kitchen when other, better tables were available. Food was ok but nothing memorable. The staff did a very fine job. First time to be there, and probably the last.

S
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food friendly service truly a enjoyable place to have a relaxing evening .

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love your food, your staff and MOE!!!!!!! (:

NK
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was super and made a GREAT Cosmo as well!!

DG
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Lamb Chops and Caesar salad were fabulous. Pinot Noir was a very nice selection. Friendly place and smells great when you walk in.

BM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday. The service was very good and the food was exceptional!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool to see the proprietor working there during brunch and making sure everything is just right. Well run operation.

DL
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never let us down in 30-40 years, ever since Moe was cooking over the grill himself in the tiny first place.

JM
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place has consistently amazing service and great breakfast food! They take large party reservations as well, so it’s become a staple for our family get togethers.

CG
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently a great experience. One of my favorite go-to places!

C
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Woodfire Grill before for breakfast and loved it. This time it was for lunch and the meatloaf special was delicious. Service was friendly and prompt. Will be back.

DS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant in all aspects … Highly recommended

M
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food excellent as always. The shrimp, Calamari, veggie appetizer was particularly delicious.

AM
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a nice place to gather with family and friends. The food is always delicious and the service is always great.

TG
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Downtowner Woodfire Grill is one of our favorite spots to dine before going to events in downtown Saint Paul. The food is satisfying and tasty; the service is prompt, and the ambiance is just right for a dinner date.

t
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

ALWAYS top shelf!

r
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived earlier than our reservation on a concert night. We were seated in the bar immediately which was fabulous. Food and service were excellent despite the crowd.

KF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in charge of finding a restaurant before our concert and I came across this place. It was in walking distance of the venue and had several options for parking. (Some free) We had 8 in our group and we were placed at a round table. Easy to converse with everyone and food was great. I would recommend wearing layers because we were right next to the wood fire and it was considerably warmer. It will be great for the cold Minnesota winter months as I will insist we go back!!

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went to dinner before a concert. The server was nice and efficient. Our wine glasses were never empty, someone was always quick to fill us up when they got low. I got the halibut special, it was very good. We were seated next to the fireplace which was very cozy.

M
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Absolutely! We had dinner there before a concert at the Excel. It was a great way to unwind before the show. We were able to park in the lot and then walk 2 blocks to Excel, avoiding the need to move the car to one of the overpacked ramps. The service was welcoming and the food was great.

GH
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, food was very tasty, perfect time for us.

LH
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The breakfast menu at the Downtowner Woodfire Grill is extensive and interesting. Our food was delicious and nicely presented. The room is great and was perfect for a rather blustery and wet day outside.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and good service. Our waiter could have been a little more attentive as we ran out of water a few times and he brought our son a special birthday dessert (which we did appreciate) but he neglected to ask anyone else if they wanted dessert - We had to ask him for dessert menus.

KD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was really good, and while wait times were quite long, it was worth it. Service was scarce but good as the staff were friendly and helpful. Liked the atmosphere and ambiance as well

OT
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite places in St Paul.

PM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast for a group of 10. Watching the marathon

Thanks

SH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been there lots of times before it's still awesome

CN
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very elegant and ambient. Excellent, tasteful menu and setting

BT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time eating at this restaurant and I was blown away! Ambiance was great, service and food was exceptional!

CS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great setting, very rich, comfortable dining room. The crab cakes, artichoke dip, and ceviche were excellent. Our waitress was a bit aloof but prompt and professional throughout the meal.

Our party had mixed reviews on the entrees. The rib-eye was fantastic, as was a shrimp dinner salad. However, the fire-roasted chicken was a big disappointment after the amazing starters. The chicken was well-seasoned but very dry and the plain rice (with 5 pieces of assorted vegetables) did nothing to offset the dryness.

Don't forget to finish the meal with a great cup of coffee and the Apple-pear Crisp!

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great atmosphere. It felt very welcoming. Great service. I’m coming back and I think I’ll make it my spot for Sunday’s brunch /breakfast. Thank you!

CR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant servers were friendly . Went for breakfast the food was great

MS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had made Open Table reservations for The Downtowner for an early dinner before the Luke Combs concert at Xcel Center. We were seated immediately and had an outstanding server. He was helpful with our menu options and selections. For appetizers, we started with crab cakes and bruschetta - both were very good. Fresh flatbread that was warm and delicious prior to our steak entrees. Yummy mashed potatoes and steaks cooked to order. If we’re back in the area, we’ll be back to try the wood fired pizzas.

m
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and fantastic service. Our go to place in St. Paul.