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About Downtowner Woodfire Grill
"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.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
American, Persian, International
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:00am, Saturday: 7:00am - 12:00pm, Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday-Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Sunday 2:00pm - 9:00pm Monday 3:00pm-10:00pm Tuesday - Thursday 3:00pm - 10:30pm Friday-Saturday 3:00pm-11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Sunday breakfast is accompanied with live piano.
Large parking lot across the street from the restaurant and 1/2 block west from restaurant on Walnut Street.
Bus stop at the corner of our block.
Private Party Facilities:
A room off the back of the dining area offers privacy for meetings/ special events. The room seats 20-34 people, has a fireplace, av equipment, and customized menus for your group.
Private Party Contact:
Robert: (651) 228-9500
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Downtowner Woodfire Grill Ratings and Reviews
We have been to the Downtowner a number of times before Wild hockey games and other events. Usually the food is good and sometimes very good. This time, however, the food was poor and the service was worse. Our server was inattentive, slow and seem to be put out that we would request refills on soda and maybe a second drink. The steak in my salad was cold and half of the piece was fat. I was unable to cut it. When I finally flagged down our server and asked to send the steak back for being cold and fatty, he rather arrogantly informed me that medium rare was cold. I know my steak and a good medium rare is warm and grilled on the outside with the middle still pink but warm. If I want cold I ask for rare. Again, just the attitude was enough for me to cut his tip in half. All in all, we won't be back for quite some time.
I took my in-laws here for a Christmas present. They were visiting from RI. They have dined in some of the finest restaurants in Boston, New York, France, and St. Martin, as well as other places. They were impressed by the atmosphere ( we got a table in front of the fireplace), the service, and the food. We had a fabulous experience and I earned bonus points with the mother and father-in-law!
Enjoyed our dining experience immensely. Dined before a Wild game. We visited over a couple cocktails. They make a great Lemon Drop Martini!! There are many delicious options on the menu, however we both chose the daily specials. One was Scallops & the other was Sea Bass. They were served with mashed potatoes, carrots and tri-colored cauliflower. It was perfectly prepared and had fantastic flavor. Our waitress was very attentive & the host/manager stopped over to check on us a couple times also. Wonderful place that we will continue to visit.
Typically have enjoyed The Downtowner in the past. Not so much this time. Food took longer than it should have. When it arrived, the pasta was missing the chicken, and the potatoes and veg on my steak were cold. Replacement potatoes were even colder. Server was good, but apologized a lot for the kitchen issues.
Pan prepared bread crumb dusted Walleye was the best we have ever had. Chicken noodle soup was very fresh with lots of good vegetables and light not too salty broth. We ate here for lunch with a 50% customer occupancy so it was easy to converse. Great service with seasoned staff. Love the wood fire smell from the kitchen as well and the gas log fireplace in the middle of the main dining area. We will be back soon .
We had dinner at the Downtowner with Family from out of town - great place to sit, relax with a good glass of wine and catch up. Nice atmosphere with great service! Everybody at the table enjoyed their food- from the wood fired pizza to the lamb and chicken.
We were caught in traffic and called to let them know we would not make our reservation but they were able to save our table for us ! Not many restaurants will go out of their way to save your reservation even when you’re late.
The food is always delicious; we had the steak kebab with basmati rice and vegetables and the steak was deliciously seasoned. Also they have ice cream after dinner drinks so fun to go back in time and have a grasshopper ! Some of you may remember those .
We were headed to a Wild game. Wanted more than a sports bar, but no need for full on evening dining. Though the Woodfire would be a great date night, as the decor shows it is not a sports bar. Our server was wonderful, attentive without smothering. The food was delicious and hot when it reached the table.
We saw sports attendees, business dinners and a few happy hour gatherings. Really a nice discovery.
We started out with a great evening, but unfortunately a large and extremely noisy group came later. Half way through our dinner, a large group with a number of loud, young children arrived and it became difficult for the three of us to have a conversation. The manager was very good, offered to let us move but at that time we were almost finished with our meal. He then offered to give us each a free dessert and his very sincere apology for the noise level.
We do intend to go back again because the food is wonderful!
We chose the Downtowner Woodfire Grill for lunch with relatives we had not seen for a long time because we knew the food was good, but even more because the atmosphere was casual, quiet, and not pushy. We were able to talk and laugh and enjoy their wonderful food and had an overall wonderful time. The menu has good choices for all, and the great fireplace and aromas of great food make it a very appealing place.
We were looking forward to trying the Downtowner after many positive reviews. Unfortunately, it was not a place any of us will return to. Three of the six of us had halibut and salmon which were overcooked and very dry. The Basmati rice and mashed potatoes on the side were also very dry. The only good thing on the plates were the carrots but those are hardly worth the $30+ price tag. The other three in our group had pork chops and lamb with marginal results. The ambience here is nice but not as cozy as we thought it would be. The location is great and it's a good spot to go with a group; however, I would not return. There are plenty of other good spots with much better food. Disappointed!
The Downtowner has a cozy atmosphere. The decor is very comfortable. Our service was great. We were were there to eat before heading to a MN Wild game. The food was delicious. I highly recommend their kabobs. They marinate the meat before cooking. Very tasty! Everyone in our party of four enjoyed their food and said they would return to this restaurant.
We hadn't been to the Downtowner in years. We forgot how much we used to love this restaurant! It will be on our regular rotation from now on. The calamari appetizer is a must. The beef kabobs are delicious as is the apple-pear crisp. Service was accommodating to our kids and friendly!
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