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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.

253 7th Street West
Saint Paul, MN 55102
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Persian, International

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast:
Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:00am, Saturday: 7:00am - 12:00pm, Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday-Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner:
Sunday 2:00pm - 9:00pm Monday 3:00pm-10:00pm Tuesday - Thursday 3:00pm - 10:30pm Friday-Saturday 3:00pm-11:00pm

Cross Street:
Chestnut/ Walnut

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(651) 228-9500

Website:
http://www.downtownerwoodfire.com/

Entertainment:
Sunday breakfast is accompanied with live piano.

Parking Details:
Large parking lot across the street from the restaurant and 1/2 block west from restaurant on Walnut Street.

Public Transit:
Bus stop at the corner of our block.

Executive Chef:
Jefferey White

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

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (51)
Good for Anniversaries (44)
Special Occasion (43)
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Cozy (38)
Business Meals (37)
Pre/post Theatre (33)
Good for Groups (31)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Quiet Conversation (29)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Comfort Food (26)
Casual (26)
Romantic (25)
Worth the Drive (20)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Happy Hour (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Great for Brunch (13)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Healthy (11)
Authentic (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Fun (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Live Sports (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
People Watching (5)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Great Beer (3)
Live Music (2)
Scenic View (2)
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour
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·Dined 5 days ago

Enjoy the whole evening! Great ambiance, nice selection of cocktails and food! Good prices! I would go back!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

Both the garlic mashed potatoes & chicken fettuccine were quite dry.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Lovely lunch ...sat near fire place as requested through open table reservation. Owner acknowledged my name and sat us. My first time there, I'll be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great atmosphere & great food! One of our favorite places to eat. We’ll be back!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Met friends for dinner. We had a nice table with window to street that was cozy and pleasant. The wait person was attentive. The food was good and all parties were happy with their selections.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

good food and good ambiance, server was attentive. Food is a bit higher priced than other restaurants in the area, but certainly better food than the bar type food that is around.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 29, 2017

we arrived early for our reservation on a concert night and then felt ptessure to get out early. other than that, it was good.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Downtowner Woodfire Grill is my favorite restaurant in St. Paul. I've never been disappointed!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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 .

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Cozy, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great service and value. Food was wonderful. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Tags: Disabled Access, Business Meals
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 21, 2017

What a nice place to meet friends, have pleasant conversation without having to raise our voices over background noise, enjoy great ambiance and good food.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Consistently high quality food, service and atmosphere. Delightful

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Our waiter was exceptional and it was extremely busy right before the MN Wild Game on a holiday week.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We always enjoy the Downtowner because of the great food and the great staff.
It's easy access for a person using a walker. Parking is easy, too.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Had a great breakfast Sunday morning. Greek Scramble and Wisconsin omelet were perfect. Coffee was second to none. Enjoyed the live piano as well.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was ok but a bit off on our last visit. Cold mashed potatoes & a skimpy portion of vegetables... must have run out of dinner rolls as they served plain naan as a substitute... it wasn’t the usual great dinner we have previously experienced.

Tags: Cozy, People Watching, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was just ok. We ordered halibut and steak. Both were bland. The potatoes tasted instant. We would not go again

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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 .

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great service and excellently prepared food. Both steak and lamb were juicy and cooked to order.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

As always, Woodfire Grill meets our expectations! We dine many times per year there before the MN Wild games - I have recommended it to others & will continue to dine there.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Live Sports, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Our group had a pizza, the walleye sandwich and beef tips on skewers. All were delicious.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Had a wonderful experience, really loved the man who was greeting/seating people that day.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Mediocre food at best. We ordered crab cakes as an appetizer and they came out in about 5 minutes - food obviously is not made to order.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was fair. The rice was dry and the fish was fair.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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!

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

This wasn't my first time at Downtowner's, and they never disappoint!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

crab cakes average. salad very good. Fries not very crispy, burger very good. Sunday evening, so not very busy.—maybe this is why ambience seemed only fair. and decor seems a little outdated

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The Downtowner is my go-to place when friends or relatives come from out-of-town. The Sunday breakfast is especially great because there is a pianist that plays your favorite standards. The service is great as is the food. Love this restaurant!

Tags: Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Live Music
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food at the Downtowner is consistently good. Our group had the sirloin, tenderloin, tenderloin kabob, and fish. Everything was cooked to perfection and had lots of flavor. Our server was very helpful in recommending drinks.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great place to grab dinner before heading to a Wild game.

Tags: Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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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