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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

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (56)
Good for Anniversaries (46)
Special Occasion (43)
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Business Meals (41)
Pre/post Theatre (39)
Cozy (39)
Good for Groups (33)
Comfort Food (30)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
Romantic (30)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Casual (27)
Worth the Drive (22)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Great for Lunch (19)
Great for Brunch (17)
Fun (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Authentic (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Healthy (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Live Sports (5)
Seasonal (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
People Watching (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Great Beer (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Music (2)
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

This restaurant cares more about their business in a good and established location than they do, about their customers and the quality of what comes out of the kitchen.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

This was our first time at Downtowner. Love the atmosphere, and is easy to get to. Good menu selections. we were there for lunch. After we received our glass of wine, after waiting for 35 minutes, I had to get up and find our server and ask her to come take our order. Once that occurred, she was very attentive.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Wonderful experience, good drinks, food, staff. Perfect.

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food5
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great time

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·Dined on January 12, 2018

This was our first time and it will NOT be our last! Our food was amazing and our service was perfect! See you soon!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Always a great place to eat. Good service and food.

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Rack of lamb was great as always . Steaks are cooked well but under seasoned for my liking. Overall good food , fast , and and good service !

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The Downtowner is one of our go-to restaurants for reliably great food, service and atmosphere. It never disappoints.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We celebrated my fiancé's birthday with friends. The Downtowner is his favorite restaurant. Very good food, always exceptional service, and a gracious host.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee
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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Wonderful attentive service. Food was prepared perfectly. Can’t wait to visit again.

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food4
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years Eve

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Mushroom dip....OMG...the best!
Also had the swordfish which was extremely tasty.
All employees work together in running food, bussing tables, and is just run like a well oiled machine.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food, warm atmosphere and great service! In one of the coldest days of the year, it was great to walk in and feel welcome.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Always good food and service. Close to Excel for concert goers.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This was our first time at this restaurant and we were NOT disappointed. The first thing we noticed was the quiet.....we could hear each other talk. The food was delicious......we both had skewers.....very healthy. Our server was friendly and efficient and made great recommendations. The décor is very lovely. The onsite parking is a bonus.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Sat in a nice corner booth with a view of 7th Street and the fireplace. Our server was helpful and attentive. Food was amazing - A good bottle of wine, Buffalo Shrimp appetizer, beef tenderloin and an adult ice cream drink to finish it off.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Romantic
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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was good. Service was really slow. My meat came purple rare when I ordered medium, manager made rude comment to me about meat temperature when I asked that it be fired a bit more, but he did it.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

The chilren's menu was good and a great value. Adults, not so much. The dinner menu listed all items (or maybe most) accompanied by grilled veggies, a joke. The veggie quantity was hardly a garnish. The grilled meat skewers were OK, with a huge quantity of rice, or tasteless mashed potatoes upon request. The gluten free items were plainly marked, but there was only one GF appetizer. The server got several orders wrong, otherwise OK. I expected more flavorful food.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Nice fireplace helps the ambiance in the winter. NY strip steak was a little flavorless and over cooked, but still good overall. Swordfish kabob had great flavor, only downside was it was a little dry. Basmati rice was delicious.

Server was friendly and attentive. Didn't know the wine menu well but was helpful in brining out two bottles to read the labels.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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food4
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

It was a good place to have a Christmas eve afternoon meal before going to church.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 24, 2017

My husband and I have been here for dinner and brunch several times. The food is great, service has always been friendly and timely and Dan greeting us when we arrive starts the experience off just right. We will continue to go back.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Always love the downtown. I wish all restaurants would stop using prepackaged lettuce. I know it's easier but am tired of picking black slime lettuce out of my salads.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fun
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Bummed...usually excellent food and service. 1/2 of our food was cold...got our food before the bottle of wine we ordered.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We were celebrating a friend’s birthday and everything was perfect, including the complimentary piece of cake. Our server, Amy, was extraordinary - attentive but not intrusive. And our food was incredibly delicious. The Downtowner is, by far, my favorite restaurant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for Groups, Healthy
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Celebrated my Mother's 92nd birthday. Lovely setting, great for all ages (we had from age 3 to 92 at our table) . Servers were very attentive and enthusiastic. Went last year too!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Fun, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Our service was excellent, I had the soup of the day which was delicious. Little disappointed in the bruschetta but overall very good experience

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

We had a fantastic waiter who tended to all of our needs. He was fun and so friendly. Made our experience a great one. Thanks , Jesse

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I thought the food was unremarkable. I was hoping for some really good kabobs, mediocre and they had squash soup on the menu... which was bland and cold. The server was so so, the only thing I thought it had going for it was the fireplace. Other than that... meh!

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Our waiter Matt was very fun to work with. He was quite knowledgeable in the menu and the gluten-free options available. We were there just a little over 2 hours and we're never overlooked by any of the staff. Had a great time.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Very nice ambiance and the reception and table service were exceptional. Added plus was the free parking adjacent to the restaurant. Very pleasant dining experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The Downtowner is always a great dinner. Always go there before hockey gaames. The food is wonderful, service always friendly and courteous. Great time.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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 6, 2017

Attentive service and excellent food.

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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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