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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

Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (59)
Good for Anniversaries (47)
Pre/post Theatre (40)
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Cozy (40)
Special Occasion (39)
Business Meals (38)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Romantic (33)
Good for Groups (32)
Comfort Food (30)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Quiet Conversation (28)
Casual (25)
Great for Lunch (22)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Great for Brunch (19)
Worth the Drive (19)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Fun (15)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Authentic (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Tasting Menu (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Healthy (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Great Beer (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Seasonal (4)
Live Sports (3)
People Watching (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Spicy (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 2 days ago

Waitress had too many tables. 3 times we asked what the soup was. Never brought me my salad. Cold mashed potatoes Cold Veggies. Great NYStrip however. Waitress came to table 3/4 of the way thru my steak and told her about them. She offered new potatoes but no veggies. By the time the manager came over we were done eating he only advised how quick they can turn potatoes around. Da. How about just taking them off my bill. Nope. Great steak and desert. We typically go their before MN Wild games. Maybe time for a new choice

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

Ambiance was great. Food was good; not great!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

The Downtowner is one of our favorite places to dine. The best steaks in town.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

Only my second time to dine here, but didnt disappoint. The food was amazing! Love the atmosphere. The fireplace and the smell of food cooking over the fire is so inviting. We will go back next time we are in the area.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined 5 days ago

Service and food was excellent, rice was phenomenal, could use more garlic in the potatoes, but I would take rice next time. The steak and salmon were perfect

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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·Dined 5 days ago

Overall a great meal at a great price close to downtown St. Paul activities

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 7 days ago

Such a nice environment. Quiet enough and tables not too close together so you can have a nice conversation. I tried one of the fire roasted items and was not particularly impressed, but there were many other items on the menu that I will try when I return. Service was very pleasant and not pushy. All this and their own private parking lot beside the restaurant - can't beat it!

Tags: Cozy
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We arrived early but they were able to seat us head of time at a nice table. The atmosphere was lively but comfortable to talk. The amazing aroma of the chef’s delights made ordering difficult. Everything was delicious and the service good. Our waitress had an annoying high pitched theatrical voice but was attentive and did a nice job. I would recommend the place.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Service was average. Waiter was a little scatterbrained. Food tasted good, not prepared as ordered. Steak ordered medium came rare to medium rare. Lamb chops came overdone.
I have had much better meals and service here before.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was just O.K. Not worth the price.
Appetizers was greasy. The scallops were just so so. Mashed potatoes tasted liked boxed.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We had a less than stellar experience at your restaurant. It took almost 10 minutes for us to be greeted and then when we were acknowledged it was really poor. The server did an alright job going over the menu but unfortunately didn’t tell us about the specials. 2 minutes later we heard her telling another table about the specials which we would have ordered but at that point it was too late. Everything was mediocre and nothing was memorable. We won’t be back.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent food, service and ambiance. We will be back.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Lovely atmosphere, great service, quiet and enjoyable. We had the basil/tomato/mozzarella appetizer and the wood grilled chicken with rice. Thought the food was bland. Not bad, just not much flavor. Will go back however - want to try the pizza.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Went here for my birthday, told them that in Open table and mentioned it but no recognition at all. Not a big deal for us but may be for others.
Food, had lamb special and it was wonderful! Had Roasted red pepper soup it was ok.
Son had pizza, and daughter had Fettuccini Alfredo. They both liked it.
Desserts were all very good. Went here as there was variety for us all.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great breakfast/brunch! Beautiful restaurant, great service, piano music and great food! Love this place, we will absolutely be back!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I was very pleased with the ambiance, food and service. I will definitely come back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Very cozy spot, great food and variety for everyone. We we well-taken care if by staff.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Woodfire smells wonderful the second you walk in the door. You are always greeted promptly and cheerfully. Our pear salads were huge, fresh, and wonderful. Free parking next door is a plus!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Great food & service, as always😀

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We got here early and they sat us which was super nice

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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 on January 18, 2018

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 13, 2018

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

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great time

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 (San Francisco)·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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 9, 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 9, 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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 5, 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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Years Eve

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 30, 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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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 30, 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 28, 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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 (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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 (Minneapolis)·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 26, 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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 (Minneapolis)·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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