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Downtowner Woodfire Grill

4.5
2045 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Persian, International
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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
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Phone number
(651) 228-9500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jefferey White
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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.
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Private party contact
Robert: (651) 228-9500
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Chestnut/ Walnut
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Parking details
Large parking lot across the street from the restaurant and 1/2 block west from restaurant on Walnut Street.
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Public transit
Bus stop at the corner of our block.
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Entertainment
Sunday breakfast is accompanied with live piano.
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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
What 2045 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

We had a group of 10 of us. Overall, the service was good and I always love the ambience, but my friend and I both ordered the walleye sandwich and they came with maybe 4 small chunks of walleye on this awful, cold toasted ciabatta roll that was so stale that we didn't even eat the roll. What little there was of the walleye seemed okay. The fries were just your typical french fries that were okay. The manager came over and asked how everything was and my friend told him what we thought of the sandwich and all he said was, "I'm sorry" and walked away.

The rest of our table seemed okay with their meals but I was so underwhelmed by that meal that I doubt we'll go back.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was good but not outstanding. Overall feeling was a bit tired; menu and ambience

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Celebration of 4 years since our first date at the Downtowner and tonight was our first night back- this time with our 4 month old boy! So much fun and a great time at the Downtowner as always!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Our service was wonderful but our food was mediocre. We went there because we had a $20 dollars off reward. We both ordered fettuccine. I suspect their pizza is better. I did have a delicious bowl of vegetable soup and my husband’s salad looked very good.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We have met many times to have dinner with friends at the Downtowner. Without exception, we have found the service to be gracious and welcoming, and the food to be consistently first-rate. It is one of our prime choices when deciding where to go out to eat.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had a very nice dinner at the Woodfire Grill. The atmosphere is wonderful and it’s very easy to converse with others at your table. The food never disappoints! This was my mom’s favorite restaurant and we go there every year on the anniversary of her death as a way of remembering her. Glad she picked such a fantastic restaurant as her favorite!!

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food was good, but not a big selection for Easter brunch. The last two visits have been disappointing. I took clients there and the service was very slow and they were not very busy. The service was also lacking on Easter. We waiting for 15 minutes before even getting a drink order placed. Good if you're not in a hurry!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Simply Outstanding - For years one of our favorite spots.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great atmosphere and the service was outstanding! Will definitely be back to dine again!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Wonderful food as always; great service and a charming place for any meal. Great place to see friends since everyone enjoys the Downtowner!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

On line reservation worked smoothly for a very nice occasion.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Thank you! Great food and lightening fast waitress. Loved the piano music.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Joined our family for Easter breakfast here. Nice table by the window, easy to converse, didn't feel rushed, server friendly and efficient. Loved the breakfast menu. It made the choice hard -- in a good way -- because of the variety. Something for everyone's taste. Plenty to eat without having too much. We were all members of the "clean plate club!"

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This was our first visit here and it was for my husband's birthday. They were very accommodating as we had a sleeping toddler in a car seat. Food was tasty. Scallops and steaks were good. If you like your steak rare or medium rare, we found the chef tends to err on the side of less done. Dessert was good too. We would return.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We celebrated three birthdays at the Downtowner last week. As always, the food was great, the service warm, friendly and efficient, and the atmosphere conducive to quiet conversations. We had a baby in our group and our server (and other diners) were wonderfully patient with the minor accommodations we required. This is such a nice neighborhood restaurant. I recommend it for all casual yet upscale dining. We prefer coming here for late lunches and we're never disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Pre Wild Game. Your parking situation is a big reason why we make reservations here.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We really enjoyed our meals. I had the New Zealand chops which were fantastic. My wife's steak was perfect. The service was great. Our server David knew every detail of every dish. Highly recommend this place !!!!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We were a table of 7 and the server,Annalise, was amazing! She’d actually waited on us a year before and we were wowed by her great service and delightful personality. Food was delicious and perfectly prepared. No one was disappointed.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The service as slow and we had to ask the manager to find our server so we could pay. Even though it was clear we were made wait for some time - there was no acknowledgement by the server which was disappointing.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

I have been to the Downtowner Woodfire Grill numerous time and have always had a good experience. The food quality is consistently good. The cocktails are well crafted and generous and the service is always professional. It is one of my go to places to meet friends or business associates in St Paul.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Didn’t want to be bombarded with St. Paddy’s day stuff in downtown St. Paul - somehow, they managed to make our wish come true :)

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We always eat here when we are in St.Paul the food is great and the servers are always so friendly. I love it

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1.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We were told that they had ran out of bread yet less than 10 minutes later, I saw bread being delivered to tables around us. Bad service, had to ask for water to be refilled.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great server! Went above and beyond to ensure we had a great meal/experience. Food was wonderful

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I enjoyed the food and atmosphere at the Downtowner. It was a great place to meet up with my family members and was kid-friendly. I'd definitely like to come back and have a date there with my husband and enjoy more of the bar scene.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Food was excellent and service was great

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

I loved my sirloin steak and Pinot Noir. The Ceasar was also great.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Perfect pre Wild game dinner, great food, service and ambiance.

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2.0Dined on March 12, 2018

menu wasn't very creative, burger was average. did not think chop salad was very good. Waiter acted like he was doing us a favor...not very personable

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Good but expensive.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Pink concert.

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2018

The service was outstanding. The quality of the food was fair.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

This our "go to" restaurant for all occasions. The food is excellent, the service good, the atmosphere perfect for conversation. We go here for business meetings, lunch with friends and special occasions ... and are never disappointed. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to be treated well in an upscale but comfortable environment.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

As always food was very good. We were seated immediately. It was very busy due to hockey tourney and our server did her best considering she was making drinks at the bar and waiting tables. She was still courteous and did a great job.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

I have been here three times now and each time I feel about the same about it. It's a good place to go before a Wild hockey game if you don't want the chaos of a sports bar on game night. Ambiance is very good but honestly most other things are just OK including the food. For the price I would expect better

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Usually go on Wild Hockey Nights, Need a great meal for myself and clients and cant be waiting too long for food or inattentive server.
Downtowner always delivers with great food and great service. I hated going to the St.Paul Grille just to impress customers and pay twice as much and have a nightmare getting my car and getting to a highway after the game.
Downtowner give a great experience and none of the grief.
Great Maitre D and management.
I have no relationship with them just a continued repetitive smiling experience.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Overall a great dining experience. The atmosphere was nice and relaxing. The food was great and everything we ordered was cooked to perfection. We will definitely be coming back!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We have visited this restaurant many times and never been disappointed! Love the service ambiance.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Love the piano music! Very cozy restaurant. We will be back soon!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Everyone in our party of four loved our entrees! Great service. Great location. Overall, one of our favorite places in SP!

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