Had brunch with friends and was pleased with choice, the only drawback/plus was the piano player. While I loved the ambiance the music gave to the experience, being right next to him it was difficult to hear all 8 friends. It had been a long time, we had lots to say. A round table would not been great and to sit away from the piano. Would I go there again? Certainly!
Very good experience, had a moderately large group that arrived at different times, server handled arrivals very well. Dinner was well paced, nice touch that our entire table was served at the same time with multiple servers bringing our groups dishes out. Great range of choices on the menu, I had the Persian grilled, others in my group had steaks that were all perfectly cooked. Will be back.
We love Woodfire Grill!!! However, I was a little surprised our anniversary was not recognized. This was a BIG anniversary this year-10 years. When I booked through open table, I included that information. I was hoping for a little surprise (dessert?) at the end of our meal. It is not about getting something for free but nice to be recognized. We typically spend most anniversaries at Woodfire!
I always like bringing folks from work to the Uptowner Woodfire Grill. The food is very good, it is generally quiet enough to enable conversation, and the service is timely. I recommend it highly.
Group of 5 met here for dinner. Food was very good but in one case, not prepared as ordered. Server was inattentive although she had very few tables.
Mashed potatoes were awesome. Pork chops were dry and a bit tough. Wouldn't go back.
Had a nice, pleasant dinner, but the burger and bun was overlooked. Stick with the wood fired food - the steak and other grilled items tasted great.
The food is always great and the pizzas are excellent. You can always count on the Downtowner for a good time and great food.
Excellent food and excellent service. I will return real soon!
We were meeting with old high school friends from out of town that we haven't seen over a year. We wanted some place nice where we could talk and that had good food. We chose the right place. Had an excellent table looking out on to the street, but it was also reasonably quiet so we could hear each other which is important when you're in your 60's. Our server was very good and made sure we were taken care of without being intrusive. Being I haven't eaten here in several years, I had forgotten how great the food is. Of the 5 of us, we had no complaints and were very satisfied with our entry's and deserts. We will definitely come back in a much shorter time.
We went out to eat in order to be someplace air conditioned, so it wasn't a special occasion, but I would consider this restaurant for one in the future. The restaurant smelled great as we entered. Tables were nicely spaced so we weren't hearing others conversations (we were in a booth). Service was just as we like it--server stopped by often enough for us to know she was paying attention to us, but not so much as to feel intrusive.
We love this place for the good food and atmosphere with very reasonable pricing.
Great food, service, ambiance and value. Good place to catch up with old friends or family over a delicious meal and glass of wine! The filet special was delicious, cooked perfectly ! You can talk easily here, it's not noisy like many restaurants- a warm and intimate environment.
Nice place to linger over dinner and visit with friends.
This place is awesome, great food, great service, great atmophere.
We have been going here for several years, and the Downtowner never fails to please. My Mom and I had the special which was roasted lamb shank. Oh my! It fell off the bone and cut with a fork. The taste was wonderful! There is always friendly service and we are always treated with a smile. Would highly recommend.
We arrived 30 minutes ahead of our reservation and were seated immediately. Very friendly service, the menu had a nice variety of offerings, and our food was delicious. Easy parking across the street and a good choice for dinner after a performance at the Ordway.
The food was excellent, great portion size too, service was a little slow to start, took a while to get our drinks and the bar wasn't even busy. but would definitly go back!!!
We go to the DWG occasionally and they always recognize us and make us feel they are pleased to see us. We love the look of the place and are always happy with the food. All in all, a great place to take friends for a relaxing dinner.
We've been here many times. The food is always delicious and served in a timely manner, not to mention the portions are generous. We had the sirloin and the Persian fire roasted chicken, both were excellent. The atmosphere is more upscale but still appropriate for children and families, the dress ranges from casual to dressy-casual, you won't feel out of place stopping for dinner or a drink after work. Will have to go back for the happy hour!
Good location for Xcel events, great tasting food just be aware the beef and chicken were a bit dry (however the seasoning on both were very good). Nice interior, friendly staff...would try them again.
Our work department met for happy hour after work. The food was absolutely wonderful for $3.00!!!! the martini's were fun to try (again at a bargain of $3.00).. We could hear each other and the food came out quickly. A great find.
Very disappointing meal. Very small portions, especially for an after a day of business meetings. Would not go back. Pricey for quantity and quality.
We enjoyed our lunch, with excellent service. The server introduced us to a few new items not on the menu, and everyone
was very friendly. The food was excellent, and we are interested in returning for an evening adventure.
I hope this experience was an anomaly, because it bore no resemblance to my other meals at the Downtowner. Our server was inexperienced (unable to answer basic questions about the menu without consulting someone else, passing plates across the table, didn't remember who ordered what), our food was lukewarm at best, and the meat was dry. I'll give them one more try before taking them off my list of favorite restaurants.
Two of us had eaten at the W Grill before several times and liked it a lot. Another couple accompanied us on Saturday night.
We were all impressed again and plan to return. We all had excellent, food, service, and drinks. A fine experience! Thank you.
Great food, nice atmosphere, outstanding service, and on and on. I had the rib-eye and it's one of the best I've had in Minnesota since I arrive 2 years ago. My wife had the halibut and she said it was outstanding. Thanks for a great evening on our 44th anniversary.
I was worried since we had 12 people at brunch, but they brought in multiple people to deliver our food, and they did a great job! Cajun breakfast is good as ever. :-) There is a pianist during brunch, and he played great favorites, lots of Gershwin.
This was our first time at the Downtowner. It took 20 minutes to see our waitress for the first time, and another 15-20 to get our drink order. Other waitresses were hustling, but not ours. We frequent a steak house down the street, and this waitress wouldn't have a job there. The food was excellent, and the prices are reasonable, but my husband would not go back because of the service.
Very accommodating management and service. Friendly atmosphere. I come here for ordinary occasions, knowing I'll get a great meal; and I come here for special occasions knowing I'll get a very special meal. I like that I can bring any friend here and he or she will find a comfortable environment and a delightful experience.
There's a great smell of burning wood when you walk in the door, which promises the down-home comfort of hot, delicious food. Unfortunately that promise was surprisingly unmet.
We came for Mother's Day 2013, and thanks to Open Table, we walked past the crowd at the front door right to our table next to a fireplace. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive, on what must've been a very busy and stressful day. And despite a capacity crowd, it never felt overly noisy.
But we were there for the food. The Eggs Benedict and the Omelette with Grilled Chicken and Peas were surprisingly uninspired and fairly bland. Even the stuffed french toast was nothing special. I'd like to try it for dinner and see if it will be better.
Great Food & Drink. Breakfast was wonderful. Generous portions.
We have been there several times...everything is great!
Stopped in with business partners before the 2nd Wild playoff game. Had a 7:15 rez. Place was packed, but we got seated very quickly. Waitress was pleasant and attentive. Food was quick and excellent. There were a lot of empty tables by the time we left at 8:15. It was clear to me that this place operates efficiently (without sacrificing service or quality) and understood that most people there need to eat and go quick.
Good staff, pleasant managers, good food, solid restaurant.
Went there for dinner on a weeknight. The place was decently busy, but we still had very attentive service and a great atmosphere. We didn't order any special drinks, but the food we received was good! No complaints...lived up to the expectation.
We took visiting guests for Sunday brunch and all enjoyed thoroughly. We were seeking a restaurant that had atmosphere and that we could carry on a conversation across the table w/o shouting due to competition from other guest's voices or loud music, plus a great menu. All was good! Thank you!
Great dinner with friends before a concert! Loved that the tables were NOT cramped together. While it is a vibrant restaurant that was packed that evening, we appreciated that we could still have conversation and enjoy a pleasant evening.
We love the Downtowner Woodfire Grill. We make reservations as soon as we buy tickets for shows or events at the Excel Energy Center. While there are a lot of options around the Excel, none have the quality of food and service that we get at the Downtowner Woodfire Grill. The service is warm and friendly and never pushy. The food choices are tremendous.
Our server was very good and one of the people in our group had a stomach ache and she recommend good foods that were not going to be more upsetting for his stomach and she was very good at explaining foods:) great service and great place to eat!