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Date
Fri, 2/23
Time
11:00 PM
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Downtowner Woodfire Grill

4.5
2001 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 2001 People Are Saying
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4.5  based 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

A lovely atmosphere for a business lunch, but the food was just average this time. Usually I am blown away but this time it was just okay both food and service-wise. I enjoy the quiet atmosphere for a business meeting, you can actually hear each other talk.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Love it here! I haven't been to Downtowner in a few years but I'm glad I came back, still great ambiance and warmth. Food is always good!

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Westsidefoodie 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Really nice restaurant I enjoyed with my family (including teenagers) after a recent visit to the Ordway. Food was outstanding, and the service was superb. This was our first time and we are very impressed and upset we hadn't found this place on an earlier occasion. We had a unique lamb shank special that was recommended and didn't regret it for a second. From the wide ranging menu, the pasta was outstanding and the woodfire pizza was second to none. Even the side salad was amazing. Great presentation, accommodating service and friendly atmosphere make this spot an undiscovered secret. Give it a try, you will enjoy it!

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vipLuTheRealtor (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

It was a very busy Sunday, so I tried to be patient waiting for our table of 8 to be noticed by the server; we gave our drink orders and then there was a lot more waiting and waiting . The food was delish as were the drinks I just like more attentive service.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great food, and service.
Always a delightful place to hook up with friends.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

I went here with my girlfriend for a Valentines Day/8 month anniversary dinner. The staff was very friendly, well-organized, and prompt to tend to our every need. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and the specials. The food was excellent and we were both very satisfied with our meal! I definitely would come here again!

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JeffD 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great food, exceptional service and a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. This is the kind of place where people having an anniversary dinner are happily coexisting with people in hockey jerseys headed for the game. I had the steak tenderloin special which was done to perfection and the wine list- although not the largest- offers good options at a range of price points. Very nice dining experience.

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vipMarkB (Minneapolis)
2.0  Dined 7 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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vipDuch (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Ambiance was great. Food was good; not great!

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

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BrianW (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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MichaelO (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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Jill (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

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!

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Awesome (Charlotte)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  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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vipkirbyandlola (Minneapolis)
3.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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TerriW (New Mexico)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 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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Tamtam (Minneapolis)
4.0  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.

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DebK (Minneapolis)
5.0  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!

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Angelica (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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JanJ (Minneapolis)
5.0  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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Wahoo (Minneapolis)
5.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Great food & service, as always😀

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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vipSunshine (Minneapolis)
3.0  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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Denise (Minneapolis)
3.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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