Downtowner Woodfire Grill

4.7
3122 Reviews
$30 and under
American
"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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
What 3122 people are saying
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MarkR
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Woodfire Grill has a nice fireplace in the center of the restaurant. The smell of the kitchen is great. I have always had exceptional service along with delicious food. I really enjoy having lunch with clients here.

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vipJohnD
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was fabulous

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AndreaM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Came for a date night with my husband. Specifically selected this spot for the ambiance and we were happy with that. However, the rest of the evening was lackluster. For an appetizer we ordered the crab cakes...while they tasted good, there was no discernable crab. In fact, they tasted more like salmon or crab cakes and were of that texture. For our meals, I ordered the lamb chops which come with mashed potatoes and grilled veggies and my husband ordered the filet of beef tenderloin which also comes with mashed potatoes and grilled veggies. Our meals arrived and the presentation was nice but we both laughed at the "grilled vegetables" which consisted of a skewer with a cherry tomato, a slice of zucchini, and a small bell pepper for each of us...not what one expects when the menu touts grilled vegetables. The mashed potatoes were a very small scoop for each of us and lacked much in the way of the supposed garlic flavoring. I had 6 chops (ordered medium rare) - the 2 smallest were seared but the inside was so rare it was blue, while the thickest chops were well done. Hubby ordered his steak medium rare and it was definitely on the rare side for most of it. All of the meat lacked seasoning - didn't seem like it was salted at all. I've had better steak at Outback. The manager (I think) asked several other tables how things were but didn't stop at our table for some reason. Our waitress also never asked how things were. All in all, a rather disappointing experience.

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DoryG
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent Ceasar and unique bread .
Really good creamy pesto

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vipAlwaysAwesome
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Downtowner NEVER fails. Always Awesome!!! Love this place.

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DebraZ
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent server and the food was amazing! Perfect experience overall!

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Rick
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very pleasant and cozy feeling atmosphere. Staff looked like they enjoyed working there. Food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. As always.

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DWilly
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for a Wild game and stopped in for Sunday brunch.
Great service, atmosphere and food.
Next time we’ll try dinner!

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Anthony
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Continue to love this place. Great food, great service, great prices. Love everything about here. We got at least 1-2X a month maybe more.

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Lisa
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always a cozy atmosphere and good food ! I would recommend!

JW
vipJohnW
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

prompt service prior to a Wild game with great food.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We love the Downtowner! Usually every part of the experience is great! We have been there many, many times and will continue to go!

Unfortunately this time the sirloin burger was very overcooked. The bacon was literally burned to a crisp! We have never experienced that before at the Downtowner! Definitely an anomaly!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic atmosphere, service, and food. The only comment I would have is it can get a bit toasty if sitting near the kitchen (fire). Would highly recommend and will be back again.

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Gent2302
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of us had a very good omelette and the other had eggs over medium with French toast. Food was great, they kept refilling coffee so it stayed hot. One caution, it was -17 degrees outside ... don't sit close to the door on a very cold day.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great pre-concert dinner!

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RebeccaB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite go to restaurants! We have been going here for many many years ! Phenomenal food atmosphere and people !

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ElizabethD
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Downtowner Woodfire Grill never disappoints. We love coming here because of the big three: great ambience, great food, great service. The menu is a restrained eclectic, always something for everyone.

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Patty
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I appreciated all the gluten free options and that our waitress knew about cross contamination risks. I had a house salad, salmon, mashed potatoes, and grilled vegetables - very good. And my Cosmo was great! The restaurant could use some updating but the rest of it was quite nice - we'll be back.

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vipScottL
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful!

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CrystalC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff - from the host to our server - were extremely friendly and attentive. The food was very good and the atmosphere seated by the fireplace was lovely.

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kugel
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good service and delicious food. Prices haven’t increased like some other restaurants have done. We arrived early but given a booth and we’re not rushed. Enjoyed a leisurely abd delicious lunch in a comfortable atmosphere. We definitely will return.

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PaulH
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my all-time favorite places. Excellent food, service; cozy fireplace. Nice live music.

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TomB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are long time customers of the Woodfire Grill. The people there do a fine job. On our last visit we took our daughter's family. They appreciated the attention and the music. They felt extra special.
Thank you to Tony and his crew.

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EllenT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a wonderful breakfast. Pancakes with strawberries were yummy. Very generous portions.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful... always the best place to have a cocktail or meal. We love it here!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to meet for a meal❤️

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MaryH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful steak, done to perfection. Crab cakes substantial with little filler.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. As usual

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JanetL
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant. Had the steak sandwich. Very good. Our waitress was great and very attentive. Would recommend highly.

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PatT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Carol, our server didn't listen to my friend when she ordered her dessert and brought her cheesecake with strawberries which she is highly allergic to. She then had to bring another blain one.

I saw the picture of my drink on the web site but mine didn't have the filberts on my brandy alexander so I had to ask for them.

I wish there had been a lettuce salad available. The mixed green salad was very hard to get into my mouth so I didn't finish it.

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vipShawnD
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food , service and atmosphere always excellent! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone as they have something for everyone!

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vipLuvwine
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great waitress! Variety of food options for group. A fun selection of desserts, ice cream drinks and after dinner drinks

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The only bad part of this experience was the large table of drunks next to us. Other than that, five star experience - Thanks!!

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MicheleH
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Good not as good as usual. Out of pizza due to staffing. Bathrooms were a mess without supplies.

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TriciaM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall it was a good experience. There wasn't anything that made our meal spectacular or memorable. The food was good and service was mediocre. Mediocre because our order was taken promptly, but we had to wait on drink refills. I ordered the ribeye and it was tender, but the flavor was lacking. For a $50 steak I would expect "WOW" and it wasn't.

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CarolK
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parking lot was full, however free parking across the street was not!

Lively atmosphere. We were seated promptly- enjoyed the rock and wood decor. Our server / bartender was cheery and prompt.
Cajun breakfast and buckwheat pancakes were large sized portions - mighty delicious!

We will be back.

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Food4life
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was our first time. I loved the fireplace and was glad we were seated near it. The parking lot is a bonus in a very busy part of town.

the service was great with a new server! I wouldn't say the food was outstanding for the price. My husband had the beef tenderloin skewer. Although it was tasty, it was overcooked. My crab cakes were more filling than crab...a disappointment.

Saying that, I would give them another try.

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DianneH
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Always a trusted favorite, lovely fireplaces make for warmth on a cold day.

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You can order delivery directly from Downtowner Woodfire Grill using the Order Online button. Downtowner Woodfire Grill also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (651) 228-9500.

Downtowner Woodfire Grill is rated 4.7 stars by 3122 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.