The Port - St. James Hotel

4.5
201 reviews
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Contemporary American
The Port is a fine dining restaurant located on the lower level of the historic St. James Hotel built in 1875. There are many original treasures to be found in the restaurant. Among them is the iron-gated wine cellar, once used as the hotel's bank vault. At the Port restaurant we serve Contemporary American and Midwestern food, from regional favorites to reinterpretations of classical dishes; all of our seafood is flown in fresh primarily from Alaska and the west coast. The Port is best known for sourcing the best quality seasonal ingredients available. Our menu changes frequently to reflect the current offerings from our region, delivering the best of our local bounty.

The Port is a Winner of Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2014.This is the 11th year that The Port has earned this prestigious honor. We are also listed as one of the few restaurants in Minnesota with very reasonable wine prices. www.winespectator.com


Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Come join us for Valentines Day. Prix Fixe menu only. Delicious three course menu featuring Manhattan Strip Steak & New Caledonia Prawns, Seared Duck ,Linguine & Clams, and Spanakopita.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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K
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food and wine. A great experience, will be coming back for sure!

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LH
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

What a gem. We were so impressed with the quality and taste of everything. The salads were fresh and meats were done to perfection. This may be one of the best kept secrets in Red Wing. We will be back for sure! It was a great place for a quiet & romantic dinner. Thank you!!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made a reservation on New Years we arrived the host was flustered not knowing what to do. Then asks if we would be ok sitting at the bar. That was the last thing we wanted. We did end up getting a table. Then left ten minutes later because not one person said anything to us. The host, some woman,(manager I think)?? And two other servers and NOT one said anything. So we left. We Decided to celebrate New Years tonight the 2nd. Should be real fun


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MM
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Pretty good..service was slow though. Did not care for desserts

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MJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had the beef tenderloin and lobster dinner with wine pairing on New Year's Eve. Everything was terrific with the exception of the lobster. The lobster was a little under-cooked; translucent and a bit mushy in places. The beef tenderloin was fantastic, cooked perfectly.

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WS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We went there for New Years Eve. When we made the reservation, we did not know they had a fixed menu for $60 a meal!!!! The starter apps were HORRIBLE. I got lobster bisque and there was NO lobster in it because they ran out of lobsters! The main meal was underwhelming and dessert was the best part of the meal.

Additionally, they charge $9 for a small glass of wine. Finally the service was TERRIBLE. We had to wait for drinks, meals and silverware.

DO NOT GO TO THIS PLACE!!!

The final bill was $153 for bad apps and a crappy piece of tuna.

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best way to spend NYE with friends

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TS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Dinner was very good but the appetizer was way over priced for what you get. The waitress did a poor job of describing the appetizer-would never of ordered it. Prime rib and scallops with a salad was very good. Nice and quiet atmosphere.

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B
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We stayed in the hotel and ate here for our anniversary. The food was good and we did not have to go outside on a cold night

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LL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. The service was fantastic. The bartender Lori was very enjoyable and efficient. Nice of the manager to come over to our table to make sure was okay.

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J
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I made a special request when making a reservation 3 weeks in advance but upon arrival they did not accommodate/acknowledge my request, which was a bit disappointing.

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TH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We had our reservation for 5:30 and 3 of us had birthdays. Nothing was mentioned about this and we arrived the bar was very loud. When she sat us I said do not want to sit by loud guests as we are wanting to enjoy a quiet romantic evening. I order the scallops and they did not disappoint. My huband had the prime rib-and he said best ever. Our friends both ordered steaks and also said they were fabulous. I don't care for ordering alacarte as it racks the bill up but we also had aaspargus, mushrooms, crab cakes, and pureed potates. All very good but very spendy.

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C
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love going to the port for special occasions and with friends. Food is always fresh, cooked right and taste great.

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TR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific night. Try one of Lori’s cocktails before you head in. We loved the seafood choices.

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P
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there on an overnight package, which included whirlpool room etc. While walking around I complimented a number of the staff on the St. James décor, which honored local history. There were many things that caught our eye. The food at the Port was excellent and some of the staff helped me in playing a practical joke on my pernicious son regarding the price of a bottle of wine. Sadly, we did not capture his surprise at either the preset up price on the doctored wine list on either his face or his voice. But a good time was had by all. We will be back.

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SA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have gone there a number of times for special occasions, like anniversaries. It is a great place for dinner when staying at the St. James Hotel.

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LS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and server did a great job.

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LL
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, great food! We had the squash soup and if so buco. Everything perfect, attentive, friendly service.

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MR
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was amazing, she was so friendly, we loved her!
The price for the food was overpriced for the quality.
The French Onion soup was disappointing as it had a ? nutmeg taste to it and was more like a gravy vs the clear onion broth that we love with French Onion Soup.
Service was amazing, food quality not so amazing

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TS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent, service good, and atmosphere pleasant.

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S
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the St James and The Port is a great, classy little restaraunt in the lower level of the hotel. Food was exceptional and atmosphere was perfect for quiet time with each other. Highly recommend!

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NL
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great environment for a romantic date! The food was more than delicious!

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SC
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

absolutely the best in quality and price, fantastic chef!

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GE
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The port is the basement restaurant of the st James hotel historic hotel. Classic meal fine dining depending of the day some meal of menu are not available little disappointing.
Wine menu with Wide varieties of wine and whisky
Little pricy for the type of meal
But overall good restaurant

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KB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A beautiful restaurant/bar/lounge. Great food & great drinks. The market cheese appetizer was so good! The filet was cooked perfectly & the russet potato purée was to die for! So good! Highly recommend this restaurant!!

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OT
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy the special atmosphere at this restaurant. Service was exceptional, and food was very good. Crab cakes and Ceasar salad were exceptional, Ribeye and Osso Buco were above average.

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FS
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The evening was special from the start,the service was fantastic, the food to die for. Great place!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food, wine & service from The Port. All around perfect place for dinner in beautiful Red Wing!

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SP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice ambiance and attentive service. My wife had the fillet and I had the tenderloin steak. Both were done to our complete satisfaction. We would definitely return to this restaurant!

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JH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is small, but the food is great. The hotel is a wonderful place to visit, and parking is very easy.

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way!

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ST
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We have celebrated many of our 39 wedding Anniversaries at the St James Hotel and Port. The Victorian Package included dinner with an appetizer through desert. Our entire dinner was excellent and all of the courses were delicious. A beef tenderloin is back on the menu and was cooked to perfection for both me and my wife! The Port is a perfect mix of "not stuffy, but elegant". We look forward to our anniversary and birthday visits to the St James Hotel, and it's a tradition that we love to repeat. This is a very special place for us and we can't wait to return.

Thank you, Jennifer.

Scott and Nancy

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RS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Pleasant surroundings, excellent waitress inspite of being super busy (only waitress on duty). Rib eye steak was disappointing - I like a thicker cut with prepared with a good sear to provide flavor.

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RP
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

My husband and I were excited to celebrate our anniversary with dinner at The Port, however, we were so disappointed!
It was our inexperienced server that ruined our experience.
While we were literally giving her our drink and app's order she turned and walked away mid sentence. We had to flag her down several times. She had excuses for everything..... she thought maybe the ordering system hadn't been working which is why our drinks took so long to come out- she didn't know why the cooks didn't put in the order which is why she said our app's took so long to come out.
We had noticed her attention to other guests that arrived after us and their order;s being filled but not ours.
However, the lady that cleaned the tables was very sweet and helped us get several things we ordered like our 2nd round of drinks and our tab once we were ready to leave.
I think seeing the hostess assist us as the evening went on gave the wrong kind of urgency to our server because then , even while she could see we were in conversation, she continued to interrupt us repeatedly over matters that were insignificant and did not enhance our experience. It was so frustrating and we were incredibly disappointed.
We would return for the ambiance but we will most definitely be sure to ask for a different server that is experienced .

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BE
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best steaks I've had in a long while.....fixed just perfect.....

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OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

The ambience is great. Fairly small menu though and overpriced. The food just wasn't worthy of the price.

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JL
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely 45th wedding anniversary dinner! A large group, also celebrating, was a bit too noisy for me but that was only a mild distraction. Our food was excellent, our server was very accommodating, and the decor was attractive and conversation-worthy. We'll probably be returning!

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SC
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth the Drive

We stopped by The Port last year for cocktails and were impressed so we decided to stay at the hotel and have dinner. The food and the service were as good as the cocktails. They have traditional entrees, done very well and some interesting specials as well. The wine list has a good collection of California Cabernet at reasonable prices.

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L
Minneapolis
36 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I had high hopes for this experience however for the value and the table service I would not return and would probably not recommend it to a friend. The homemade sorbet had the weirdest consistency, almost like melted laffy taffy. The triple berry sorbet was pretty gummy; I couldn't even eat three bites. The homemade vanilla bean ice cream left us wanting. The chimmichurri sauce was a little unbalanced and didn't taste like a traditional chimmichurri that I like on flank steaks. I ordered the prime rib and my husband ordered the filet with the bordelaise. They were just alright for the $32 pricet tag compared to other steak houses like the Capital Grille. I had a glass of the St James sparkling wine and that was pretty good, dry and crisp. My husband had a manhattan. The waitress would enter the room and walk by my table without acknowledging us so I had to flag her down to get noticed.

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e
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love The Port! Food never disappoints! ❤️❤️❤️

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