The Port - St. James Hotel
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
Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
The menu is small, but the food is great. The hotel is a wonderful place to visit, and parking is very easy.
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
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.
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 .
One of the best steaks I've had in a long while.....fixed just perfect.....
The ambience is great. Fairly small menu though and overpriced. The food just wasn't worthy of the price.
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!
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.
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.
Love The Port! Food never disappoints! ❤️❤️❤️
Outstanding dinner this evening! We both had Osso Bucco and it was delicious. We’re in town for a wedding and are staying at the St. James.
The meal was wonderful. The food was cooked to perfection and we thoroughly enjoyed every bite. We will look forward to going back.
Wee had the filet mignon..perfect as ordered. Service was great. Atmosphere is unique and pleasant.
The four of us each ordered something different and the food was excellent. Tender scallops, a delicious bowl of mussels and broth, and falling-off-the-bone osso buco were highlights. Our server was attentive and efficient. The only downside was the ambient noise from the kitchen, which is due to the large opening in the stone walls of this historic building.
I like time between each course of a meal, however, our server gave us too much time. Also, we got our bill and no pen to sign it. After waiting 6 minutes I went and found a pen. We had 2.5 hours penned in for our meal & barely made our show. We were planning to walk around downtown, but this didn’t happen.
We are old friends of the St. James, it has been one of our destinations for Valentines get away for years. The Port restaurant is a fine dining experience, very good liquor and wine selections, top shelf. It's ambiance in the basement of a 1800's hotel, with the stone walls, decorated with pictures of historic steamboats, low lit quiet with real fireplace adding to the atmosphere. It's the place for a romantic evening. The meals are elegantly prepared and presented and quality food. If you want to get away from the city, but still have quality city like atmosphere and food you can't go wrong with The Port and the St. James.
We went to the Port for my moms birthday and we had a very nice evening! I’m sad that they didn’t do anything for her birthday, like a dessert.. but over all the food was amazing. I had a juicy fillet and the chipotle sweet potatoes are an amazingly unique in flavor! Our server seemed new but she was able to get all of our food orders right and refilled our waters/drinks in a timely manner!
Wonderful ambiance and authentic decor. The food was very good, salad and scallops, and the brandy old fashioned was superb!
Following an outstanding dining experience at the St James Veranda restaurant we decided to try the Port Restaurant. The ambiance of the facility was fantastic and suitable for a memorable dinner. The Prohibition cocktails were fun. Unfortunately, that is where the good comments cease. Our waitress had not been trained in proper serving etiquette and frequently the men were served before the ladies at our table. All of us ordered the French Onion soup and found it to have an unpleasant sweetness and after taste. We had four different entrees, scallops, rib eye, strip steak and prawns. All of us rated them mediocre at best. When the order for prawns arrived, it was small shrimp. Our waitress said the prawns were not good so they substituted shrimp but gave you more. The shrimp they substituted were very small in size and number and the entire dish lacked taste. This was one of the worst presentations of a prawn dish we have experienced. Note: management did remove this dish from our bill. All in all a very disappointing dining experience for all of us and we agreed this would not be a restaurant we would visit again.
Everything was perfect! Our meal was delicious and very interesting. I’m can only drink gluten free vodka and no sugar mix- they had a cucumber drink with Tito’s vodka that was perfect.
We were celebrating Christmas with our adult children after dinner went to
Jimmy’s and enjoyed the music and the pub atmosphere.
Very nice restaurant in the basement of a historic building. The price isn’t that bad until you discover everything is ala carte. No sides or salads included with the entree. Food was unique and good though.
Not as good as it has been in years past. For years we have went and always found the meal and experience to be be impeccable. My beet salad was plain; rest of the meal was very good, just not what it used to be. Their menu appears to have lost its artistic flair, maybe their chef has moved on?
Food was pretty good. I liked my filet, my husband did not care for the prime rib. Nothing comes with the dood, so that was
disappointing because sides were expensive. Also, they did not have our reservation when we got there even though I made a reservation through open table. We were lucky it wasn't busy and got in, but worried that will happen again. Overall it was a good experience.
My wife and I booked a large room at the St James Hotel and a dinner at The Port. Our waitress (AMY) was fantastic. She was the type of professional that didn't need to write anything down, knew the menu, and got it correct. She was there when you needed a refill or such, and left you alone when you didn't need anything. And.....they made her bus her own tables. We gave her a BIG tip.
Now for The Port. We both had filet mignon, Caesar salad and a shrimp cocktail for an appetizer. There were four large shrimp with tails in a cocktail glass with sauce. The shrimp was some of the best we've tasted in some time.
The Caesar salad was about five leaves spread out with some "bacon" like grilled pork fat topped with a poached egg. Very odd. There wasn't much to it and it only tasted all right. Not great. I'd much rather have had a traditional Caesar salad.
The Filet Mignon was on the small side, but tasted good. It was served with a half sliced tomato topped with Parmesan bread crumbs. It again was all right.
The desert was a white chocolate cheese cake and a chocolate lava cake. Both tasted good.
The bill was $128.00; we expected more for this price.
The Port is in the basement of the St James Hotel and the ambience was all right. The chairs were terrible. The cushions were in desperate need of replacing because the padding was so worn out. It was uncomfortable sitting there for an hour to eat a nice meal.
The St James Hotel used to have the Victoria Room, which was some of the best dining around. It paid driving down from the cities to have a nice meal. This dining room is no longer there. Pity.
All in all; The Port needs to "up" their game.
The dining area was a very romantic setting. enjoyed the intimacy. The food was good. The service was excellent!
Disappointed. The item my wife wanted from the menu was not available. The waitress seemed disappointed that we were not in a hurry to leave. Chairs were extremely uncomfortable.
The most tender filet mignon I have ever experienced. A good menu with a small but perfect selection for anyone. I enjoy scotch, and they had a few Islay distillery notable favorites. The atmosphere is just right, no screaming children, great service, and overall an interesting place to dine. No negatives, I look forward to making this a frequent destination before shows at the Sheldon Theater. A1+.
The food was not good. My husband ordered the NY strip and had to send it back. He could not eat it. Our Caesar salads had 4 pieces of lettuce with 1/2" strip of side park, a poached egg, all on top a piece of their toasted bread. Mash potatoes were terrible. We will not go back----great atmosphere to have just a drink.
It's hard to say enough about this place -- we loved it. It was a special date-night for us and we may have had some pent-up demand, but it was great. We started with a glass of wine at the bar and then migrated to a perfectly comfortable and quaint dining area where we ordered oysters (my wife LOVED them), port fries (tasty -- appropriate for sharing), a beet salad (nice size, subtle dressing, very tasty), Osso Buco (pork shank) that was to die for and Farratto ( as Faro-based risotta like grain) that was phenomenal. We ordered two desserts as well and honestly loved every bite of every dish.
We will definitely be going back -- and it's a 1 hour drive (and worth it).
We always enjoy our dinners at The Port.
Unbelievable atmosphere and service. The food was amazing. Except way overpriced for the amount of food you actually got. The filet mignon was 32$ and was very small. As well as two small sliders with fries were 14 $. Overall outstanding restaurant just extremely expensive and small quantities.
The steak and the evening special were very poor. The presentation was poor. Celebrating our 54th anniversary. Very disappointed.
We were celebrating our anniversary and so expected to sit in the dining room...not the bar. We were informed when we got there that the dining room was closed. We were very disappointed that we did not have the ambiance for our anniversary dinner that we expected.
We made our reservation on internet and it did not let us know the dining room was closed.
This restaurant is very unique. The setting is quite historical. The server was just ok, she questioned my partner when he wanted to order a bigger size prime rib. (he's a big guy)Otherwise the ambiance was quiet, and my meal was Fabulous. I had the scallops cooked in capers and butter sauce. Browned on the outside and very flavorable and tender.
We didn't know the prime rib meal came with a potate otherwise we wouldn't have ordered so many sides-as everything seemed to be ala carte.
One of my best meals out for sure.
Food and service were excellent. We ate dinner a bit early but enjoyed quiet conversation despite a moderate crowd in the bar area. Would be happy to return for dinner.
We celebrated my husbands 75th birthday. It is a very nice quaint restaurant. We felt prices were on the expensive side but yet food was delicious. The menu is limited. The Port could have capped off the night with a small dessert for my husband. Perhaps they will consider this. Cocktails were mixed perfectly. Thank you.
Wonderful place to dine and have a conversation. The food was outstanding!
Nice atmosphere, nice distance between tables, great acoustics.
I fail to understand or appreciate that restaurants always seat people in the same areas. Although my wife and I were the only diners initially, the next four parties were seated in tables on all sides of us. This in spite of the fact there were other vacant tables throughout the dining area. And there were several other waiters working to serve the other patrons, so it was not about a shortage of available help. We are very private people and we are not interested in conversations of others when we are enjoying a special occasion dinner.