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About The Port - St. James Hotel

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


406 Main St
Red Wing, MN 55066
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:


Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Lounge Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Main Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(651) 388-2846

Website:
http://www.st-james-hotel.com/stjames/thePort.html

Catering:
Contact sales Department at Saint James Hotel

Parking Details:
Parking available at any of the 5 parking levels at the Saint James Hotel

Executive Chef:
Rafael Perez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.0

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4.3

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4.4

value

3.6

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Quiet

82% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (12)
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Fit for Foodies (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Business Meals (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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?

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The dining area was a very romantic setting. enjoyed the intimacy. The food was good. The service was excellent!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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+.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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).

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We always enjoy our dinners at The Port.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

The steak and the evening special were very poor. The presentation was poor. Celebrating our 54th anniversary. Very disappointed.

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·Dined on September 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Retiremnt partygreat

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Wonderful place to dine and have a conversation. The food was outstanding!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Nice atmosphere, nice distance between tables, great acoustics.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Great Restaurant in a great historic hotel. Food and service was outstanding.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 8, 2017

What a lovely place! We started with the Ahi Tuna. Wonderful!! We had the N.Y. strip and the pork chop. Both fantastic. The chimichurry sauce was wonderful! Ended with a scotch and the Guiness cake. Heaven!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Most of the dessert options and many appetizer options were made or prepared with alcohol. Made our options slim as we don't drink.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 28, 2017

We had the pork, the tenderloin, beet salad, cheese plate and lava cake dessert. Everything was perfect.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2016

The Port is one of the classiest restaurants in Red Wing. We were here for New Year's Eve & they had a special 3-course menu, with wine pairings. Everything was excellent, from the lobster bisque, to the Heluka Pork Tenderloin, to the Baileys Chocolate Mousse. We had a wonderful evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Waitress was rude and asked, if the food wasn't good enough for us. Then while writing on the comment card asked if we were writing a book? It was a set menu of three main courses and they ran out of sirloin at 7 pm. Apple crisp was not prepared well and apple slices were like chewing on rubber. I would not recommend this place to anyone, especially for 165 dollars for two people. Two things tasted good, the bread and the water, even though the water was warm. Highly disappointed!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2016

It was a limited menu but wonderful for New Years Eve. The waitress was fun and seemed to love being there also. It was a great experience .

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Our serer Amy was wonderful. We really enjoyed having her for a server. Love the atmosphere. Wish there was a grilled chicken option on the menu.

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Our meal was absolutely amazing!! The service was great and the atmosphere was perfect for conversation during our meal. Afterward dinner we went to the bar for a drink. The bartender was very knowledgeable and friendly. Overall, it was a wonderful visit!!

Tags: Great Beer, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Service was good, food was average, steak was not worth $40, desert was fantastic.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 11, 2016

The food is very good, but very expensive. Everything is a la carte. The service was average. We went for our anniversary and this is the type of restaurant to go to for a special occasion.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Excellent food and great waitress...
enjoyed our meal so much we came back the next night!!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 18, 2016

delectable food

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 14, 2016

Everything was great, perfect for an Anniversary dinner. Staff was great and the food was amazing!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Quick Bite, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 1, 2016

Not impressed with the quality of the New York strip steak. The steak was tough and it was overly marinated. If you want a good steak, go to a steak house ( or my house - sorry) . my fault, should have ordered the halibut!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 24, 2016

My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary there and it was our first time visiting. What a wonderful experience it was and will highly recommend it to my family and friends..!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 3, 2016

We have been to the Port many times to celebrate our anniversary. My husband's steak was cooked beautifully but the tapenade was so overpowering he scraped it off. My halibut was also cooked perfectly but I removed it from the sauce for the same reason. The sauce did not compliment the fish, it overpowered it. We will not plan on returning to the Port unless changes are made to the menu. The ambience we love.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 19, 2016

Could have used more information about the menu .
We had a all meat meal . We realize we maybe had to order our sides separately to come along with the meal ?!?

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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