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The Port - St. James Hotel

157 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation

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

Lounge Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(651) 388-2846
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Rafael Perez
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Cross street
Main Street
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Parking details
Parking available at any of the 5 parking levels at the Saint James Hotel
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 157 People Are Saying
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0  Dined 6 days ago

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.

RedWingLovers (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

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!

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

Wonderful ambiance and authentic decor. The food was very good, salad and scallops, and the brandy old fashioned was superb!

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
2.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on December 1, 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.

TLRedd03 (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on November 24, 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?

Newexperiences (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on November 18, 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.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on November 11, 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.

bb007 (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on November 9, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on October 28, 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.

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  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+.

Farmerboy (Minneapolis)
1.0  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.

RichieRich (Minneapolis)
5.0  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).

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

We always enjoy our dinners at The Port.

brake (Minneapolis)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
1.0  Dined on September 14, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  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.