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Woodfire Grille at Diamond Jo - Northwood

3.9
184 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steak
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Prepare to discover a whole new world of delicious tastes in a cozy, fireside atmosphere. Woodfire Grille has the style and warmth that make it perfect for an evening with friends or an intimate dinner for two. Enjoy cedar-planked salmon, juicy cuts of beef, flavorful pasta and other signature entrées. Pair your meal with the perfect wine from our extensive list. Our classic desserts will earn raves, and are a “must” at the end of a fine meal
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Steak, Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation


Dinner: Tuesday Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(641) 323-7821
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Cross street
Wheelerwood Rd.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 184 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
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4.5
service
4.2
ambience
3.0
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

My steak was delicious! And the service impeccable as always.

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Every time there is a menu change our favorites disappear! We probably won't be back to eat there for a while. Not impressed with what we had and too expensive. Always good service with Clara, however!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We celebrated a birthday! The atmosphere was inviting and the food was delicious! The service was great! The temperature was a little cooler than we preferred, but the hot food helped!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We have been eating here since the restaurant opened. We thoroughly enjoyed the asparagus we would get complimentary with entrees. Now they want to nickel-and-dime us. Giving $2 value in a free side would make for much happier long-time guests. Everything else is perfect.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Always enjoy this fare. special occasion, and a chance to share with a loved one was just what I had in mind. Hostess and waitperson were very helpful and had smiles from the minute we walked in. I had the fish and my guest had the steak both were done o.k. and had the flavor and sides we expected.
I think the staff should review the reasons for seating guests. With many open tables, others were escorted to my neighboring table so we had to listen to others conversations and have ours interupted. I think this is done for the convenience of the wait staff and keep all in a not so cozy group, so they need less help and not so far to walk. with the prices I feel I pay for some quiet time as well. All in all, I will be back and enjoy the clean tables and rooms.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

It's our annual visit for Valentine's Day (early). Great food, quiet table, lovely service!

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2.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Disappointed on how we received our food in shifts. Then one of us did not even get our steak would be couple minutes. Then the waitress came back and said she was so sorry it would be 10 MINUTES !! Really was not her fault but that's just not right. So told her just to forget the steak as the rest of us were pretty much done eating. Walleye was just not good at all. Just pretty dissatisfied. Will be awhile before we will be back.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

WoodFire Grille Diamond Jo Northwood is by far the best overall dining experience in Northern Iowa. Be prepared for a enjoyable evening.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Will definitely return. Very good food and service!

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3.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Nice place. Mediocre service. Food was just OK nothing special, especially after getting the bill. Not planning to return anytime soon

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2017

Steak was cooked perfectly, service was promp & polite

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1.0Dined on November 4, 2017

We came to the casino to celebrate a birthday. We had heard good reviews about the restaurant so made reservations on line. Everything was great until we waited and waited and waited for each course. It look at least a 1/2 hour between our drinks arriving and our soup or salad. We then waited and finally received our bread basket, which was never refilled. We had to ask about our main course and it finally arrived after 1 and 1/2 hours. After 2 hours we finally said no thanks to dessert. We were going to be comped two desserts because of our wait, but that even took too long. While the food was excellent the wait was ridiculous. The restaurant was not packed and there were only 4 of us.

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2.0Dined on October 21, 2017

First, let me say this is a restaurant in a casino, in Iowa. It is NOT fit for foodies. We were in Albert Lea MN for a memorial service and sought out this restaurant to avoid the other options which were all either fast food, convenience stores listed as restaurants?? or very sketchy looking. When we arrived, I was surprised that we could only access the restaurant from inside the casino. There was no exterior entrance. Given that casinos still allow smoking, this was an immediate turn off. The restaurant itself is nice, clean and staffed with friendly people. The menu is kind of what you’d expect. Steaks, seafood and a la carte sides. The French onion soup, which is a sort of thermometer for me, was edible but not great. Quite on the sweet side. My caprese salad came out immediately following my soup and I sent it back. It turns out, they simply put it in fridge. Once I was ready for it, she brought it back and the plate was ice cold and had started to sweat. The mozzarella was now too cold and had morphed to a strange, gritty texture. The tomatoes looked like Roma’s, and unripe ones at that. Worst yet, there was a strange, leafy, dressed salad (not garnish) in the middle which amounted to more food than the caprese. My scallops, shrimp and polenta were good but pan seared in exactly the same seasonings and the shrimp were VERY done. My husbands ribs were bland and quite the opposite portion size of my meal. Overall, it’s a casino restaurant trying to be way more than it is. There’s no quality ingredients here and I doubt the idea of farm to table is known. The patrons here are your typical, small town casino gamblers who probably wouldn’t know a quality cut of beef from roadkill. So, lower your expectations. That sounds harsh, but I’m only trying to paint a valid portrait of the caliber of the restaurant.

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3.0Dined on September 1, 2017

The service was great, our waitress knew exactly the to keep our experience on track and yet let us enjoy our conversation. The food was ok , large portions , too large about half as much or less price would bring us back more often, we can't afford the return very often.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

Jeri is great. Very friendly and helpful. Remembered us from our last trip.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

There was absolutely no waiting with a reservation. The wait staff was very prompt and friendly. There are plenty of food choices and specials. The food was good and served promptly. Their french onion soup was excellent.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2017

Not bad for a restaurant in a casino, and once you are inside you can forget what's around you. Entres lean heavily to steak, but fish special was excellent the night we were there. Drink selections were somewhat limited (e.g., no tap beer available).

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2.0Dined on June 17, 2017

Not very good. High prices for what I thought was low quality. Food was cold (especially the beans and ribs). Appetizers not very good- crab dip tasted very fishy. Flatbread very boring, not much flavor. The king crab itself was of very low quality. Butter that came with was tasteless. My husbands prime rib was overdone and very small, thin cut. For the price they charge I thought it was a terrible value. Not busy at all at 7pm on a Saturday and now I know why. Would not recommend or return. We did like the wine and nice pours so that was one highlight.

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2017

The food you get is delicious but be prepared to payout, $65 for 2 people! Meals, Salads, and drinks.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

Food was fantastic! Would recommend to anyone! Steaks were melt in your mouth and the baked potatoes were the size of small footballs! Walleye was as big as the plate and just as scrumptious. Wonderful atmosphere, calm and relaxing. Could easily visit with friends.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2017

The Dining experience was nice. The atmosphere inside the restaurant was outstanding. The only issue I had was with my waitress.
The waitress didn't know the difference between a flat iron and a sirloin.
She was beyond slow, the service was below par. The couple next to us complained as well.
You can expect to wait roughly an hour before you receive a meal that takes 10 minutes max to cook.
For a meal for 2, you should expect to pay $+100

That is horrible considering the service. I will try again, but I won't have such high expectations next time.

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1.0Dined on April 28, 2017

I was very disappointed in our dinner! I have been here several times before. It was great and I highly recommended it. I will not go back or recommend it again for that kind of a meal. I was embarrassed that I had taken guests to eat there. Something has changed for the worse! The grilled Prime Rib was horrible as it was not even close to Prime Rib. The Prime Rib had been fantastic last time I was there. I understand Ala Cart but it came as a thin slab of meat on a white plate. It was not appealing from the start and tasted nothing like Prime Rib. Yes the menu did say, "grilled Prime Rib" but it is very misleading. The piece of meat was not high quality. I can not believe others who think they are ordering Prime Rib wouldn't have our same reaction. The side dishes; potatoes, mushrooms, lobster mac & cheese were ok but not nearly the quality preparation as in the past. Portion size of side dishes were smaller but similar price to the past and nothing special like they had been. I do not mind paying high prices for quality food. Now grilled, questionable cuts of meat, new or poor chef to save money?? This meal was not worth the money and not what we expected at all. I am sad if this is the kind of restaurant Corporate wants to promote in this Casino. In my opinion, previously it had been an outstanding restaurant in North Iowa. This is no longer the case. I will say our server Clara was great!

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1.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Previously had nearly a dozen perfect meals here but this one was awful, from the service to the food.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Very nice experience. Food was very good. Service was good.

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1.0Dined on April 15, 2017

I've ate at restaurants from around the country and this experience was one of the top five worst I've ever experienced. Came here for my first year anniversary and was expecting to pay for great food, however this was not the case. Waiters are wear t-shirts but the dress appeal is supposed to be smart casual. Food was as bland as it could be for a $36 steak, potatoes, and mushrooms. Steak was burnt along with the asparagus. Best part was the appetizer. Avoid this place at all costs, definitely not worth the $120+.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

Love this restaurant, ajwdys good service and excellent food.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2017

They changed the menu and we miss a few things!! More expensive now too

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2017

The food was excellent. Our server, Clara, is the best!

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2017

We went for an expensive special birthday date-night meal and we they only fulfilled the expensive portion. We had the crab dip starter: the bread was great, but while the dip was tasty it was very oily. For the entrée my husband had a 10 oz prime rib, the house salad and glazed carrots. The steak was partially overcooked, partially undercooked and had little flavor. The carrots were undercooked. The 7 dollar salad was fine, but who can really screw that up? I had the house WFG burger specialty. The meat had good flavor, but the patties were too small for the bun and the curry aioli tasted pretty much like mayonnaise out of a jar. The garlic French fries were crisp, but the garlic taste was minimal. I've had better garlic fries at Red Robin. Ambiance and waitstaff was excellent, but overall a disappointing meal.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2017

The food was good but was a little pricey for what we had. Prime Rib portion was very small but good.
Salad and shrimp very good. Service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2017

Very good, waitstaff are wonderful, food wonderful, reasonably priced..

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2017

We were surprised by getting the VIP table/menu! Had a delicious 4 course meal on the house! Delicious food, friendly staff = perfect date.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Excellent food and atmosphere. Very friendly & efficient waitress. Only surprise was that they were out of several items by 9:15 on a Saturday night. But otherwise everything was great.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2017

Nice quiet place food was great bugar was delish and very delish

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

My Husband and I discovered this Restaurant on New Years Eve and Valentine's Day was our third visit! Food is wonderful and really enjoyed the atmosphere. Would highly recommend this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2017

Love the way the king crab was cut, much easier to eat, breat was also wonderful...

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2017

The service was great and the menu was great too. There was a mix up on two rib-eye orders. The medium rare order was given to the medium well person and vice versa.

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2.0Dined on January 1, 2017

Went to the New Year's brunch. It was quiet because there was no one there. The flyer we had lead us to believe we would have Bloody Marys and Mimosas with the brunch. Not true. We were told right away by our waitress that was an error, the Bloody Mary bar was an additional $10. We had lobster linguine and frittata. The lobster linguine price was $28, it was good but had small pieces of shells in it. Told the server to tell the chef. Never heard anything after that. The frittata had prosciutto, mushrooms and smoked cheese. It had no flavor at all. You would think that $20 eggs would taste good....nope.... Don't know if the regular menu would be any tastier or not, but this experience was not a good one.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2016

Great food and service

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2016

Our waitress was very knowledgeable and helpful with the food and drink choices. When that appetizers and food came they were some of the best I have eaten. Our group ordered the prime rib and filet mignon and both were among the best we have eaten. The scallops were large and had wonderful flavor also. Overall a great experience with great food would recommend to everyone looking for a great steak.

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