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Joan's in the Park

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631 Snelling Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116-1529 (Bayard)
+1 651-690-3297
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Thunder Bay, Canada
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81 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

One of the best dinners we have ever had and we've travelled the world. The lobster avocado salad such a great start followed by a fillet cooked perfect and a beautiful scallop entre. Even though we didn't need it we did have the special dessert unbelievable . The restaurant is small. The staff is wonderful and really look like they... More 

Thank Fullbellies
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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131 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

We cancelled my birthday dinner reservations at Spoon and Stable (which we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE) to bring the celebratory dinner closer to our St. Paul home for ease of family member commuting, and YES, was I ever pleased with the decision to dine at Joan's in the Park. Highland Park is dear to us, our home borough for so many... More 

Thank LovesZebras
Los Gatos, California, USA
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118 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

I picked this restaurant in St. Paul. It was number 4 in the city's restaurant ranking. For some reason I was expecting something that I will like. I looked at the menu, was very interesting , and short. This is for me one of the selection criteria. A menu with too many choices is not good. And I found this... More 

Thank grecognos
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Food was out of this world, the place was very cozy and warm, owners are wonderful. Small place but world class food.

Thank Sheila G
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

What a neighborhood gem, I've probably drove by this fine establishment many times and never knew it was there but thanks to Open Table it was brought to my attention, so I gave it a try. It was good as advertised, my date and I enjoy a great meal, over board service and at a reasonable price. It's kinda small... More 

Thank Chath65
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

We go to this wonderful neighborhood restaurant for special occasions. The welcome is warm, the space a little cramped but the food is always fabulous. It's not somewhere we can afford to go so often but we always feel welcomed like we are regulars. It's a gem of a restaurant to have around the corner from our house.

Thank B K
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Have always had wonderful food here. The service is great and you usually are greeted by one of the owners. Small but excellent. Love

Thank Louhut
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

The Winter seating is about 24, double that in Summer. Wonderful wine list, absolutely delicious food, charming staff. I don't usually gush but this really is a 5 start restaurant.

Thank F4wizzo
Saint Paul
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Top notch dining in the neighborhood. There are so many good things to eat here. You can do the standard starter/main thing and be quite pleased, but the variety of dishes makes us often opt for a cavalcade of small plates, salads, sides, etc. to get a taste of everything. Service is friendly and professional, though never stuffy. Solid wine... More 

Thank Adam W
Seattle, Washington
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90 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

When we walked in the restaurant both my husband and I were put off by a very strong fishy smell, which we smelled even in the parking lot behind the restaurant as we were walking around the building to enter. The service was a bit slow but the waiter was charming. The New York strip steak was fabulous. It is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 631 Snelling Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116-1529
  • Public Transportation: Snelling Avenue @ Ford Parkway
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Saint Paul
  • Phone Number: +1 651-690-3297

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?