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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
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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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 

Thank GeorgiaJael
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Joan's is our go-to place when we aim for a great dining experience, with amazing staff, brilliantly consistent food and reasonable prices. On OpenTable, Joan's is consistently voted as one of the top restaurants in Minneapolis-St. Paul. While we certainly haven't tried every single restaurant in the twin cities, we've been to many of Joan's "competitors", only to conclude that... More 

Thank MindOfGMJ
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

The food here is very good, friendly service, we really enjoy it here. This is a smaller place with good seasonal meals, during the summer there is a nice little patio. Fun creative food, moderate prices.

Thank Aaron S
Roseville, Minnesota
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We found our own way to our table on the patio. The Patio was beautifully decorated, Just a few tables (six or eight) and a seating area for a group enjoying cocktails and/or dessert. The fabric canopy and one wall was nicely hung with fabric over the whatever was on the wall of the adjoining building. I had the scallops... More 

Thank 226nancy4496
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Best thing is the staff. From Joan herself, to the busboy, they are all trying to please. Sometimes it was hard to get our waiter's attention because he had lots of customers to serve, but once we did get his attention, he knew the menu thoroughly and was willing to make small subs to accommodate individual tastes. I would go... More 

Thank allankmn
Hudson, WI
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143 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

What a terrific experience! If you are a foodie you will love this place. I had the scallops which were good but my wife's fish was phenomenal. The fresh fish special was grilled with a butter sauce glaze and just slightly crisp. We are shared a bibb salad which was fresh and delicious. Even the bread they serve is remarkable.... More 

Thank Erte
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

If you're looking for an intimate, unassuming (not to mention delectable) place for a meal, this is it! Definitely get a reservation, as it is a small restaurant and a local favorite with quite the following (or so it seemed). The staff was awesome, it was obvious they enjoy their jobs and working with each other. The chef took great... More 

Thank Jennith P
Kettering, Ohio
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

We were looking forward to this based on reviews from trip advisor and open table. Reviews were right! Small restaurant with impeccable service and fantastic food! The salads were wonderful. The filet and scallops were cooked perfectly too. Bottle of wine and Swiss chard topped it off.

Thank Laura B
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Really terrific restaurant in the Highland area. Joan came out of Mortons so the place is well managed. Her partner, the chef, does an outstanding job. We have never had a bad experience, bad food or bad service. Wine list is terrific. We drive from the western suburbs of Minneapolis, but Joan's is always well worth it. I highly recommend... More 

Thank 19papa47
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Upon entering Joan's immediate greetings come from all the staff!! Wonderful way to start the evening. We brought another couple with us this time who moved here from Chicago. They love it every bit as much as we do. Food, service, wine all exceptional. They were surprised to have the cook deliver the meals to our table until we told... 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
Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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?