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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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Northfield, Minnesota
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46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

Our family had a "pre-Christmas" feast here recently. Several friends had recommended Joan's so we wanted to see for ourselves what was so wonderful. Located along a stretch of Snelling Avenue that would not be none for fine food. The restaurant was converted from an old pizza joint with a decorating style you might call mid-Sixties Mad Men. Small and... More 

Thank Carl B
St. Paul,MN
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54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

My wife and I had our first dinner here recently and we were both please with our meals. We had limited time for dinner on this occasion so we didn't stay for desert/coffee. I will say that this is a $$$ or $$$$ restaurant but feel it was worth it. We enjoyed the crab toast along with the corn dumpling/crunchy... More 

1 Thank ponsib
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199 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

Made reservations via open table. We arrived a little early and we seated immediately. There were four of us. We had an appetizer for the table, which was crab bites and excellent. Then main courses were pork chops, filet and Sea bass. Also had an excellent side dish of yams in a sauce. Everything was according to wishes and was... More 

1 Thank jammerspot
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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159 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Really have been looking forward to eating at Joan's as the reviews are always over the top. This place is small lively and well decorated. Staff was attentive and just the right amount of "friendly " BUT, while the different courses were very picturesque and ok taste wise , boy were they expensive and rather simple in preparation. The scallops... More 

1 Thank Fred1855
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Extremely rude. Arrived a few minutes early with my in-laws aged 80+ . Nowhere for my father-in-law to sit. He uses a cane. I borrowed a chair so he could rest until our table was ready. Hostess said he would have to move as the table was needed, (the party had arrived). I would have been happy to move if... More 

1 Thank michael p
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

We were excited to get into a restaurant we had heard a lot about. After waiting several minutes to get to our table that was already set, we waited at least 10 minutes to even be approached. When we ordered some drinks, it took another 15 before we saw them. He showed up without any menus and took another 5... More 

Thank juiceski
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Read reviews on this place so we decided to give it a try. Amazing! What a surprise. Every course of our meal was a culinary experience. Service was excellent. Good wine list and nice choice of wines by the glass. A bit noisy, maybe not an eye catching building, but the food and the service was memorable. We will be... More 

Thank Mike L
Devils Lake, North Dakota
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

The food was amazing! Very tiny restaurant, make sure have reservations. My only complaint is that it is very noisy. If your looking for a quiet intimate atmosphere this is not the place.

Thank Angela M
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Four of us had dinner in August. Two of us had never been there before and were looking forward to it because of the excellent reviews. It did not live up to our expectations. The effort is commendable--creating a park-like atmosphere at a busy intersection is an act of creative effort. The menu is inspired and the food is all... More 

Thank harrietlansing
Saint Paul, MN
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33 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Even though I live in the area it took me forever to finally give it a try and I am so glad. Great food, great staff, overall great experience! Definitely a great special occasion restaurant but don't limit it to just that. The rib eye was excellent!

Thank jmb84

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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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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?