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Oct 26, 2008 08:46 PM

Private dinning in St. Paul or Stillwater for 15

Is there any unique restaurants that can accomodate 15 in St. Paul or Stilwater in price range of $60 to $100 per person?

Looking for a restaurant with parking without major hassels (not downtown St. Paul).

Any help is appreciated.

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  1. I'm assuming that the parking is your issue with downtown. That being said, I would recommend the Downtowner Woodfire Grill on 7th St. They have a very nice back room near the bar for private parties, and a menu that will satisfy many tastes. It's a very warm and friendly atmosphere with a fireplace. They have a pretty fantastic wine list and the meals are reasonably priced imo.

    They have a parking lot directly across the street and I bet they would even reserve spaces for your guests.

    We had a small company party there a couple of years ago and everyone was very impressed.

    1. We had our rehearsal dinner at W.A. Frost in St. Paul a couple of years ago. We had ~18 people. The room was very nice as was the service. The food was very well prepared (nice execution on fairly standard options - although I should say that they did have a few more interesting things that we could have put in our 3 choices, but we thought they might not be as popular with the group we were service). The wine was very good. I was there a month ago or so with a group of 6 for lunch. I found the food and service to still be quite good. There is a small parking lot associated with the restaurant.

      1. I have been to W.A. Frost and it was great. I would also recommend Muffuletta in Como Park in St. Paul. They have delicious, mostly local food and great service. Their outdoor dining is great in the summer, too.

        Muffuletta In the Park
        2260 Como Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55108

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        1. re: ClaireM

          Thanks for the suggestions.

          Has anyone dined at Lowell Inn in Stillwater? I noticed they had several rooms and prices seemed reasonable.

          1. re: wineglas

            The Lowell Inn used to be fairly well regarded around here for several decades, but it fell off a bit. Actually, I think it just never kept up with the times. I've eaten there a couple of times in the last two years and it was fine, but nothing to write home about. Their most interesting meal, I think, is a rather kitchy fondue affair that they offer one or two nights a week. If you're interested in keeping it in the Stillwater area, I'd suggest the Dock Cafe, which I've always found to have good food with good service at a decent price. It also has a nice room in back that has lots of windows overlooking the St. Croix River. If your focus is on the food and you don't mind paying for it, it's always worth checking in with the Bayport Cookery, which is probably the finest restaurant in the St. Croix Valley. It's a smaller space, so a group of 15 would pretty much take over the dining room, and you'd probably have to make reservations pretty far in advance to do that. If you're looking for something funkier, you could always check out the new Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar, which is pretty much what you'd expect it to be -- a lot of fun. They have a back room with its own bar, and the food is very tasty. In St. Paul, I'd suggest taking a look at the Happy Gnome, near the corner of Selby and Dale. It's got its own parking lot and the best tap list in town. Apart from that, I think the food's pretty good, too.