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“Will go out of my way to avoid” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bonfire Wood Fire Cooking - Grand Avenue

Bonfire Wood Fire Cooking - Grand Avenue
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Ranked #300 of 877 Restaurants in Saint Paul
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: American, Bar, Southwestern
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Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Victoria
Description: Bonfire, a fun neighborhood restaurant and bar where friends and family gather to share food with bold flavors prepared on our wood fire grills. We are proud to be an independent and family owned company based in Minnesota, serving the community since 1996.
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Will go out of my way to avoid”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

I have not written an awful review... until now. I took a group of about ten people to axel's from out of town thinking that it would have something everyone would like. We were ignored for almost half an hour after being seated. No drinks, no aknowlegement. This would have been forgiveable, but once we were able to order drinks we had to wait for them as well, and when they were delivered my red wine was spilt literally all over myself and the person next to me. My friends shirt was ruined, and my wool jacket is stained. The waiter felt terrible, and we assured him that accidents do happen. Usually upon a mishap a manager will come to the table with an apology of some sort. This did not happen, but the waiter (who was already mortified) offered to purchase us an appetizer. It seemed to us that he may be having to pay for this out of his own pocket. We accepted with the idea that we could compensate by means of a generous tip, as it was really just an accident. By this time we have been at the restaurant almost an hour, and have had no food. Our app came out and was awful. What was supposed to be artichoke dip seemed more like warm milk with some green stuff in it. Our food came out next, and sadly not one person at our table had food worth buying. Even the french dip was bland and cold. After this entire experience we left still hungry and very dissatisfied, and with no recognition from a manager regarding the unfortunate events. Our bill was huge as the food is overpriced. I did end up going to the restaurant's website to notify a manager of the events that unfolded, as I felt somewhat in need of an explanation. No one responded to my notification. At this point I feel that there is awful food, awful service (not from our waiter as anyone can spill a glass wine) and no desire to make reparations.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
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English first
St.Paul, Minnesota
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977 reviews
574 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 411 helpful votes
“VG Sunday brunch, excellent with kids, dining room a little dark”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

Just had Sunday (Easter brunch) here, and would give it a strong B+/A- Service was extremely pleasant and attentive. Food was good to excellent. Long buffet table with range for fruit, vegies, fish, chicken, meat, very good smashed potatoes and hash browns, eggs, including made to order omlets, and excellent range of deserts.

Because it's a brunch and you can get food immediately, this is a very good place to take kids. We noticed many groups with young children.

We almost did not come here because of some negative reviews. I've eaten all over the world and feel good about recommending this place for those who are looking for solid, non-gourmet food.

The restaurant has several rooms. The first room you enter is mostly a long, nice looking bar. Off to the right is a main dining room which is, as someone noted, a cross between a sports bar and a cowboy themed dining room (lots of pictures with cowboy themes. This room was a bit dark for my taste. There are other rooms including one at the front of the restaurant, next to the front windows. If you like natural light, you might prefer this room to the cowboy room in the back.

Otherwise, nicely done.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Seniordad
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Glasgow, Scotland
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258 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Good food, busy bar”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

This place has a very large and extremely busy bar area. Looks like a lot of folks like to meet here for drinks and appetizers so it is quite a loud and noisy place. Having said that, the food and service were good. My steak was delicious, although a bit more done than the requested medium. My daughter and granddaughter both really enjoyed their meals and an appetizer made with shrimp and guacamole was a real hit.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank intrepidtraveler23
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Saint Paul
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Perfect Place For Friends, Food, and Drinks”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

My friends and I got to Axel's 2-3 times a month, oftentimes for Happy Hour. The drinks (martinis!) are so delicious and the food is very good! We are fans of the nachos. It is the perfect atmosphere for meeting up with friends for drinks or for a casual family dinner earlier on in the evening. Prices are reasonable and the service and staff are generally very nice and attentive. Never had a bad experience here!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Talia S
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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181 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Decent food but better places nearby”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

Good for business lunch or to meet friends. Wine specials are worth the trip (half price specials). Wood fired pizza is the food to get.

    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 55xxx
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