St. Paul >Food & Dining > Heartland Contemporary Midwestern Restaurant
289 5th St E, Saint Paul, MN | Directions 5510144.950309 -93.085668
Tue-Thur & Sun 5:00pm-9:30
Fri & Sat
Neighborhoods: Lowertown, Downtown
wasteland – There is nothing like bad service to put a damper on an evening. Service did not exist when we dined at Heartland last night. AWOL is the only explanation. No small plates for apps (without asking). No water (without asking), no bread (without asking).
You wan to taste wine? You must be trying to get drunk cheap. I can't give you more than 3 tastes." Between two people ordering 4 glasses of wine??
I had to grab a server on the floor to get bread. Never did our bar "server" ask us, "how are you? do you need anything for you?" Service? We got water by waving down our "server." We received our first courses. No plates.
Food. Fish terrine was not good. marinated beets buried in sour cream and a pork chop that was 60% meat and 40% fat.
Don't believe the HYPE - poor quality & OVERpriced – A friend chose this for a get together...and I had heard such great things, I was very excited to check it out. Don't bother, the food is mediocre at best, the service was average, and the prices-- well, if you want to be one of those people who thinks if you spend a lot of $$$$ and that means you're going to get a great dinner, don't bother reading this review. I (and several in my party) have dined all over at some of the top restaurants in the country. This isn't it. Nothing great at all, I was bloated/sick for several days, and the selection was lame. It seemed like the chef was trying so hard to be uber chic, that all the duck, pork and crazy combinations just didn't work. You'd be better off staying at home and ordering Dominos.
Nothing unique and local – We’ve always been strong supporters of good, local restaurants but we don’t feel that way about Heartland. Lenny Russo is nothing but a huge ego. The restaurant claims to change menu daily, but all he is doing is changing one dish and maybe one dessert on the menu to something else, and putting the original ones back the following day. Be honest and just add “dish of the day” to your otherwise unchanging menu! Also, before he claims he is serving seasonal and local food, he should walk across the street and learn what’s actually local and seasonal! We see corn, zucchini, tomatoes at farmer’s market – why do we not see any of these summer vegetables sold locally used in his dishes? He needs to realize unique ingredients don’t necessarily make unique dishes – just because he serves boar doesn’t make his dish special and different.
If you have $100 to spend on few drinks and nibbles – there are plenty other local restaurants you can go to and get much better food and service, and don’t have to feel that you wasted your $100.
LOVE LOVE LOVE – My all time favorite restaurant.
I have been there too many times to count and I have never been disappointed. The menu changes daily and everything is fresh. The staff are all wonderful, attentive, and willing to go the extra mile to ensure you are happy and well cared for.
If you haven't been here yet, go as soon as possible. If you are looking for a wonderful dinner, and have an appreciation for organic, skillfully prepared food, hurry to Heartland. You will not be disappointed!! Also makes a great date spot.
Great food, normal portions – Had a large group after a Mac graduation. The servers easily accommodated the group, didn't even add an automatic tip for a large group. My beef entree had enough Morel mushrooms to share among four people. Both "flora and fauna" are well represented, and all dishes I tasted were wonderfully and differently flavorful. Excellent wine selection at a reasonable price. At the end of an extended meal we were satisfactorily full. We were not rushed, and the experience will bring us back from out of town.
Not my top pick for a TC wine bar (Wine bar review only.) – Really craving a glass of crisp white wine last night, the hubby and I headed out to try a new wine bar (new for us anyway). We ended up at Heartland Wine Bar in St. Paul which offered us quite an experience. Located off St. Claire in St. Paul, it’s a cute, little place, tucked in next to the neighborhood dry cleaner, giving it a nice, neighborhoody feel. There was a small lot adjacent to the restaurant itself and plenty of parking on the street as well.
The restaurant and wine bar themselves do not open until 5:30, so don’t ask for the happy hour menu, there isn’t one. We were the only patrons in the place at 5:30 and the next guests didn’t show for another hour. The “wine bar” area itself is long with 10 or so spots with a handful of tables in the back. Very quaint atmosphere, quiet, with low lighting, although I would have liked a couple of windows or at least better decorating as I felt wedged into their back hallway. I guess they certainly make due with the space they have.
The wine list was impressive with a lot of unique choices. Although I love when wine bars offer flights, as it’s a great way to sample a nice variety, and Heartland doesn’t offer any. We settled for four full glasses of wine and eventually ordered a bottle of Albarino from Spain. This was the recommendation of our server/bartender and the pick was spot on, we really did enjoy it! We also ordered the cheese sampler, which again was an excellent pick, with three cheeses from Minnesota and Wisconsin.
It was a wine and cheese night, so I can’t speak to their full menu, but overall we really enjoyed ourselves. I would certainly recommend this spot, but for $8/glass for their cheapest glasses and no happy hour specials, the bill adds up quickly.
who knew? – This was my first visit to heartland after hearing years of hype. We were disappointed to find when we arrived that the dining room was closed and only the wine bar was open, this is apparently the case on Monday nights. I didn?t even know there was a wine bar and was surprised to find this hidden gem. The atmosphere was cozy, nice lighting and music, but small. The menu seemed a little over the top and we were unfamiliar with many of the wines on the menu. Our server was very knowledgeable and was patient with my boyfriend and I and our many questions regarding the food and wine. We ended up sharing a few things and everything was seriously delicious and beautifully presented. Keep in mind that the portions in the bar are smaller plates, our server told us this and we ended up getting just the right amount of food and with great suggested wine parings?our bill was still less than $80 for the two of us. We were so happy to find this place and now knowing that the menu changes and is updated on their website daily, we will definitely be back!
I Don't Get All The Fuss – I went here a second time because the first time I felt like I must have missed some exciting dish that makes everyone go bananas for this place. Nope, second time was the same let down food and lame atmosphere.
A fine, unique TC restaurant – Six of us dined here on a recent evening. All enjoyed it. The menu contains many unusual items in unusual combinations, and changes frequently. An obvious effort is made to utilize local sources. Here are some we consumed: the lake trout gravlax, watermelon-cucumber gazpacho, hierloom tomato salad with blue cheese, Romano flat beans with walnut dressing, wild sturgeon with crayfish butter, and a chicken breast prep (details escape me now). All were pronounced excellent. I can say the sturgeon, one of my favorite aquatic foods, was outstanding, not only for the quality of the fish but for the sauce. Interestingly, the prosaic flat beans were wonderful. The only disappointment was the bird-like portion of the trout gravlax appetizer. It was $10 but, given the Lilliputian quantity, should've been $6. About six miniature potato chips and a barely detectable sauce accompanied it. I'm seeing this more and more: Extremely small appetizers costing more than they should. Better to increase the size and keep the price. Desserts may have been a bit over the top in terms of combinations; good, but they left us thinking about Cafe Latte's sweet offerings a short ways away. Food and wine prices are reasonable for a restaurant of this caliber. Decibel level when full was still conversational. Our server was fine, but she apparently expected us to tell her at the outset that we wanted the bill split in half. This is a very good restaurant and the beneficiary of one of New Jersey's finest exports, the chef and owner(?) Lenny Russo.
One of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities – Heartland is a great restaurant for a special occasion. The food is delicious, and reasonably priced for the quality of ingredients. The staff was very friendly and helpful when asked questions about food and wine recommendations. I will definitely be back, and have highly recommended Heartland to many people.
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