St. Paul >Food & Dining > Wild Onion
788 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN | Directions 5510544.939985 -93.133083
Monday To Sunday From 11:00 AM To 02:00 AM
Neighborhoods: Summit Hill
NEVER GO HERE! I normally do not post reviews of places I have gone, but I felt it is needed in this case. To preface, I have been to the Wild Onion once before for drinks/appetizers and the food was ok and the drinks were overpriced. But that did not turn me off enough to never comeback. However when I did come back I was turned away for apparently violating their "dress code" which according to their Facebook is listed as "casual." I was told that I was not allowed back on their property for 24 hours when I offered to go home and change and come back because I was there for a birthday celebration. I have never been treated so rudely in any establishment, ever. I thought my case may have been an isolated incident, but it appears this happens often. Do not go here, let them run themselves out of business.
The Wild Onion is the worst example of a "Birthday House" that I have ever seen.
They are clearly a racist business, and I never play the race card. EVERY SINGLE TIME I go there,
there is some kind of issue. It can range a "dress code" violation, to someone drinking their Birthday
drink too fast. They ALWAYS find a reason to create a problem with people of color.
I advise anyone with any kind of tint in their skin or slanted eyes to stay clear away from this place.
I have been going there for years, for the Birthday special and EVERY single time there has been racism displayed.
I've never had this issue at any other restaurant in Minnesota. This time our party of 7 got kicked out because
the Birthday boy drank his 2nd beer too fast. The manager stood and watched our table like we were going to steal
the place. He actually checked his watch when the Birthday boy finished his Beer. I was absolutely disgusted.
So Im spreading the word BAN THE WILD ONION FOR BLATANT RACISM!
Stay Away! Spend tons of money there and they return the favor by kicking you off the sidewalk while waiting for a cab! Sorry dumb owner's/security, the city of St. Paul owns the sidewalk in front of your establishment...The employees are cold, rude, ignorant and slow as they could care less for your business.. Goto Sweeney's, Muddy Pig or down the street to Bon Fire or Billy's for an excellent night out!
Worst restaurant – My family and a friend went here because we were checking out uptown and everyone was hungry so we were looking for some place to eat that is different. The services were TERRIBLY! After the waitress took our order I gave her the menus but she just walk away & go to the next table without taking it. We went there on a Tuesday during lunch and they are not busy at all but it took almost an hour for our foods to come out & the waitress hardly cone by to check on us. When the food came out my our fries looked like it has been sitting around for days already and my son's chicken looked overly cooked and nasty. When we paid the bill the waitress asked how's the food & I said it's ok & she just walked away & looked unpleased that I said that cuz I hardly eat touched my food. The decor to me is not appropriate @
all if you have have kids and does not say anything the
restaurant. I just want to let you know that I have never
written a review before and this is a first for me. I can still keep going but many on here already expressed their thoughts already. On a finally note though...this place is not classy @ all...one of the waitress was wearing a t-shirt and a stretched pants!
WORST RESTAURANT/BAR IN ST. PAUL – WORST ESTABLISHMENT TO EVER GO TO ON GRAND AVENUE!
These folks are outright racist when it comes to people of color in gaining entrance. I can understand if someone is belligerent or improperly dressed, but the bouncers as well as staff have the poorest display of customer service in trying to maintain an appearance of being a classy bar.
As many of the other reviews here state, this is NOT the place you want to go on Grand Ave. late night to have a good time or any time at all for that matter. They turned away a party of law students that was ready to spend good money due to one individual not being in accordance with their outlandish dress code of which isn't even stated on their website. I spoke with Nick the General Manager who basically was of the mindset that it's ok to discriminate against people that look a certain way.
I feel really bad for the staff that works there wanting to provide quality service to ALL as I too have worked in customer service before under improper management/ownership policies. I hope Joe & Jay who are the owners read this and take heed in avoiding any further lawsuits they already have pending against The Wild Onion.
To make a long story short...save yourself the disappointment and DO NOT EVER SUPPORT THIS ESTABLISHMENT!
Take it or leave it – The only thing that Wild Onion does better than the places around it is arrogance - they serve the same drinks, food, and have the same television/music entertainment as a dozen places within walking distance. Maybe if you're looking for smaller crowds you'll end up here as it seems less popular than other places, and the prices aren't bad.
"Dress Code" will keep your friends from joining you – A group of friends and I planned a memorial toast at the Wild Onion last week. Unfortunately, when one of our group tried to join us, he was told at the door that he couldn't come in because he was wearing workout pants (which were dark gray, tailored, clean and had they not had a string around the waist, probably could have passed for dress pants) and they have a dress code that starts at 9PM. (It was ten after). I explained to the guy working the door why were there and why it was important to all of us. He gave me a smirk and said he'd already talked to the manager who agreed our friend shouldn't be let in. I guess I kind of understand it as they boast a selection of beer such as Leinenkugel's and a menu that contains such delicacies as fried wings and pizza and the entertainment is super high class (they even played us a shake weight commercial between sports games on the televisions!!). And I understand that the waitress serving tables next to us who was working in a pair of black underwear and a tank top must have gotten in *just* before that 9 o'clock deadline. Or maybe this is just a place that practices open discrimination and doesn't deserve any more business from me or anyone else I know. Especially with such a wide variety of other great places to frequent in the cities.
Could not join memorial due to "dress code" – I've never been to the Wild Onion before tonight. I went there right after my Tai Chi class (which ends at 9pm) tonight to join some friend to toast someone who passed away 4 years ago in a tragic plane accident. I get to the door and the door guy says there is a dress code and my dark gray sweats (dark) were not code. I explain why I am there and he asks me where I live and if I could go change. I said west of Minneapolis so no. He asks the manager (it's 9:20pm now) and the manager says no, don't let me in. So if I had been there at 8:50pm I could have gotten in but now that it's past 9 I can't join my friends to remember someone who has passed on? Wow. Never been there, never will go back. Great way to treat your customers.
Extremely Rude – I was at the Wild Onion recently and the staff was extremely rude. They were completely inhospitable and did not even treat me like I was a person; somehow they were above me because they worked there. I called to talk to the manager Laura and she did not even apologize. I later talked to Nick, who did not apologize either. I work in management, and I know that even if the customer is completely wrong or the complaint is unjust, you still listen and apologize and acknowledge why they are upset. There was none of that with either Laura or Nick. Not that I really wanted anything because I doubt I would return, but the fact of the matter is is that he should have tried to win me over in hope of me returning. That's what a good manager should do - a manager that cares about their customers. Show some respect and empathy towards others. This management team needs a course on proper management techniques and customer service. Do not go to WIld Onion.
RACISM on GRAND at its BEST – I have been to the Wild Onion in the past for birthday’s celebrations that I have gone to. My Boyfriend and I where late to the birthday celebration last night and when we arrived we where advised that he could not enter because his shorts that where very form fitting where to baggy. I spoke with the female manager who stated that that is there policy. I asked where is it posted and I was directed to there 8 1/2 X 11 sign saying "dress code enforced" and nothing else. I asked what there entire list of requirements and they could not provider it. We waited across the street waiting for our group to finish eating and while waiting viewed white females and males entering with shorts/skorts longer that allowed and also viewed black couples where the males had the same citation and they where turned away in a 30 minute time period. In conclusion if you want a nice WHITE Dinner go there!
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