Cuisine: American, Steak, Seafood, Pasta
Restaurant Features: Bar, Hotel
Location: Bloomington, MN (Inside Embassy Suites)
Address: 7901 34th Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55425 952-854-1010
Hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-2pm *Dinner Daily 4:30pm-10pm *Sunday Brunch 10am-2pm
Links: Woolley’s Steakhouse Website * Woolley’s on Facebook * Google Map
Woolley’s is located inside the beautiful, lush courtyard at the Embassy Suites Airport in Bloomington. Unfortunately I did not take any photos of the interior, but if you have been to any Embassy Suites before, you can instantly visualize the courtyard setting, with intimate seating areas nestled in among a variety of plants. The lighting was dim and romantic and there was a jazz band playing music somewhere nearby.
Menu: Appetizers include Calamari, Walleye Fingers, Martini Steak Bites, Crab Cakes, Shrimp Cocktail, and Diablo Bites (blacked beef tips).
Small Plates include Short Ribs, Marcona Almond Purses, Sea Scallops, Duck Sausage, Foie Gras and Pork Tenderloin.
Woolley’s has a Salad Bar for $14.95 or you can add it on to any entree for $4.95. Side salads are also available to add-on to any entree for $3.95. Dinner salads include Grilled Salmon, Apple Proscuitto Brie, Woolley’s Steak salad, The Classic Wedge, Winter Greens, and Caesar. Soups available are a French Onion and a Soup du Jour.
Woolley’s is known for their Beef, with options such as Beef Tenderloin, Bone-In New York Strip, Top Sirloin, Martini Steak, Beef Oscar, Prime Rib (12oz or 16oz), and 16 oz Red-Eye Ribeye. Any beef or steak can be served Classic Style (with bleu cheese, bacon, onions and mushrooms), Gratinee Style (with croutons, caramelized onions and gruyere cheese), or Oscar Style (with bearnaise and crab). All steaks come with choice of baked potato, scalloped potatoes, mashed potatoes, wild rice pilaf or broccoli, with the option to upgrade to any of the following sides including Glazed Carrots, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Hashbrowns, Loaded Baked Potato, Sweet Potato Hash, Brussel Sprouts, and Grilled Asparagus.
Other Entrees include Chicken Marsala, Pork Tenderlon, Short Ribs, Duck Breast, Woolley’s Burger Deluxe, and Swedish Meatballs. Pasta options include Pasta Vodka, Fettuccine Alfredo, and Kielbasa Mac & Cheese.
Woolley’s also serves Fresh Fish and Seafood such as Grilled Walleye, Panko Walleye, Grilled Salmon, and Shrimp & Scallops.
Desserts include Creme Brulee, Bread Pudding, Chocolate Lava Cake, Cheesecake and more.
Salads $5-20 Entrees $14-28 Steak $21-45
Happy Hour is served in the bar Monday – Friday from 4pm until 6pm.
- $2.25 Domestic Tap & Bottle Beers
- $2.75 Craft Tap & Bottle Beers
- $3.25 House Wine
- $3 – $3.5 Call Cocktails
- $3.75 – $4.5 Martinis and Specialty Drinks
- 50% OFF all Appetizers
- Sunday-Wednesday: Half priced bottle of wine
What we ordered: We started with a couple of drinks (Cranberry and 7Up for me!) and the complimentary basket of bread. This was a standard French loaf, served warm and crusty.
We knew we were going to be ordering more food than necessary, but I really wanted to try the Calamari. This was delicious! It was fried crispy with a panko breading, while the calamari itself was still quite tender. It was sprinkled with parmesan and parsley and then served with spicy marinara and lemon aioli for dipping.
I opted not to get a starter salad and went straight for the Red-Eye Ribeye ($36), which comes served over a bed of swiss chard and melted gorgonzola. This steak was amazing!!! I ordered it medium rare, and it was cooked just perfectly. When I say that this steak was tender, it could melt in your mouth. The melted gorgonzola was a wonderful accompaniment and added even more flavor. It was served with a warm cheddar ale biscuit and choice of potato. I will order this steak again every time I visit Woolley’s from now on. I might even dream about it ;)
I got the loaded baked potato which came with the standard cheddar, pieces of bacon, and green onion with sour cream and butter on the side. When all was said and done, I was too full to eat more than a bite of this!
I was happy when our server mentioned that one of the New Year’s Eve specials included an add-on 6oz Lobster Tail for just $11.95. It was a holiday, so why not? It was nicely seasoned and cooked just right. Served with drawn butter and lemon.
My companion ordered the 16oz Prime Rib with fingerling potatoes as the choice of potato. This was a fairly thick cut of beef, tender and mildly juicy. It was good but couldn’t compare to the ribeye. It was served with a side of au jus with a couple of mushrooms.
My companion also ordered the Jumbo Sea Scallops ($10), which came as an order of three. The scallops were seared to give it a caramelized crust while still being very tender within.
Being that it was New Year’s Eve, I decided to treat myself to the Dessert Sampler, which is basically three desserts of the price of three. The spotlight was the Bread Pudding, drizzled with a caramel whiskey sauce and topped with whipped cream. It was surrounded by colorful berries, whipped cream and orchids for garnish.
One of the desserts was the Chocolate Lava Cake, served warm with blackberries on top. I loved the combo of textures and flavors of the chocolate with the berries. Very good!
Last but not least was the Creme Brulee which was smooth and creamy, with hints of vanilla.
Service: We had made reservations several days ahead of time to ensure we could get in on New Year’s Eve, and a table was waiting for us when we got there. Our server was very friendly and had some excellent suggestions, but we found that the food took longer than expected between courses. We were not in a particular hurry however our dinner with the appetizers, entrees and desserts took about two and a half hours. The longest wait was for our main entrees, which took at least 45 minutes to arrive after ordering. I attribute this to the fact that the restaurant was completely booked.
Overall Impression: We thought the food at Woolley’s was wonderful. In fact, the ribeye is one of the best steaks I’ve ever had, rivaling the ribeye at Capital Grille for top contender on my Editor’s Picks for Best Ribeye. The atmosphere at Woolley’s is wonderful if you like a somewhat tropical feel, so make sure you sit at one of the seating areas in the courtyard. While we were treated wonderfully by our server, our only complaint was that the food service was slower than expected.