Mar 232010

Cuisine: American, Bar & Grill, Chicago-Style
Restaurant Features: Bar, Happy Hour, Patio, Nightclub, On-Site Parking
Location: St Paul, MN
Address: 788 Grand Avenue  St Paul MN 55105 651-291-2525
Hours: Daily 11am-2am
Links: Wild Onion Website * Wild Onion on FacebookGoogle Map

Atmosphere: Located on Grand Avenue in St Paul, Wild Onion is a full-service restaurant that also moonlights as a nightclub.  During the day, Wild Onion is a casual, relaxed restaurant that has become a popular place for lunch by local residents, shoppers, and also people who work around St Paul.  The restaurant is fairly large and has many tables and booths around the edges of the space.  The brick walls have a variety of beautiful original canvas paintings hanging about.

At night the Wild Onion turns into a really fun place to hang out with a large, centrally located Bar and dance floor.  Most nights there is a DJ playing after 8pm so it can be quite loud, as expected.  Very popular with the 21+ crowd, especially local co-eds, birthday celebrations, and bachelor/bachelorette parties.

Menu: Appetizers at Wild Onion include Singapore Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Nachos, Walleye Fingers, Grilled Chicken Quesadilla, Cheese Curds, Onion Rings, Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna, Pot Stickers, Italian Fries, and Chicken Wings (Double Diamond, Buffalo, Wild Fire, Baked Cajun Wings, and Asian Battered Wings).

Soup and Salad options include Mixed Green, Caesar, Black and Blue Shrimp, Wild Onion Signature Chopped Salad, and Buffalo Chicken Salad.  Soups include French Onion, Chili and a Soup du Jour.

Chicago-Style Specialties include Chicago Hot Beef Sandwich, Chicago Dogs, Hot Italian Sausage Sandwich, Michigan Ave B.L.T., Windy City Fettuccine, and Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Sandwich options are BBQ Pork, French Dip, Walleye Fillet, Reuben, Widow-Maker Club (chicken, bacon, avocado and spicy Scorned Woman sauce), Prime Rib, Bad-to-the-Bone (shaved ham with sauteed peppers, jalapenos and onions), Turkey Melt, Superheater Sandwich (grilled chicken with pepper jack, habanero peppers and diamond sauce), and Turkey Burger.  Tortilla Wraps include Thai Chicken, Fresh Veggie, Walleye, Tijuana Chicken and Blackened Ahi Tuna with Avocado.

Wild Onion also has a variety of burgers (served with kettle chips) and sliders including Original Beef Sliders, Walleye Sliders, Blackened Chicken Sliders, Grand Avenue Burger, Chipotle Pepper Jack Melt, Juicy Lucy (stuffed with Swiss cheese), Onion Mac, and the Steakhouse Burger.

Handmade Pizza options include Four Cheese, Wild Onion Combo and Buffalo Chicken.

Entrees at Wild Onion are the Bricked Chicken, Dijon Marinated Sirloin, Steak Frites )fries topped with Bistro steak and Bordelaise sauce), Canadian Walleye, Steak and Eggs, and Szechuan Chicken Rice Bowl.

Price guide: Appetizers $7-9  Salads $5-12 Sandwiches/Burgers $7-9 Pizza $8-12  Entrees $10-16

Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 3:30-6:30pm

  • $1 Off Domestic Bottled Beer, Cocktails, House Wines
  • $1 Off all 20 oz. Mugs
  • $2 Small Plate Menu available in Bar Area
  • $2 Off all Martinis, Manhattans and Gimlets

Weekly Specials:

Monday- Hot Chicago Beef Sandwich $6.99, $2 Off All Steaks and Wings, $1 Off All 20 oz. Mugs, Shake Dice for Drinks @ the bar, Super 34 oz. Mugs – $5.50 Domestics, $6.50 Imports

Tuesday- Birthday Specials

Wednesday- $9.97 Steak or Chop Plate.  Choice: A 10 oz NY Strip or 12 oz Bone-in Pork Chop  served with house salad and signature cheesy scalloped potatoes.

Thursday- (Italian Night) Porketta $9.49, Fettuccine Alfredo $7.49, Chicken Parmesan $7.49, Macaroni and Cheese $7.49, Spaghetti & Meatballs $7.49,  $2 off glasses of wine

Sunday- $3.50 Build-you-own Bloody Mary Bar (11am-3pm), $6.99 Signature Burgers (5-11pm),

What I ordered: I did not want to order a full meal for lunch so I opted to get the chicken quesadilla appetizer.  Very flavorful choice! The two large flour tortillas were stuffed with bites of grilled white meat chicken, roasted sweet corn, sauteed peppers and onion, cheddar and jack cheeses, and then grilled until everything was hot and melted.  The tortillas were a crispy golden brown and slightly buttery, then topped with chipotle ranch, sour cream and crumbled Mexican cheese.  It was served with sliced fresh peppers, salsa, and chopped greens on the side.

One of my companions ordered the Ahi Tuna and Avocado Wrap.  This wrap had Sushi-grade yellow fin tuna seared rare and wrapped inside a tortilla with shredded carrots, avocado, tomato, wasabi and a white-balsamic vinaigrette. Served with a side of avocado ranch and fresh fruit.  (Comes standard with kettle chips or you can upgrade to fresh fruit or french fries for $1.50 extra)

Another companion ordered the Veggie Wrap with fries (upgrade from standard kettle chips).  This wrap included Lettuce, tomato, cucumber, avocado, green and red onions with Swiss cheese. Tossed in a white balsamic vinaigrette and served with a side of avocado ranch.

Another companion ordered the Juicy Lucy, which was stuffed with Swiss cheese and served on a toasted bun.  I didn’t try it but it looked great and my companion enjoyed it very much.

Service: Our visit was on a Friday for a late lunch but we were luckily able to find a parking spot in the attached lot.  As soon as we arrived we were greeted by a friendly hostess and then seated.  Our server was patient as we took our time looking over the menu, and offered a few suggestions to make ordering easier.  It took at least 20 minutes for our meals to be served, but drinks were filled in a timely manner.
Overall Impression: The Wild Onion is a happenin’ place to eat or drink on Grand Avenue, with good food and great birthday specials.  Check out Wild Onion at night with a group of friends if you’re looking for a fun place to dance and have cocktails.
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  8 Responses to “Wild Onion ~ St Paul, MN”

  1. Just had dinner at the Wild Onion. We got in just before 6:00 pm on the Fourth of July and had a good meal. Good service. We were out by 7:00 pm not rushed and had a great experience. Menu has a lot of options. I had the Pork Chop which was on special and other had the Tacos, Spaghetti and Meatballs and Pizza. Food was good and reasonable. I would recommend for family dining.

  2. I’ve never been there at night in the bar scene but I heard it gets pretty busy. I have been there for lunch though. Good variety of sandwiches, salads, burgers. Service has always been slow especially for lunch, I’ve usually had to tell the server we are in a hurry and they are more attentive then.

  3. That is sad that they have such a strict dress code, especially since it is considered a BAR, that it should make no difference what a paying paitron is wearing!
    As for the food it is classic americana bar food, nothing great!
    Pretty much a place to hang and have drinks or celebrate birthdays or bachlorette or bachlor parties! Hoping place on the weekends!
    Last time I was there my purse was stolen and the manager and bouncers were not much help!

  4. 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.

  5. I went there and tried a reuben. My fries were cold and my toast was burn. When I asked for more fries the barfly hitting on the bartender asked me why I wasn’t eating my sandwhich. I told him the bread was burned. The bartended/waitress overheared him call me a picky bi*** and did nothing. He was not a paying customer. I paid and left through my tears.

  6. DICRIMINATION at its Best on GRAND!

    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 than the Wild Onion allows 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!

  7. I attended the Wild Onion tonight with my girlfriend and ordered two premium drinks…we left the full drinks on the table with a napkin on top and went on the dance floor. When we came back one drink was missing. I asked the waitress and her response was that we “were on the dance floor for a long time” (like what did we expect). I was aggravated so I went to the doorman and asked for the manager. He ignored me to attend to paying customers so I told him to nevermind andI went back to my table. To his credit he sought me out but when I explained the situation he too let me know that I was at fault “like leaving a cell phone on the table and it turning up missing”. My question is what happened to customer service? Number one, do not blame the victim but acknowledge the incident. Offer a replacement drink but let the customer know that it is their responsibility to watch their own drink. That’s all, to me it’s simple…

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