Friday, October 25, 2013

Woolley's & the Charlie Awards

For the third year running, Woolley's is participating in the Charlie Awards, "an annual event that celebrates the exceptional contributions of the Twin Cities area restaurant, food and beverage industry." The way it works is that the Charlie Awards set categories and allow individual food service businesses to nominate themselves for award(s) in the categories for which they fit.

Then, once the voting period ends and the winners are announced, the Charlie Awards culminate in an annual award show. "The centerpiece for the third annual Charlie Awards will be on Sunday, November 17th at the Pantages Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. After the entertainment-packed show, we will continue the celebration at the IDS Center Crystal Court. Immediately following the after-party, a four-course VIP dinner hosted by last year’s honorees will be held at the Walker Art Center." More information and tickets for the event are available on their website.

For Woolley's, we were in the Twin Cities South Metro category with some other great local competition. Our famous Short Rib Ravioli was up for voting this year -- Woolley's Housemade Ravioli stuffed with Braised Short Rib, Goat Cheese, and Sage finished with a Brown Butter Sauce and topped with our Petite Mirepoix.

Short Rib Ravioli

So keep your fingers crossed as we wait for all of the votes to be tabulated, and stop in to try the Short Rib Ravioli when you join us for Dinner. It's one of the new pasta features on our Fall Dinner Menu.

No matter the outcome, we're just happy to participate in a event that celebrates all of the great contributions to the independent Twin Cities' dining scene, and we'll raise our forks to that!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Visit Woolley's for Restaurant Week - Oct. 20-25, 2013

Mpls St Paul Magazine's Restaurant Week is back for Fall 2013. Join us beginning this Sunday, October 20, for three-course lunches and dinners at a special price!

Lunch — $20
LUNCH ONLY: Free glass of house wine to start or non-alcoholic beverage
Appetizer (Choose one):
Soup & Salad Bar - Prepared fresh daily, featuring two house-made soups.
Entrée (Choose one):
Pasta Vodka - Ground spicy Italian sausage, roasted red peppers and Prosciutto ham, simmered in a creamy vodka tomato sauce, tossed with penne pasta and topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
Minnesota Walleye - Grilled, Beer Battered or Panko Crusted with wild rice, vegetable du jour
Petite Martini Steak - A flat iron steak grilled and seasoned with all the makings of a martini (shaken not stirred) and garnished with St. Peter’s bleu cheese crumbles and green olives. Served with vegetable du jour and scalloped potatoes
Black and Bleu Pasta - Spicy beef tips sautéed with red onion, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and bacon. Tossed in linguini noodles with a Southwest sauce and topped with bleu cheese crumbles
Almost Famous Chicken Sandwich - Grilled chicken breast, jalapeno aioli, chicken fried bacon, butter lettuce, avocado, tomato slices, 7 grain Ciabatta.
Bacon Bleu Burger - Bleu cheese, chicken fried bacon and creamy horseradish mustard served on our special blend of chuck and short ribs.  Our burgers are ground daily in-house, hand pattied and seasoned with Chef Peter’s secret blend.
BBQ Pork Sandwich - Braised pork, BBQ sauce, smoked cheddar, apple coleslaw.
Corned Beef Sandwich - Slow cooked corned beef, melted Swiss cheese, green cabbage tossed with honey mustard on toasted rye. 
Dessert (Choose one):
Bread Pudding
Crème Brûlée
New York Style Cheesecake
Chocolate Ganache Cake

Dinner — $30
Bottles of wine from our award winning wine list are available all week at ½ price!
Appetizer (Choose one):
French Onion Soup
Caesar Salad
Classic Wedge
Poached Pear Salad
Entrée (Choose one):
Pork Tendorloin - Butternut squash puree, roasted apple and pear, maple-bacon glaze.
Braised Lamb Shank - Cauliflower puree, roasted root vegetables, braising jus, onion straws.
Lemon Chicken - Tender chicken served with a rosemary garlic sauce and mashed potatoes.
Panko Crusted Walleye - Minnesota’s state fish hand breaded with parmesan seasoned Japanese bread crumbs, pan seared and served with lemon aioli sauce and rice pilaf
Grilled Salmon - Tomato and artichoke tapenade, brown rice, buerre rouge, sautéed wild mushrooms.
Top Sirloin - 8oz top sirloin on a bed of sautéed mushrooms and onions. Served with our famous scalloped potatoes
Kielbasa Mac & Cheese - Macaroni noodles, knights vail gouda, cheddar, grilled kielbasa sausage, fried leeks
Pasta Vodka - Italian sausage, prosciutto ham and roasted red peppers simmered in a creamy vodka tomato sauce with parmesan cheese.
Black and Bleu Pasta - Spicy beef tips sautéed with red onions, spinach, bacon and sun-dried tomatoes, served with chipotle cream and bleu cheese crumbles.
Martini Steak - A flat iron steak grilled and seasoned with all the makings of a martini (shaken not stirred) and garnished with St. Peter’s bleu cheese crumbles and green olives. Served with our famous scalloped potatoes
Dessert (Choose one):
Bread Pudding
Crème Brûlée
New York Style Cheesecake
Chocolate Ganache Cake

Sounds great, right?! Well, we hope you'll join us through Friday, October 25 for Restaurant Week. Secure your reservations by calling Woolley's at 952.854.1010 or online at Open Table.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Woolley's Thanksgiving Brunch -- November 28, 2013

In what's become an annual tradition, our famous Thanksgiving Day Champagne Brunch will return to Woolley's once again. On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2013, join us for a feast of epic proportions. From 10am to 2pm, you'll be able to break bread and give thanks with those you hold near and dear without having to prepare and/or wash a single dish.

We invite you to be our guests this Thanksgiving, so you can spend more time relaxing and focusing on what matters! Brunch prices are as follows: Adults: $34.95, Kids 4 to 12: $14.95, Kids 3 and Under: FREE.

Secure your reservations by calling Woolley's today at 952-854-1010.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Autumn Review Round-Up

Looking at online reviews can be an extremely rewarding experience for restaurants as it allows us to not only acknowledge the hard work of our staff members, but it also allows us to correct any areas where we may not have lived up to our guests' expectations. 

As we were reviewing our recent OpenTable reviews that our diners were so gracious to leave, we were beyond excited that so many of you had such a wonderful dining experience at Woolley's. A hearty thank you to everyone who took the time to leave a review. It's a great way for us to measure customer satisfaction and work to make your guest experience as enjoyable as we can.

We also wanted to share a few of these latest reviews as a way of acknowledging and thanking guests for both their patronage as well as for taking the time to follow up with a recommendation for their fellow diners.

"The Rib-eye was perfect and the panko walleye was really good too. And the cream of mushroom soup was fabulous! Jessie our server was the BEST!! What a personable guy!" -- 9/28/13

"We love both restaurants with menus by Chef Peter. For a great date night you should give Woolley's a try!" -- 9/21/13

"Very excellent food---prepared perfectly! Our server was second to none. Very friendly, efficient, observent, and yet not intrusive. An excellent dining experience!" -- 9/20/13

"It was our first visit. Fabulous food. Our waiter made great recommendations in food and wine and was very personable and attentive. Being seated in the area around the open foyer of the hotel (with balconies overlooking the area) was a little distracting. We would love to go back!." -- 9/20/13

"Sandwiches and salads are always great! Bread served with the meal was warm and delicious. Service is outstanding!" -- 9/7/13

"When ever we want to have a special romantic evening this is our first choice" -- 9/6/13

"Food is always great for lunch, from sandwiches to salads. Service is always friendly and served with a smile." -- 8/31/13

"Friendly, competent server who willingly accommodated a special request. Woolley's is a good restaurant to visit regularly." -- 8/30/13

"Always great food and the mimosas are great!" -- 8/25/13

"Sandwiches and salads are the best for lunch at Woolley's. The complimentary bread is delicious and is an added incentive to dine at Woolley's. Staff is always friendly and willing to go out of their way to make your dining experience enjoyable." -- 8/24/13

So, a hearty thank you to all of our wonderful guests who go the extra mile to leave us a review. We just love hearing about everyone's experiences, so keep up the good work!

If you haven't yet left a review after dining with us, we sincerely encourage you to hop online, head over to and let us know what you thought of your meal, your drinks, the service, your whole experience!