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About JJ Astor
Welcome to JJ Astor (located on the 16th floor of the Radisson Hotel Duluth), where guests enjoy welcoming service, inspired décor, modern approachability, unparalleled views, and signature dishes.
We have created a contemporary menu utilizing sustainable produce from local farmers and fresh fish from local fishermen.
Whether settling into the oversized armchairs in the lounge, or admiring the view from the inviting sofa style banquettes, the restaurant provides a memorable dining experience for locals and visitors alike.
Authentic portraits, blueprints, and photography from Duluth’s past adorn the teak panels located throughout the restaurant. While the most stunning view is undoubtedly the view of Lake Superior, the interiors also paint a captivating picture of their own.
Duluth, MN 55802
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Everyday: 6:30am - 11:00am; Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Everyday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour in the Lounge Sunday-Thursday 3:00pm-6:00pm
Superior St and 5th Ave W
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
We can accomodate parties from 1 to 100. Please contact us to arrange your special event.
Private Party Contact:
Richard Selz: (218) 722-0591
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
JJ Astor Ratings and Reviews
We went to JJ Astor's for our anniversary. We had very, very slow service! They were also out of 2 of the items we wanted to order that evening. We ended up with OK food, great drinks and OK dessert...all of which were over priced! The server was very sweet but she had too many tables and just forgot about us. Also if you get motion sickness I wouldn't dine here, the revolving motion made me and my husband sick and neither one of us get motion sick! It moves very slow but still messes with your head and stomach.
You pay for the view... but it's worth it. If this is your first trip to Duluth, as it was for us, there's no better place to get a spectacular view of the harbor while you dinner than this. If you're a Duluth native or frequent visitor, it might not be as impressive. The food and service were very good, but make no mistake: Duluth is a foodie town, and there are even better options at this price range. The JJ Astor experience is all about the view.
If you go to JJ go for the awesome service, or the bartenders that know how to make the best Jameson/Coke you'll ever have, or go for the AMAZING cheesecake, but dont go for great steak, or good pirtion size, because you will be dissatisfied. Couldn't eat the whole steak, it was like eating rubber with no flavor. The mashed potato Puree was great, but there was maybe 3 spoon fulls.....
Also, the drinks are upwards of $10/EA so bring your wallet!
Four of us visited JJ Astor to celebrate our wedding anniversaries. We loved everything about the restaurant: the ambiance, the food, the service, the wine, and beer choices. Our waitress was very attentive, and we had a hard time choosing among all the dinner choices. All of us were pleased with the entree we selected-seafood, duck, and steak. And when it came to dessert, well, they were on the house because we were celebrating 34 and 44 years of wedded bliss~ We all would highly recommend JJ Astor for a wonderful evening out.
We had high hopes for this. We were in town from Minneapolis (we are obviously spoiled for nice dinners) to celebrate the 4th and more importantly, our Engagement Anniversary. I noted that in our reservation, as most places here in the cities will at least mention it when you arrive or are seated...nothing with JJ Astor. Hostess was cute and nice but made sure to remind us twice about our 90 minute time limit on being there. I get it on the 4th but it was 6:30!! Fireworks were 4 hours away. Service started great...ended horrible. A group of 12 was sat next to us (fine of course), and we were then ignored as they got all of her attention. Servers were also talking about guests in front of us (who needed to leave, who had been sitting too long, etc...not professional). Food...okay, not great by any means. Crab cakes were good, NY strip was not seasoned or cooked well, why would you put Yukon Golds in a blender? Oh..the lemon/raspberry cake was good, but obviously out of a frozen box from a food distributor. Coffee would have been nice to have offered with dessert?? We were also never offered a second glass of wine or drink...isn't that where your money is?? I dunno...just expected more for the price. Also, please update your online menu, as the real menu is TINY with limited options compared to what you advertise. Will be going elsewhere next time in town, that's for sure!!
The place was empty upon arrival. It took 10 minutes for the waiter to appear after seating. The Waiter didn't have a clue for wine or beer selection, went off to ask. Returned with a wine list, and told me they didn't have a lager. I explained that Bud, Miller, Coors were all lagers. He disappeared again. The Fillet Mignon was cooked marginally at best, and the vegetables were mushy. Cruddy service and marginal food should cost $120. Avoid this place, though there appears to be little in Duluth for fine dining.
A spectacular view and good service, but the food was underwhelming at best. The menu prices would suggest fine dining but that was certainly not the case. I had the king's alfredo. The chicken was overcooked and dry. The shrimp was rubbery. The pasta was good but drowned in too much sauce. We will not be going back. You can eat much better for less in Duluth.
We enjoyed being at this restaurant on our way through Duluth. It was fun, relaxing, great staff, and very good food. We are excited to bring our grandchildren next time! We met grandparents (with their grandchildren) who had been brought their by their grandparents. It was a relaxing special, interesting experience.
Amazing View! The restaurant has an amazing view with a rotating top that lets you see the whole city of Duluth and Lake Superior in 72 minutes which completes a 360 view around. The food was good, nothing to special. Decor and upkeep of the restaurant was lacking. As well as the service as it was a bit loud and I feel like the servers did not hold themselves as high for a fine dining restaurant should be. Clothing was a little lacking, did not seem they really cared about being there or wanting to be there.
My wife and I tried out the restaurant on recommendation for our 40th anniversary dinner. Amazing food, wonderful drinks, great atmosphere. My wife tends to be more of a picky eater, but she loved everything that she had. (The walleye was fabulous.) It was a very relaxed atmosphere, we didn't feel rushed at all, we got to enjoy each other's company and the amazing view that this restaurant offered. The staff, the chefs, all that helped us that night were top-notch.
We were a group of six people enjoying a weekend away with my mom who was visiting from California. We had to wait awhile to be acknowledged when we arrived for our 11:00 reservation which was made at least 3-4 weeks in advance. The ambiance was nice. I would say the decorative aspect was very plain. The service staff was not friendly and just did their job versus treating you with a friendly and personal feel. The food was delicious and the portions appropriate for the more expensive prices. I would recommend it but there are a few things they could improve on
When the waitress brought my plate there was a hair on it. I gave her the hair & she apologized. I was a bit paranoid after that, as was my friend... wondering if more hair was in our food.
I think there should have been a portion of my bill taken off, which there was not.
After my meal, I asked for more water and it smelled like the water from a fish tank. Based on the hair on my plate getting nothing more than an apology & fishy smelling drinking water... I probably will not be returning.
My parents love this place. I have taken them many times throughout the year for the view of the fall colors, Bentleyville, the tall ships etc. The view of Lake Superior, the bay and bayfront park from this restaurant is by far the best view of any restaurant in the city. The restaurant revolves in a circle while you are eating so you get all views of the city.
The food and service has always been fantastic. I just took my parents there again for Mother's day dinner and had another great dinner and service. The decor and atmosphere is very relaxing and the staff are great. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
I went to JJ Astor for a dinner to celebrate my daughter graduating from college. I went with my father, his wife and my daughter. Everyone found something that they liked for dinner. Our server was very nice and very attentive! My daughter particularly loved the lava chocolate cake! While the food is good, the view is what makes this place outstanding. The restaurant spins slowly, and in about the time it takes to eat dinner you have made one revolution with views of the hills, the harbor and Lake Superior! If you are in Duluth and looking for a formal place to celebrate, nothing can beat JJ Astor on the top floor of the Radisson Hotel!
We went for lunch before a play at the Depot. Location is great! Our waiter was both friendly and knowledgeable about not only the food and different wines, he knew a lot of the history of the sites of Duluth that we saw as we were going around. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone - and definitely will be returning in the future!
Amazing. We had a little trouble getting there as the elevator serves all the floors to the hotel and it took 5 mins to get an elevator then stopping at almost every single floor on the way to the top with guests in and out. But once we arrived they explained the restaurant rotates in a circle. We had no idea! Super fun. We got to see the hillside of Duluth, the gorgeous views of Lake Superior, and of course the calming cozy restaurant itself. We were celebrating our first wedding anniversary - it was perfect.
We had the Asian Skewers for app - they were delicious but we didn't know you only get two. I had a 12 oz steak special, which was drool worthy and tasty. My husband had the double chicken breast fettuccine entree. We both thought its melted in our mouths. To finish we had two desserts (as we couldn't choose!) the Cheesecake with Spiced Pecan Praline and Chocolate Molten Lava Cake. Lets just say the chocolate cake has too much dark chocolate thus it wasn't very sweet. The cheesecake was normal but that SAUCE was perfect. The steak was even delicious the next day. We would HIGHLY recommend this place!
I chose JJ Astor for a birthday date night. I thought the revolving view would be great and it certianly was. The sinner fries were amazing to start things off and our drinks were good. Our enteres were good, but not great. Service this time around wasn't real great. I think our waitress was new and she missed quite a few things over the night including the dessert menu. So we decided to go else where for dessert/night cap.
As always, the view at J.J. Astor is the star of the show. I mean- a revolving restaurant with a view of Lake Superior and Duluth?!? It's magnificent. It was fun, and the service was good. The Easter Buffet was somewhat lackluster in my opinion. No omelette station, no hash browns, no bacon. The fruit platter was mainly melon which was unripe, woody, and flavorless. Stick with ripe fruit! I'd rather have less options if they are RIPE. Desserts were definitely not homemade and were a little dry and straight from a refrigerator. I saw a patron peel a piece of plastic packaging off of a piece of cheesecake. It would've been nice to have some house-made cake or pastries. Even desserts from a local bakery would be so much better than something off the truck. I think with a little more chef-inspired care and maybe a bit more creativity, this would have been well worth the $25 ea. price. I also saw a manager berate the cook slicing the ham on the buffet, blaming him for a patron not being told nuts were in the pre-made, muffins. I felt bad for him. I think the manager seemed super stressed out and the atmosphere kind of reflected that strain. Who knows what was going on. But did I mention THE VIEW?? It is amazing. I would still go there, and have been going there for many many years. It is a gem in Duluth. I have had some great meals there too in the past. I can't help but love the place in spite of a slightly less than impressive Easter experience. I would've preferred to order off the typical brunch menu.
My wife and I rediscovered this restaurant about over a year ago. We love to go there pre theatre.
I took friends there this weekend and we had a magical evening. Osso bucco was highly recommended by our excellent waiter and it proved to be better than I have had in Milan. Service, Panther Manhattan, and the wonderful vistas made for a "wow" dining experience. To steal from General McArthur, "I shall return!"
We were there for lunch on a Sunday and it was very quiet. There was no one at the reception desk when we arrived at noon, but we only had to wait a few minutes. No brunch options as their website suggested. Portions are generous. The view of Duluth is unique and noteworthy.
My husband and I were very excited to eat here on my birthday. While the physical experience was cool (seeing all of downtown Duluth from our table), the other inconveniences made the night overrated and overpriced. My husband and I don't eat gluten, and their menu was not very accommodating. We ordered the sirloin and the filet, and they were underwhelming. It wasn't very busy for a Saturday night, but our server must have been very distracted chatting up there other tables in our area. He never came back to replenish our drinks but he did manage to have a ten minute conversation with the table next to us regarding the history of Duluth. He brought bread to our table, and I said no thanks. He just said "you're welcome," put the bread down, and walked away. It took FOREVER for him to come back with the check and when I asked him to take a photo of us, he said "yeah, hold on" and disappeared for another 10 minutes. He really made the night less than enjoyable for us. I would only recommend this restaurant if you're willing to spend a lot of money on subpar food. You might be better off at Applebee's.
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