Whether you’re looking to host the ultimate custom event or impress someone special on a romantic date night, Holman’s Table knows how to deliver. Located at the Downtown St. Paul Airport, Holman’s Table is where gastronomy and aviation sit down for a one-of-a-kind meal.

The restaurant, which opened in January 2018, boasts a main dining room and an additional space, The Earhart Room. The entire Earhart Room can host 80 seated or 100 standing, and it can be broken into smaller rooms: Airfield (seats 50), River (30), and Boardroom (12). The Earhart Room is equipped with music and A/V capabilities.

“We have an inviting lobby area in between our restaurant and private dining space that can be used for cocktail receptions to kick off events,” says Nikki Wallace, marketing and communications director. “We’ve even had a large tent put up on the tarmac for an outdoor private dinner for 30.”

Holman’s Table has hosted everything from corporate seminars, rehearsal dinners, anniversary celebrations, foodie tastings and full buyouts for weddings. Regardless of the type of event, Wallace says everyone can take advantage of their airport location.

“We’ve curated a truly amazing relationship with Minnesota Helicopters for the ultimate experience! MN Helicopters offers rides out of Holman Field (where Holman’s Table is located). Private tours can be booked any time, or they are on-site most Friday and Saturday evenings (weather pending),” she says.

Wallace says guests typically reserve a helicopter to celebrate a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary, but “events could for sure take part in helicopter rides; there’s just limited space for passengers, but we are at an airfield, so planes are always another option,” she says. “Many guests fly in to have lunch and park their planes right outside our patio.”

When you’re done flying, Holman’s Table’s menu continues to wow guests. Popular dishes include the signature mushroom toast (Wallace suggests coming in for breakfast and ordering the mushroom toast and eggs) and the Hangar Steak, which is made from locally sourced beef. 

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