Radisson Harborview & JJ Astor Restaurant
When the Radisson Hotel opened in Duluth in 1970, it was the city’s first new hotel in 43 years. Designed by William B. Tabler Architects of New York City, it is the tallest circular building in Minnesota, and houses one of only five revolving restaurants open to the public in the United States.
Built at a cost of $3.6 million, Radisson Harborview is situated on the site of a formerly run-down area of downtown Duluth known as the Bowery, The area was saturated with shabby hotels and shady bars and became a target for urban renewal in the 1960’s. As shown in one of these pictures, in 1904 an establishment known as the Crown Restaurant was located where the Bowery Bros. Pub on our Superior Street level is today.
Welcome to JJ Astor, where guests enjoy welcoming service, unparalleled views, and signature dishes. Our contemporary menu utilizes sustainable produce from local farmers and fresh fish from local fishermen for menu offerings such as Fresh Catch of the Day.
Whether settling in for one of our specialty cocktails while enjoying the view from our lounge area, or while seated for a leisurely dinner, JJ Astor provides a memorable hospitality experience for locals and visitors alike.
From the moment you find your seat, you will be captivated by your towering panorama of the Duluth harbor that affords views of the Aerial Lift Bridge, downtown Duluth, Bayfront Park and ships passing by. As the restaurant revolves along its 360* tour, you will see the Duluth hillside populated by historic buildings and the civic center where our City Hall resides.
Our namesake, German immigrant, John Jacob Astor was an American treasure. His humble beginnings, innovation, ambition, world-travels, and determination contributed to his success and inspired the American Dream. His journey started with a store at the fur-trading outpost of Fond du Lac on the St. Louis River.
Astor used his profits from fur trading to invest in a wide range of business enterprises. By the time of his death in 1848, he was the most prosperous man in America. In fact, he is considered to have been America’s first millionaire.
John Jacob Astor’s trading ship “The Astor” was used extensively to serve the early outposts around Lake Superior. Built by the American Fur Trading Company to replace the early French and British ships, the Astor brought many miners and missionaries to the Lake Superior region, as she was the first American commercial vessel to sail Lake Superior.
Full of historic harbor character and spirited port life tradition with a fresh, casual nature, JJ Astor encourages you to savor the moment, tell old stories, and create new memories. It is our pleasure to share with you an elevated experience.