Nearby points of interest
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Forepaugh’s Restaurant is located in a beautiful and historic mansion overlooking the lovely Irvine Park. Just outside Downtown St. Paul, Forepaugh's is walking distance to the Excel Energy Center. This gorgeous, multi-functional, state of the art venue is disguised as a charming and quaint Victorian home. The 8 intimate and artfully decorated dining rooms straddle the past and future gracefully, featuring both period décor and brilliantly conceived, cutting edge New American Cuisine. The wine list is expansive and supported by a wine cellar/chef tasting room that is available for small, intimate gatherings. The comfortable and cozy bar features the finest in distinctive liquors and specialty drinks. And the service is excellent. Join us for a celebration or a romantic dinner or a drink before the game or concert. Business groups, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and parties of any shape or size are encouraged as we have many private dining options.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Contemporary American, American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5pm-9pm (last seating), Friday and Saturday 5pm-10pm (last seating). Sunday brunch 11am-2pm.
Happy Hour: 4 pm to 7 pm Tuesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. to close on Sunday
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Forepaugh's does cater to outside venues. Please call Mimi at 651.224.5606 for more information.
Forepaugh's offers valet parking or complimentary parking in our large lot across the street next to the Ramsey House.
We are just a short walk to bus stops on 7th Street.
Private Party Facilities:
Forepaugh's offers numerous options for private parties ranging from a wine cellar that serves as our Chef's table to a rooftop patio overlooking Irvine Park. We have a handsome first floor dining room with wood burning fireplace or third floor area overlooking the lights of downtown St. Paul. Leather wallpaper adorns our parlor while Mrs. Forepaugh's original dining room table and chairs grace the Lanpher Room.
Many a wedding ceremony have been held at Forepaugh's! In addition, we host holiday parties, groom's dinners, bridal showers, corporate functions and business meetings and wedding receptions.
While we can seat 175, the entire house with decks, front porch and yard has played host to hundreds.
Private Party Contact:
Mimi: (651) 224-5606
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Forepaugh's Ratings and Reviews
Regrettably, a disappointing experience. I had eaten here before and was impressed. I took my wife there so she could experience it, also. A beautiful dining room. Overall, we were gravely underwhelmed. A curious 'appetizer' of a cream puff with virtually no cream and a hardened puff. Chocolate was very good. Waldorf salad was passable but bland. Entrée choice of salmon or short ribs were woefully small in portion for the amount paid and were much less tasty than my previous meal here. A MAJOR disappointment. The imported ham and cheese quiche was excellent. If the entire meal had matched the quiche this review would be much, much different. The poached pear in a purse was again, quite bland and tasteless and very tough to eat. Served in a soup-like dish, with its relative toughness, it was very difficult to cut with only a fork. A small knife would have helped which we suggested to our server upon leaving.
Overall, the presentation of the food and the service were very good. The portions and flavors did not meet that standard, unfortunately.
We dine out quite often and select places and dishes we could not easily replicate at home. We are not averse to price but we are averse to poor value which we feel we experienced this Mother's Day to our mutual dismay. We've spent nearly twice as much as our total of $165 and felt elated. This day definitely did not leave us with those emotions nor the same impressions.
Great start. Host was fantastic. Patio seating was available. Great ambiance. However, I think they were way understaffed. Our waiter didn't arrive at our table until about 15 minutes after we sat. We ordered immediately, yet, by the time our food arrived, we ate, and they cleared the table it took another 75 minutes. We then ordered dessert. 25 minutes later, dessert hadn't arrived, so I walked inside, asked for our check and left. The waiter apologized, but the service was so slow that I wouldn't go back.
This was our second trip to Forepaugh while doing business in St Paul. The restaurant has a lovely ambiance and the staff are friendly and welcoming. We all enjoyed our meals, walleye, chicken and sea scallops. I wouldn't call the food off the charts but it is predictable and flavorful.
The restaurant is housed in a turn of the century home that appears to need a lot of work. If you go at night, you might not notice that it is in need of a serious paint job. It was a little disconcerting that 2 X 4's seemed to be holding up a beam on the stair case from floor 2 to floor 3 along with other structural issues.
This place was amazing. The beef wellington was cooked to perfection. Staff cleaned the table at every course and the dessert is a must save room for...passion fruit creme brulee and the deconstructed banana pie. Be sure to get a late night reservation....at then end of the meal, walk around and explore then mansion...bring a camera.
We were here with another couple to celebrate 29th wedding anniversary. They sat us in their wine room. It was wonderful - intimate, with so much character. We had wonderful service. We brought our own two wines and invited the bartender to try a little of each bottle. As he was sipping he told us stories about the restaurant. WONDERFUL! We enjoyed all of our menu options. As we climbed the stairs to the main floor we realized we were the last customers there.
Ambience was great. Food was poorly prepared, onions in 3 cheese potato galette was undercooked as was the large French fry-like side on the ribeye composed plate. Ribeye was mostly gristle and was ordered medium rare and served medium well and the filet mignon was roughly 5 oz. for $41. Not going back.
This was by far the best restaurant I have experienced in the twin cities. It was service above expectation. Staff was attentive to my wife and I the entire time. The host was the icing on the cake with his knowledge of the place, and his ability to make you feel welcome and important. The meal itself was perfection. I am usually a picky eater and I just decided I am going to trust the chef. I am glad I did. Will be making this a regular date night.
I had such an excellent time. The staff was wonderful, and the food absolutely delicious. I am so beyond happy I picked this for my Birthday/Anniversary date! The building itself was stunning, I love the atmosphere, and the tables were set elegantly simple. We loved our food, it was absolutely excellent, our waitress was great at explaining the menu and helping us choose our wine, and the host was so warm and welcoming. I really can't say enough about how much I enjoyed everything that I experienced at the restaurant. I will most definitely return again and recommend it to everyone!
Forepaughs is such a neat place. The setting...an old historic mansion. The food...somewhat a throwback. For example, I got the beef Wellington, which was excellent. I can't remember the last time I have seen that fish on the menu. I had the flourless chocolate cake, which was heavenly.
It had been years since I had been to Forepaugh's. We were looking for a place for Easter Brunch and Forepaugh's popped up when I googled a couple of articles. I'm really glad we came back. It was amazing. The ambiance is always perfect of course. It's hard to ask for a better setting for a holiday than a Victorian mansion. But we could have been eating in a cardboard box and it would have been worth it. The food was outstanding. They had a tasting menu and I liked every course. The only downside is if you have picky eaters in your party, on the tasting menu you don't get any choices. I've enjoyed that at other restaurants, where you get 2 or 3 choices for each course. But then again that might have cut down on the quality. Overall a great brunch in a wonderful atmosphere.
Shared Easter Brunch with my mother. Wanted her to have a wonderful experience. Service was exceptional and we felt very pampered. I have noise sensitivity and the sound level was acceptable and allowed me to enjoy my meal. The setting is historic and elegant. Food was beautifully displayed. Definitely recommend this site for significant events or anytime you want to feel special. **If you have physical challenges request a table on the ground floor. The stairs are tall and steep to the second floor. There was a back elevator that my mom used to get back down to the first floor.
Not Fed. We arrived on time Saturday night for our 5:30 p.m. reservation. Staff knew we were going to the Ordway for a 7:30 p.m. play. We ordered shortly after sitting down and were really looking forward to the Walleye and Beef Wellington. By 6:30 we were getting nervous since no food had arrived. The waitress kept saying it was coming. At 7:00 we stood up and went to find our waitress. The manager apologized and gave us a $75 gift certificate. We went to the play hungry. I think we were almost in shock. How could they let this happen? We kept saying "We went to Forepaugh's for dinner and they didn't feed us." Unbelievable.
We celebrated our anniversary before a show at the Ordway. The waitress brought us a champagne toast, and the host as well as waitress wished us a happy anniversary! The food was delicious, and the room was quaint and quiet so we could have a conversation.
We valet parked for $7 and were able to walk to the Ordway, which was a nice treat since parking was nuts due to a hockey game as well as the show.
We would definitely go back!
The service was impeccable, we were greeted right away and both the host and our waitress were personable and attentive. The food was a bit pricey and the portions were on the smaller side. There were not a ton of options for food. We were there on a Wednesday night, and it was not crowded at all. The food presentation was really nice. Overall a nice time.
Excellent attention. Personnel makes you feel comfortable. The Beef Wellington was delicious, I will highly recommend this plate. The dessert was excellent as well and Sauternes pairing was great. The ambiance is elegant and quiet. You can really have a conversation with your table companions.
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