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About WA Frost & Company
This is a favorite Saint Paul dining destination since 1975. The Restaurant is housed in the turn-of-the-century Dacotah Building which lies in the heart of the historic Cathedral Hill District. W. A. Frost has incomparable ambiance and rare old world character. It boasts several grand wood-burning fireplaces, a charming old bar and the European-style garden patio and garden bar and lounge.
The new American cuisine at W. A. Frost is derived from an eclectic mix of ingredients meticulously sourced, with a very strong emphasis on local small farmers that use organic and sustainable practices. Minnesota's best wine list, best outdoor dining in the Twin Cities and the most romantic restaurant are just a few awards received.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Contemporary American, American
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 1:00pm;
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 1:30pm;
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:30am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Two Parking Lots plus neighborhood street parking. Valet service option during winter months.
Private Party Facilities:
Private Dining available. Please visit our website for detailed information.
Private Party Contact:
Talon Zasada: (651) 224-0525
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
WA Frost & Company Ratings and Reviews
The food was excellent. We had the ribeye and the duck. The service was another matter. The server was polite and nice but extremely slow. For example, my wife ordered a glass of wine when our meal arrived and she didn't get it until the table was being cleared after the meal, and it was the wrong wine.
It was a Thursday evening; 3,000 people were heading to the St. Paul Cathedral 3 blocks away for a concert. So, all (I'm sure) these people decided to eat out before the concert began at 7:30. The restaurant was quite full! We had no worries at our 5:45p seating. The staff was gracious, patient and timely--apparently everyone having dinner at Frost's were heading to the concert. We had a fine dinner and moved on in good time to the Cathedral. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner--fresh and flavorful--wonderful salad and shrimp sandwich. No complaints; just praise!
Excellent service. Waiter was able to explain ingredients in the food items, pointing out selections which contain substances that might be allergenic in some circumstances. Menu offers everything from sandwiches through steak. Atmosphere is quiet leading to a thoroughly satisfactory dining experience.
The ambiance is wonderful, the food was very good but our service was terrible. The server kept disappearing for long periods of time and we twice had to flag another employee; once to find out about a long delay in getting our entrees and another to get our check. Disappointing; and even though we were celebrating a birthday we took a pass on ordering dessert after the waitress dropped off the menu and didn't return for more than 10 minutes.
Went for brunch on a Sunday with a girlfriend. Waitress was just ok - seemed uninterested in everything about serving. Another worker tried to clear my latte which was still half full. They were out of both the caramel pecan roll and the scone. Everything just seemed slightly awkward. Food was good, though. I had the pork and grits and my friend had the ham hash and both were very yummy and a decent value. Overall, it was an ok experience, but nothing special. I had a much better experience when dining there for dinner.
My family gathered to celebrate my 70th birthday. We made a late lunch reservation, had no trouble parking and enjoyed avoiding a crowd. The person who waited on us was polite, cheerful and helpful without intruding. The food was delightful, with unusual and delicious flavors. Without question I would repeat the experience and recommend W. A. Frost to friends and family.
We have eaten here many times and have always had a great experience. This time, the food was excellent as usual, but the service was unbelievably slow. We arrived on time for our 6:30p reservation. We ordered drinks and when they came, I ordered a bottle of wine. My friends had finished there first drink before I received my wine. (No they didn't chug them) Then they ordered another round and when that arrived we ordered our salads and dinner entrees. Our entrees arrived at 8:31. Again, they were delicious and we love this place. But this time the service was not only slow, but somewhat impersonal.
Have been to WA Frost several times on patio - great venue for summer outdoor dining. This is as first time dining in the main dining room. Ambiance meets same high standards as memorable patio. Ordered tasting menu with wine accompaniments. A few of the courses were very flavorful and the wine pairings were very nice. We were disappointed however with the pace of the meal and after the first two courses being rushed out back-to-back my husband asked for the kitchen to slow down. A tasting menu should last 1.5-2 hours in my opinion. Will definitely visit WA Frost again for the patio dining experience and maybe a standard dinner out, but Meritage remains our go-to for tasting menu with wine pairings and fabulous service.
The food was spectacular, and while our server was very good, the service itself was exceedingly slow. We waited over an hour and a half for our entrée and after 45 minutes were brought a cup of soup to enjoy during our wait, which would have been a lovely gesture had it not later appeared on our bill. This was not on a holiday nor a weekend night so there's really no excuse for the length of time it took; especially as other diners that were seated up to an hour after us were dining before we were. No apology nor even table-side visit from a manager. Quite disappointing.
I was very excited to be taking my wife out for dinner. It was one of our last times heading out before out child is born. We both ordered steak. She got the 8oz Bistro and I got the 12 Oz Ribeye.
She ate her cut cause she was hungry. She had to eat it. It was salty.
When I took a bite of mine is was like I took a mouth full of salt water. You know the taste -it's that too salty sour taste that, once tasted, is hard to get out of the mouth. I just couldn't. It was just terrible.
So yeah. Not that great at all. I'm being nice.
Now. The ambiance? Fantastic. This is the kind of place that you go for a glass of wine, a nice bourbon (their selection is pretty good!) and a cheese plate. Their cheese selection is great.
Patio? Yep. They've got that. Nice to sit, drink and eat a nice cheese plate.
Yep -you don't go there for the food.
That's all I got.
This was our first time at W.A Frost , and I normally tip very well , but our experience and service were so good that I didn't feel 25% was even enough . The attention that our waiter gave us was during our lunch there was way above and beyond that I have experienced in a long time .
Valentine's day lunch at WA Frost is just as romantic as it should be with attentive service and great food which is also healthy. Great ambiance with old style paintings, a fireplace, and outdoor views on a sunny day. A great selection of wines- including half bottles for lunch. A great selection of after meal cheeses. It is quiet enough that a couple can hear each others valentine's romantics. There is also ample nearby parking at mid day unlike many downtown MSP locations.
The atmosphere is pleasant. The food was good. The service was poor. Sometimes our party of five did not see our waiter for 15 minutes or more. Our food, pretty simple orders, was quite slow in arriving. We ordered a dessert to go and after 10+ minutes had to ask if it was ready. It was a piece of cake. We were told the kitchen staff was "working on dessert orders." The restaurant was half full at that time. We were there for over 2.5 hours. Good thing we like each other.
We had a reservation for 7 at 7pm. We made it 3 weeks in advance, because this place is popular. I chose the restaurant, because the menu was accommodating for those of us that wanted to splurge on a nice entree, and those that might want a more mid-range priced item.
We started with the five cheese platter. It was delicious. For dinner, I ordered the micro-entree duck confit. It was delicious also. The portion size is smaller, so having a soup and appetizer with the micro-entrees is recommended, otherwise go for the full-size. I liked the option.
Despite this being a popular place, we did not feel rushed at all. After dinner, we went down to the basement lounge for another drink. The atmosphere down there is amazing. There are bays with chairs and coffee tables all along the perimeter. The place is lit with candles and small lamps and it has a very cozy old world look to it. It would be a great place to come and order a bottle of wine.
Food was fairly good, great presentation. My steak was excellent as was the potato and roasted brussel sprouts . Autumn salad lacked pizazz, and one other guest said his greens seemed wilty, another guest didn't finish his salad due to an "off" flavor. Wine list terrific, however we service was very slow for drinks. Unfortunately, we intentionally ordered a different wine to accent our food, but they didn't arrive until AFTER our meal was finished. We tried flagging down a busboy to find our server, but still no drinks. Ultimately, we had wine without our food and that was a real downer. I suppose we could have waited until our food was cold to have the wine, but thankfully our water glasses were full.
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