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.
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: 651-224-0525x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
WA Frost & Company Ratings and Reviews
Very disappointed. They were not very b ...
They were not very busy so there was no excuse for the poor service. It took fifteen minutes for someone to bring water and take a drink order. We had to ask for bread as it never came. They didn't even refill our water. Very slow. Our reservation was at 6:30 and we didn't get the main course until 8:45. The manager came out to tell us they were just "plating" our entrees and they would be right out and he would bring them out personally. That even took fifteen minutes. By the time our food came we didn't care what it was or how it tasted. We were hungry and tired. We just wanted to leave.
Here's the kicker. It was a birthday dinner and the server said they would buy us a birthday drink that they ended up charging us for and then when they brought the bill, they put a candle on a plate and lit it. No cake-no desert, a lit candle melted onto a small plate of nothing. We were stunned. All we could do was to openly laugh at the totally horrible experience and ruined evening. From start to finish - terrible. They comp'd the entrées but I felt that the entire evening was insulting. This was my first and my last time ever going there. This is the first negative review I have ever posted online for anything.
We went to celebrate our youngest son's ...
We went to celebrate our youngest son's 28th birthday. He had the tasting menu and really enjoyed it. The only drawback was the last two courses could have come out a little quicker. We ended up having the room to ourselves whish was both good and bad. Good in that it was quiet, bad in that it might have been too quiet.
Overall, a very enjoyable evening with excellent food.
A disappointing overall experience despi ...
A disappointing overall experience despite a lovely patio.
There were hairs in the fruit.
Service was really slow.
We asked if a a dish was spicy and were told "not at all," but the dish was swimming in chili oil.
Never offered bread when other tables had some.
Open table for party 8 with a confirming ...
Open table for party 8 with a confirming email. However, when we showed up they only had a table for 6 and a table for 2 so we were separated. Then it was a half an hour before the wait person came to the table. The plus side is that the outdoor patio is beautiful and the food was good. However, there are other good alternatives with better service.
The patio is of course fabulous . We ha ...
The patio is of course fabulous . We had made a reservation and they had us seated inside. They reluctantly moved us outside, telling us we were in luck. Considering we were some of the first people there that seemed unwelcoming. Our server was very attentive and the assistants were overly eager, almost snatching our plates before we were finished. The food was mediocre, not nearly up to the level of the environment.
We were there for a brunch and even the ...
We were there for a brunch and even the toast was delicious! They have a wonderful patio but we are inside due to the weather. The ambiance is what you would expect for the area but a step above. The best part was the service. I never had to ask for another a drink or water, they were on top of our needs. Even the hostess checked on us when seevice was busy.
We were warmly received and seated by th ...
We were warmly received and seated by the host on duty. The restaurant lighting and decor made for a cozy and romantic environment. My fiance was very happy with the ambiance. The server, Sarah, was properly engaged, leaving time for us to be alone and then interacting appropriately to see about ordering beverages and food. She also explained the specials for the evening and answered questions we had regarding appetizers and entrees.
My mom and I dined before the Adele conc ...
My mom and I dined before the Adele concert. Every other person in the place was also going to the concert. The server politely told us that we should order quickly in order to make sure they could get us fed and to the concert on time. She explained they have been burned before because all the concert-goers come at the same time and the kitchen gets behind. I appreciated the recommendation and also appreciated that they were prepared for the evening. I also was happy they took reservations on a concert night. Many places around the Xcel do not. The food was amazing and you get what you pay for. The drinks are top notch. The fried green tomatoes are to die for and are a must if you order an appetizer
Simply stated, great ambiance, very good ...
Simply stated, great ambiance, very good food. Go there for the overall experience and consistently good food, but don't expect a highly creative or sophisticated menu. Our waitress was delightful. Noise level was quiet unlike a prior visit when the room had two very happy and loud groups.
Great food, lousy service. Took 45 minut ...
Great food, lousy service. Took 45 minutes to get entrée after salad plates taken up. Desert menu given, and then waitress did not appear for around 15 minutes. Service detracted form what otherwise was a very good meal.
Celebrating our 10 th anniversary, recom ...
Celebrating our 10 th anniversary, recommended by a coworker. It was a great experience! The food was wonderful, you were able to accommodate my wife's need for a variety of gluten free options. Overall an excellent experience!
We had reservations for 13 people for Fa ...
We had reservations for 13 people for Father's Day. Our table was in a great semi-private dining room. Our server was great, the atmosphere great as well. My only complaint was that the food took SO LONG to arrive - we were told the kitchen was overwhelmed by the large house for this special occasion. It was tough to keep small kids occupied for the long wait.
A little disappointing. Came here for an ...
A little disappointing. Came here for an early Father's day celebration, about 5-6 years since my last visit here. The waitress, Phoenix, was rude and inattentive. We even overheard her complaining to another waiter that one of her tables called her "rude", and we wanted to say, "but you are!". She was inattentive. We came at 8.40pm and asked if it would be ok to order the apps right in time for them to come at 9pm (because of fasting). She was so distracted during this conversation, that she understood it the opposite, and our app came 10min before we could actually start eating it. So they took it back to "keep it warm" till 9... After the app, our food came almost at 10pm! The funny thing, another waitress stopped by to ask if we would like to see the dessert menu, and was a bit surprised when I said, "we are still waiting for our dinner". When the food came, it was so disappointing, I hardly touched any of it. I had a lamb dish, and it was so unappetizing and bland, that I didn't go beyond one first bite. The waitress didn't bother to apologize or acknowledge the late arrival of our food, nor did she bother to ask if I liked the food, obviously seeing my full plate untouched. Will prob never go back. There are plenty of good patio options with way better food and service for the price, and the prices are definitely high at WA Frost.
I've enjoyed WA Frost in the past for bo ...
I've enjoyed WA Frost in the past for both food and atmosphere. Sorry to say the menu was way off this visit. Frost is trying to get exotic when it should stick with elevated basics. I had duck breast fixed in Asian style but the rice was swimming in a thin sauce (literally swimming!) My husband had a curry dish with lamb shank....an unfortunate combination of flavors if there ever was one. The menu also seemed very limited and quite expensive. Our appetizer was $14 for three small sausages and a stingy sauce.
I ordered pork chops and they were dry, ...
I ordered pork chops and they were dry, my friend ordered steak/medium and got medium rare. Service was great, I have been to Frost's before and had good food. It was a Tuesday night so that may have been the issue. Was disappointed in the food this trip.
We were treated wonderfully with excelle ...
We were treated wonderfully with excellent service and very fine food, both tasting menu (and EXTRA THANKS for a vegetarian tasting menu, too) and off the menu items. We had requested seating to accommodate good conversation with family joining us we had not seen in quite a while and we were given a great table in a beautiful setting.
We chose to dine in the outdoor patio fo ...
We chose to dine in the outdoor patio for our 4th Anniversary. It was beautiful. Romantic spot, with good service and awesome food. The lamb was great, and while the chicken was a bit spicier than I thought, it was delicious. Our waiter noticed my husband wasn't drinking his cocktail very fast and offered to bring him a new one! Very observant and we appreciated the attention to detail. Wonderful wine pairing recommendation as well. We will definitely be returning!
Let me first say - I am a fan of WA Frost which is why I booked a table for 9 for my wife's birthday surprise. Typically, I would suspect slower than average service for this large of a group especially if the restaurant is full (which is was not at 50% capacity). Basically, the service provided was shotty at best. Our drinks came late or had to be ordered twice by party. Large gaps between server face time occurred between apps, main course, desert, etc. leading to our meal being around 4 hours start to finish. This seemed a touch on the long side since this isn't close to formal dinner.
Overall, I was generally disappointed and have no plans to return. Hoping this is just an isolated server who did a poor job.
Best outdoor seating in the Twin cities. ...
Best outdoor seating in the Twin cities. We had a table outside for 11 people. The host didn't like that we pushed the tables together but in the end they were accommodating. Food is awesome, patio is great and the service was good. Plus you can walk to the places near by for some bar hopping. Highly recommend
Service was very slow. Food was only ok ...
Service was very slow. Food was only ok. After our food arrived, we didn't see our server for 25 minutes, we had to ask for the check and still waited. This was a favorite place, but the service/food needs to be improved. I do not plan to return anytime soon.
Good but not great
I hadn't been to WA Frost in a long time, and my overall experience just wasn't as good as I remembered in the past. We sat inside by my choice - really should have just sat outside in their lovely patio. Service was surprisingly slow, but assumed it was due to large crowd outside. I had the lamb shank, which had a flavorful sauce but seemed a bit tough. My friend had the chicken, it came with an overly spicy sauce/side. Salad was great. Just expected something better I guess - was still a good meal, just not as good as I hoped. Would go back but with different expectations, and definitely sit outside.
We love W.A. Frost, however I was a litt ...
We love W.A. Frost, however I was a little disappointed this time around. We had a group of 12 and the service seemed unusually slow. We had to wait over 20 minutes to be seated (with a reservation), and our food and beverage service was extra slow.
Food was great, however!
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