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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 waiter and food was wonderful. We will definitely return! However, we had to wait for the host/hostess, and I noticed that almost everyone had to do the same thing. It was nice to see business people coming in for a nice lunch wait too long to be seated when there was plenty of seating open inside and out.
Scallops and steak were amazing. The mussels were 50% bad. We made reservations for our anniversary on a Monday night. On the reservation we noted we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. At time of check in we were asked if we were celebrating anything and we said yes, our 18th wedding anniversary. When our bill came we were surprised to see we were overcharged for our wine and disappointed they didn't acknowledge our anniversary in any way.. a little chocolate, something!! They asked multiple times if we were celebrating! We felt that was a missed opportunity to provide an exceptional experience.
The first time my fiance and I went was in July of 2015 and everything was so good. I honestly don't remember what we ate but I remember it was superb. We spent a good amount of time in the lounge basement which was cozy and quiet with drink service directly to your alcove and couch.
This time, for our anniversary, we returned. The service was slow but he gave a round of free drinks because he was aware he was slow. The food was adequate. The Korean BBQ wings were good, my chicken salad tasted more than egg salad because of whatever Dijon mustard they used, but it wasn't terrible. My fiance's steak was a bit chewy but he didn't complain. Overall, the atmosphere is lovely, there is a pretty extensive drink menu and the lounge downstairs is cozy. The patio looked beautiful but we prefer to eat without sweating over everything.
We were a party of five. We all had starters and the couple that shared the cheese selection were thrilled. The salads were acceptable. Three of us had the lamb and we were pleased as was the person who chose the steak. My wife chose the pork tenderloin and it arrived cold. After sending the dish back to the kitchen, it returned a long while later, not as cold, but certainly not hot. Despite this my wife ate the pork and raved about the sauce! Desserts often let a restaurant down and WA frost did not disappoint. My wife's creme brulee was "great", but those of us that chose the cherry option were surprised to be served a very unfresh and stodgy offering. To the servers credit, he apologized profusely for the glitch with my wife's entree and we were not charged for this item. The Tasting Menu which we would have loved to have tried was "unavailable" and the "Monday half-price wine offer", we discovered, pertained only to the very high priced wines. That was naughty ! I do not think that we shall be rushing back for a special occasion....next time we will have a burger on the patio !
I really enjoyed the outdoor dining. We were there on a Sunday morning. The food was great, and our waiter friendly and helpful. For some reason, we couldn't get in the front door at 10:30am, but finally realized we could go in the back. We loved the setting.
It had been several years since we had last eaten at WA Frost, and we were very happy we made it back! Love the cheese tray, the drinks are great and although there wasn't a ton of vegetarian options, the pasta dish we had with morels and peas (forgot the name!) was one of the best dishes I have ever eaten, anywhere. Wonderful!
So sorry to say the food was good but not hot when served and the appetizer crab cake was more cake than crab. For the price they are asking, this was unacceptable. We still had a wonderful time because of how beautiful the building is and we were not going to let anything put a damper on our anniversary dinner. I wish I could write a better review. We also did not complain because we were in a ....let's not complain and put a damper on our 20th anniversary. Sorry but that is how the dinner went down.
Father's Day dinner for our first visit to W.A. Frost. The service was adequate - one large table in the back room and two small groups (3-4) including our table dining indoors, and the pace was very slow. Cocktails took a very long time to arrive and the server apologized several times for the bar being backed up. Minimal suggestions were offered and everything we ordered was an "excellent choice". Food was good overall. The lamb entree was excellent (as it should be at price point), halibut was good, and half chicken was very small and okay. We decided to skip dessert as we had already been there awhile. The historic building an decor were unique and a definite highlight. Our experience was fine overall but sorry to say we likely won't be back anytime soon...
We dined at noon on Sunday. The menu is very limited. Cheese plates are not available which is a mistake. We drove an hour to get there only to be offered eggs or a breakfast burger. They have great in the past but the last couple years it hasn't been worth the drive. On father's day you would think they would at least offer more.
Asked for the patio on the phone and in person as it was visibly empty. Was told no room there. Then went inside - the hostess was wearing a t shirt and drinking coffee. She denied that we had a res. I mentioned open table and showed the confirmation. She said she'd squeeze us in - the restaurant was visibly empty. She told me I should always call to confirm. The patio and dining room remained empty until we left. It was Father's Day, so the rudeness and arrogance was a downer on top of $100 bill for 2 meals.
We were looking forward to our patio reservation. With rain looming, we were seated at a table with no umbrella. When we asked the server what happens in case of rain, she said "it gets messy". We were not allowed to move to an empty table without an umbrella as those were saved for larger parties. We were a party of 2. Luckily we got the last table inside. Food was so-so. The salmon special was missing flavor. I'd go back on a nicer day to enjoy the lovely patio, but for no other reason.
None of us were crazy about our food. Party of 9 and only the people who got the chef's burger liked their meals. The steak salad is extremely spicy and that needs to be stated on the menu. The halibut is the tiniest dish in the world and for a big 55 year old man, it was gone in about 3 bites lol also the shrimp sandwich on the menu I believe did not say the shrimp was battered and fried...just a very inaccurate menu and very mediocre food. The server also tried to take my plate away about 9 times near the end of the meal while I was still eating. It was obvious she wanted us gone. We were with out of town friends and not interested in leaving after just an hour.....she got her point across so I finally just have her my plate before finishing my food, and we left. Wish we chose a completely different restaurant.
I was a regular until I had consecutive bad overall experience here a year ago. Decided to give it another chance. Wished I hadn't because it was definitely not up to scratch for $130 + 20% gratuity, the service was indifferent, the food was mediocre and hadn't improved from the time before. so I think my money is better spent elsewhere.
This has been one of my favorite summer spots. However they changed the menu (website is not updated) and the food was really awful. I actually didn't eat mine after a few bites. The waiter explained there is a new chef. I won't go again until menu is adjusted. Go for drinks and ambiance but not for the meal.
W.A. Frost is a charming institution in St. Paul that continues to serve good food in comfortable, somewhat old-fashioned, and quiet surroundings. We hosted a celebration brunch for a college graduate there, and received excellent service and very good food. I could only wish the brunch menu would incorporate more lunch - like entrees (so one could, for example, avoid eating eggs if one wished) and a few appetizers. But everyone went home replete and happy. I would happily return.
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