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
FYI, this is a $$$ restaurant, not $$ as ...
FYI, this is a $$$ restaurant, not $$ as posted. Food was great though, fancier than we planned, based on a $$ rating. Average plates are $30-40, you'll find a few cheaper, and the full on tasting was $100 per person.
Have been to WA Frost several times on p ...
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.
We ordered two $65 plates. Courses were ...
We ordered two $65 plates. Courses were small, the lamb leg was decent sized but neither of us could eat much of it, if any - it seemed very very under-cooked. The presentation of the food was very nice and the ambiance of the establishment is beautiful.
The food was spectacular, and while our ...
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 ...
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 , a ...
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 jus ...
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 ...
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 heard great things about your pla ...
We had heard great things about your place and decided to celebrate our anniversary with you. The experience exceeded ALL of our expectations and made for a very memorable evening. We will definitely return again in the near future.
Went here with my wife for a pre-Valenti ...
Went here with my wife for a pre-Valentine's Day date night. Amazing food and a very romantic atmosphere. Enjoyed drinks in the lounge and then dinner in one of the main rooms. This was our third dinner and I would definitely go back.
Service was SLOW. Didn't get seated unt ...
Service was SLOW. Didn't get seated until 20 minutes + after our reservation. Each course took more than 30 minutes. Even the tiramisu took dam near 30 minutes. I realize it was Valentine's Day weekend but I was shocked how slow the service was.
Our first time here - from beginning to ...
Our first time here - from beginning to end it was a phenomenal experience! The wait staff was friendly and helpful and the meal was extraordinary. The ambience was great as we sat in a room near a wood fire. We highly recommend it!
We had a reservation for 7 at 7pm. We ma ...
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 ...
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.
Great place to escape the cold and sit n ...
Great place to escape the cold and sit near the fireplace in cozy setting. The staff are smart with great senses of humor, the menu is creative yet still falls into the category of comfort food, and the setting is calm and warm on a winter's evening. And I could live off of the stir-fried Brussels sprouts.
I've always enjoyed dinner and happy hou ...
I've always enjoyed dinner and happy hour at Frost's. Went for brunch yesterday. The service was very slow, food took a long time getting there, and when it did, it was cold. The Gorgonzola omelette was good. The sausage that came with it was excellent. The potatoes, advertised as "home fries", were tiny, diced, cold, dry, and flavorless.
Also, they need to learn how to make tea--they put such a quantity of tea leaves into a small container and don't provide an easy way to take the leaves out that the tea was really bitter. Maybe tea bags would be a better idea. So, just my two cents.
This was a staff lunch to share our appr ...
This was a staff lunch to share our appreciation for their hard work. The menu had something everyone could find that they liked and in all cases several things that they liked. From beverages to dessert it was a special meal that matched the special occasion.
Had the nicest dinner last evening with ...
Had the nicest dinner last evening with a friend. We both had the trout dish with sticky rice and a broth to die for. Best dish I've had in awhile. We also commented on how pleasant it was to have a quiet place to talk, dimmed lights and lovely surroundings. Just a perfect evening !
We had lunch there on the day of the Wom ...
We had lunch there on the day of the Women's March so they were super busy but handled the crowd really well. Our wait staff was prompt and courteous - we received our food timely and everyone loved the atmosphere!
Beautiful in winter with all the holiday ...
Beautiful in winter with all the holiday decor still up.
My daughter felt like she was in Europe. We will definitely stop back in the summer to check out the patio. The tasting menu was the perfect amount of food and a good opportunity to try out some new wines with the pairings. Kid friendly options like burgers, charcuterie, cheese, salad and desserts. Great service! Thanks for a great evening!
The menu had many nice choices. We espe ...
The menu had many nice choices. We especially enjoyed the option to order micro entrees. Everything was well seasoned and tasty. We liked what we ordered and agreed the food was consistently good. And the setting is lovely.
It was a Saturday night and we had a reservation. Our server took our drink order and then did not return to our table for at least 15-20 minutes. We checked with the host to make sure our server had not forgotten us or had some other problem. Ten minutes later she brought our drinks, without an apology or explanation, and clearly angry because we checked with the host. The rest of the evening she was abrupt and not particularly cordial.
We would return for the food and the ambiance. Our server was out of line, but the rest of the wait staff was great.
Although parking proved difficult, the v ...
Although parking proved difficult, the valet service was quick and inexpensive ($7). The hostest promptly brought my wife and I to a quiet corner table near the fireplace. Great atmosphere, attentive staff, and delicious food. Came on the recommendation (and gift) of a colleague and is somewhere we will return for special occasions.
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