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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
It was our 25th annniversary and I sent an email with a request for a quiet table and suggestions for a special meal but I never heard back. When we arrived we were first placed in a busy walkway area before I requested to move. Then we had a large loud party seated next to us. We ended up ordering the multi-course meal and wine pairings but didn't eat about 1/3 because of poor /quality taste. Our waiter was very kind and noticed that we didn't fully enjoy all the courses but did not offer any accommodation. In all we spent over $200 and I was disappointed.
First time here. Was good overall, a bit spendy and the food and service could have been better. We had indicated on the reservation that it was our anniversary but maybe they didn't see that on the reservation or something. Our table was okay. Kind of smushed next to the other (I could barely squeeze in without disturbing the person behind me) and near the kitchen so it was noisy. I ordered the halibut which was very tasty but not appetizing looking. I was timid to taste it. Maybe if the fish had a sear or the plate had more color... My boyfriend really enjoyed his chicken. Service was pretty good but slow towards the end of the meal. Like I said, good enough but not spectacular. Maybe we will try again.
Two couples out for nice but casual dinner on a Saturday night. Food was good. Pork tenderloin and steak entrees were cooked perfectly. The ladies loved the wine flights. Server was very friendly, helpful and professional. Food came out a little slow - perhaps due to lots of prom dates that night. Overall a nice experience.
We had Sunday morning brunch with friends at WA Frost. The space is beautifully restored and our table had a nice view of the patio. It was too chilly for us to be out on the great patio. The food was above average--not great and the service was really quite slow for a restaurant that wasn't even full! Prices were reasonable and I would go again .
The ambiance for our special occasion was wonderful.. the food was very tasty, but the service was extremely slow I didn't feel the waitress was helpful in choosing our dinner as this was our first time there, it was not a busy time so that was not a factor, we would suggest this restaurant when time was not a factor, when calling the restaurant to confirm I did mention it was our 43rd wedding anniversary and no special acknowledgement was made until at the end when ordering our desert and us mentioning it to the waitress did she say they would like to buy our desert for us but many many restaurants do much much more
We got there on time for our 5:30 reservation. Ordered drinks and told him we had to leave at 7 for the theater. Got to order at 6:00. At 6:30 asked a passing server to check on our food. At 6:45, asked our server who finally reappeared. After that a manager came over twice to assure us that it was coming soon. Our order was 2 steaks and 2 lamb chops. Our food came a little after 7:00 so we had 15 minutes to eat and run. It was unfortunate that our long planned get together with old friends became a frustrating and rushed meal. They comped our drinks (one each) but that didn't make up for it. I have always enjoyed Frosts in the past as a special place to eat. This was the opposite.
We went to W.A. Frost to celebrate our anniversary. EXCELLENT food, and atmosphere. The food did took over an hour to come out after ordering, thankfully we had ordered a small plate to share before hand. It was the first or second night of the patio opening and a new spring menu, so I definitely give them some grace in that department. Our waiter, Caleb, was very accommodating. We'll go again!
A little slow service initially, but this was probably due to training a new server. The drinks were great, as was the wine. Although on the menu, the prix fixe option was not available...explained that this was due to a new chef. As nighttime settles in the light within is insufficient to read a menu or the bill....We had to move the small table candle on top of both. Our server was engaging, knowledgable, and very pleasant.
My beau and I went here for a date. We were visiting from out of town and this restaurant was recommended to us. It was definitely the perfect romantic place for our special evening together! The food and drinks were wonderful, the service was great, and the ambiance was cozy and beautiful. We would definitely come here again. We would like to revisit the restaurant in the summer and sit outside on the lovely patio sometime. Highly recommend!
We brought a group of ten to W.A. Frost last Saturday night to celebrate a special occasion for our daughter. Our group included several out-of-town guests. We booked the reservation about a month in advance. We arrived at the restaurant shortly before our 8:00 p.m. reservation. We were asked to wait in the bar because the group ahead of us was still at the table. When we inquired at 8:20 p.m. we were told the group at the table had just ordered dessert. The manager said they had been there since 5:00 p.m. We suggested that perhaps they could take their dessert in the bar or downstairs in the lounge. The manager told us the restaurant does not ask guests to give up their tables. When we inquired again around 8:30 p.m. the manager told us our table was still not ready. He said he would provide us with some complimentary appetizers while we waited. We waited another 20 minutes without receiving any appetizers. We were finally seated around 8:50 p.m. The appetizers arrived about ten minutes later.
Things continued to go downhill. I ordered a drink I never received. Our water glasses were not refilled for nearly an hour. When the servers brought soup and salad, they served them to the wrong people. Our dirty appetizer dishes sat on the table for 20 minutes before someone cleared them. When our entrees finally arrived around 9:45 p.m., the food was not hot. My daughter, the guest of honor, sent hers back. Our dirty entrée dishes sat on the table for another 20 minutes after we finished eating. By the time we received dessert menus two members of our party had already left. After we were seated, we never saw the manager again. He clearly considered us a nuisance.
As the host for the event, who had selected the restaurant, I was humiliated. Instead of celebrating our daughter’s special day, our party felt hungry and ignored. We won't be back.
We recently hosted close friends for a special birthday celebration at Frost's. Even though I made a reservation well in advance, we were shoved in a tight corner close to the kitchen door. It was noisy and many other diners passed closely by our table on their way to their own seats (annoying and distracting). Our orders took a long time and then several items were missing. This meant some of us could start eating (or let our food get cold) while another person waited even longer for her meal. My husband and I ordered the sirloin steak (14 oz) so we could share it, along with several sides. The steak was charred to the point of looking like dry charcoal even though we ordered it medium rare. I cut off all the burnt meat and the remaining steak was tasty. I also ordered a $12 glass of white wine and only received a paltry 3 ounces for that hefty price. The evening turned out to be a disappointment and not at all the elegant, special evening we were hoping to share with close friends on an important occasion. I think Frost's is coasting on its lovely, cozy interior (and great patio) and its long tradition in St. Paul. My advice? Go there for drinks and maybe a burger on the patio. If you want fine dining, check out some of the newer places in St. Paul that still work to provide an excellent dining experience at a fair price.
Great variety of spaces make this a more intimate evening. Food was fabulous. Grilled cauliflower entree was an amazing combination of flavors. Hats off to the chef. Service was wonderful and we headed off to the theater to continue a grand evening. We'll be back soon.
The service, noise level and ambience on a recent Sunday evening was great, but the ribeye steaks that were ordered as medium rare were both dry. The chicken ordered by others was moist. We thought for $55 each that the steak would be prepared to our liking. Our family from out of town enjoyed the decor and atmosphere which is why we chose this restaurant.
It had been a couple of years since I had been to WA Frost, so we were excited to bring friends for dinner....
The restaurant decor seemed so tired, old, and frankly, dirty. (chairs in the front lobby area -yuk!)... floors, tables, fixtures, just everything looks like it needs a good cleaning.
Food was mediocre (Mediterranean salad was awful!). Our waitress was inattentive and
In summary... just won't go back.
So many good places popping up all over St. Paul...
Special occasion with a group, deserves a special restaurant. WAFrost not it. Insufficiently staffed, no expediting evident from out of the kitchen as salads were delivered with entrees, tasty food would have been better served warm and surely sat for minutes before being served. Had to ask for everything from water to bread. Was comp'd the salads and a bottle of wine. Go for the patio, cocktail and appetizer...not the main course.
Saddened to name yet another local standard labeled "late great".
The beef skewers were chewy, the bulgur was not cooked enough, so chewy as well.
My friend had the steak that came with barely cooked brussel sprouts- what a shame. Such a beautiful place!!
Our waitress never bothered to check with us to see if the food was ok. There was certainly no supervision during lunch. Disappointing meal, and it's not the first time.
This is one of our favorite places in the Twin Cities--we got engaged on the patio many years ago. The food is always wonderful and creative, yet there are some old standards on the menu too. This time we were in the dining room for Easter brunch, which was delicious. We had an asparagus, chanterelle and Gorgonzola omelet and a Benedict with mortadella sausage, pistachios, poached eggs and cheese sauce. Service is very good, attentive without the constant hovering encountered at some restaurants. The dining room is full of old world charm, with paintings and Oriental rugs.
Visited for Easter brunch. The restaurant wasn't even 1/4 full. However, the service was extremely slow and not very friendly. Our server would disappear for long periods of time. We weren't impressed by the menu. Not too many options. We sat and we're offered coffee but it was a surprise that they didn't bring any bread/butter.
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