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, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, 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
My friend and I decided to enjoy an even ...
My friend and I decided to enjoy an evening meal at a restaurant with outdoor dining and chose W A Frost because we enjoy the food and the ambience. I chose the trout and was very pleasantly surprised. It was extraordinarily delicious.
We loved everything but the food, with t ...
We loved everything but the food, with the exception of the cheese plate; tasty choices & beautifully presented. Two of us had the pasta which was overly salted. Love garlic, but it overwhelmed the dish. The smoked chicken salad was good, not great . We thought some changes to the menu might be in order-lightening up some of the options for summer, especially.
We went to WA Frost for brunch. We like ...
We went to WA Frost for brunch. We like the place and go once or twice a year, usually for a nice romantic dinner out. On this occasion we were there with our son and his significant other who were visiting from California. My only complaints were with the waiter. He was not very prompt, totally forgot cream for my coffee even after I reminded him. He was aloof, and decided to "test us" by using the word "snit" for what we call a beer chaser with bloody Mary's. When my son's girlfriend, who is from Illinois and lives in LA did not understand what he was talking about, he said "you must be from out of town!", but not in a friendly nice way. My son and I both ordered the steak and eggs, and were asked how we want our eggs done. We both said over-easy. The plates came with scrambled eggs and we got a half-apology and were almost done with our meal when the over easy eggs were delivered. Not only that, but mine were over-medium. My son noticed that on the menu the entree said "with scrambled eggs". Why did he ask us how we wanted our eggs done? No wonder the order was wrong. All in all a C+ rating on what should have been a solid A. Disappointed, but we will likely be back at some point. If we have another experience like this, we may be done. Hopefully we hit them on an off day.
As a place to celebrate our anniversary ...
As a place to celebrate our anniversary with friends, we found Frost's to be perfect. The noise level made conversation easy, the ambiance romantic, and the food and wine exceptional. The menu choices were creative allowing everyone options that fit their needs.
I have in the past always had good exper ...
I have in the past always had good experiences at WA Frost and in general would recommend them, but I had a very disappointing evening on my most recent visit. A menu item was unavailable, and instead of asking about a substitution the staff made a choice to bring something else instead. My main entree (lamb shank) was cold - not simply 'not hot' as though it had cooled down from when it was plated, but cold as though it had been cooked previously and should have been re-heated but was not. It was significantly colder than the plate or the vegetables plated with it. It did taste good, just would have been much better warm. Our waitress was difficult to find when we needed her - not sure if she was spread too thin over her territory or just inattentive. Silverware was not brought out prior to the entrees being served. We saw bread baskets being brought to other tables but not ours, causing us to wonder why we were not offered bread. Overall the evening that should have been a great night out made me feel like the establishment did not respect nor appreciate my business.
WE had brunch to celebrate a birthday. W ...
WE had brunch to celebrate a birthday. We got right in but disappointed there was no outside dining even though there were many empty tables. We were wondering if that was because of Open Table, but no one confirmed that.
I thought the food was delicious, especially the sauce on the eggs benedict. I thought it was a bit skimpy--my omelette was just OK, potatoes on the side with tasty spices. But omelette and potatoes, that's it. No fruit or extra, it was gluten free, I get that, but some fruit would have been nice.
Doesn't keep me from coming back as I do like it there.
Excellent food and ambiance. We ate here ...
Excellent food and ambiance. We ate here just to get together for dinner, but it would make a really great restaurant for any special occasion. Server was fantastic. We ate indoors, but there is an exceptionally nice outdoor dining area.
I made a reservation through Open Table ...
I made a reservation through Open Table for 6:45 PM. The weather looked nice for the evening planned so I called that morning and asked that the reservation be switched to the patio area. I was told this could be done. My daughter arrived at the restaurant first and was told the reservation was inside. I insisted that I had called and was told they had no record of the call so nothing could be done.
I was very upset and it ruined the evening for me. It was my husband's birthday and all my children were together so that was nice, but the atmosphere was not what I intended.
My appetite was ruined and I was very disappointed.
There was no apology or explanation for the mixup and no offer of a dessert or any other remuneration for the mistake.
I would not suggest returning to W.A. Frost when there are so many other wonderful choices.
When we got there, manager said our res ...
When we got there, manager said our reservations were only for inside and if we wanted outside, we'd have to wait. Interesting to note, we could only get in at 1:30 even though the dining room was empty. If Open Table's reservations were inside only, why couldn't we have gotten in earlier? Did the whole dining room empty out just before 1:30?
I'll call the restaurant first from now on.
The service was amazingly slow. It took ...
The service was amazingly slow. It took 20 minutes to have our order taken another 15 after that hair to get the drinks. The patio was great but a terrible place to take my mom to celebrate her birthday with the kids. We thought it was hair is but looked around and realized other tables had long delays in ordering and getting their food. And it was it even full inside or outside.
Appreciated the gluten free menu options ...
Appreciated the gluten free menu options although I didn't need them. I haven't seen quite that many anywhere else. Food was good and thoughtfully presented. Our waitperson was excellent; both informed and friendly.
WA Frost is s neighborhood gem! The test ...
WA Frost is s neighborhood gem! The testaurant itself is lovely - very warm and inviting on a chilly day. But it's the patio that stars in the summer; beautiful and serene shaded by mature trees and scraped with plants and flowers, it's a wonderful place to spend some time.
Beyond the ambiance, the service is stellar. Knowledgable servers are happy to answer questions and see that their guests have a wonderful experience.
Saving the best for last, the food is amazing! The menu is creative but not overdone. Everything we've had has been beautifully presented, perfectly prepared and delicious. The prize-winning wine cellar holds selections to match any palet and perfectly complement your meal - or dessert. The wine flights are a fun and reasonably priced way to experiment.
This is the third time I went to WA Fros ...
This is the third time I went to WA Frost this summer and the last. All three times the food was less than average. I did have a burger and fries on my first visit and that was good but that's not difficult to ruin. The hosts on the second and third visit were rude and short with us. Their patio is nice but I would not go there again unless I just order drinks. There are a lot more restaurants in the Twin Cities that have great patios and much better food.
Out of town guests loved the patio (who ...
Out of town guests loved the patio (who wouldn't?). Service was outstanding, with our waiter knowledgeable of menu choices and drinks. Artisan cheese plate & drinks excellent. Korean Wings were overdone & not so good. However, I will continue to bring guests, particularly out of towners, to Frost's at any season of the year.
Just too bad it is not dog friendly. A l ...
Just too bad it is not dog friendly. A lovely patio but our little dog is not allowed. He goes with us everywhere and when it is too hot for the car we have to find a dog friendly patio.
He has his own rug he stays on.
WA Frost is a gem but when they are busy ...
WA Frost is a gem but when they are busy, service is really poor. I was in a group of 13 people and had to find someone to refill water. No one ever checked on us during our meal to see if the food was okay. I had to track down the server to get our check.
Food was good but the failure of service when they get busy is disappointing.
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