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Forepaugh's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.forepaughs.com
  • Phone: (651) 224-5606
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5pm-9pm, Friday and Saturday 5pm-10pm. Sunday brunch 11am-2pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American
  • Executive Chef: Donald Gonzalez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Party Options Available. Please contact the restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Joan Frantz (651) 224-5606

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Walnut
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Forepaugh's
Forepaugh’s Restaurant is located in a beautiful Victorian mansion in the lovely Irvine Park area of Downtown St. Paul; a stones throw from Excel Energy Center and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. The building itself is a gorgeous, multi-functional (read: wifi), state of the art venue disguised as a charming, quaint and thoroughly authentic Victorian mansion. The seven intimate and artfully decorated dining rooms straddle the past and future gracefully, featuring both period décor and brilliantly conceived, cutting edge New American Cuisine. The wine list is expansive and supported by a wine cellar/chef tasting room that is available for small, intimate gatherings. The bar, comfortable and cozy, --featuring the finest in distinctive liquors and specialty drinks. And the service is excellent. Join us for a big night or a cozy romantic dinner. Business groups, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and parties of any shape or size are encouraged.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We ate on the upstairs deck with two dear friends. There was a breezy that made the temperature perfect, the view was spectacular and the food was perfect for each of us. Our friends shared a salad and several appetizers. I had the walleye and it was the best I have ever eaten. It was easy to hear each other which was great because one of us is hard of hearing and a noisy restaurant is exhausting for him. We are going back in the fall when the leaves are turning to sit on the deck and eat their Beef Wellington."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The walleye was great tasting. The chicken was surprisingly more on the deep fried genre. The biggest disappointment was a noisy loud table. I wish I asked to be moved."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We had the cheese platter which was very good. I had the beef wellington and my wife had the pork chop both were cooked perfectly and tasted great! Evidently our food took longer than normal (we didn't notice) because the chef sent us a free dessert!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Outstanding service and food, very friendly staff we will be there again for sure"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I would recommend getting one of the steaks they offer for dinner. It was def one of the best"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We had been to Forepaughs for years when we saw the restaurant week invitation. The sampling menu was nice and the service pleasant. We especially liked the corn soup."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening sat outside in the yard with 4 adults a 2 year ols and baby and it was delightful"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Nice deck dining! The walleye was really good but my husbands steak was over priced and not top quality. We have been customers for many years but will probably not be back for a long time. Sorry because we had always enjoyed it so for so long."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Eating at this restaurant is a true experience! We sat on the terrace above the old porte-cochere with lovely views of Irvine Park and the grounds below. My husband had the Seared Walleye which, while exceptional, was a rather small portion. My Strozapreti was beyond words delicious! I usually only get entrees with meat, but this one sounded too good to pass up and did not disappoint. The range of flavors and textures was superb. Service was great and we poked around at some of the beautiful dining rooms before leaving. The library room looks especially inviting for cold winter night dining. After dinner we walked through Irvine Park and felt like we're been transplanted to Europe. Highly recommend the restaurant and post-dinner walk!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We had a great meal. We went as part of the restaurant week and therefore took advantage of that specific menu. Therefore, I can only comment on those dishes. Our cheese and fruit plate was quite fun and very delicious. Our dessert was nothing amazing - but was tasty. Our entrees ere good, but I wouldn't say fantastic. I had the walleye - it had a very nice curry flavor and was a good dish. However - for the price they normally charge - it should have been fantastic. My partner had a pasta dish that he really enjoyed. He too would say though - that for the normal price, it could have been better. The ambience and service was some of the best we have had. The entire night was enjoyable and I think we will return and try food from the menu."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Great ambiance in an old period mansion, with a very interesting and unique menu. The food and drinks and were top notch. We had a fantastic evening. A great spot for a special experience. It is pricy, but they deliver the goods and make it feel worthwhile."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "One of our entrées (walleye) and one of our appetizers (shrimp) were the most unusual and delicious we have had in a long time….truly memorable. The only reason I did not give the food 5 stars was that we asked for beef Wellington medium rare and it came overdone, i.e. medium. The atmosphere in small, historically decorated rooms is charming. The history of the building makes for an interesting ghost story. The staff were friendly and efficient. It was a fabulous way to celebrate a birthday."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "This a unique restaurant in an excellent location away from the downtown area. The food is excellent with good presentation. There are too many stairs for people with disabilities and the elevators are share by the wait staff for food delivery thus creating traffic jams."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We dined here before an event at the Ramsey House. We were warmly greeted right away. I was also impressed that they read my special request to eat in the bar area because of the time constraint and desire not to spend too much money. The food was great and the service was friendly and fast. It was also fun to eat in an old mansion with cool a history!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We absolutely enjoyed our experience at Forepaughs. Food was excellent and service was prompt and friendly. The price was a little high. The rooftop dining space was very nice."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Lovely...from our greeting when we arrived, until our friendly goodbye. Food was wonderful. Everyone in our group had a wonderful time and an amazing meal. Presentations were beautiful!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We had a great brunch. Everything was fabulous. We have eaten dinner here as well and enjoyed it very much. The old house is very lovely. They have a porch and upper terrace. Both are so fun"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My date's first time and I haven't been in years- we were both so pleased with everything. The food was delicious (scallops with pork belly- would assuredly recommend it, mango chicken mimosa, coconut trout(?) ). It was a quiet evening and all the staff were so friendly and gracious and didn't mind us 'snooping' around at all, in fact they encouraged it. Would be happy to return."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "from the host to the waiter outstanding. took a first date here and wow we were both blown away i will be dining here again"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We've been dining at Forepaughs for over 30 years, most often for special occasions like anniversaries. The Sunday brunch remains an outstanding offering and is quite affordable. Ownership changed a number of years ago and the menu for some time was a bit too eclectic for our tastes, but recently has been changed up to offer some of the more traditional menu items as when it used to be oriented mainly to French cuisine. The Victorian era structure and premises continue to be very well maintained and inviting, and the atmosphere in any of the many dining and casual areas is intimate and unique."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We had our wedding reception here 16 years ago. We requested something not on the menu that we had at our wedding. They fulfilled that request beautifully. Great, unique food. They treated us well. Very romantic!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "we had the best time for dinner. It was terrific. The food was spectacular, the service was spectacular, and the ambiance was wonderful."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My fiance and I both had steaks. They were one of the best we ever had! It was worth the price."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The quiet neighborhood, the historic and beautiful space, the gracious service and excellent food. Special"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We had dinner at Forepaugh's mid week. Service and staff are friendly and helpful and the atmosphere in the old Victorian house is quiet and relaxing. The main menu is small but has some inventive taste selections. The appetizer selection is a great chance to try a new flavor or preparation and we enjoyed the goat cheese in smoked grape leaves."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We loved the food at Forepaugh's during our previous visits. Everything disappointed this time. There was a general lack of seasoning, miniature vegetables and a complete lack of sauce. Frankly, everything tasted like banquet food."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "It was amazing the host that called to confirm my reservation knew me from my voice, he was very gracious to my lady as it was her birthday even wished her a happy birthday got us seated right away, took care of all of our needs. To top it off there was a slight mix up with our order so the chef sent us out 2 plates of Delicious appetizers to enjoy as our food was being prepared. We will definitely be dining at Forepaugh's again, Thank you for showing us a wonderful time!!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I was so looking forward to dining at Forepaugh's for our anniversary and unfortunately just about everything was a disappointment. The meals are over priced and the food quality was poor at best. We could have had a much better meal at a nice chain for a third the money. I was hoping for so much better."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Have not gone to this restaurant for a couple of years. Entire menu has been redone with the exception of the Beef Wellington. However the Beef Wellington that I ordered what not what I expected. The portion was much smaller than before and was a lot drier. The pate was less than before with the puff pastry on the outside was very dry and completelyO fell apart when touched with the fork. The portions were small for the price. The service we received was good. However, I was not impressed with the food. Even though they drastically changed the menu, I was hoping that the Beef Wellington was one that they left unchanged. Unfortunately I was mistaken."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Excellent wait staff- great food- lovely place settings- confusing entrance and exit almost like an Escher painting-Quiet and offers opportunity for romantic dress"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We did the Sunday Brunch on Father's Day. The food was great and plentiful and, of course, the Mimosas help. The waitress was attentive and very knowledgeable. She told us the story of the house the restaurant is located in at some length when we asked about it. Thanks for a great time!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We loved our brunch here. It's a beautiful old mansion, completely renovated. We were seated on the second floor at a table in a little nook by a bay window - very quiet & private. Brunch is served family style and included a beverage (we had the mimosas), yogurt, fruit, coffee cake, scrambled eggs, eggs Benedict, bacon, sausage & potatoes. Everything was good, but not inspiring. The atmosphere is unbeatable."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I don't think I have ever been to a restaurant in a mansion. It was definitely unique and very charming. The menu is small which I don't mind as it is easy to make a decision. One of the entrees we wanted to try was sold out which was a shame, but I went with their signature dish, a beef wellington which was very good, my husband quite enjoyed his steak as well. Lot of beef on the menu. Wine selection was good and our server gave us a very good recommendation. Its quite a pricey menu, you are looking at $45-$55 for most entrees, so its a good special occasion restaurant. They allowed us to bring in our first anniversary cake which they cut and plated for us. They have valet parking for $7 but just across the street they have free parking."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Had a great time. Food was excellent, and the environment was very warm. I went for my anniversary with my wife and it was a very nice evening."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food fell short, for $300 for 2, food should of been five star, not 1. Not a good spot for steaks."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We celebrated a special friendship dinner with another couple. It was the best. We cannot suggest anything that would improve our experience;"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Food was good but uneven. Scallop were good, but specialty "Donald's Duck" was not. Atmosphere was very nice and service was friendly but very slow considering there were few in the restaurant. Menu selections had changed since the last time we visited and did not have as much interest or variety."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I agree with previous reviewers about it being a bit confusing on where to go once inside but we were quickly greeted upon entering. John then guided us to our table relating the history of the house and informing us to explore the house. Service was great and the food was amazing. Highly recommend the deconstructed banana cream pie. Dining here was the highlight of our anniversary celebration."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Went to Restaurant to celebrate birthday, it was for dinner. The steak was great, I got the Angus Filet! The steak is pricey but the rest of the plates are much better in price. I would recommend for special occassions at least for dinner time. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We chose Forepaugh's for our anniversary dinner. The service, especially being greeted at the door by John, was wonderful. Our server was attentive and suggested a walk in the park after our meal; a great suggestion. It was so refreshing not to be asked if we were "still working" on our food or worse yet, if we were "still picking at that!" We ate on the terrace and loved the view, the quiet (we could talk to each other in a normal voice) and the food was excellent. The walleye was so unexpected and I loved the sauce. The steak was also great and we were surprised by the complimentary dessert. The mansion is beautiful and we were encouraged to look around. No one rushed us, no one hovered too close. It was a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 6/4/2014