WA Frost & Company
WA Frost & Company

WA Frost & Company

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.wafrost.com/
  • Phone: (651) 224-5715
  • 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
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Wyatt Evans
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Dining available. Please visit our website for detailed information.
  • Private Party Contact: Julia Struve 6512907135

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Western Ave.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
WA Frost & Company reviews from OpenTable diners
219 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (144)romantic (117)great for outdoor dining (113)neighborhood gem (112)fit for foodies (89)notable wine list (65)good for groups (51)great for lunch (45)great for brunch (27)late-night find (18)hot spot (16)scenic view (15)vibrant bar scene (10)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Casual supper
    happydaughter
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I needed a quiet spot for an early supper with my elderly mother and my niece. I asked for a quiet table and got one! We had a perfect table for three and loved sharing several small plates. The tea selection was astounding. My mother was thrilled with the architecture and ambience near the fireplace. Thanks for a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    ChrisNLisa
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Come here every year to celebrate my wifes birthday
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    My mothers 85th B-Day - so several in the party are hard of hearing. We were seated in a secluded area, table for 6. Quiet allowed for ease of conversation - along with great food and service, that made the event. Also, surprise family member showed up and we squeezed 7 at a 6 at our request - wanting to be a "close" group. Wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scrumptious and Comfortable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Had a wonderful night of dining for a family birthday. Start with the cheese plate, and indulge with som
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lina
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The cozy ambiance and softly played classical music is a big draw. The food and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but........
    MaddiesMom
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Despite reservations at 7:30, we were not seated until almost 8:00. We noted in our reservation that 2 of the 4 of us were celebrating birthdays. We had no acknowledgment of this, not even a "happy birthday" greeting. And we weren't trolling for a free drink or dessert. The noise level was more than "energetic" as listed above. Very difficult to have a conversation across the table using normal voices. Do not recommend for an evening of conversation. We were seated right in front of the fireplace, and we were all over-heated, and interrupted by the host feeding the fire several times.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surpassed our expectations
    tonytvh
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Our service was 5-star quality and our waiter was superb. He knew the menu, made some excellent recommendations and was a compliment to the experience. He is the type of waiter along with his team of servers that reataurants try to emulate. Bravo!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frost continues to please
    Nonsequitr60
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    It has been a while since I last ate at WA Frost, but a birthday celebration had me walking through their doors and stepping back into the past. It is a wonderful please to sit and enjoy a leisurely brunch with friends. Once the place was full it was a bit noisy, but the food was incredible and the atmosphere unique. The service was top notch and the cheese plate was a very pleasant surprise.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First disappointment in many years
    Hoosier
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I have been going to WA Frost for a number of years and have always been impressed with both the food and the service. However, my last visit was a huge disappointment. As usual the food was good, but everything else was poor. The service was slow in terms of taking our orders, both for appetizers and the main course, there were no offers for refills for coffee, and used dished pilled up at the table. Other service issues included a knife so dull my date could barely cut her meat (and the server was no where to be found to ask for another) and a watery cocktail that my date mistook as a "virgin" cocktail when she sipped it. Get with it Frost, there are too many great alternative restaurants for you to make these kinds of rookie errors.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wa frost dinner
    Twlamb
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Service was excellent! Menu seemed small... At least for the main entrees. The food was great, squash risotto- oh my gosh- exceeded expectations. Mussels spicy and coconut sauce with the bread- scrumptious! Ports cheeks- fork tender. Wine selection either by the glass or bottle was varied and quite nice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On WA Frost
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Great food, service and Atmosphere. Can't wait to do it again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Minneapolisfoodie
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Waited 45 minutes to be steed for our reservation. That is excessive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surpised
    cutter
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had not been to W A Frost in many years and were pleased to see marked improvement in the quality of the fare which had been pedestrian. We found it to be quite good with a broad range of options that would fit almost any taste. The starters/plates to share were interesting but if you had a person with nut allergies and an aversion to spicy food reduced themselves to two. The entrees were quite good from fish to beef. One of us had two sides of vegetables for her dinner and was highly pleased. Definitely a place to go to in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Always a favorite place to eat, wonderful food and exceptional service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Date Ever!
    Luv2dine2dish
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I was absolutely blown away by this dining experience. We were celebrating a birthday. Our server, Paul, quickly brought us a glass of champagne and wished me a happy birthday. He was so helpful in recommending cocktails. The beef skewers were the highlight of the night! My date and I found ourselves in heaven because of the wonderful complexity of flavors. This is an absolute treat that won't cost an arm and a leg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will try again but check menu first
    Lovefindingyummyfood
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I found this restaurant online and the pictures looked amazing , but on arrival was told the awesome lower level was off limits for an event... Bummer! Menu was ok, lots of fish. Overall, we weren't wowed, would maybe try again. They played wonderful classical music- nice atmosphere.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Service
    MPLSguru
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    As expected, the waiting staff is superb and the food was excellent. The pheasant dish I had was the best I'd ever had. Yes, you will pay more for the great ambiance, service and perfectly prepared food, but you get what you pay for, and you get your money's worth here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cinde
    savvyone
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Ambiance is lovely, one of the best fromage selections I have seen.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Evening
    Sean
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Beautiful restaraunt nestled in St Paul. The service was worthy of a 4 star dining experience. Fairly diverse menu, supplemented by an endless wine list. Wonderful first time meal.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Daly
    hunger
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    It was a great night, very good food and service. Made reservations 2 weeks in advance, surprised we had to stand around waiting for our table. Everyone was attentive and got us seated as soon as possible. Not a deal breaker, we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Acceptable
    jmeg
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I have been to WA Frost many times, for some reason this trip was not great. I was there with a group of 11 for an early birthday celebration for myself and the service was not great nor was the food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Favorite
    FavoriteVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I love this place. I love that they change up the menu for the seasons. The atmosphere is always perfect, imitmate. The servers really know the menu and are so helpful in suggestions. Most importantly the food is ALWAYS good. I have never been disappointed. Love the cheese plate for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Historic Restaurant
    DinersRUs
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We loved the decor of this Historic gem. Listening to classical music while dining is perfect for us. The Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato soup was delicious. Our entrees of the pan roasted Great Lakes Whitefish with summer vegetables succotash and Smoked Chicken salad with white Balsamic vinaigrette were very tasty. We shared a mini Creme Brûlée which was the perfect end to a fabulous meal. Our server was very attentive to us even though the dining room was nearly full. Great first time experience. We'll be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening
    StpauliteVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The menu was innovative but not too intimidating for all in our party. We sampled the cocktails which were pitch perfect. Each entree had excellent flavor profiles from fish to chops. Wait staff were attentive & knowledgable. We will return for the next special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited menu, okay service
    PrettyEasytoPlease
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Dined here on a Monday evening so it wasn't too busy but still it seemed the servers were spread a little thin. At least that would help explain the lack of attention to our table and why it took 25 minutes to get our first drink and for our appetizer order to be taken. Chairs were terribly uncomfortable to sit in.. actually had to go to the car to get a blanket for my mother to sit on because the restaurants chairs are so bad. Overall our party of 7 thought the food was okay. Good comments about the mussels for an appetizer, and those who ordered the whitefish liked it very much. My pork chop was very overcooked... do not recommend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Was hoping the outdoor patio was still open ... a fantastic part of the experience at WA Frost. Unfortunaley it was closed. Experience was still good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Nice
    BobRD
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Went after PHC. Place was busy; very nice atmosphere/environment; relatively large menu selection; appeared to be something for everyone; fish was nicely prepared; presentation was good; several sides available that were appealing -- we had the risotto, very good; good beer and wine list; good dessert selection including a dessert sampler trio which was good for sharing; service was also good but not overly attentive. We made a reservation on Open Table which was easy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite
    sjswag68
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent food and unrivaled ambiance...we spent four hours dining at W.A. Frost and would trade a minute of it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent service and menu. Good food, served fast, great servers, just an all around good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration dinner
    Betsy
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My husband, son and I dined at WA Frost to celebrate my birthday and we couldn't have picked a better place. The service was impeccable and the food was interesting and delicious. So many restaurants have no imagination, but you could never say that about WA Frost. We chose to have an appetizer and dessert meal and we're not disappointed. We had a meal with stunning variety for Korean wings to mussels to artichoke dip and then had desserts that were a work of art. My 'Kit Kat Bar' was a masterpiece! My husband and son enjoyed the choices on the beer list and I had a memorable Cote de Rhone from an impressive wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Special WA Frost
    SalMemphisVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This is my go to place for special customers in St. Paul. Especially when decorated for the holidays or outside on the patio. There is something for everyone on the menu. The pumpkin soup and whitefish were tasty. Make sure to get dessert trio
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A night to remember...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    What a wonderful experience. We had the Chefs tasting menu, a 6 course meal that was luxurious and delicious. Andrew, our waiter, even sang happy birthday to me. Little did we know that he is an experienced singer, performing in over 25 productions at the Minnesota Opera. What a wonderful night!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service & great food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Our server was great - very on the ball with a lovely personality. The brunch was also delicious. We had the creme brulee and the trio for dessert - so great. Would go again anytime.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Trip
    2fromoutoftown
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We live in a neighboring state. Whenever we visit the Twin Cities, we always make a point of dining at W.A. Frost. We are never disappointed. The food surpasses other restaurants (and we have eaten at restaurants throughout Europe as well). Service is always accurate. We love the ambiance and the vintage neighborhood. We will always be patrons at every visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Tasting Menu
    Dontgetoutmuch
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We've gone here twice for our anniversary and love the tasting menu with wine pairing. Wonderful creative courses, we truly enjoyed our experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Well Worth It
    MNOperaFansVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It had been several years since we had dined at W.A. Frost and we are glad we went back there. The food was outstanding in preparation and presentation. We appreciated that the menu offered a wide range of prices and portion sizes for both entrées and desserts. The most outstanding part of our evening was the service. Our principal server was friendly, attentive and informative without being too chatty or cloying. The servers were constantly on the lookout for water, etc., at all the tables. Afterwards, we asked each other why we hadn't been back sooner. We'll be sure to make W.A. Frost a new regular destination.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Quirky Service
    NoNickVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food is consistently good, and some of it is outstandingly good--try the artichoke dip appetizer! As others have noted, the service is uneven. Perhaps it is that servers are rushing between rooms, or inside to outside...but at one minute they are intensely hovering, too quickly, to get you to order, and then they are gone for long periods leaving you waiting. We're glad we went, and were with a group so conversation filled the void; but a really good kitchen should have better support from the wait staff. Wait staff management and training need an overhaul! If you can be patient through the gaps, by all means give WA Frost a try.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    Lucky13
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Historic building, ambiance delicious food and wine Attetive server
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Impressed
    EMChef1KLS
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was average quality and overpriced. This place is all about the Wine and cheese . Small menu of artistically named food served with a bit of culinary flare ,with no special attention to how it taste!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So disappointed
    Expectbetterservice
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A group of family went here for a special outing. Have always had a great meal. We were ignored by waiter, waited forever for water and drinks, received snide remarks from waiter as we ordered, were NEVER asked for a second drink order and had the dessert menus dropped at the table without a word or comment. Didn't order because we were afraid of how long it would take to get it. Really soured our experience for the evening. The food was very good open it arrived. Restaurant did not appear overly busy and since it was cold the patio was almost empty. For the price of the meal it was a very disappointing experience. I would only recommend the patio-will bring my special occasion business to another top name place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate