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Forepaugh’s Restaurant is located in a beautiful and historic mansion overlooking the lovely Irvine Park. Just outside Downtown St. Paul, Forepaugh's is walking distance to the Excel Energy Center. This gorgeous, multi-functional, state of the art venue is disguised as a charming and quaint Victorian home. The 8 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 comfortable and cozy bar features the finest in distinctive liquors and specialty drinks. And the service is excellent. Join us for a celebration or a romantic dinner or a drink before the game or concert. Business groups, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and parties of any shape or size are encouraged as we have many private dining options.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Contemporary American, American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5pm-9pm (last seating), Friday and Saturday 5pm-10pm (last seating).
Happy Hour: 4 pm to 7 pm Tuesday-Sunday
$31 to $50
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Forepaugh's does cater to outside venues. Please call Mimi at 651.224.5606 for more information.
Forepaugh's offers valet parking or complimentary parking in our large lot across the street next to the Ramsey House.
We are just a short walk to bus stops on 7th Street.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Forepaugh's Ratings and Reviews
We were sat on the third floor, where it was very quiet and allowed us the ability to talk among ourselves and enjoy the ambiance. While sitting waiting for our food other couples were commenting on the history of the third floor and the stories heard about ghosts, which was entertaining whether you believe or not. The service was great and the food was delicious. My wife and i enjoyed our experience.
The restaurant was pretty good. We were greeted right away and taken to our table. The waiter and greeter were very friendly. The waiter did get a little pushy at the end of the dinner for dessert to make up for the overly salty walleye I had. The menu selection isn’t large so you are limited. In my opinion, it’s much overpriced for what you get. We got the candied shrimp; rip off. 3 pieces of jumbo shrimp for $17, HA! The portion of our meals were good but definitely overpriced. The walleye was over salted, I had to drink plenty of water. My wife’s fettuccine with scallops was decent, but she kept getting chunks of spices stuck to the roof of her mouth and having to spit out pepper shells and other spices.. the food was hot which was good otherwise I would not have eaten it. Wouldn’t be interested in coming back, there are many restaurants with better quality and creativity in the food for half the price.
Service has room for improvement. At these prices we expected much better. Our server was very rushed, brash, and honestly did the bare minimum. If the food wasn’t so stellar, I doubt we’d ever go back. The food was that amazing that we’re going to overlook the poor service.
Haven’t been to Forepaugh’s for years, but took out of town friends there recently. The “haunted house” sells itself, warm and so charming. The food was unbelievably good and a great wine list. The serving staff were very attentive to our needs and John the maitre d’ made our evening so special! We’ll definitely be back.
I love the place and the food. It was very tasty. I had the beets salad, delicious! My husband had the mussels, he really liked them! For the main course, We had the scallops and the Ribeye. The scallops were big but they had nothing special, if they put more lemon or some kind of herb, it would have been better. The steak was great! perfectly cooked and a good portion. It came with delicious mushrooms and potatoes but there was too little of each. So Food tasted great in general but the veggies on the side were just not enough!! OH and the desert, the banana one, was fantastic, not too rich, but little small!
This was my first visit to Forepaugh's, a St. Paul institution in business since 1976. I took my wife there for a special dinner. The venue itself is very classy, a 3-story Victorian originally built in 1870, and meticulously maintained. Unfortunately we were underwhelmed with our experience. My wife said it was a place that "is trying to be fancy, instead of being fancy". The dinner started well enough, but the service was slow, there were bits of cork in my glass of wine, the waitress served my meal to my wife. Above all, the AC kept kicking on during the meal and blowing in my wife's face. Normally this wouldn't be an issue but it was about 5 degrees outside, being the middle of January. For the price, I would expect better and for that reason, for the value there are other, better options in town.
I really enjoyed this restaurant. It is set in a. Beautiful hisortic Victorian house. The beef Wellington was superb. My husband spoke highly of the scallops. It is a bit pricey but worth it for a special occasion. The entry way and hostess / coat check area is a bit crowded in a narrow hallway. Overall a fantastic evening out. Recommend it !!
We were engaged at Forepaughs, 36 years ago now, and the fact that it still exists as a restaurant is a testament to something enduring.
I scarcely remember the meal we had 36 years ago, but I do remember eating there periodically over the years. They have always been on the high priced side but the food was worth it, and back in the day there weren't that many restaurants on the cutting edge.
Previous to this meal, it had been a good 5 or more years since we ate there last, but that meal had left a lasting impression, one of the best meals that I have ever eaten in my life, at any time, anywhere. That is not a small statement after six decades on the planet and trips to London, Paris and New York. I waxed enthusiastic to my foodie friends about the place whenever fine dining came up.
This time, however, their menu has been pared down extensively. In fact, I would not be far afield to say it is a steak and seafood restaurant now. There was nothing thrilling on the menu whatsoever. What we ended up having was steak, which was fine, very good even, but something you can get the same or better at a dozen local restaurants. The side dishes, besides being crazy expensive, were marginal. My wife's asparagus with truffle oil tasted nice, but not great, and my brussels sprouts were totally unexceptional, just this side of a plate of boiled sprouts. The desserts were standard, and we chose the cheesecake and the flourless chocolate torte. The former was grainy, the later was possibly the best thing on the menu.
The bottom line is I can no longer in good consciousness recommend Forepaughs to my foodie friends, and I hope they forget that I once recommended it, or at least that they understand that the place has changed in many ways over the years.
Ambiance was great but the food was overpriced for the quality. I make a better 6 oz filet at home..and don’t spend $40.00. That being said we enjoyed a drink at the bar before and the food was good..just not great. We were a little disappointed the waitress brought all of our drinks late and forgot the appetizer. I ended up with my red wine (ordered before my steak arrived) when the forgotten appetizers were served just before desert.
We were disappointed several years ago with the New Year's Eve offering. We decided to try it again this year. The fixed price/fixed menu was a surprise only 2 days before. We agreed to it in any case. We enjoyed the food and the service. The price in our minds was about $20-30 per person too high for the value of the food. We would try it again however and regular menu items look to be a better value. The atmosphere was excellent and the service attentive without being intrusive.
We enjoyed the ambience and quiet New Year's Eve dining experience. The six course fixed menu at $99 was expensive for what you got. The entree of steak and lobster with the lobster being a very small portion. The additional charge for the wine pairing at $49 was too expensive and the pours were small.
We booked at nice dinner at the restaurant and had a reservation for 7:15 pm. We were seated about 15 minutes later in a nice area of the restaurant. The service was very good. We started dinner with a date appetizer, followed this with a BLT salad, the main courses consisting of scallops for my wife and a filet for me. The filet was accompanied by a potato dish and my wife's scallops by some vegetables. The scallops were very good, but not the best we have had and my filet was excellent. Th potatoes however could have been cooked longer. Both the appetizer and salad were very good although the dressing on the salad could have been lighter. We ended dinner with two excellent deserts (one was a chocolate cake and the other a redition of banana pie. Overall, an interesting place for a nice dinner.
Forepaughs is a very quaint restaurant , with much character thrown in. Dinner in a room of this 1800s mansion was an experience in itself. Only hesitation I would have in recommending to others is the portion. My word, is it small. I am a very thin woman with a reasonably light appetite but after appetizers, soup, salad, all of it being a la carte, then the meal, I still needed to snack when I returned home. Go for happy hour during the Christmas season. Stick to tried and true for meals!
Great experience! Staff friendly and inviting. The staff felt it took too long to get us sat (maybe 5-10 minutes) so they offered me and my girlfriends a free round of drinks! The environment was Christmassy and pretty. The staff thought it took too long to get our food (we didn't notice as we were talking and dining on the warm bread and butter) so they offered the whole group each a complimentary dessert! Great night and treat customers right!
We had such high hopes. It wasn’t good food. My duck was over salted. My husbands steak tasted frozen and was under salted. The wait staff was confused. When we asked for recommendations, the server just read us the menu.
I also don’t understand why a Victorian restaurant has curry potatoes and Thai peanut soup.
Such a disappointment.
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