Permanently Closed - Forepaugh's

4.6
2192 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. "It is with great sadness that we announce that Forepaugh's Restaurant is closed for business. Thank you for 11 great years!"

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Comfort Food
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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
Private Dining: Available 7 days a week
OPEN SUNDAYS THROUGH FEBRUARY 2019
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Phone number
(651) 224-5606
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Kyle Bell
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Catering
Forepaugh's does cater to outside venues. Please call Mimi at 651.224.5606 for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Walnut
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Parking details
Forepaugh's offers valet parking or complimentary parking in our large lot across the street next to the Ramsey House.
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Public transit
We are just a short walk to bus stops on 7th Street.
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Entertainment
Our all request, sing along piano bar features the talented Dan Chouinard on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. Seating is first come, first serve.

Due to a very busy holiday season, we do not operate the piano bar every week, so please check our Facebook page for updates.
Additional
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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JJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Forepaughs abruptly closed and our reservations were cancelled.

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EB
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

For the price of the food, I would have expected better service. Our server seemed to be most concerned about persuading us to purchase more, and when we said we were too full, she just walked away and seemed upset. I was just surprised by her behavior, I've never had a server act that way at an upscale restaurant. The food was really great and the ambiance was nice as well, I was only disappointed by our service.

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L
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn’t been here in years and on a whim decided to go. We’re so glad we did! The host was lovely, the decor beautiful, the music delightful, the service perfect and the food was fantastic! We will definitely be back.

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F
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going here since 1979 and have always loved our experiences. The wait staff is amazing. The chefs are excellent in their craft. We will continue to go and share with our friends. 😊

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fourpaugh’s is such a beautiful restaurant with lovely ambiance! From the moment we stepped in, the host made the whole visit spectacular. He is such a welcoming host and even supplied our group a tour of the wine room.

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KP
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great except for being stuck next to literally the two loudest tables in the entire restaurant, but that was more bad luck than anything. Food was great and the ambience was really cool.

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LB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing service. Server patiently answered our questions about the historic building and encouraged us to look around.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience at Forepaugh’s. Recommend upper class dress ware. The staff was wonderful and service was amazing. Dinner was expensive but it was well worth it, I had the filet which was simply the best steak I’ve ever had and my girlfriend had the meatball stroganoff which was also very good. I definitely want to take her back there again, the ambience was amazing and to top it off the host took us down to the wine room to take a picture of our memorable night. We were both extremely delighted.

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DS
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a group, I can say that Forepaugh’s gave us one of the BEST dining experiences we have ever had in St. Paul. From start to finish, everything Forepaughs had to offer, was on-point.

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favourite places to go to celebrate. The food is delicious and the service is spectacular!

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KB
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place for a date night, very romantic. John was wonderful he gave us a tour of the house and told us some amazing stories about the place.

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HL
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere and amazing food!

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RP
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and a delicious meal. The ambiance was really neat.

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TA
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We went for a Valentine Day dinner the experience was excellent we had a great waitress and the busboy
was great they help us out with the menu and the conversation was great.

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Walleye dinner was probably the worst I have had. Heavy mushroom saice does not go well with a flakey fish. Wife’s filet steak was drier than should have been.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. Highly recommend their signature dish, the Beef Wellington and their dessert, the deconstructed banana cream pie. The building itself is gorgeous and well kept up. The service was phenomenal at making us feel welcomed. The food also came out very quickly (maybe 20 minutes).

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to have a nice, relaxing dinner. Food was outstanding. Wine was good. Service was beyond exceptional. The only hitch we had was, we were a little early so we sat in the bar and had a drink. They staff must have forgot about us. I went to the hostess stand to see if they were running behind and was apologized to, and sat immediately. The general manager bought us an appetizer for the oversight.
Kudos to the staff at forepaugh’s for an excellent dining experience!

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L
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Valentine’s Day!

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TC
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Consistently great. Love their unique offerings, as well and the proven old school favorites. The staff is amazing and make your feel special.

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OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Valentine’s Day dinner. Venue is unique and interesting and I’ve wanted to try it for some time now. Food was overpriced, which is ok for Valentine’s Day, but I’d expect it to at least be prepared properly. Steak was cold and not all the items were served as the fixed menu said they would be (no English Peas for example). No one asked if we were happy with meal, we had an 8:00 reservation and folks seemed more focused on cleaning up to go home than providing the attentive service a $300 plus ($100/plate plus wine and tip) dinner would assumingly receive. Would not come back as there as many other better options for that price point.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Making reservation online was very helpful, the staff called us to confirm and also share a bit about the menu. The email reminders were greatly appreciated.

We were warmly greeted by John, who was most welcoming and helpful in showing us around and to our table. We were a party of four, and we sat on the second level in a well lit and spacious room. Although we were surrounded by other tables, it didn't seem too congested and there were plenty of space for privacy.

Matt, our server, was quick to go over our menu and wine pairings and answered any questions we had. The course meal was timely paced, and we LOVED all the wine selection for each dish. Great presentation and portion, food was phenomenal, and service was attentive and diligent throughout.

Overall experience was fantastic, we enjoyed our time together there. Complimentary to the kitchen staff for a wonderful course dinner, and to the serving and hosting staff for being patient and taking care of our group. We look forward to our next dining experience with you all again.

Thank you for making our special evening a memorable one.

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SP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Valentine's Day menu of 6 courses. Each course was better than the last. I'm not a dessert person and I loved the truffles! The lobster bisque was the best I ever had. Huge chunks of lobster in it. So decadent!! Great wine pairings and the service was impeccable. Highly recommend.

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DM
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful composed dishes, an exquisite treat for tastebuds. So happy that we spent our date night here! Exploring the magical Victorian house was like taking a step back in time.

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance. Very quiet and enjoyable. Food was great as well.

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F
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice dining experience for a special occasion. Food is good, but portions are on the small side. Flawless service. On the noisy side. We will be back.

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BK
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s not just a place to eat it’s an experience. Everything about it was a step above anywhere else I had ever dined before.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lived up to the hype, will be our new special occasion spot. Amazing!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The food was incredibly underwhelming and our server was not terribly knowledgeable of the menu

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MF
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matt was outstanding and most professional job as a server. He made our 55th anniversary a perfect evening.
The general manager, Mimi, seated us exactly at 6:15, which was our reservation time.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Staff was very friendly and welcoming. Food was fantastic! Dates/Bacon appetizer was delicious and had order of duck for entree and it was perfect. Highly recommended. Interesting back story to the restaurant as well.

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AM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to Forepaugh’s for dinner before a concert. We were NOT disappointed! What a great history the property has as well. We will be back for sure! Thanks again!!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was not up to what we have come to expect. It felt like maybe the kitchen had an off night. Portions were smaller as well. We will be back though. Last night was just an off night.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service, friendly staff

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was by far the most amazing restaurant. The food was tremendous. The server was divine.

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D
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good food and service but pretty expensive for what you get.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice food was awesome and price was good the waitress was amazing

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CG
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, excellent service and staff in a beautiful setting.

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n
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening.
My niece and I were greeted by John who made us feel totally comfortable. We enjoyed all of the amazing flavors of the walleye & scallops dinners that they so kindly split for us.
Of course the setting in the beautiful Victorian house is lovely and we enjoyed meandering throughout the many rooms after dinner.
It was a special night in a special place!!!

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AS
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had great service as well as fantastic food

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S
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful especially the deserts Sophia’s Honey cake was wonderful a must try.
Will go again.

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