Forepaugh's

4.6
2123 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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.
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
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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.
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Special events & promotions
We serve an amazing coursed meal on Easter, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. In addition, Forepaugh's hosts wine dinners, paranormal presentations, painting parties and much more! Check out our Facebook Page or join our mailing list and receive monthly 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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B
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were so excited to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary with friends who flew in especially for the occasion. While I expect that Forepaugh’s may be a nice destination in off-peak times, I highly recommend not selecting this restaurant for special occasions or busy holidays. We should have know that the experience would not live up to all the hype when we arrived and were seated in the downstairs dining room which was near the noisy bar and drafty entry instead of the romantic table that was requested. After multiple wine selections from the wine list turned out to not be available the server finally helped us find something actually in stock. We were seated at 7:00 but entrees didn’t arrive until 9:15. Apparently there was a mix up in the kitchen as many other guests that arrived after us were served and finished there meals before our meal even arrived. Our friends Beef Wellington was cold and he needed to return it to be remade. My duck was lukewarm but I kept it because at that point I was starving and just wanted to eat and go home. Our server and the manager did work with us to make things right but the whole experience was sad and we will not be back.

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r
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

This restaurant is beautiful. Located in a historic building in St. Paul. The ambiance was wonderful and we had an enjoyable pre Xmas dinner. Some of the dishes were excellent ( Ribeye, Filet, BLT salad, Ahi Tuna Crisps, Shrimp Cocktail, Dates with chorizo, Flourless chocolate cake and bread pudding). Other were less so ( Beef Wellington, Sea Bass and Walleye in coconut curry). Our waiter was great but the service was incredibly slow; not his fault. We arrived at 7:00 and did not get our main course until after 9:00. It was a very busy night so the kitchen must have been hopping. They offered up a glass of free wine to compensate for the delays. I would go back now that I know what to have on the menu.

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P
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Be ready for a wait. Even if you have a reservation. Fortunately the cocktails in the bar were excellent. Then we waited an hour for our entrees. Food was excellent. Plan on 2 1/2 hours for dinner if you go on Saturday night. I loved the overall experience though.

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SK
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I made a reservation way in advance for a family event. It is right before Christmas and I thought it would be a lively treat to have dinner before an event. I thought it would be gorgeous at Christmas.

I have been to Fourpaughs previously and the rooms are usually so beautiful. This visit we had a group of 9 people. We were put in the 3rd floor in a corner with a sloping room and no windows

Much of the restaurant was decorated beautifully, but sadly not this room. I felt a little let down. The room was claustrophobic and a little dated. For what ones pays for dinner at this restaurant and I had hoped it would be more festive throughout the restaurant.

The food was fantastic as always. I did let the waiter know twice that we had an event and needed to leave before 7pm. We were seated at 5:15. We didn't get our check until 7pm. We did make our event, but it was close and nerve wracking.

When planning a special event, make it clear you do not want the attic room if you are looking for ambiance. Now I know to do that. We have dined here for Easter, mother's day and graduations. I haven't been let down on those occasions.

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MN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Brought my 97 year old mother in law for her birthday dinner. Had a great meal and wonderful service! My only complaint was the Christmas music playing...not that I mind, normally, but the Charlie Brown Christmas song just didn’t fit the ambiance😬. Otherwise, except for the cost, we’d go there more often. It’s a great special occasion restaurant.

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JG
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time visiting. The service was great and friendly and the food was delicious. We had a great time and a perfect evening. We plan to come here every year for our anniversary.

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JM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. My Ramsey ribeye was the best steak I’ve had in recent memory. Service was very friendly and unobtrusive. U

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JR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience and great food!

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SH
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved our meal of sophisticated and flavorful dishes. Portions exactly right. Reservations muffed my request for a gluten-free option, but the servers recovered quickly and well. Ambiance was great, and for a special occasion like Thanksgiving, I'd willingly come back next year.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a bit of a rough start. There was much confusion about getting people to their tables and using the elevator for accessible purposes.
The food was wonderful, our server was very attentive and kind.

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C
Minneapolis
75 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were thoroughly impressed with the menu and flavor of the food. Austin, our waiter was impressive- and my standards are high being a chef and having been in the business for years. Not sure if being on the top floor had anything to do with it, but my turkey meal could have been much hotter. Other than that one needed improvement, the experience was perfect!

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and atmosphere was opulent. Our waiter was awesome for Thanksgiving Dinner.

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DL
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and care even with physical limitations and dietary needs.

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D
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional family Thanksgiving Dinner for lunch!

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M
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Forepaugh's five times in the past four years. We've eaten inside and outside, for their regular service and for a special holiday meal. Each trip has been wonderful! Great food, unsurpassed ambiance for quiet conversation and an historic feel. The host is as warm and gracious as anyone we've met in the Twin Cities, and the servers and other staff have also been attentive and kind without ever making us feel rushed. We eat out as least once a week, and this is among our favorites in the Cities.

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V
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Forepaugh's Thanksgiving dinner was amazing. The chefs really worked their hearts out with beautiful presentation, a wide palate of rich tastes and dishes that complimented each other with excellence. The service was outstanding. I have to admit I wasn't expecting to pay 270.00 including tip and one drink per person for three people. The price is just too high for most people. Glad we went, will have to cut my budget here a bit for awhile to make up for it. The house looks beautiful. Nice to hear some additional restorations will continue as it is a labor of love and so authentically done.

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DM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The dinner was exquisite / I had the Amish chicken - two pieces one juicy one a bit drier but flavorful - very delicate crisp. Gnocchi was great- edamee were dry. Split pea soup was flavorful but lose the lemon made it a little vinegary, my friend had the beef Bourgunoine and it was delicious and tender. Delightful wines and ambiance. Topped with a phenomenal ‘deconstructed banana cream pie ‘ as a birthday treat, complimentary. Most definetly a lovely place to go for a special intimate evening

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RV
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Poor service, food came out cold. People sitting next to us were clearly regulars and were making rude remarks under their breath about us complaining about the cold food. No manager ever came to address the situation. When you are spending this kind of money on dinner, you would expect better service and hot food

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N
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Staff was attentive and kind. Drinks were great and the appetizers we had (chorizo dates were phenom) were great! The most disappointing aspect of the entire meal was the beef Wellington. This is NOT beef Wellington. All it was was a filet with a puff pastry half shell on top. There was no duxelles anywhere to be found. It just cast a shadow on the whole experience because I was sooooo looking forward to a good beef Wellington.

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r
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was ok, but the service was not good.

Even with a reservation, our entire dinner was over 2 hours. There were a solid 20 minutes before our drinks were served. There was another 30 minute stretch before we got desert menus.

Overall we felt neglected by our server. When you pay as much as you do at Forepaugh's, this experience isn't acceptable.

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M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I looked for the best romantic place in St. Pail and then Minneapolis using three different sites.
Forepaugh’s was only one that was in the top five everyone.
It was great place and excellent food.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at Forpaugh’s! From the first second we drove up to the beautiful historic home until we left at the end-the whole evening was pretty spectacular! The food was great-service was so warm and welcoming-the drinks were fantastic! My husband and I were so pleasantly surprised by the wonderful historic nature of the home-I can’t wait to go back! What a treasure in downtown Saint Paul

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RJ
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful Victorian home. Very unique. Eight small dining rooms.

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ML
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food in a quiet ambiance. The Beef Wellington, their signature dish, is outstanding. The meat is fantastic. The potatoes were excellent as well - very creamy. Service could have used a pick-me-up, however.

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SK
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, lots of choices on the dinner menu, and a lovely atmosphere! Service was very good. We love this place for special occasions.

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OT
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities!! Cuisine is outstanding.

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j
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lori did a good job. Good waitress. The host was a bit awkward. I think he asked us 3 times if this was a special occasion...which we answered yes to 3 times.

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J
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience for a special occasion, but way too expensive for routine dining.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice establishment,the host were kind and courteous

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l
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Laurie was our server. She was fantastic! She was attentive and funny. Very good service, food and ambiance. We will definitely return!

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J
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took my girlfriend to dinner at Forepaugh's after finding out how haunted it was. There was definitely a spooky vibe which was really cool around Halloween time. The interior and exterior of the restaurant are beautiful and there is a lot to look at. The food was incredible and tasted notably fresh. A little pricey, but not too bad since the food was great and high quality. Our waiter was really attentive and friendly. I would definitely recommend and go back.

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TF
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome staff. Beautiful historic building. We gave ourselves a tour after being encouraged to do so. We were seated in Molly’s room on the third floor. No apparitions however. Next time I will seat myself downstairs near or at the bar. I really like this place.

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D
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the usual exceptional food, great service, and comfortable atmospere.

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L
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Service was great but meal was extremely pricey and not very tasty. Pretense of being gourmet, but lacked a flair that other fine dining establishments at this price level supply.

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TG
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for a birthday. Staff was lovely. Food is terrific. Great energy. ♡.

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OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new menu items are outstanding! I had lamb & foie gras meatball stroganoff - amazing! The shrimp and grits is wonderful too!

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SS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Bill was excellent. The food was so good. My friend and I were allowed to sit and talk. Never were we rushed to hurry. At the end of the evening, we had another wonderful waiter tell us the history of the house and encourage us to walk around. I wish I had his name. It was a great experience and we will be back!

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SG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent. Hard to read menu and check with such low lighting.

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EE
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

We've dined here several times before and we always enjoy the ambiance and the warm hospitality. Yet it seemed as though we caught the kitchen on an off night. Our main courses arrived at least 25 minutes after our soup cups were cleared, with no acknowledgment of the delay. (The restaurant appeared to be about 60% full.) My husband's pork special was barely warm. Although my scallops were cooked through, they were tepid and blah. Our five-star ambiance rating reflects both the lovely old mansion and the free parking at Ramsey House across the street. (We would have missed our reservation had it not been for the gentleman who was posted at the lot entrance to turn away hockey fans headed to the Xcel Center.)

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MH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our food was exceptional and the staff really made our intimate retirement dinner a celebration. The only thing I'd change would be to have a slightly brighter candle at our table so I could have seen the meal more clearly. I could tell that it was plated with imagination, but couldn't tell what I was eating until I tasted it.

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