Complimentary wine for anniversary was a nice touch. Waiter was friendly and informative.
Wow. I have never been greeted with a handshake and warm welcome EVER at any dining establishment until I had dinner here. That's how I was welcomed, the Maitre D' even told us about some of the history of the mansion after he seated us. The mansion is amazing and I loved all the separate areas to dine. We had a very attentive server that wanted our experience to be perfect. The food was also was amazing. My date had the Miso Bass and I had the filet we split the BLT salad and a side of Brussel spouts. Everything was cooked perfect, tasted fantastic and we cleaned our plates. We had signature cocktails and wine which were also fantastic. I live near San Francisco and we are known for food. But hands down I have not ever had a better dining experience anywhere. I am just sad that I live so far away. Great far a special romantic occasion.
The food was wonderful. The restaurant is inside what used to be a home so the atmosphere is pretty unique, in a fantastic way.
We we're greated by the manager on duty right away after entering the establishment. WOW, the service was incredible, the ambiance is like nothing you can get anywhere else. I don't believe in ghosts but I got a creepy vibe on the top floor and then when they told me it was haunted I about had a minor heart attack. The Beef Wellington was incredible. Would highly recommend taking a tour of the place, after seeing the wine room private dining area, we're DEFINITELY going to reserve that for if important clients are in town.
Restaurant has great history and character. Ambience is nice and peaceful. Food is amazing
Great experience, as always!
Great food, great service, great ambiance. Couldn't have been better!
We were a group of 11 celebrating two birthdays. I have only heard one negative comment and that is that the pasta dish was not as expected and not tasty enough to order again. Otherwise, everything met/exceeded our expectations. We had a good time.
The space is beautiful.... but the service has gone down since the last time I was here. Food was just ok for the price.
I love this place. It is quiet, romantic, the food is superb though a little expensive. I did not care for the fact that you had to pay extra for sides. At that price sides should be included. But I did love the charm and ambiance. The host was amazingly friendly and courteous.
A totally wonderful evening! The best dining experience in years!
I was super excited about a “ghost stories dinner” that was happening on my actual birthday. I booked through here and got a call to tell me I had booked the wrong time for the special dinner, so I confirmed my intent and told them to change the time. I was super excited for a unique ghost night. I had been researching it for ages.
Sadly, on the night, the confirmation was lost. We were hastily pushed into a side room with a projector and chairs, while the ghost presenters tried their best, we were mostly left to watch their backs and hear muffled stories. Drinks came out late. The food was generally unimpressive. The staff tried their best, but for a $60 per person ticket and a special occasion, it was a huge letdown, and it was overall a highly disappointing birthday :(
It was a snowy Saturday night and business was pretty slow, but we enjoyed the evening with another couple. Great service and food. A really interesting menu.
Great atmosphere, food was amazing, and staff was incredible. We had a large group and everyone enjoyed the whole experience.
Delicious! We had scallops and sea bass, both great!
Food could've been Served hotter. Needed more choices on the menu. Overall nice evening. Valet Parker rude to driver....told driver guest, since your from Iowa I 'll let it slide...in rude tone. Guest didn't see signs of another area to park.
The place was amazing and romantic, I proposed to my girlfriend there! It was the perfect environment!
Very Disappointed. Menus were given to us with several sheets of paper. All falling apart. Waitress brought out our drinks two seperate times and forgot my glass of wine twice. I had to finally ask for it. Tried to order the beet salad to accompany our dinner and waitress said we could not get that salad because it was only on the Valentine's menu. Which was offered the night we were dining. She also said that the chef would make no exceptions. Also, four of us in our group all order the Beef Wellington. None of the four meals came out the way we ordered them. Two were suppose to be Medium Rare and two were suppose to be Medium Well. All of them came out Well Done. The puff pastry was burnt also. One person ordered the Seafood Fettuccine and it contained serveral pieces of shells in the pasta from the shrimp. Way over priced for the quality and portion of food that was served.
What a beautiful, renovated old home! So romantic and quiet.
The food was amazing. Highly recommend for special occasions and celebrations
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.
Delicious food and cocktails. Expensive but worth it.
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.
Awesome time great waitstaff
This place is run down, the food is ok, none of the dishes were hot. Will not go back
Went for Valentines Day, exceptional pre fixed menu, every course was melt in your mouth wonderful. Wine list excellent. Atmosphere the best, and did we mention it is a haunted Victorian mansion, so wonderful. Always a great evening
Excellent service and food! For sure we’ll be back. :))
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.
The food was AMAZING. The service was very so so. Overall, a great experience.
Host was immediately welcoming to start out and staff continued the excellent experience throughout. Great food, great setting (excellent tour), warm environment and service. A+
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!
Lori our server was perfect and food and service was excellent
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.
This converted mansion into a restaurant is unique. The food was excellent. I have had better foie gras I'd try one of their other appetizers that looked amazing as they passed our table and sounded tasty on the menu
Nice service, good food but “stuffy atmosphere”. Felt old.
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.
Possibly the best service I've received at a dining establishment -- from having a pre-reservation drink in the first floor bar to the end of dinner. Wonderful staff. The scallops were also delicious. Bravo!
Best food , lovely atmosphere and Matt, our server, was exceptional! Will be back...our new favorite spot.