WA Frost & Company

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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LisaL
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were treated wonderfully! Not too much, but there when appropriate. Wonderful food, too. Always have had great experiences there.

WA Frost & Company
Responded on March 22, 2020

Thank you for highlighting our current efforts given the times. We hope to see you again soon.

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NickS
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Because of the coronavirus, every other table was blacked out to put more space between guests. That was a nice touch considering this restaurant caters to an older crowd. Also I think this is why the place was extremely quiet. So quiet, it felt like my fiance and I had to whisper to not bother other guests. This could just be because of the strange state of things right now.

We both got the tasting menu, she did the wine pairing, I drank old fashions. I recommend getting a cab there and back if you are going to do the pairing. It was a lot of wine! My drinks were really strong too (not complaining at all). We were glad we didn't drive.

I will say for how empty the place was, the food did take a long time. We knew it was going to be a long experience, but we were there for 3 hours. I wish the food had come out a little quicker because we came hungry. I will also say, it wasn't as much food as you get when you go to a similar tasting restaurant like Travail. I definitely wasn't stuffed at the end (which is fine, but I can see how some people might expect that for $100 meal). The quality was excellent though.

Our server was really nice too. He had a good, dry sense of humor, we really enjoyed him.

Overall, great experience. If you want to go through the whole tasting experience, but not pay Travail prices, this is a really good option. We were definitely the youngest people in there (I am 35 and she is 29), but we still very much enjoyed ourselves. I think we will be back!

WA Frost & Company
Responded on March 22, 2020

Thank you for the detailed review and we hope to see you sooner rather than later.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant never lets diners down. Food, atmosphere and service was all great. We will return.

WA Frost & Company
Responded on March 22, 2020

We are glad you enjoyed your experience.

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Jamm
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The omelette (Mushroom and spinach) was kind of flavorless. And I know it was Sunday brunch, but service was generally slow.

WA Frost & Company
Responded on March 22, 2020

We are sorry the omelette didn't have more flavor. We do change the omelette often so please check back in the future.

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LauraD
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

W.A. Frost has fine dining down to a science. Absolutely one of the best tasting menus in town and priced reasonably.

WA Frost & Company
Responded on March 22, 2020

We continue to keep the tasting menus because of diners like you. Thank You!

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DStan
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Our server was not very friendly. We weren’t offered bread and she did not fulfill our drink order

WA Frost & Company
Responded on March 22, 2020

We are sorry to hear of your experience. What you describe is not the usual guest experience, please consider giving us another try in the future.

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john
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time customer. Very happy overall. I tried many plates and they were all great with one exception. The small plate order of scallops was shockingly small. I did not expect a ton, but for 17 dollars, 2 scallops seemed a little small. I would have been ok with 4. Other than that i loved it. The service was great.

WA Frost & Company
Responded on March 22, 2020

We take guest feedback very seriously and thank you for the information. The scallops dish has been very popular, but it does sound like your plate was smaller than normal. Please try us again in the future.

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ConnieE
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dinner! Certainly wiil be visiting again.

WA Frost & Company
Responded on March 22, 2020

Great to see you enjoyed your dinner. Thank You

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really terrific food and drink selection. 10/10 would go back.

WA Frost & Company
Responded on March 22, 2020

We look forward to serving you in the future.

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JanB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at Frost's. I had requested a table by the fireplace, and we were given one in the back room right next to the roaring fire. It was perfect. Food was great and service was excellent.

WA Frost & Company
Responded on March 22, 2020

Those fireplace tables are in high demand so we are glad you could get one. Thanks and hope to see you again in the future.

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SamA
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I would not have the char. The restaurant week menu was OK.

WA Frost & Company
Responded on March 22, 2020

We are sorry you did not enjoy the current market fish preparations. This item does change often, so please try again in the future. Thank You.

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LindaP
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was attentive & astute & allowed our group to have a relaxing, no rush lunch which was very much appreciated.

WA Frost & Company
Responded on March 22, 2020

Lunch can be a wonderful time to dine with us. Thank you for the comment.

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teamthompson
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Restaurant Week and everything we had was very good. The patio looked like it would be nice so we will definitely come back in the summer.

WA Frost & Company
Responded on March 22, 2020

Thank you for the comment and please do try the patio in the warmer weather. When we do open you can either make patio reservations for the dining side or walk in at the garden bar and lounge area in the evenings.

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LovebirdsMN
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

We love WA Frost, but the restaurant week menu was not tasty- the pork was sent back bc it was under cooked and I chose the farro instead. Flavor was bland and generally uninteresting. They usually do such a good job! We will return, but restaurant week was disappointing.

WA Frost & Company
Responded on March 22, 2020

So sorry to hear about your Restaurant week experience. Please do try us again in the future.

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vipBTPierce
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

WA Frost is a wonderful dining experience. We enjoy the sophisticated ambiance, the impeccable service, and the quality of the food. This is definitely a restaurant we continue to visit and enjoy!

WA Frost & Company
Responded on March 22, 2020

Thank you for your continued support, we are very appreciative.

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ChrisE
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This space is so gorgeous and romantic. We were here to celebrate a birthday. The cheese plate was so good, and I highly recommend trying this if you go. The entrees were yummy too. I found it odd that I could get a burger and fries or a more fancy entree, but it made sure there was something for everyone. The wine and cocktail list is long, so I’ll definitely be back to check out more of the martinis! The staff was nice and efficient! They even added a birthday candle to our dessert.

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Robroy
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lamb chops were too gamey.

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MegH
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We were at the restaurant for a family celebration with a table for 10. They set us up in a small room with a fireplace, all to ourselves. It was perfect! The food was overall quite good, and all enjoyed their meals. The bread for the asparagus open-face was over-cooked and hard for folks to cut/eat. The bacon portions on the french toast were light, relatively. The service was good and mostly attentive, but not overly so.

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DianeJ
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We took our granddaughter to brunch on February 22, 2020. The three meals far exceeded expectations because they weren’t high based on negative comments about the food at W.A. Frost. Our granddaughter choose the Dutch Baby Pancake, in part because she likes pink peppercorns. She is not fond of figs but liked them with the lemon, honey and almonds. She would order it again.

My husband selected the cheese plate with three blue cheeses. He would enthusiastically order again with different cheese choices.

I had the Pupusas, which were tasty. I would definitely order again.

The food is expensive .
but the service was good and the food was artistically presented. And it was tasty.

WA Frost & Company
Responded on March 22, 2020

Thank you for the detail review of some of our Brunch items. Brunch is also really nice in the summer on the patio.

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kathys
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

As always, the ambience is unbeatable--sophisticated, warm and romantic. However, the food menu and the drinks menu have been completely overhauled, and some of my old favorites are gone. My friend and I both had the short rib sandwich, which sounded good but was disappointing. The meat was very dry and there was too much of it for the bun to hold. The salad was supposed to be "lightly dressed" with the house vinaigrette, but there was almost no detectable dressing. If you are going because you have liked it in the past, be warned that there is not much left of the old menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I eat at WA quite a bit, and we are even having our wedding reception there in June. Absolutely love the place. Always great food, excellent prices, and outstanding service.

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RandyJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had the Chef’s Tasting menu. Everything was wonderful! I do recommend getting the wine pairing. My wife and I didn’t, because we had already ordered a drink before the meal, but when my wife ordered a glass of wine that was the pairing for one of the courses, it was $17! Totally worth it, by the way, but the menu with the wine pairings was only $35 more than the menu without. Just a little hint :)

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GlennH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We enjoyed the service from the welcome on. Only issue was a $2 charge for bringing our own cake. Never have had that.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Beautiful building.

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David
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A nice Valentines Day lunch with excellent food and friendly, attentive service. Thanks.

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CherylR
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We loved the decor and ambiance. The food was good. Not exceptional. I expected better. Like, not ground lamb in my tagliatelle dish but rather pulled. The dressing on the endive salad was overdone. I’d do something simpler and less viscous.

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vipBiker
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Beautiful setting, great classic building. Liked the cocktails. We were disappointed that prices were same as best Minneapolis restaurants but the service did not compare and the food was good but not great compared to several other similarly priced options in the city.

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vipnotafoodiebutpicky
Minneapolis
17 reviews