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WA Frost & Company

1478 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation

Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 1:00pm;
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 1:30pm;
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:30am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
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Phone number
(651) 224-5715
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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
Ben Allen
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Private party facilities
Private Dining available. Please visit our website for detailed information.
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Private party contact
Talon Zasada: (651) 224-0525
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Cross street
Western Ave.
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Parking details
Two Parking Lots plus neighborhood street parking. Valet service option during winter months.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

Delicious. We splurged and got the chef's 6 course tasting. Worth it!! Expensive, but a fair price for being able to try a lot of variety in one meal. My favorite was the quail and the cheese plate.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on September 20, 2017

The building is historic and beautiful. The bar staff attentive and friendly. The patio area makes a wonderful place for a romantic dinner, but the dining room is also lovely. There were a few good vegetarian options as well as tasting menus. Will be back!

DeeBMN (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on September 5, 2017

Service was slow in spite of the fact that they weren't busy. I requested blue cheese dressing and they didn't have it so suggested the lemon vinaigrette and it was awful!

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

I was somewhat disappointed with the menu selection. There should be at least three more selections of entries with an offering of a chicken dish. The service was exceptional and the deserts were delicious. We most enjoyed the combination of the mini desserts. Overall we very much enjoyed our dinning experience and will come again.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

We sat on the patio on Saturday for lunch. Would have preferred to have a regular lunch menu and not only brunch. Also, we thought the prices were quite high for what we received.

vipBetty (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on September 1, 2017

Please bring back the lamb burger!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 31, 2017

The food here is amazing-- creative use of ingredients and food traditions. Every mouthful was worth savoring.

vipBBmpls (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on August 30, 2017

Late lunch on the patio on an 81 degree day under the shade of umbrellas was wonderful. Excellent food and service.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on August 29, 2017

WA Frost is a long-time favorite. This visit was NOT a disappointment in any way. It's an absolutely beautiful place, in a historic building, with amazingly warm and inviting ambience; and a completely relaxed and intimate atmosphere. We were entertaining some out-of-town family, whom we had not seen in several years. Our table was perfect for conversation. Our server understood that we had some "catching up" to do, and was completely agreeable to our setting the pace, without making us feel rushed an any way.

As usual, the menu was amazing, and filled with unique and eclectic choices. Everyone was completely satisfied with their choices.

We have, in past visits, dined on the patio. That is a truly enjoyable and pleasant experience as well.

I would highly recommend WA Frost in every way. The entire staff is extremely accommodating, professional and knowledgeable; not to mention very friendly. Our evening was perfect! A truly memorable experience.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

We enjoyed the food and ambiance so much that we went there four out of five nights on our vacation. The patio is especially lovely. Our servers were outstanding, informative and with a sense of humor.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

Excellent across the board; thanks for being a part of a special night!

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on August 23, 2017

We had a great anniversary meal, but the food took pretty long. The waiter did offer a free dessert as an apology which was delicious and a kind gesture. We were not in a rush for our dinner but if we had, I would have given a much worse review.

Rivard (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on August 23, 2017

It was my birthday, and my friend Julianne invited me for outdoor lunch. It was relaxing and delightful.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on August 21, 2017

Great, friendly, prompt service and awesome food! Start with a cheese plate. :-)

mary (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on August 21, 2017

Service was not attentive. The bottle of wine took 20 minutes. We ordered 4 courses. The appetizer and small plate showed up together. The entree showed up 4 minutes later. The entree was completely cold before we finished the small plate. The waiter took it back and threw it in a microwave and said he was sorry he was so prompt with the food?????
I called ahead for a small cake with candle. They forgot and I had to ask twice in front of the birthday girl to even get it. We had to leave for a concert before we could eat it.
P.S. This was on a Monday night and it was not very busy.

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on August 16, 2017

We were put in a beautiful room with just us.... and a large (10+) group of people who were very loud. Everything was wonderful except for that. Also we ordered the small plates, for the most part they seem well priced but the beef carpaccio seemed a bit over-priced for the small amount of food that was served.

trprsct (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on August 15, 2017

My husband and I went here on our two year anniversary and we had a great time. Service was quick, the time the waiter gave you between check ins was nice, and the patio area was a nice place to be in. As the sun goes down they turn on these string lights and the lighting is perfect for a garden dinner. A very enjoyable atmosphere. We spent 110 dollars for appetizer, dinners and drinks with tip included. We would recommend dining here.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on August 14, 2017

We were early for our reservation by 10 or 15 minutes. The hostess told us to wait in the entry for ten minutes, then led us to our table, which was open and set. Why not allow us to sit down, serve the water and advise us that it would be a few minutes? We were being punished for being early it seems.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on August 13, 2017

excellent food. service and price. classical ambiance, highly varied menu,wines reasonably priced

misho5 (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on August 13, 2017

always good , always reliable. love the patio seating and will go back to enjoy an evening dinner outside