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About WA Frost & Company

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.

374 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

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

Cross Street:
Western Ave.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(651) 224-5715

Website:
http://www.wafrost.com/

Parking Details:
Two Parking Lots plus neighborhood street parking. Valet service option during winter months.

Executive Chef:
Ben Allen

Private Party Facilities:
Private Dining available. Please visit our website for detailed information.

Private Party Contact:
Talon Zasada: (651) 224-0525

Additional:
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

WA Frost & Company Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.8

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Special Occasion (11)
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Quiet Conversation (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Romantic (8)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Cozy (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Authentic (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Casual (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Scenic View (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Business Meals (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Fun (1)
Waterfront (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·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.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 21, 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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu
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 (Minneapolis)·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!

Tags: People Watching
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food3
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service3
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 (Phoenix)·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Please bring back the lamb burger!

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·Dined on September 1, 2017

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

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·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.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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food4
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find
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food5
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·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 23, 2017

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

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 21, 2017

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

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food4
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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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food4
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 (Portland)·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.

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·Dined on August 16, 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.

Tags: People Watching, Scenic View, Fun
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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·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.

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food3
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 13, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 13, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Had lunch with a couple of girl friends on the patio during a beautiful August afternoon. Easily the best patio in the Twin Cites. Food is always excellent and service is typically pretty good. Our server seemed to be in a hurry for us to leave as we would have had another glass of wine, but she brought the check and dashed before we could ask for anything else. Oh, well. Will still go back as I always enjoy this classic spot - both inside and out are a treat.

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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Wonderful vegetarian choices. Loved the cauliflower dish I had

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

I LOVE this restaurant. We have been here many times and we are never disappointed. The food is fantastic, and I am always so impressed with the service!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Authentic, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Scenic View, Fun, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Amazing service. Delicious food. Romantic atmosphere.

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

My husband and I dined out to celebrate his birthday. We have been here before, both inside and on the beautiful patio. We had a wonderful meal- the tasting menu. We started with a watermelon gazpacho, then seared scallops, fennel seed crusted porkloin, grilled quail, a cheese course and finally a cheese course. The servings are mere tastes and each one was delicious. You can also order a wine pairing to go with each course. The whole meal was served with just the right time in between courses. It was a great evening!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 6, 2017

There was a little bit of a wait for our table but it was worth it!! Great food and exceptional service.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Invited my parents here for birthday. The service and food was excellent. The decor was cozy and relaxed, the ambiance lively and pleasant; a very relaxed atmosphere -- has an upscale, hole-in-the-wall feel, old world flair. The steak sirloin steak was perfect but a little on the pricey side. The free parking attached to the building is ideal and I like the large patio out back. It's easier to get tables around 5 -- later on, there seems to be people waiting. Overall, a great place for a special occasion with family. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great patio- service was excellent!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 4, 2017

We rarely eat anywhere that is as expensive as WA Frost but we can honestly say "It was worth it!" We were fortunate to choose a beautiful day to eat on their lovely patio. Food and service-perfect. Tables spaced to feel private. Only one complaint — the only women's restroom required taking stairs to and from their basement. If there is another option, we couldn't find it.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 3, 2017

We had to bale on the patio because of the weather but had a wonderful dining experience inside. Our waitress was attentive at just the right level- left us to chat, checked in just enough as we enjoyed an evening of slow food and good conversation.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 2, 2017

What is better than eating outdoors in a lovely garden during a Minnesota summer night?!? Perfect, right? And the food was delicious and waitperson charming and appropriately responsive but did not rush us.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Fun, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We brought my mother-in-law for her birthday as a treat. The food was outstanding but the service was subpar. The server was more interested in the few tables around us (perhaps because we were a table of 3 women he assumed we wouldn't offer as much $?). He failed to even mention the specials. We only knew about them after he gave them to the table next to us (too late for us to order). Our drink was so strong that it was not drinkable. To his credit, he ultimately removed it from the bill but should have offered to fix/remake/replace in the first place.
The runner brought our food and I wanted to order more wine for the table but the server never reappeared to see how things were going. I had to flag him down to order more drinks! It was clear we received short shrift.
I was at the restaurant with just my wife a month prior and the service was IMPECCABLE so I was surprised. From our prior trip we didn't hesitate to make the 30 minute drive out for a great experience. However, after this trip, I would rethink it.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 30, 2017

I placed reservations 3 weeks in advance for 10 people for brunch. While the table was ready for us and it was a great spot, the service was extremely slow. The food choices for brunch are average, and I was not particularly impressed with the overall experience. WA Frost has always been a St Paul classic, and it feels like they need to step up their game.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Excellent, Very goos service, Excellent cocktails, Food was very refined and flavorful. After dinner in the massive patio was an outstanding finish to the evening.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

I brought friends into the city. We loved the luncheon. Our server made the luncheon fun. We will return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 27, 2017

They are selling an old, elegant Saint Paul. They do ok at that, but don't go for the food; nothing very creative, and no real effort at presentation.

One exception: a reasonable selection of vegetarian options.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on July 26, 2017

I used to like WA but not this time. Way too noisy in the (foyer?) Square Table too small for 3 people as your plates are huge and with so many of them and all the glassware, etc., way too crowded!! And where's the tablecloths? I googled restaurants with tablecloths! That would cut down on some of the noise, ya know. I was there to visit with school pals I hadn't seen in years and we couldn't hear each other at times. And it was too dark! We couldn't see to exchange addresses or even read our bills, and it was before 8:30 p.m. in July when we left. Disappointed, I am.

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·Dined on July 25, 2017

The hostess's pleasantness unfortunately was the highlight of the evening. Server wanted to be someplace else and though we were one of three tables service was exceptionally slow. Curried cauliflower hummus didn't deliver on promise...bland...roasted chicken and broccoli rabe over-cooked. Sauce very odd. Maybe burned? Perhaps the worst flavor combo I've ever had. The outside seating area teamed with very happy people and that was great see, perhaps they were overwhelmed which might explain poor service and food quality. Inside decor is beautiful. If you want to go here call for a table, do not book online, they explained they only give the prized tables to those that call. If you love the food experience over ambiance I would try a different restaurant.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 24, 2017

We adored the patio at W.A. Frost. The food was delicious (bottle of cab, spinach/artichoke dip, green curry mussels, NY strip steak) and our waiter was very friendly and respectful when it came to giving us our privacy to talk. We really want to come back in the winter because the inside is so cozy.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The food was bland, at best. I have an endive salad and scallops w/ a weird mix of sauce and veggies pairing.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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