St. Paul >Food & Dining > Meritage A Brasserie
410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN | Directions 5510244.946312 -93.096763
Neighborhoods: Core, Downtown
Wonderful food – We we went there for dinner on Sunday and I tried out their new special Recession a 24$ prix fix menu 3 course meal. I had the It was a fantastic deal for such amazing food. The service was spectacular and and everyone at our table was ecstatic about the food. This restaurant though is not for the average restaurant goer. It caters to a refined pallet and those with the means to afford it. But well worth it.
Tasty, unique, well presented food and wine – We had a fantastic 7 course meal with the wine pairing. Course 1 included sourdough bread and three small appetizers – gazpacho (very good), tiny tuna tartar taco (good) and lamb bacon – unique and fantastic. Course 2 was a tasty pistachio crusted foie gras. Course 3 was an amazing, melt in your mouth organic Scottish salmon in a spinach puree with artichokes. Course 4 was an excellent, tender and tasty Iowa lamb chop with lamb stuffed baby bell peppers, chickpeas, fennel tomato confit and black olive oil. Course 5 was a prime NY strip au poivre – tasty, but not too spicy. Course 6 was a cheese course of three cheeses we selected from about six that were presented to us tableside. Course 7 was of course dessert – a small cup of an espresso type pudding, Izzy’s chocolate covered dollop of vanilla ice cream, and a chocolate cream puff.
All wine pairings were very good to excellent – the Clos de Chance blend was excellent, and the Antinori Super Tuscan was fantastic!
The chef stopped by our table at least twice to check how our meals were progressing, and the overall service was excellent. The dining room was a bit loud, and they have a small patio along St. Peter street. Our new favorite restaurant!
Unique and very French – Service was very attentive. The portions are French :) Explore your adventurous side with choices, and be prepared to be surprised. Unique food, some you might appreciate but never order again. Give it a shot and see what happens!
a beautiful restaurant – Meritage is beautiful restaurant. The food is spectacular & the service is attentive. I think it is one of best locations in Saint Paul. The decor is simple, elegant & comfortable. The food is fresh, creative and perfectly prepared. A great place for a romantic dinner.
overall... just average – My mother and I went ot this restaurant on a wednesday night before a show at the ordway. The place was empty at 6:30 and I hate eating in an empty restaurant. We both ordered fish. They were both average. I asked for a glass of red wine when my fish arrived and the waitress made a point ofcorrecting me that i was eating fish and i should order white wine. I felt that was extremely rude. I don;t like white wine and I thing that I am capable enough to order what i want when i am paying. The best thing I had was a mojito before my meal arrived. Like I said.... totally average. probably won't return
A very pleasant evening – Four of us dined here on a recent Friday night. Based on only this one visit, we all agreed that this is a fine culinary addition to downtown St Paul. The saffron mussel soup, an amuse bouche for only $3 and served in a demitasse sized cup, was splendid. The sweet pea veloute, a soup wonderfully flavored with ham, was very nice. A first course of sea scallops ceviche, scallops sliced horizontally and served in a mild lemon sauce, met with everyone's approval, although no wasabi could be detected by anyone; it might need a bit more acidity. Among us, we had two halibut and two pork chop entrees. The halibut, a fish easy to overcook, was perfectly moist inside with a sugar and snow pea puree and cippolinis. Very good. A minor quibble: the advertised white truffle emulsion was evanescent and neither added nor subtracted from the preparation. The pork chop, ahhhh, the pork chop, is not your mama's nor any roadhouse's version. All of us agreed that this pig would've been proud; as it is, the chef should be. A wonderful sauce and mascarpone polenta made this an entree worth returning for. The hazelnut mousse cake and chocolate torte ended the evening on a fitting note. The ambience of the restaurant reminds one of a French bistro. It's a rather small place with no noise-softening surfaces at all. The result, like so many restaurants, is an annoyingly high decibel level. Why not aim for something in between silence and 80 decibels? Our Gallic waiter was pleasant and prompt and paced the courses well. I can't resist a comment now on the screaming child issue described in previous reviews. I'll never understand parents who bring humans to fine restaurants who are too young to use a toilet without assistance (maybe that should be the criterion). Since I wasn't there during the incident, I can't address this individual case, but I would ask such parents: Are you that inconsiderate in other aspects of your lives? I'm guessing, yes.
Great Bistro – I read all the reviews so far , and I noticed that there was no half way; they were really bad or really good. Listen, anyone who has restaurant experience feels that the costumers often times are very critical (most of the time with no reason); in the other hand the dinners feel like they can say whatever they want because they are paying costumers (and they are right); but let's try to be fair and objective. I have dine at Meritage 2 times. The first one i had the Cassoulet, which is a dish that I personally adore, and it was on the dry side and when I was asked how the meal was (by the Chef himself) I told him what I felt about it and he appologized; he didn't give me a discount nor I asked for one. I ate the whole thing. On my second visit I gave it another chance and this thime was just spot on. What I am trying to say is, please do not make an opinion based just in one experience; Im sure there is other things on the menu you might like better; sometimes it is just luck. A skilled kitchen will put every plate the same way every day, but lets be real; all those that praise about places line jean Georges, Danube, La Tour D'Argent, Maxim's etc should know that they staff at least 25 people for one kitchen. here is not the case, one single cook has to make so many dishes in one night that is very hard to control everything; I am sure even Mr. Klein can make a mistake or two. That is the reason why all of you should give Meritage restaurant at least 3 chances before you make a definite desicion to not come back again. Are any of you perfect at what you do? I don't think so; the difference is that you don't have 150 people crituque you at the same time 2 times a day for 6 days in a row. These are just a couple of fine people that love what they do and they are just trying to make a dollar or two to make their quality of living just a little bit better and unfair, unjustified, irresponsible reviews like yours can hurt them very bad.
For the haters out there – One thing you need to know about restaurants is that they can get heated (no pun intended). The chef is not only the head of the kitchen but is also an owner and he needs to yell sometimes. It may not make sense and sometimes it may not be called for but after the shift is over, everyone is friends. He probably was concerned with guest satisfaction. Lunch anywhere is something that can't be controlled. you have one hour to get about a hundred plates out to people and must do it efficently. My point is that he needs to yell sometimes. Its not personal and he has good intentions. Also, this is nothing like A Rebours-i could tell you stories but i wont't. The food here is amazing and is some of the best in the tc. Accidents can happen and you should give the place another chance if you have a bad time. The waiter can be the best representation as well as the worste for a restaurant and shouldnt be used to judge the place. Sometimes one bad table can destroy your day and its hard to bounce back. You are putting yourself at the critism of others. Some waiters can't bounce back but they shouldnt be the only means to judge a restaurant. The food is what matters the most. Servers that arent what they should be can be excused. For the server they are talking about however, i advise you evaluate your appearance-you are given a job where you can make alot of money. Dont ever take it for granted. Take pride in yourself and your work and if you cant find the iron, go to the dry cleaners.
One of The Best Restaurants In The Twin Cities – I'm not sure what some other people here are talking about. I have been to Meritage 4 or 5 times and it has never dissapointed. The food is is among the best in the Twin Cities and would fit with the best of any city in the country. The prices are reasonable and varied. I have had lavish multi-course dinners there, and also just dropped in for a tuna tartar taco (amazing!) and a burger and spent less than $25. The wine list is killer too, with lots of interesting selections at much less markup than other local restaurants. I have seen the chef and his wife every time I have been there and they are always working to make sure everyone is happy. The waitt staff seem to genuinely like working there and have a real passion for and knowledge of the food and wine. On our last visit I tried an unbelievable veal and sweetbread dish while my SO had snapper with artichokes. Our server informed us that they were both new to the menu and said the chef would welcome some feedback. Well, the veal was incredible. Tender, flavorful and rich. It was the best dish I have tried in a long time!. The snapper was just as flavorful but light and clean. It was amazing that the same kitchen was putting out such great food at different ends of the spectrum with such aplomb. The dining room is great too, with lots of energy. Everytime I have been there they have been busy and the room has great "buzz" We are lucky to have this place in dowtown St Paul.
We cant wait to return for another great meal at Meritage!
Didn't do it for me... – I would suggest saying au revoir to this French restaurant in downtown St. Paul. My co-workers could hear some heated "discussion" from the chef(?) and another member of the staff during our lunch--we were seated near the kitchen area but I would expect more professional behavior from a restaurant that touts itself as "fine dining" ...granted it was lunch, but still my co-workers and I went to lunch to escape the office and not to hear some poor staff member get yelled at. The food was good but nothing special. Cute decor, but my co-worker told me it's almost exactly the same as the old A Rebours space. It just didn't do anything for me.
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