St. Paul >Restaurants > W.a. Frost & Company
374 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN | Directions 5510244.946552 -93.115877
Neighborhoods: Summit - University
W.A. Frost is located in beautiful Saint Paul, not far from the capitol. W.A. Frost has been providing the ultimate in dining pleasure since 1975. Enjoy the open-air setting in the summer and enjoy the spectacular turn-of-the-century architecture year-round. W.A. Frost's sensational wine selection, cuisine and ambience provide you with the perfect dining experience for lunch, dinner or any occasion.
"Best Wine List (Twin Cities)" -City Pages, 2005
"Best Restaurant (St. Paul)" -City Pages, 2004-2005
"Most Romantic" -Gourmet Magazine, Mpls./St. Paul, MN Monthly
Best of Citysearch Lunch 2008
Best of Citysearch Fine Dining 2008
Best of Citysearch Brunch 2008
This place is one of my favorite restaurants in the twin Cities. Located in a historical building with great food and service in a beautiful atmosphere!
Great food and a beautiful building – I went with three friends for the Sunday breakfast special and let me say it was absolutely amazing! The service was excellent, there was never an empty beverage on the table or a discarded plate. The breakfast included orange glazed cinnamon rolls, steak and eggs, fresh fruit and more for only $25, so much food that we were all stuffed. In between courses there's plenty to look at, the building is stunning inside and out and decorated in a wonderful antique style. Next time we would love to sit outside, the patio looked even more amazing!
Amazing Fine Dining!! – I had a WONDERFUL meal at W.A. Frost my prom night this year. For those who believe that you can just walk up to this restaurant, you're sorely mistaken... I had to get a reservation about 6 weeks in advance. However, it was well worth it. We had great food, atmosphere, and service. Again, this place is pretty pricey, and unless you have a reservation, you might as well forget it, but heeding those two warnings, you'll have an unforgettable meal.
Pros: Food, Service, Atmosphere
Cons: Pricing, Accessibility.
Terrible Service!! Don't bother... – 4 of us went to W.A Frost on a beautiful saturday afternoon around 1pm a few weeks ago. We were surprised to see the patio only about 25% full, but soon found out why. We were told we wouldn't be served outside without a reservation. So, we tried to get a table inside, but were told it was full (even though we could see only about 1/2 the tables were taken). So, we were sent to the bar side where we waited about 15 mins for table to free up. Once seated, we sat for another 15 minutes as the wait staff repeated walked by and ignored us. We all decided this place has more customers than they can handle and that they obviously didn't need us. So, don't waste your time at W.A. Frost, there are just too many great places in the cities that also have beautiful patios and where they actually do care about customers.
I'm not one to give a place a bad review first time out as any place can have an off day, but this was my second time to W.A. Frost this summer after being treated poorly the first time there also. If you like being made to feel that they are doing YOU a favor by allowing you to wait for their poor service, then I say have at it. You'll get what you are looking for...
Delightfully Exquisite!!! – Amazing, Delightful, Romantic, Exquisite and Everything that one would expect from a 5 star restaurant! This place surpassed my expectations and inspired an elegant evening of private romance and conversation. From the first floor layout and table presentation, one would never expect the divine and cozy accommodations down below. And, a little secret if I may... I did not find this place until requesting a more 'private' setting for my date and myself. Downstairs was this very mature sitting/dinning/entertaining area. VERY impressive, art, brick, fireplaces, coffee tables, couches, romance and the best part, they even served US downstairs. It was, for lack of a better word, PERFECT. The mini coves extended from the larger room made for the perfect romantic and very private little dinning experience. This would the Perfect place to propose, have a reception, family reunion, bridal anything, or just lounge before heading out to a show, opera, night out, etc. This is a place you will want to come back to over and over again!
I just moved to the Twin Cities from San Diego and have dedicated myself to dinning at 2 new restaurants a month... stay posted for more.
I should of stayed home... – W.A Frost & Company has a great atmosphere and ambiance- However, it's not worth much when you are constantly waiting for a drink and an hour for a few appetizers at 10pm. The patio was almost empty.
I get better service from my favorite dive bars. Overpriced, bizarre food and terrible service.
We ordered a cheese tray and a flatbread ahi-tuna appetizer- I'm still sick of crackers. Which is 90% of what we recieved.
Worthless happy hour – I had my stomach all set for late happy hour and I was hungry. The bartender gave me a glass of wine and then ignored me for nearly 20 minutes. There was nothing I could do to catch his eye because it was noisy and he spent all his time way at the other end of the bar flirting with another customer. The only reason I'd see to go back would be that I could get a glass of wine for free, because I seriously could have left without paying and no one would have noticed.
WOW! – If you decide to eat here, ask to sit on the patio you will love it! One of my best dinning exp. ever we sat outside on a perfect night, ordered a great drink vodka bootleg. The service was super always is when your server has a helper to do the water and bring the bread out. The food reminds me a lot of what you see on top chef very trendy and up scale! Check this place out!!
What a special evening – I took my date to this restaurant for her birthday. We had 7pm reservations and were seated right away. The dining rooms looked full but not crowed and we felt very comfortable in our corner. My date was wished happy birthday by our attendants which made her feel special. We were served promptly but we never felt rushed. We started with the Tapas Trio which was an excellent combination of shrimp, beef and salmon bites each with their own delicious seasoning. Peaches our my dates favorite fruit so she loved the fennel and peach salad with crumbed blue cheese and walnuts while I had a simple mixed green salad. We both had the filet which was also out of this world. My date loves red meat if it is not red but I like mine on the rarer side. Both were cooked to perfection and hot at the same time. They melted in out mouths. The filet was served on a bed of mascarpone herb polenta and mushroom ragout that was very good. We finished off our meal with the Mini Trio Plate for dessert which was also an excellent combination of creme brulee, strawberry-rhubarb cobbler and dark chocolate cherry cake . My date had a very good port to go with her dessert. We felt like we could linger and enjoy finishing our drinks and talking for as long as we wanted. I would recommend this restaurant.
Best patio in the twin cities – My wife and I love W.A Frost. It is always our first choice for date night. We especially love it at the bar - always great service and the bar menu is great food to share in a more relaxed setting. Our current favorite is the BLT with fries - it is so good. We highly recommend the bar for a great dinner or a relaxing drink. Can a brag about the patio in March? The patio is the best in the twin cities.
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