2125 4th St, White Bear Lake, MN | Directions 5511045.085488 -93.011050
Mon-Thu 5pm-9pm ; Fri 5pm-10pm ; Sat 5pm-10pm ; Sun 5pm-9pm ; Open 7 Days
We love this little bistro! – we enjoy going to Ursula's for a number of things, the romantic setting, fresh well prepared foods and great wine list. It's fun seeing familiar faces at tables, a co-worker, neighbor or an elected official.
Ambiance is nice, food was good, service was slow – My husband and I stopped at Ursula's on our way through town. We were traveling from out of state. As in other reviews, the restaurant is small with about 15 tables. About 4 tables had customers. The rest was empty. We did learn that they had just finished a special wine dinner, but all the customers had just left.
Since Ursula's is the wine experts, I asked for a suggestion for a white wine, not too oaky like a chardonnays but dry like a sauvignon blanc. The waiter delivered a chenin blanc blend from Napa that was very good. I wasn't very hungry so I ordered an appetizer as my main course. My husband ordered the fish special, marlin. We waited and waited. Eventually some bread arrived. Then we waited some more. My husband's wine glass was empty, my wine glass was almost empty and we still had no dinner. In fact, I found it very odd that a wine bar would not even be on top of empty wine glasses just drooling to get you a refill. Not once during our meal, when it finally arrived, did they ask if we'd like another glass. We did however, ask if they could refill our water glasses that also became empty during our wait. Oh, I know why, our waiter was sitting at a table with a customer just chatting away as if he was being waited on. Perhaps he forgot that there were other customers in the room.
My appetizer, the pizza, was fabulous. My husband said the fish was so-so. When we paid the bill, and started to leave, we said good-bye to the staff behind the wine bar who didn't acknowledge us. You have to know that this is a very small restaurant. Standing at the front door and saying and waving goodbye to three people chatting behind the wine bar is as close as being in someone's living room. But they didn't even look up. Other customers did, but the staff did not seem to care.
This is a nice place with poor service.
Very good food, excellent wine list and now home made ice cream... – I've occasionally dropped by Ursulas over the past 5 years. Lately I find myself thinking about the really good food there, the friendly owner, the great wine list... and my next visit.
The menu changes monthly which I like, great pasta dishes, well prepared steaks and excellent fresh fish.
This summer I found out the chef is making homemade ice cream. A couple of weeks ago I had curry apricot ice cream...great, and I loved the cinnamon white pepper concoction.
I enjoy going online to look at the new monthly menu. Can't wait until Sept. is posted and I can think about my next dinner at Ursulas.
Wine dinners are a great value – Ursula's is really an asset to this part of town. It is a bistro type setting and very casual. The food is excellent and the owner always wants to make sure everyone is happy. I know they have a five course wine dinner that will benefit Africa on May 21, and tickets are only $59.99 per person. Seating indoors is around 38 and an additional 20 for deckside outdoors. Tickets for this event are sold on LocalWineEvents or call WineStyles of Woodbury (651) 730-0112.
Giraffrican Mix Wine Dinner Menu for May 21, 2008
Amuse Bouche-Sparkling paired with Citrus Cured Salmon on Cucumber with Mint & Creme Fraiche
1st Course-Sauvignon Blanc paired with Arugula & Spinach Salad with Poached Figs, Marcona Almonds & Meyer Lemon
2nd Course-Chardonnay paired with Marinated Shrimp with Tomatoes, Bacon, Frisee & Sauce Charon
3rd Course-Merlot paired with Gorgonzola & Caramelized Onion Ravioli in a Merlot & Blackberru Reduction
4th Course-Blend paired with Pepper Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Asparagus, Risotto & Wild Mushrooms
Palate Cleanser - Citrus & Anise
Dessert-Syrah complimented with Mascarpone Profiterole with Cherry & Rosemary Chocolate Ganache
extremely poor service – My husband, mom and I walked in on a Wednesday night, without reservations. It was not busy but we were treated with extreme contempt and indifference. The server essentially ignored us. There were four other tables- the restaurant was NOT full, and yet getting the server to pay attention to us was almost impossible. (our server was not the only server.) The food was average. Bills itself as a wine bar, but the selection was poor. Hopefully we had an off night, but have never been back even though it's a local restaurant for us.
Could have been better – My husband and I arrived at 6 p.m. We had heard so much about Ursula's and wanted to try it. We ordered an appetizer which was olive bruschetta and it was wonderful. We also were served a nice wine. We placed our order of salad and marinated chicken breast on village salade. After a long wait ,and we had wondered why our salad would take so long, our entree arrived. Our salad had been forgotten. The chicken breast sat on top of chopped raw red and green peppers and a few pieces of chopped tomato. These could have been slightly cooked and it would have brought out more flavor. My husband assured me the chicken was not raw but as he finished the breast portion and got to the wing you could see it was actively bleeding. I had stopped eating long before because I could tell by the texture it was raw. We left the restaurant at 7:30 and $58.00 lighter. Others there seemed to enjoy their meals There were 6 tables occupied with 2 to 4 people each and 4 people at the bar. We had spent one and a half hours for our meal. We always give a new restaurant a second chance so perhaps we will try again some time but I think we should have gone to Lucia's which is always perfection. I guess we will know better next time.
Smoky – When you walk in the smoke overwhelms you. Cigars as well as cigarettes. Hard to enjoy food in that atmosphere. The food was just ok. The pasta with clams was terrible. Chewy and old clams and very over cooked pasta with dull red sauce. The chicken was the smallest peice of leg/thigh I have ever seen and it was 23.00 dollars. The costini was good. Overall it was a pretty bad night. One waitress, no bus people and at least 10 tables needing service. Too bad because the area needs good places to eat. I doubt we will return.
Good things come in small packages at this bistro-style eatery. – White linens and flickering votive candles set the scene for romance at this cozy restaurant that favors a clean Scandinavian look. Patrons--a mix of old and new money types--sit at chic blond-wood tables to savor a menu of short and simple dishes. Notable starters burst with flavor, from crostini slatered with goat cheese to potato with chervil remoulade. Hoisin-barbecued pork tenderloin medallions and a Green-inspired lamb sirloin on mixed greens tempt meat eaters.
Fantastic – Delightful menu, relaxed service, great wine list. The owner tends the bar and really enjoys sharing the wines. Food was exquisitely done -- flavorful, succulent and well-proportioned. We both left full, and even with enough leftovers for a lunch. No, it's not cheap, but the quality is definitely worth the price. This is a new favorite.
Good place for wine lovers – a-la-carte menu with entrees in the $15-$24 range. A small restaurant with only about ten tables Small (4 entree choices), but frequently changing menu. Extensive wine list with about 12 reds by the glass. Wines range in price from $16 to over $300 per bottle. Also had a flight (3 choices) of zins for $10.We had an excellent dinner of pasta and pork tenderloin. Good desserts. Good service.Cost for two entrees, salads, desserts, coffee, one glass of wine each, tip about $100. I-dine member.
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