St. Paul >Food & Dining > Meritage A Brasserie
410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN | Directions 5510244.946312 -93.096763
Neighborhoods: Core, Downtown
nice atmosphere – I went to Meritage a month or so ago and had a decent time. The only problem I had is that I asked for my venison entree medium rare as well as a guest I was with. Both of our Venisons came out medium well and I was so hungry I ate part of it. When the dryness and gaminess set in however I couldn't taste another bite. I showed my server, who agreed that it was completely overcooked and how horrible venison is when it is overcooked. The manager never came over to talk to me and so my other guest, who was too embarrassed to say anything, just threw a napkin over hers and didn't eat it. When we received the bill, the waiter simply stated that the manager/owner took off something like 50% because I ate some of it. Not only did she not come over and address the issue, she made me feel like I did something wrong or that I was trying to hustle them for a free meal. I simply did not want another entree because my table almost done eating and did not want to make them wait. Anyway, we ended up getting some food up the street and I will not spend my money there again.
Average at Best – My partner and I recently dined here before we attended a production at the Ordway. We were disappointed to say the least. My partner was reluctant (due to the reviews--professional and on citysearch--being across the board) but I wanted to give it a shot. I wish I would have listened. The ambience of the restaurant was lovely, but that is the end of my positives. Our waiter seemed to have knowledge of the menu, wine list, etc. but he was very...how do I say this... greasy. His shirt was wrinkly and his hair looked as though it hadn't seen shampoo in a very looong time, and he smelled like cigarette smoke. Maybe not the biggest deal, but it stood out to me as the most memorable part of the dining experience. The food was average and the bill wasn't outrageous. I didn't hate it, but I would not recommend it either.
I love this place-an essay by someone with knowledge – I apologize for the grammatical errors...im in a hurry and want to set things straight. This restaurant is amazing. Kathy Jenkins plays favorites for whoever gives her the special treatment aka Doug Anderson. funny how you reviewed nick and eddy after a whole month and a half that it was open yet reviewed meritage the DAY THEY OPENED. Also you wrote things repetitively...do your job don?t go off past reviews. Finally to the people who had a bad time. things happen. that?s life. don?t be ignorant and think you know everything about what it takes to work fine dining. I know what it takes and sometimes accidents happen. Russell and Desta try to make it right when it does happen. Those that think this is anything but a great restaurant know nothing. Lastly to the woman with the kid, you were lying because I was there and I was a diner that night. You can?t actually believe the things you say. You sat there and let your child wail away thinking the problem would correct itself all night. Would you do this at a movie theatre? A play? A library? Most of those things don?t cost a lot of money. Dining does. How would you feel if you put up a hundred dollars of hard earned money and went out for your anniversary only to have a baby scream and wail all night? If I were you id stick to Applebee?s for know. Use common sense and not stupidity. selfish people like you disgust me.
Best Dining in Saint Paul – My husband and I ate at Meritage last weekend after reading all of the reviews that have come out lately. We love the quaintness of downtown St. Paul and were excited to see if there really was a new fine dining spot that we could fall in love with - and it was true! Dinner was awesome - we had some amusements - tiny tasting bites - of tuna tartar and beef strudel then shared a french onion soup and the rabbit starter. All dishes were well cooked and on par with fine dining standards leaving us on the edge of our seats waiting for entrees to come. For dinner we enjoyed the bass, cooked perfectly with a nice smokey/spicy lobster scotch harissa sauce and the chicken, crispy on the outside and super juicy on the inside - nothing disappointing here! Our server was perfect - attentive and on point but not over bearing or interferring. Wine was reasonably priced with some well thought out selections by the glass. To finish we had the apple tart - heavenly! It was the perfect night out and hopefully we'll be back before the place is booked to capacity and we can't get a table!!!
Has Anyone Else Noticed? – Let's start with the hostess. An older woman who was antithesis of what a fine dining hostess should be: her voice and manner was grating--speaking to my husband and me as if we were small children, instead of highly educated members of the Twin Cities medical community.
Our server was very knowledgeable--but my husband and I could smell the alcohol wafting off him and as a nurse, I also recognize the physical signs of substance abuse as well: bloodshot eyes, constant sniffing, dilated pupils, tremors, shall I continue? I don?t know about my fellow dining community, but I prefer that the server I am tipping nearly 20 dollars for their service is sober.
Finally, the food was good but not worth the final bill which was nearly 90 dollars. I guess we were paying for the ?ambience? of the restaurant.
(Also, did anyone else happen to read the reviews below and notice that the owner of the restaurant responded to particularly negative review and then gave themselves five stars?! Very interesting?)
Watch out for the cheese plate scam – The food is hit-or-miss. I took my dad there for his birthday. He had the duck, wich was wonderful and I had the scallops which we subpar. As the end of the meal, one of the servers came over and offered us cheese and cognac. We accepted 4 small slices and a glass each. When we got the bill the itsy bitsy (and not good) cheese plate costed $80! It doubled our bill. I was too upset to complain but felt it was a total sham. They should tell you the price of the cheese because it is far more than what any reasonable person would assume.
Can I request a refund??? Pretty please?? No Soup for you! – I'll begin with the positives. Our server was awesome...we really felt taken care of and we have no complaints there.
Now the negatives: $7 for Matzoh Ball soup?? Are you kidding me, is it made with pixie dust?? Next your going to tell me short ribs are almost $30 dollars! What they are?? damn. I should just end the review right there as that explains the single star but I shall continue.
Ok so I am a s u c k e r for short ribs so I ponied up and was greatly disappointed. I thought being braised that the flavor would penetrate the meat and as I chewed the flavor would intensify. Far from it...I felt I was knawing on beef brisket that had become over cooked.
My wife order the Sea Scallops which by the description sounded amazing...grapefruit turnip, honey sherry, geez just reading the menu again makes my mouth water. The dish came out overcooked, the utilization of flavors was not properly executed...the potential was there but it made me wonder was this the first chef I had encountered without taste buds?
We decided to skip desert after are experience with the main course. Maybe they are just working the kinks out but I doubt it...around the office everyone says forget it, I wish I would have asked first.
I have put them on my list of gone by the end of the year...in the past I put Buca on there and King Louis so too bad I can't put money down on it.
Petit Dejeuner at Meritage – Last Sunday my son invited me to have brunch at Meritage. Again I was not dissapointed.I settled on the omelette du jour with fresh scallions and my son on the quiche du jour. My omelette was perfect light in texture and taste and not overcooked. The quiche was intense in texture and taste , accompanied by a mix green salad. Unusual but again perfect. The only dissapointment is that they had run out croissants, an essential to a french inspired brunch. The only offering were muffins. May I suggest pain au chocolat , pain aux raisins ( without cinnamon) and chausson aux pommes( again no cinnamon) as part of the offerings. These are terribly easy to suggest especially to family with kids. Again the service was attentive and friendly but not overbearing with Mel being our server. She never missed a beat
A place to celebrate life – From my very first visit to Meritage, I was very impressed. It was a Sunday and very brisk outside and I was seated in the perfect place by the windows so I could gaze out onto Rice Park and reflect on the day and enjoy the food. I was interested in something hearty and comforting, so I ordered the Cassoulet. It did the trick. I was very full, of food and smiles. I left that day feeling very well served. Since then, I have been back a handful of times and currently the duck and the lamb are my favorites, even though I do have to say the bloody mary oyster shooter and the foie gras are very important to mention as well. Every time there are new sensations to be had. I have felt several. I feel their service is something to be strived for by other independent restaurants. They have the setting and atmosphere (and lovely casual music), a very helpful staff, excellent and mind-bending dishes of flavor, a strong wine list, and overall panache for providing what is needed for a very comfortable and vibrant dining experience. The greeting is always that of welcome and smiles. It feels like home, or family, but in aspect of being served and attended by several of the staff...it feels more personal. All in all, it is a very good place to be for all kinds of occasions. It's a place to celebrate life.
Great French Bistro – We had a wonderful experience last night at Meritage. It is the perfect French Bistro and we talked with all the servers and diners at the table next to us. We found the entire experience to be just what we wanted. The food was fabulous, we started with the escargot and a tiny tuna tartar taco,then added the pomme frites. Our main course was the lamb and the duck breast. We finished the dinning experience with a cheese course and port, that was out of this world. Chef Klein and his wife were very gracious and made us feel at home. Our server Morgan was fabulous and recommended a great bottle of wine that paired perfectly with our dinners. Then to complete our meal Ross recommended the best sample of cheeses I have ever had. By the way, I love cheese and have fairly educated palate. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and are planning our next evening out at Mertiage. We would like to thank the Kleins, Morgan and Ross for a great evening and we are very excited to have a your Bistro in St. Paul.
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