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
best service, top notch flavors, cozy romantic ambiance – We called ahead and made reservations for our 2nd wedding anniversary. The staff wished us as we entered and got us the best spot on the floor by the fire. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the food. We ordered their goat cheese pizza which just melted in our mouth, so heavenly, then got the cauliflower soup which was even better, absolutely smooth and drizzled with a sundried tomato pesto oil, just delicious. For salad, we had the beet/goat cheese, it had a yum dressing and was excellent. My husband had the fish for maincourse and cleaned his plate clean! after all that before. I had a yaki soba with leek preparation which was alright, the waiter noticed my reaction and just took it off our bill!!! It was good but he wanted me to say it was excellent :) Our dessert - a perfect not too sweet, pumpkin cake with spiced icecream and a pistachio cream. I cant praise this place enough. They were so mindful and the decor was warm, cozy, perfect for a romantic date.
Impressive Chef's tasting menu and a great date night location... – I took my husband here for his birthday. I had zero expectations and turned out to be extremely happy with my choice to take him here. The environment is dark and homey with a subtle hint of your grandma's tchotchke-filled parlor. I assumed it was dressy but people were there in jeans and sweatshirts and it didn't seem to be a problem. Ask for a table by the fireplace or along the back windows for maximum privacy and romance. We had the 6 course chef's tasting menu with wine pairings. It was expensive but when you see what you get, it's a great value. Delicious food we were talking about days later and very nice wine pairings. You get an amuse bouche (+ wine), a fish course (+ wine), a fowl course (+ wine), a meat course (+ wine), a cheese course (+ wine) and a dessert (+ wine). Despite all the courses and wines, you leave pleasantly satiated rather than painfully overstuffed. We made the mistake of ordering cocktails before dinner so by the time we got to the fowl dish, we were googly-eyed. I dreamt of the duck with apples last night, it was so good. We were seated by the server's path to the bar and even the bar food looked delicious. Service was very nice and unobtrusive. Our server was able to answer any questions we had. Food was delivered promptly and we never felt rushed. Can't wait for the weather to get good so we can dine al fresco on their patio.
Great location and ambience. – I've been here twice, both times were related to an anniversary, and both times were great. The lighting and decor is very warm and romantic. The service is excellent from all of the staff and the food is just delicious and well presented. I haven't eaten anything bad there. The parking is somewhat limited in this St. Paul neighborhood, but that's the only real downside to this restraurant.
Great restaurant!! – My husband and I enjoy every minute spent at W.A. Frost. We've always had great food, great service, and enjoy the wonderful ambiance!! Good job W. A. Frost!! We'll be back again and again!
Bland, bland, bland – We went to WA Frost for the first time in late November for our Anniversary. It was a Saturday night and the restaurant was not too busy but the service was quite slow. The best part of the whole meal was the ambiance and the beauty of the interior since the food was horrible. My husband ordered the seafood stew and I ordered the fish special. Our food was cold and was incredibly bland. It did not appear that much thought went into the seasoning and preparation of the dishes. Thank goodness the martinis were good. I would consider going back and giving it one more chance for the ambiance alone but was really not impressed with my first visit.
I always love to go here! – This is one of my favorite restaurants in the Twin Cities. I love the historic building with its high ceilings, beautiful antiques, exposed brick, and wonderful outdoor patio. Even the bar area is beautiful. The atmosphere, service, and food are all consistently fantastic. I have been here many times over the years for brunch, lunch and dinner--always great! I have so many good memories of this place, so I hope it stays here forever.
Medicore food over priced food – Three of us ordered a burger - we asked for med. rare - we got a range of medium to well done - the bun was tough and it was pretty tasteless. The 4th person in our party ordered soup and salad. The salad
was miniscule in size but served on a very large plate. The soup was also served in a large
soup bowl but the serving size was about 4 tablespoons if that. I never mind paying for great food
and appreciate portion control - I do however resent paying for poor food that is served by a staff member that always asked about the food but left the table prior to listening to what we had to say or ask.
It is a fun place - enjoy the ambiance, but wouldn't go there again.
A perfect evening – We started the evening in the bar with drinks. It was dimly lit and very romantic. They offered a flight of champagne which we were happy to try. It was fabulous! For dinner we got a nice table by the fire (I called ahead and requested this) which made the evening seem even more romantic. We both got the New York Strip and it is still the best one I have ever had. I have had the steak at Manny's and while it is great there, whatever sauce they have made it to die for. The service and desert were also great.
Be mindful that you will pay for such an evening. If you are thinking about money this is not the place for you. It didn't come cheap but it was my favorite eating experience in the twin cities so far and I cannot wait to enjoy it in the summer.
W.A. Frost Reborn – I have been a pretty faithful Frost patron for a few years now. There have been nights that were better than others. But over all good. But I have to say things have improved all around since Leonard Anderson became the Executive Chef. From the service (noticeably happier servers) to the menu, which has been gradually changing since February. Chef Anderson is definitely bringing a breath of fresh air and some much needed creativity to W.A. Frost. It seems to me that past chefs of this giant just rested on the fact that people seem to love this place no matter what. Which is a half truth. It is exciting to think that more than just good food and atmosphere will come out of Frost. People would be wise to keep an eye on this bright young chef.
This romantic Cathedral Hill institution's primarily Mediterranean cuisine has aroused appetites for 30 years. – In Short
Located in the shadow of St. Paul Cathedral, this refined 1889 brownstone is the essence of romance. The handsomely elegant dining rooms with fireplaces, oil paintings and Victorian wallpaper are a favorite anniversary, engagement or impress-your-date spot. Come summertime, it's lovebird heaven outside, with tree branches wrapped in twinkling white lights canopied over an old-fashioned bricked courtyard. Rich dishes include Merlot-steeped short ribs and seared mahi mahi with crunchy almonds.
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