Forepaugh's

★★★★☆
  • 276 South Exchange Street

    St Paul, MN 55102

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  • 651-224-5606

About Forepaugh's

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Monday To Friday From 11:00 AM To 02:00 PM Monday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 09:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 11:00 AM To 02:00 PM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 09:00 PM

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My husband and I went here to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary on a Sunday night. It was still moderately busy with a wedding party and a couple other anniversary celebrations but service was excellent. I'm a little confused as to

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★★★★★

My husband and I went here to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary on a Sunday night. It was still moderately busy with a wedding party and a couple other anniversary celebrations but service was excellent. I'm a little confused as to

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If your looking for something special or need to entertain your best client look no further. Forepaugh's has got it all.
Best food, service, and ambience you can find anywhere in the Twin Cities. Down the street from the Xcel Energy center

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★★★★★

If your looking for something special or need to entertain your best client look no further. Forepaugh's has got it all.
Best food, service, and ambience you can find anywhere in the Twin Cities. Down the street from the Xcel Energy center

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If your looking for something special or need to entertain your best client look no further. Forepaugh's has got it all.
Best food, service, and ambience you can find anywhere in the Twin Cities. Down the street from the Xcel Energy center

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★★★★★

If your looking for something special or need to entertain your best client look no further. Forepaugh's has got it all.
Best food, service, and ambience you can find anywhere in the Twin Cities. Down the street from the Xcel Energy center

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We'd been to Forepaugh's for the first time just after they'd acquired new management, but never returned. That usually means we didn't like it, but because we wanted to go somewhere near our downtown hotel for our anniversary, we decided to give it another try. Our first mistake.

From the moment we walked in, the servers, bartender and host seemed flustered, yet it didn't look overly busy. Even so, you want to project an image of calm, don't you, even when (especially if?) Rome is burning? We were told our table would be ready in a few minutes and we could wait in the bar. I never say no to a drink, but what's the point of ordering a drink and then being ushered to your table before it arrives? There's no proper waiting area, not to mention a very unattractive sight right next to the host's desk of unwashed dishes and what I think is the dumbwaiter.

Aside: who in the hell is drinking their Martinis on the freaking rocks? Please stop! Bartenders apparently need to be reminded every time I order one that I'd like it up.

Our waitress was very sweet, but she looked like she was going to cry from the get go. I'd overheard her telling another table that the food was on its way. Our appetizer of "foie gras carbonara" was soupy and unimpressive and skimpy on the foie gras. My Wellington, and the food in general, seemed to be salty and underseasoned at the same time: not sure how you accomplish that.

The worst was the icky side of sauteed cilantro, a veritable bed of it. Someone needs to sit the chef down and have a heart to heart. Not all of your amazing ideas are amazing. Stop the madness. Additionally, but sadly, not surprisingly, my husband's plate was missing the duck leg confit. He was already done with his meal before they could bring it out. I have to say that he is one of the slowest eaters on the planet.

On the way out, the host asked how everything was. I said it was okay, and he inquired further. I told him that a duck leg was missing from the plate, and he said, yes, that they'd removed it from the bill. I had already thanked the waitress for that, and again thanked him. Then he made the fatal error of explaining why things had gone wrong: it was prom night, these kids had shown up late, etc., etc. Frankly, they all looked out of their league from the minute we walked in.

Such a sad experience: it's such a lovely old house but the food and service is really sub par. When we go out, we really don't look for "value," but in this case, the prices were not commensurate with the food at all. I really liked the description of if as Norma Desmond: faded and sad.

I'm writing this with management and the chef in mind: take a look at your competitors (WA Frost, even the St. Paul Hotel Bar and Grill) and up your game. No one can rest on their laurels for long, especially in this economy.

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★☆☆☆☆

We'd been to Forepaugh's for the first time just after they'd acquired new management, but never returned. That usually means we didn't like it, but because we wanted to go somewhere near our downtown hotel for our anniversary, we decided to give it another try. Our first mistake.

From the moment we walked in, the servers, bartender and host seemed flustered, yet it didn't look overly busy. Even so, you want to project an image of calm, don't you, even when (especially if?) Rome is burning? We were told our table would be ready in a few minutes and we could wait in the bar. I never say no to a drink, but what's the point of ordering a drink and then being ushered to your table before it arrives? There's no proper waiting area, not to mention a very unattractive sight right next to the host's desk of unwashed dishes and what I think is the dumbwaiter.

Aside: who in the hell is drinking their Martinis on the freaking rocks? Please stop! Bartenders apparently need to be reminded every time I order one that I'd like it up.

Our waitress was very sweet, but she looked like she was going to cry from the get go. I'd overheard her telling another table that the food was on its way. Our appetizer of "foie gras carbonara" was soupy and unimpressive and skimpy on the foie gras. My Wellington, and the food in general, seemed to be salty and underseasoned at the same time: not sure how you accomplish that.

The worst was the icky side of sauteed cilantro, a veritable bed of it. Someone needs to sit the chef down and have a heart to heart. Not all of your amazing ideas are amazing. Stop the madness. Additionally, but sadly, not surprisingly, my husband's plate was missing the duck leg confit. He was already done with his meal before they could bring it out. I have to say that he is one of the slowest eaters on the planet.

On the way out, the host asked how everything was. I said it was okay, and he inquired further. I told him that a duck leg was missing from the plate, and he said, yes, that they'd removed it from the bill. I had already thanked the waitress for that, and again thanked him. Then he made the fatal error of explaining why things had gone wrong: it was prom night, these kids had shown up late, etc., etc. Frankly, they all looked out of their league from the minute we walked in.

Such a sad experience: it's such a lovely old house but the food and service is really sub par. When we go out, we really don't look for "value," but in this case, the prices were not commensurate with the food at all. I really liked the description of if as Norma Desmond: faded and sad.

I'm writing this with management and the chef in mind: take a look at your competitors (WA Frost, even the St. Paul Hotel Bar and Grill) and up your game. No one can rest on their laurels for long, especially in this economy.

Pros: Pretty but fading Victorian house

Cons: Service; Food; Price

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We were engaged at Forepaughs, Valentines Day 5 yrs ago & made it tradition to return every year since. We were unaware of the renovation until we got there. It turned out well, not taking away any charm of the house or atmoshpere. We arrived early & were very welcomed by the hostess who seemed to recognize us from previous years. We relaxed in the bar until our table was ready, we ordered & PAID for our drinks at the bar & were surprised at the $20 charge for a Tom Collins & Captain Coke. We had a 9:30 reservation and were seated timely. Our waitress Samantha was very friendly, attentive & informative. We were surpised at the menu change, not at all what we were used to and expected to order, we always ordered the stuffed chicken "Meal" which came w/ salad, potatoe & vegetable. We decided on Pan seared walleye which the waitress informed us was a bit spicy w/ a curry sauce. We decided to try it anyway. We found out it no longer included a salad. The menu is ala carte now. We decided to split a $8 blt wedge which was very good. Our walleye came in a huge plate with a very small fillet soaking in a sauce which had bits of veggies, more like soup. It took up only 1/4 of the plate, very small but probably a "healthy" size portion. We tasted more ginger in the sauce than curry & it had a very asian flavor to it. We did not like it at all. We took our walleye out and ate it seperate from the sauce. The waitress noticed & offered to get us something else but we said we were ok, it wasn't her fault. So for $27 each, we got a small palm sized walleye fillet which was cooked to perfection but not filling by any means. The waitress insisted on giving us free desserts (which were good) after informing Mgmt we were displeased. We got our bill & found we were charged AGAIN for the drinks we had downstairs. They gladly took those off. Food & Drink prices were much higher. We felt like we got LESS for more, we left hungry for $100 bill for two. Sadly not sure if we'll go back.

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★★★☆☆

We were engaged at Forepaughs, Valentines Day 5 yrs ago & made it tradition to return every year since. We were unaware of the renovation until we got there. It turned out well, not taking away any charm of the house or atmoshpere. We arrived early & were very welcomed by the hostess who seemed to recognize us from previous years. We relaxed in the bar until our table was ready, we ordered & PAID for our drinks at the bar & were surprised at the $20 charge for a Tom Collins & Captain Coke. We had a 9:30 reservation and were seated timely. Our waitress Samantha was very friendly, attentive & informative. We were surpised at the menu change, not at all what we were used to and expected to order, we always ordered the stuffed chicken "Meal" which came w/ salad, potatoe & vegetable. We decided on Pan seared walleye which the waitress informed us was a bit spicy w/ a curry sauce. We decided to try it anyway. We found out it no longer included a salad. The menu is ala carte now. We decided to split a $8 blt wedge which was very good. Our walleye came in a huge plate with a very small fillet soaking in a sauce which had bits of veggies, more like soup. It took up only 1/4 of the plate, very small but probably a "healthy" size portion. We tasted more ginger in the sauce than curry & it had a very asian flavor to it. We did not like it at all. We took our walleye out and ate it seperate from the sauce. The waitress noticed & offered to get us something else but we said we were ok, it wasn't her fault. So for $27 each, we got a small palm sized walleye fillet which was cooked to perfection but not filling by any means. The waitress insisted on giving us free desserts (which were good) after informing Mgmt we were displeased. We got our bill & found we were charged AGAIN for the drinks we had downstairs. They gladly took those off. Food & Drink prices were much higher. We felt like we got LESS for more, we left hungry for $100 bill for two. Sadly not sure if we'll go back.

Pros: Ambience, service, story of the history of Forepaughs

Cons: Food, drink prices much higher, extreme menu change, meals not filling, LESS for more

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We booked a Valentine's day reservation and were worried that the service would be extremely busy to provide us a good experience. Thankfully, that was not the case. We were very satisfied with the level of service we got, water was always full and the waitress had time to explain the menu and answer our questions, some of which were not menu related, but small talk.

To be sure, we spent several hours there (not ideal if you are looking for a quick meal) and worked our way through each course, from appetizer to dessert, including 1 drink each, and spent just over $100. But we knew the cost going in and had observed the menu on the website.

I can see how people would have mixed experiences here, but if you know what you are getting into before hand, with costs, timing and menu offerings, I think you will have a GREAT experience. We were fortunate to be in one of the best looking rooms, make a request by a fireplace if you can. The food was tasty, but some offerings were unusual and there is not a ton of variety, only 8-10 offerings. The portions might be small if you do not add the salad or soup (both very good) or an app. Value is not necesarily a strong word here, but the experience is top notch. Preperation is key, forwarned is forarmed. Service was great for us, but may be uneven depending on timing and capacity. Too bad, consistency should be guaranteed for this price, but I would not be willing to guarantee excellence, though we certainly experienced it. We even got a short private tour of the wine cellar on this busy Valentine's night, and we are not even wine snobs! Great for us, recommend making reservations at an early time 6-7 to ensure service and put in a request for a good seat.

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★★★★☆

We booked a Valentine's day reservation and were worried that the service would be extremely busy to provide us a good experience. Thankfully, that was not the case. We were very satisfied with the level of service we got, water was always full and the waitress had time to explain the menu and answer our questions, some of which were not menu related, but small talk.

To be sure, we spent several hours there (not ideal if you are looking for a quick meal) and worked our way through each course, from appetizer to dessert, including 1 drink each, and spent just over $100. But we knew the cost going in and had observed the menu on the website.

I can see how people would have mixed experiences here, but if you know what you are getting into before hand, with costs, timing and menu offerings, I think you will have a GREAT experience. We were fortunate to be in one of the best looking rooms, make a request by a fireplace if you can. The food was tasty, but some offerings were unusual and there is not a ton of variety, only 8-10 offerings. The portions might be small if you do not add the salad or soup (both very good) or an app. Value is not necesarily a strong word here, but the experience is top notch. Preperation is key, forwarned is forarmed. Service was great for us, but may be uneven depending on timing and capacity. Too bad, consistency should be guaranteed for this price, but I would not be willing to guarantee excellence, though we certainly experienced it. We even got a short private tour of the wine cellar on this busy Valentine's night, and we are not even wine snobs! Great for us, recommend making reservations at an early time 6-7 to ensure service and put in a request for a good seat.

Pros: Ambience and attentive service

Cons: lengthy stay, not all seating is as good as ours appeared to be

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We had 6:00 reservations, ordered by 6:30, i think, and proceeded to wait OVER AN HOUR between our soup and our entrees. Waitress and then hostess both came an apologized profusely, but it was VERY painful. Fortunately, we had no other New Years Eve plans, as we were in the restaurant for more than 2.5 hours. When we complained to the hostess, she apologized and said they would comp our entire meal. Even after that, when they should have been concerned, it still took 20+ minutes for our food. My food (lamb) was very tasty, although amazingly, it was not sufficiently hot. We were seated on the 3rd floor, and they may have had some trouble getting food up there, as they also had to comp (entrees only) the table next to us. After our horrible service, they told us the entire meal was free, encouraged us to order dessert, and even brought us glasses of champagne with dessert. Even at that point, the desserts were unacceptably slow in arriving. To be fair, this was New Year's Eve, but we were there from 6 until almost 9 pm, and all times there were at least a few open tables in our room, so they were definitely not full. (The restuarant is quite broken up, so we were not able to see if other rooms were full.) They also turned their (normally free, i believe) surface lot into $5 valet parking only, but did not have enough valets on hand to get your car promptly. We left feeling marginally satisfied, since they comped our ~$125 meal, but it's really tough to sit there that long, and stressful to be put in that situation. I understand they just reopened a few months ago, but they clearly do not have their act together (yet). I'd be very careful.

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★☆☆☆☆

We had 6:00 reservations, ordered by 6:30, i think, and proceeded to wait OVER AN HOUR between our soup and our entrees. Waitress and then hostess both came an apologized profusely, but it was VERY painful. Fortunately, we had no other New Years Eve plans, as we were in the restaurant for more than 2.5 hours. When we complained to the hostess, she apologized and said they would comp our entire meal. Even after that, when they should have been concerned, it still took 20+ minutes for our food. My food (lamb) was very tasty, although amazingly, it was not sufficiently hot. We were seated on the 3rd floor, and they may have had some trouble getting food up there, as they also had to comp (entrees only) the table next to us. After our horrible service, they told us the entire meal was free, encouraged us to order dessert, and even brought us glasses of champagne with dessert. Even at that point, the desserts were unacceptably slow in arriving. To be fair, this was New Year's Eve, but we were there from 6 until almost 9 pm, and all times there were at least a few open tables in our room, so they were definitely not full. (The restuarant is quite broken up, so we were not able to see if other rooms were full.) They also turned their (normally free, i believe) surface lot into $5 valet parking only, but did not have enough valets on hand to get your car promptly. We left feeling marginally satisfied, since they comped our ~$125 meal, but it's really tough to sit there that long, and stressful to be put in that situation. I understand they just reopened a few months ago, but they clearly do not have their act together (yet). I'd be very careful.

Pros: atmosphere is nice and interesting, food was ultimately adequate

Cons: HORRIBLE service.

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Do not go to Forepaugh's if you hope to eat relatively quickly. We allotted 1 1/2 hours for our office's Christmas lunch. We ordered, then waited. And waited. And waited. Finally, almost ONE HOUR later, half of our orders arrived. The last order did not show up until more than an hour after we had ordered. They did comp that last meal and give us extra cupcakes, but should have done much much more in my opinion. The place wasn't even that busy! The service was simply unacceptable. The food, on the other hand, was good, some of it even quite good. It's a shame -- I certainly will not be returning.

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★★☆☆☆

Do not go to Forepaugh's if you hope to eat relatively quickly. We allotted 1 1/2 hours for our office's Christmas lunch. We ordered, then waited. And waited. And waited. Finally, almost ONE HOUR later, half of our orders arrived. The last order did not show up until more than an hour after we had ordered. They did comp that last meal and give us extra cupcakes, but should have done much much more in my opinion. The place wasn't even that busy! The service was simply unacceptable. The food, on the other hand, was good, some of it even quite good. It's a shame -- I certainly will not be returning.

Pros: food was good

Cons: service was unacceptably slow

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New Forepaugh's is bitterly disappointing at best. I was hesitant to try the new establishment, as prices have risen drastically. I thought perhaps the prices would be justified by quality. Not so. For $35+, I was served an undersized, bland, and disintegrating dish of Beef Wellington. My "Vegetable Medley" was four pieces of limp asparagus. For a starter, I ordered the corn soup, which came up luke-warm, and with a greasy, fried pepper.

Gone are the days of bustling, festive rooms. My party of two was placed alone in a room, with no music. While some might consider that romantic, I thought it to be awkward and uncomfortable.

While the service on the floor was very pleasant, I found the staff greeting us at the door cold and unattentive. They had "lost" our reservation, and were not able to grant our request of a window table, even though most of the tables in the building were empty.

Having dined at Bruce Taher's other establishments, I knew not to expect all too much from his latest. But even my low expectations were not met. It is with true regret, as my wife and I have celebrated our anniverary here every year for the past eleven years. We will not be back.

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★☆☆☆☆

New Forepaugh's is bitterly disappointing at best. I was hesitant to try the new establishment, as prices have risen drastically. I thought perhaps the prices would be justified by quality. Not so. For $35+, I was served an undersized, bland, and disintegrating dish of Beef Wellington. My "Vegetable Medley" was four pieces of limp asparagus. For a starter, I ordered the corn soup, which came up luke-warm, and with a greasy, fried pepper.

Gone are the days of bustling, festive rooms. My party of two was placed alone in a room, with no music. While some might consider that romantic, I thought it to be awkward and uncomfortable.

While the service on the floor was very pleasant, I found the staff greeting us at the door cold and unattentive. They had "lost" our reservation, and were not able to grant our request of a window table, even though most of the tables in the building were empty.

Having dined at Bruce Taher's other establishments, I knew not to expect all too much from his latest. But even my low expectations were not met. It is with true regret, as my wife and I have celebrated our anniverary here every year for the past eleven years. We will not be back.

Pros: No wait for table.

Cons: Very long wait for food, disappointing food.

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When my son asked where would you like to go to celebrate your 65th birthday, I thought of Forepaughs, I hadn't been for a while. Personally, I couldn't have asked for a better evening. I've travelled the country on business and have eaten at some of the best French and American cuisine restaurants. We had reservations for 7p. The staff from the moment we drove up, were friendly and attentive. The Hostess looked as if she had been expecting us and was very glad to welcome us. Our seating was made to our satisfaction. When travelling, my son and I like to try new dishes, and since this was my first time since the remodeling and his first time, the Beef Wellington was exquisite, melt in your mouth experience. He had the Lamb, which was equally as good! Our attendent Michelle was overly attentive, although appeared busy, was patient and informative regarding questions we had. We sent our compliments to the Chef, and later Mathew showed up for us to tell him in person!All in all, a wonderful way to end 65 years and start on the 66! I won't wait, however until the official date to return.

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★★★★☆

When my son asked where would you like to go to celebrate your 65th birthday, I thought of Forepaughs, I hadn't been for a while. Personally, I couldn't have asked for a better evening. I've travelled the country on business and have eaten at some of the best French and American cuisine restaurants. We had reservations for 7p. The staff from the moment we drove up, were friendly and attentive. The Hostess looked as if she had been expecting us and was very glad to welcome us. Our seating was made to our satisfaction. When travelling, my son and I like to try new dishes, and since this was my first time since the remodeling and his first time, the Beef Wellington was exquisite, melt in your mouth experience. He had the Lamb, which was equally as good! Our attendent Michelle was overly attentive, although appeared busy, was patient and informative regarding questions we had. We sent our compliments to the Chef, and later Mathew showed up for us to tell him in person!All in all, a wonderful way to end 65 years and start on the 66! I won't wait, however until the official date to return.

Pros: Ambience, Service, Valet

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Warning! Forepaughs is under new management and has gone to the dogs! We purchased over $200 in gift certificates last November and tried to use them since the restaurant re-opened and the new management will not honor them. We were sent to a supper club in Minnetonka instead to talk with the former owners about our purchase. So the moral of the story is this: what the new owners saved by not honoring our gift certificates they lost ten-fold in customer loyalty. We will never eat at Forepaughs again. Shameful."

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★☆☆☆☆

Warning! Forepaughs is under new management and has gone to the dogs! We purchased over $200 in gift certificates last November and tried to use them since the restaurant re-opened and the new management will not honor them. We were sent to a supper club in Minnetonka instead to talk with the former owners about our purchase. So the moral of the story is this: what the new owners saved by not honoring our gift certificates they lost ten-fold in customer loyalty. We will never eat at Forepaughs again. Shameful."

Pros: Victorian Mansion setting

Cons: Terrible customer service, new management, no longer serving Brunch

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My husband and I took his and my parents to dinner here a couple of nights ago. We thought it would be a charming and appropriate place to dine after our tour of the James J. Hill house.

Charming is not a word I would use to describe our evening. Instead, words such as freezing, ignored, musty and inedible come to mind. Our reservations were for 5:30 p.m., the first seating. When we entered the chilly room on the first floor, we asked if the heat could be turned up. "Oh, sorry," we were told. "The heat only has two settings: on and off. It's been off all day, and we just turned it on. The room will warm up in a while." Gee, thanks. We were seated by windows, and several of us left our coats on for most of the meal.

Our waitress was pleasant, but we saw her only occasionally, with lengthy waits in between. I believe an hour went by between the time we finished our salads until the entrees were served. She came by once to say she didn't know what the hold up was and she was sorry for the wait.

Forepaugh's decor reminded me of Norma Desmond, the aging star of the movie Sunset Boulevard: though it surely has seen better days, it has an inflated view of its appeal. The house could use some new wallpaper and a good cleaning. I realize it is a Victorian home, but its owners aren't keeping it up. I think they assume that guests will find it quaint, no matter how infrequently repairs, replacements and cleaning are done. Sorry, but this guest wasn't fooled; the grand old dame is definitely not ready for a close up.

Finally, I come to the food -- as much an afterthought in my review as it seems to be for Forepaugh's owners. My pork entree was so tough, I could barey cut, let alone chew, it. The salads were swimming in dressing. My husband's Beef Wellington had some tasteless filler between the poor cut of meat and the pastry. I felt like asking for a discount when the bill came.

The next time I want charming, I'll go to W.A. Frost instead.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I took his and my parents to dinner here a couple of nights ago. We thought it would be a charming and appropriate place to dine after our tour of the James J. Hill house.

Charming is not a word I would use to describe our evening. Instead, words such as freezing, ignored, musty and inedible come to mind. Our reservations were for 5:30 p.m., the first seating. When we entered the chilly room on the first floor, we asked if the heat could be turned up. "Oh, sorry," we were told. "The heat only has two settings: on and off. It's been off all day, and we just turned it on. The room will warm up in a while." Gee, thanks. We were seated by windows, and several of us left our coats on for most of the meal.

Our waitress was pleasant, but we saw her only occasionally, with lengthy waits in between. I believe an hour went by between the time we finished our salads until the entrees were served. She came by once to say she didn't know what the hold up was and she was sorry for the wait.

Forepaugh's decor reminded me of Norma Desmond, the aging star of the movie Sunset Boulevard: though it surely has seen better days, it has an inflated view of its appeal. The house could use some new wallpaper and a good cleaning. I realize it is a Victorian home, but its owners aren't keeping it up. I think they assume that guests will find it quaint, no matter how infrequently repairs, replacements and cleaning are done. Sorry, but this guest wasn't fooled; the grand old dame is definitely not ready for a close up.

Finally, I come to the food -- as much an afterthought in my review as it seems to be for Forepaugh's owners. My pork entree was so tough, I could barey cut, let alone chew, it. The salads were swimming in dressing. My husband's Beef Wellington had some tasteless filler between the poor cut of meat and the pastry. I felt like asking for a discount when the bill came.

The next time I want charming, I'll go to W.A. Frost instead.

Pros: At least they have valet parking

Cons: Very slow service, bad food, worn out decor, freezing temps

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We went here for brunch and our waitress was friendly but where did she keep disappearing to? Luckily our wait assistant was always hovering near-by. The food was okay but the house/history is so interesting that I would make it back here just for the ghosts.

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★★★☆☆

We went here for brunch and our waitress was friendly but where did she keep disappearing to? Luckily our wait assistant was always hovering near-by. The food was okay but the house/history is so interesting that I would make it back here just for the ghosts.

Pros: Beautiful Historic Landmark

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Ghost stories are many but the deliciously divine sauces and seasonings discovered in each and every item they skillfully prepare is cooked just for you. Food that tastes like real home-cooked delights right from Paris. Traditional dishes are their specialty. No fooling around the only scary thing could be dinner prices for folks who are scared of higher prices. The food is worth the cost. The service is turn of the century comfort, with a wait staff that truly pampers your dining adventure. Our best treat is to come early ahead of your reservation and start with a Brandy Alexander made from real ice cream in the cozy bar just as you step inside. Want to see Minnesota's governors? Their pictures are in the room across from the bar. Yes, rooms are Forepaugh's feature too. This mansion once was the Forepaugh residence. We prefer the long staircases to each level, but there is an elevator. This is a white linen and napkin experience, and great tasting coffee is served from silver pots. You can join a shuttle to many evening events. A dessert cart offers more than your tummy will safely hold. If a canary ventured in from the balcony that is opened seasonally he would share Forepaugh's secret to everyone.

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★★★★★

Ghost stories are many but the deliciously divine sauces and seasonings discovered in each and every item they skillfully prepare is cooked just for you. Food that tastes like real home-cooked delights right from Paris. Traditional dishes are their specialty. No fooling around the only scary thing could be dinner prices for folks who are scared of higher prices. The food is worth the cost. The service is turn of the century comfort, with a wait staff that truly pampers your dining adventure. Our best treat is to come early ahead of your reservation and start with a Brandy Alexander made from real ice cream in the cozy bar just as you step inside. Want to see Minnesota's governors? Their pictures are in the room across from the bar. Yes, rooms are Forepaugh's feature too. This mansion once was the Forepaugh residence. We prefer the long staircases to each level, but there is an elevator. This is a white linen and napkin experience, and great tasting coffee is served from silver pots. You can join a shuttle to many evening events. A dessert cart offers more than your tummy will safely hold. If a canary ventured in from the balcony that is opened seasonally he would share Forepaugh's secret to everyone.

Pros: Ghost stories and good food in one place

Cons: weekend reservations are really needed

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For a restaurant that has had a combination of good food and quality service, this past evening was absolutely horrible.

It seemed that the ghosts in the restaurant were in the front room. Our problem was that we were the ones that were treated as if we had vanquished. Even lousy service would have been preferable to no service.

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★☆☆☆☆

For a restaurant that has had a combination of good food and quality service, this past evening was absolutely horrible.

It seemed that the ghosts in the restaurant were in the front room. Our problem was that we were the ones that were treated as if we had vanquished. Even lousy service would have been preferable to no service.

Pros: good food

Cons: no service

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Forepaughs is with out a doubt the BEST restraunt I have been to (and I eat out frequently). My girlfriends and i were encouraged by our faboulous server to try the house infused martini. We then decided on a couple seafood samplers. Complimented with a delicious and again recommended pomigranted martini. After our appetizers we had salads. There house salad was suprisingly great considering it's a vinagear base and i'm a ranch fan. After perfectly spacing everything out our waitress brought our entres. I had the specialty,Beef Wellington. The meat was oh so tender, my girlfriend enjoyed scallops that she raved about for weeks. The other two ladies had the walleye with bannana, yes, bannana! It was magnificent. After dinner our waitress bought us over a port list that was very impressive. We each tasted a different one. We then picked out deserts from their HUGE desert cart. We all shared the gateu and crembrule. My girlfriends and I will definitly be back to enjoy the wounderful food and phenominal service. Everyone needs to have this experience. Faboulous!!!!!!!!!

2
★★★★★

Forepaughs is with out a doubt the BEST restraunt I have been to (and I eat out frequently). My girlfriends and i were encouraged by our faboulous server to try the house infused martini. We then decided on a couple seafood samplers. Complimented with a delicious and again recommended pomigranted martini. After our appetizers we had salads. There house salad was suprisingly great considering it's a vinagear base and i'm a ranch fan. After perfectly spacing everything out our waitress brought our entres. I had the specialty,Beef Wellington. The meat was oh so tender, my girlfriend enjoyed scallops that she raved about for weeks. The other two ladies had the walleye with bannana, yes, bannana! It was magnificent. After dinner our waitress bought us over a port list that was very impressive. We each tasted a different one. We then picked out deserts from their HUGE desert cart. We all shared the gateu and crembrule. My girlfriends and I will definitly be back to enjoy the wounderful food and phenominal service. Everyone needs to have this experience. Faboulous!!!!!!!!!

Pros: Service, cocktails, ports

Cons: Not as hip as id like

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I've been twice, once in the bar, once upstairs, and will be back for more! This is classic French cuisine in a classy atmosphere. The rooms can be a little quiet, but it is elegant. Food is very well done, service is relaxed, and the rooms are gorgeous. I am picky about my French, and I love this place. Not busy during the week, but can be busy on weekends (I overheard the staff talking about a bunch of weddings on weekends)

2
★★★★☆

I've been twice, once in the bar, once upstairs, and will be back for more! This is classic French cuisine in a classy atmosphere. The rooms can be a little quiet, but it is elegant. Food is very well done, service is relaxed, and the rooms are gorgeous. I am picky about my French, and I love this place. Not busy during the week, but can be busy on weekends (I overheard the staff talking about a bunch of weddings on weekends)

Pros: Classic French, Atmosphere, Unique

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This restaurant was the BIGGEST let-down I have experienced in the twin cities. Wall paper was falling off the wall, felt like we were sitting on the tables around us, service was slow and failed at recommending entrees, and worse of all, the food was horrible! Ordered the veal and couldn't eat more than a couple bites because of terrible quality and lack of any palatable flavors. Went there for my husband's birthday and is now a running joke of how bad dining can be. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY! We love eating out and wouldn't care spending $100 + for the two of us on a good meal...I wouldn't go here again if they paid me!

0
★☆☆☆☆

This restaurant was the BIGGEST let-down I have experienced in the twin cities. Wall paper was falling off the wall, felt like we were sitting on the tables around us, service was slow and failed at recommending entrees, and worse of all, the food was horrible! Ordered the veal and couldn't eat more than a couple bites because of terrible quality and lack of any palatable flavors. Went there for my husband's birthday and is now a running joke of how bad dining can be. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY! We love eating out and wouldn't care spending $100 + for the two of us on a good meal...I wouldn't go here again if they paid me!

Pros: None

Cons: Horrible Food, Decrepit Decor, Expensive

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Love the mansion and the ambiance, but the dining room is so quiet that you can follow the other conversations going on. Stay away from the lamb kebab, I guess, lamb should be eaten as chops. Limited menu and few people during the week.

2
★★★★☆

Love the mansion and the ambiance, but the dining room is so quiet that you can follow the other conversations going on. Stay away from the lamb kebab, I guess, lamb should be eaten as chops. Limited menu and few people during the week.

Pros: Romantic, Ambiance

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After going here for drinks one night, the bartender recommended their excellent brunch. We made reservations, but had to wait 15 minutes for anyone to show up to seat us. Glasses were dirty (lipstick marks) and when one of my party asked for a mimosa, he was brought a glass of champagne and a glass of orange juice to mix himself. Food was basically reheated.

0
★☆☆☆☆

After going here for drinks one night, the bartender recommended their excellent brunch. We made reservations, but had to wait 15 minutes for anyone to show up to seat us. Glasses were dirty (lipstick marks) and when one of my party asked for a mimosa, he was brought a glass of champagne and a glass of orange juice to mix himself. Food was basically reheated.

Cons: , poor service, too crowded

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We went here for a special evening and felt that I could have had more fun in a card board box. When you walk thru the front door around 7pm be prepared to be packed in a small hallway with waiters and waiteress' running with food trays. The menu was appealing, but I was not to happy to find out they ran out of quite a few items that compliment your meal, ie: Brocolli, asparagus and others. The room we were sat in was small and you could barely move. The ambieance made up for the size.

1
★★★☆☆

We went here for a special evening and felt that I could have had more fun in a card board box. When you walk thru the front door around 7pm be prepared to be packed in a small hallway with waiters and waiteress' running with food trays. The menu was appealing, but I was not to happy to find out they ran out of quite a few items that compliment your meal, ie: Brocolli, asparagus and others. The room we were sat in was small and you could barely move. The ambieance made up for the size.

Pros: Good Food, Valet Parking

Cons: Small Seating Area, Ran out of food

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The atmosphere was wonderful. This historic mansion offers many rooms to choose from, each with it's own fireplace and elegant decore. The tables are arranged carefully as to not seem crowded and to provide an intimate dining experience. Although a bit limited, the menu was wonderful (especially their daily features), including a nearly exhaustive wine list.

2
★★★★☆

The atmosphere was wonderful. This historic mansion offers many rooms to choose from, each with it's own fireplace and elegant decore. The tables are arranged carefully as to not seem crowded and to provide an intimate dining experience. Although a bit limited, the menu was wonderful (especially their daily features), including a nearly exhaustive wine list.

Pros: historic beauty, romantic, mmm . . . food

Cons: pricey

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I have visited Forepaugh's three times in the past couple of months. Each time our service has been prompt, friendly, and they had great knowledge of the menu. We loved our dinner and if you enjoy "french Onion Soup" , it is the best around.

2
★★★★★

I have visited Forepaugh's three times in the past couple of months. Each time our service has been prompt, friendly, and they had great knowledge of the menu. We loved our dinner and if you enjoy "french Onion Soup" , it is the best around.

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This retaurant was superb. I haven't had such a great meal in ages, everything we ate kept getting better and better as we went on. The atmosphere was very inviting and sensually romantic with a view overlooking downtown St. Paul. The service was just right; not too pushy and not unattentive in the least. All in all I would say that this is the place to go for a nice evening with a sweet heart.

2
★★★★★

This retaurant was superb. I haven't had such a great meal in ages, everything we ate kept getting better and better as we went on. The atmosphere was very inviting and sensually romantic with a view overlooking downtown St. Paul. The service was just right; not too pushy and not unattentive in the least. All in all I would say that this is the place to go for a nice evening with a sweet heart.

Pros: Service, Ambience, Food

Cons: A Little Pricy 4 Some

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Dining at Forepaugh's is indeed something all Twin City folk should try. The food is adventurous, as well as delicious! I never would have thought to put bananas with fish, but ooooh it was so good! An excellent place for an intimate, romantic date. Two thumbs up!

2
★★★★★

Dining at Forepaugh's is indeed something all Twin City folk should try. The food is adventurous, as well as delicious! I never would have thought to put bananas with fish, but ooooh it was so good! An excellent place for an intimate, romantic date. Two thumbs up!

Pros: Intimate, Different, Tasty

Cons: Not baby-friendly, Parking, Kinda pricey

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Fantastic place to see a liitle bit of history. Food and service was fantastic. Very romantic. I would of liked to of had some background music. You could hear everyones conversations. We will be back!

2
★★★★★

Fantastic place to see a liitle bit of history. Food and service was fantastic. Very romantic. I would of liked to of had some background music. You could hear everyones conversations. We will be back!

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Excellent atmosphere for a special occasion. Wonderful food and service.

2
★★★★★

Excellent atmosphere for a special occasion. Wonderful food and service.

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Forepaugh not only has the ambience that's sure to make any night romantic but, it also holds great historical history for St. Paul as well. This is four star dinning. You get great service, food that stimulates any taste bud and it will definatly enrich anyone's night out, especially a couples night out. On top of it all you can come get enchanted by the old ghost stories that still haunt the place today. It's the perfect place to impress someone special, catch a bit to eat before a show at the Ordway, get pampered with good service, enjoy great french food, and catch up on a wee bit of your own history.

2
★★★★★

Forepaugh not only has the ambience that's sure to make any night romantic but, it also holds great historical history for St. Paul as well. This is four star dinning. You get great service, food that stimulates any taste bud and it will definatly enrich anyone's night out, especially a couples night out. On top of it all you can come get enchanted by the old ghost stories that still haunt the place today. It's the perfect place to impress someone special, catch a bit to eat before a show at the Ordway, get pampered with good service, enjoy great french food, and catch up on a wee bit of your own history.

Pros: great service, good food, wonderful atmosphere

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We were able to get last minute reservations and the décor was beautiful. Our waitress and servers were prompt but not intrusive. Only complete would be the temperature was terribly cold. But we will be back.

2
★★★★★

We were able to get last minute reservations and the décor was beautiful. Our waitress and servers were prompt but not intrusive. Only complete would be the temperature was terribly cold. But we will be back.

Pros: Staff and servers, Food: All courses

Cons: Freezing temperature

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★★★★★

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Pros: private, romantic, overall impressive

Cons: parking

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The ambiance at Forepaugh's is really special. Even after dinner I always take time to walk around the neighborhood a little, especially down the hill and around the fountain in the middle of the neighborhood park. The best steak toronado I ever had was here. This is a great place to have dinner before going to The Ordway. They have a complimentary trolley shuttle for those attending the theatre so that you don't have to find a place to park downtown. Nice wine list. Very knowledable wait staff. This is a great place for a special occasion.

2
★★★★★

The ambiance at Forepaugh's is really special. Even after dinner I always take time to walk around the neighborhood a little, especially down the hill and around the fountain in the middle of the neighborhood park. The best steak toronado I ever had was here. This is a great place to have dinner before going to The Ordway. They have a complimentary trolley shuttle for those attending the theatre so that you don't have to find a place to park downtown. Nice wine list. Very knowledable wait staff. This is a great place for a special occasion.

Pros: Ambiance, Wait Staff

Cons: Expensive

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When boyfriend took me to Forepaughs for my birthday and I found a new favorite restaurant. He is from the French part of Belgium and was curious to go to Forepaughs and see if it was 'real' French foo. Both him and I were definately impressed! The food was unbelievable and the service was oustanding. Just the ambience alone is enough reason to check this place out. I will definately be going back again. I can't reccomend forepaughs enough.

2
★★★★★

When boyfriend took me to Forepaughs for my birthday and I found a new favorite restaurant. He is from the French part of Belgium and was curious to go to Forepaughs and see if it was 'real' French foo. Both him and I were definately impressed! The food was unbelievable and the service was oustanding. Just the ambience alone is enough reason to check this place out. I will definately be going back again. I can't reccomend forepaughs enough.

Pros: great service, excellent food, best atmosphere

Cons: a little overpriced

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Nice romantic place for an a special occasion. We went for our 1st anniversary, and were treated very well. We were sat in a nice quiet, yet romantic table, and the food was very good. I have recomended this restaurant to several people for anniversary dinners, and they all came back with positive responses.

2
★★★★★

Nice romantic place for an a special occasion. We went for our 1st anniversary, and were treated very well. We were sat in a nice quiet, yet romantic table, and the food was very good. I have recomended this restaurant to several people for anniversary dinners, and they all came back with positive responses.

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We met some friends at Forepaugh's for dinner and were very disappointed. The food was average and the prices extremely high.

I did enjoy the atmosphere but wouldn't go back for the food.

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★☆☆☆☆

We met some friends at Forepaugh's for dinner and were very disappointed. The food was average and the prices extremely high.

I did enjoy the atmosphere but wouldn't go back for the food.

Pros: atmosphere

Cons: expensive, poor food quality

 

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