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Map & Directions 410 Saint Peter St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
  • French
  • Sun, Sat 10am-2pm, Sun 5pm-9pm, Tue-Fri 11am-2pm, Tue-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining
  • Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Recommended, Accepted
  • Garage, Meters, Valet


City Pages' Description

St. Paul chef Russell Klein (formerly of W.A. Frost) and his wife, Desta (who worked as a banquet captain at Frost), operate the classiest restaurant in downtown St. Paul. Their brasserie, in the charming Hamm Building in what was once the home of A Rebours, is named after an American wine made in the Bordeaux tradition, which seems an accurate reflection of the restaurant's cooking. Klein offers French classics--cassoulet, roast chicken, and steak frites--and a changing list of seasonally inspired American fare (past favorites have included chestnut-stuffed quail to venison loin served with a mulled-wine poached pear). The menu features a nice mix of gourmet fare (a two-bite mushroom ganache amusement, for example) and comfort food (chicken soup with matzo balls). Oh, and there's a cheese cart. If that's not a sign of class, what is?
In warm weather, the restaurant operates a sidewalk crepe stand on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Member Reviews

  • citypagesbestof wrote a review for Meritage
    on 05/06/09

    This St. Paul newcomer hasn't yet received the accolades of some of our favorite French restaurants, such as Vincent and Cave Vin, though it's certainly deserving. Meritage offers all the Gallic standards, from steak frites to omelet du jour, and while the cassoulet and French onion soup might not have the looks of Carla Bruni, one bite proves they have all the intrigue. The... More >>

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  • Heavy Table on 05/10/10

    The cassoule is absolutely superb and subtle. As close to French as they come in our neck of the woods.

  • Heavy Table on 12/20/10

    The shrimp cocktail, made with wild-caught Pacific shrimp, is the best in town, hands down.

  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine on 03/11/11

    Try the oysters. The oyster bar is bringing in some real beauties. Imagine flavors that evoke cucumber, briny-salty air, and copper on the tongue.—Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, February 2011

  • City Pages on 01/25/13

    Voted top ten chicken wings! The result is an intensely chickeny chicken wing with a distinctly bacony flavor that yields the bone with the gentlest nudge.

  • Heavy Table on 10/18/09

    The seared Minnesota foie gras with spiced cider reduction is a home run -- yes, it's an $18 appetizer, but it's $36 delicious.

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