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“First time - pleased, would go back.”
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Ursula's Wine Bar
Price range: $30 - $80
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Highway 61
Description: Ursula"s Wine Bar & Cafe is a quaint, intimate, quiet fine dining restaurant. With 39 seats it is a romantic setting for a first date or anniversery. The monthly changing menu offers selections that showcases local farmers. The award winning wine list contains 150 wines. The outdoor deck creates a beautiful place to enjoy Minnesota summer. The staff is friendly and knowledgable. Ursula's brings back thoughts of a small European bistro in a metro suburban setting.
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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64 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“First time - pleased, would go back.”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

We dined at Ursula's on a Saturday night. Didn't have reservations (note to self, reservations next time) but were able to be seated right away. They have a very nice wine list and are not horribly overpriced. You can get many great wines by the glass for $6. My husband had the mixed greens salad and I had the grilled romaine - awesome! Really nice with an avocado dressing. For dinner , I had the "house specialty" - chicken something with a big hashbrown - it was good, not mindblowing, but good. My husband had the fish special - very nice. Portions aren't massive, but are also not skimpy. Kurt, the owner, is very friendly and accomodating. We brought in a bottle of wine ($7 corkage fee - excellent) that was very expensive, but very "tight." He brought two different decanters to help open it up. Very generous. For dessert we had the lava chocolate cake. Good and rich, bummed that they were out of icecream. Service wasn't lightening fast, but we weren't in a hurry. We always had full water glasses, so I was happy. We would go back.

  • Visited November 2012
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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468 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Opps! Service Dropped!”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

Have usually had good experiences here. However this time it took a half hour to get our appetizers. Main courses took a little less time, but one was overdone and dry. We may wait a bit before trying it again.

  • Visited September 2012
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Saint Paul, MN
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64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
“Great Food - Slow Service”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Took wife to Ursula's for her Birthday dinner as a special treat. We had reservations but were seated immediately upon arrival since the restaurant was only 75% full when we arrived at 6 PM. There appeared to be only a single server for the entire restaurant as well as a bartender who also attended patrons seated at the bar. The menu was limited but I like that as it usually means the chef can concentrate on having the freshest ingredients. We had the grilled iceberg lettuce salad - exceptional taste and texture as well as the salmon special and chicken which were both well presented and very well prepared. The dessert was the molten chocolate cake which was also quite good. We finished our meal almost 2.5 hours later which was pretty extreme for most small restaurants. The sole waiter was efficient and moving as fast as he could but there were not enough of him.

  • Visited August 2012
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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468 reviews
241 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Excellent Local Restaurant”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

Another very good meal at Ursula's. The crab cakes, the salads and the pork and pumpkin mashed potatoes were all great. The pineapple carrot cake, lava chocolate cake and banana split ice cream brought the meal to a perfect end. We highly recommend Ursula's.

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank 2Travel-4funNow
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Minneapolis, MN
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A Real Gem”
Reviewed July 26, 2012

We've been going here regularly for over 12 years, which should be a record for restaurants in White Bear Lake. So, they must be doing something right -- I don't understand the negative reviews. We've always had good service and good food. Sure, the menu is limited but there is always a steak, pork, fish, or non-meat entree. The wine choices are excellent for a small restaurant and the 3-wine tasting option is a neat deal.

  • Visited July 2012
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