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“Quality food, attentive servics”
Review of Mad Tomato - CLOSED

Mad Tomato
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Meramac
Transit: Metro-Link: Clayton Station. Station is 2 blocks south of the restaurant.
Description: At Mad Tomato we believe in creating one meal at a time. The rituals of farming, preparing and serving food are that of generations and we will continue those traditions. We support local, organic farmers and a sustainable society. All proteins and seafood are anti-biotic and hormone-free and never endanger our environment. We strive to operate our business with the smallest carbon footprint. We believe in the planets future and want to do our part to live green.
Reviewed May 3, 2013

Downtown Clayton is not known for its lack of nice lunch spots. Perhaps because if the many area options or because Mad Tomato is tucked between a pedestrian zone and government buildings, I had missed this gem until just this year. Don't make my mistake -- check it out now!

Mad Tomato is an energetic but professional environment. The lunch menu offered an array of options which made two St. Louis locals and an east coast guest quite happy. The menu included a heavy emphasis on local, fresh ingredients and a balance of lighter and more substantial options. All three of our meals -- entree salad, toasted ravioli, and a sandwich -- were thoughtfully prepared and plated. Even the pickle accompanying the sandwich was memorable.

The wait staff are also quite with mentioning. This is not the location for a highly confidential conversation -- largely because the Mad Tomato staff are so frequently by to ensure you have everything you need, are loving your meal, and to top off your beverage. They are upbeat and well-informed on the menu.

The only downside to this place is finding it then securing parking. If you go for lunch, head over a little before noon to ensure you get a nearby parking spot. And bring your change so you can make use of one of Clayton's many metered parking spot.

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9 - 13 of 14 reviews

Reviewed December 27, 2012

Youll find this hidden gem. Small and casual, the food is very good to excellent.
We went to another restaurant in town that serves a similar menu and found it to be a 1.5 hr wait. Sorry, life is too short for that. A few blocks to the southwest we found Mad Tomato. Excellent service, mostly locally sourced ingredients made for a memorable dinner. Pizza, mussels, house salad, Eggplant Parm, pasta, veges, desssert, etc all very good to excellent. They also give a generous pour on wine by the glass. No scrimping here.
I will recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a "let's not cook tonight but where do we go?" place.
I'm smitten!

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1  Thank dmshaner
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Reviewed December 15, 2012 via mobile

My boyfriend and I have gone here several times and I really only enjoy it when we get Melanie as our server. She knows the food and drink list inside & out, has a great attitude & goes above and beyond. Other times we've had 2 different guys and they barely talk to us, we feel like we are intruding on their day and that we certainly aren't welcome. Sadly I think one of those guys is related to the owner.

Get a pizza, try the great original cocktails made w fresh ingredients, and save room for dessert. Desserts there are some of the best in the city.

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Reviewed February 12, 2012

Went with my wife for Valentine's Day and had a terrific meal. Having salumi for an appetizer is great and all of the pastas are home made. Wild boar gnocchi is a must try.

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1  Thank commuterstevespe
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Reviewed January 10, 2012

This newer place was recommended to us by a friend. It appears to be primarily a place where local swells hang out to see and be seen (Clayton is an upscale yuppie-fied area). The menu lacked straightforward entrees, some descriptions were misleading and many items seemed overpriced.

The service was spotty as our server as well as others seemed more interested in chatting up tables of regulars who were drinking more than eating, and ducking out for smokes than paying attention to us. And as another review noted, it was distressingly loud and chaotic for such a relatively small and intimate place, especially considering the tables are small and practically on top of each other, California style.

In sum, there's no particular reason to go here considering the sheer number and high quality of other options available in St. Louis.

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1  Thank im_only_sleeping
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