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“Surprisingly unique”

Bar Italia Ristorante
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Ranked #235 of 2,890 Restaurants in Saint Louis
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Central West End
Cross street: Euclid
Transit: Close to the metro link Central west end station. Bus stop near by.
Naples, Florida
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91 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Surprisingly unique”
Reviewed November 12, 2012 via mobile

While visiting st louis for the first time we had the luck to go to a nice restaurant in the west end. The menu had authentic and unique choices. We samples two appetizers: mussles in a white wine reduction which were as good as the best we ever had (brugge) and a bruchetta with cheese and artichokes. The main dishes were the specials including lobster ravioli and veal. Absolutely delicious and reasonably priced at $22 each.

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Thank Ronpariser
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Best Service in St. Louis”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

My wife and I are new to St. Louis and, to be honest, we are foodies. We always eat in when given the choice because we can cook it better than a lot of restaurants we can order it at. But, being new to the area and not having our old gourmet kitchen to work in, we have been eating out a lot.

The other day we walked past Bar Italia and my wife mentioned, we need to go there. That place looks really good. The outdoor eating area (heated in the winter) was very charming with the garden like atmosphere and lighting. My brother was recently in town from Minnesota so we decided we'd go to Bar Italia.

I called and made a reservation and the person who took my call was very charming. I explained to her that we had recently moved and that we had not yet been to the restaurant. She told me she would get us a special table and make sure our server knew we were new to the area.

Our server, Kelly from Kansas, had worked there the past eight years and gave us the history of the establishment, from it's origins back in the 80's across the street. It is now owned by four brothers. She easily rambled through the extensive list of specials from memory and made suggestions. When I ordered the lobster ravioli and she found out they were now out of it, I told her to choose for me since she knew what was good better than I.

We had a goat cheese appetizer and a wonderful broccoli soup, which had its fair share of cream. The soup was to die for good.

Dinner consisted of swordfish for my brother, and pasta dishes for my wife and I. I had a seafood pasta in a marinara sauce with shrimp, mussels, and clams. Wonderfully prepared and seasoned. All three dishes were excellent. Our total bill was $90 for three people, which included appetizers.

I enjoy wine and have a modest number of bottles at home. I generally pay the corkage and bring my own, which I did that night. Corkage was a modest $12. However while there, Robel, one of the four brothers stopped by our table and visited with us. He noticed I had brought wine so he brought over their extensive wine list. From Ornellia and Sassacia to Gaja, Bar Italia has a Wine Spectator quality wine list. Truly a great number of amazing bottles of wine. Next time, which will be this Saturday by the way, we will drink theirs.

Prior to leaving, Kelly showed us their private wine cellar room where you can entertain a small group of people, say 8-16. Robel, also showed us the larger private area, which was filled with people watching the Presidential Debate the evening we were there. Perfect for a wedding reception or larger private party. Of course the location on Maryland in the CWE is perfect as well.

Whether you are new to the area or a life long St. Louis area resident, Bar Italia is a most excellent choice for exquisite dining.

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank russdan60
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Madison, MS
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231 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Great Atmosphere and Delicious Food”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

We walked here from our hotel and were charmed by the lovely patio. The service was a tad slow, but they were very busy. The food was excellent and very nicely presented. I had the one of the specials, a grilled pork chop with a brown sugar rub, topped with a slice of roasted apple. Since I eat low carb, they were very accomodating with substituting the sweet potatoes with roasted vegetables. The other members of our group ordered the fish special and the tortellini and were also very impressed. This was our last meal in Saint Louis and one of our favorites during our trip.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank CK95
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Great food and Atmosphere”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

My title says it all. It's as authentic as you can get without leaving the US. The owners/managers are always approachable and modest. Even had several large business event dinners for more than 30 persons. Truly an enjoyable and satisfying experience.

Visited March 2012
Thank Andrew M
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St. Louis, MO
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65 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Consistently good”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

I always enjoy the atmosphere, usually I enjoy the wait staff & consistently I love the food. Great wine selection, decent lunch choices, awesome patio for people watching.

Visited February 2012
Thank cnm6528
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