Acero
Acero

Acero

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fialafood.com/Jim_Fialas_Restaurants/ACERO.html
  • Phone: 3146441790x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Adam Gnau
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Tom Kiefer 3146441790x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Southwest
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Acero also shares the parking lot next door.
A word from Acero
Rustic Italian cuisine in the heart of Maplewood that features fresh ingredients from local farmers as well as an all Italian wine list.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Acero reviews from OpenTable diners
112 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (92)special occasion (67)neighborhood gem (67)romantic (38)notable wine list (38)great for outdoor dining (27)good for groups (23)hot spot (16)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Interesting
    DaveMo
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Very interesting menu. Very small portions. Will no be returning anytime soon.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    At six in the evening the glare from the front windows was so bright I could not see the faces of my friends across the table.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    After reading reviews, and walking past it months ago, i chose it for our anniversary. What a nice combo of high quality, value and a neighborhood ambiance. Unique offerings: egg raviolo, and braised octopus so tender and tasty. The scallops were melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Good wine at the mini carafe; value of the tasting menu is excellent. Desserts: fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We arrived very late and the staff was friendly and very accommodating and did not rush us through our meal. The food was delicious. We were celebrating my son's birthday which we told the restaurant in advance but they did not note this in the evening. A little disappointing. The steak and salmon entrees were each moist and well seasoned. The peach semi freddo was an outstanding dessert and the blueberry cake with blueberry compote was also great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Goog food, questionable service
    luv2eat
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Waited 10-15 minutes before flagging down a server. We were next to hostess stand and she seemed to ignore that we were being ignored. It was a lovely dinner though - beet salad was great. Main dishes included tagliatelle, egg yolk ravioli and polenta dish - all very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Who ever heard of Egg Ravioli???
    FinnickyEater
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    THE FOOD WAS FABULOUS- DO NOT MISS THE EGG RAVIOLI! WORTH EVERY SINGLE CALORIE!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extraordinary!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We tried Acero for the first time one week ago & loved the food. Came back this week and invited new friends to try this fabulous restaurant.... we enjoyed another great meal! The tasting menu is definitely the way to go... great food and great value, plus wonderful service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Acero!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This is our favorite restaurant. We have been coming ever since it opened and it continues to be a restaurant that we love to introduce people to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Place to Dine
    ICHOWEDOWN
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Everything about the food was perfect. Atmosphere was nothing special but it was all about the food. Wine was great , the 4 Course Dinner Selection is unbelievable, great value for top notch dishes. Eat there!!! Thought it was going to be stuffy atmospere but very casual yet hotspot to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pefect!
    RMR20
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Wonderful from first course to last of the four course tasting menu. We tried a variety and were pleased with all. Quite a bargain as well. We sat at the front window at a table for two and were served by a vivacious and knowledgeable young woman named Mandi who was a joy. The two hour experience was a total pleasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    From the moment we were greeted to our way out the door, our entire experience was amazing! Our waiter plus all of the other staff members that served our table were super knowledgable, attentive, and welcoming. Each course was delicious, flavorful and fresh. The tasting menu is a great option. So impressed and we will definitely be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every course memorable
    jcunnin
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We ordered from the four course tasting menu, remarkably reasonably priced at $30. Every dish was a little gem. Although the portions were small, by the time we had four remarkably vibrant courses, we were fully satisfied. The chef's use of seasonal produce was outstanding, and it was clear that great care had gone into selecting other ingredients. There are multiple choices for each of the four courses, so you can tailor your meal to your own preferences. The waitstaff are young and professional, and the menu includes some creative and tasty cocktails. I believe this was the best meal I've had in St. Louis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grand tasting menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The grand tasting menu was one of the best meals we have had outside of Italy. The wine pairings were excellent.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent neighborhood restaurant
    foodieatheart
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Nice tasting menu of 4 courses including dessert for a decent price. Specials and regular menu also offered. Everything was nicely prepared and delicious. We ordered off of the tasting menu. We are from out of state and this was our second time here. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always consistent
    annbVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    acero is always consistent and that is most important in a good restaurant. the menu is limited but always fresh and delicious! the servers are eager to please and they do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Evneing
    NanoVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We had a pleasant time. The food and service were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent pasta dishes
    Live2EatVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The four course tasting menu was a great introduction for our first visit to Acero, and a good deal to boot. The waiter was very knowledgeable and took the time to explain the dishes to us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific
    AndyWVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Took my brother-in-law and my wife (both consider themeselves foodies) and we all had a wonderful meal. Everything we tasted was superb, a definite repeat location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Acero defines fine dining!
    TheAgedPs
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Acero provides an outstanding dining experience. It is truly a case where words fail. Those scenes of Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia, where Julia Child (Streep) says only, "Oh! Mmmm! Oh! Oh!!" - well, that is the food at Acero! Our favorites include egg raviolo, chocolate torte, scallops, mushroom tagliatelle, meat doughnuts, always astounding vegetable creations, everything we have ever had there, .... The staff are similarly excellent. We treat ourselves to a dinner at Acero several times a year and every member of the staff always succeeds in making us feel like their favorite relatives and they want to show off their best endeavors - they really make you feel special. Always comfortable. Always welcoming. Always superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Acero maintains it's creative flair
    EdwardVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    After probably a decade or more in business, Acero continues to deliver outstanding Italian food in a quiet location in Maplewood. I enjoyed every course of a four course pre-fixe menu. I started with the gnocchi which was creatively prepared and the perfect balance of flavors. I also really enjoyed the tagliatelle pasta and scallops.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    TrishandMatt
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Always a great time dining at Acero's. The food was bliss, the service was tremendous, overall experience was fabulous. Great for special occasions. Will keep going back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply fabulous!
    kaw1
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The experience was fabulous! The food was delicious with unique flavors. The ambiance was charming and the service was wonderful. We could not have asked for a better experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really wonderful place to eat
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    we go here for the amazing 30$ tasting menu that never disappoints . It is the perfect way to get to eat a wide variety of dishes at a very reasonable price. Every choice we make is always delicious. It is our "go to" place when we have guests from out of town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • greg
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Always a treat!!! Quality of food and service that only comes with experienced restaurant teams.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic and delicious!
    dogdoc
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The tasting menu is a true bargain at $30 per person--you get an amazing variety of gourmet food, expertly prepared. The bruschetta with caramelized onions was a delight, and my dining companion from New England said the clam/shrimp linguini was phenomenal. When a person from New England says the seafood is fresh, it's fresh! The chocolate torte was decadent and the perfect way to finish out our meal. Two thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Food was delicious but the service was dreadfully slow!!!!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasting menu!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Everything was wonderful! Our waiter recommended the tasting menu (4 courses) and it was perfect...(my favorite was the egg ravioli) got to try a variety of items from the menu and was surprised at how much food it was. I will be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great, but...
    cbaarghVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    It's always a pleasure to dine at Acero. That said, I have to admit that the taglielini was not up to snuff. It had a bitter taste, so not as delectable. Perhaps it was the mushroom itself that lent a different flavor. However, I am not discouraged and I'll be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SKY1
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Wonderful evening. Food excellant, along with staff and recommendations of wine and cheese. We will be back. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An evening to repeat!
    neighborhoodfan
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Great for an evening of interesting food choices (i.e. pasta with seasonal mushrooms, beautiful beet salad with pea sprouts) and quiet atmosphere for conversation. Outdoor tables are under a beautiful canopy of trees. Our waiter added to the welcoming mood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner
    Smiling
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We had a lovely evening to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique and Delicious
    az88
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Acero's came highly recommended by friends that have dined there and food critics alike, and it did not disappoint. The wait staff graciously made entree suggestions and explained each unique entree we inquired about. The wine was excellent. Dessert looked delicious, but we chose to pass until next time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service Can Kill the Meal
    ClaytonDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I have been dining at Acero for many years. The food is still very good, and quite consistent. On this occasion, we had a new server who was new to the restaurant. We were told she was from Sidney Street, and they were thrilled to have her. We were not so thrilled. She was confrontational, passive-aggressive, and at one point actually abruptly left the table in the middle of taking orders for no apparent reason. After many years of dining at Acero and raving about our experiences here, I will NOT return! She made fabulous food nothing short of an insulting and unpleasant meal. I can not express my level of dissatisfaction adequately.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasting Menu is a deal!
    bakersMom
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I have been to Acero twice and it has been Great both times. The tasting menu is such a deal -- $30.00 for four courses, and the menu is varied and interesting. This time I had the Insalada Mista, which was very tasty (I loved the small pieces of apple), even though I am not a fan of red onion. I moved on to the linguine, with shellfish and a very understated sauce which was divine. The polenta with the wild boar ragu surprised my dinner companion with unexpected flavors. We finished up with ricotta cheesecake with cherries. It was just the right portion size after so much great food! I would recommend Acero to anyone who enjoys excellent food.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Acero
    BKHotDog
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    First rate modern take on Italian cuisine. Fresh egg pasta dish (Egg Raviolos) is outstanding-only need one and a salad to fill up. Their bread puff wrapped in prosciutto ( Gnocco Fritto) is not to be missed. Lamb perfectly done as are grilled fish dishes. Don't miss desserts-Warm Chocolate Torte with ice cream is wonderful. The extensive and well priced wine list is excellent. Suggest the $30 Tasting Menu for a good sampling of what is on offer. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent tasting Menu
    KBrad
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    They feature their tasting menu pretty prominently on the menu, and it is a fantastic find. The four courses (soup/salad, pasta, entree, dessert) were each excellent and well sized. You can't beat it for $30! I highly recommend the scallops-- I've had them twice, and I have never been disappointed.
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pickydiner
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Every time we go to Acero we come away wanting to come back soon. We have always opted for their tasting menu mainly so we can choose several items to try. Brenden is our favorite waiter and he not only knows the menu, but is passionate about those items he thinks are really good that evening. We will be back…hopefully soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Jtron9k
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    None of the dishes really wowed us. Compared to The Crossing, the chef's French restaurant, this was a distant second.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DaveVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Continues to impress very time I go there. Excellent all around.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Problem with service
    memac
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We were accosted by our server as we left the restaurant. This person did not like the tip, and was intimidating about it. It made a disturbing end to what had been a lovely meal. I cannot recommend this restaurant even though the food is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic