Acero
Acero

Acero

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fialafood.com/Jim_Fialas_Restaurants/ACERO.html
  • Phone: (314) 644-1790
  • 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
104 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (92)special occasion (64)neighborhood gem (64)romantic (41)notable wine list (36)good for groups (21)great for outdoor dining (19)hot spot (15)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • We love Acero!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Acero has a new menu with several new items. While I love my "old" favorites I tried several of the new items. They were delicious. Mandy is a great server and always adds some fun to the experience. Aero still remains our favorite dinner spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Another wonderful meal at Acero. Extensive wine list. Pasta to die for. Wonderful attentive service. Can't say enough great things about this place. A real gem!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over Priced Italian Meal
    Tomm
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    So many St. Louis options for authentic Italian. Acero was good, but way-overpriced.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfectly smoked Trout
    cellistVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We were so glad we chose to celebrate at Acero. The food was fabulous and we loved our server. I am not a bread lover but I ate a tremendous amount there. This is definitely a repeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love every time
    bjay
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I am overwhelmed with the value this restaurant provides. MUST DO the 4 course tasting menu or you are only cheating yourself. We tried all sorts of new things between the four of us - all EXCELLENT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • David
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We've been to Acero multiple times and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place outside normal budget
    Anniversary
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The Taste of Acero 4 course option was perfect for my wife and I. Each of us had something different from each course. The Lentil with Ham Soup was possibly the most delicious Lentil Soup I have ever had. The Spaghetti Alla Chitarra was beyond my expectations by a landslide. The Porchetta hardly needed a knife to slice and who knew Sweet Potato Puree would steal the show from the Porcheta? And the desert - Apple Cake with Apple Gelato and Cinnamon Apple Glaze - was a fitting finish, surpassing my expectations. Elizabeth's suggested Red Wine was a perfect match. My wife had L’Insalata Mista, Risotto, [I just blanked on her main dish, sorry,] and Warm Chocolate Torte with Serendipity Ice Cream which she seemed to enjoy immensely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Acero
    CarllVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We had read about the restaurant in the New York Times. The meal was outstanding. The tasting menu is an absolute must unless you are a frequent diner here. All the flavors are fresh and bright. The wait staff was attentive and knowledgable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    DisappointingVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The menu is imaginative but not crazy over the top food. Everything was delicious and as it was described. I will return to it whenever I can. It's in the top 5 restaurants in St. Louis in my opinion
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A New Favorite
    RMR20
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Once in a while we add a favored restaurant to our "will certainly return" list and Acero is now on that very short list. Food and service are wonderful. We've only done the four course tasting menu on both trips thus far to Acero and love it but we are certain ordering from the regular menu would be great as well. You can essentially pick from the tasting menu with a blindfold and be happy assuming your palate appreciates diversity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • St. Louis Gem
    lulu
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Great restaurant. This was our first time there, and we will definitely be back!!! We ordered off of the Tasting Menu - what a wonderful meal. You get a variety of food, and the portions are very nice in size.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impressive
    JerryF
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Excellent dining experience. We tried the four course taste sampler and found everything we ordered to be a new taste experience. This was our first visit but now it is at the top of our list of go-to favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Acero never disappoints
    manion228
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Acero is one of our favorite spots, and dinner there with a friend this weekend was delightful as usual. The food, service, and atmosphere are excellent. And I love doing the four course tasting, so I can have a little of everything. If you haven't been, definitely check it out soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Acero is the most underrated restaurant in stl. The tasting menu is the best way to go. Amazing bang for your buck
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Take the 10
    richards
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    At least once, order the 10 course tasting menu with the matched wine flight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great regional Italian Restaurants
    Giovannistl
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Acero is one of the best Italian Restaurants in the area. Service is spot on, a wine list that supports the offerings and dishes that will you'll savor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting Italian
    Foodie4life
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Visited Acero for our anniversary. Decided to try the tasting menu - chef's choice - what a WONDERFUL dinner it was! The selections brought to us were varied, unique and delicious!! We were served seven courses beginning with appetizers and progressing through salad, pasta, seafood, entree and dessert. Each selection was wonderful but the liver pate and salad with it's truffle oil, honey, sea salt salad dressing and the wildishroom fettuccini being absolute standouts! The scallops we were served were an off the menu selection, and they should be on the menu they were so flavorful and well prepared. Our service was excellent without being intrusive and our every need was met without us having to ask. An AMAZING dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb pasta...lacking appetizers
    campbfh
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The pasta was amazing. Had the mushroom tagliatelle and I was blown away. My kids had buttered noodles made with their fresh tagliatelle and it was all I could do not to eat theirs as well. The appetizer list is very "meh". Nothing special stands out that hasn't been done elsewhere. We ended up trying the prosciutto beignets, but they were seriously disappointing. It's just a deep fried donut with a thin slice of prosciutto laid across the top. Fairly bland and the beignet actually took away from the meat. Would not recommend. Very good wine list. Excellent pasta. Disappointing appetizers. We will try other places in St. Louis before returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting
    DaveMo
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Very interesting menu. Very small portions. Will no be returning anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Acero's still got it!
    MikeCynRStL
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We returned to celebrate our 18th Anniversary. Hostess was initially going to put us at a very undesirable table and then realized we had taken the trouble to make a reservation and so moved us on her own to a nice booth so good catch! Gnocco Frito, what else can you say about meat donuts! Insalata mista and a mixed seafood pasta were world class!. Lamb chops were were great, if only 2. My wife's scallops were perfectly cooked. Only disappointment was biscotti, which appeared to have been made from same dough, which is OK, but different flavors were indistinct. Apple cake I had was delicious as was cinnamon ice cream. Acero continues to deliver consistent quality and value in it's Pre Fixe menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    vfromstlVIP
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 67 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 404 reviews are from the Acero reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic