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Acero Details

  • 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 (314) 644-1790

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 Food
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Diner Reviews
  • "Food was delicious but the service was dreadfully slow!!!!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Wonderful evening. Food excellant, along with staff and recommendations of wine and cheese. We will be back. Thank you."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Continues to impress very time I go there. Excellent all around."
    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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Celebrated a friend's birthday with absolutely divine pasta/salads and really superior service. Hadn't been to Acero for a while but it was just as delicious as ever - won't wait so long to go back!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Had a great time at Acero for our 10th anniversary dinner. Had the four course tasting menu, and they paired wines with each course for us. Everyone was very friendly, and knowledgable about the food and the wine. The food was excellent--great salads, the egg raviolo was divine, superb scallops and lamb, and one of the best cheesecakes I've ever had. We chose Acero over several other well known restaurants in St. Louis for our evening out, and it didn't disappoint. What a great place!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The food at Acero is consistently delicious. The fresh pasta is some of the best in town, and the chef Here makes some mean ragu, no matter what meat is being used. This plus a great wine selection make Acero a great place for date night, business dinners, or just routine upscale dining."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Acero is my favorite restaurant in St. Louis! I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "My wife and I have been to Acero a few times now and are beginning to see that there is no better place. All of the dishes were prepared perfectly and the service from Raina was top shelf. We love the patio option as well. Tasting menus are affordable and creative. Excellent throughout!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "First, I wanted to say that our server Rena (sp?) was absolutely awesome! I would so very much ask for her again. The $30 tasting menu is just one of the best values in town for the quality of food you get! I had the crudo (the raw fish option), which was +$5 on the tasting menu, but very much worth it to me - so delicate and tasty. 2nd course was the tagliatelle. I already knew the tagliatelle was awesome, but before leaving for the restaurant, other friends were raving about it to me! 3rd course was my first experience with the porchetta. Everything in the dish complemented each other very well, and I would definitely recommend this. Finally, the ricotta cheesecake with berries - perfect size, creamy, and indulgent!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Amazing food, wonderful service. Our guests wanted to eat here BOTH nights they were in town!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I ate at Acero on a Friday night recently.We both chose the tasting menu which was excellent. Highlight were the Tuscan anchovy salad, the egg raviolo, the trout and the scallops. Interesting, large selection of italian wines."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My two close friends who are self described "foodies" came in to town this past weekend from nyc and I selected acero for dinner. Having dined at acero many times i knew this would be reliable choice for excellent food and service The restaurant did not disappoint. My friends raved about the food. The server was very knowledgeable about the food which is a definite plus. We all had the tasting menu. I had the salad to start, friends had white anchovy salad and the 2nd course i had the pasta with red spicy sauce and scallops for 3rd course Delicious . And it was refreshing to see people dining past 930, which is what we are used to in NYC . My favorite Italian food restaurant here in stl Thank you to the chef et al "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We have visited Acero several times and have never failed to be impressed. Their ability with flavors and combinations is wonderful. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "There's not much to not like about Acero. The food is consistently tasty and shows the integrity and knowledge of Chef Adam Gnau. The menu has something for everyone. The wine list is basically all Italian and is well diversified in price and variety. The wait staff is friendly and helpful without being over-attentive. It's definitely one of my core go to places. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Awesome - as usual. We have been going to Aceros for years and it has always been great."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Coming from the New York metropolitan area, we were just blown away by the food and price. We came here to celebrate daughter's college graduation. Just could not believe the quality of the food. We had the tasting menu that was $30 for 4 courses, everything from the appetizer to the dessert was outstanding. Not a single mediocre or average dish. Service was also very attentive. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Rainbow trout was amazing and loved everything else also."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We've never had a bad meal here but we do have some favorites that are back. Spaghetti ala chitara with a runny egg on top is my all time favorite and its back on the menu. Adam does great things as seasons change. We had an asparagas salad, some blanched, some coin sliced and raw with watercress, sliced param and grated hard boiled egg in a light vinegrete-so fresh. Morels with the grass feed beef, topped with the pana cotta with caramel and smoked sea salt is back again as well."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Overall, this is one of the finest restaurants in St. Louis. Their 4 course tasting menu give you an opportunity to keep the price down while tasting several different selections. They change the menu so if you come back in a couple weeks, you're likely to see something different. The service is outstanding, efficient and fun. We will continue to come back to Acero. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I highly suggest doing the tasting menu when you go (they start at 4 courses and go up from there). It gives you a chance to sample more of their awesome food. And the egg raviolo is a must have when you visit."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Celebrated my 50th birthday with another couple and had a terrific time. We all loved the idea of the tasting menu. The crudot was terrific with a [airing of smoked salmon and scallop. Two of us ha the signature egg ravioli which was outstanding. the others had the linguine with clams and muscles. The trout dish was very ood as was the porchetta. The girls enjoyed the chocolate torte while the others had the ricotta cheesecake. Excellent. Will definitely go back"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I gave Acero an overall "outstanding" review because I'm blown away by their pre-fixe menu. $30 for 4 courses is a good deal, and it gets even better because these are not your typical tiny tasting courses--they're sizeable enough portions and each one is high-quality. My wife and I will get different items for each course and share them. By the end of the meal, we've really gotten a representative sample of the menu!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Acero is consistently delightful in food quality, service, and atmosphere. Our last visit there was no different. Outstanding!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "My wife and I heard great things about the food here and we weren't disappointed. We went with two friends of ours. Everyone had the tasting menu and everyone loved the food. Each course was perfectly portioned and delicious. Our waiter was extremely attentive and thorough. We'll definitely be coming back. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Acero is definitely one of our favorite places to dine. Never disappointed with the selection, presentation and food quality. Of course my favorite is the egg ravioli. The food and service are awesome."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My husband and I had wanted to go to Acero for a long time, and we finally decided to go for his birthday. We got the tasting menu, and everything was excellent. I got the bruschetta with caramelized onions and blue cheese, the orecchiette, the lamb, and the chocolate cake. It was all delicious! I particularly enjoyed the orecchiette! It isn't a common pasta to find here in the US! I definitely recommend Acero to anyone wanting to celebrate something! "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Acero was recommended by a friend who lives in St Louis to a couple of us visiting from out of town. It's blend of excellent ingredients, exceptionally creative versions of conventional Italian fare, service that was just right, subdued atmosphere made it just right to catch up with an old friend. We each chose their tasting menu though with no overlapping choices. we left not a crumb or a scrap of any of the five dishes served. Each dish was exceptionally flavorful and not too heavy. In particular I enjoyed the Mista salad, the Egg Raviolo and a surprise dish that I could best describe as airy light dumplings layered with prosciutto and sea salt. St Louis is known for many good Italian restaurants but this one is exceptional."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The food at Acero's is tasty, inventive and varied. I recommend the 4 course tasting menu. It is possible to substitute the special of the day for a course selection for an additional $5. I chose the halibut special, prepared with a spinach puree and spinach gnocchi on the side. Food at Acero's is excellent due to complex, complimentary spices and seasoning as well as paired accompaniments. Service was excellent with Marco. He was helpful with wine list, letting us sample 2 wines before choosing. He is warm and very professional. I have eaten here in the past and found it to be a little noisy but that has been addressed with panels on walls. Noise level didn't interfere with a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "visiting St Louis for first time and was delighted to have eaten at Acero, a true gem of a restaurant, easily on par with the places I know and frequent in LA and NY. Kudos for the tasting menu and its very moderate cost. Look forward to another evening at Acero when back in St. Louis"
    Dined on 4/9/2014