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Café Napoli
Café Napoli

Café Napoli Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafenapoli.com
  • Phone: (314) 863-5731
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jeff Davis
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Dj on Friday and Saturday nights in Bar Napoli
  • Special Events & Promotions: Great for rehearsal dinners, business dinners/luncheons, corporate events, and holiday parties

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bemiston
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $4 Valet - offered at dinner.
    During lunch there are 5 spots (first come first serve) in front of the restaurant and the rest is metered street parking.
A word from Café Napoli
When Tony and Kathy Pietoso opened the original Cafe Napoli in 1989, it quickly became a success. So successful, in fact, that it moved to a larger location at 7754 Forsyth Blvd. In 2003, sons Ande and Kye expanded their family restaurant by adding Bar Napoli, a swank cocktail lounge. A few years later, Napoli Reserve was added onto Bar Napoli, allowing for private event space and an additional bar and lounge for the weekends. The restaurant continued to flourish, and in 2008 Napoli2 was born.

Café Napoli and Bar Napoli have recently undergone a facelift inside and out. Kye has taken the reigns from his father and is now the front man for the 8,000 sq ft establishment. Inside the kitchen, head chef Chip Bates was added to the team, bringing fresh ideas and innovation to the regional Italian specialties.

Café Napoli is a must visit when in the St. Louis area, a local hot-spot for athletes and celebrities.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was just ok but the service was very good. The owner was selective with who he spoke to which is unacceptable in my view. Ultimately, i would not recommend his restaurant and will not be returning."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "I would have maybe given it a higher score for ambiance but we were seated in a corner facing the wall with a half curtain behind us, not my idea a a great choice of seating. Food was good, but not a lot of choices for veggie sides. It was a nice and service was excellent."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "My husband and I chose Cafe Napoli to celebrate our anniversary and our new in-laws who share the same date. Thank you Tony for you help with the perfect wine choice. Our waiter Steve was excellent. Very knowledgable making for the perfect dining experience. We had the sea bass, scallops, ribeye,and chicken. The food was delicious. The desserts were also very good. After our meal we told Steve we wanted to have our after dinner drink outside on the patio. He was glad to move us outside an continue take care of us. We could not of ask for a better dining experience and will definitely be back."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "I was in St. Louis to entertain an important client who recommended we go here. I have been traveling to and working in this area for more than 10 years now and had never been told about this gem. I travel around the country and have been fortunate to have been in some of the very best restaurants around and I would say this place has service that is second to no one! While in St. Louis, be sure not to skip this one!"
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "I really did enjoy Cafe Napoli, I just wish the tables weren't placed so close together. My other concern is the noise level, but I think the table issue is the main cause of that. I would have checked the 'romantic' box in the recommendations if not for being able to hear everyone's conversation. Food and wine were excellent."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "I come from out of town and this is one of my favorite places to have a small business. The staff is very sensitive to location of table, excellent service and top rated food."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "This was an awesome restaurant. Really love the food, service and ambiance."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "great food woudl definitely return. Service was solid as well."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "A total hit with my client who had never been to Cafe Napoli before!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Cafe Napoli is a long standing restaurant in Clayton Mo. The atmosphere and food are both superb!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant and perfect for a special night out. The wine list is very extensive."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Good service I like the food, it was very expensive, but it is very romantic"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I decided to go to Cafe Napoli for my 35th wedding anniversary instead of trying a new place as it has always been a favorite. I found the food and the services to be a little off. I had sea bass, and it was great. My husband had veal- he found it slightly greasy. My daughter and her boyfriend indicated their food was just OK. I had indicated that it was our anniversary, hoping something "special" might be done..but there was nothing. We also felt a bit rushed, which was odd as it was a Monday eve. All in all, and okay night, but not what I would have expected from past experiences, and disappointed given the event."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "This is my go to spot every time I head out of the house for a great meal. 4 years since my first visit and I have never once been disappointed. The food is amazing, the service us amazing, and the environment is not topped anywhere in the area. The menu is great, but I have no reason to look at it anymore. The chef is always running multiple specials that look and taste like they belong on TV. 5 stars and 2 thumbs up!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • " I made reservations on-line and requested a romantic table. We were very pleased to be seated at a high back, tufted booth with our very own chandelier. Jerome, our waiter had excellent suggestions. We started with an appetizer, a trio of sea bass ravioli, shrimp, and mushrooms in reduction sauce which was superb! Next we had the stack, an eggplant salad which was absolutely delicious! My wife had the medallion beef w/bordelaise sauce and I had the vitello saltimbocca which was out of this world. For dessert we enjoyed a complimentary amaretto chocolate mousse. Everything was perfect; the service, the ambiance, and food was fabulous! I would highly recommend this restaurant. We will be back!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Myself and a couple coworkers stumbled upon cafe Napoli while in St. Louis on business. To our pleasant surprise, everything was great! The service, the food, the ambiance. Will definitely be going back if we ever wind up back in town!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Familiar with St. Louis, but first time to dine at Cafe Napoli. My husband and I were certainly not disappointed. The service was a bit slow after we were sitted but once waiter arrived everything was outstanding after that! Cafe Napoli may just be our go to resturant when we're in STL now."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "My husband went to Café Napoli for the first time Saturday, August 2, 2014. It was a great experience. Service was great. The only complaint that we have is my husband ordered the special, Seabass with shrimp and (I think clams or oysters). His seabass was not cooked all the way. I had the Filet Modigia and it was amazing. Overall it was a great experience and we would still come again."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The finest in St Louis!! Been here many times and keep coming back."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food was very good as well as the service. The ambience was very bad. I frequent restaurants on a regular basis and this was one of the worst. Our table was by the entrance to the kitchen which was somewhat concealed by some type of sheet that swung as each person entered. We moved to an adjacent table which was not much better. Actually, we thought about leaving but didn't because we were hungry and it was getting late. This was not the first bad experience I have had at this restaurant as far as table location is concerned. But to end on a positive note, the food and service have always been outstanding."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "As usual.....Service, food and ambience = perfect. Thank you Cafe Napoli for consistency!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "This was to be a special occasion for my wife's birthday; I had made pre-requests to have my party of three seated in a quiet location. Unfortunately, we were initially seated in the bar area beneath a very loud music speaker and also enduring the boisterous banter of a group of men. We asked to be moved and were to a somewhat quieter location whereupon we waited for 10 minutes before our waiter, Frankie, arrived. He appeared very distracted and not attentive. In fact, his demeanor marked the entire evening--my party spend much of the time awaiting his service. The other wait staff was excellent, however. The Cafe' Napoli was once our favorite restaurant but is no longer such. Disappointing."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We tried out Cafe Napoli as part of Clayton's summer restaurant week and we were not disappointed!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We have eaten here many times over the years from when the restaurant first opened. The food is consistently good. Since it was restaurant week they had some specials that were very reasonably priced. Salad, entree and dessert for $25. We ordered a talapia and it was delicious. Always good food and a safe bet. Also, since the weather was beautiful we were able to sit outside. I would definitely recommend a reservation on a weekend night."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We have a dinner group that takes turns choosing a restaurant every Friday. Our group only had 6 on this particular Friday ( we usually have 10-12). Clayton Restaurant Week gave us the opportunity to try this wonderful place at an affordable price. The service was great and the food was scrumptious. Our food selections for "restaurant week" were enjoyed by all. I would definitely choose Cafe Napoli again for my family or other event."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Myself and 3 other friends were seated in the inside bar area. At first we thought we would be too far away from the action, but it was perfect! The main dining area is great, but I liked the look and feel of eating in the bar room, so we'll probably request a seat in that area next time we go. Great food and our waiter was outstanding and very knowledgeable about the food and wine!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Wonderful restaurant. I have been back many times. Consistent, good food, good service, nice wine list ... I highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Four of us had different entrees and everyone loved their food!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The pasta with tomato sauce was the best I've ever had. It was so good I didn't want to add grated parmesan, which is a first for me. The scallops were huge and prepared to perfection. The caprese salad was zesty and delicious, with the heirloom tomatoes stealing the show even from the soft buffalo mozzarella. The portion of sea bass was huge and light and buttery. Our server team, led by Anna, was part of the experience! Anna was cordial, professional, SO knowledgeable about the food and even funny! The owner came over to our table for a chat and she was charming, sincere and engaging. THE best Italian dining experience in St Louis for us, bar none."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We had Paul as our server, he was energetic, funny and extremely knowledgeable of the courses. Had the parmisean, specilaty salad and some of the best clam amd shrimp chowder my pallets ever had the pleasure of tasting."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We had a mixup with a gift card which they were very gracious about! Strip steak was excellent! Great place to celebrate"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I absolutely love this place. My daughter and I celebrated her 11th bday here with lunch. This is a traditional Holiday dinner spot for my godmother and I and a few close friends. Thank you for awesome service always."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "You can't ever go wrong with Cafe Napoli. The food and service is always great."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The service from the moment we entered was fantastic! We were a group of 9 and were accomodated beautifully! The waitstaff was very knowledgable of the wine list. The food was some of the best I ever tasted and the chef was very accomodating with requests for changes due to dietary restrictions. The food was well presented and timliness of service and delivery were excellent, even with the large group and a full house."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "It was my husband's birthday and we went for a late night dinner - we got there around 8.45. Food and service were wonderful, but the music was a little off. I didn't notice much, but it really bothered him. A song I do remember was a version of Over the Rainbow sung by a guy with a ukulele sounding instrument!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We loved Cafe Napoli! My husband and I went for our anniversary dinner and enjoyed some great wine and delicious food. The service was outstanding. Our server, Kevin, had just started there, and he made sure that we had everything we needed! We were a little annoyed by the large families that were sitting near us as the children played loudly on the handheld devices and the parents spoke very loudly. I was a little surprised at the dress policy, too. I know it is summer, but many men were wearing shorts and flip flops, which just seemed a little under-dressed for such a nice restaurant. We went for a quiet and romantic dinner, but it was not very quiet at all! Overall though, we were happy with the restaurant itself."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Excellent authentic Italian food 'like mom makes'. The red sauce, or 'gravy' as is said on the East Coast, was almost as good as mom's. Excellent value and service too. The bibb lettuce gorgonzola salad was outstanding"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Uotstanding. The decor is updated. Anna, our waitress was outstanding; great service. She checked on how we were doing, but not overbearing. The veal dished were fabulous. The selected by the owner was fantastic."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The food was great but the noise level within the restaurant was very loud."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Our server did not listen to the special requests, which were really not out of the ordinary. He infrequently came back to the table. Cafe Napoli used to be at the top of my list of favorite restaurants in St. Louis, but no more. Until they can enhance hospitality through truly listening, I will not be back."
    Dined on 6/16/2014