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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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Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "The food at Cafe Napoli was excellent, however the service was rather slow. Perhaps it was an off night because the restaurant was very crowded, however, it shouldn't take over 45 minutes to get a salad after it was ordered. Again, the food was excellent, but it is unlikely we will return the next time we are in Clayton."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "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
  • "You can't ever go wrong with Cafe Napoli. The food and service is always great."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "WE have dined at Napoli many times and have never been disappointed. The veal saltimbocca is to die for."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "If you are looking for a fabulous dinning experience at an affordable price, Cafe Napoli is your place. The food if incredible, the service superior and the setting is great. The wine selection is outstanding. This has been my go to place for high quality Italian food and after 20+ years they have NEVER disappointed. If you want a taste of Rome without the expense of travel this is your place. Enjoy!!!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "great food expecially veal piccata xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Cafe Napoli doesn't disappoint but there is also nothing really surprising either. Servers are knowledgeable but very robotic. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "They do a tremendous job here, service can sometimes be slow, but the total experience is still strong. My parents ask to go here every time they come in from NY to visit."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Cafe Napoli is my fav italian place; this visit was no dissapointment"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "As usual, Cafe Napoli exceeded all expectations and duly impressed my out-of-town guest !! Even the "house" selections of wine are good and the chef is excellent ! Thank you "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "They seated me right away once I entered. Small selection to choose from on menu. Waiter had great memorization skills when explaining the menu & specials. Seafood soup and toasted ravioli was to die for. Great environment. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Always my favorite! Service, food and ambience. If you haven't been here they recently remodeled the whole place, looks amazing! Head Chef came out to the table as well, nice touch! Can't wait to go back. Cheers Napoli!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Food was decent but not great. The gimmick of chilling the salad forks amused us, but certainly didn't enhance enjoyment of the salad!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Pleasant greeting and immediate attention to our initial needs, but then it just seemed to go down hill with respect to inept service... it is like they hired a whole new service staff and let them loose the first night. Prior negative review confirms the fact that this formally high quality choice has been reduced to the ranks of Applebees and Chilis. Sad, very sad. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The food is great. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the experience. Great place to change from the typical "mom and dad drag the kids to dinner" setting. Thank you cafe Napoli."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Outstanding service by Jerome. Will return. One of the bestg resturants in the St. Louis area. This is one of our favorites."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend for his 50th birthday on my bosses suggestion to have dinner here. My boyfriend is the Corporate Director of Food and Beverage for a hotel company. A chef by trade. I am also in the hospitality business and we both enjoy going to new places and taking it all in while sharing our opinions. He is a bit more difficult to impress with his knowledge of food and wine. He loved the wine list. We both enjoyed the service and ambience. Dawson, our server, was fantastic. Our dinners were perfectly prepared and presented. The food tasted just wonderful. Our night out in celebration was well spent at Café Napoli. We can't wait to go again. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Wonderful meal with outstanding wait staff. Dined outside on a beautiful evening. Awesome "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "wasn't the most imaginative menu, however, what they do, they do right. from the sea bass, ny strip, arrabiata, linguine diavolo, everything was done exceptionally. can get crowded due to the financials around, but i'm sure its because of the great food."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I always love going to Cafe Napoli when in town, thanks for the awesome food and best staff ever!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "A special celebration dinner for 6 to celebrate an 80th birthday. It was one of the most expensive meals I've paid for in the total cost, but one of the best, and certainly a good value. Our server, Jerome, provided superb service and we all enjoyed our dinners immensely. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Rebuilding bar...odd timing vs. January. Dining room cut in half, tables jammed together. Service (given they only had half normal capacity) was disappointing compared to normal. Wait a few week eps until construction done."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Cafe Napoli has always been a special setting for celebration and excellent dining. Their small private dining room is ideal for parties. The indoor and outdoor seating is spacious. The service and food are excellent. Even in the midst of an expansion, the noise level was low, the seating spacious, and the food - as always - excellent. In the summer, do not be surprised to see professional baseball players or other well-known locals or visitors. All of this is due to the hands-on supervision of the owner, who is always available, always watching, and always responsive to any need."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Great dining experience! Food was excellent though slightly overpriced. Always a guaranteed good time for a night out with friends. Service is slow, as they anticipate you have at least two hours to dine."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "We have a very nice dinner with outstanding service but were very disappointed when we drove up and had construction of the restaurant going on. We had switched from a different restaurant plan when we heard the decor was dated and wanted a special evening with our out of town guest. I know construction can't be helped but really disappointed in our view of the large dumpster."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The service was very good, but the food leaves a bit to be desired. We started with the calamari fritti. It was tasteless and rubbery and came with what tasted like ragu spaghetti sauce. Our salads were fine, and the mains were OK; not bad but not great. Given the reputation and what I was paying for dinner I was expecting much more."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I always visit Cafe Napoli and it is always consistent. I had a dinner meeting with a top clien and we were greeted warmly and went directly to our table for our reservation. Adelle was our waiter and he was great giving us great recomendations and offering the evening specials. If you want a rib in filet, there is none better. All in all a wonderful dining expperience"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Took another couple here for a Saturday night reservation and we were seated right away. Ordered some great wine and took our time looking at the menu. Never felt rushed by the waiter who picked the right times to tell us about specials and show us a tray with prime cuts of meat and seafood with great descriptions of how they are prepared. The entire staff took great care that our experience was good. The food was excellent. I had a Caesar Salad and Shrimp Scampi. Others ordered Chicken Parmagiana and Salmon. Everything was wonderful."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I think that the specials were over priced for the quality of the food. We were very disappointed!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The overall experience was good. I had a large group (6) coming in for the busy lunch time. I did have a table reserved, it was all set up and ready when we arrived, and the service was pretty fast despite it being the lunch hour. We were in and out with the hour! The food was good, we decided to get dessert and LOVED the creme brulee! Desserts were wonderful. I would come here again for work functions or special occasions."
    Dined on 3/24/2014