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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Wonderful meal with outstanding wait staff. Dined outside on a beautiful evening. Awesome "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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