Café Napoli
Café Napoli

Café Napoli

  • 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: 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.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Café Napoli reviews from OpenTable diners
113 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (56)fit for foodies (49)romantic (49)great for outdoor dining (44)notable wine list (42)neighborhood gem (40)hot spot (36)vibrant bar scene (24)great for lunch (22)good for groups (21)late-night find (12)scenic view (7)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • The Special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    The daily Special couldn't have made me any happier. I have been searching for a place that served Chilean Sea Bass. It is absolutely my favorite Entrée. The preparation was the best ever, Presentation - beautiful. Thank You for a much needed Luncheon spectacular. I will be back. Also our server Adel was so very gracious. A pleasure to visit with and went beyond our expectations in customer service..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good meal at a nice place
    ChaveyVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    The food is consistently good. The chef accommodate requests for alternative lighter sauces. The service is excellent and the noise level perfect for getting business done or enjoying a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    JLKB
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I don’t typically write reviews but my experience at Café Napoli was amazing! The chef (Chip Bates) and the kitchen staff did a fabulous job with my dinner. I had the Scallop special with the caprese salad, an excellent choice I will soon get again. I’ve dined at Café Napoli a few times and I highly recommend it to couples, groups and anyone who wants to have a special night out. The food and atmosphere at Café Napoli make for a wonderful night out and the service is great. It truly is a wonderful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    Bella
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food was good. Have eaten there several times before but was lacking a certain wow factor for the price. Would still come back for dinner again as we like the energy and the food overall is good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie7VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great restaurant. Reliable, delicious food. Terrific service. My computer failed in the above section-- Napoli is great for all groups and events-- classic Italian food with nice fish preps and the meat is fabulous. Staff is lovely and they aim to please so just ask for what you want and they will provide.portions are generous, they don't mind splitting.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was perfect
    Jane
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food and atmosphere were great and special. Since we were celebrating birthdays, we got a wonderful bottle of champagne. When our side dishes got mixed up, they didn't hesitate to bring an extra one rather than taking our plates back and removing the incorrect side. Service was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable Evening
    gary228
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    First visit to Café Napoli was to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our first date. We had a 7pm Saturday reservation & were seated promptly. The lighting & décor is old school romantic. The food was very good, but the service was most impressive. Our waiter, Jerome, was very personable & professional. After asking a few questions of us, he was spot on with wine recommendations as well as the pasta recommendations. The quality of the food makes a restaurant worth a try & Café Napoli did not disappoint. But, its the quality of service that sets it apart from all the others & Jerome & his team excelled! Thanks Jerome & thank you Café Napoli for a memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special night
    majorspkr
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Reservations for 8pm on Saturday night, seated immediately. I had previewed the menu online, but the menu we saw was very different. The staff was willing to prepare a dish from the old menu, but I ended up option for filet mignon on the new menu. My date had a beef chop. Both were prepared well, according to order and very tasty. Valet parking is recommended ($4), and plan on $75 to 100$ per person (includes tax and gratuity) if you have a drink and dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • High quality dining
    nj123
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The food was wonderful with a well-varied, distinct and interesting menu. The wine list, although on the high end side, is very expansive. Our server was well informed about the dishes and steered us towards recommendations appropriate to each diner. My only criticism is the very dark lighting in the room, making is very difficult to read the menu and bill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something For Everyone
    RJchoice
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    My joice of restaurants in Clayton when I do not know what type of food my guests are looking for. While the menu has an Italian foundation, there is something on the menu for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    the food and service was awesome as usual. It was every bit as good as the dinner I had at Napoli 2 two nights before.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My wife and I had dinner at Cafe Napoli Oct 16th, our first time and definitely not our last. We had two specials: the sea bass and the veal chop with a light wine mushroom sauce. Both were exceptional. Our waiter, Dawson, and the supporting wait staff were top notch, attentive but not intrusive. We enjoyed the atmosphere and vibe of the place: white tablecloth but relaxed, not stuffy. We could have worn anything from formal to jeans and felt comfortable. Our dining experience was exactly what we had hoped for
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovely evening
    Elle
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Went for dinner with another couple. Three people ordered specials and I got my all time favorite liver and onions. All of our meals were marvelous, served beautifully and highly enjoyable. Two of our party ordered wine and appreciated the large choice. The restaurant is pricy by my standards, but one of my favorite choices for a special meal out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must try chocolate bread pudding!
    Jssc4
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We had a lovely dinner with family. Large portions but still very well prepared and delicious. I had salmon, my son had steak, and husband had chicken parmigiana. It was all excellent! The bread pudding is a huge serving. You can easily share it! Yum!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    irishmom109
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We were in STL for the weekend. My daughter had been here last year. Really lovely! Treat yourself!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    CityLoverSteve
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great I every way. When full the noise level is deafening and unable to talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    Esq1VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Food and service always excellent. Has been one of handful of best restaurants in STL area for many years. Sometimes very loud in certain areas of restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive
    EnjoyedIt
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    First impressions are lasting impressions. Customer service is certainly at the top of list with Café Napoli. From the time we set foot on the property, we we're greeted and treated with sincere care. Seating and service were very prompt. The food was delicious with portions that allowed you room to top the meal off with dessert. Prices were very reasonable. This was a great choice for celebrating our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Love this place. A little noisy but great service and food. Must try pasta!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Birthday for My Mom
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We love Cafe Napoli. We are always so pleased and satisfied with the service, food, and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Accountant2Connoisseur
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    If it wasn't for the absolutely gorgeous date and a delightful table this review would be significantly worse. To start off I had a reservation for 730 which I arrived 10-15 minutes early for only to wait until 7:50 to actually be seated when they said it would only be a few minutes. Then 20 minutes before anyone brought menus, an hour and something for food to arrive. On top of that the pasta was beyond bland and there was no service. Willing to give it another chance because it was highly recommended however I was also very disappointed
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • napoli saint louis
    Saintlouis
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    what a wonderful vibrant and delicious food establishment
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best in Clayton
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We love Napoli! The food is delicious, the service (JEROME) is impeccable, and the Restruarant is hopping all the time. So reliable and yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Resturant
    LJMIVVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    An outstanding restaurant. Food and ambiance is great. Knowledgeable wait staff. Owner ison site during evening hours and it shows
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Anniversary Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here recently. Our waiter was awesome and the food was great. Beautiful outdoor dining in downtown Clayton
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food and service
    LovetocookVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Again, it was a lovely , romantic dinner. The service was informative and helpful without being overbearing. I can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive
    MicheleVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Jerman gave our table wonderful attentive yet discrete service, just the way I like it! On top of this the chef altered the special to my tastes and it was so delicious - I was a happy patron!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect again
    STLFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Have eaten here in excess of 100 times. Always great!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Fabulous!!!
    4diningout
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was great! Service was wonderful! Server was knowledgeable! Ambiance was fabulous! I celebrated my birthday with a couple girlfriends and each of us share the same excitement over our experience and we plan to visit again pretty soon. We ordered veal parmigiana, chicken parmigiana, shrimp scampi and each had an insulata caprese. I highly recommend eat of these dishes and salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    KerydomaVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The drinks and appetizers were served quickly, the boned in filet was fantastic and the valet parking was a necessity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • live Bravo Housewives of clayton
    bubba
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    If you want to people watch and love Bravo 'housewives' series you'll love the bar scene here - Clayton Missouri style. Italian food is very good
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great steak
    FrankVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I never get a steak here because I usually want one of the great veal recipes, but they always look so good on the tray and it is USDA Prime so I finally figured I would take the plunge (made easier by the fact that they had bone-in filets that night). The steak was amazing and I would definitely consider getting a steak here from now on as an alternative to going to a traditional steak house.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    DinewithRena
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The food was amazing, the waiter (who was from Rome) was wonderful. The only problem was that my gift card was denied. Apparently it was from a computer glitch. After contacting the restaurant manager the next day, with sincere apology, they reactivated my gift card and I get to go again! Can't wait!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • it was ok...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, large portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Anniversary
    Wando
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best-in-Class Service!!!
    livelaughandeatwell
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall - nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Dinner
    traveldiner
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Spot
    Greatspots
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was an awesome restaurant. Really love the food, service and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.