Café Napoli
Café Napoli

Café Napoli

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafenapoli.com/
  • Phone: 3148635731x
  • 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.
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Café Napoli reviews from OpenTable diners
130 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (70)great for outdoor dining (65)romantic (62)fit for foodies (52)notable wine list (48)neighborhood gem (42)hot spot (35)vibrant bar scene (35)good for groups (30)great for lunch (27)late-night find (18)scenic view (7)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • 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.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    great food woudl definitely return. Service was solid as well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    A total hit with my client who had never been to Cafe Napoli before!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food!
    cherbomb
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Cafe Napoli is a long standing restaurant in Clayton Mo. The atmosphere and food are both superb!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Superb
    BillVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is a great restaurant and perfect for a special night out. The wine list is very extensive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant for a date
    ElComedor25
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Good service I like the food, it was very expensive, but it is very romantic
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Night a little off
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    DaveA83
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mo and Re
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Couldn't be better
    Ajf87810
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing restaurant and food
    Baylor
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Dinner
    DateNightWithMyHusband1
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Don1
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The finest in St Louis!! Been here many times and keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Happydinertonight
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    As usual.....Service, food and ambience = perfect. Thank you Cafe Napoli for consistency!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food but Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Week Success
    jcoston2010
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We tried out Cafe Napoli as part of Clayton's summer restaurant week and we were not disappointed!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good food
    Ralt
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    AUCK
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love Napoli!
    lovedit
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cafe Napoli STL Review
    CatsVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Wonderful restaurant. I have been back many times. Consistent, good food, good service, nice wine list ... I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Four of us had different entrees and everyone loved their food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded Expectations
    Vincenzo
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An ubeatable service and experience
    ryanstubblefield
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We had a mixup with a gift card which they were very gracious about! Strip steak was excellent! Great place to celebrate
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Andrea Topps
    5Promo
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.