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Coastal Bistro & Bar
Coastal Bistro & Bar

Coastal Bistro & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.coastalbistro.com
  • Email: reservations@coastalbistro.com
  • Phone: (314) 932-7377
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner:Monday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Oyster Bar open all day! Happy Hour (Oysters for a Buck) M-F 4-6:30PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Tapas / Small Plates, Seafood
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Forsyth
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We have plenty of street parking available as well as a parking lot behind the building that is complimentary after 5 PM. We also offer Valet Parking at the rate of $4 per car starting at 5:30 PM.
A word from Coastal Bistro & Bar
This menu is an exciting combination of dishes from several coastal areas in the West, South, East and Mediterranean areas. Coastal has a beautiful European style chefs table in a semi-private dining area. The patio and outdoor dining area seats about 16 guests, and the “Peninsula Bar” inside is perfect for group gatherings and Happy Hour.
The Coastal Raw Bar features the freshest oysters from the West, East and Gulf coasts served over ice with our housemade sauces and mignonettes. The raw bar also features a JUMBO shrimp cocktail, and cocktail crab claws. Enjoy the Raw Bar items by the piece or in a tasting platter or tower. Whether sampling items from the raw bar, small plates, or dinner menu, Coastal is the perfect place for date night or meeting with friends, and especially nice when combined with Coastal’s unique selection of oyster shots.
Owners Ellen Schmitz and her brother Frank Schmitz are excited to bring the coast to St. Louis with all its culinary excitement.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "My party very much enjoyed the meal. The trout was prepared perfectly. The guest who had oysters were impressed with the freshness and preparation . I had a wonderful white wine which I will try to find for furure consumption."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Excellent food with excellent service. Another wonderful night and a great selection on the menu. It is always nice to see Coastal Bistro busy and on its game plan."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I have enjoyed the delicious seafood meals many times at Coastal Bistro. Now that I am eating Vegan, they have provided some of the best and most varied meals I have enjoyed at any restaurant."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We always enjoy Coastal and often take our friends here. We have also had business lunches here quite often and everyone always loves it. They do a great job on service and make it worthwhile to come back."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food was good very subtle flavors. The only critique I have was everything could use a little bit of salt but maybe that is just me. The restaurant has a beachy vibe but its not overdone."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Some of the dishes were good, but others were overcooked, dry or too chewy. Pastry with Brie was burned on the bottom. Wontons with bananas was soggy and not crisp."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great emu choices. Fabulous beet salad. Good drinks."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Incredible foods that look as amazing as they taste. The service was fantastic. If you love seafood with a flair.... this place is for you."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I made reservations for the Saturday before Valentine's Day and as one might expect, the restaurant was crowded. However, the server, who was outstanding, did a bit of rearranging to pull the tables apart and give us and our fellow diners a bit more elbow room. It made all the difference. The oysters were very good. They had no problem substituting all scallops on the scallop and shrimp dish I ordered as an entree for a small up-charge. My husband enjoyed some oysters Rockefeller for his entree. Good wine and beer selection, and everything was quite reasonably priced. My only complaint was the dessert, part of which consisted of caramel-filled chocolate cups. It was over sweet for my palate, but then I'm not that big on sweets."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We went on a Thursday night around 6 and the restaurant only had 3 or 4 other tables occupied.the menu is heavily oriented towards seafood. My wife had the rainbow trout which was very good. I had the shrimp and scallop special which was also very good. We had the clam chowder and the crab cake appetizer. They were bot very good. The restaurant was good and a relate bargain."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Food was very good (I had salmon, partner had oven fried chicken) and the service was friendly. Only thing I wouldn't recommend was the fried clam appetizer. Kind of bland. But overall a great little restaurant that isn't quiet as pretentious as some places in Clayton. We'll definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Great food, exquisite presentation. The New England Chowder is my favorite."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "This was our first time eating here and we will diffenatly return. The food was delicious and the portions were very generous. Great dinner!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We enjoyed the evening very much!! The cocktails were creative, the food was outstanding and the place was full without being claustrophobic. The staff was excellent in every way and we look forward to our next evening at Coastal!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "was the occasion of my s/o and besides lack of ample free street parking it was a pleasant experience. tried lobster mac-n-cheese for first time mmmm good! had salmon which was moist, tender seasoned well."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "My wife and I were very pleased with the food and service at this restaurant. The hostess was very polite and courteous.The decor and atmosphere was very suitable for our purpose which was to have a romantic night out. Thanks Coastal Bistro! The Colemans"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Fun style and great food presentation. Food just a little salty for our taste, but still very good."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I went for dinner on Saturday night, it was pretty crowded but not uncomfortably so. The service was great, and biscuits instead of normal bread was a nice surprise. The food was good, not great. The crab cake was an exception however and was delicious."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We keep going back to this place and it's sister restaurants. Food and service always of the highest quality and never disappoints."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Enjoyed it but why does a place like this 'auction off' food? How hard is it to pay attention to who ordered what? And there were only two of us..."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Special dinner for family at Coastal Bistro in Clayton, MO. Made last minute reservation on Open Table and table was ready when we arrived. Even though the venue is small and patrons are close together, we felt comfortable and could hear each others conversations. Ordered drinks, appetizers and main courses - all served promptly. Food was delicious! Will come back soon."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Atmosphere welcoming and comfortable. Food is excellant. Staff members very pleasant and owner spent special time with us. Look forward to returning."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Coastal was a VERY cool ambience and had a social vibe to it. Now I'm not the biggest seafood eater, and the shrimp and grits were not that pleasing. But I would go back and give it another shot just on atmosphere alone."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants in Clayton- always fresh seafood, especially love the oysters! Dinner was terrific and the service was good. They were Very Busy and the owner made her way around to greet everyone while clearing plates, and keeping an eye on everything. Very comfortable and the noise level was perfect- easy to have a conversation while having an upbeat vibe on a Friday night."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "In Saint Louis! Delicious fresh oysters! Everything is outstanding, from the biscuits to the low country boil!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Food is ok, ambience not so much. There are better choices in Clayton. Find one."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "owner could at least smile or pretend ....and lobster pot pie was more tapa size than their normal generous entrees very small portion not even much broth......... service staff always very friendly!"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "This is a great place to hang out and wonderful seafood. The fresh oysters were, well, fresh in January in St Louis! It is a casual restaurant and not a romantic place in terms a place to go for your anniversary. But if you would like to just spend sometime with your sweetie, have good cocktails, good food and no stress evening this is the place."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "This is a midrange restaurant with good food at fair prices."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "food was very flavorful and the dishes we got had some unique flavors. I will decently go back"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "This was a first for my girlfriend and I...the food was superb!! I got the shrimp and grits b/c the reviews raved about the dish and it wasn't disappointing. VERY yummy and sort of reminded me of cajun food. We went on a Monday night so it wasn't as busy and definitely a great way to start off the week. I gave it 4 stars is b/c it seemed like we waited a while for our food. We didn't mind since we were catching up, but we were hungry :-) Plus, I'm convinced that if the food is good, then it's worth the wait since you want it to be just right when it comes out. I love these local, small restaurants and will definitely be going back for a date night with my husband. Great place for get togethers with a small circle of friends and dates :-)"
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "Good fish restaurant with a New Orleans feel and vibe. A few more fresh fish options would have been better."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the wait staff was very courteous! It did take a while for the main course to come out, however, my girlfriend and I were in no rush. The waitress promptly greeted us and took our order in a timely manner. I would recommend this place for any couple looking for a date night restaurant."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "I was super excited to try this place after reading the reviews. We got to the restaurant and were seated right away, but it went downhill from there. It was not very busy, so I was not expecting to wait to order drinks. The server was so nice, but so flustered and disheveled. I wish I kept count of how many times she apologized for the wait. The food took forever to come out and was good, but nothing special. It was clear there were some issues in the kitchen."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We've been to Coastal several times and enjoyed it very much on all occasions but this last one. Unfortunately, we had brought along another couple who had never been. Each course had a delivery faux pas, as if we were eating in shifts. The server very sweetly informed us (several different times) how the kitchen was so backed up (do I want to hear that?), but 2 salads took 15-20 minutes, crab legs for the other 2 diners took even longer (shouldn't they have brought them all together so 2 people weren't sitting and watching us eat salad?), and then 3 dinners came out hot and yummy, but we had to wait 5 minutes for the last one to arrive. It was a delicious but aggravating meal."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Everyone ordered a different entrée and everyone liked what they had, but my pork chop was exceptional: big enough for 3 meals, cooked perfectly with a great mustard sauce and delicious Brussels sprouts. The leftovers tasted just as good for dinner the next night."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "The swordfish on risotto special was one of the most expertly cooked swordfish I've tried (and I've tried many). The tilapia was also very good and the portion was huge. Pretty reasonably priced too, especially for Clayton. Cozy atmosphere. The wine list was as limited as the parking, but the malbec I had was quite drinkable. A nice find here on Open Table last Friday."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Dined at Coastal, and found it to be excellent. Truly fresh oysters, and on the HH menu just $1 each! Fresh oysters are hard to find in St. Louis, and Coastal's are the best we have found. For entrees, I had a very nice swordfish, wife had grilled trout, both were excellent. Good sized portions, fresh, simply prepared and presented without the chef trying to make an artistic statement with the food. Service was very good, attentive, not intrusive. Only mild complaint is the wine list is very limited, but what they offer is appropriately matched with the menu. Tab for appetizers, salads, entrees, a cocktail and a bottle of wine was about $130. A very fair value for all that we enjoyed. Would recommend and will be back.."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "I choose the sword fish special for this visit. It was served with a basil/pesto risotto. It was probably one of the best fish entrees I have had in a long time. I actually think Costal should consider putting this on their regular menu."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "My wife and I thought the food was excellent - very tasty, good presentation, large portions. but the service was severely lacking. We had to wait for several minutes when we first arrived, even though the restaurant was almost empty and people could see us standing at the entrance. The server could not pronounce several things on the menu and was not very sharp. I would be interested in trying Coastal again, with the hope that the service would be improved."
    Dined on 1/2/2014