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Coastal Bistro & Bar
Coastal Bistro & Bar

Coastal Bistro & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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 WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Coastal Bistro is absolutely one of my favorite restaurants in St. Louis. It has an intimate, cozy feel & the food is simply fantastic. Every person at our table had something different & I think each of us was convinced that we had ordered the best dish!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Love the decoration and atmosphere. Food was good. Cocktails were pretty good."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Always a lot of fun at Coastal. Food is great and the bar developed some interesting cocktails."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Appetizers were scrumptious, main entree were great. Good proportion's reasonably price. Service was friendly."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "At real treat. The clam chowder is as good as it gets. Lots of clams and limited potatoes. Lighter than most broths."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Food array was fabulous! Service was excellent! Very enjoyable!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Weekday evening dinner for two on the outdoor patio. This space is curbside, so expect some amount of street noise. Waitstaff was helpful and accurate and food was prepared and present properly. When in St. Louis, please this restaurant on your list."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The salmon could possibly be the best preparation I've ever eaten. Crispy on top, very flavorful. I'd get this again and again."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Somewhat disappointing. Lobster Pot Pie was not what I had hoped for - the flavor of the lobster was lost in the puff pastry & sauce. And seriously, who puts popcorn in an ice cream sundae?"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Everything we had was great! My brother even raved that his pork chop was the best he had ever had. We had terrific customer service from Allie and will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Our experience at Coastal was fabulous. Friendly atmosphere. Food was fabulous. Very enjoyable dining experience."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We came on a beautiful evening. The weather was outstanding and so was the food and service. We had fish tacos. Really yummy and perfect for a light fare. My husband had the tomato salad with peaches in season. Delish."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Have eaten here sever tea and the good and service are great."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Quiet place we found and really enjoyed. We will go back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Our meal here was unremarkable; the Caesar salad was the best item that we ordered. Everything else was ok, but nothing out of the ordinary. Service was fine, but again, not exceptional. I would give this a 5 out of 10."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "You can always count on Costal for great and friendly service, fresh seafood and a fun atmosphere where you can still hear yourself think. We had the paella which was the special that night . Excellent!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Outstanding food and good service. Clam chowder is about as good as it gets."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The food isn't the best we've had or over the top, but the food that we did have was mostly done right. The salmon was cooked perfectly; it didn't have any fancy sauces or anything, but it was great! The shrimp & grits were also cooked right. The appetizers (clam chowder & fried clams) were good. Our only complaint was that there was a lot of bacon fat in the salad. The restaurant used good, thick bacon (commendable), but they didn't trim any fat, so there were pieces of full on fat (with no meat w/ it) in the salad....a lot of it. It turned us off a bit that we had to pick it out. It's not a fancy food kind of place, but the food is good. We would try another restaurant next time but am not opposed to coming back here."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our waitress, Cassandra, was wonderful! She took great care of us!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Great crabcakes with a side salad, perfect for a light lunch."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Thought the salad was amazing (blt). The entrees were good but not great. Wine list was too French and too limited. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I started with the clam chowder, it was a little thinner than I am used to but it was very tasty and not overly salty. Then fish tacos which were awesome. Then I had salmon with apricot & jalapeno jam and it was cooked perfectly and oh so yummy!"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "This was our first time at Coastal and we came away slightly disappointed. The server (Nicole) was a delight and very helpful with good descriptions of the menu items and recommendations. The drinks to a little too long to arrive but the starters came fairly quickly. Something must have happened in the kitchen because our entrees were a long time coming. The food was good but the soft-shell crab dish could use two crabs not one. The serving was tiny for the price. Since the food did not disappoint, I would give it another try."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food was fabulous!! Service a little slow but would not have minded if we didn't have somewhere to go!! Our waitress was very very friendly and attentive"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We found this restaurant by accident, but we were very glad that we did. The food was good and the atmosphere was pleasant and relaxed. I would recommend this restaurant for a casual dinner with family/friends. We particularly enjoyed the salmon tartare. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I've been to Coastal Bistro twice now—once for dinner, once for Mother's Day brunch—on both of which occasions the owner was helping to serve the meals! Impressive. The restaurant theme seems to be Gulf/southern, which they do quite well. Good food, reasonable price, upscale-homey, and excellent service! I'm telling my friends—and going back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I took my husband there for a nice quiet birthday dinner and we encounter the rudest waitress, Carmen, ever! It truly put a damper on the evening. We enjoyed the food, but will probably never go back because of the service we received. When asking questions about the menu, she was visibly irritated and did everything, but called us stupid, she barely came to the table, and any kind service-oriented phrases fell on dead ears, because she was already walking away irritated as she said it. I didn't want to ruin the evening, so we skipped the birthday dessert, paid, tipped and left. I've never been one to skimp on a tip, but I sure wanted to. Since, I did tip and didn't speak to the manger, I promised myself I would have to write a review. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Great emu choices. Fabulous beet salad. Good drinks."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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