Ibby's -  Washington University
Ibby's - Washington University

Ibby's - Washington University

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://ibbys.wustl.edu/
  • Phone: 3149353940x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am -2:00pm;
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: David Rushing
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Entertainment: Ibby's has jazz located inside the restaurant on Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 8pm. Please call us at 314-935-3940 to inquire on the dates.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wallace
  • Public Transit: Bus stop is located at the corner of Forsyth and Wallace.

    Metro link stop is located at Skinker and Forest Park Parkway.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ibby's is located in the Danforth University Center. There is meter parking in front and a paid garage behind the building. Parking is not validated. After 5pm, you may park in the adjacent lot without a permit.
A word from Ibby's - Washington University
Ibby's is nestled at the heart of the campus of Washington University in St. Louis in the Danforth University Center. The unique campus bistro offers foods that are simple, fresh and inspired by the seasons; focusing on regional products prepared with classical cooking techniques by Chef David Rushing.

With a focus on sustainable and locally-sourced ingredients, Ibby's offers a delightful, fresh, daily-changing buffet that encompasses all of your lunch needs, whether you have time for just a quick stop or a leisurely meal. During dinner hours, the seasonal menu includes soups, salads, starters, entreés, alcoholic beverages and coffee. Creative, house-made desserts are popular as well!

The space was named after Chancellor Emeritus William H. Danforth's late wife, Ibby, in honor of her dedication and support of WUSTL!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Ibby's - Washington University reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (10)great for lunch (10)good for groups (9)special occasion (7)romantic (6)neighborhood gem (6)great for outdoor dining (6)hot spot (4)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Expensive but Worth It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I went into Ibby's fully expecting to spend $50-$60 in meal points and get some decent food, but the restaurant definitely delivered more. Ibby's has a fantastic atmosphere and is perfect for a date. I probably won't be going back anytime soon (I am a broke college kid), but my experience was great and I'll definitely keep Ibby's in mind when I prepare for my next splurge-worthy gathering.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ibby's is a treat
    unusualfare
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Ibby's has a limited menu but the food is great, there are sufficient selections to please everyone, and it is worth the trip (the small eatery is tucked away in the student center/university campus). Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Eats -
    headdiningdiva
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    4 of us dined on Sat. and also had tickets for the 8 PM show at the Edison, which we conveyed to our waiter. Our dinner reservation was for 6:30 - thought that would be enough time. Service went well until time for dessert. Reminded our waiter again re the 8 PM show. Waited 15 minutes and no dessert or waiter so we asked another to cancel our order, and had no time to spare getting to the theater. The young man who waited on us was very pleasant and served us well earlier. 2 ladies ordered the pita special...the filling and accompanying French fries were very good but the pita was tough. House salad and lettuce rolls were delicious. Next time will reserve a half hour earlier. Hope they have pumpkin pound cake back on the menu by then.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very tasty food for buffet style
    Raesmom
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    My co-worker and I went for the Southern cuisine menu day and every food selection on the buffet style serving taste delicious and the presentation was nice too. We also like the atmosphere of the restuarant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely place, overpriced
    gourmand
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    while the place and the service was terrific, the food quality does not come close to matching the price. We left with an $80 bill for the two of us.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    To put it simply, Ibby's was amazing. The food was great, and the service was quick and friendly. I ordered the beet salad, which was fantastic, as well as the gnocchi, which was prepared excellently. In addition, the prices were incredibly reasonable. All in all, I would recommend Ibby's to anyone interested in eating somewhere with a nice and pleasant ambience, as well as anyone interested in fantastic food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ibby's is back!
    SarahsDad
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Classics dishes are complimented by some new interesting dishes. Very welcoming and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 105 reviews are from the Ibby's - Washington University reviews archive.
  • Just Okay
    hbslingshot
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    The food sounded good on the menu but was generally disappointing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too understaffed
    Helena
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We has to wait for twenty minutes before our waitress could take our food orders. Then it's another half hour wait for a simple dessert. Then it's another 20 mins before we can finally pay. We rarely see our waitress because she was always busy as hell to serve other people etc. you SERIOUSLY NEED MORE WAITERS AND Waitresses. OTHERWISE WE WILL JUST LEAVE. IT's ridiculous SLOW and they are TOO TIRED TO FUNCTION WELL.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kristen
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food was very good and during a busy workday I enjoy having a quick lunch via the buffet. However, I made a lunch-time reservation and they made us wait for the table to clear, despite other two-tops being available. I believe they even asked the guests at that table to leave. So one table was kicked out, we were made to wait for our table and there were many vacant tables!
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch Buffet is tasty!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    I have been twice for the lunch buffet (Tuesday and Thursday) and have left full and happy both times.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Service/Food, Poor selection
    RegularCustomer
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The items on Ibby's menu are great, and the service has consistently impressed me. But I wish there were more options on the menu
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great time
    Food
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Everybody should go to Ibby's at least once. It's the best
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great on campus fine dining
    bobeVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Really great food and service in a come from the atmosphere right on campus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greek Cuisine
    Janis
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Not one of my favorites. The last group I took there decided to go somewhere else when they saw the menu. There was only two of us today, so we did stay. The food was good, but just kind of weird.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The waiters were very pleasant and attentive. The food was pretty good. The chicken dish was great, especially with the sauce. Even the breast meat was juicy and well seasoned and the skin was pleasantly crisp. The sides were okay - the quinoa dish (i think that is what the grain was) with orange was okay by itself as was the cobb salad, but tasting orange and bleu cheese in succession was a strange sensation. The soup was tasty though salty. The rice dish and the broccoli were very good. I think that this meal was not quite as good as most of the lunch buffets that I have had at Ibbys but all of my experiences have followed the trend of the protein being quite a bit better than the sides.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, but...
    PurpleLady
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We like to eat it Ibby's before we go to the Edison Theater. We had dinner for 5. Dinner was good. Server seemed frazzled. She knew we had theater tickets. After we waited more than 20 minutes for dessert, we told her to cancel the order. We were going to be late. Unfortunately, she took an attitude with us as if we had done something wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Obvious my food had been left
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Obvious my food had been left under a heat lamp. Was soggy and gross. Did not enjoy. Need a new chef Ibby's used to be great but the past few times I've fine they've really messed up my food. The service is great. Food is lacking.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great on-campus resource
    Jeff
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Ibby's has become a valuable alternative to the faculty club for hosting visiting guests. The food is fresh and creative and it's nice to expose visitors to a mix of customers that includes undergraduate students.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at this restaurant.
    OTKFVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    First time at this restaurant. We weren't sure whether it would be very good; it's located at the student center on the main campus of Washington University, so we thought that Ibby's might be a typical college-student sort of place. But it's not. It's a beautiful little restaurant, in a relatively quiet corner of the beautiful Danforth campus center, with a very good (but small) lunch menu and buffet, and attentive service. We'll have to go back and try it for dinner sometime.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pleasant staff, food
    KBL4Cars
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Very pleasant staff, food was good and service was excellent Pricey $$ for what it is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious salads and sandwiches.
    Rhat
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Delicious salads and sandwiches. Lunch buffet a good option for variety. Lot of university students and administrators so it can get noisy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ibby's is wonderful. I have
    eeter
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Ibby's is wonderful. I have never been disappointed in the food or the service. Whether you're dining alone or with seven other people, Ibby's is a great place to spend an evening. And best of all, they take meal points! (Oh and if you do eat there, you absolutely must try the gnocchi.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise Date Night
    LiciaLee13
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I made reservations for Ibby's as a surprise for my boyfriend who was visiting from out of town. He was pleasantly surprised by how nice of a restaurant it was for being on campus. We both enjoyed our food and the setting (which was great for couples). It was a great first experience for both of us, and I will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was excellent, with a
    kathy
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Food was excellent, with a healthy and creative touch! I enjoyed the kale salad as well as the white bean and sausage soup! And of course the dessert menu with the fresh ice cream and sorbet selections was terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden gem of St Louis!
    JKuss80
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Ibby's at Washington University is the only restaurant in St Louis that you might sit next to an elderly Ladue couple going to a show or a college kid in pajamas eating tuna carpaccio and writing a term paper on their MacBook. To say the food is upscale for an on campus restaurant is an understatement. They feature a seasonally changing menu, nightly burger and entree specials, and their house special gnocchi. All in all, a great place tucked into Wash U's campus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Lunar New Year Asian Menu
    Michelle
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    All of the items at the Lunar New Year lunch buffet we're truly not enjoyable. Super disappointed because I eat there a lot. Had to have bananas foster as the main part of my meal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kale Salad
    Janis
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    First time I've had a salad made with Kale. I thought it would be bitter, but tasted great. Darrius Hudson (who joined me for lunch) drinks Kale in power drinks, and he loved another purpose for the Kale he has at home.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This time... inconsistent
    PurpleLady
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We consistently eat here before we go to the Edison. Debbie is a great server who is attentive, knows the food, & goes the extra way. The fried calamari was outstanding & the pork over risotto wonderful. BUT... food was inconsistent. The hamburger for one guest was cold! A request had been made for more pita to go with an appetizer & it was brought to the table long after the food was gone. And, sadly, the coffee took a VERY long time to arrive. Having said all this, YES, we will return. We still enjoyed being there even though it was inconsistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food quality is not good any more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    The quality of the food in this restaurant has decreased severely over the past years. I ordered Burger- it was burnt. We ordered calamari- they have changed the sauce again, we were expecting marinara but they brought some mayo sauce, also no seasoning on the calamari. Sauce on the gnocchi was super creamy and cheesy! As for desert, because it was the end of semester before they went into holiday, they served vanilla ice cream instead of banana in banana's foster and salted caramel in apple crumble- both deserts lost their edges. We really likes the Bistro fries tho!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was sub-par and way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    The food was sub-par and way over priced. I would not go back. Good service though.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • littletable
    crampmystyle
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    The food and service at Ibby's was fine but the table that we were setting at was terrible. We were at a very small table in the corner of the room no more than a foot away from the table next to us. There was no room for a private conversation. My seating area was very cramped and I had to share my space with the purse of the women sitting at the table next to us.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ibby's De-lish!
    Sanders
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    The buttermilk, crispy fried chicken is amazing. The soups and vegetables choices are very complimentary to whatever the main dish is. A really nice places to dine on the campus of Washington University.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a lovely meal and the
    Cbizzle
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    We had a lovely meal and the waitress made sure the service was quick so that we could get to a play. Only drawback was the noise level. It was very loud, but the Restaurant was full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • More Mature women checking it out
    Mydie
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    We enjoyed our meal, a bit noisy for "Young at Heart Senior Citizens". Best creme carmel dessert. Good chef and cheerful server who accommodated our specific requests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice bistro!
    VSTLVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We tried Ibby's based upon a recommendation from a family member. Service was prompt and attentive and the food was delicious. I like a good steak but try to eat organic beef, which is hard to find in restaurants. The one at Ibby's was prepared to order and the accompaniments were good. I love roasted brussels sprouts and these are no exception. My dining partner had the kale salad and the vegetarian option both of which would have satisfied even a meat-eater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good mix iof college students
    CweRM
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Good mix iof college students and town people. Creative menu. Plus buffet.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Marked Decline in Tasty Warmth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    Although I enjoyed myself, having gone to Ibby's in the company of friends, I honestly preferred last year's food--especially since the flatbread, always my favorite food to order, got "updated." Last year's was a warm, delicious, toasted bread base with thick aged Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, and assorted greens on top; this year's has gone cold (literally and figuratively), with a somewhat-slimy topping of eggplant, olives, and goat cheese. The s'mores "jar" is, I admit, quite delicious. However, having tasted last year's s'mores tart--a warm chocolate tart full of thick, dark chocolate mousse, topped with vanilla ice cream, marshmallow fluff, and a Pirouette cookie--the jar is definitely lacking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best choice on campus at Wash U.
    Hillary
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    As a faculty member at Wash. U, I come to Ibby's with colleagues frequently. It is the best choice on campus for a sit-down meal, because the Whittemore House is members-only or business expense only, and because the buffet option helps you to get in and out quickly. The Knight Center is a more upscale choice, but often filled with participants doing programs in that building. It is best to make a reservation, because the students can use their meal points at Ibby's and often fill the place. It is hard to see a reason to travel and park for Ibby's if you don't already need to be on campus.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Accommodating
    BetaAlum
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    Our group of old guys eat here on a regular basis. We never know from time to time whether the group will be 8 or 15 or somewhere in between. We make a reservation for 10 -- if we have 15 they set up extra. If we have 8 they aren't upset. The buffet is a great value and the lunch menu is broad enough to satisfy us all. The college crowd makes it exhilarating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic