A Bistro at it's Best!
Wikipedia defines a Bistro as "A bistro (/ˈbiːstrəʊ/), sometimes spelled bistrot, is, in its original Parisian incarnation, a small restaurant serving moderately priced simple meals in a modest setting. Bistros are defined mostly by the foods they serve. French home-style cooking with robust earthy dishes." Herbie's defines their Bistro by serving amazing food combined with top notch service, coupled with great prices, this a wonderful choice on the St Louis dining scene give it a try.
5/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quickly becoming a Favorite
The food, service and beverage assortment make Herbie's the total package. Since first coming here recently, it is quickly become a St. Louis favorite!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Magnificent In Season Morels
Came for the annual serving of morels.Got my requested corner table from Heidi. Started with a half dozen blue point oysters Asked for them to prepare the morels in a risotto They agreed and the dish was wonderful. Service could not have been better. Wayne was knowledgable ,efficient & friendly. A 5 star evening in every sense.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
five star food
Great establishment with outsatnding service, food & wine list
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our food was wonderful, very
Our food was wonderful, very nice selection of wine and our waiter was tops!
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been going to this restaurant
Been going to this restaurant since 1972. Always a great experience.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food, atmosphere always great....
Food, atmosphere always great.... Been going there for 30 years... Quiet , not many tables for a saturday night. Such a shame.. great place
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always Amazing Food and Service
Once again Herbie's was wonderful. They have a great selection of seafood, steaks and fantastic salads. The pan-seared barramundi I had was perfectly cooked. One of the guys with me had the pork chop and he was amazed at not only the size of the chop (huge) but the smoky richness.
One of the best things about this restaurant is that they match the energy level and tone of your dining experience to your group. The first time I went to Herbie's it was a birthday celebration. The waiter and the rest of the service staff engaged us in a very celebratory way. Creating a fun and lively dining experience. This time it was a business meeting, so the waiter and the staff tended to all of ours needs in a very subtle and unobtrusive way.
6/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Did the right thing
We came with friends we see once a year. Everyone enjoyed their food except for me. I had order the shrimp pasta. The shrimp was described to have been "spicy". It was basically boiled and toppes on top of the pasta. The pasta and seasonings were very good. It is just that the shrimp were tastless and obviously not at all prepared as billed. I briefly mentioned this to the person clearing my plate -it was obvious since all of the shrimp were left. The server immediately came over and took the entire dish off the bill. Unnecessary but appreciated.
We'll be back
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were on way to show at the Muny and asked a friend to recommend a good restaurant in the area. So happy we took her advise. We sat in the bistro area and enjoyed the street view- it was perfect since we were casual. I walked through the main dining room and think it looks amazing, too. We will definitely go back - probably take a group - and sit in dining room.
The food was excellent. Great flavor and presentation. High quality filet and seafood.
6/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
We will definitely be going back to Herbie's. Strongly recommend going there for a nice dinner.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Herbies always comes through
We took my mother for her birthday and father for fathers day. Table of four in the bistro. We would prefer to have the windows open for that outside feel, but find that doesn't happen often. The food is always great and wine as well, service top notch. We had a great server, were visited by the manager and sommlier. Worked fine, but could be too much intrusion in some situations. We live in the neighborhood and choose herbies when we want to have a classy dinner, brunch, or just drinks in the bar.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Herbies was the best!
We were greeted by a friendly hostess when we entered. She also knew it was our anniversary and welcomed us with "happy anniversary" we were seated quickly and given complimentary champagne. Our server was professional, knowledgable and friendly. We ordered a appetizer and wine. Then we ordered our food and our server was excellent. The food came in a timely manner and tasted delicious. My steak was prepared to perfection. We were then given a complimentary dessert for our anniversary. Needless to say we were very impressed with Herbies. The decor was amazing as well. Overall excellent experience.
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Celebrated our anniversary here and it could not have been nicer. Staff was very attentive and food was great.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
My boyfriend and I visited on a Tuesday night. It was very quiet and created a lovely, intimate environment. We went in order to celebrate our birthdays which are a week a part in July. The hostess was wonderful and greeted us both with "Happy Birthdays." Upon being seated, we were approached by our waiter, whose name, sadly, I cannot remember. He gave us an amazing recommendation from the wine list, and was very patient as we made up our minds on what to get (it's just too hard to choose when the whole menu is amazing!) We took our time between each course, and our waiter was so patient and never once rushed us. They presented both of us complementary bananas foster ice cream and we ordered the bread pudding as well. It was just fabulous!
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
repeat offenders at Herbies
We visited Herbies prior to a Muny show while celebrating a 20th year anniversary. The waiter was attentive but not overly so; the food was excellent (gazpacho appetizers, encrusted yellowfin tuna, and also scallops that was from the gluten free menu). They provided a glass of champagne when we arrived and had the flowers that were ordered placed on the table ahead of time. The noise rating is for typical Herbies dining, which was quiet while we were there. We chose the dining room dining for more privacy though we have previously sat in the sidewalk-local porch area, variable enclosed/semi enclosed/open, that is a great dining experience also.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was really excellent across the board. We all had different entres, the scallops and shrimp and grits were especially tasty. This is a place I always forget about and when I'm there I remember how much I enjoy it. Great atmosphere.
7/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food, great service, great ambiance, and great drinks!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Sevice and great food!
Our server Josh was outstanding! His knowledge of the foods and wine was exceptional and probably one of the best server, I have ever had. Herbie’s food was delicious the Shrimp and Grits was full of flavor and my wife’s Sea Scallops were too!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a hit
When people come back to STL and "accept" Herbie's as the new Balaban's you know they are doing it right. They've modernized but haven't forgotten the past.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a gem!
Picked Herbie's on a whim (and because it was on OpenTable) and was absolutely impressed. Our servers Kayley in the bar and then Brandon at the table were both outstanding and set the tone for us to enjoy ourselves. Great cocktails and the food was absolutely fabulous. We shared the Shrimp & Grits and the Yellowfin Tuna and both were amazing. The decor and ambiance of this place is terrific as well- you really can't go wrong! I'm surprised I haven't heard more about Herbie's but I will be going back for sure!!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect Rantic Evening
This restaurant is the newish incarnation of the St. Louis classic, Balaban's. The decor is almost identical. We went on a Tuesday night and it was almost empty. Yet, all the tables were set and candles lit. We virtually had the restaurant to ourselves. It felt like we had a private room. The service was impeccable. The food was excellent and they had a full, separate vegetarian menu. It was our anniversary and they presented us with complimentary glasses of bubbly before dinner and Bananas Foster afterward. We loved the whole experience and will definitely return.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We chose Herbie's to celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary. We walked to Herbie's, as it's in our neighborhood. We opted to eat inside and were given a table with a streetside view--much appreciated. Dinner was fantastic! I chose Beef Wellington, substituting the whipped potatoes and spinach from the Filet meal for the green beans & carrots which were supposed to be with the Wellington. Great decision. I hadn't had Beef Wellington in ages, and it was well worth the wait. Delicious! My husband had Steak Frites and devoured it with relish. Gracious staff provided us with a complimentary dessert to celebrate our anniversary, along with glasses of prosecco-such nice surprises! And a wonderful way to top off a wonderful experience at Herbie's!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I chose this restaurant at random off of the St. Louis Originals list and were completely blown away by it. The service at the bar and table were phenomenal, the food we had (lobster, short ribs, steak) were some of the best we've had.
The only thing I caution is asking what the market price for lobster is. My wife added lobster to her steak dinner thinking it might add $15-20, but it added nearly $40 to the final price.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great time and celebrated
We had a great time and celebrated both couples anniversaries. We will come back.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, friendly atmosphere
Great service, friendly atmosphere and very good food. Had delicious pork chop. One of the best I have ever had perfectly done and tender.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful place for Saturday night or special occasions. Great selection of tasty food plus large wine list.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a nice evening dining at Herbies. The food is great, as is the service. We loved sitting by the window in the Bistro.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Herbie's is a gem in the Central
Herbie's is a gem in the Central West End! Great food and atmosphere. Great place for two, to meet friends or a small party. Service is always great and they have a great wine list.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Usually perfect is an over-used term to describe a great experience. From start to finish Chef did outstanding courses for us while maintaining one preference for no meat and one strict dairy allergy. This did not restrict his creativity, food was excellent. Service was on time, formal, and informal when the moment called for it. Great job Herbies. Shout out to Gabe Grossberg - outstanding human being. Brandon was terrific and I want to personally thank Chef Ladley and Chef Teitelbaum. Thanks!
9/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
The service was excellent and the food was great. We will definately be back.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to Herbies for our anniversary and had a lovely meal. Excellent service in a beautiful setting. Would definitely recommend for a special night out or if you're just looking for drinks at the bar.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
All staff was very accommodating - My partner is very tall and his knees touched the table in the dining room. We were offered our choice of seats. Food was delectable. My partner made a special dinner request and his order request was met with "Of course we can do that". I would consider improving the bread served. Service was very friendly and attentive. I would certainly recommend to others.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We celebrated a friend's birthday with another couple and had a fantastic dinner. The biggest and best pork chop any of us had ever seen. Seafood was great too. Everything was excellent and we will go back.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service uninspired, but food :)
As usual, the food was solid. The oysters were probably the best I've ever had. My steak was perfect. Everyone's food was great. However, our waiter seemed bored and was unable to do his job properly. This is unusual for this restaurant. I would leave the restaurant next time if he was my waiter.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Herbie's is a TOP NOTCH place!
I've been twice now and can't wait to go again- the food is fantastic, the service is well above par and the ambiance of the restaurant is terrific- definitely a must go. Great martini's too!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brunch for a Group
Went for brunch with our lively group & sat in the bright bistro area. Had a wonderful time, enjoyed the food, & loved the unlimited Bloody Mary Bar.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
The best thing about Herbies is that they have a full vegetarian menu, not just an item or two. Ask for it and they will bring you a separate menu just for you! I highly recommend the tofu and grits, which doesn't sound at all good to neat eaters but even my steak loving friends agree that it is fabulous.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything above expectation
The crew at Herbies is just unbelievable. They do such a great job of making everyone feel like they had a unique experience. My friend, who is a Chef in downtown STL, and I were treated very well in this establishment even though they may not have known they were serving someone who is constantly judging food wherever he goes. They were gracious enough to do wine pairings with everyone and it was a great experience especially with the live music. It was a great scene (shoulda brought a girl). Enjoy it. Thanks to Jeff Orbin, Aaron Teitelbaum and Chef Ladley. Kudos!
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went to Herbies on the spur of the moment when two friends came into town unexpectedly. Great cocktails to keep the conversation going, and attentive/not overbearing service. Love the shrimp and grits, through it can be a little uneven from visit to visit, Tonight was very good, though hotter than it's ever been before. Everyone left happy!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great time at Hetbie's
We had a wonderful time and dinner was delicious! Our table couldn't have been nicer and the staff was great.
Thanks so much!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Place to Eat
I sent my daughter to Herbies as a surprise for her 30th birthday. Her & my niece were extremely impressed! They treated the ladies as if they were royalty. From the service to the food everything they got was "amazing" (my daughters words). Not only am I looking forward to dinner there soon but I will also be sending other people there as a gift for their special occasion.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
The old Baliban now called Herbie's. The atmosphere was lively when you first step in. Seating choices; Bistro, smaller tables near the sidewalk, Bar scene, and the Dining Room. We chose the latter as we were just the two of us. Very friendly wait staff very knowledgeable about specials. We chose Shrimp and grits and the lamb special. Started with escargots and salads and a Vino Nobile from Montepulciano. The courses were fine, and we had consumed about 1/3 of the wine. I noticed that it was 'lighter' than expected My wife then noticed 'Rosso' on the label. Yikes, we had been given the wrong wine. The Wine Master said even he had not noticed the wrong wine checked in from distributor. Brought a better bottle of Vino Nobile N/C. Nice save.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Almost everything was very good
First, I made reservations through Open Table and the restaurant called me back to confirm which is a nice touch. They also asked if we were celebrating anything and, when I told them that we were dining before going to a concert, they asked if we wanted them to ensure we left on time to catch the show- great service.
Next, the hostess, bus staff and server were great. We ordered and shared the short rib dish (very good) and the scallops which were perfectly cooked, but the accompanying risotto was an orange mystery- I don't remember how it was described on the menu, but it didn't seem cheesy or have any hint of carrot. It was gummy and a little confusing. That, however, didn't spoil an otherwise great time. I will be back.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice dining experience.
Very nice dining experience. Only a few minor negatives. Cool place and unique take on several menu items. Will be back soon.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
we needed to get to the Fox for a performance. we were able to order, enjoy and be on time. the staff was very friendly, prompt. the food was great.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
A true Gem in St Louis
I have been eating at Herbie's since 1972 and it has always met my expectations
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Try the Filet Mignon. My wife had leg of lamb (not a regular menu item) and loved it. We have been here before and will be back.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Variety / Excellent Service
A nice thing about Herbie's is that it can accommodate patrons with varied eating styles and can suit whatever mood you are in. They even have a separate vegetarian menu. You can order pub-like food (burgers, flatbreads) or full entrees (peppercorn encrusted tuna, grilled salmon - both good choices). The nightly specials are also usually good (I had skate, which was excellent). My companions enjoyed the "lobster mac 'n cheese" and "shrimp and grits" (the latter comes in appetizer or full entree size, but the smaller was a good portion for dinner). !
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service by Steve was amazing. Thank you!!
The food was excellent.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM