The fish nachos were great!
The fish nachos were great! I was hoping to order an entree but the waitress didn't return to our table in a timely period. By the time she came back our appetizers were being delivered; we had a fixed time to leave so I didn't risk ordering any additional food. I wouldn't let that experience prohibit me from returning for dinner.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Their wine that they recommend
Their wine that they recommend with oysters was outstanding, although their oyster selection that night was lacking. The shrimp and scallop pairing was the table favorite, and we really enjoyed the grilled fish tacos and low country broil. Our waitress was great too. I'm not sure if this is much of a late-night place though as we were the only table still in there at 9:45 on a Friday.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Hidden seafood gem in Clayton
This is the third time we've decided to go to Coastal, and have never been dissapointed. We've gone twice for dinner and once for lunch (all on weekends. The cuisine is creative with a great deal of attention to detail. The service is attentive and friendly, and will easily accommodate special requests. I would strongly recommend te pan-seared trout for dinner, it was absolutely spectacular...but if you go for lunch, the lobster grille cheese is a must have - it's just overflowing with lobster! Any time you decide to go, though, make sure and get the oysters (definitely the best I've had in town). We will definitely be back, and highly recommend this place to anyone that enjoys seafood.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Nice place. Slight gnat issue.
Nice place. Slight gnat issue. I will revisit. The lobster roll was tasty
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food and service was quite
Food and service was quite good. Dined with a group with diverse taste -- something for everyone on the menu, which was great. Will be going back soon.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Another Nice Meal at Coastal
Another enjoyable meal at Coastal. We started with a bottle of Riff Pinot Griegio and the poached apple salad and fish tacos. The salad was excellent was tasty cheese that went well with the apples. I had the shrimp and scallop entree, and it was delish! The bf had the lobster mac and was pleased that they did not skimp on the claw meat. We will continue to keep this place in our rotation:)
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
First time going here and
First time going here and we really enjoyed it. Happy hour was good, food was tremendous, and wine was delicious. Will definitely be back!
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
A restaurant where the owner
A restaurant where the owner is intimately involved with the experience to ensure everything goes well.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Had a nice leisurely lunch.
Had a nice leisurely lunch. Soups and entrees were very good, although portion sizes are a little small in relation to cost. Was most disappointed with the raw bar oysters, taste was fine - but they were very small and some seemed to be cut up. I expected better quality oysters for a seafood restaurant, especially at $2 to $3 an oyster. Liked the decor. Waitress was new and tried hard, but had to check with the kitchen several times to answer questions about the menu. Worth giving Coastal another try.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
The seafood was excellent,
The seafood was excellent, very well prepared, and the service was attentive and friendly. We'll be returning to enjoy it again.
3/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
A little gem in Clayton
This is a great place for lunch or after work happy hour. I enjoyed it so much that I went back two times in one week after going for happy hour. Service is good but not great, although very pleasant. The salmon sliders and potstickers are great with cocktails and it is hard to beat the $1 an oyster at happy hour. For lunch the mini lobster roll is awesome. It looks small, but it is mightly filling and the chunks of lobster are sweet and tender. I have a feeling I will be going back again soon.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
A good place for a relaxing
A good place for a relaxing informal meal at a reasonable price.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
a great place to relax and
a great place to relax and have a good evening, the food is great, and the staff is excellent...
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always enjoy lunch they have
Always enjoy lunch they have a great happy hour!
You never miss with the lobster roll.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
being from the East Coast, I am always looking for great seafood, like I had growing up on Long Island. This place was only missing an Ocean View!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome food, atmosphere
Coastal Bistro is a great place for lunch in Clayton. I've never been for dinner but think it would be excellent then too. The food is 'fit for foodies' - one of the very best seafood restaurants in St. Louis. The portions are large. The price is very reasonable. I had "shrimp & grits", which is a southern favorite and a "stick to your ribs" staple. But they take it to a gourmet level. I can't believe how delicious it is. I also love the fish tacos and the salmon burger is the best I've ever had. Ever. I get their soup specials from time to time and they are also excellent. The atmosphere is upscale but casual. You'll see folks in suits for lunch and jeans too. Service is excellent and unpretentious. It's a great place and I'll be back soon
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
went for mother's day lunch
the four of us all enjoyed our plates: wraps, salmon burger, chicken. The waitress was lovely and accomadating. The chef waved hello from the kitchen with a big smile. The barkeep also gave a big smile and friendly hello. Great warm decor with a nice mix of old and contemporary.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had another nice meal at Coastal. The spring salad was a standout item. It arrived in a layered glass jar and the ingredients were all so fresh. I loved the addition of the edamame in the salad. I had the lobster boil for my entree and it was delicious, lots of fresh seafood and I had mine made sans sausage. My boyfriend had the fish tacos to to start and then ordered the chicken entree. He enjoyed both items and I am sure we will be back again soon.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good and Friendly Seafood
Had a nice meal here with reasonable prices and wines. Our first courses were good and service was prompt. LOCATION is superb in center of Clayton. Vibe is casual, lots of open space, white, big windows. My wife's meal was good, however, my tuna was very tough. I mentioned to server and they credited my meal very quickly. I think their food is typically good, but I had a bad piece of tuna and they took care of it. So, we'd go again. Not fancy, but worth a visit for seafood fans.
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food/Nice people
This was our first visit to Costal. We used to like Oceana but lately the food there has become more like the fast food of Red Lobster and the rest of the Clayton resturants only have "OK" seafood. Glad we tried Costal. Food was great, drinks were good and the service (Carla) was fantastic. Nice to sit outside in the early evening too. Thanks!
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
A new favorite restaurant!
We went for dinner on a busy Saturday night (and our first time at Coastal) and we were pleasantly surprised. Even though Oceano is nice, feel the quality of food has declined there...but Coastal appears to have gained that perfect fresh seafood menu with reasonable prices. We had the East Coast oysters (very smooth on the tongue), and I had shrimp and grits with andouille sausage (wow, will definitely have that again). Cassandra was an excellent server. We WILL go back !!
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great lunch spot
Great location in Clayton, with convenient parking lot at corner. Lunch menu offers a variety choices in seafood and other fare. It was difficult to make a decision! My selection of the soup of the day (a delicious cool watermelon soup) and shrimp tacos was perfect. Food is served attractively and service was also excellent. Will definitely return for more!
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delightful dining in Clayton
Coastal Bistro is such a nice addition to the abundant dining venues in Clayton. The management and wait staff make you feel welcome and even remember you when you are returning for another dining experience. I was delighted with my choice, a special plate Thursday evening, Sturgeon prepared with a housemade bbq sauce lightly seasoning this moist filet, served over melt-in-your-mouth cheese grits, topped with gently sauted spinach. Fabulous blend of flavors, attractive on the plate, Coastal has become my favorite bistro in St. Louis, whether I am sitting outside on the sidewalk or inside their contemporary restaurant.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Funky but relaxed refreshing
Funky but relaxed refreshing atmosphere makes dining there very comfortable. The menu changes so each time I go there is something new to try. Soups are delicious and salads are creative. It is casual clean and yummy. One of my favorites in St. Louis.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lobster mac & cheese was amazing
Lobster mac & cheese was amazing as an appetizer. Very generous and perfectly prepared portion of salmon. Shrimp and grits has just the right amount of cajun-style heat and were smooth and delicious. House special white wine went perfectly with our meal. Atmosphere was casual, service was friendly and attentive, prices were very reasonable for portion sizes and quality. We look forward to returning to Coastal Bistro and Bar.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ambiance is lovely, crab cake amazing, and cornmeal crusted scallops great. Don't understand why more people weren't there! Also, the 'oyster' wine is terrific!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, particularly the salads, soup and appetizers. Food and service quite nice, only negative is big screen TV detracts from otherwise upscale atmosphere
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Have eaten here several times. Menu offers interesting variety, lots of seafood. Everything I've tried has been delicious & beautifully presented. Nice size portions. Definitely worth a visit.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food and Service
This is a small place in the heart of downtown Clayton. It serves all sorts of food and is moderately priced. This was our second time there and both times, the service has been excellent. The food is very good, although we tend to get the same things if we liked it before. The fish tacos and crab cakes are wonderful. Try Coastal . You'll like it.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Well Put Together
We stumbled upon this place through a dining program. It's right in the heart of Clayton. The staff is very friendly and knowledgable in giving recommendations. Lots of extra touches which we were impressed with. So far we have only had lunch (3X) but are looking forward to dinner.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Has the feel of an upper west side NYC bistro. Noise level a little high for conversation, but food and service excel.
Would recommend for scope of choices and atmosphere if "bistro" is your thing.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our family was in the Clayton area and enjoyed a terrific meal from start to finish at Coastal. The oysters were spot on with each of the menu items chosen simply a delight. The prices were very reasonable for the high quality and the service very friendly and professional. Looking forwrd to our next visit with Coastal at the top of the list.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great find
We hadn't been to St. Louis before and wanted a nice restaurant with good food at reasonable prices. The ambience was great with a lively décor and vibe. The staff was friendly and helpful and very accommodating when we requested changes to the order. Food was delicious at a great price. There were nice outdoor tables, which we did not use because it was too hot the night we were there. We found a great place and would highly recommend it.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best oysters rockafeller I've
Best oysters rockafeller I've ever had!! Just a touch of cream leaving the oysters to shine!! When you go they are a must! Only 4 stars on the food overall because the salmon was overcooked and the salad came out without dressing. The rest was wonderful!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Costal has become our seafood stop of choice in the St. Louis area. Food is always great quality, well prepared and presented well. Always made to feel like we are special guests. Nice to sit outside too.
9/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fresh and delicious
This night we ate outside. There are just a few tables but good people watching. I love that everything you eat at Costal is fresh foods made in creative tasty ways. The portions are just right-not too much and not too small. The prices are fair. The staff is lovely. The decor is current and relaxing. It is perfect for a business meeting or one to meet the out-of -town perspective in-laws. One of the great finds in St. Louis.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wait staff was excellent (Cassandra). Provided insigths into our selections. Food was very good, had the cesar salad & crab leg cluster, pumpkin spice bean soup and fish special.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always looking for another restaurant that offers gluten free entrees, and this had them. I ordered the kale chicken salad and it was quite good. I thought that the figs would have been fresh but they were dried figs, so slightly disappointed, but they also might be past season. All in all, I would go back again.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful seafood in Clayton
We have now been back to Coastal 4 times since my son became a student this year at Wash U nearby. It is a great favorite of ours for its terrific fresh seafood, good drinks and delightful atmosphere. A winner!
10/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
It's Good but Pricey
We've been twice to this place -- excellent seafood that's not typically found. Fancy drink menu.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great birthday dinner
Food and service wonderful. Would easily go back again and again
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a reservation at another venue in Clayton that was cancelled and the owner called us to offer a table at her restaurant. I had some concern with moving since the menu was primarily seafood here and the other location was not. She was very accomodating and offered to put a pasta dish on the menu for us, even though they do not typically serve pasta. Our group was more than pleased with the experience. The atmosphere was delighful and very shabby-shiek. The drink menu was fun and the food was *amazing*! Everyone ended up having seafood - from oyster shooters to appetizer to dinner. It was one of the best locations and dinners out in a very long time. I raved about it to all of my friends and would not hesitate to suggest it to anyone!
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great selection. Always interesting and different specials.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great as Always
Coastal never disappoints. The food, service and ambience are always perfect. Dinner on Saturday was no different. From the appetizer sampler to the Shark special, everything was delicious. It was one if the best restaurants in STL!
I had friends in from Minneapolis and they wished they had a Coastal there.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
innovative and delicious
Unique and well executed dishes. Scallops and shrimp we we excellent. Great fish tacos.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Coastal Bistro provided a wholly enjoyable experience. The food was fantastic, our server was just the right amount of engaging and made great recommendations for both wine and food, and my girlfriend absolutely loved the decor and atmosphere. I would definitely recommend this restaurant
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM