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The Tavern Kitchen and Bar
The Tavern Kitchen and Bar
  • Address:
    2961 Dougherty Ferry Rd. Suite 101
    Saint Louis, MO 63122
    Neighborhood:
    Kirkwood
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

The Tavern Kitchen and Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://tavernstl.com
  • Phone: (636) 825-0600
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Closed lunches
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Justin Haifley & Steve Caravelli
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please Contact General Manager Salvatore Palazzo (636) 825-0600

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Big Bend
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Tavern Kitchen and Bar
The Tavern Kitchen & Bar showcases Chef Justin Haifley's minimalist approach to exquisite comfort food by offering a unique dining experience with beautiful private dining rooms, an inviting bar and an exhibition style kitchen. Open for dinner 7 nights a week, The Tavern offers something for every palate from fresh market fish and an award winning burger to vegetarian and gluten free items.

The Tavern STL is exquisite comfort food with flavors you know artfully reinvented.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Best food that I have had in a long time! A tad heavy on the sauces, I had a tasting board, but still amazing. Service was top notch! Wish I could remember our servers name!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The Tavern is a regular haunt for us. The food is great, the servers are attentive and knowledgeable. It's an all around enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We have been wanting to try Tavern for years and were finally able to get a reservation last week. Everything we ordered was excellent - especially the Seafood Board, scallops with pork belly, the truffle mac and cheese (OMG!!!) and the tater tots. We rarely go back to restaurants, even if we like them, but will definitely visit Tavern again - so many dishes to try! Our server was excellent as well."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The Tavern is awesome, the food , the service, all of it. Get a seat at the kitchen for a ring side seat."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The Tavern is outstanding, plain and simple. From the fish menu, to the tasting boards, to the open kitchen, and finally the desserts. This place is a must for any foodie. My experiences here have been nothing short of awesome and a The Tavern has become THE place for celebrations or special nights out for me wife and I. Don't miss the Char Sui Pork Steak, the Tavern Burger (with bacon jam), and the house made donuts. Besides the food, the restaurant itself is a hip but laid back space and the wait staff is friendly, helpful, and well informed about the menu. 5 stars!!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Very yummy menu from beginning to end! If they say spicy -- it is spicy! But there are many not spicy options! The complimentary bread service is a wonderful start to your dining adventure. The portions are generously sized. We often split the appetizers and desserts :-)"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "It was out first time there but we will definately go back. The service was great and the food was excellent. There were so many things that I wanted to try. We stayed in the bar for a drink after dinner and met some really nice people too."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My husband came here for our anniversary. It was our first time here. Excellent food with great service. I had the scallops. Best I've had in the Midwest!!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My husband and I visted for dinner a few nights ago to celebrate. The food was amazing, the service was great, and I would go back tomorrow if I could! The bread that comes at the beginning of the meal was seriously delicious and I highly recommend the fresh baked carrot cake for dessert! Completely worth the drive from Illinois to get there. (About 45 minutes)"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "First time there and won't be the last!! So many delicious choices .. but ordered the Halibut and loved it. Looking forward to the next visit to The Tavern Kitchen & Bar."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I thought the food was good but very over priced. I ordered the Scallop dinner and received 3 scallops. The dish had pork belly on it. It was cut the same size as the scallops to make it appear that there were 6 scallops when 3 of them were pork fat. The dish came with Brussels sprouts. I received the equivalent of 1 shredded Brussels sprout. This dish was $29.00. I will not return."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We introduced friends to The Tavern last week and told the waiter it was their first time. He gave them incredible attention and provided detail and advice. The food was wonderful; wine and drinks were awesome. A great time!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Outstanding fish and our waiter Jason did excellent job. Had a fabulous time. Thanks"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Dined before Stages' performance; the TC has become our pre-theater regular---great food with the kind of expert service where you can leisurely dine in eighty to ninety minutes and still be early for the show. Best seafood in STL!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food was excellent, but my steak was over cooked. Asked for med rare but it was med for sure. No big deal though, still was a great dish. Our server was likely the best in the place, he was fantastic. Timing was perfect for each course."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Our daughter was leaving town for a month - we needed a place for dinner and decided to take her and the other kids to a nice dinner - The Tavern fit the bill perfectly! Food and server were great. Only hiccup was at the hostess stand as they did not match our attendance with the Open Table reservation - even after reminding them (small price to pay)."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Our waiter was very knowledgeable and efficient, we had a great time celebrating my husband's 50th birthday, the food were wonderful !"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We were a party of two and had made a reservation. We arrived earlier than we had planned and let the hostess know to see if we could be seated beforehand since there was a table for two available. They made us wait and the table stayed empty. The waitress explained the menu afterwhich she disappeared for a long time. We ordered the ricotta gnudi and after a 30 min it arrived cold. The portion was much smaller than I had imagined. After waiting about 10 more min for the her to come back we ordered. I had the mahi mahi dish that is on the regular menu. When that arrived I was extremly ddissatisfied. You could not taste the fish. You could only taste sauce. Chicken for that plating would have been a better choice."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I took my parents to The Tavern Kitchen and Bar for their 50th Wedding Anniversary. None of us had evern been before but we had heard really good things. The menu had just enough food choices that we were not overwhelmed and each dish ordered was EXCELLENT. The service was top notch. The only problem was in hearing our server clearly due to the noise level. I had reserved my table on line with a note about this being my parents 50th anniversary. My parents were each given a glass of champaigne when they sat down and everyone from the manager to the busboy wished them a Happy Anniversary. It was so nice and helped make the night even more special. I will definitely return to The Tavern Kitchen and Bar again."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The Tavern is the BEST fine-dining experience in West County here in St. Louis. Chef Justin & his staff are professionals at what they do…& EVERYTHING they do is done at a high level. Even though it can be a little pricey, every bite is worth it! We actually had the Imperial Filet Special on this occassion (our Anniversary) & it was top-notch! Kudos to The Tavern!!!!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "A return visit demonstrates that the standard that Kitchen Tavern strives to deliver is consistently special and it deserves the continuing accolades it receives. Recent updates to the menu keep it fresh as well as innovative while still providing the "old reliables" for those who so desire. The cocktail selection, the drinks the bar provides and the wine list continue to be at a very high level. Save room for dessert, they are worth it!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Good food and service, however, we sat in the area near the open kitchen and it was very loud, rather warm, and the smells were too much. If you think that may bother you, reserve a table in the back part of the restaurant."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We dine here often and always love it. The food is terrific. Jonathon, our waiter was great fun. We ordered the Homemade meatballs with homeade pepperoncini. Really, really great start to the meal. The mains were good and we have had most of them. Really great place. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had the special, filet crab way over priced. I won't go back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This was our second time at the Tavern. Both times we have been very impressed with the staff. They are so attentive and friendly. Our server, Jonathan, was excellent. He met our every need. The food is always a dining experience and an adventure. It is a priced higher than what we usually spend, so we save it for special occasions. But, we hope to return again some day."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The Tavern is one of the best restaurants in the area and I highly recommend it- super fresh seafood, prepared perfectly and lots of great sides and preparations to choose from- you will not be disappointed!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Absolutely delicious!! Tasting Boards were a great way to taste several dishes."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "we went to all the good restaurants in St Louis area. came back to the tavern because it consistantly has the finest- freshest food and the best service in the area. How can you beat that? You can't."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Enjoyed very much. The food was very good and the service was excellent. I would deffently recommend."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We had an amazing time here, all food was excellent and we can't wait to come back"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great food, excellent atmosphere, knowledgable waitstaff, fast service. The only reason I did not give 5 stars overall is for the napkins entirely unsuitable for dark clothes, I was covered in lint when I left. It will not stop me returning (oh those appetizer biscuits!) but I will be asking for a better napkin next time."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Tavern was different than the typical restaurant with a different menu layout and descriptions of food. Server was good at explaining and answering any questions. Food was well prepared and tasty. Overall ambiance was upscale with a casual twist. Enjoyed the pull apart parmesan bread, and I am not a typical "bread eater". "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I have eaten here 4 times in the last 6 months and am always pleased with the menu and service."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Food & service was very good & servings were large. We were seated in the bar where the noise level was high (next time we will request a table in the dining room). We plan on returning & would recommend to others."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Food is always superb, friendly, excellent service. Go early for a quiet dinner. They get very busy after 6:30 p.m. Reservations are a must! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I travel extensively and do business in the St. Louis area on a quarterly basis. I have had the pleasure to eat at Tavern Kitchen and Bar now 3 times in the last 18 months. The food is not only delicious but the presentation is fun and always creative. I highly recommend the Tasting Boards for a selection of either meats or seafood or both. I had the Filet Trio this go around and all 3 were cooked to perfection. Also, try sitting at the bar that looks directly into the kitchen. You can always take comfort when a restaurant is willing to let you sit and watch them prepare your meals right in front of you. Cheers!"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "First time at Tavern was one of the best meals I have had. Expensive, but worth it. Second time was the exact opposite for the same price. Everyone can mess up so we decided to go again. Service was fine, but the food was so so at best again. The pairing of sides with the special made no sense and the fish I had was greasy and not cooked well. If I were out spending $30 for a burger meal this would have been fine, but $120-$140 I expect a whole lot more. Won't be a forth time."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The scallops with pork belly were the most amazing thing I've eaten in quite some time. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful and all around the experience was fantastic. Meal cost us $120 for 2 people (ordered a side, 2 entrees and an appetizer along with a glass of wine each)."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Jason, our server, was perfect. Very informative, timely, personable -- an excellent job overall. Our group of 6 is high maintenance but Jason took care of everything. The manager even visited a few times to make sure we we're comfortable with the temperature of the room. It was a hot evening, but he did what he could to keep us cool. One thing that stood out was Jason's extra care regarding a food allergy one of our diners has. Jason made safe recommendations, double-checked with the chef, gently warned my brother-in-law not to taste any other dishes order by the rest of us that may have the offending ingredient AND put a note of the allergy on the ticket/receipt -- more attention & care than we've seen before. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food here is foremost. From the pan baked parmesan rolls to the amazing appetizers everything is super delicious. We actually ordered all of the appetizers as our dinner as well as the asparagus with the most delicious shaved ham and a fried egg on top. The hoison ribs and the chorizo and shrimp dishes all excelled but everything was creative and yummy. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014