Trattoria Branica
Trattoria Branica

Trattoria Branica

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.trattoriabranicafrontenac.com/
  • Phone: 3144328585x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch Sunday: 10am- 3pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm;
    Saturday and Sunday: 5:00pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Off premise catering available for private parties and special occasions .

    Call for information.
    314-432-8585
  • Private Party Facilities: Trattoria Branica has 4 separate dining rooms.
    Mirror Room 30 people
    Courtyard 60
    French Door Room 40
    Fire Place Room 40
    Fire Place & French Door 90
    French Door & Mirror Room 70
    French Door, Fire Place & Mirror Room 120
  • Private Party Contact: Ann Walton 3144328585x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lindbergh
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Le Chateau Village has plenty of parking spaces available. Even during the busy times parking on the north side of the building and come in to the complex from the north doors makes it a very easy access to Trattoria Branica.
A word from Trattoria Branica
Trattoria Branica in Le Chateau Village, located right across from Plaza Frontenac just west of Lindbergh on Clayton Rd.

Branica has 4 different dining areas with all of them having its own unique art work and ambiance. Courtyard with a skylight, gives diners an opportunity to have outdoor dining feeling a year around. Fire Place D.Room is a popular spot in cold winter nights. D.Room with the French Doors is overlooking the courtyard and Le Chateau shopping has a lovely view. There is also a Mirror Room with exotic birds mural with the 2 other walls being completely mirrored gives the room spacious feel.

Specializing on Seafood, Veal, Steak and Pasta dishes, every dish and sauces made to order here in Branica.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Trattoria Branica reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since June 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.7
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (9)neighborhood gem (8)romantic (6)fit for foodies (6)good for groups (5)notable wine list (2)late-night find (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Great food and service as usual. Quiet setting is nice for conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet dinner spot
    Onthetown
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We enjoyed a nice meal on a Sunday evening--fresh salads and tasty entrees!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed Diner
    Diner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    While the food was great and the ambience likewise, the service was extremely slow. The drinks and salad arrived in a timely manner, but the entrée was not provided for at least 45 minutes after our order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not long for this world?
    DasFoody
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This place feels like it's about to go out of business. We had a reservation for 6pm on a Thursday, and we arrived to a nearly empty place. Then as we were being seated, the waiter started telling us the items that were not on the menu that evening, such as meatballs. Strange for an Italian restaurant, although he said we could have spaghetti with meat sauce if we desired. He also explained "the wine cellar is being restocked, and so we don't have many of the items on the wine list." We did find a good bottle of chardonnay and ordered 2 veal dishes, which were tasty. But although there were only about 6 tables that evening, the kitchen took a very long time to deliver our relatively simple order. We won't be coming back.
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  • Won't Return .......
    thelibrarylady
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Extremely poor service and very understaffed. If you are going to open on a holiday weekend be prepared! And make sure your bartender knows how to wait tables! Couldn't remember the drink order, no bread with the salad course, waited 45 minutes for the entree, even the desert took awhile. Nothing was comped and when we mentioned their anniversary special, the waiter asked for the coupon! But food was good when we finally got it.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • took forever.......................
    iwaveatcowsVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    nice waiter but still service was so slow. They were out of two alcohol items we ordered--how are you out of Dewars and Perseco??!!! Then we started to get frightened of what was to happen next. Again, really nice waiter but the entire process was painfully slow. That said, the food was outstanding. Standout item: the beef carpachio (which I have no idea how to spell). So I'm giving it a good rating because I did go there to eat and the food was great -- it was just painstakingly slow.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A very sad experience
    Lunchlovers2
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    When we walked in there was no one at the enterence,after walking into the restaurant,someone finally saw us. She offered a table on the aisle,we declined, then she offered a table with only one chair, we declined. Finally the third table was acceptable. She asked if we wanted to see the wine list and we agreed. Then the waitress came over with a wine list and we ordered wine. Ten minutes later the "hostess" came with the wine list and we had drunk half of the glass. The hostess was then being a bus girl and a waitress and not good at any job. Very disappointed!!!
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  • I was thrilled to dine here
    tink6346
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    In all fairness, there was a wedding party so that is probably the reason for the S L O W service. We had to ask for things several times, water was not refilled nor was the wine or tea. We had dropped silverware and asked for clean, never received. The food was FANTASTIC (other than the steak)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • quiet environment
    luvtoeat2
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Trattoria Branica is one of our favorite places because of the good consistent quality food and the quiet Most restaurants are so loud that folks with hearing issues are lost.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Meal!
    Shafjj
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Trattoria Branica is a quiet gem that is perfect for catching up with old friends over a great dish of pasta. Great service, too. The server could tell we were deep in conversation and made a big effort to give great service without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One out of three lunches was fair.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I ordered French Onion Soup, it was merely onions in a broth, no cheese or bread and not broiled like I'm used to, I could make it myself. Very disappointing. Salad was okay. Two who ordered trout special and salmon were pleased with their dishes.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 339 reviews are from the Trattoria Branica reviews archive.
  • Great evening!
    dejoe
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    From the minute we got there I was impressed. They had read my note, knew we had theater tickets and dinner had to be completed by a certain time. Food was great, servers were friendly and efficient. The evening was thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommend this restaurant. They made me feel like they knew me and were glad to see us. We even had time to enjoy a cup of coffee after dinner before the theater.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner at Trattoria Branica
    Trattoria
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great dinner at Trattoria Branica. Matt gave us great service.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bobbie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Excellent food and service. Great atmosphere. We have eaten here before and really love their food. It is in a great location and has a very pleasant atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESome place!!
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    AWESOME ALWAYS. WE LOVE THIS PLACE AND HAVE BEEN COMING HERE FOR YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Like being outside. inside
    Paleturtle
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Lunchtime atrium tables take advantage of abundant natural light without wind, insects and other outdoor distractions. It is a great place for a business luncheon or a gathering of friends for lunch. The food is good and the service is attentive without being overbearing.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JWR
    jwrstl
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    TB has consistently great food. Their tortellini is one of the best in St. Louis and it's a huge portion. The staff is friendly and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent menu
    Jomama
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    The food prepared by the chef was awesome. I had veal and my dining guest had pork chops. Both cooked to order (med-rare on the shops). My meal came with a salad, so I chose Caesar with anchovies. The server brought out my salad and said "oh, no anchovies. Do you still want it?". NEVER send back food if you want it clean. Unfortunately, it did not come with freshly ground pepper or added shredded parmesan. The potato wedges were hot from the first bite 'til the last. The fresh vegetables were just as temperature correct. Dessert was fabulous as well (crème brule' and bread pudding). The wine list was delightful. The server didn't like us from moment one - NEVER judge a book by it's cover, especially if there's a TIP in it.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beef was not tenderloin---
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    More like eye of round. The toughest steak I ever had.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful food; slightly on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Wonderful food; slightly on the pricy side. Would go back if given the opportunity
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and servcie
    Sammie06
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    This was not our first time here and the food and service has been awesome everytime
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Was searching Open Table for nearby Italian - Excellent Pollo Parmigano1! Reasonable to a little pricey. but worth it. Good experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyed our dinner, waiter
    luvtoeat2
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    enjoyed our dinner, waiter was good and quality is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Trattoria Branica
    Garman
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We have been to the Kirkwood location a few times, but only to the Frontenac location once before. We had kind of forgotten how nice the atmosphere is in Frontenac. The service and food make Trattoria Branica a very good value. The servers are responsive and pleasant, and the food has always been delicious; nicely prepared and presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for valentines day
    Sstefanski23
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Made reservations for valentines day. Arrived early and got seated right away. The menu was awesome and the service was great. Definitely will be going back
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trat Bran
    Sall
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went for valentines day so it was a set menu. The server insisted that we order all 4 courses at once. The service was fair at best. There was a 20% gratuity added to our bill for only four people. Why? One of our diners never had a fork replaced and couldn't find server so she ate with butter knife. This place needs updated too!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food but Fooled by Groupon
    MCLH
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Groupon had a Valentine's Special and Trattoria Branica was one of the very appealing choices in the listing. I bought a Groupon and made a reservation for Valentine's Day the very day I got the promotion. Everything was amazing until I went to pay for the bill and they did not accept my Groupon (even though I made sure there were no date exclusions for the Groupon). In addition, they automatically tacked on 20% gratuity to the bill without my consent. Although I normally tip 20% or higher if deserved, I felt this was presumptous. Too bad for the bill because the food was amazing!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We made reservations through open table a couple of weeks ago. We did not realize that there was a $99 fixed menu. This rate would put us closer to a dinner at Tony's. Though the food was good, it was not a reasonable value for the price. I'm a big fan of your tortellini and would have been much happier with that dish at a reasonable price. The waiter was fine, though a bit condescending. Still, it was a good night out away from kids and having a quiet dinner.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and ambiance
    Ricardo
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We were there for Valentines Day and the food was good this year from the appetizer through the salad and entree to the desert. The wine was fine also. the service was pleasant, not perfect but thay were trying and very politte. I would return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was a quite night for the
    Sandy
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    It was a quite night for the restaurant due to the weather (I guess). But we were seated at the outside area (the only table). Not sure if it had something to do with making reservation via Open Table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice experience
    Stldixie
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    I enjoyed my dining here. Can't say it is my favorite, but it is a good meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Prices are moderate. Portion sizes also seemed reasonable; nowadays so many restaurants charge too much for a dinner that's oversized. My wife and I each had a salad, an entree and a glass of wine, and we shared a dessert, a nice creme brulée. Service was friendly and prompt, though we did have to wait a bit for our check. The dining room was mostly empty since it was early on a Tuesday evening, yet they seated everyone in the same area, sort of bunching us together. For that reason alone I rated the ambiance level as "very good" rather than outstanding. I really enjoyed the veal scallopini, and my wife said the lobster ravioli was tasty. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    jwrstl
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The food is always great. Luigi's service is perfect and the live music adds to the ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I hope we were there on an
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I hope we were there on an off night. I made my reservations about 2 weeks ahead and was seated in the "Patio" area. Not inside the restaurant but in a patio area just outside the door (inside). We were seated right away but did not see a server for more than 30 minutes. I had to get us a wine list as none was provided when we sat down. There was an accident in the kitchen with the chef so all the food was taking forever to be served at tables around us. One of the waiter quit leaving his tables unattended. One we finally got our food it was delicious. And they comped on of our meals since our dinner took so long. I will go back again but not for awhile.
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  • A surprise....
    FirstTimer
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    This was a lovely surprise as our first time there. Was able to get reservation at the last minute through Open Table for 2 people at 7:00 ,,,, couldn't believe it. Food was absolutely superb. Will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great, but....
    zlady
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We had a reservation, but were kept waiting for at least 10 minutes, and the hostess seem very flustered. Once seated, our waiter did take our drink order promptly and our drinks were made perfectly. Once we ordered our salad and entree, the salads cam timely, but there was a very long wait until the entrees arrived. I ordered another glass of wine...having imbibed my dinner wine while waiting for dinner to arrive! Our waiter did bring my wine and also another glass...both on the house because of our wait. The entrees were excellent. All in all, I would rather wait for good food, than receive bad food promptly. However, one young couple left after having their drinks because they were so frustrated.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An unpleasant dining experience.
    MackVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Arriving five minutes before our scheduled reservation, we were told to have a seat in the bar. 30 minutes later, I had to approach another person manning the desk who seated us immediately. It went down hill from there. Our order was totally mishandled. The salad came first, our appetizer was given to another table and the entrees came an hour and one half after we sat down at the table. An order of two glasses of wine took 45 minutes to receive. And, to add insult to injury, when the bill came, an 18% gratuity (two people dining) was added to the bill. We wanted out of the restaurant so badly, we paid and left. Were told chef cut his finger. Obviously other staffing problems. Should not have seated walk-ins when they could not handle.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went for lunch. They were
    queenofdiningout
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We went for lunch. They were completely understaffed on the floor and in the kitchen. We waited nearly an hour for our food. It also took a long time to put in an order. We also noticed that a couple at another table got their food way before we did, and they were seated long after we were. If we had not been with another couple, we would have left. We will not return, and we will warn our friends.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurants are no longer quiet
    Sallybird
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    This is My go-to place to have a very good meal and a conversation without screaming at each other. It has always been dependable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worst service
    Jules
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    The only good thing about their service was the nice hostess. The waiter was beyond awful. He disappeared after our food was served and never came back. The steak was full of fat. They ran out of pork chops. And the tiny serving of mashed potatoes given was smaller than my fist.
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    • Noise LevelModerate