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About Al's Restaurant

Al's has defined fine-dining in St. Louis for over 90 years; a beloved landmark which has earned its reputation as one of the top restaurants in the U.S. Featuring award-winning steaks, lobster, seafood and pasta, Al's creates the total dining experience. Fresh menu presentation, elegant tableside service, beautiful ambiance, generous portions and excellent wine list are the standard. Traditional offerings found at no other steakhouse include Steak Diane, Chateaubriand, and our signature dish, "Beef Romano". Try Bananas Foster flambé or a Chocolate Soufflé for a sweet after dinner indulgence. Complete with tableside Café Napoleon or Café Diablo. Ask and you shall receive. Third and fourth generations of the Barroni family invite you to join us for a nightly celebration of outstanding food, wine and ambiance.

1200 N. First St.
St. Louis, MO 63102
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Seafood, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tues-Thurs 5:00-9:00 PM - Fri & Sat 5:00 -10:00 PM

Cross Street:
Biddle

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(314) 421-6399

Website:
http://www.alsrestaurant.net/

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking is Provided.

Executive Chef:
Mark Hibler

Private Party Facilities:
Al"s offers two beautiful private dining rooms as well as full restaurant accommodations. Special events, business gatherings/meetings, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, Al's attention to detail creates an outstanding dining experience for you and your guests.

Private Party Contact:
Pam Neal: (314) 421-6399

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Wine Wednesdays - half off wine (bottle or wine-by-the-glass) priced $100 or less every Wednesday

Al's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (5)
Special Occasion (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
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Good for Birthdays (3)
Romantic (3)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Authentic (1)
Business Meals (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Service was impeccable, food was good but others have entered the market with equivalent or better food for less.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great service, incredible food and a memorable occasion

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Al's is such a gem. Great history to take in. The staff is knowledgable of the place and the history; be sure to take it in. The food is classic. Definitely try to table-side Caesar salad. It is a special night out for sure.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Phenomenal food and service. A true classic restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We've been dining at Al's for over 30 years and the food has remained very good. It's a little shabby but that's part of the charm
We'll continue to eat there as long as it remains open.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great service and a nice dining experience in a quiet atmosphere, full of local history.

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Had a great evening, food was great (very filling too) and the atmosphere is very cool, not what you usually see these days

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

As always Al's was wonderful. Couldn't ask for better food or service. I always look forward to the tray menu presentation and the table side service. I highly recommend dining at Al's! Yummmmy!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Food was good but not very imaginative, cocktails were horrible. Decoration and ambience is very, very dated

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Wonderful food service and ambiance!!

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Amazing food, amazing atmosphere/ambience and amazing service! My husband and I started the night off with a drink in the riverfront bar then ordered dinner in the dining room. I had the seafood pasta and my husband the filet mignon. We can't say enough good things about our meal; very flavorful and everything cooked to perfection!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Excellent, as always. This restaurant is a real jewel. There is no printed menu. The entre portion of the meal is a visual presentation that is quite impressive. The physical restaurant has an old world charm about it; and our waiter, Bob, made it an exceptionally pleasant ding experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Extraordinary food; extraordinary service. Al's is a must.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 5, 2017

A 92 yr old local landmark restaurant owned by the same family. Caution! They don't print menus but provide a visual display of what's on the menu. I brought a group of 11 and was worried a bit because there were no prices anywhere and didn't want to ask. I was amazed at the end with the final bill which was an average of $79 per-person with wine/beer and gratuity.

The steaks were awesome (cut them with a fork quality)as well as the salads, appetizers, and desserts. While in between courses one of the owners entertained us with stories about "Al's" history and culture. Overall great place, I would eat at "Al's" again when in St. Louis.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Fabulous! This restaurant is one of a kind and the crown jewel of St Louis. Our steaks were perfection, seasoned just right with a slight char on the outside and tender juicy med rare temp inside. The fettuccini del monaco has been on the memu forever and is so rich and creamy. Service is impeccable yet very friendly. The history and stories elevate the dining experience into something very special. We had a great evening.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Al's restraint was so assume. The interior was so elegant, the atmosphere so peaceable and the food was out of this world. everything from our drinks to our to our desert was perfect. Our drinks never dried up and empty plates never stayed on the table more than a minute. The serves given to my wife and me was above expectations. My wife and I will be going back again. I recommend Al's to everyone. Al's is a must go to for fine dinning and good food.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Groups, Fun
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Out of town with my mother for her birthday

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 14, 2017

My husband ate at Al's about 10 years ago. Every time we talk about visiting STL, Al's comes up, so of course we had to eat here! We had an amazing experience. The food was fantastic, the wait staff attentive and knowledgeable, and the atmosphere perfect for a date night. We also enjoyed the history lesson we got as we were heading out. We will be back!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Al's is my favorite restaurant. If I win the lottery you can find me every evening Tuesday through Saturday at First and Biddle. I've been dining at Al's for more than 40 years. I'm only 59 so, I'm hoping for another 40 years of the best food and drink on our planet!

Any evening at Al's is special. The table you reserve is yours for the evening. This is all about the fine dining experience. Ask and you will receive. There is no menu. Your waiter recites the menu in stages as your meal progresses. Take your time, there is no rush, get exactly what you want.

Pam and Gary, the owners, could not be more present or gracious in their hospitality. Al's is a truly family owned, four star restaurant where the customer is treated like royalty.

There is nothing you could order that would disappoint. My most common order is: escargot, salad with house dressing, steak Romano and Al's pasta. To kill for!

Be sure to visit the bar. It is an unique view of St. Louis' river heritage.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on May 12, 2017

IT WAS GREAT FROM BEGINNING TO END. EVERYBODY THAT WAS WORKING DID A AWESOME JOB. PLANNING TO GO BACK REAL SOON

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Best restaurant in St. Louis. My favorite restaurant any where.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on April 20, 2017

My husband and I were looking for a great steak and seafood place that wasn't your normal chain restaurant. We had heard wonderful things about Al's and the food and all the history that encompassed the restaurant and thought we would go check it out. For starters, the tray menu presentation we thought was very creative and we really enjoyed listening to our server discripbe how each item can be prepared. The portions were large and the food itself was amazing. Our server was very attentive and made sure we were well taken care of all night. It was such a relaxing and enjoyable dining experience. We can't wait to go back and try more food items. We would definitely recommend Al's to anyone who is looking for great food and great atmosphere.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Went to Al's to celebrate my husbands birthday. We can not say enough wonderful things about Al's. The staff was very friendly and took great care of us. The food was delicious, my husband ordered the filet and I had lobster. We shared asparagus and mashed potatoes and ended the night with chocolate cake. Everything was cooked to perfection. If you are looking for a place to have a romantic dinner or just a nice night out go to Al's, you will have an amazing dining experience!

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2017

What can one say, Al's is and always has been spectacular. It is one of the ladt bastions of the true dining experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on April 15, 2017

we really enjoyed Al's, would definitely come again <3

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Outstanding dining experience. Food was delicious, fresh and expertly prepared. Steak Oscar was cooked perfectly, the best I have ever had. Eve our server was attentive, cordial and knowledgeable. The owner made sure we felt welcomed and shared some of the history we had seen on a PBS special. Al's is an iconic restaurant and can't wait to return.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Bob was our waiter and he did an outstanding job. The food was outstanding. Great place to dine.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on April 11, 2017

I haven't been to Al's for 2 or 3 years. it was always one of my favorite places. Because of past experiences I recommended Al's to an out of town guest and his wife.

I was very disappointed to say the least.

I suppose because we dined on a Tuesday the menu was limited to about 8 items. The food was marginal at best. The appetizers were fine, the salad was very bland except for salt and pepper and the entrees as I said were limited and not that good. Especially when you factor in the price.

The area never bothered me in the past but this trip there were several 9mm casings laying on the sidewalk. kind of scary when you run across that.

Maybe it was a bad day for Al's. I hope they turn it around.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Al's is a great place......the food is the best you can get!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Excellent meal. Some say dated, I say original. Service excellent, don't notice they are there. No rush allowing for time to visit and enjoy the company.

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·Dined on February 11, 2017

Al's has really gone down hill. We were seated at a nice quiet corner. We ordered appetizers, steak, and lobster, and two sides and shared the meal. The appetizers were ok. The steak was so tiny, maybe 6 oz. for both of us to share. The lobster tail was split in half for us. It couldn't have been any more than 4 oz. apiece. The sides were carrots and asparagus, both cost a total of $16. We shared the sides also. The lobster was tough and like chewing beef jerky. My wife couldn't eat her 1/2. I was so hungry, I ate my tough half. The waiter too 1/2 the price of the lobster tail off the bill. Taking the 1/2 of the lobster tail off our bill was subtracting $38 from the bill. The total bill before tip was $180.
Now, I don't mind spending $200 for a meal to share with my wife but the value of what we got
was terrible. Al's has really gone downhill! I think Al's has been around too long and needs to close its doors. Those folks that review this restaurant as "high" are thinking of the meals they had in the 1980's.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Best escargot we have ever had and some of great steaks. Cocktails were reasonably priced. The desserts were good but didn't bowl us over. This is a place to dine, not eat and run. Plan to be there for at least 2 hours, likely closer to 3.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Food and service was great! Very old school place that is a great experience.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Went for my Girlfriend's Birthday and we LOVED IT. The manager walks around giving the history of the place (not intrusive at all), the wait staff makes you feel very important, the food is wonderful, and the ambiance is great. A perfect St. Louis gem full of history, great food, and the ambiance you want on that perfect date spot.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Took out of town guest...super cute historic bar with steamboat motif and custom painted mural of St. Louis as it appeared in late 1800s, with 1800 vintage furnishings, beautiful antique cash register. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The food selection was great and delicious.
Nice to find a unique restaurant, something different.
Great experience!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Late-night Find
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Dinner at Al's was quite an experience. Definately old school, high end dining experience with attentive wait staff in tuxedos, food presentations on silver trays at the table. It was unusual in that there are no written menus....and there is a lot to take in from the verbal presentation...also no prices! The steaks and sides were excellent. Be prepared for sticker shock when you get the bill, but it is a nice place for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Had a very nice meal and great service. But cannot see why it would not be the case. The two of us for dinner were the only customers for the evening. One kitchen person, who probably was called in once we arrived, one waiter and a table server who doubled as coatroom attendant. The table server also had to stand outside near our reservation time to see if we would be coming and to direct us to the parking since valet parking was not needed for only one customer. We had a good meal. We went there for good steak and were not disappointed. Would recommend the proprietary twice baked potato as a side. We both had a filet. Mine was prepared Romano. While very good it added too much volume and I took half of it home. One of the few traditional "nice" restaurants left in St. Louis.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 17, 2017

Business meal for 3. We had the place to ourselves on a Tuesday at 6:30. Great experience and I would return anytime.

Special tortellini and meatball soup was phenomenal, as was the 8 oz fillet which was cooked to perfection. Another in our group had the salmon and raved about it. Sides where very good and large. Nice wine selection. We were given the history of the place and there is reason it is still there after 92 years. Dining perfection. Probably not hip, but I have not had service or food this good at any "hip" place recently.

I do wish they had a menu as it would be nice to know what they value their offerings at prior to receiving the bill. However, the value was good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2017

Way over rated. Ridiculously bad value. There were 2 other guests in the entire restaurant. The food was poorly made. I could have made better au gratin myself and my steak was so so. I was misled by open table write up. Staff was friendly but the food was a total disaster.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Al's is an old fashioned steak house. The service is excellent, but the food is just OK. The food is what you would expect in the 50's or 60's. Heavy steaks with heavy sauces, over cooked asparagus, no imagination. It's fine for the older crowd who still like that type of thing, but not so much for the younger crowd.

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