Al's is definitely a hidden gem! I couldn't tell you how many times I went right passed it without even knowing it was there. That is part of the charm though. Quiet, dark, beautiful. As you enter it feels like you are going back in time to a romantic place your grandparents would have went for a special occasion. The wait staff takes care of your night as soon as you step through the door. Traditional and classy coat check. Attentive but not annoying waiters. They are very knowledgeable about the history of the restaurant and building. Our waiter was very sweet and funny. He could tell we had never been there before, and guided us gently every step of the way through dinner. The food was more than amazing! I had the Lobster Bisque for our appetizer, the bread and blue cheese dip, the lemon sorbet to cleanse our pallets, and Chilain Sea Bass in Creole sauce with asparagus as my entree. Everything cooked to perfection. The sea bass was like butter! My husband had the 16oz NY Stip medium rare with the steak butter and asparagus, and said he had never had a steak cooked that perfect! I had a bit, and it just melted in your mouth! There is no printed menu, but that is no problem because they waiters have it memorized. A meal for two will cost at least $100 before tip, so keep that in mind. After all was said and done our bill (tip included) was $223. It was worth every penny! We will go back. After leaving I said my goal is to have a plaque on the cabinet... You have to go to get the joke.
Al's is a piece of St Louis history. It is something special that everyone should experience. The food is outstanding. The service is quiet and attentive. The lounge is out of a movie set. You think you are on a steamboat on the river. It is difficult to find on the river front but you can find it. It is well worth it.
Al’s is a class act and ambience that many restaurants have lost over time. Truly a elegant experience from days past and excellent history and service. Food is top notch and prepared perfectly! Family owned and operated by St. Louis family!
Al’s is my favorite restaurant. It is always awesome. But this time, it was somehow even better than normal.
I had the escargot, house salad, angel hair pasta with butter/garlic sauce, and the small filet with bernaise sauce. Sounds simple. It was all amazing. One of the best meals ever.
Service was impeccable as always (thanks, Eve).
Service was impeccable, food was good but others have entered the market with equivalent or better food for less.
Great service, incredible food and a memorable occasion
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.
Phenomenal food and service. A true classic restaurant.
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.
Great service and a nice dining experience in a quiet atmosphere, full of local history.