Al's Restaurant

4.8
645 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Al's has defined fine-dining in St. Louis for 94 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 Chateaubriand, and our signature dish, "Beef Romano". Try Bananas Foster flambé for a sweet after dinner indulgence, or perhaps one of our coffee specialties. Third and fourth generations of the Barroni family invite you to join us for a nightly celebration of outstanding food, wine and ambiance.
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CourtneyC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Giving 5 stars because I cannot give it more. By far the best meal I have had in my life! The food was incredible. We went to celebrate our anniversary during COVID-19, but they took such great measures that I felt safe while there. By the time dinner was over I felt like we we were part of the Al's family, because they took such great care of us. It was wonderful. A must for a special occassion.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent experience at Al’s! First, they are taking every precaution to provide a safe and ultra clean environment for all. My husband and I both ordered the filet Oscar for our entrees- the obvious choice!! Gary and James offered truly top notch service and made the entire experience a fantastic one. My husband and I have both traveled extensively and eaten at many fine dining establishments around the world and Al’s rates at the top of the list. We love this St. Louis institution. It was our first night out in quite some time, and we are so happy that we chose to go to Al’s.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al’s is a St. Louis gem! Highly recommend for any special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Introducing our son to a stlouis landmark restaurant

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viplhess
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at Al’s was star-studded from start to finish. We sat at the sweetest corner table - The Sinatra Table. Frank actually ate at this table and there are autographed photos of Ole Blue Eyes on the wall. During COVID-19 the place was a bit empty, but the owners husband waited on us and mixed our cocktails. He gave us the history of the restaurant. Memorabile evening in St. Louis!

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BillW
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic evening - the Filet Oscar was superb! The presentation and service by our server and his assistant James was outstanding. The background and history of Al's always lend an element to the experience that can't be found anywhere else. Al's always has been, and still is one of the greats.

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FoodieG
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The ambiance and history of Al's is amazing and is the main attraction making it worth the trip into an otherwise abandoned area of St Louis City. Instead of menus, the server describes the meats with preparation options and ala carte sides. No prices are mentioned although they do ask up front who is paying the bill which is odd. Expect $100+ per person for a full meal.
Servers are very attentive refilling water and wine, but not iced tea, and very slow to bring additional bread we requested. Plates are assembled tableside for presentation. Unfortunately, when serving much difficulty was had serving dishes to the correct person. We ordered filets of various sizes and temperatures. The first gentleman served cut right in and shared bites with others waiting for their meals. Only after other dishes were finally served was it obvious the wrong steak had been served to him initially. This resulting in leaving only half a filet for the person it should have gone to originally (offer was made to share however was too raw for his tastes). The $19 side of asparagus consisted of 6 bland stalks, the carrots were a better value but were still raw, the potatoes were okay, one side dish was missing.
The next day, it was discovered a lobster (which we had not ordered nor received) had been added to our bill. My initial call went unreturned however they called my husband back immediately. While they did eventually credit us, it was only after they argued a need to review security footage to be sure it wasn't delivered to our table.

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vipwillmose
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful birthday dinner with my wife.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always amazing at Al’s! You can’t find places like this anymore with the service and food quality you get. A truly, one of a kind place that takes you back to the good old days with every meal. There is a reason it was one of Sinatra’s fave local spots. Class all the way.

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vipBrettW
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always superb.

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ChristopherB
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful fine dining restaurant with a rich history. My wife and I go for every anniversary.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
78 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very eclectic, historic and beautiful. An evening at Al's is more than just a meal, it's an evening to remember. Old world, superb service paired with some of the best food you can find anywhere. It's truly an evening to remember.

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Neil
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place. Old school full service

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vipJoshuaS
Pittsburgh
39 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Melissa was an absolutely wonderful hostess and server. Her service was quick and she knew everything off the top of her head. The entire staff was far and above being helpful and accommodating. Everyone was regularly checking in and helping each other out. The food was out of this world. Makes me wish this was back home in Pittsburgh. Cant wait to come back again on the next visit to STL for work or play. Seriously an amazing experience.!

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NancyD
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had not been back to Al's for the last 15 years but it had not changed. It was wonderful and the waiters were awesome . Food was terrific.

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vipBobby
Cincinnati
246 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Al’s. It is my favorite restaurant in the world. At least I rate it better than any restaurant I’ve ever been to.

Bob, our server, is the best! He’s been at Al’s for 35 years and knows everything.

Food is second to none.

Thank you Al’s for another special Valentines dinner!

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KenS
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We waited excessively to be served and later we were informed they were short staff. The table that was seated about 20 minutes after us, we were served with throughout the dinner including dessert, so they became the lead to our evening. Our food arrived modestly cool and the steaks were prepared wrong. It was easily noticeable the steaks waited for the attention of our server (Brenton). Why do they have a coffee maker in the dining room that has not worked for over 15 years, (informed by staff), I thought was bizarre. Dinner for 2 at $315 before tip would have been priceless, if the evening was executed as promoted by Al's. Al's is the last of the Laclede Landing River front and will soon turn its lights off.

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vipJosette
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best of show! We loved it and loved our waitress!

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vipLorettaR
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! I can’t believe I have never been there before. Highly recommend!

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PaulJ
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been many years since I had been to Al's. the passage of time did not diminish the "Al's experience" in the least.

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HouseOfPayne
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time my wife and I have been to Al's and it was fantastic once again!! We brought some friends with us who had never been before and they loved it as well. Atmosphere, food, and service we're exceptional once again! Thank you for another excellent dining experience!!

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vipGarryW
St. Louis
19 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, professional service, and a dining room that is historic and inviting. Don’t miss this St Louis treasure.

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vipMust66ng
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bob, our host was awesome as we’re the rest of the staff! Very attentive but not hovering. The best dining experience ever! The food and wine were unsurpassed taste and quality.

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Erik
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing and the steak was perfection! I would rate this as the best restaurant in St. Louis!

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BillW
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing evening and dinner! The steak was perfection, flavorful char on the outside, cooked to the right temp, tender and juicy. Twice baked was colossal, loaded and cheesy. Lobster tail was delicious, tender and buttery. Both the lobster bisque and veal meatball soups we some of the best we have ever had. Staff is attentive and happy to share the restaurant's storied history which adds to the whole experience. Al's is hands down the best around, we will be back.

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ColleenP
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We expected a fine dining experience but were greatly disappointed. $180 per person got us mediocre lobster bisque, flavorless creamed spinach, glass of sweet Chardonnay (house wine) and tough lobster tail. The filet was excellent but the bearnaise sauce was reheated and lumpy. Apple pie? Puff pastry with a few apples barely warmed.
The decor, from a time long past, wasn’t enhanced by dusty chandeliers or the corroded faucets, and peeling wallpaper in the ladies restroom.
We won’t be back.

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EmilyB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al's Restaurant provides a very unique dining experience.
The service is excellent and the food is fantastic. I think it may be the best meal that I've ever had.

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vipLauraC
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every thing was done first class!

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vipGaryK
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I had not been to Al’s in over 10 years, maybe 15. We all were looking forward to it. One of us had the pork chop and said it was excellent. The rest of us had the 12oz filet done Al’s style with prosciutto, cheese, and bread crumbs. 2 of these were supposed to be medium, mine was supposed to be medium rare. Mine cam out slightly below rare, and the others were at most rare. The wine service needs to be modernized. We brought on bottle of wine and purchased another. The serving staff completely filled the wine glasses and emptied both bottles at one time rather than filling the glasses half way and revisiting the table to pour more wine as needed. I am not certain that I can convince my dining partners to return and I am not sure that I will either.

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vipBobby
Cincinnati
246 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another outstanding meal and experience at Al’s.

I ordered the Steak Diane, which is no longer on the “menu”, but the chef accommodated my request as always. It was wonderful. Best steaks any where.

Service was impeccable. We absolutely adore this place. Always our first choice when we visit St. Louis.

Al's Restaurant
Responded on September 23, 2019

Appreciate the kind words, we always enjoy when you are in town. It's our pleasure to serve you. One of the most rewarding benefits is getting to know our guests and building long-standing relationships. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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vipJamesW
St. Louis
21 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Celebration

Al's Restaurant
Responded on September 20, 2019

Thank you for celebrating your special day at Al's! We appreciate your business and great review!!

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JessicaR
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved Al's! This is not a place you go to "grab a bite". It's a special occasion place. The service was wonderful. Our server did everything he could to accommodate and make sure we had a great time. Food, especially steak, was exceptional. It is a classic for sure!

Al's Restaurant
Responded on September 20, 2019

Thank you, Jessica. It was our pleasure to serve you and we appreciate your great comments! Cheers to your anniversary - we hope to see you again in the near future.

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ChadR
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The staff was wonderful! The restaurant left a lot to be desired. In desperate need of remodeling. The appetizer was delicious! The dinner salad was very good. The main entree was ok. Ala cart asparagus had no flavor.

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Lasagnapilot
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

First impression of the exterior was really disappointing. Old, run down building with a parking lot that had a dry erase board for a marker sign.. really??? Inside it felt like you slipped into a 1950’s era mafia hangout with the low ceilings and dim lighting. Wood work was exceptional, being hand carved by local monastery monks. Server was a bit air headed and giggly, completely unprofessional. Lobster bisque was bland with only a small piece of lobster, salad was ok, steak was tender and temp was correct. Info says it was voted in the “Top 10 steakhouses in America “, we just don’t see how. This was a Friday night and we were only one of four couples in the place. How can an establishment survive? Overall I’m glad we tried the place, but for my money I’ll go to Porter’s or Ruth’s Chris.

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MarkW
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al's is much more than a dinner-it's an experience. Fascinating history that the waiter's enjoy sharing. Excellent food. Pricey but well worth it!!!

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MattS
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great food, and unbelievable service.

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Wisely2016
Memphis/West TN
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love our experience for our anniversary, absolutely loved talking with Gary and Charles we felt at home and part of the family

Al's Restaurant
Responded on July 24, 2019

Thank you for the kind words! We were very happy to be a part of making your anniversary special.

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CandKtogether
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As we shared with Bob, we had not been to Al's in years and years. We were delighted to have an enjoyable evening. It is always pleasant to find an experience protected by past successes.

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PatN
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had not been to Al's for some time and our visit was exceptional.

Al's Restaurant
Responded on July 11, 2019

Thank you for returning to Al's! We are glad you found the experience 'exceptional' and we are always honored when chosen for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service & ambience are everything you could want. It’s pricey but worth it!

Al's Restaurant
Responded on July 11, 2019

Thank you for your great review! We are glad you enjoyed the "Al's" dining experience and hope to have the opportunity to serve you again in the future.

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Al's Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (314) 421-6399.

Al's Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 645 OpenTable diners.

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