Bar Italia Ristorante

4.5
718 reviews
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Italian
For authentic Italian cuisine come join us at Bar Italia Ristorante! Join us in the heart of the Central West End, but feel like you're in Italy! We serve upscale Italian unlike anything else you've had in Saint Louis...We promise a dining experience you're sure to remember!

We can accommodate large parties as well. Parties of 8 or more please call in for reservations.
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OT
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For more than 20 years, Bar Italia has been outstanding. It offers top notch dining in a perfect location for a special event, a friends dinner, or to impress out of town business guests. Never disappointing!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We had a table of 5 on Saturday night. Two wine orders were wrong, and the server had to come back multiple times to repeat our food orders. Of the 5 dishes, 3 came out cold, one was undercooked (the risotto special) and only one was good. Given the other choices in the area, I’d never make a repeat trip to this place

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SS
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I can understand why they have been around for 35 years. Solid.

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LM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The wait staff was attentive. We stayed longer than most at our table, as we were celebrating a birthday. Food was great; try the pasta dishes with scallops and shrimp ... they were fabulous.

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TB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place to spend an evening. We had a meal and attended a welcome event for a wedding weekend.

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SD
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great choice for food and outdoor seating!

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LH
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

The food is the only redeeming factor of this restaurant and the outside patio. The service last night was horrendous and has only been marginally better with past visits. Unfortunately I don’t think we’ll be returning as there are much better options in town that will provide both delicious food and amazing customer service.

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JA
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Birthday lunch-nice patio

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LW
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. A little pricey. Some screaming patrons.

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c
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

All very nice but we were there at 7 pm on a Saturday night for a romantic dinner and were seated by a loud large group and a table with two noisy young children. Could not move because the place was almost full. Really spoiled the night.

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OT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Fill in the blanks for a great Valentine’s Day! Will be coming back to take my family this weekend!! Literally.

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M
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were fortunate enough to thoroughly enjoy a lovely Valentine's Day dinner at Bar Italia. Decorations were lovely and there was a jazz trio playing live music. Our server was excellent - very attentive and he provided the utmost of service throughout the entire meal. The food is always fantastic and very fresh at Bar Italia - this night was no exception. We were seated in the Wine Room, often used for special occasions and overflow on special nights. This setting was beautiful. We are wine drinkers and the choices were ample, with very high-quality wines. Our server was quite knowledgeable about the wines and also about all of the food dishes, providing some much-appreciated recommendations. Dinner was superb, starting with salads that were delicious and always made from the freshest of ingredients with very sizable portions. One of us had a pasta dish, while the other enjoyed a chicken entree'. Both were great and portions were, once again, ample. Prices were as we expected and reasonable for this type of high-caliber restaurant. We were pleased to enjoy such a fantastic meal in such a gorgeous setting, without dealing with overly-inflated prices. Bar Italia continues to be one of our favorites and we enjoyed this special night tremendously. We will return - everyone there works very hard to make it the best it can possibly be in every way - and we highly recommend it to you.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day. Great service & great food!

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TS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We hadn't been to Bar Italia in years. Unfortunately it has gone downhill quite a bit. St Louis is full of better restaurants for Italian cuisine. Also, parking is terrible there.

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LF
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a birthday dinner with another couple before going to the Sheldon for a concert. We had plenty of time to have drinks, dinner, dessert and get to the show with time to spare. Service was attentive but not overbearing.

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GS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I hadn't been in Bar Italia in a long time so I was excited to go back. It wasn't crazy busy on New Year's Eve. I liked the food and experience but it wasn't Bar Italia great like I have had in the past.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had cranky kids at end of a long day and a table of 10. Service was remarkable and food was fantastic. Kids actually ate and enjoyed it as did the parents. Thank you!

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LM
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Needs to feel more cozy. Decorations were just plain.

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JE
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had not been to Bar Italia for probably 15 years but for some reason we went 3 weeks ago for the Holidays. I was pleasantly surprised with the authenticity of the experience...from the quirky decor to unique Italian dishes, to speaking with the owner about wines. The pricing is very fair and we will go back in the spring when we can sit outside!

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

For the cost, I expected significantly better food. Strangely the tables seemed far too cheap for the attempt at a "classy" ambiance.

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JT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hosted a business dinner for 12 here during the holiday season, and it was the perfect venue. The food was spectacular, the service attentive, and the accommodations detail oriented. I planned my event only a few days prior and Nicole was extremely helpful with menu selection and ensuring my group had a private section in the restaurant. I highly recommend Bar Italia and will certainly be returning soon!

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KA
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a favorite for business dinners. The food is stellar, the wine list is exceptional, and the service is always fantastic. There are several veggie-friendly meny items--I highly recommend the Fettucini Siciliana--so there's something for everyone.

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F
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the bruschetta special: Tomato, pesto, artichoke and ricotta with mozzarella melted on top - Wow!!

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m
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Poor service.

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MB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Service nice, but main courses came out while we were still eating our salads and no attempt to take away salads or wait. Very odd. Ambiance just OK

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c
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Local Favorite deteriorating fast. This restaurant used to have great ambiance and fabulously consistent food. The new area is big and feels vacant, with no atmosphere at all. Minimal decorating makes you feel like you got assigned the kid's table. I don't know whether the restaurant changed owners or chefs, but the caponata used to be flavorful full of thick tomato paste and is now akin to Italian salsa. The pesto pasta was far from al dente, yet still managed to be cold. Bread is now not high quality toasted rounds, but chewy section of a French baguette. The service was solid and the wine list impressive, although $16/glass for a Primitivo is a bit steep. Two other guests also ordered pasta dishes and they were poorly presented and just unappetizing in appearance. Taste was okay, but not outstanding.

I used to say this would be my last meal on earth, but no longer.

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WW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place had it all good food, good wine, a beautiful patio, and wonderful staff.

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AA
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I really enjoyed this place. Great wine list, great food, and our server was a lot of fun would highly recommend.

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A
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Took some visiting co-workers and they loved it! Awesome food and service.

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SW
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived as they opened for lunch and Jason took us to a lovely table under the tent on the patio.
He was wonderful. Seated us, served the food, made the drinks. I highly recommend the Espresso Martini!
The food was very good and we will be back for dinner soon.

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MR
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We love making the drive here for birthdays or special occasions. Everything is usually very very good. My steak this time was pretty undercooked for my liking, but overall everything was good.

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y
St. Louis
72 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Authentically Italian recipes from a dedicated group of people who are proud of their grounding in the culture of Cucina. Don't look here for spaghetti and meatballs but do try the Pollo Agro Dolce, chicken in a sweet and sour sauce with the accent on sweetness from raisins and currants.

If you are a wine aficionado ask about their cellar list which has some exclusive selections that sets them apart from the usual. Cocktails are equally exciting .

If it is not too hot sit on the expansive patio and watch The Central West End at its best.

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BZ
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our go-to spot for group dinner. Delicious food. Wonderful patio.

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EG
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Need better valet service. Need mosquito deterrent.

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ME
St. Louis
51 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have enjoyed this restaurant several times and find the food to be delicious. The menu has a varied selection and there are always specials to enjoy. The only drawback is very active street parking but there is also a parking garage in the block that terminates across from Bar Italia. "Neighborhood gem" is the best description for this restaurant.

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HS
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Produce used in salads was extremely fresh and flavorful. Service was attentive but not hovering. Owner came out to greet us.

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n
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I wish the service was better and the menu was more varied. But it was good. It would be better if they had a kids menu and some better salad options and more varied menu with some tradition chicken cutlet offers (grilled chicken Milanese, chicken parm) and some pastas like ravioli.... we enjoyed our meal though. Service was slow although the staff was super nice.

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FR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Unfortunately being a restaurant owner myself I was a bit disappointed at the lamb chops I ordered. I ordered them med rare and got one basically uncooked, one med well and one done the way I asked. The flavors were great and the other five people in my group got what they ordered and pretty much liked it. My issue was not that they weren’t cooked to my request but that when I told the waitress, Bianca who by the way was outstanding; it was that no manger ever came to the table or allowed Bianca to offer me to get them corrected or get something else. We were given two desserts on the House. I would recommend but would have preferred a bit more concern given the dish was one of the more expensive ones on the menu

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JF
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

as always, Bar Itlaia delivered a memorable evening. The gorgeous patio was perfect, our waiter friendly and efficient, drinks perfect, dinner entrees delightful. Our only regret? We just didn't have any room for dessert!

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BB
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was very good, but, for us, two years in a row the service has been lacking. Very little attention paid to table by main waitress after initial order.

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