Bar Italia Ristorante

4.5
822 Reviews
$31 to $50
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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 822 people are saying
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963chris
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

good ambience, good food + good arrangements considering all the covid mess we are in :)

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AaronP71
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They’re back! Food was awesome and the place feels like home. Made for a perfect New Year’s Eve celebration

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SamOGgb
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I had NYE dinner here. The food was great and the service was excellent! I love the ambiance.

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StephenL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an amazing place. the service, covid caution and the food is great. We have gone for years and are never sorry.

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vipNicoleG
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience1

First time visiting this restaurant. The atmosphere was oddly quiet and awkward. The food was all just ok, but the service was pretty poor. There were very few customers, but our server was extremely slow and not attentive at all. He came across very disengaged in his job and just went through the motions. We waiting significantly long between his visits and almost 30 minutes before we could find him to get our check after we finished eating. It’s kind of sad considering how many restaurants are closed for inside dining. I’m sure other servers would be grateful for the job. He obviously didn’t care too much. I won’t be returning.

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Holly
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Fresh bread with carpaccio. Yum. Will be back.

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ChasC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar Italia provided great food in a great setting. The service was excellent. We felt very welcomed and will return.

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SuzanneB
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy the food. Even with a shortened menu we found exactly what we wanted for dinner.
Excellent service, very attentive and friendly staff.
Even with the socially distant spacing of tables, the ambience is still warm and cozy.

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vipKeithM
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had a confirmed reservation for 3 people. When we arrived at the restaurant, they did not have a table for us, they sat us outside in the cold, plastic tent. We had a confirmed "inside" dining reservation. While we were waiting, a couple just walked in from the outside, sat down right next to our table. I explained the Covid seating to the waitress...then they took the couple with NO reservation inside to wait for a table. When we asked them, they skirted the issue. We left, went to Retreat Gastro Pub and had a fabulous dinner. Never again!!!

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vippfo1
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous patio and food. Attentive but not overbearing service. Thank you for a lovely evening!

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vipStephenM
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor in a tent. Very comfortable. Good spacing. Good ventilation. And of course the food is delicious

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DebbieB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The manager was great. It was almost closing time. But he accommodated us.

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vipESES
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Loved the patio!

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vipyumyum
St. Louis
85 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seated in the small room and it was quiet. Choices for vegetarians and meat lovers. Appetizers, pastas and mains were all tasty.

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JohnandJeanneS
Omaha
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's been five years since we tried Bar Italia (moved away). Glad we stopped on Saturday night. Wonderful dinner for three people - Salome, Bistecca alla Grigliz and Fettuccine Tri Amici were all wonderful. The wine recommended by our server were excellent.

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BradK
Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time celebrating my birthday! The owner was very gracious and super knowledgeable of the wine pairing.

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vippfo1
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely neighborhood spot. The food and service are excellent. We enjoyed our entrees, and the server suggested a very nice wine. Recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Typically this is a very good restaurant. However, on Valentine’s Day, the experience was NOT good. The steak arrived rare and when it was sent back to be cooked to medium the individual who brought it out never said a word and just dropped the plate on the table. When cutting into the steak it was still rare and largely not eatable. Likewise, the other person in the party ordered a pasta with vegetables Which arrived cold. I understand Valentine’s Day is a very busy day for restaurants, though this is not the experience I am used to having at bar Italia.

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TimM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Spent $190 on dinner. My wife had lamb chops and a rum and pineapple juice. I had the tenderloin a Tanqueray and tonic and 1 glass of Cabernet with my dinner. Lamb chops were over cooked. My tenderloin was really good. Ambiance was good. Service was pretty good. Limited menu. Pretty meh restaurant a lot of money. Overall disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere. Happy that they serve grappa as well! A St. Louis gem.

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Marion
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Bar Italia is a favorite. The menu is varied; the food is well prepared and presented. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and available; the service is correct without being stuffy.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food!!

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Midwesterners
Naples
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great experience. Our table near the window was private but a little cold — but the food and service made up for that!

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BarbaraS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, good service. Overall, a lovely dining experience. The owner came by our table and made suggestions for an after dinner drink. There are many options for Italian food in St. Louis, but this is really a cut above.

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vipSeaBlume
St. Louis
15 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hannah was our server. Amazing experience.

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vipDanC
Oklahoma City
42 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We found Bar Italia on a recent trip to St. Louis. We dined early (5pm) so the noise was at a minimum. Both appetizers (bruschetta and caponata) were great. Both pasta dishes were good.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

James was our waiter for dinner and his service style was attentive and friendly. He was able to give good recommendations based on our questions and made us feel as if we made the right choice to spend our money and enjoy our dining experience at this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NYE dinner and everything was excellent!!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious!!

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CLark
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was very good. A little loud if you have any type of hearing deficiency.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The noise level was extreme. However, it was Christmas Eve and we were next to a large group. It only slightly distracted from the dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a lovely dinner on Christmas Eve with my husband. He throughly enjoyed the hibiscus cocktail!

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vipMaryKayS
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Dinner before the theatre.

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Reed
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff holiday dinner

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kelly was an exceptional waitress. Very attentive, quick, and patient with us. We had a great time.

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BillH
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful fettucunni tutti mare with a light and delicate butter garlic sauce.

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vipSuperb
Orange County
106 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Disappointing dinner at Bar Italia. Previous visits had provided great food and solid service. However, on our most recent visit we encountered a rushed main course that was flung upon our table as salads were still being eaten - poor timing.
Fennel salad was very good, but that was the highlight. Bolognese ragu was OK but not as hearty as we recalled.
Finally, no tiramisu available. At an Italian restaurant? How difficult is it to make this Italian staple dessert on an otherwise quiet night? Do you run out of this dessert in a half full restaurant because you no longer care?
All in all, the experience fell far short of the excellent expectations set by our three previous visits to Bar Italia.

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PhillipR
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We were taking some friends out to celebrate their recent wedding. It took forever to get our guest's entree, which was rare when she got it. They took it back and it came out blackened. Third time it was fine, but all the little veggies on the plate were gone. It looked so good when it first came out. Then, my wife's food made her sick and she had to leave. Not a great wedding present! The poor waitress tried so hard, but she seemed overworked and was almost running around. They took the lamb off, gave us a free cocktail and a gift card. We won't be going back, though. The place seemed nice, and I could accept that our situation was a fluke. This was just our unlucky experience.

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vipGreg
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were in St Louis for a wedding, we needed a nice restaurant near the Chase Park Plaza for our ever changing number of out-of-town guests for a Friday night dinner.
The service was great. Changing the reservation for 12 to 8, and then to 13 people - 45 minutes before we arrived - was no problem. We had our own long table in a separate room, with a dedicated server. The food was delicious. There were two wine lists with several wines we recognized, we went with the Poggio.
Overall, a New York level food experience, with a lower noise level, a much lower bill, and the congenial service that I enjoy in the St. Louis area.

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Katie
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our other reservations canceled on us last minute and with a group of twelve, I was concerned I wouldn't be able to find anything so I was super grateful for Bar Italia finding space for us and making us feel welcome! The food was pretty expensive but the drinks were really great - I ordered the bellini. The location is great as well and made for great bar hopping fun.

FAQs

Bar Italia Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (314) 361-7010.

Bar Italia Ristorante is rated 4.5 stars by 822 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.