Bar Italia Ristorante

4.5
854 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 854 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Poor service this time. I watched several table after us get drinks before we were even approached by a server.
It took a good 15 minutes after we sat for a server to come over.
Server was not attentive and the bussers would clear my husbands plate from table after each course but for some reason left mine.
I pushed mine to side to hint I was finished but that did not work.

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Archie
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had reservations and were seated promptly. We decided on outside seating and the ambience was wonderful. Wait staff was very courteous and helpful. Food was wonderful.

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vipGPhillip
St. Louis
66 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Bar Italia!!!

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vipRonaldR
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food good but not spectacular. Service a little rushed between salad and main course.

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MadisonS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food and service was great. The tiramisu was a little disappointing and might have been old, but our waiter was able to remove it from the check and was very apologetic about it.

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ValerieF
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my husband’s birthday with his brother and wife. Love the proximity to The Chase Park Plaza where we were staying & the beautifully lit outdoor ambiance. Fresh homemade pasta is incredible. Also enjoyed the gazpacho and spinach salad with roasted salmon. Great service and lively atmosphere.

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Timh
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great patio for outdoor dining. Short on staff, one of the managers stepped up and took care of us. Really enjoyed the evening

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Jimandcindy
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

After ordering they brought bread to the table with NO butter or dipping stuff. We had to ask for something to dip bread in, they brought stale olive oil and nothing else. We had to ask for pepper and grated cheese. Then they brought our salad and an entre we DIDN't order. The guy said this is what you ordered, I said no. We ordered a pasta NOT a beef item. Then they brought the correct pasta but it was COLD. She said it's supposed to be served at room temp. what? Then we noticed both the salad and pasta didn't have all the ingredients the menu described. We questioned and she said they ran out of some of the ingredients so substituted with cashews and they didn't tell us in advance or ask if ok. What if I or my friend were allergic to cashews. Also the spinach salad was awful, no taste to the dressing. The entire experience was TERRIBLE. Never go there again. They did let us order a chicken item and return the pasta.

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bbk04
St. Louis
24 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food was very good and our server was very nice. Getting our food was a very slow process, but like everywhere else, minimal staffing at best. We appreciated the effort.

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JosephM
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would highly recommend! our food was excellent and wait staff was very attentive. It is a very cozy place to eat and unwind.

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KimberlyG
Amarillo
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town to drop our daughter off at WashU and wanted a nice dinner out. I’d heard about Bar Italia from a local WashU parent so we made a reservation. OMG, not sure what I expected but it exceeded all expectations!! We had some of the best Italian food we’ve ever had! Our waiter was very personable and rec’d a nice wine to go with dinner. The patio was so pleasant! Can’t wait to go back!!

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johnF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I love this place! It's our standby, easy neighborhood italian restaurant with really satisfying dishes and a beautiful outdoor patio that is a really beautiful way to spend an evening of food, drink, and conversation with friends.

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vipSTLBOY
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has always been amazing. It was our anniversary making them an obvious choice. They had a special appetizer watermelon salad with balsamic and feta. I had a veal ragu while my wife had a seafood pasta with scallops and shrimp.

Top notch service and a reasonable wine list.

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StacyY
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar Italia is always a great place to dine on a beautiful summer evening. The patio is awesome, great food and service! Happy customers.

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SharonJ
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely garden atmosphere. Delicious, fresh food. Great place to show off St Louis to friends.

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vipDrNick
St. Louis
16 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliable and really excellent menu; delicious salads, locally sourced; entrees are varied and typically include veggie and meat options, all nicely presented. Beef tenderloin is really outstanding

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JenniferA
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything tasted amazing and was well curated. It’s decor is a bit outdated but they make up for it with service and quality.

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vipStewartC
Memphis/West TN
13 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

We have been wanting to try this restaurant ever since we moved to St. Louis. We had some friends in town and had reservations to sit on the patio. We were quickly seated, however that was the quickest thing that happened all night. We were finally greeted by a server who brought us two glasses of water for four people. We were never greeted by our actual waiter until well into the evening and it was just a gruff “are you ready to order? It was frustrating waiting so long to order. When finally we ordered our drinks, it took a while to receive them and when the wine was brought in a bottle, the server left before he opened it. He had to come back and open it and tell us a few more things about the entrée specials, but only when we ask. The food was really great tasting, so that was a good part of it. However, it is unacceptable for reservations to be accepted if they don’t have enough staff to accommodate the diners. It will be a while if we go back.

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service in a long time. Had a wonder butternut squash ravioli dish!

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vipDenise
St. Louis
20 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first outing back from the pandemic, and we were able to reserve a table outside (socially distanced!) near the greenery where there was a lovely breeze. It was perfect! We got a nice crisp wine, carpaccio, the caprese & mixed greens salad (such amazing vinaigrette), and the mushroom penne and balsamic chicken as entrees. Finished with the most amazing expresso martini. Bar Italia was always my go-to for birthdays, date night or other occasions, so it was really nice to be able to return after 2 years.

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TMCWE
St. Louis
17 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Outdoor dining nice and safe. Could be made to look more attractive. Food great

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Alddan
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

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adomer
St. Louis
19 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We made a reservation for outside, but when we arrived they said they didn't have a table outside for us. They didn't apologize nor ask if we wanted to wait until a table was ready, they just immediately sat us at a table. OK. The food was very good, but we were all disappointed to find out that when we asked our pasta to be changed to papparadelle we were charged an upcharge (which the server did not tell us about). The bread was excellent, our appetizers (bruschetta and caprese and beet salads) were delicious. The cocktails were very good. I was a little disappointed by the wine selection. The wine we ordered was apparently not available which we discovered when the bottle was presented to us and it was a different vintage year. Server didn't notice this and couldn't tell us anything about it. We asked several wine questions which she didn't seem to have any knowledge about......no big deal, but if that's the case and your table is interested in wine, you should bring over a wine expert on staff. Other than that, she was a wonderful server. One thing that bothered me was the bathroom........it was dirty and tired. The rails that supported the stalls had at least an inch of dust on them, and it was starting to drip down the side panels of the stalls. It takes serious effort to NOT clean that on the regular.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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vipReggie
St. Louis
35 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great evening- delicious food!

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BryonC
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated daughter’s graduation and the evening could not have been more perfect. Great setting, great service, and great food! Thank you!!

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JaredP
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good! Great service and food

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AnnA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

My salmon was really good, friend #1 had steak. She really liked it. Friend #2 had pork
In a white sauce. Pretty gluey.
We asked for a dessert nenue. We asked every 20 minutes, 3 times. Finally a guy came over and told us what was available.
I didn’t like that we had to wait an hour to find out what desserts you had.
Ann Allen

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Beautiful scenery, delicious food and cocktails. I have to give to 3 stars because the service was very lackluster. The waiter spent more time with the table next to us and I personally felt ignored. I understand places being short due to the pandemic but to watch your waiter’s demeanor change with 3 steps to another table is a turn off. Not sure if I want to give this place another try.

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vipSeaBlume
St. Louis
17 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bar Italia always delivers. We went for our anniversary dinner and we felt relaxed and cared for. Our waitress was especially sweet and efficient. Wine, appetizer and main courses were amazing as usual!

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vipkathleeng
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar Italia is always delish, fun, friendly

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vipMelaineD
St. Louis
35 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a lovely meal o a beautiful evening. Excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Food was great! Service was slow. Our dinner took a solid hour to come out.

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vipSeaLow
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience2

The food here is always outstanding. And with a lot of other restaurants closing in CWE i admire the fact that they are holding on. They DO need to work on the service level but the amazing food makes up for a lot.

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KathyR
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I was disappointed in the salmon.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The meat was excellent though could have been more tender for the price, the vegetables and sides incredibly bland. Make sure you check menu before going. Overall the price was quite staggering compared to the quality of food. I've had better food for cheaper.

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vipreviewer
Chicago
128 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice dinner--very good service. The Pollo Agro Dolce is always great! Enjoyed our evening very much.

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vipindyvisitor
Indiana
60 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. The group had a variety of meals and all were excellent. Nate did a great job of waiting on us!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Not the bar italia I remembered or was hoping for. The food was just ok. Very disappointed.

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 854 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.