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About Cafe Natasha's
More than a Saint Louis original, Café Natasha’s offers Persian inspired cuisine with a focus on bold flavor. Everything is fresh. Everything is homemade. Taste buds delight in diverse offerings from exclusively marinated Sirloin Steak Kabob to vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu options like the critic-acclaimed Grilled Pomegranate Eggplant. Best known for an expertise in lamb, guest favorites include fall-off-the-bone Braised Lamb Shank, Charbroiled Lamb Chops and savory Persian lamb stews.
Celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, the recently renovated restaurant boasts sleek contemporary comfort with the warmth of Persian art and hospitality. Owner/Chef Hamishe and daughter Natasha are often spotted making their rounds with their guests, many on a first-name basis with the family. Affordable and approachable, Café Natasha’s has many options including a casual bar area, main dining room and a large outdoor patio and garden to enjoy dining al-fresco this summer.
St. Louis, MO 63118
Persian, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Tuesday 11:30am -9:00pm.
Thursday - Saturday 11:30am - 10:00pm.
Sunday 11:30am - 9:00pm.
$30 and under
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music and belly dancing on the patio for summer entertainment.
Hamishe and Behshid Bahrami
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
Cafe Natasha's Ratings and Reviews
We did have a large party of 12 but with reservations well in advance so it was no surprise.
It took 20 mins for her to take drink orders, after we had to ask for drink menus in the first place.
When she did take our food order about 45 mins later, it took 1.5 hours for our food to come out. She never came back to ask how things were going in that 1.5 hour time she had to be waved down. I've been there before with large group and they did separate checks she 1st said yes then came back and said no bc the cc company charges too much. By the way she still ran the same amount of cards she would have had to in the 1st place . She was nice once she brought us our bill.
Understand it was a large group and which we do A LOT and other places but this night was just poor. Poor service, if the kitchen is backed up you let us know, you check on us don't avoid us.
This is not my kind of place. My palate is pretty basic. But I knew my out-of-town guest would love it and he did. There is one thing on the menu I like, and anytime I go there, it's what I get. It was delicious as always. The steak is cooked right and seasoned well as is the chicken (although a little dry this time), and the rice was perfect as always.
The service was good and just speedy enough. The water glass never got below half.
I think the place is a little pricey for the area, but I don't go often enough that it breaks my wallet. But I definitely would only come here for special occasions rather than a weekly or bi-weekly stop like I do at other restaurants on Grand (I live just a couple blocks away).
We were on the dining room side and even though only about half the tables were full, the noise level was excessive. We could hardly hold a conversation.
The ambiance in the dining room is pretty blah, but the bar side and outdoor patio are spectacular.
First off, do yourself a favor and go an hour early. The expert folks in Natasha's Gin Room make really amazing cocktails, even if you think you don't like Gin. (I told them I like Manhattans. They made a shockingly Manhattan-like cocktail with Gin.)
The Persian food is delicious and authentic. On the night we went, there seemed to be a staff shortage - it took 45 minutes to get appetizers after being seated, then another 45 to get entrees. I suspect this is an aberration, so don't be deterred. The wine list is minimal at best, so you might want to stick to cocktails or a Persian drink.
A great place for a kabobs. We sat outside, scenery nothing too fancy, but the flowers and plants made it peaceful and nice. I had the beef, which was tender and flavorful. Also tried the chicken, it was a bit dry, but spiced perfectly. Service was a bit slow, but we were in no hurry.
CN is quickly becoming one of our favorite restaurants. New to the area on the Illinois side, CN is always worth the drive. Third visit in the books: 6 entrees, 6 different appetizers, 6 different gin specialities, and their dessert.....have yet to find anything less than stellar. A must go to if in STL!
Overall our experience was great. The food was excellent. Very well seasoned and very tasty. The only bad things was the service was not stellar. We also didn't get any pita bread with our entrees. But other than that, it was great and we will definitely be back.
We had a 7pm reservation for 4. We arrived around 7:05 and checked in. Table was not ready. We spent about 10 mins at the bar until our friends arrived. Another 5-10 mins later we got seated. It took about 15-20 mins for our server to make 1st contact. We ordered an appetizer as well as our entree. Another 20-25 minutes the entree arrived. We looked at the server and asked where our appetizer was. She apologized and said there must have been a mix up. At this point we were very hungry so we started to eat. I must say the food way very good. After dinner we had our coffee and asked for the bill. To our surprise they included the appetizer. We requested the server to remove it from the bill. After another set of apologies we received our updated bill. We left a very poor tip and left.
I am not going to say I will never go back but I was shocked that we were not comped for a portion of our bill. That is the least they could have done for us. Disappointing service and evening.
My girlfriend and I went here prior to a show at the Fox on a Tuesday night. I had the Lamb Birayni and she had the Beef Shish Kabob. Both dishes were excellent. Lamb was a little fatty. Portions were the right size. Definitely not American sized. Suggest an appetizer if you're hungry. I had the Gin drink of the day and was happy it wasn't overpowering. My girlfriend had hot Persian tea which was fine. Service was great except one bus girl bringing a little too much peronal life to work. Overall I look forward to the next visit.
I remember the lamb chops being fantastic, but not on this nite. My husband got the 2 beef kabob and although it he flavor was good, the texture reminded me of the frozen meatballs at SAMs club. Infused liquer was good, as was the salad dressing. Lamb was ok, but not as good as I remembered (3 years ago)
We were in town for the weekend and found Cafe Natasha on Opentable. We love different cuisines and couldn't be happier with our choice. Service was excellent. Food was outstanding from the appetizers, to our lamp stew to the incredible home made ice cream and sorbet. And the gin bar was a surprise! We had no idea there were so many gin options and tonic combinations. We did the gin flight and is was excellent. Highly recommended restaurant!
First time to the South Grand area to go to Cafe Natasha's, and it was a pleasant surprise. This is a very good Persian restaurant. Can certainly recommend the rice dishes and the Persian ice cream. Good drinks menu, too. Outdoor seating quite pleasant. Will return.
Cafe Natasha has for me always been know for excellent food and service. More recently they added a gin bar that is really unique and innovative augmenting the wonderful Persian cuisine. Now they have decided to "dress the place up" with new furnishings and wall decor. This is truly a neighborhood gem that keeps getting better.
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