Candicci's Restaurant & Bar

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$30 and under
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Italian
We at CANDICCI’S are proud to serve you fine Italian cuisine - pasta, veal, seafood, chicken and beef dishes - made from only the freshest ingredients.

When I first opened CANDICCI’S in 1980, I took as my model the wonderful neighborhood ristorantes that populate New York’s famous “Little Italy” section. I wanted to recreate that special intimate ambience - a blend of attentive, friendly service, casual atmosphere and classic Italian cooking.

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3.9
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BobB
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had never been to Candicci's before. I really enjoyed everything about the places. The wait staff was excellent; the food very good; prices inline with other nice area restaurants. I will definitely return.

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MichaelG
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my wife's birthday with a few friends. We had a great time. Food was very good.

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OpenTable
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always receive great service and the food is always hot and delicious!

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vipPkpnthr
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere, great value, a welcoming staff eager to make your visit memorable...everyone says hello to you!!

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vipCAROLxe
St. Louis
26 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Traditional Italian food. We were the only guests there for a late dinner.
People were cold in the restaurant.

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Colleen
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always awesome, Music during dinner was very good. Not too loud, but was could sing along. Service was excellent! Thank you for a lovely evening with friends!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fiancée and I plus two 6 year old girls had a wonderful Valentines dinner. Food and ambience were wonderful and our waiter was great with our children

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had reservations, however there was a lengthy wait so we ended up going to Massa’s. It was evident that people were seated without reservations or the restaurant overbooked reservations.

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HarryG
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Out-of-towners enjoying some Italian food during our stay. The food was delicious and the service was great. Large portions.

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vipEricA
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We hadn’t been to Candicci’s in many years - since before they moved to Ballwin. We used to frequent both Clayton and Creve Coeur locations and enjoyed both very much. We even had them cater our wedding. Our server was very responsive to us. However, it took over an hour for us to get our food and two of our three meals were cold. The server told us the kitchen got overwhelmed with too many orders at once. Not sure we’ll try them again as there are better, more consistent restaurants much closer to us.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

GREAT service, as always. Food is AMAZING. Everything I’ve had at Candicci’s is excellent. Highly recommended!

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KarenB
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were celebrating a birthday and we were seated in the semi-private room. We all had fabulous food and service. The wine was served in a generous sized glass. Dessert was excellent too!

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StuartT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I was looking for a place to take a first date. I liked the looks of Candicci's but the reviews on service seemed mixed. She knew someone that liked it there. I'm not sure what happened with the other people but our service was excellent. The server and the bus person were always on top of things and asked several times if we needed anything else. The bread was outstanding. The food was very good. We're going back to try the pizza. It looked awesome.

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vipGingin
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very slow service

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TerryD
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

This was New Year's Eve, might have been noisier than usual. Food was great, but restaurant needs some updating which would make dining more pleasant,

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Christmas dinner and was horrible!
We were never told it was a buffet.. will never go again to this restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The food was good, but didnt know it was buffet until I arrived at the restaurant. Some of the food was cold. Even cold, the food was delicious!

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vipJohnT
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Had a Buffett for Christmas Eve. Been there last seven years and was able to order off menu. No warning when we made the reservation. Food was marginal at best. Looks like we will start a new tradition.

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AlisonE
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

We visited on Christmas Eve. Was not told at the time that the only thing being served was a buffet. Food on the buffet was cold, taste was mediocre.

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Diningdeb
St. Louis
20 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Very disappointed. Out for Christmas Eve with family. Didnt realize it was a buffet, that was my fault. However buffet food was Luke warm and many of the dishes virtually tasteless. While the salad looked delicious, it lacked any taste of dressing . Pasta dishes were okay but as I said only slightly warm. The desserts were tasty but unfortunately they were warm. Coconut custard and the like really need to be chilled. Prime rib and the shrimp were good. Will think twice before going to the Candicci’s in Ballwin. Sorry for the not so stellar review ☹️

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vipBruceK
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

one of the guests at our table had to send back his meal. It was not hot and had an off taste. The rest of us were satisfied. the noise level was high and the accordion music added to that.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food, great atmosphere, excellent service. Great value – not overpriced at all. Will be back often!

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vipBruceK
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

nice local place to dine for the entire family as there is something for everyone to eat

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bump2r
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I ordered the tutto mare. It was a huge bowl of pasta, but it needed seasoning.

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DebS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Out of six adults, 3 entrees were messed up and horrible. Food came out cold or not as menu described. I had made reservations for a Birthday celebration. Waiter never acknowledged the Birthday and came up with numerous reasons why our orders were wrong. One person went without eating because her entree was stone cold ( shrimp scampi). Horrible experience!!!

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vipMarleneW
St. Louis
78 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice evening with friends. Our food was very good, but our friends ordered a pizza with mushrooms and it came with olives. They accepted that because they did not want to wait for another one. However, when the bill came, they were charged extra for mushrooms! They did not take it off the bill either! Disappointing.

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HelenB
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the lunch special - salad and tutumare - both excellent. There were 8 of us and everyone seemed pleased with what they ordered.

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chefraecooks
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Too long of a wait for food, clunky large bowls for pasta with enormous amounts for one person, the drink I got was so strong I couldn’t drink it. When I found this place I expected a little more class, but to me it was run down, plastic/rubber like tablecloths. I’m glad I spent my opentable gift certificate here, because I would have been really disappointed if I had to spend the $50. I would have preferred to go to red lobster or olive garden.

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MattL
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and enjoyed the band.

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vipDonnaO
St. Louis
58 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

From the beginning to end, it was a bad experience, except for the entertainment (Mike & Leslie). The hostess was in a tizzy, seemingly confused. She couldn't find 2 menus. It took an hour to get our food. When I asked about the delay, our waiter said several kitchen employees had recently quit and they were short-handed. The pasta bolognese had no meat (apparently someone doesn't understand what "bolognese" means. I ordered a chicken dish which was supposed to have a balsamic vinegar sauce, but the entire dish was black with a puddle of straight balsamic vinegar, instead of a reduction. I could not eat the vegetables, which I was looking forward to. The bread was good.

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vipty50
St. Louis
32 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sat outside, perhaps they could invest fly zapper!
Enjoyed the evening...

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vipJimG
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience1

The waiter tried but just not a place to go back to. Musty smell when you walk in door and you don’t get a sense the place ins clean. Food is average.

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DianeP
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the music also. We dine at Candicci's frequently but do not get a chance to make it on a Wed night too often. Wonderful food, great entertainment.

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vipLeonW
St. Louis
62 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Belated Father’s Day dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Apparently we went for our first time on a BAD night. Made our reservation on open table, went in got seated right away. Overheard the hostess and the waiter arguing bc he didn’t feel like he could take another table. Sat down and waited almost 10 min before anyone came over to take a drink order. Looking around the place was busy but everyone looked mad. The waiter told us they were running a little slow bc two cooks had not shown up. There was no customary bread to offer bc their weren’t enough cooks to keep up. He took our order and it took over an hour to get our food. We noticed another table receive bread right after being seated so we asked if there was bread available while we were waiting for our food and our waiter went to check and came back 10 min later with bread. I thought for sure that for how long they were making customers wait for food that they would offer free drinks or something...but nothing. I’m pretty sure the owner or maybe a manager was walking around and they offered nothing for the poor service. I really empathize with restaurants when they get stuck with low staff etc but I would also expect them to handle it more professionally the staff were all walking around complaining. If they knew they were that slow in food they should NOT have been seating tables.

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SteveB
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Candicci's Restaurant has great Italian food. Our server was, perhaps, overextended due to the number of tables that were in his section. Consequently, service was less than stellar. Unfortunately, we were seated very close to a large party of people, one of whom was overly loud and obnoxious. The accordian player was a nice touch, but the volume at which he was playing was very distracting to carrying on a quiet conversation with our table of eight that evening.

We dine at Candicci's regularly, and we really enjoy the happy hour specials. Overall, Candicci's represents a very good choice for dining. The staff and management are very accommodating.

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MikeW
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food and drinks were great and service on point, 5 starts.
2-star ambiance because: 1) food and dirty napkin under our initial table...I smeared the food around with my shoe before figuring out the problem (just have staff check under tables when they clean the top), 2) wife's wine arrived with a fruit fly floating on the top (they replaced it) and we had another fruit fly buzzing around our meal as we ate (google "how to get rid of fruit flies"...they are unnecessary and yucky), 3) decor is showing it's age.

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vipsfgirl
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food and ambience, my only criticism is that my food came out much later than everyone else at my table. It was so late that I had to have mine to go because everyone was done eating and ready to leave. That alone should have prompted the waitress to remove it from the bill or at least comp me a drink.

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vipKjnuss
Phoenix
34 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

My pasta was so bland I asked for red pepper flakes and it still was lack luster. Our service was awful. We will not be returning.

Candicci's Restaurant & Bar
Responded on May 21, 2019

Hi, I want to apologize for your poor experience. Usually our food is not lacking flavor. If you would be willing to, I would appreciate if you would call the restaurant and give us your address and I will send you a gift certificate to come in and give us another try on us. Thanks -Mar

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vipLeonW
St. Louis
62 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always. Seating for small and large groups.

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