Ibby's - Washington University
The food was not cooked well and it was overpriced
Service was amazing but the food was horrible. Soup cold, salad chicken dry and crusty, vegetables not fresh. Too expensive for the food you received.
Be aware that the menu on the website doesn't match what they're serving. We went on a Friday specifically because their website said the Friday buffet was breakfast foods. Who doesn't like breakfast-for-lunch? But when we got there, no breakfast. The server told us the menu changes every week. The website apparently doesn't get updated that often, however.
Instead of breakfast , we had grilled cheese and tomato soup, which was very good on a cold day, along with an order of fries. We also shared a dessert (bananas Foster, pretty good). We had trouble getting a server to notice us when we first were seated, but once they saw us, they were reasonably attentive. The place was completely full, mostly with students.
The reason I went to Ibby's in the first place was to use a $50 gift card that I won in a drawing. Imagine my surprise when the gift card wasn't accepted. The server came back and said, "Maybe it's expired? I don't know, it said something about [error message]. Everybody back there working is new, so they don't know anything about it. I guess you could call someone? Or I could find someone and ask them about it?"
First of all: Gift cards that expire? What is this, 2004? And second: Yes. You find someone and ask about it. Don't come back to me and expect me to deal with it. How is there not a manager on duty that you can go to to solve this problem?
I paid with my debit card, because my friend and I were already late returning to work. I don't plan to go back to Ibby's.
Always love going to Ibby’s! Service + staff are amazing!
Did not realize the restaurant would be crowded with college students who were much noiser than I like.
The food and service is always fantastic! Make sure your make a reservation, otherwise the wait time to be seated can be long.
I had a reservation for 9:30 pm and the hostess told me that they were super backed up and "would try to get to our reservation." Because of the uncertainty, my guest and I left.
Host was aunfriendly. Otherwise great experience
amazing food and very nice waiters
Limited but upscale menu for college eatery. The corn muffins are to die for. Pricy for college students in general but a good option for students with too much money left in their school meal plan.
amazing service and food
Great good and service. Noisy at lunch. Would like to try dinner next time as we are told it's quieter.
Ibby’s is always amazing... I love it.
The vegetarian options were minimal (pasta doesn't cut it). The carrot dish was awful--it tasted weird. The soup only had meat in it. And the selections were also monimal. I had a few carrots, a couple of pieces of potato, and lots of water. All for $10. I won't go back.
As always the food was decent, especially given I was paying with my meal plan. The service was really lackluster; we had to repeatedly ask to get more plates, were told we had to keep our silverware rather than being given a choice, etc..
The receptionist refused to seat me because the person I was meeting had not arrived. We are both full professors. I had to stand outside in a busy hallway for ten minutes, trying to prepare for my meeting with her. This is really a ridiculous and pointless policy.
Very good service and fine food. Would definitely return.
I always love going to Ibby’s because the food is really good and they have excellent service. To top it off, Ibby’s is on GiftAMeal, an app that donates meals to someone in need with no cost! It is great that Ibby’s is supporting people in need :) I will definitely be going back!
The food was great and the service was excellent. The Bananas Foster was wonderful!
Potatoes were super oily and overcooked, and their menu options are super limited. The only thing I really liked was the banana foster. Everything else tasted overcooked.
Ambiance fair rating was the seating for 2 is not very accessible f- two close together - especially for buffet lunch, when wanting to get up for multiple plates.
The service is friendly and fast! A very nice atmosphere!
Calamari was lit
Love ibbys! The pasta was a little salty, but the dessert was phenomenal!
This has become a glorified campus cafeteria: the menu is uninspired, and lunch buffet is crowded with quick to-go-box orders. Seats are close to each other, and it is noisy. I go there from time to time for business lunch, but it's become more and more of a zoo. It is too bad that there is no place for business lunches on campus anywhere except for the faculty club, which is also crowded and with an uninspired menu.
We've eaten here on a regular basis since Ibby's first opened a few years ago and loved it. The next to last time we ate there the food was disappointing.
This time at Ibby's, the food was terrible. The squash pasta was inedible. The chef left the peel on the squash, and it was as tough as wood - just happy I didn't break a tooth. I sent it back and ordered the pork chop. The chop was served very under-cooked and consisted primarily of fat and gristle. The accompanying cabbage was raw yet brunt on one side.
Sadly, we will not go to Ibby's again.
Menu change: from Spring 2017 to Fall 2017, there is a lot less selection with the price jacked up. They took away some of my favorites like the bistro fries and seafood entree options. Their menu sections shrunk by more than half.
Not worth it for the price.
Service: not professional at all-- It was hard to hear the waitress say the specials over the music. Also, I was still eating when a waiter started collecting all my friends plates, leaving me to eat and have a plate all by myself. What was the rush? There were 3 other emply 4-person tables. He made me feel like it'd be rude for me to continue eating, holding up the dinner.
Again, not professional and not worth it for the price.
Overall: Just because Ibby's is on WashU grounds does not mean you should become a cheap bougie restaurant. Where did the quality and selection go? Where did the professionalism go? I'm so sad to see the downgrade of Ibby's.
The food is fine and a pretty expensive. The bread was $8 and honestly was worse than bread that is complementary at most restaurants. The water tasty funky. The service is good, however. And for WashU students, it's a good little restaurant to change things up every once in a while.
Very good sangria, disappointed over the loss of some menu items (filet mignon, fries, lamb) - but still great food.
Listen!!!!!! Bring back BISTRO FRIES. Just in general the old menu was better. TUNA POKE! 27 dollars for that beef is a crime! #team old menu
I feel like the food is smaller in portion than before and the quality isn't as good
I wish there were more food options for vegetarians. Also, the prices are really spiked up, as if workers forget that we are college students with student debt.
The menu options were limited and the vegetarian options were also limited--the ubiquitous pasta and a salad. It would be good to see some imagination--like the quinoa salad Ibby's used to have. Or veggie sandwiches.
Best restaurant on campus since it is the only restaurant; rest are cafeteria. It doesn't have the best ambient lighting or food but if you are on campus you might as well eat here. Don't come here just for food though.
Interesting how you provided no room for righteous outrage in your recommendation section. I cannot remember a worse luncheon experience (and it is luncheon experience, not dining). The waitress, whose name escapes me, was a delight and did not make a fuss when we moved away from the gate and its million decibel screeching and the garbage cans and the loquacious garbage professionals. If this is casual elegant I need to go back to the Junior Cotillion, because it was slob city. The food actually was barely OK on my side of the unsteady table -- my luncheon partner loved her breakfast wrap. My buffalo thing was oozing grease, way too pepper-hot (no request was given for hot, very hot or excruciating. I got the latter.) The food itself was cold, even the fries, which were tasty in spite of their Arctic temperature.
You need to close the gate or lubricate it. You need to move the garbage cans away from the tables. You need to tell the garbage guys to shut up and go elsewhere for their conversations. You need not to be so greedy about the number of tables you put out. If you are truly interested in casual elegant you will make that a reality by reducing the number of tables by 10 percent.
Needless to say I will never come back. Mrs. Danforth, I am certain, is whirling in her grave.
Sitting in the DUC would be better, less noisy and the food would be cheaper and less insulting, and the whole lunch would be more pleasant and more fun.
You should close the restaurant for the summer and do some serious self-evaluation, and some self-criticism about greed, noise, quality and ambience. You are deficient in all areas except greed, and you get five stars for that.
RWD, AB 1967
The Architecture College and
The College of Arts and Sciences
The waitstaff is what makes this place the gem it is. The menu changes with the seasons and Ibby's is not afraid to experiment with new flavors. I am impressed every time. Good food, good atmosphere, and great people. :)
I found that the chicken I ordered which I believe was described as with "mashed potatoes" had none. When I mentioned it to the waitress, no discount was offered.
It was good. Salmon wrap very nice, though a touch salty.
It was very dear that Ibby's manager and chefs were very catering to my dietary restrictions and went beyond what was necessary. Thank you!
We had a reservation for a table of 3, but we had to wait half an hour for a table.
Ibby's - Washington University offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (314) 935-3940.
Ibby's - Washington University is rated 4.5 stars by 211 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.