Ibby's - Washington University

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Nestled at the heart of the Washington University in St. Louis campus, Ibby’s is located in the Danforth University Center. This unique campus bistro offers fresh, creative cuisine inspired by local ingredients and the seasons. Behind the scenes, Ibby’s chefs apply classical cooking techniques to their ingredients to produce cuisine that is stunning to the eye and exciting to the palate. With a focus on sustainable and locally-sourced ingredients, Ibby’s offers a delightful, fresh, daily-changing lunch buffet and a la carte menu as well as a full-service seasonal dinner menu.
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RW
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service is always fantastic! Make sure your make a reservation, otherwise the wait time to be seated can be long.

MA
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Host was aunfriendly. Otherwise great experience

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

amazing food and very nice waiters

LF
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing service and food

S
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great good and service. Noisy at lunch. Would like to try dinner next time as we are told it's quieter.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ibby’s is always amazing... I love it.

MA
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall1food1service3ambience1

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.

DK
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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..

AM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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.

H
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good service and fine food. Would definitely return.

h
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

MS
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was excellent. The Bananas Foster was wonderful!

HW
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall4food2service5ambience4

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.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience2

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.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is friendly and fast! A very nice atmosphere!

m
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Calamari was lit

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love ibbys! The pasta was a little salty, but the dessert was phenomenal!

WL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

n
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall2food1service3ambience3

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.

V
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2017
Overall2food1service2ambience3

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.

y
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience3

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.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very good sangria, disappointed over the loss of some menu items (filet mignon, fries, lamb) - but still great food.

O
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience3

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

W
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I feel like the food is smaller in portion than before and the quality isn't as good

f
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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.

MA
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2017
Overall2food1service2ambience3

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.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

P
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2017
Overall1food3service5ambience1

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
Adjunct Faculty
The Architecture College and
The College of Arts and Sciences

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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. :)

CK
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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.

c
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was good. Salmon wrap very nice, though a touch salty.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2017
Overall2food4service1ambience4

We had a reservation for a table of 3, but we had to wait half an hour for a table.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Unfriendly manager and very unaccommodating

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Foods were great. Service was awesome. Would recommend to anyone

VE
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We had a reservation at 7:30 but we didn't get to sit down until 8:15. Other than that it was great. A little pricey too but overall great for a fine out meal.

f
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great change from the usual college fare! Plenty of options for everyone and accommodating staff made it a good dining experience. It is a little expensive

F
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ibbys' waiters/waitresses are always so friendly and willing to serve you in any way they can to make your night/day special. The food is really well cooked and perfect for special occasions. The atmosphere has a relaxing and soothing vibe. You can also go there to have a quick bite if you are in a rush.