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About Mother in Law House

Fine Dining in a Casual atmosphere with friendly service. Enjoy your meal in our Victorian dining room or our river-view patio. The entrées at the Mother-in-Law House are prepared to order and made from the best ingredients. The owner, Donna Hafer, has been pleasing guest here since 1981.

500 South Main St
St. Charles, MO 63301
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, French, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm;
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Tompkins

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(636) 946-9444

Website:
http://www.motherinlawhouse.com/

Parking Details:
Some street parking is available at the front of the restaurant, with a large public lot in the rear.

Private Party Facilities:
Our banquet room seats up to 80 people and is available for all manner of events.

Private Party Contact:
Donna: (636) 946-9444

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wine

Mother in Law House Ratings and Reviews

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4
3
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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Special Occasion (8)
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Worth the Drive (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Authentic (6)
Seasonal (6)
Romantic (6)
Casual (5)
Cozy (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Business Meals (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Waterfront (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

EXCELLENT food. WONDERFUL service. Owner was present and visited with each table. Small and romantic atmosphere. My wife and I love this place. Prices, while not cheap, are very reasonable. The food and service is more than worth the price.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We have been here before and will return again! Everything went well; food excellent, atmosphere homey, service superb. Will do this again, soon.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great location, ambiance, & service. The food is, generally, very good, but the salmon was over cooked and dried out. We were told we were unable to order it by temperature/duness. On a previous occasion the salmon was moist and very tasty. So I guess the lesson learned is to be careful when ordering the fish.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

My family went out for a birthday party at the last minute. The staff where lovely and wonderful, making it a truly special evening. Would recommend!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We were disappointed. The place had the energy of a “Blue Hair” dining room. It was steaming hot in there! The salads were very old fashioned (read nursing home type) and with little greens and veggies. The service was outright awful: the poor girl did not know what she was doing! We finished our first course before the wine arrived after having to ask for it. A very limited wine list. The food was passable, edible but overly soft carrots, rice that betrayed its box origin... no bread but teensy weeny tiny muffins instead... (sorry: I eat muffins in the morning not with dinner!).... not returning.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We choose this restaurant to celebrate Christmas every year. The owner makes you feel like you are one of the family. It has very nice Christmas decorations displayed as well as a Christmas Tree. You feel like you are in a large dining room in a mid century home being served by the owner.

Everything on the menu tastes home made and a special bread tart is served by the owner, who when time is available, will chat with you and make you feel very special.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

The quiche was amazing. The staff were wonderful ☺

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

I’ve been to MIL before and it was delightful. Was one of the main reasons we each drove about 30 miles from different directions to meet in St. Charles. This time it was terrifically noisy. Two large groups. We could barely hear each other talk. Waiter Gary seemed inexperienced. Did not ask what we wished to drink. Had trouble with order. Unplugged our light while trying to move a table for a large group. Did not even really zen it. Saw one customer go to the bar and pour himself some water. Lady in aqua we eventually realized works there but did not seemed dress to wait tables (more like a customer, hostess or owner) tried to fix our lives get situation but eventually had to get a 3rd guy to do so. Way more disturbance than we were expecting. Sorry. I would return in a few months to give it a chance but was very disappointed.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Wonderful ambience and superb hospitality as always. A special place.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We love to come to Mother in Laws House every time we come to St Charles. The food is always great & service is wonderful

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Overall the food was just okay. My friend had stuffed flounder which she said was okay. I had the salad bar, bread, and soup combo. The French onion soup was good but the salad bar was extremely lacking in my opinion. There were several "salads" such as pea salad which I'm sure an older crowd probably love. However there was lettuce in a bowl with no other accompaniments, not even a crouton. There were 3 dressings ... celery seed (which was fine), Russian, and an anchovy variety.

I am glad my meal came with bread because you are "allowed" one tiny blueberry mini muffin ( 3 tiny bites no kidding). They supplied 2 pats of butter for this which was laughable. We overheard other patrons asking for another muffin (Please sir more....) and heard the muffin horror stories concerning customers in the past asking for "more". I have read the reviews going on and on about the wonderful muffins and I just don't get it. They were okay but delicious really? I guess the supply and demand psychological whammy the staff places on the customer warning about asking for more does a number on their taste buds.

Overall I felt the experience was odd to say the least and would not go back.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

My wife and I have eaten there often, never disappointed in the food. This last time the service
at our table was not as good as usual. They appeared to be short of staff. But when you come in
with a big appetite and still have to take food home, that's a meal.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Had a lovely lunch. We chose the Pick two menu so we would have room for the famous coconut cream pie we had read about. The whole meal was wonderful!!! To our delight the waiter noticed we had birthday gifts to exchange and our dessert was complimentary. A lovely lady (I'm assuming she was the owner) brought it out to us and wished us each a happy birthday.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This is a neighborhood must! It's a fit for what Old St Charles is all about. It's a must for locals and definitely for out of towners. The own she's lovely and makes you feel like your eating at your family's house.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Romantic, Afternoon Tea, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Our first time dining at Mother In Law House will not be our last. Everything about the experience was excellent.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Very old building from the 1800’s with an interesting history. Was refurbished and from a house became a Victorian style restaurant. Food is excellent! 8 ladies I was with All commented how good their lunch was.
I’ve been there many times and have always been happy with my choice.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Worth the drive yo this quaint restaurant. We were served personally by its owner Donna with her special muffins and carrots.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Tasting Menu
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The best part of the evening was sitting outside on a beautiful night. The items I was excited about from reviews from friends.... Chicken pot pie and meatloaf neither one was on the menu. Service was very slow and food was just ok. No need to run back.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The food was delicious--our only wish is that Donna would let us have more of her blueberry muffins! We enjoyed a delicious meal in an elegant setting with warm hosts who made us feel welcome. Not only were the muffins memorable, so was the coconut cream pie. We are looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I had the Cod Oscar - YUM!! The prices here are a good value and we both had a good meal. We went here for an 8pm seating the night of the Pumpkin Glow. It was good timing in that we just missed the crowd, but we could tell they were overwhelmed and didn't have enough staff to bus the now-empty tables. Unfortunately, by that time of evening, the salad bar was depleted, except for the lettuce. Overall, when I'm visiting Old Town St Charles, I will definitely stop by here again.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Our daughter and niece have birthdays this time of year so we decided to celebrate at the
Mother in Law House. We did not know what to expect but had heard it was quite good.
It certainly was quite good and more - the owner is charming hostess and seemed to be everywhere at once - never before have we heard a proprietor give a welcoming speech to a room full of guests but the the "mother in law" did and it was funny and delightful.
Try the liver and onions, three of our group had it and they raved about it - I had a bite and I know why. My entree was the fried chicken and it was outstanding.
We plan to go back over the Holidays if not sooner!

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We had dinner here at the end of our KATY Trail bike ride. We had a very nice meal with very good service. The chef generously accommodated three of our party by cooking vegetarian meals for them, which were not on the menu. The restaurant has vegetarian dishes on the menu at lunch, only.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 18, 2017

They were very busy. They had our group of 12 and a bus of 40 travelers. Everyone in the restaurant was busy taking orders, serving food, and clearing the table including the owner and another gentleman. The owner is always there and helping when needed.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We had to wait a few minutes to get seated and it was hot and stuffy in the dining area. We sat for around 15 minutes before a waiter came over to greet us. I had to ask the owner whether or not we were going to get waited on!!!! He finally came over and took our drink order and food order at the same time because we were afraid we would have to wait again. The food was delicious but the service was a bit slow!!!!

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 7, 2017

My husband and I had been on the road for almost a month and this was the best meal we had. The six of us had five different entrees and all were delicious as were all the items we tried on the salad bar. And Donna was a delight. I don't believe you could go wrong here.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 15, 2017

This restaurant has a long history behind it. The location goes back to the late 1800's and the current owner has been running her establishment in this location for 30 years being one of the original folks who helped revitalize the area.

The food was delicious and my amaretto chicken was a pleasant new twist. The bldg houses lots of things to see while you await your food, and our servers were very pleasant and attentive.

I'd definitely bring my family back to try some more menu items.

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Miss Donna presides over her pride and joy every evening to make sure that each guest has a wonderful time. From the salad bar to the blueberry muffins she makes sure your experience is the best it can be. This is comfort food at its finest. If you ask nicely the wait staff might even tell you about the ghosts that live in the Mother In Law House. If you are on Main Street this is a great place for a meal.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2017

This is old school charm and hospitality. The service is gracious and the food delicious. The pace of service is relaxed yet attentive. Be sure to order both the peach cobbler and coconut cream pie. Divine!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Outstanding food and great customer service. Of course, Donna worked the dinning room with all of her charm and made everyone feel like family.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The restaurant is an old converted house. It seems like you are dining in a living room. Very charming. The staff was great, including a personal visit from the owner with muffins and later carrots. Tasty.
The entre selection was good. They were good but not great tasting.
The desert selection was limited but very tasty.
Overall a fun place to visit when you want a different experience from the average restaurant

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Fun
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Haven't been here for about 15 years. Sorry it took us so long to get back. Dinner was excellent, wait staff attentive, Donna is spectacular with her blueberry muffins. Loved the 150 year old building. We'll go back for lunch next time around.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on May 20, 2017

I had not been to the Mother in Law House in many years. It is still a high quality experience, with very friendly service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on May 18, 2017

We made a reservation. When we got there the restaurant did not have any tables reserved even though we had made a reservation. They had a private party that was extremely loud. There was no attempt to sit us as it appeared the private party would be there for a while. We left and walked the 3 blocks back to our car. Why make reservations when they don't honor them?

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 16, 2017

The most unique restaurant in metro St Louis - fine food, relaxing and quiet ambiance, and very attentive service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The waitress was good! The food took over an hour , for 2 salads and 2 grilled cheese! Taste was tasty but very overprice and basically a side salad in size $12. Wine was almost cool, yuck!

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We ate there for Mother's Day. The amount paid for lunch was not worth what we got. I got fish with crab topping. It was chunks of artificial crab. The owner was very sweet but not a place we will be going back to in the future.

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Before theater

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Our service was fantastic with a nice personal touch, the food was home cooked and amazing, and the owner was around and visiting with guests. It felt like we were special guests in her home versus being at a restaurant. Our whole group of 7 people all thoroughly enjoyed their meal and wish to return when in the area.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Adorable quiet wonderful restaurant. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Loved the personal touch from the owner and the great service from our waiter. The food was delicious and the salad bar was probably my FAVORITE!! Some of the homemade salads you just don't see anymore. But be careful!! If you don't eat something the owner will ask you why you didn't eat your food! Very nice. The art work, antiques make it just a great place that everyone should visit when they are looking for a quiet nice restaurant with good food in the historic district. We will definitely return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on April 13, 2017

We met here for our book club meeting and they couldn't have been more gracious. The food was great! The staff could not have been better! Quiet enough to enjoy our conversation!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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