Bait

4.5
817 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Bait is a new fine casual seafood restaurant located in the Central West End. Our main concept is centered around creating a curated seafood experience with a multicultural twist in an intimate, upscale setting. This, in conjunction with our hand-crafted cocktails, made tableside with our bar carts or a glass of wine from our boutique wine list will provide you with an unforgettable dining experience.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 817 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I made our reservation 2 weeks in advance requesting seating in the wine room. It was a special occasion. When we arrived they did not have the requested table and seated us elsewhere. About 5 minutes after we were ‘seated they seated another party at our requested table.
Wine list needs improving. Sea bass was delicious, lobster salad good but bourbon shrimp has so many crispy tasteless noodles

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LiminF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Weekend joyful time

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time.

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WendyH
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The shrimp, Rangoon and lobster fries were great. The servers were very friendly. The only issue was the timing. Your drinks were done and sitting at the bar for 10-15 minutes before they made it to you. Also we were three table all sharing a bench and each table had a different server I feel this could have led to the timing issue. The ambiance was great and being so close to the tables next to us we met new people and had a much More enjoyable time

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Redbird1973
St. Louis
16 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, staff and experience. Always one of our favorites in STL. Highly recommended!

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ChelseaW
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Bait and it was amazing!

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TamaraR
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, atmosphere, and food was great! We will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Genuinely friendly service and excellent food. The sea bass, salmon, and carrot dish appetizer were amazing.

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PatE
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cuisine is excellent, everything so fresh and expertly prepared. Service was impeccable.

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RichG
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Food prices were not all the way transparent. From desk greeter seemed bored to be at her job. Wait times for warm melted butter was substantial.

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vipShowMeStL
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular as usual. Love love love the apple salad.

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TimothyS
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiting area is small and there is no bar area. Relax. The minor inconvenience is worth it. Ambience is just buzzy enough. Food is outstanding. Staff was friendly and attentive. Owner stopped by all of the tables. We went heavy on the small plates to get a sampling of different items. Flash fried Brussels are wonderful and enough for 2-3. Calamari light and crisp. Great sauces. Crab cakes delicious. Duck Rangoons have a perfect mango sauce. Lobster fries are unique. Sauce and lobster are a nice touch but the dish is mostly fries which is consistent with the price so get the dish if you want unique fries, if you want a lobster dish they have others that feature lobster. They have a whole snapper dish that caught the attention of everyone in the room and it got high marks. The staff worked well as a unit , everyone checking the room to make sure tables were covered. Very enjoyable evening. Highly recommend Bait

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special place for a night put. Food was beautiful & outstanding.

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vipTimmy
Salt Lake City
23 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came into town from Utah to visit an old friend and I was looking for a great food experience for us. I could not have asked for anything better after dining here! We had the whole fried red snapper and the lobster tails. Both dishes were simply amazing! My friend was a little intimidated by eating a whole fish like this but she said it was some of the best fish she ever had! The service was also impeccable from start to finish. This place is truly a gem and I would come back any time!

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Nick
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall3food5service1ambience3

This was our third time at Bait. Food was excellent , but services did not have the same quality as before

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place to get fresh seafood in St Louis. Service felt very personal and the resturant itself was well appointed. We will definetly be back!

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vipShowMeStL
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went for NYE dinner. It was fantastic as usual.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our NYE dinner was fantastic. The dessert was out of control. They were out of few things we tried to order, but it's a busy season. We'll definitely be back to try the rest of the menu. Thanks for welcoming us!

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Bernie
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It was our choice for the New Years Eve meal. The portions were generous. We started with calamari. The sauces were excellent but the calamari was overcooked which compromised the flavor. The lobster linguine was very good and the crab cake and gumbo was tasty. Ambiance and service was excellent. We will definitely visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was very good yet the service was slow. Our waiter was very nice, but would disappear for very long periods of time. We had to ask other employees for what we needed in the meantime. They were not very busy so I’m not quite sure what was going on. Other than that the food was excellent and we really enjoyed our dinner.

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JordynW
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

The food was tasty but the “stuffed salmon” was nothing more than a grocery store portion with spinach on top. Something I could have made at home at a third of the cost. The ambiance was very nice. The server was friendly but made several mistakes which I wouldn’t expect for the expense. I would go back, perhaps, but for the ambiance more than the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Adelaide
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Team effort to make experience top notch.

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ShrondaT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visitors from Colorado for Christmas on Christmas Eve 2021

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vipPatti
St. Louis
26 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding , as was the service.

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SheriB
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect location for any occasion. Thanks to Delbert, Dominic, and Devin for making it wonderful.

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Happy
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place for an extraordinary dining experience

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JudithC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails were delicious, the whole snapper was outstanding and the swordfish was devine. The spice level was perfect for us, there was definitely and kick to it which we love. Service was attentive and friendly. Can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible

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Geraldine
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really wonderful service, from our welcoming host to wait staff and servers. We felt incredibly welcome. The food and drinks were delicious and our waiter gave great entree and drink recommendations. When they were out of a drink selection I had originally chosen, they recommended a great alternative based on the ingredients and flavor profile of my original choice. Definitely recommend!

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DougS
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and we will be back.
Great friendly knowledgeable service. All the employees worked well as a team from hostess to bartender.
Food and presentation was perfect.

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BobbyM
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been wanting to try this place for a while now. We are so glad we finally did. Amazing from start to finish. Wonderful service, food, drinks and ambiance. Will definitely make the hour drive from the Illinois side again!

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CC2021
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service! A wonderful spot for a celebratory dinner!

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vipGaryBuman
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hidden Gem.
My wife and I had not been to Bait and we will go back! It's location in an old home on Lindell doesn't create much of a first impression as you walk up, but the quality of the seafood, creative preparation style, and extremely friendly service left a lasting impression.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect from beginning to end the staff is prompt courteous and very professional they have great manners and excellent service. The food was delicious, the ambiance was unmatched!

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vipNutty
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks

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CynthiaM
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Food was ok service was poor waiters taking orders all over place 3 different waiters in one area

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AngieC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I really liked the ambiance of the organization and setting. Very intimate setting!!! I didn't really enjoy my 1st dish because it was cold upon serving but they quickly fixed it for me. I am willing to visit again soley because of the atmosphere and drinks. I will always support Black business and would really love to see Bait continue to flourish in Central West End. BLACK POWER 🏴 Coming from a STLSista.....

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were there for our 25 wedding anniversary dinner. It was a great evening. Everyone was very pleasant and the food was outstanding. We will definitely visit again.

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STEVENJ
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived 10 min prior to our reservation @ 8:30PM. We waited from 8:20-9:00PM with the server not even taking a drink order. We got up and left after being ignored for 40
min. Very disappointed since this was a special occasion to celebrate our anniversary. Once we left @ 9:00 it was took late to make reservations anywhere else so we went back to the hotel with not having a special anniversary supper on empty stomachs.

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Keliabee
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is definitely the right choice! You will not be disappointed. I’ll be back💜

FAQs

Bait offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (314) 405-2797.

Bait is rated 4.5 stars by 817 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.