Ernesto's Wine Bar

4.5
36 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Ernesto’s butter-hued walls appear to melt in the light from wall sconces and flickering candles. Above lush hardwood paneling, several framed photographs offer a glimpse of Hemingway at his most virile––aggressively writing at his desk, and using a large steak as a body pillow. For a touch of warmth during cool weather, patrons can also retreat outdoors, where a mammoth brick fireplace casts a rich glow on Ernesto’s sleek cobblestone patio.
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St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food for the price. Would go back again.

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1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good great value and great ambiance!
A must try!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The fish was undercooked and the food was very bland. The server did not offer additional drinks/dessert prior to bringing the check.

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G
St. Louis
30 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the waitress!

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PM
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice wine bar, is one of our favorite places to grab dinner. The atomoshpere is quite, laid back & very relaxing place to have great food & conversation.

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LH
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, attentive service and amazing old fashioned!!!

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RM
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had an enjoyable evening. Great place to hang out with friends. Excellent wind selection. Food was very tasty and plentiful! You won't leave hungry (or thirsty).

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SL
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful...from the service to the location to the food. Love this place!

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful overall.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, especially the scalloped potatoes.

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G
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We like to eat late after the symphony and rely on Open Table to find restaurants open late. We made a reservation for 10:30 pm but when we arrived, were told that the kitchen had closed. They offered to serve us cocktails but no apology our even a recognition that this was an issue. Fortunately we found another place nearby which was still serving.

I think that if a restaurant is on Open Table, they should make sure their reservation slots actually reflect the hours that they are serving. It's not a site for making bar reservations, obviously.

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CS
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is outstanding. Wine selection is great. Donna is the best server/bartender in the city!

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good but the service was below average. The waitress/hostess/bartender was engaging in loud, inappropriate conversations with the staff which we could hear while dining.

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t
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service and the food was very very good. Great neighborhood restaurant. Highly recommend.

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B
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was amazing, Donna catered to our every need. The lighting and music were perfect.

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RS
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening for the four of us at Ernesto's Wine bar in Benton Park. Our server was wonderful - very accommodating and attentive. We often choose Ernesto's for dinning with a group of friends; it is intimate, relatively quiet, and has great food.

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!!

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HR
St. Louis
19 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Mediocre. Hummus should be hummus, not an orange colored mass that is not hummus.

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s
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Donna was wonderful! Service and food was excellent!

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y
St. Louis
72 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Go here for two things, the grilled cheese and the tuna tartare. Tuna tartare is my favorite and I ask that they go easy on the cucumber as that can overwhelm the flavor. Blended from tuna steak scraps and served with crispy fresh fried wonton chips it can be a meal in itself. the grilled cheese won best i\of St. Louis award and is very hearty.

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ST
St. Louis
21 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Used to love this place. Seems the food quality has really gone downhill.

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BO
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love their food and service. Sometimes we are able to sit in their amazing outside seating (since they have a fireplace it is good most of the year) and also enjoy the intimate inside seating

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DP
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Donna is a hoot! Menu was ok and food was mediocre.

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EU
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of our favorite places to go! The meal was wonderful.

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AP
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

There was no one else in their on a Friday night. The food was terrible and cooked in a microwave oven. The bartender was audibly disgruntled about life. I couldn't wait to get out of there. We will never return or recommend this place to anyone.

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St. Louis
95 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My husband and I decided to try a new place for us--Ernesto's was our pick! We got in with no problem. We sat in the bar area at a TOO small for 2 to eat dinner. The menu was smaller than the table! I think they had four entrees. I had the chicken piccata, which was fairly mundane. My husband got the sole, which was the featured seafood. He found it to be terrible, and he likes everything. He didn't clear his plate, which is unheard of for him. This place had outside seating, which was probably nice. It was in the rear, and I think there is a fireplace on the patio. This place is probably better suited for drinking and hanging out than for eating dinner.

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CG
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved It, Donna the hostess was fantastic, the food also fantastic.

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D
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, good ambiance. Menu is unique, very good food. Wine list is extensive. Will definitely go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Fabulous drinks and wine. Service was outstanding and the atmosphere is so warm and welcoming

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First night in St Louis and the Airbnb host recommended Ernesto’s.....wow were we happy to find the absolute Jen of a place.
The wine we ordered was delicious and very well priced and served attentively by the waiter. The food was sublime, we are from England and holiday in Italy every year and the food here at Ernesto’s was like being back in Tuscany. The shared starter was plentiful without being too much, the cheese was the very best we have had in 3 months in the US, the sliced meats were succulent and tasty.....the Crostini? Delicious and authentic. We both had the special for main a bacon wrapped pork tenderloin stuffed with a house made chorizo stuffing, with fresh mashed potato and green beans. Perfectly cooked and very tasty, the green beans still had bite and the mask was creamy and full of flavour. We finished with Creme Brûlée perfect mixture of creamy smooth custard and crisp crunchy sugar topping
The waiter was exceptionally good, a New Yorker in his mid-late 20’s very friendly and also knowledgable about the dishes and the wine.
This was everything an raving out should be

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EU
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really wonderful food and nice experience. I took my husband here for his BD and we had the two specials (Shrimp Fettucini Alfredo and a red snapper dish) that were impeccably prepared and beautifully presented. The service was perfect. Love this restaurant!

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FF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience - food and atmosphere was fabulous and our waiter Brandon made our night just perfect! Go and enjoy a lovely night out at Ernestos!

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A favorite spot. Comfortable and good food. The best feature is the wonderful wait staff.

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St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time at Ernestos. The staff was helpful, joyful and great. Drank them out of their fig-bourbon in the Fig-Hattens. Amazing cocktail. Wonderful neighborhood spot. Can't wait to come back and try their patio in warm weather.

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St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Small portions. Steak was great but vegies weren't even cooked.

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St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely place! Excellent food. The Ernesto's flatbread and pesto fettuccine were delightful. Debbie was our server and was delightful! Good wine selection.

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