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About IL Bel Lago - From the Hill

Il Bel Lago From The Hill. A fixture in St. Louis for 10 years now! Food is what makes an authentic restaurant great, and with its 40 years of excellence from their Hill location Il Bel Lago has all the ingredients for greatness. There's a Water Fall wall. How about a wall that's floor to ceiling wine racks. Il Bel Lago is one of the most attractive restaurants in St Louis. The Food here is as stunning as the decor.The Italian Cuisine is equal to the very best anywhere in St.Louis. Il Bel Lago's menu rates among the top Italian restaurants in St.Louis. In terms of service? No One does it better! Buon Appetito!

11631 Olive Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63141
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
City Place Dr.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(314) 994-1080

Website:
http://ilbellago.com/

Entertainment:
Weekends Only live entertainment.

Executive Chef:
Frank Gabriele

Private Party Facilities:
We can host your personal dinners, and we have private dining rooms to host any event. Let us take care of your next dining experience…we guarantee you will become a fan!

Private Party Contact:
Event Coordinator: (877) 912-0526

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

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IL Bel Lago - From the Hill Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

99% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (24)
Special Occasion (21)
Romantic (20)
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Good for Anniversaries (19)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Notable Wine List (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Business Meals (13)
Authentic (10)
Cozy (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good for Groups (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Casual (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined 3 days ago

Always outstanding at Bel Lago's, but they outdid themselves tonight. We had the specials, grouper and osso bucco. Both were exceptional. Service was great as well. Can't wait to go back.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 3 days ago

Went to Bel Lago after seeing Star Wars. Service was spectacular and the food was wonderfully prepared and very very good. Ambiance in the restaurant was very romantic despite the strip mall location. Highly recommend!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined 3 days ago

Had a wonderful meal at Il Bel Lago last evening. Food was outstanding the the service was top notch. Our server, John, made us feel at home immediately. He was professional, friendly and make sure everything went perfectly. We both had cannelloni and a mushroom risotto as an appetizer and they were both delicious. We split a egg plant salad based on our server's recommendation and it was equally as wonderful. My wife enjoyed her Champagne Chicken while I enjoyed the Filet for our main courses. They were delicious and we finished them both even though we were stuffed! They have a nice wine list with plenty of top notch choices. Restaurant was busy, but it was still quiet and romantic. The owner checked on us (and others) frequently to make sure all was well. Always a good sign. Will definitely return!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined 4 days ago

A party in the private room was quite noisy. Was difficult to hear server's telling of specials. As room is open, no way to avoid this

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·Dined 4 days ago

Great place...food was excellent and the service was superb!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (St. Louis)·Dined 6 days ago

My girlfriend and I ordered several different dishes between the appetizers different salads in different entrees. Everything was absolutely amazing the flavors are unbelievable and overall experience was fantastic we are looking forward to going there again and again and again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (St. Louis)·Dined 6 days ago

Always a perfect meal here.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was outstanding and the service was excellent until the end of our dinner. It took 20 minutes to get the bill and our food that was wrapped for take home. I think they were slammed all at once and I’ll give them a break. We’ll definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined 6 days ago

This reservation was for Valentine's Day, 6pm. Arrived and seated immediately. Server was Ray, who did a very good job, didn't hover, paid attention. We had the special of the day, Grouper ($40) and the President Regan Bowtie ($20ish) glass of wine, 3 beers, calamari and smelts appetizer($13). Total cost with tip $129. Not horrible for a special occasion. The pasta was very good. The Grouper was bland by itself, but when eaten with the sauce(which you are supposed to do) it was good as well. Was it worth $40? Probably. The appetizer only had 3 smelts, but a large serving of calamari. Toward the bottom of the plate the pieces were a bit oily, but that is to be expected. Overall, I would recommend this place for special occasions.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great dining experience. Food was excellent. Service great. Great looking dining room. Very nice!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Celebrating a birthday but didn't want gooey dessert. Waiter brought strawberries-fantastic!

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We love this restaurant and invited friends to join us last week; all was great except the waiter seemed to be in a big hurry to close out the evening. It was only a little past 8:00 pm and he came by our table three times in 10 min checking his watch.....we all picked up on it and wrapped up our evening earlier than we wished. Left the wrong impression for our friends.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 29, 2018

The server was outstanding, and the food was delicious!

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Il Bel Ago never disappoints! Another wonderful meal, great service, and great ambiance! My wife and I have often dined there, and this time we brought the little ones. They loved the cheese pizza while we got to enjoy our delicious adult entrees and a great glass of wine.

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent !
One of the best Italian in St. Louis!

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food. Outstanding service. We will be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Excellent food & service from this Clayton restaurant. Easy free parking & friendly staff make this a great spot in the Clayton food scene

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was outstanding. The service was not. The server took drink orders, deliveree the drinks and was not seen again for over 20 minutes. No bread...nothing. When this was pointed oit his response was "well, we're busy." No apology, nothing done to try to make it up. Just move on to ordering food.
Also he promised dishes in certain ways then delivered very different food. Example my difficult, off the menu ordering sister, was told he would bring her broccoli, baby squash mix with --per her request- -No cheese...and with no explanantion he brought carrots and green beans. Sprinkled liberally with cheese. Again when pointed out - no apology, discussed getting her something else but she was "fed up" and didn't want to wait any longer at that point.
What food we got was skillfully prepared, tasty, if a bit pricier than a true restaurant on the Hill.

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Outstanding Italian food at Bel Lago. Meatball appetizer, stacked salad, caprese salads were all excellent. Cannelloni and lobster entrees outstanding. The cannelloni is the best in the city. First class service as always. This is the top Italian restaurant in St. Louis.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This is the second time I have been to Il Bel Lago and enjoyed everything too much! I really want to go back and order the same pasta. It was a lot more enjoyable then Charlie Gittos in Chesterfield which has failed me twice.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We were initially seated closest to the restaurant outer door which was very cold. We did request to be moved to another table which we did and then everything was wonderful. One suggestion would be to have a curtain hung between the lobby and the dining area.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Bar Seating
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Wonderful experience!

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 12, 2018

This is one of the greatest, most consistent and overall best restaurants in StL.
Giovani & his family knows how to do this better than anyone.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Excellent for a business meeting. The staff is very professional and accommodating.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Cozy
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 9, 2018

The food was excellent and they put our group of 9 in a great area that allowed us to talk yet not closed off from the Main Dinning area.

Great service and value for your money.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Have been here before long ago with good experience so, as it was close to our home and on a frigid winter night of New Year’s Eve decided to have a quiet dinner at Il Bel Lago. Arrived to see our table was ready, perfect. A band was in service, at first quiet and soft but as time went by, lively. Ordered bottle of Moscato, good selection, fruity and bubbly. Ordered Antipasti duo at waiter’s recommendation. Ravioli was nice. Shrimp was good but both over sauced. Ordered a split Caesar salad which arrived shortly, tasty and just right portion split. A full would have been too much. Entree choices we made which were 1/ filet served with green beans and julienne carrots , which were supposed to have potatoes but came without. Taste was terrific, perfectly done. 2/My plate was spedini, veal spedini, which is a personal favorite gleaned from many years of freshly prepared and perfectly grilled veal, however, this dish was disappointing. The veal was so thinly pounded it was a sheet of paper., it tasted as if battered not breaded. The prosciutto and cheese filling was a ground compote of highly spiced stuffing from which I could taste neither prosciutto nor cheese. There were currants?? Atop this round was again a healthy ladling of sugo, same stuff as in the shrimp appetizer. The sugo was tasty, don’t get me wrong, but it did not compliment the veal. A side dish was requested with the veal, risotto Milanese, was excellent and I could have made a meal of that alone.
We had dessert at home. I will definitely return to this restaurant, however will make simpler entree choices. We enjoyed the wait staff, they were very professional and attentive.

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

A great New Year’s Eve dinner with Carmelo and Frank Gabriele. Our reservation for 3 was respected. Our waiter was very helpful and made a well received recommendation. All 3 of us thought our meals were excellent. Even on New Year’s Eve, and with a packed house, we could carry on a conversation in normal tones.

I have dined at Il Bel Lago several times, but this my first revue. I truly love the restaurant. Very, very good food in a warm and gracious setting—prepared and served by people who care.

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

Our waiter,Brett? Was excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience

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

Our server was very courteous and very knowledgeable. Service is always excellent as well as the food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Ended up here for a New Year's Eve dinner and had an outstanding meal with great service. We hadn't dined here for awhile; not sure why.
The wait staff were courteous, helpful and friendly. Our waiter gave great information on our meal and menu choices that helped to make the meal more enjoyable.
The only criticism would be the lackluster bread and small pouring of oil and balsamic; at least leave the bottles at the table so you can top it up as desired.
The shrimp appetizer was very good. The mixed seafood linguine dish was outstanding, as was the canneloni.
The suggested wine pairings were spot on. Good selection of wines available; however, the by the glass selections are limited. Bottle prices appeared reasonable for a good portion of what's available.
Reservations are recommended.
If you are a Costco member, keep an eye out for their discount gift cards, as you can save about 20%, although they are not always available.
Good ambience; great for a romantic meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Everything is exceptional at IL BEL LAGO. My favorite restaurant for a real night out. Knowledgeable waiters who give you just the right amount of attention and specials that I always look forward to are two reasons I continue to suggest IL BEL LAGO. The owners have always been there when I have dined there and the food is consistent.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We went as a family for dinner over the holidays. The service was amazing. The food was delicious but...overpriced. I assume I am paying a lot for the ingredients, but still—I think it was too much. And the lighting was way too dark! I understand mood lighting, but I still need to be able to read the menu. A smidge lighter would have been much better. Desserts were excellent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had a lovely family dinner (8 persons) for Christmas Eve. Nice atmosphere and good service.
Not rushed. Our table was ready upon arrival.
A bit on the $$$$ side, but fine for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas..,,,,

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our family ranging in age from 5-84 spent a wonderful Christmas Eve at Il Bel Lago. My husband and I have eaten there on a few occasions. Our grandchildren are accustomed to eating at fine restaurants, but I was a little hesitant as I don't think of this as a "family" restaurant. We couldn't have been more pleased. We had a wonderful table, our waiter and the wait staff were attentive and personable, and the food was incredible. Although there isn't a "kid's menu", the waiter informed us that almost everything could be made in a smaller portion size for them. As it was a holiday, the restaurant was full, but the food and service were impeccable. Highly recommend Il Bel Lago!!!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Bar Seating
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 23, 2017

First time to this restaurant and really enjoyed it. We had family in for the holidays, group of 12, and had a very nice private area where we were very well taken care of. I would definitely go back. Food was great!

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Overall experience was very nice. A bit pricey but probably worth it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 21, 2017

While the overall experience was fine. We were not happy that it took such a long time to receive our checks at the end of the meal. Additionally, our server some how charged the same card twice which cause a lot of confusion and further delayed our departure. If you have time restrictions I would not select this restaurant.

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

The 4 of us throughly enjoy the evening we weren’t rush food was served hot and delicious! We will be back

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 20, 2017

It was everything desired of a business lunch - we all enjoyed our meals and the entire experience

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, People Watching, Comfort Food
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