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Il Palato, Clayton, MO

Il Palato

4.7
4.7
577 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Southern Italian Restaurant and wine bar. Luxurious craft cocktails, worldly wine list. A chic, seen or be seen up-scale eatery in an uncharted area of Clayton's business district.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Wine Bar, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (314) 224-5331
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Jordan Knight
  • Private party facilities
    Private Wine Cellar
  • Neighborhood
    Clayton
  • Cross street
    Forest Park PKWY
  • Parking details
    Garage Behind Restaurant
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 577 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • St. Louis

    Good for business meals

  • St. Louis

    Italian

  • Midtown

    Best Overall

  • Midtown

    Best Food

  • Midtown

    Best Service

  • Midtown

    Best Value

  • Midtown

    Good for business meals

  • Midtown

    Healthy

  • Midtown

    Neighborhood gem

  • Midtown

    Great for fine wines

  • Midtown

    Romantic

577 Reviews
  1. DebbieT

    New York City

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is well decorated and the tables are not too close together. The food was nice but not the best Italian food we have had. The waiter was perfect.

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  2. Juliebeans

    St. Louis

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious! Generous portions! Sophisticated atmosphere! Fun servers! Will definitely return!

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  3. julietc

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, a fabulous meal; the salmon special with mushrooms and sherry cream sauce on pasta was perfect. One of the perks is the service from our favorite waiter, Russell, who also gives great wine recommendations. We absolutely love Il Palato. It’s a local gem.

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  4. KateH

    St. Louis

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sleek interior. Our waiter was fantastic and the food was super tasty. A wonderful dining experience!

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  5. SuzanneB

    St. Louis

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ll start with lovely interior and quiet setting. Very attentive staff that was friendly but not hovering. Interesting menu that offered unique dishes that leaned Italian but with some excellent alterations. Ravioli with a hint of balsamic over the sauce, for example. Extensive wine list and a full bar. My only suggestion would be to put a sign with the restaurant’s name on the door to the enclosed parking garage attached to the rear of the building. We had to

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  6. RobinR

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful space. Creative menu. Outstanding food.

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  7. golfbuddies

    St. Louis

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was spotty and erratic No tea offerings Coffee was cold Out basic liquor Food was okay When any lapse was mentioned - no basic apology was offered Yet a manager checked on us when it was not busy and our service had just begun but nowhere to be found when there were challenges

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This has become a favorite. There is excellent food and service, and we always have a relaxed experience with audible conversation.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent. Very well seasoned. The service was spectacular. And each course came out in an expeditious amount of time, such that I never felt like I was waiting between courses. I had the Paloma cocktail and another one called “Cello.” Both savory and delicious. A very well managed establishment.

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  10. MissouriMale

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My experience while dining at Il Palato was very good. If you haven't dined there, you should definately give it a try.

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  11. NDray

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Il Palato’s food and service is second to none. The beef short rib was incredible, and our appetizers, wine, and salads were great too. Highly recommend.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quiet, upscale, excellent service, delicious food.

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  13. AllergyAwareAmy

    St. Louis

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful Valentines dinner at Il Palato - food was excellent and service top notch! The roasted chicken and linguini with shrimp, clams, and scallops entrees were delicious Especially nice that the restaurant offers its regular menu rather than an overpriced) “special” menu for the evening. Highly recommend it and look forward to returning soon!

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  14. ErinT

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I had high hopes for this place since we always love Del Pietro’s family of restaurants. Service was friendly and accommodating. Restaurant is beautiful and wine selection is great. Food was mediocre. Four out of four of us found it to be very “meh”. All dishes were served room temp. Restaurant was busy and seemed under staffed, so maybe that’s why. My husband ordered the fish special, which was a very large, beautiful piece of salmon. We definitely enjoy our fish cooked medium rare or even with a ribbon of rare running through, but his was served almost completely raw. We like sushi, but not at an Italian restaurant on top of hot risotto. He asked for it to be cooked more thoroughly and was present with a different piece of fish also completely cold and raw inside. For the steep price, we did not find the experience to be very satisfying.

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  15. ScottT

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the place One of my favorites Can't wait to go back

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  16. BrianW

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always fantastic. great place for dinner

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  17. Darrell

    Raleigh

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food were both phenomenal. Dishes were unique and not your typical STL area Italian. We will definitely be back.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best pasta I’ve ever had great meal overall with lovely service

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  19. AaronP71

    St. Louis

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant inside of a mid century modern office building. Excellent food, service and atmosphere. A solid choice for a date night.

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  20. LeonardV

    St. Louis

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a real gem. The food, service, and atmosphere were outstanding. The portions are large; the dining room is beautiful and very comfortable. I would definitely highly recommend it. I’ve been here before with other couples, and we have never been disappointed. Everyone in our group raved about the food.

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  21. SteveS

    Denver

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time and will not be our last. Little tucked away gem in Clayton. Our server Jack took care of us throughout the evening. Looking forward to trying the eggplant on the next visit.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience was amazing—dimly lit with gold music. All of the staff, from the hostess to the bartender to the servers was great! They were personable, welcoming, and accommodating! This all coupled with food that was fresh and delicious was a ‘win’…me and my friends all said we’d definitely come back! It’s a great date spot, but also good for a night out with girlfriends!

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  23. maddies

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, drinks and amazing service! Can't wait to go back!

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  24. Lorry

    St. Louis

    107 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The cauliflower appetizer was amazing. Two shared it and it was still a lot. They had a salmon risotto that was perfection Service excellent

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  25. CoreyL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was exceptional. Liz was amazing. We had the eggplant appetizer, short ribs, scallops and amitriciana pasta. All were superb. Highly recommend.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always the Del Pietro family presents a winner, ambience was very chique, food and service was high level, and the pricing was right where it should be…highly recommend!

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  27. SandR

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and service. The cauliflower appetizer and chicken dish were delicious!

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  28. LindaG

    Jackson Hole

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed our meal. Food was delicious, the staff was very friendly and the restaurant ambience was lovely. We will be returning soon.

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  29. DerekR

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and atmosphere. Seems like a hidden gem as we quickly got in on a Friday night. Jack was a great server too!

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  30. julietc

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another fabulous meal at Il Palato. This is truly fine dining: exquisite food, the best just-baked bread, and Russell—the best server on earth. This is now our favorite restaurant.

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  31. JRiz

    St. Louis

    108 reviews

    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stopped by for an early dinner en-route to a Blues game. The Halibut over risotto with butternut squash was delicious. Del Pietro's lighter side to traditional Sicilian fare is both refreshing and amazing.

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  32. KateH

    St. Louis

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had great service and the food was phenomenal!!

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  33. TheresaK

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had great service and wonderful food. However we were one of two tables still there at a little before 10:00 pm. They asked us and the other table to leave because they were closing and this was on a Saturday night during the holidays. I didn’t think that was very professional and I thought the way it was communicated was rude. Not sure I will go back. We spent 300 dollars and there were 3 of us. So I would have expected nit to be asked to leave at 10 pm.

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  34. LoriC

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Butternut squash carpaccio was incredible and had great service. Very nice restaurant.

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  35. julietc

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Extraordinary restaurant. Memorable cuisine and service; our waiter, Russell, enhanced the experience, and we’ll request him every time we return.

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  36. MieS

    St. Louis

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is fabulous, but under the radar. Easy to get a table, nice wine list and cocktails, delicious food. We had the scallop special, the salmon, and the pumpkin pasta and all were great. The eggplant appetizer and the pizza are standout starters.

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  37. JRiz

    St. Louis

    108 reviews

    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wanted to dine out one night while our family was in town for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We were able to secure a large round table - great for conversation. Everyone enjoyed the delicious shared appetizers; menu selections appealed to everyone: grandkids, parents and grandparents.

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  38. thomaso

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Our food was almost cold when served...not acceptable for any dish

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  39. Johnnies

    St. Louis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service, ambiance and food. Will definitely return.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been here several times and even though the menu changes, the quality of food is always consistent.

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FAQs

Il Palato is rated 4.7 stars by 577 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Il Palato

222 S Bemiston Ave, St. Louis, Clayton, MO 63105

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Forest Park PKWY
  • Neighborhood
    Clayton
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Wine Bar, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Garage Behind Restaurant
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jordan Knight
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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