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Il Palato, Clayton, MO

Il Palato

4.7
4.7
468 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Wine Bar, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 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

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What 468 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Midtown

    Best Overall

  • Midtown

    Best Service

  • Midtown

    Best Value

  • Midtown

    Neighborhood gem

  • Midtown

    Great for fine wines

  • Midtown

    Lively

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  1. IE

    IllinoisEaters

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was surprised how few people were there on a Thursday evening, because we had a fabulous meal and wondered why there were empty tables. It was goooood! We had a wonderful salad, the ravioli, and a trout special. We would definitely return!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely evening with my girlfriend. Our waiter Jack was excellent .
  3. VL

    VacayinLaJolla

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    This was our second time here and we were unimpressed. I'm not sure what changed - but we were here for the first time pre-Covid and it was better then. My husband and I both ordered pasta and they both had very little taste. My husband said they both tasted the same to him - he got the Bolognese and I ordered the linguini. This restaurant had a difficult time working around a food intolerance - moreso than other restaurants. It was disappointing. I will say the desserts won the meal - that's why I gave 3 starts instead of 2. The panna cotta and flourless chocolate cake were spectacular.
  4. V

    Vinman

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding authentic rustic Italian cuisine with unparalleled service and hospitality! Michal and his talented team will consistently exceed your expectations.
  5. SO

    SueOB

    St. Louis

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner. The atmosphere, drinks, and food were wonderful. Wish we could have lingered but we had a concert to attend.
  6. MT

    MimiT

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time visiting. Somewhat too dimly lit for reading a menu but very romantic. Cozy restaurant with attentive staff. The short ribs were excellent and a very generous salad.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm never disappointed with this place! The food, staff, music... everything is just amazing!!!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Nice ambience. Food was almost all delicious. Service was spotty but friendly.
  9. RR

    RuthR

    St. Louis

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thought it was a great restaurant. Michael was so friendly. Our waiter Jack was attentive. The food was good. We would definitely go back.
  10. S

    Skinman

    St. Louis

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Attentive service without being solicitous in the least.
  11. RR

    RobinR

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food in a lovely space. The vibe is casual and understated elegance. A wine list with something for everyone.
  12. JE

    JosephE

    St. Louis

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, attentive wait staff, & enjoyable setting.
  13. RM

    RachaelM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was outstanding. We had a great time and enjoyed amazing food and service. Alan was wonderful helping us!
  14. JH

    JoshH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my second time dining at IL Palato, and it did not disappoint. Great staff, vibe and excellent food.
  15. RW

    RichardW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We both had very good glasses of wine before dinner. I had the Roman salad and my wife had the Misto salad, and both arrived quickly and were excellent. My wife ordered the Spinach Artichoke Ravioli, and I had a pizza - and they were exceptional. The service was fabulous as well. Could not have been a nicer evening. Love this restaurant!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great about the restaurant: Service - Ask for Justin! Ambience - Classy casual Appetizer - yellowfin tuna Entrées - Bolognese and linguini Dessert - Chocolate/caramel ganache (don’t remember the name), but it was exquisite!! First time visiting from out of town but will definitely be back for more!!
  17. R

    Ryan

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Like other people have mentioned, the place is quite loud--it's a small, packed place. Notwithstanding the noise, the food and service is outstanding. Definitely would recommend.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I made reservations for a work dinner here and it was the perfect place! Wonderful atmosphere and experience overall. The owner Michael is very kind and attentive. Cannot wait to go back!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    The Cesar salad was outstanding! The short ribs burnt and not very flavorful.
  20. S

    Sandym

    St. Louis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner with a friend and we’re looking forward to returning as everything top notch (food, wine, service, etc)
  21. AB

    AngelaB

    Naples

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Russell and Jack did a wonderful job with food and wine recommendations. Eggplant app and the chefs espresso panna cotta with caramel dessert were our favs. The dining room was a beautiful cozy place. Look forward to returning.
  22. KH

    KateH

    St. Louis

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food with friendly staff in a very chic atnosphere!
  23. o

    oceanjim

    St. Louis

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate early, pre-symphony. The place was empty. It filled up quickly. The service was personable, professional, and competent not stuffy. The food was excellent. We skipped drinks but the bartender seemed experienced and the wine list was very good.
  24. l

    luvorganic

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alan was terrific! We love his energy and wonderful service! We enjoyed our evening!
  25. RL

    RamL

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Got together with four friends to celebrate a friend’s birthday. And celebrate life! Very welcoming manager and staff. Comfortable seating. Excellent wines and champagne. Delicious appetizers, salads, and main course. Excellent attentive service. Lovely ambience. Delicious dessert. Overall a highly enjoyable experience. Highly recommended.
  26. MB

    MaryB75

    St. Louis

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything was very pleasurable the ambiance, dinner and service. The menu seems to be pretty limited.
  27. f

    frankt

    St. Louis

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    First time eating there I had the gnoccchi and it was terrible.
  28. JR

    JRiz

    St. Louis

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another delicious dinner at Il Palato.
  29. RL

    RamL

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service! Great ambience. Delicious food and drinks. Easy to access and centrally located in St Louis. Highly recommended.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our waiter Jack was great. Attentive and not intrusive. The guys ordered their version of Cacio e pepe was delicious. My dish was salmon over a tomato risotto. The salmon was very good but the risotto could have cooked a little longer. It’s a beautiful restaurant! Don’t miss it!
  31. j

    jbburf

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Fun little spot hidden away in Clayton. Entrees were excellent but the appetizers and desert were not great, should have just skipped them and had another entree :(
  32. KT

    KTLT

    St. Louis

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our evening with friends at Il Palato; our server, Justin, was engaging but not intrusive and the service overall was outstanding. The ladies at the table share a birthday, which was mentioned when reserving, but I guess that no longer gets any recognition most places. The quality of the meal was high, but please note the portions are very, very small!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great outdoor seating area on a gorgeous fall evening and outstanding server, Russell.
  34. RL

    RamL

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious red wine, and ravioli with pesto and pine nuts! Excellent service! Delightful ambience! A totally joyous experience! Highly recommended.
  35. RW

    RichW

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had another exceptional meal with fabulous service at Il Palato. It is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is always consistently great, and the staff are very welcoming and helpful.
  36. ZB

    ZackB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The ravioli, tuna Crudo, and beef carpaccio were all fantastic. Highly recommend.
  37. t

    twodocs

    St. Louis

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The squash appetizer made the best dish of this vegetable I have ever had. They always have a unique and delicious vegetable dish. They let our party of six sit on the patio which was lovely on a beautiful night. Always superb service.
  38. DS

    DeniseS

    Indiana

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Outstanding service - Our servers were exceptional. They were personable, knowledgeable, and attentive. Our pasta dishes were excellent and the space is beautiful. Unfortunately, the exhaust for the open kitchen is either insufficient or was not working. The dining room smelled like smoke and cooking odors. Our clothes smelled after we left. I hope this is corrected.
  39. OT

    OpenTableWalnutCreek2023

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The entire service industry is suffering from turn over and trying to train as fast as possible. This was evident in our experience tonight. The wait staff was unfamiliar with quite a bit. Food was good. Salmon was delivered skin side up which we don’t see on the West Coast. Mature crowd.
  40. DB

    DB006

    St. Louis

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Normally very solid and unique pastas. We especially like their weekend selections and specials over the last few years. We went this Friday and were rather disappointed. Service was great, but pastas far from that. In particular, the bolognese was tasteless and felt more like a Boy Scout dinner. I hope this gets better so we can continue to be regulars.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Il Palato is rated 4.7 stars by 468 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 5 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 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • 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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