Il Palato

4.7
326 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 326 people are saying
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Noise · Moderate
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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and dinner

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Genevieve
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great. The atmosphere is welcoming and quiet. Th service is attentive.

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DaveC
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice birthday celebration dinner. The food was elevated Italian, with a nice (but somewhat small) selection for everyone to choose from…meat, pasta, fish, veggies. The service was exceptional, although our waiter did seem to disappear for a bit when it came time to order dessert…but eventually materialized and expedited our order. It was a lovely place for a nice dinner with our family. We would highly recommend it for a special occasion.

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vipAshleyM
St. Louis
18 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jack and Justin were wonderful knowledgeable waiters. The owner Michael DelPietro even stop by our table. The cauliflower appetizer was very tasty. All of our dinners swordfish, cacio del pepe were so yummy. Will definitely go back again and again.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Resturant with exceptional service. My favourite place in the City!

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GeneP
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, atmosphere romantic and elegant. Food amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Probably worse service I’ve ever had. However food was amazing. So if you want to be seated 30 min late and wait for forever for amazing food. This is your place. They did give an apology dessert, but then we had to correct issues with the bill. Just everything was all over the place.

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vipDanae
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time here. The food was really good and the service was good as well. The ravioli, cauliflower appetizers were so so good. We will definitely be back.

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DonaldB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service was fabulous! Every course left us saying, “We don’t need anything except more of this!” Service was perfect - attentive without being intrusive. Decor was very nice as well. Only room for improvement was the somewhat dated music playing in the background.

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HenriL
St. Louis
16 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although the menu changes regularly (Open Table's is currently out-of-date!), we loved the salad with shaved brussels sprouts and the special entree of sliced duck breast in a lovely sweet/tart sauce. The shell pasta with shrimp and clams in shell was also great and highly recommended if you enjoy pasta in a light seafood broth (also had leafy vegetables that added to it's complexity).

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AndyS
Jackson Hole
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food outstanding, chairs extremely comfortable, ambiance delightful, just somewhat short handed but our server took good care of us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyable evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding.

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familyintown
St. Louis
16 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Il Palato for a couple years and we feel like it keeps getting better and better. The food was outstanding and our server was awesome!

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TreyG
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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STLLori
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our servers, Justin and Jack, were wonderful. The manager is incredibly attentive, and everything about the restaurant is exceptional, down to the tiniest detail. We made a quick change to our reservation (invited my mom to join us) and with 1-2-3 magic, they modified our table. A wonderful evening!

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unexpected goodness and relaxed special time

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

From a very uninterested in our experience staff to dishes that were send back twice for being so salty that were impossible to eat, that was a night to remember. Had two servers, the guy was good and trying, but the lady really did not care, extremely cold and making rude comments, even telling us after sending the food back twice that she ads salt when she orders that dish. We were a little shocked, payed and walked out. A wasted night

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vipJenC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Inconsistent service….waiter did not write down order, then wrong items were brought out or forgotten. Food was average.

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maryP
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am so excited to go back! It was the BEST dinner! We went for a Birthday dinner and it was so delicious! I will be back soon! Gorgeous setting and loved our dinner!
Highly recommend the Cauliflower appetizer and the Short Ribs! Most delicious desserts too and of course great fun cocktails!!!

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vipCatalinaG
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food and service. A hidden gem in Clayton.

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KathleenM
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food and really cool atmosphere! Highly recommend.

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SethD
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Service terrible. Had halibut… dry and sooo sallty. Same with short rib! Would not go back.

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vipChris
St. Louis
20 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fantastic, service was great!
As the place filled up the noise level became a challenge. Most of the customers struggled with using their inside voices.

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Martsoh
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, the entire wait staff paid attention to our needs - we weren't ignored by the "it's not my table" attitude. Contemporary and very flavorful interpretations of traditional Italian pastas and entrees.

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Erik
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was high quality and outstanding flavors. Amazing wine selection. All the staff were friendly and helpful.

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vipCharles1
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great service. Food was just OK, nothing memorable.

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vipKelley
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The noise level in the middle of the dining room made it very difficult to enjoy a conversation with friends. It is not that difficult to tone down the noise. There are ways to put sound-buffering plaster on the ceiling and walls - not very expensive, really.

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rapman
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is located in a part of Clayton where parking is easy. Had been here when it was some other restaurant years ago. Very friendly staff. Food was wonderful. I had the halibut with capers and it was very good. Salad and chocolate cake were both very good. It seems so good to be going out to nice restaurants again.

KB
vipKellyB
St. Louis
22 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great find! Absolutely beautiful restaurant, top Notch service, I think we had three different people serving our table, and the food was excellent! Pricing is very reasonable considering this is very much an upscale experience.

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vipMicheleB
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place with excellent food. Service is exemplary as well.
One of the best places to dine.

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vipKaty
St. Louis
28 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was delicious, ambiance and service couldn’t have been better!

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vipChiotravel
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meals here recently were outstanding including service ambiance & food. A plus for the Clayton .
Should be considered among the best dining experience in the area. Much better & less pretentious than the new “ upscale” restaurants.

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vipLST29
St. Louis
17 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening outdoors. Food and service and patio all great.

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AliceM
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service as usual for a late dinner for 6. Chef is happy to split salads and pasta dishes and everything is delicious.

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vipJRiz
St. Louis
72 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another. Great meal. Trout, perfectly prepared; cinnamon, apple flan, delicious.

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vipRddiner
St. Louis
24 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food and great service. My daughter and I both had the fish special of the day and it was really great!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service. Tomato salad was changed - still good but earlier version was delicious and one of the reasons we came tonight. I hope they change it back!

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SharonS
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around place, wonderful food

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vipChiotravel
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well worth a visit, good meal , service & ambiance!
Welcome addition to Clayton Dining.

FAQs

Il Palato is rated 4.7 stars by 326 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.