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Il Palato, Clayton, MO

Il Palato

4.7
4.7
449 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 3 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 449 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Midtown

    Best Overall

  • Midtown

    Best Service

  • Midtown

    Best Value

  • Midtown

    Innovative

  • Midtown

    Neighborhood gem

  • Midtown

    Great for outdoor dining

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  1. S

    Sandym

    St. Louis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

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

    AngelaB

    Naples

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.
  3. KH

    KateH

    St. Louis

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food with friendly staff in a very chic atnosphere!
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. RL

    RamL

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. JR

    JRiz

    St. Louis

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another delicious dinner at Il Palato.
  10. RL

    RamL

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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 :(
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
  15. RL

    RamL

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. OT

    OpenTableGene

    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.
  21. 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.
  22. NH

    NancyH

    Naples

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was terrific. Large wine list. Especially appreciated how everyone from bartender, servers, etc all stepped up as a team to ensure great service!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for our 10 year anniversary. Romantic atmosphere but great for a date night or group dinner. Food was amazing. Highly recommend the eggplant antipasta and pomodoro salad. We had the special and it was fabulous. Great service. Just excellent and can't wait to return for the great food!
  24. CM

    ChrisM

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting from out of town. Amazing meal-pesto sauce for ravioli was wonderful. The cauliflower had just the right amount of spice. Justin our server was great and helpful with making recommendations.
  25. TR

    TravelerReview

    St. Louis

    158 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    158 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Best eggplant parmesan dish in ton. Excellent feature dishes that change routinely. An absolute hidden gem in Clayton and one that everyone should add to their routine restaurant visit list. A very approachable but in depth wine list that offers high end, mid end and values on every level. Service is always outstanding and the patio is completely underrated, especially in the fall. GO TO THIS RESTRAURANT!
  26. P

    Pioneer

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Eggplant Parmesan was the best in town and perhaps anywhere! We will be back soon.
  27. NG

    NancyG

    St. Louis

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great place for a family celebration dinner. Sophisticated atmosphere, nicely spaced tables, well trained staff, excellent food. Menu has a nice variety - although not a huge selection there is something for everyone. Will definitely go back.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative menu with Italian emphasis; fresh ingredients noticeable in all courses. Flash fried cauliflower retained firm body with lightly sweet zesty sauce which did not overwhelm. Heirloom tomatoes with arugula, burrata, melon slices and prosciutto was refreshing and flavorful. Entrees included monkfish, tagliatelle with more heirlooms, and pistachio artichoke ravioli were enjoyed by each guest. Expansive wine list with broad range to appeal to palate and pocketbook. Full pour (to mid point of glass) and good temperatures for white and red wines by the glass. An Italian twist on flan was a nice finish. Refreshing interior, well informed staff (though some bussing was a little clunky with younger workers). Surprisingly not busy enough for two full table turnings on a Saturday night. Word needs to get out that this establishment from the Del Pietro family warrants regular inclusion in dine out rotation. Bravo!
  29. JK

    JohnK

    St. Louis

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food1service1ambience4
    My flounder was way overcooked so that it could not be cut with a fork (not easy with a knife) and the fish was bone dry. The waiter asked how things were and I said, "this is tough and dry." Apparently his question was like "how are you?", because he just walked away. Not really listening to my answer. We asked for bread twice and never got it. On the plus side the cauliflower appetizer was tasty and original. Two got the sausage pizza and liked it. I don't go to a nice restaurant for pizza.
  30. HS

    HeidiS

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely some if the best food in St. Louis. Great service. Beautiful atmosphere and lovely patio
  31. JR

    JRiz

    St. Louis

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a light dinner. Delicious Heirloom Tomato Salad, Eggplant Appetizer, followed by Butter Cake with Mascarpone on the side.
  32. R

    Reunion

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A reunion dinner with family and friends- delightful staff and delicious food!
  33. AH

    AmandaH

    St. Louis

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, wine was good, service was good, and there’s something really special about a restaurant that still brings bread automatically. Makes me want to come back again and again.
  34. L

    Livetocook

    St. Louis

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ll Palato never disappoints!! Perfection!
  35. F

    Foodnfun

    St. Louis

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience! Great food and service
  36. t

    toddstlmo

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent environment for a business dinner. Team approach from the serving staff was attentive but not overwhelming. Great pasta and fish dishes. Good wine by the glass options. Will definitely go back again
  37. C

    Chiotravel

    St. Louis

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian Restaurant in Clayton. Unique non typical Italian menus well executed. Comfortable & calm environment. Very reasonable prices.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great experience, food service it had it all
  39. M

    Marc

    St. Louis

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went on a Monday evening and restaurant was a little busier than expected. Our server Allan was covering several tables but remained attentive and completely unfrazzled the entire dinner service. The special of the evening, a pasta dish with shrimp, bacon and roasted peaches was superb! Well done
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing hidden place in Clayton! We will be back. Drinks Amazing, food Amazing service amazing. Overall one of the better experiences I have had in a while.

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 449 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 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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