Gio's Ristorante and Bar

4.2
262 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Welcome to Gio’s Ristorante and Bar – serving up contemporary versions of classic Italian dishes accompanied by beautiful views of the Gateway Arch, The Old Court House, and Kiener Plaza. Sit back, relax and enjoy great Italian food at reasonable prices. It only tastes expensive. Gio’s has an elegant yet warm and comfortable atmosphere owner John Ruggeri calls “polished casual.” All of the mouth-watering dishes at Gio’s are made-to-order including meatball sliders, brick oven pizzas, unique pasta dishes and entrees such as the balsamic and honey glazed grilled pork chop. Our innovative menu will keep you coming back again and again.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(314) 241-2424
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Gio's offers off-premise catering tailored to suit all of your needs. From elegant sit down dinners, cocktail parties, holiday get togethers to box lunches, Gio's fits the bill. Call John or Jill at (314) 241-2424 for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
7th Street
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Parking details
Gio's offers complimentary parking with the exception of baseball daytime games. In the event of a daytime game, our validation is good after 4pm. Gio's parking garage is located on the 8th Street entrance of the Peabody Building. Guests take the elevator to the 1st floor lobby level of the building. Restaurant is located on the left on the lobby level. Please bring your ticket to the restaurant for validation.
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Entertainment
Bar Gio has four flat screen televisions so you can watch all of your favorite teams play, while listening to the most up-to-date satellite music inside and out on the patio. Watching the chef make pizzas adds to your viewing enjoyment.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 262 People Are Saying
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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a nice restaurant with very good food and pleasant servers. Drinks are good. I had lobster pasta and it was well prepared in a reasonable portion.

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GB
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had a reservation for 12:30 - 5 people. It was at least 10 minutes before anyone acknowledged we were there. Took at least another 10-15 minutes before we were given a menu, then another 10 minutes before our order was taken, another 10 minutes before water or tea was brought. No salads...the waiter said the salads would be coming soon but he had no idea how long it would be for the entrees. At that time we walked out. Only two servers working.

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S
Savannah
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

I was literally the only one in the restaurant which should have been a signal to leave. However I stayed. The food tasted old like it had been warmed up in the microwave which was probably the case since nobody else was eating there. The bar serve was friendly. The food made me sick later in the evening. I’m not sure joe this place makes it. Definitely would not recommend.

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LR
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I hate to give a negative review but I can't say much good about this place. We had to hunt someone down to seat us... no big deal in and of itself. But, the house made wine was not good. The server did graciously offer and provide a different wine. The 2 of us that ordered Italian food (at the Italian restaurant) were very disappointed in the quality. It was dry, the meat was flavorless and the sauce was more like canned than fresh. However, the 2 who ordered non Italian food were satisfied with their meals. The service was mediocre - a bit slow. All in all not a satisfying experience.

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MC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Gio's was busy and seemed to be short staffed for a Saturday night. Food was okay. Didn't seem fresh. It was an okay spot for our group that was there for the week to close it out. But, they need to up their game and cook food properly and get some fresh ice cream.

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JH
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

In town for a concert. Stayed at a nearby hotel, so wanted something walking distance. The food was excellent, the server was personable and pleasant, although rather busy as one of two working on a Saturday night. Luckily, we made a reservation because we were on a tight schedule for the concert, but they were only accepting guests who had reservations. Definitely will go back the next time I’m in town!

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GB
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Completely understaffed. Arrived with four people for dinner before concert right down the street. We were one of three tables in restaurant occupied. Twenty minutes after ordering we don’t have salads, and start noticing not a single table has food. Despite the best efforts of our server we ended up paying for drinks and went to concert hungry.

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GK
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We went on a Saturday night and it was decent food and service but nothing special.

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DI
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed dinner there on a Monday night. Seemed to be one of the few options for a dinner meeting in downtown. There were very few customers in the evening - so service was fantastic and the food was exceptional. Our out of town guests were totally surprised by the reasonable prices for such excellent food!

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SK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Five of us had different dishes and appetizers. Every item was excellent. From fish to pasta all were superb. The prices were so reasonable, we did not expect such high quality.

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NJ
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a pleasant surprise. We are from out of town and just wanted some good Italian food! We found it. It was pretty quiet that evening since there was a Cardinals game, but that made it perfect. Wine was good and the food was fantastic. I'd recommend to EVERYONE!

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JJ
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Cioppino was very, very good. Our waitress was also the bartender. She was knowledgeable & did a good job, but it was just her and another girl to cover all of the tables. This made the service slow. Had to seat yourself, and the tables were not getting cleaned off from the people that sat there before. Just really understaffed at a time when they should be ready for a big crowd prior to a Cardinals game.

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TF
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We walked to Gios from our hotel (The Magnolia) and enjoyed some of the best Italian food we ever put in our mouths. We were seated in the La Russa room which was an extra treat. We walked on to Busch stadium and extended a great evening with baseball game on my friends birthday! His team won!

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RE
St. Louis
21 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and our waitress was really nice. Definitely will be going back.

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KT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A co-worker and I dined at Gio's during Downtown Restaurant Week so we did not order from their standard menu. We had a very early reservation as we came straight from work and the restaurant was pretty much empty. It started filling up towards a later dinner time. We were greeted and seated promptly. Our server was friendly and informative. Each course of our dinner was served in a timely manner and was absolutely delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and will definitely return to Gio's and highly recommend it to friends.

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DR
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was the ONLY thing that surpassed the wonderful food!!!! Waiter was polite,very knowledgeable, and the most pleasant woman I’ve ever had the pleasure of serving my food! She was FABULOUS!!! Will definitely go back next time my wife and I are in St. Louis!

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MA
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Good food. Serving size just right Not enough staff for number of patrons

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service

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JC
Memphis
46 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding! Service as well

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b
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place and service. Close to the ballpark but maybe since there was no game the place was literally empty at 7:30. Had the cioppino and it was good. Wife had carbonara and it was a bit boring or possibly they over cooked the sauce. Prices were reasonable for the location.

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OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and Food. Surprised that there wasn’t more people there?!

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OT
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time to Gio’s. I will definitely be going back. Excellent food and service.

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BB
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed a variety of dishes, from the wedge salad to the vegetable risotto & italian burger. Will be returning soon to this quiet gem.

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HH
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Reliable consistent food and service at a good price.

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h
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

I was hoping for a table with a view of the arch, but that room was closed. Instead we were seated in a back, bar area. So I was prepared to be disappointed. Our food ended up being excellent and our server was too. Pleasantly surprised!

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KG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our half marathon pre-race dinner. Carbing up'

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k
Nashville
27 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, good food, great prices...we had requested a quiet table, so our server, Britany(?) put us alone in an overflow room and gave us fantastic service!
We would highly recommend this place.

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, had friends from out of state and they were impressed.

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OT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Very poor service. Waited 1 hour and 20 minutes for food to be delivered to the table before telling the waiter we were leaving and cancel the order. People who were seated after us received their food and left before u. We never received our order. Just bread a one salad and an appetizer.

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AM
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for a quiet business lunch in downtown St Louis. Excellent pasta, veal, etc. Really appreciate the good service.

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a 9 year old birthday party - the girls were treated like grow up adult ladies, and they were overjoyed. THANK YOU!!! AMAZING!!

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p
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We made pre-game reservations. Our drive was > 3 hours but we left early enough that we were going to be an hour earlier than expected. I called and the graciously changed us. When we arrived, there were signs up saying they were closed for a private event. I was concerned we were in the wrong spot, but when I asked, they said, "Oh no, we were expecting you." We were seated away from the large group (who arrived a little bit later). Our server, Mikayla, was great and we took the internet's advice and got the gooey butter cake. I suggest you do too! It was a great pre-game meal and we will be back in the future.

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o
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Gio's always does a great job; food is very good, service terrific. Friendly, helpul staff.

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RN
St. Louis
42 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We dined at this establishment for downtown STL restaurant week. It was out first time eating here. We definitely enjoyed the food. The entrée portions were a little small, but made up for it with the dessert portions. Love the gooey butter dessert !!! Our server (Michaela) was very personable and attentive. Thanks for a great evening !

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stopped by for Downtown Restaurant Week. The 3 corse meal options were fantastic. For 25 dollars a head it was more ham enough food. The Grouper and Gooey Butter Cake were outstanding. I will be coming back.

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, good service. Used open table which was great not to have to wait on a Friday night.

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c
St. Louis
16 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian food at a reasonable prices. Good wine list. Great before or after ballgame. Michaela, our server, was awesome! Bonus: no provel cheese!

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Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Grouper was char-burned. Only had one bottle of Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay and way over priced.

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M
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff was exceptionally nice and accommodating. The wine was good, and the pizza was very good (even though I am not a fan of very thin crusts, this held together very nicely).

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LS
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

In our group two shared a pizza and one had the vegetable risotto. Both were delicious.

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