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Il Palato, Clayton, MO

Il Palato

4.7
4.7
388 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

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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

Popular dishes

Menu

Antipasti

  • Focaccia$9.00

    Strawberries & Rosemary Focaccia, Whipped Mortadella & Pistachios

    • Melanzana$12.00

      Crispy Eggplant, Pomodoro, Crema, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil

      • Cavolviori Fritti$10.00

        Fried Cauliflower, Calabrian Chili Glaze & Green Onions

        • Beet Carpaccio$9.00

          Goat Cheese Crema, Arugula, Lemon Zest, Mint, Herb Breadcrumbs

          • Tonno Crudo$16.00

            Yellowfin Tuna, Dijon Aioli, Shallot, Green Onions & Cured Egg Yolk

            • Burrata$14.00

              Marinated Asparagus, Mushroom Conserva Caper Salt & Crostinis

              Insalata

              • Misto$7.00

                Arugula, Bibb, Spinach, Shaved Fennel, Red Onions, Red Wine Vinaigrette

                • Pomodoro$14.00

                  Heirloom Tomatoes, Prosciutto, Stracciatella, Arugula, Strawberry Sofrito

                  • Verdera$9.00

                    Arugula, Asparagus, Peas Pecorino, Crispy Leaks, Green Onions

                    Pizzas

                    • Salsiccia$16.00

                      Sausage, Caramelized Onions, Mushrooms, Fontina Cheese

                      • Bianco Verde$16.00

                        Herb Puree, Mozzarella, Fontina, Parmigiano & Ricotta

                        • Mortadella$16.00

                          Olives, Mozzarella Pomodoro, Red Onions Arugula

                          • Arabiatta$16.00

                            Calabrian Chili, Garlic, Cherry Tomato, Lemon, Basil, Parmesan, Mozzarella

                            Pasta's

                            • Tagliatelle$19.00

                              Herb Puree, Parmigiano, Lemon Zest And Pistachio Crumble

                              • Orecchiette$26.00

                                Clams, Shrimp, Salsiccia, Turnip Greens, Chili, White Wine, Fennel, Bread Crumbs

                                • Agnolotti$19.00

                                  Lemon Ricotta, Zucchini Puree, Grilled Zucchini, Cured Egg Yolk, Basil, Pistachio

                                  • Gnocchi$19.00

                                    Cauliflower Puree, Chilis, Herbs, Pickled Vegetable, Ricotta Salsa

                                    • Papadele$24.00

                                      Braised Pork, Tomatoes, Lemon Ricotta & Crispy Leaks

                                      Piatti

                                      • Pollo$26.00

                                        Roasted Chicken, Over Creamy Polenta, Lemon, Asparagus, Mushrooms

                                        • Costolette$36.00

                                          Short Ribs, Cauliflower Puree, Greens, Orange, Fennel

                                          • Branzino$36.00

                                            Pan Roasted With Asparagus, Fennel, Mushroom Risotto

                                            • Cotoletta$39.00

                                              Grilled Veal Chop, Roasted Fingerling Potato, Black Truffle Jus

                                              • Pesce del Giorno$29.00

                                                Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                What 388 people are saying

                                                Overall ratings and reviews

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

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                                                1. JK

                                                  JohnK

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  10 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  10 reviews

                                                  Dined today

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Special was pork ragu over polenta - unusual and delicious. Alan gave superb service and hospitality. The restaurant is gorgeous! We'll be back!

                                                2. MT

                                                  MisterT

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined today

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Amazing experience overall. We were there for my wife’s birthday. Service was great, music playlist was on point, and the food was delicious.

                                                3. c

                                                  cajungal

                                                  Chicago

                                                  11 reviews

                                                  3.0

                                                  11 reviews

                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                  overall3food4service2ambience4

                                                  Don't sit at the tables that are by the bar. The bartender is expected to manage these tables and the bar. We waited for over an hour for our meals and some of the dishes were cold (that weren't supposed to be). Great attention was paid to food allergies which was a plus. We had a different food problem. We got great attention then and I applaud the service recovery. The food was okay. The bill gulp inducing.

                                                4. C

                                                  Chiotravel

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  10 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  10 reviews

                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Most Underrated restaurant in St Louis. Outstanding foo, service ambiance. Good value.

                                                5. S

                                                  Skinman

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  18 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  18 reviews

                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  Great food, great service.

                                                6. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                  overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                  What a wonderful dinning experience! Great outdoor seating, quite location with nice afternoon shade. Menu was professionally laid out. The entrees were were top notch as was the service. Wine list was very extensive and intriguing yet reasonably priced. Definitely going back soon! This restaurant is a diamond in the rough off the beaten path in Clayton. Check it out you won't be disappointed!

                                                7. AM

                                                  AliceM

                                                  New York Area

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                  overall4food5service5ambience3

                                                  Too hot inside! Very uncomfortable! Should have eaten outside in 90 degree weather!

                                                8. IT

                                                  InTheKnow

                                                  Los Angeles

                                                  126 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  126 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  First time here and what a gem of a restaurant. Beautiful place, excellent service and best of all creative and delicious food. It is tucked couple of blocks away from the center of Clayton, but is well worth the effort.

                                                9. SE

                                                  ShawnE

                                                  San Diego

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  The food was spectacular and service was impeccable. A gem where the old Remy's used to be.

                                                10. C

                                                  Cynthia

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                  Lovely outdoor patio.

                                                11. JM

                                                  JimM

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Excellent service and food. Michael’s personal touch is everywhere as is he. When the owner is hands on it makes a real difference.

                                                12. S

                                                  Sles

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  39 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  39 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  The food was wonderful the service was superior. This is a Clayton best kept secret.

                                                13. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  1 review

                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                  overall3food5service1ambience4

                                                  Great food, poor service

                                                14. D

                                                  Diane9000

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  I really love this place - very classy spot perfect for date nights or groups, in an awesome area of Clayton. The best espresso martinis, great salads and pizzas, honestly just a gem!

                                                15. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                  Family outing bday make up dinner. Cauliflower and eggplant was great as well as the service. At time overlapping one another but it was ok. Everyone in our part enjoyed their entree except me. The salmon meatball is worth a try as I very much enjoy something new however the salmon ball itself was rather large I think overcooked and a bit in the fishy & salty side. Didn’t quite pick up much of the andouille flavor. We all shared a taste and everything else was spot on . It’s worth another try and I’d recommended to friends.

                                                16. KH

                                                  KateH

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  17 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  17 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  My short rib was absolutely delicious! Great service. Very cool clean lines in the decor. Easy place to have a nice conversation.

                                                17. MR

                                                  MadalyneR

                                                  Des Moines

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                  overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                  Good service. Food was pretty good, Cauliflower appetizer was amazing. Little expensive for the amount you get.

                                                18. TH

                                                  TomH

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  9 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  9 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  The food was excellent and the flavors were outstanding. We had a difficult time deciding which entrees to choose, which means we will head back there soon to try the items we did not choose last night. Excellent retaurant

                                                19. JY

                                                  JulieY

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  The food and ambiance was exceptional

                                                20. JB

                                                  JohnB

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                  Beautiful dining room with wonderful service. Fine dining but with some incredible pizza options if you don’t want such a splurge

                                                21. m

                                                  mesashopping

                                                  San Francisco

                                                  16 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  16 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                  Everything was ok. not bad not great. waiter told the other table dish of the day but did not tell us. other tables offered bread but not us. will not return

                                                22. f

                                                  fittobetried

                                                  Philadelphia

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Delicious food and wine, attentive service, and as per our request we were seated at a quiet table in a nice back room. Excellent experience all around.

                                                23. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                  Nice modern ambiance. Friendly attentive service. Amazing cauliflower appetizer. Salad was disappointing. Pasta was good but smallish portions. Nice wine selection.

                                                24. ST

                                                  STL1135foodie

                                                  Los Angeles

                                                  10 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  10 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 31, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  We dined here last night and it was phenomenal in every way! We had not been for a while and were completely impressed. We had a very enjoyable evening from the drinks to the dessert and in between.! We will definitely come back sooner than later!

                                                25. 2

                                                  24charactersiswaytoolong

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  1 review

                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                  overall3food2service5ambience3

                                                  Bread and cacio e pepe pasta were awful. Salads were good. Pizza and mushroom ravioli pretty good. There should be a couple vegan items on the menu.

                                                26. J

                                                  Jasmine

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  50 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  50 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  We really enjoyed the fish of the day!!! It was Sea Bass and it was outstanding. The chicken entree was so good too. I had the swordfish and it was also very very good. Service was great and the drinks before dinner came at a time manner and were wonderful. One of the best places for an overall great experience.

                                                27. RW

                                                  RichardW

                                                  San Francisco

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                  My wife and I had a fabulous meal there last evening. We both had salads, she had pasta and I had pizza. We also had wine before dinner and they have an excellent wine list. Hill Pelado is one of our favorite restaurants, and we try to go there at least every other week. food is exceptional, and the service is even better.

                                                28. KC

                                                  KerriC

                                                  Phoenix

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 7, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Great service, food, atmosphere!

                                                29. JS

                                                  JillS

                                                  Orange County

                                                  10 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  10 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Loved everything we ordered. Salads great, homemade noodles- yum!

                                                30. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 4, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  THE BEST dinner we’ve had in the past three years! The cauliflower appetizer, the romaine salad, and sea bass main course were outstanding! The service was perfect, and the ambiance and decor were terrific. Congrats to Michael and his team. A+

                                                31. SN

                                                  StevenN

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 4, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Delicious food, innovative menu without being contrived, and warm, welcoming service = awesome night out.

                                                32. P

                                                  maryP

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 4, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  The food was spectacular!!! At our table we all loved the eggplant parmigiana, salads, pastas and seafood!!! This is my third time having dinner and every time it has been amazing! Oh of course we also loved the fun drinks and dessert!!!

                                                33. MM

                                                  MichelleM

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 4, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  First time eating at Il Palato and I was very impressed. The ambiance is beautiful, the wine list was fantastic, and the food was even better! Their options for gluten-free items were amazing and I can't wait to go back!

                                                34. MS

                                                  MaryS

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 28, 2022

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                  I love the sense of tranquility on feels when dining at Il Palato, and yet visually you see animated, lively diners. THe food is constantly good, and I always have enough to bring home for the next night's dinner. Lovely service staff. Simply a wonderful experience.

                                                35. MH

                                                  MargaretH

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 27, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  One of my favorite restaurants in St. Louis. It never disappoints, delicious food wonderful staff and not a bad table in the place. It’s great for all ages and the bar is long and attractive. Very open space and my group were all happy and satisfied.

                                                36. L

                                                  Linder127

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  27 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  27 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 26, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Great ambiance, food and service. We really enjoyed our evening at Il Palato!

                                                37. K

                                                  Kelly

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  27 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  27 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 20, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  This is my third time to I’ll Palato and it does not disappoint. Love the atmosphere, super cool bar, so I like to come early just so I can sit and have a drink. The wait staff was attentive and not overbearing. Everything we ordered was fabulous. What a gem!

                                                38. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  5 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Best service I have had in a long time. And the food was delicious.

                                                39. WT

                                                  WalterT

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 13, 2022

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                  Had the roasted cauliflower (very good), the papardelle (pretty good, a bit too salty) and the mousse (very good). Excellent service, although the place is a bit too loud.

                                                40. AR

                                                  AmyR

                                                  St. Louis

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 13, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  Amazing food. Great service. Loved the cauliflower app and short ribs for dinner.

                                                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 388 OpenTable diners.

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                                                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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