ELAIA

1634 Tower Grove Ave, St. Louis
(314) 932-1088

Recent Reviews

Tara H.

This may be a very aged-review (last time I visited here is in 2015) but I still want to give a shoutout. This is one of the few restaurants in town where the tasting menu is possible. My friend and I came to have a celebration and the booking is easy (except you want to book at least 1-2 weeks ahead). We don't know the menu until the date of the appointment since the chef only uses the seasonal ingredients and decides on the courses on the day. We had a tasting menu paired with wine for each course. The food was amazing, the service is top-notch, and the restaurant environment is very cozy and homie. Definitely recommend to visit at least once to really experience this culinary experience.

Tedan H.

This may be a very aged-review (last time I visited here is in 2015) but I still want to give a shoutout. This is one of the few restaurants in town where the tasting menu is possible. My friend and I came to have a celebration and the booking is easy (except you want to book at least 1-2 weeks ahead). We don't know the menu until the date of the appointment since the chef only uses the seasonal ingredients and decides on the courses on the day. We had a tasting menu paired with wine for each course. The food was amazing, the service is top-notch, and the restaurant environment is very cozy and homie. Definitely recommend to visit at least once to really experience this culinary experience.

John Kopecky

Extremely, extremely, extremely expensive!!!!

L9553TCmonicam

This place is a staple. Always great service, interesting cocktails, and top-notch food. Don't miss the hummus deluxe!

Wade M

No one can argue that the food is great but the pricing is a bit outrageous for what you are getting. I have eaten at almost all of the tasting menu restaurants in STL and I will say for the price this falls very short of all of the others. You will end up paying almost twice the amount of others and I believe they are better. Service here is the best by far but that doesn't make it $150 better for the combination of food and drink.

raytown1063

A very special lady and I had our first date here on Valentine's Day. We had the tasting menu and the premium wine pairing. The food and service was amazing. We both really enjoyed ourselves.

Brian Lisa Dickmann

Greatest place. Greatest atmosphere. Greatest food!

Selma Jahic

Great place, great food, amazing cocktails!

J M.

What a wonderful place to be able to go to In St. Louis! Just finished what seemed like an a million course meal with wine pairings. Each course was its own unique experience and something to thoroughly take your time enjoying. You must go here if you live here or are passing through for the weekend...if you're lucky enough to get a table that is.

olaurido

Good food and service. Visited for having some drinks and appetizers. The food was good as well as service. Great drinks. Small place for seating, we eat and drink at the bar.

Caitlin R.

Finally went here last night and had a wonderful time. Service was 5 stars, and food was 4. It's a pricey $125 per person, and worth it, but I would've liked more "wow" for the price. The highlights of the meal were the corned beef short rib with mashed potatoes and peppercorn sauce, yellowtail sashimi, and the chocolate tahini tart. The tart was ESPECIALLY good. I wanted a bigger piece even though it was so rich. I could eat that every day. The mushrooms many ways also gets a nod. The mushrooms were a tea, pickled, dried, seared. Seriously, a whole bowl of umami flavor.

Chris Geden

Great food and great service.Awesome experience!!

Nir K.

I ran into Elaia while visiting Olio (which is my favorite restaurant). Elaia gave me anything i was looking for when hosting important clients from out of town. What i like most about the food was the ability to enjoy high end food (fine dining) yet you get full after a full meal! That being said, the vibe at the restaurant was great and very welcoming. Price is not bad but not cheap, but it's not something you do every day! Was worth driving through the snow for this and was worth every penny!

Jean Meyers

the chicken meatballs were delicious

Alan Glen

Exquisite dining experience

Michele F.

Gorgeous plating. Really good service. Cozy intimate space. The food was complex and tasty - attention to detail and care was taken with each dish. The portions may look small but was stuffed in the end. Would recommend this place for a romantic date night or special occasion. It is really quiet upstairs so you can really hear and focus on table conversation - appreciated that.

501carys

We enjoyed Hummus Sababa, Cured Salmon, and Chicken Salad Toast. The dishes at this restaurant are inventive and delicious. Attentive waiters.

mrmanary

Elaia is a staple for St Louis fine dining. My partner and I prefer to have the chef decide on our meal/courses, and this is a rare opportunity for a tasting menu in town! After two weeks travelling for work and eating at quite literally the best restaurants in the world, this was a perfect meal to return home to. Service is professional but not a stuffy production (a bit on the quick side) If only the other guests could be convinced to keep their dinner conversations to themselves ;) then this would be the perfect restaurant in St Louis

Katherine Martinez

Really good food, attentive service and a great experience

Denise P.

Fine dining with excellent service. The Chef's 7 course/wine paired meal was outstanding! This will be a new favorite spot to dine for special occasions.

Shei Anaya

Always a great visit, from the friendly staff to the delicious meals and drinks.

Creight Ramage

Came here for Happy Hour, and I was in awe. Patio season is here and love their happy hour menu. Great small dishes and drinks. Decided to stay for dinner. Tummy was so full from all these delicious food and drinks, wish I could have more room for more. Still thinking about the chocolate bag!I ordered the beer bartered fish & chips while my wife ordered the Salmon Rigatoni.

Mike K.

The expense and experience provided were simply disproportionate. Food = tasting menu only so be prepared for limited options. $130 per person or so if you want wine pairings (but if you want the "best" food option there was an additional $20 up charge - really??). Wine was well paired but light pours - had to ask for more. Food was underwhelming based on the price tag expectation. Service = friendly enough and knowledgeable but too many people. We didn't have 3 min. of conversation before we were asked something. Also, my wife and I don't go out much. When we are sitting there in conversation don't stand there and wait for us to pause our talk and look over at you. Move along and come back later. Not a big place - read your audience. From all the positive reviews I was frustrated. Rotating menu so perhaps it was an off night.

brian archer

What a wonderful evening my wife and I had here . The service is top notch yet at the same time not in your way .

Linda Walley Miller

Everything I’ve tasted here is delicious. The caponata and hummus may be the best. No, wait, the egg salad. That’s the best. And the bread!

Sarah K.

Came for a friend's birthday dinner and was not disappointed! Every dish we had was delicious, fresh, and packed with unique flavors. The house-made pita and other breads were definitely the best part, we kept ordering extra sides because we couldn't get enough. The caponata was our favorite dish- so much flavor. Egg salad and Israeli Bruschetta appetizers were great and easy to cut into pieces for a group. Everything else is made to share. We'll definitely be back!

Hayley A.

The food is what makes this place a 5-star review. Quality, fresh, great flavor profiles. Our group tried a summer spritzer, hummus, and bruschetta. I would everything again except I want to try everything else on the menu. I was with a friend who is Lebanese and said the hummus was better than her grandparents. Absolutely amazing food! The only knock? Prices are a bit higher for plate sizes.

Annie S.

This location is truly unique and different. The building is a converted auto repair garage. They have totally modified it for their needs so now it has a front bar area, middle area for seating, and a killer patio in back, all of which are great places to be. I prefer the bar area since there is so much natural light. The back patio has umbrellas if you're prone to sunburn. The drinks here are fantastic. I recommend the Love Buzz and the Executive Time cocktails. I've also never had a bad wine here. Service has been prompt and friendly when I go here. Will be going back!

Leslie B.

I really really wish I could give more stars because I think the food was excellent. However it was really hard to enjoy dinner because there was no rhyme or reason and no explanation as to how the food was served. We were a group of six and our food came out at all different times - this made it very hard to enjoy dinner together which is usually the objective when you go out to dinner with other people. They have failed on the execution and serving the food. With an award winning chef I just expect that the execution would be on point as well. Also be aware this place is very very loud - you will have to yell at each other to be heard. Last but not least, the portion sizes are super small and very pricey. I kind of expected this going in but you should be aware you may need a snack later. For example- the large" plate of chicken kefta was three medium sized delicious meatballs. Yes they were delicious. Just didn't seem worth the money. $18.00 for three meatballs in a delicious sauce. Also the deluxe hummus was wonderful - and I thought the portion size was okay for the price. Please don't get me started on the drinks. This has gotta be the smallest pour that I've ever seen. It was delish but two sips for $12?

Amber M.

I've never tried pita bread without the pocket but this was really good. My mom is Israeli and she enjoyed the experience. I ordered the smoked tuna tartare and it was really good. Overall positive experience. The place is really small and inviting with lots of natural light.

Emma S.

Olio is my favorite restaurant in St. Louis! Everything I've ordered is always delicious and the fresh baked pita bread cannot be beat! The dishes are made to share, so bring a few friends! Start with the king of kings hummus, then get the roasted cauliflower, and finish with the chicken sinnia!

James Belote

Bodkin Wine pairing dinner. Excellent!

Elaine S.

Olio continues to be one of my favorite go-tos in STL, but I'm noticing more and more that the pricing vs. portion size is misaligned. I've been here for brunch, lunch, snack, and dinner - and it's time that I start to question Olio's identity as to who they're trying to target. It's a casual/neighborhood place that I want to visit often due to the delicious ingredients but their menu pricing is not conducive to that, and that's a shame. Why rehab a gas station with casual service and menu but with upscale pricing? While everything is still good and the ingredients are deliciously fresh, it's difficult to visit often (and we want to!). Just recently, we shelled out $25-30 pp before drinks on a light lunch only for our group to each devour a cheeseburger 2 hours later. I'm not sure if my most recent visit that I came extra hungry but the deluxe hummus and the accompanying pita bread just seemed smaller than a year or 2 ago. We had to order 3 or 4 extra pita breads for our meal of 4 people. It just felt so nickel and dime-y. The chicken kefta (categorized as a "large plate") was 3 meatballs and it was $18 and we were encouraged to order more pita for this dish. This dish was simply unreasonable. At this point, come for the mezze and the hummus but skip the "large plates".

johnsbnw

I thought this place had excellent food and service. Everything we tried was delicious. My only gripe was the crowded seating, as both the inside and outside were very tight with not a whole lot of room at very small tables. Unfortunately that’s not really something you can correct given their space, but I have to be honest in my review. It did detract from the overall experience. \n

J S.

I thought this place had excellent food and service. Everything we tried was delicious. My only gripe was the crowded seating, as both the inside and outside were very tight with not a whole lot of room at very small tables. Unfortunately that's not really something you can correct given their space, but I have to be honest in my review. It did detract from the overall experience.

Adrian K.

Wanted to like it more. The food was good, but nothing was stand out 'great', which I think you need if folks are hitting $100+ a head. Really enjoyed the salmon entree and the shaved pork 'snack' course. The white chocolate dessert though was very bland. Service was a little rushed - we got through 4 courses in around an hour, and by the end (9:15pm on a Saturday) were the only people in the restaurant and felt a little under pressure to finish our wine. Overall, a lovely space with great potential but not quite executing.

Ahmed Obeidat

Well. It is overrated per my opinion. Service ok. But for example I asked for my main course to be packaged to go as I was giving a talk and can't eat and talk at the same time. When I arrived at my hotel, I found that no utensils were provided. So I could not eat my dinner. Food presentation was good, taste of the other courses I had was ok. Desert was a very simple pudding

Ryan F.

Wayyyy overpriced cocktails with tiny pours. But they were really tasty and many had clever names, so that's worth something I guess. I'd guess a half shot of liquor for $12. All of the food we had was excellent. Highly recommend the muhammara. Again, the price & portion size didn't quite line up. Service wasn't terrible but wasn't good either. Smile a little, Brittney C!

Jason X.

Can only comment on the deluxe hummus as it was the only item I tried. Highly recommended - the hummus was super smooth and creamy, and alongside the olive oil complemented the warm pita very well. Also contained almonds that gave a nice crunch and contrast of textures. The lamb was tender and seasoned well. Great dish. Ambiance and decor was nice and relaxing, friendly servers.

Vivienne

Everything we had is sophisticated, cook perfectly and is creative as well.