ELAIA

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

Recent Reviews

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.

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 .

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 thatâ??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.

Adam M.

One of the best restaurants in St. Louis. The entire experience is top notch. From the moment you walk into the intimate setting to the time you leave you feel well treated. The service is personal with a staff of three. They take the time to understand what you are wanting from the meal. The Sommelier Michele had some great information on the wine pairings. The food was exquisite and I felt cost and quality and amount were all on par. Their menu changes monthly so I am excited to go back a couple of times a year for a different experience on my palate. Those that complain the menu is limited are not understanding what this place is about. This is about freshly prepared monthly offerings that change. If you want a broad menu check out their other places, Elaia is exactly what it says it offers.

Rachel Y.

Elaia's tasting menu was PERFECT. I loved every single course in the tasting menu. The flavor combination of each course was just amazing, and every single bite just made me crave more. The whole tasting menu experience at Elaia was absolutely flawless. Even though it's a bit pricey, I strongly recommend anyone in St. Louis to try this tasting menu because it's completely worth the money!

Wonjin S.

Came here with a couple of ladies and the food was amazing. I loved the bruschetta. The tomatoes were broiled and grilled to perfection. The pita bread here was amazing. They continue to make them fresh out of the oven outside. The deluxe hummus was topped with lamb and crunchy almonds and pine nuts. You can really taste the quality olive oil they use. The smoked trout tartine was superb. It had a vinegary crunch from the onions. Would definitely come here again!

Laura S.

Came here with a couple of ladies and the food was amazing. I loved the bruschetta. The tomatoes were broiled and grilled to perfection. The pita bread here was amazing. They continue to make them fresh out of the oven outside. The deluxe hummus was topped with lamb and crunchy almonds and pine nuts. You can really taste the quality olive oil they use. The smoked trout tartine was superb. It had a vinegary crunch from the onions. Would definitely come here again!

Dan Harris

Rustic decor, pleasant staff, and amazing artisan creations of food and drink

Karen S.

We loved this place. We had a reservation on a Thursday but it was not too busy. Side note: the Blues were playing game 5 of the Stanley Cup at the time. We sat outside at one of the tables with chairs. Many tables have bench seats. They have a nice little enclosed patio area with festive lights and cool plants in pots. There is a big pizza or bread oven but it was not fired up while we were there. The food is wonderful. Mostly small plates which allow you to try so many different dishes. Try the bruschetta (roasted tomatoes, garlic, mint, dill), Muhamara (toasted red pepper dip which had a nice twist with some pickled peppers mixed in), chicken kafta (meatballs in a tahini tomato sauce and roasted). They were very accommodating for one of our group that cannot have gluten, bringing a veggie tray in addition to the pita bread served with the dips.

roger c

Was in town for a business meeting, taken to Olio by our local co-worker. Great flavors, fresh, healthy styles of food choices. And some high quality creative in-house custom cocktails.Real interesting physical setting... stylistic, yet very comfortable too. Was easy to carry on a conversation.

dottiecollins

We went to Elaia for a special occasion. The food was excellent. Menu offers unusual and wonderful dishes with 3 or 4 or 5 course options as well as a la carte. You can also get a wine flight that goes with what you order. Portions may seem small - but they are so full of flavor and rich that we were most definitely satisfied. The only reason this is not a 5 rating instead of a my 4 is that the vibe is almost too 'hip' for its own good. We enjoyed the sleek modern, minimalist decor - but - although the staff is informative, they hardly cracked a smile. Still - we'll go back for another special occasion. This review is not about Olio - the more casual place in the same renovated gas station building - but we really like Olio too for other reasons.

jslemanmd

I love restaurants that have great tasting food, amazing variety and no pretense. we loved this so much after eating dinner there that we went back the next day for lunch before leaving St Louis to drive back home. The variety of unique flavors were so excellent. We love this place... so so so good! Sure, it is a little more expensive than fast food but the quality is obvious and worth it! Try this place. I cannot wait to go back.

Daniel H.

After a long early morning at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Olio is a short drive away where the experience of being outside in a nature is continued. I've been here for dinner and lunch service where the menu is the same and I've enjoyed the food and the atmosphere tremendously! The mezze platter is fun to start and comes out of the kitchen quickly. 3 small dishes for $15 here is definitely worth it, and comes with French baguette slices for dipping. I've had the deluxe hummus with the braised lamb shoulder twice now and it is a hearty and filling dish paired with a hefty, warm pita. If the pita isn't enough, you can order an additional for $2. Tried the smoked trout tartine this time around, and the fish paired really well with avocado and pickled cucumbers and was a perfect crisp yet soft bite on challah. Drinks and ambience inside and outdoors in the enclosed patio are top notch. Great place for modern takes on Israeli-inspired / Mediterranean cuisine!

Jeff L.

I love restaurants that have great tasting food, amazing variety and no pretense. we loved this so much after eating dinner there that we went back the next day for lunch before leaving St Louis to drive back home. The variety of unique flavors were so excellent. We love this place... so so so good! Sure, it is a little more expensive than fast food but the quality is obvious and worth it! Try this place. I cannot wait to go back.

tangybird

I had such high hopes having read the reviews of Elaia. Underwhelming from start to finish. No indication of how to get in, then as you give your name reaching out the surface is sticky. I was then seated as a solo diner in the furthest possible corner. No atmosphere to the restaurant and half the tables empty. Each course was tiny and I left the meal still hungry. Not a good sign. I had to send one course back as cold and undercooked. I had the wine pairing but no sense of knowledge from the person bringing the wine, beyond reading the label. As I was seated in the corner I could hear the noise of diners from Olio. They sounded as if they were enjoying their meal much more than I was. I would suggest going to Olio rather than Elaia

Crazy T.

Tasty dishes, seasoned well. I love the atmosphere. Good place for quick, small bite or foodie outing.

Mark Darrell

For a foodie like me, this is the best restaurant in St. Louis!

marcopolopaloalto

OlioA former 1930â??s gas station turned into.a casual, but rustic chic modern eatery.A great place for out of Town/tourist visitors, we loved these Israeli style small plates of food that are shared.The cuisine is any courant and reminds us of the cousine served in Americaâ??s best restaurant In Philadelphia. Healthy food choices.Egg salad, butter lettuce leaves salad with thinly sliced radishes and sumac, artisan hummuses w/ different ingredients, fresh made breads ( challah, puta) in their backyard oven, meat dishes that our son loved, roasted vegetable dishes, etc...Thereâ??s indoor and outdoor dining, Decent small wine list .It a wonderful choice for a celebratory meal .We sat at the communal table and had a view of the backyard dining area.Elaine is upstairs and they say is more fine dining and takes reservations.

Denise Edgar

FABULOUS food best menu ever. Drop dead greatest ever

Craig L.

Small plates should be flavorful and amazing. When you pay as much as a full plate at most restaurants you shouldn't say eh, that was ok. I have been to other small plate establishments in other cities and once again STL rises to the great heights of mediocrity! The one thing Olio gets right is: the plates ARE small. Flavorful and amazing was not on the menu. The deconstructed hummus was mostly grainy and came with the weirdest pita that was more focaccia than anything remotely resembling pita. We also got their version of a Negroni which brought back childhood memories of cough syrup. Our triple plate of Baba Ghanoush, Caponata, & Pepperoni Salami arrived on a wooden plank flanked with bread options. There were 3 pieces of what I can only guess is a St. Louis Bread Co. Sour-dough beget. And some weird cracker like thing to put your items on. Let just leave it at we left half of it on the wooden plank. It was that good. Once again St. Louis wants to be trendy and hip. The idea while worthwhile and workable in many other cities fails miserably in execution. Again small plates shouldn't just be small...

Anna Maria D.

I checked out the people around me ab's it wasn't a good sign. Basic bitches to my left. Trust fund babies to my right. Intellectuals who are willing to pay so much for the honor of saying they're full from the 2 bites of $10 hummus they were given. But I went ahead and ordered and got what I expected. The food wasn't terrible, it was meh. So for $50 that I spent on tonight's meal I can feed my family of 4 for a week. I'll pass next time and roll on over to McDonald's.