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Elaia showcases original and global cuisine with a nuanced approach to fine dining: the cooking is both inspired and modernist; the service is both manicured and relaxed; the experience is a rare and delicate combination of elegance and rustic charm. Elaia's unique and extensive wine program has earned it a place in Wine Enthusiast's America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants, in 2014 and 2015.
Our menu changes nightly. We offer a four-course prix-fixe or a ten-course tasting menu. The entire menu is available a la carte as well.
Executive Chef Ben Grupe is the captain of the American Culinary Olympic Team.
Chef/Proprietor Ben Poremba is a 3 times James Beard Award Semi Finalist in the category Best Chef - Midwest.
St. Louis, MO 63110
Modern European, Global, International, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Please contact the restaurant if you are reserving for parties of 5 or more.
Dinner: Wednesday & Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Both Olio and Elaia catering available. Buffet-style or passed hor d'oeuvres.
Valet is complimentary to Elaia diners and $3 for Olio diners. Small parking lot and street parking available.
Private Party Facilities:
Private room attached to our wine cellar that seats 10-12. Elaia or Olio menu available.
Private Party Contact:
Patrick Hassett: (314) 932-1088
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
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Elaia Ratings and Reviews
My wife and I went to Elaia's for her birthday. The atmosphere is very nice and modern. The food and mixed drinks were great. The staff was very friendly and attentive. We had a great time and would definitely go back. Oh, and the wine pairing with your meal is a must, they put a lot of thought in to the wine pairing and it it made the meal even better!
Very over priced. One item was advertised as foie gras, but turned out to be mousse. When brought to their attention, they just shrugged it off, even thought both my wife and I did not like it and had them take it away. They didn't even ask about choosing a replacement or not charging for it.
Outstanding food the appetizer called "the egg" which is on the starter share plate was amazing...as were the others tasty items...homemade chutney with citrus, pork belly bacon, pate. Every dish we had was excellent...halibut, chicken, gazpacho, ceviche.....
The food was good, but the composition was odd, most plates dominated by cumin. Dashi was very good as was bass but all courses were either one note and/or incomprehensible as a compositon. Carrot cake too sweet. Interesting concept, but food not worth price - four small plates for 70-75, plus 28 for a starter in St. Louis is crazy. Maybe some less expensive bottles of wine might temper the problem of price.
Located in an out of the way neighborhood and very unassuming from the street. The room was quiet and well appointed. The wait staff was attentive and helpful, but pointing out every ingredient on the plate was unnecessary, overbearing and pretentious. This is an expensive restaurant by St. Louis standards and approaches New York and high end Chicago prices. The food is carefully prepared and one can tell a great deal of time and effort is taken in the preparation and presentation. However, the portions are exceedingly small especially considering the price. The fix price menu is either $70 or $110. There is no ala cart on the menu but the server said that could be done. My vegetarian partner went away hungry. A delicious starter of pea agnolotti converted to an entree size still contained only 4 agnolotti. I had a white asparagus starter with a $10 supplement charge. While the dish was beautiful and asparagus was excellent I was underwhelmed by the TWO asparagus spears and the minuscule portion of salmon roe on the plate. The pork tenderloin was outstanding but two medallions were rather lonely on the plate. A foie gra mousse starter was about the size of a egg shaped melon baller scoop--again disappointing. However, my desert of carrot cake and walnut ice cream was very good and satisfying. The wine list is very inclusive (and pricey). In summary, this high end restaurant pleases the eye and palate but neither the stomach nor the wallet.
This meal for our anniversary was probably the best meal I've ever had in my life, and I don't say that lightly because both my husband and I are foodies. Our favorite restaurant in St Louis prior to this was Stone Soup Cottage. We did the chef's tasting menu, and it's pricey, but well worth the price. Each dish was immaculately and beautifully plated, and the taste of each dish was so different and bursting with flavors. Standouts were honestly most of the dishes: the amazing goat cheese rolled in cappuccino, the octopus which was tender and not chewy, the foie gras was buttery and melted in your mouth, the pate dish was an assortment of different tastes, the steak and the bass was perfectly cooked, and the panna cotta was creamy and bursting with citrus flavors. We've already decided to go for the entire thing- wine pairings and all for our 10th anniversary! I highly recommend this place for a special occasion for foodies who are adventurous and love good food!
We went for birthday celebration and were not disappointed, although quite pricey to us for regular dining. The prix fixe menu was nice to be able to sample a range with paired wine. We did not find the wine to be as good as expected and maybe a level below the food. Quality, presentation and inventiveness of the food wonderful.
The service was outstanding and personable with every dish discussed in detail - and every detail happened to be delicious. Note, the full tasting menu is 10 courses and a LOT of food... be prepared for that much wine if you get the pairing. Well thought out dishes, attention to detail, and brilliant combinations keep you on your toes. Excellent dinner.
If Michelin rated restaurants in St. Louis, Elaia would certainly be a contender for serious recognition. The experience begins with entry into the urban, chique atmosphere of a repurposed neighborhood brick and continues when diners walk upstairs to the dining area. The ambiance is an interesting fusion of rustic and modern; the brick fireplace and glass-seated candles marry perfectly with the avant-garde decorations, including an amalgam of old kitchen equipment molded into a chandelier.
You're greeted by confident, knowledgeable staff members at every stage of your stay. From the hostess' charm, to the serving staff's precision and etiquette, to the interactions with the food preparation team, each member seems to be hand-selected for his or her position through merit and superior performance. Our server, Jamie, had flawless knowledge of the establishment, from the restaurant history, to the personality of the chef, even to the supplier of the hand-crafted dishware. He was able to outline in great detail both the structure & design intent for each dish presented to us, as well as the origin and style of each wine paring provided.
The ten course meal and accompanying wine parings were some of the finest dining samples I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying. While some are intimidated by a variable menu, the chef is a master at creating a culinary experience that is both delicious and artistic, regularly rotating with the seasonal fare. Our meal included three appetizers, two salads, a soup, two entrees, and two deserts, each of which varied drastically across the spectrum of flavor and style. Of note, the lamb was prepared by souvee to perfection, and the crab-and-granny-smith-apple salad was a dynamic and unexpected paring of flavors. The pairing of port and coconut panacotta was one of most delicious deserts I've ever had.
I can't say enough wonderful things about Elaia. Connoisseurs and casual diners alike will all find this restaurant to be phenomenal.
Came for Valentines with my wife. We have travelled the world and feel we have become spoiled on some incredible places the world has to offer. I would say that the food was very well prepared and portions were perfect for a four course meal. Each dish was unique and excellent. The only exception was one element of the offered veloute. The dish itself was incredible and stated that it was garnished with black truffle. Some of my favorite flavors are both black and white truffles, so expectations were high. It was suggested that this was indeed French truffle but for me each bite of truffle had absolutely no flavor. The only time I experienced this was in China, where the dish advertised local black truffle. Didn't know China had truffles, but due to the absolute lack of flavor of their truffle wouldn't bother again.
I have heard that the flavor of the truffle at room temperature can be quite bland and heating greatly increases the flavor, so perhaps this was the case. It was the only disappointing small part of the entire meal.
Service was excellent and overall wonderful evening
We went to celebrate with friends and had a wonderful evening. The food was finely crafted, creative and with subtle flavors. The chef was also very accommodating to the gluten free and vegetarian requests made by some in our party. It was a memorable dinner.
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