St. Louis, MO 63110
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.
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
Elaia Ratings and Reviews
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.
We like modern American cuisine and were excited to go here for a special birthday dinner. The menu was limited but interesting. My country pate appetizer was nice as was my butternut squash tortellini. Nice combinations of flavors. I had the lamb loin for my main course. While it was beautifully cooked --the meat was tender-- the meat itself tended more towards mutton than lamb. Just had that off taste. So this was a problem with ingredients that the chef should have known abou. Had the salted caramel chouquette for dessert which was OK except the salted caramel sauce that came underneath the puff pastry had been burnt and it tasted like it. Couldn't eat it. Had the wine pairings with our meal. They were pretty ordinary. Some were actually pretty bad--tasting more like apple cider than wine. Overall, a very mixed experience. We won't be back.
We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into, when we made reservations at Elaia! It was a pre fixe menu and quite expensive, so expect to spend over $100 per person ... however ... it was the best food I have ever had in my life! Usually I avoid these kinds of restaurants, but the flavors, service, quality of ingredients and atmosphere were second to none. The chef is award winning and if you want to try an amazing variety of flavors - go to Elaia. You can get meat, fish, vegetarian and they will accommodate any special requests you made. They even surprised me by putting a few tortellini's in my veggies, because I mentioned they looked good. Amazing, surprising and excellent service ... check it out!
My husband and I came in from NYC, and must say that Elaia was a treat! We tried the 10-course tasting menu with the wine pairing. Wow. The food was fantastic and the wine pairing was inspired. This is a restaurant that can compete with the best in the world. Of special note was the Butternut Tortellini and the Salmon gnocchi. A really spectacular evening!
One star down on the ambiance because the table we were seated at had a draft from the air vent - waiter "fixed" it by covering it with a clipboard.
High praise to our server Lauren as she softened the disappointment of an ambiance set with dull lighting, meh decor, wooden seating that encourages standing, and a boisterous table of 4 men - 2 in suits and 2 in ball caps- competing with each other for attention with old tales and witless banter.
Lauren's presence and demeanor was attentive, calming and professional. She adjusted wine pairings to satisfy a disagreement with the chef's planned pairing.
Food, rated 4 stars, would have scored 5 stars but for a bland, creamy, overly whipped Foie gras. Presentation may have been great, but only a black ops specialist with night gear could tell for sure. The food, hidden in shadow, had tremendous taste, texture and geometry but no color.
Yes, I'd go again. I hope we won't need the flashlight app on the I-phone to view the food. Elaia needs some seating that comforts and to redo the minimalist struggling student decor.
Each of my three friends and I did the 4 course prix fixe with wine pairings. We each thoroughly enjoyed the inventive food combinations and beautiful presentation. We even commented that if we the type that took photographed their food, these dishes would have been worthy!
Walked up to Elaia on the second floor above its sister restaurant Olio, a more casual option for sandwiches and drinks with a Middle Eastern flair. It was dim and quiet, with excellent service. Had the 10-course tasting menu, a mixture of standards (goat cheese, tomato & cucumber salad, halibut, lamb, corn cake) and the unusual (sunchoke soup, smoked ice cream). All dishes were beautifully presented and had thoughtful twists on them. For instance, the simplicity of the tomato & cucumber salad was augmented with a sweet pickling, chopped nuts added texture, and a mozzarella espuma on both ends which served as an homage to that traditional flavor pairing.
All in all, creative and delicious. Certainly an excellent choice for a special occasion or romantic dinner. 93/100.
Everything is carefully prepared with the finest ingredients. The presentation is beautiful. Overall it is an experience well worth having. The four course Prix Fixe menu at $70 a person, while not cheap, is well worth it. My one complaint would be that wine is priced a bit higher than it seems it should be.
My wife and I went for a date night on our vacation. We decided to get the Prixe Fixe with the wine pairings. So, we basically got to try 8 courses together. EVERY COURSE WAS FANTASTIC. We had some of the best flavors we have ever tasted. Don't listen to people about proportions, this place is about quality and flavor, not value and bloated bellies. I in no way felt the food was overpriced, because the quality was superb. Great wine pairings. Wonderful service. This is a must try!!!
Elaia's food was fantastic. Would recommend planning to go for a leisurely dinner and enjoy the prix fixe option. We stopped by on way to theater and the value was not there for a quick bite...our fault, not theirs. Olio is attached, and it is better option for a shorter meal. That said, the food is some of the most creative in StL and a must for foodies. And the wine list is very thoughtfully prepared.
Service was so slow even tho only 4 tables were seated the entire time we were there. (10 guests total)
Food was underwhelming and small portions even for "fine dining".
The wine pairings were pretty spot on
The bill was outrageous.
Regret this decision and probably will not return.
The food was outstanding-superb taste. Best food in St Louis. Our server was pleasant and knowledgeable. Only 4 stars instead of 5 because ancillary service was average (we had to ask for more bread and to have more wine poured and the portions were small (what you might expect from a 7 course tasting menu not a 4 course prix fixe).
We decided the next day that the best way to describe the food was "bursting with different flavors in every bite and in every dish". Each course was nicely presented and seemed to be a smooth transition from one to the other. We all had different choices for our courses but agreed that each incorporated seasonal fruit and vegetables with some unique items. The only recommendation that I would give would be to add a little more light. Even the younger members at our table could't read the menu and it would have been nice to see the food we were eating because I'm sure the colors would have made the food even more inviting. The noise level was great though - one of the few restaurants we could talk without raising our voices or listen without straining. Overall it was an excellent dining experience and would go back. We started at the wine bar next door for a drink which was also a great experience. We love sitting and watching out the window while we drink our unique cocktails.
The whole thing was a great experience. We had an 8:30 reservation. The table was not cleared by then so we had to wait a few minutes. They out us at the bar at Olio and showed us a great time and made some amazing cocktails. The table being late actually made the experience better. We were then taken upstairs to our table at Elaia. The service and food were excellent. Great price too. We had the Prix Fixe and were blown away by the selections. I can't wait to go back next time we're in town.
We arrived early for our reservation and had to sit at the bar for the appointed time. We had some sparkling wine and assortment of nuts, olives and pickled vegetables while we waited. Thank goodness we did, because the portions on the menu were extremely small. We chose from options on each of the four courses on the menu. Although Elaia is billed as top food in St. Louis, we simply were not that impressed. The causa peruana, a potato roll with fish, had little flavor and the lacquered chicken was too lacquered. Our waitress was a little strange but the service was fine. We chose a nice Riesling from the wine list. We’re not quite sure why the restaurant is considered one of the top ones in town.
The food was fantastic, and I really liked how our server explained the ingredients and preparation that went into each dish. It really enhanced our appreciation of the effort and thought that went into preparing our food. The food was delicious as well as presented beautifully. I would heartily recommend Elaia to any of my friends or family for a visit.
I was fortunate to get reservations at Elaia while in town with a friend for two days during a photography conference. St. Louis is lucky to have Ben Poremba, and we were lucky to eat his and his staff's handiwork. We were also very lucky to have our waiter Tom; he was incredibly friendly, professional, and knowledgable. He encouraged us to take our time, enjoy each plate fully, and ask any and all questions we may have had (we had many). We each ordered a prix fixe four course meal and it was perfect. Speaking of perfect, Wes Montgomery with Strings played while we were there and it's one of my favorite records. While I can't promise you'll get Tom or Wes Montgomery, I can say that it's very likely you'll have an unforgettable experience.
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