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: 3149321088x
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
We like modern American cuisine and were ...
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 ours ...
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 m ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 a ...
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 th ...
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 o ...
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!!!
Food was above average, very quiet with ...
Food was above average, very quiet with little ambiance. Portions are extremely small; you will need 6-10 courses each to satiate. After 4 courses, my wife and I left unsatiated. Quality of food and portions do not justify the price.
Elaia's food was fantastic. Would recomm ...
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.
This was a very disapointing dining expe ...
This was a very disapointing dining experience. Waitress seemed very green. The chococlate ganache dessert was tiny, which was fortunate because it tasted rubbery. Like in the fridge too long rubbery. We won't be back.
Service was so slow even tho only 4 tabl ...
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. ...
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 wa ...
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. ...
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 ...
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.
We had always heard such good things. Af ...
We had always heard such good things. After trying it twice, I do not think it is worth the price. There are so many other restaurants in STL that I would go to before going back. Go to Olio and get the drinks and good bites for 1/2 the price (at least).
The food was fantastic, and I really lik ...
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.
Tasting menu is a hit!
My husband and I did the 10 course tasting dinner for $120 each. All but one dish was a perfect combination of surprise heat, texture and complimentary flavors. For the portions sizes we saw for the four course prix fixe, we were happy with our choice with the extra food. I would highly recommend this restaurant, the service and the food. It is small, about 30-40 seats, so if you want to dine for a special occasion, make reservations! The tasting menu was mainly from the menu that day with some pleasant off-menu treats as well! The Pastrami Sturgeon is a must if it is available on their daily menu. The Sturgeon with braised cabbage, the "sauerbraten", and the escolar with tortellini were my favorite, respectively. We have the olive oil cake for dessert which was a pleasant treat after 9 courses, light with a fruit forward flavor without being too sweet. They also have complimentary valet available.
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