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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.
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
Lauren (our server) was exceptional. Wine pairings (do not remember the sommelier’s name) was outstanding. My steak was a bit dry, but considering that all other courses were truly outstanding it didn’t bother me too much. We had tried to Elia many times and it was booked each time. Well worth the wait!
We did the Prix Fixe menu with the wine pairing. The menu is constantly changing so I don't have a specific recommendation. Everything was very nice. I had a salmon dish, a yellowfin tuna dish and fluke, with a coconut mango panacata. My wife had foie gras, soft polenta and a strip steak with a banana peanut butter financier for dessert. Everything was quite nice. I particularly liked the explanations provided for the wine pairings. The background music was a style I was not familiar with, but it only minimally detracted from the overall experience.
I did not feel this dining experience was worth $400.00
I’ve been to similar types of restaurants around the same price point in different cities and never had one fail to wow me like this one did.
The restaurant ambiance was upscale and artistic which is the initial draw but white linen table covers should really be a staple. The food was very forgettable; nothing uniquely infused, no flavor layering and no excitement in the presentation. Just cause it’s a small portion doesn’t make it a dining experience. The good wine selection carried the night. Service was good although I did fill my own water glass a couple times. All around Elaia needs to deliver more than eating at a cool rehabbed building for what they are charging.
Old Home converted into a very quaint little specialty restaurant with wonderful ambiance and great service. Tasting menu with perfect wine pairings. Service was impeccable and each course better than the last. Great locale for anniversary or other romantic occasion. Will be back for the 10 course tasting.
We had the 10 course tasting with wine pairing and it was fantastic! Each dish had its own unique flavors that I crave instead of the bland food made for the masses that most restaurants serve. I have a big appetite and at first thought I wasn’t going to be full based on the portion size of the first couple dishes but by the end it was hard to finish but did so because it was so delicious. Will go again for sure!
For the price we paid every bite should have been amazing, but it wasn't. My first two courses were great, but it went down hill from there. We were a party of four, it seems everyone only enjoyed half of their plates. The short ribs came with the smallest serving of potatoes I had ever seen. The vegetarian main plate was not good at all. The chocolate dessert wasn't even eaten by either of us who ordered it. The waiter was no help in ordering. Had we paid less I wouldn't have bothered writing a review, we had a nice time together, but for that price the food should have been better.
My husband and I went here for the first time. We always are in the lookout for good food options as we frequently eat out. Elaia came heavily recommended to us from friends and colleagues. Unfortunately the food didn’t meet our expectations. We had a 4 course with wine pairing options.
The first two courses were disappointing. I had a goat cheese and beet appetizer which definitely sounded better than it tasted. The wine was good.
My desert was a panacotta which I didn’t like much either.
Our server was great though. Friendly and sweet.
Over priced but oh so good - we did the pre fix meal with wine parings for two - left paying right under $300 (that was with the 20+% gratuity) the food was so good, the service was so good., the wine paring was so good - I just wish the price was a little better - would love to go back if I could afford it.
We are glad we went but won't be running back to Elaia. We ordered the 4 course with wine pairings and it was very good but not worth $300. For $300 I want to be blown away by the whole experience - food, service, decor etc. The atmosphere is lacking and decor non-existant.
We had the 10 course tasting menu with wine flight (pass on this if you're driving!). The food was amazing, each dish a new delight of creative flavor and texture combinations, all artfully presented. The service was very polished, efficient and friendly without fussing. Particular compliments go to our waiter, who overheard it was my husband's 60th birthday, but correctly surmised that he didn't want a fuss over it. The sommelier presented each new wine, describing it's attributes and why it was paired to each particular course in a manner that was entertaining, informative, and unpretentious. An altogether delightful evening!
I took my wife and in laws to dinner for my mother in laws birthday. They are from France and not snobby, but know good food. I have been fortunate to travel a lot for work and eat any some amazing places. This food was prepared by someone with exceptional skill. Every dish was thought out and every morsel on the plate had a specific purpose. The wine pairings were nice, but the unique combinations of flavors had all of us describing each bite. When you eat slowly and intentionally inhale to taste the bite, you know it's good. Can't say enough good things.
I love Stone Soup Cottage, but this is on par with what Carl McConnell can produce. I can't wait to take my foodie friends here.
- the prix fixe menu (4 course) is arranged such that, with any course combination, your overall dining experience will be a balanced one.
- the flavor and texture combinations ranged from pretty good to orgasmic, nothing less
- food presentation is good
- wine nerd's delight
- the service here is pleasant and highly efficient. They make you feel as if they're almost never there but they almost always are (filling waters, clearing empties, bringing clean and course-appropriate flatware between courses)
- it was so. Damn. Hot in there. I'm not talking 73-74. I'm talking 77-78. To make matters worse the air in there is completely still, and thick. It killed my appetite. (Appetite, you know, that prerequisatory condition for enjoying food?)
- seating: many of the tables were so close together that we didn't feel like our conversation could be private if we wanted it to be.
-Elaia's dim, restaurant-wide incandescent lighting sets a romantic-ish hue. Which is an odd choice because not much else about this place is conducive to an intimate date (tables close together, remember?). Not to mention, the incandescent lighting does little to accentuate the colorful food.
you and a friend want to nerd-out about food and wine. Also, probably good for girls night for the classy 30-40 crowd
Food was good, but small portions of food and wine pairings for the price. Focus was less on having an enjoyable evening than demonstrating the technical skills of the chef. Nixta is a better experience, and more enjoyable meals of similar quality can be had in St. Louis for far less expense.
Our group of four immensely enjoyed the quality, creativity and presentation of the cuisine. We went to celebrate a birthday. It was our first time. It won't be our last. Our selections included gazpacho, tortellini, lobster, duck, chicken, halibut and three different creative desserts. Those sound like pretty run-of-the-mill dishes. In the hands of the chef they became masterpieces with ingredients and sauces that complemented and enhanced the flavors, without overwhelming the base. Courses brilliantly built on each other. Most of the remarkable wine list were not in our budget, but we found a really good one, Jorche Primitivo, that complemented the cuisine very well. An unexpected treat -- our skilled server chatted with us in Portuguese!
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