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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
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!
If you want a meal that will be memorable, to compare against any other memorable meal you've ever eaten, then this is the restaurant for you. Service and preparation were impeccable. You will not be disappointed, as food is fresh, and there is no lack of attention to the types of detail that clearly set this restaurant apart from others.
This restaurant has gone downhill significantly. In past, have had superb meals and wine. This time, both were mediocre at best. Food was bland and wines were not quality for a $110 per person tasting. The waiter obviously did not have high end dining experience and added exasperation on top of the experience. And, in a move I find extremely tacky and inappropriate, when we arrived 10 min prior to our time, we were told we would need to wait in the bar. We were escorted to an extremely noisy bar and waited about 10 min for someone to even notice us. We ordered a glass of wine each. Soon after, we were taken to the dining room - it was empty save for two other tables. We could have easily been seated on our arrival. My take is that waiting in the bar is a ploy to have one buy a drink. We will not be back.
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.
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