About Ibby's - Washington University
Ibby's is nestled at the heart of the campus of Washington University in St. Louis in the Danforth University Center. The unique campus bistro offers foods that are simple, fresh and inspired by the seasons; focusing on regional products prepared with classical cooking techniques by Chef Jon Lowe.
With a focus on sustainable and locally-sourced ingredients, Ibby's offers a delightful, fresh, daily-changing buffet that encompasses all of your lunch needs, whether you have time for just a quick stop or a leisurely meal. During dinner hours, the seasonal menu includes soups, salads, starters, entreés, alcoholic beverages and coffee. Creative, house-made desserts are popular as well!
The space was named after Chancellor Emeritus William H. Danforth's late wife, Ibby, in honor of her dedication and support of WUSTL!
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am -2:00pm;
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
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Ibby's is located in the Danforth University Center. There is meter parking in front and a paid garage behind the building. Parking is not validated. After 5pm, you may park in the adjacent lot without a permit.
Bus stop is located at the corner of Forsyth and Wallace.
Metro link stop is located at Skinker and Forest Park Parkway.
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Ibby's - Washington University Ratings and Reviews
We found Ibby's to be a great value over ...
We found Ibby's to be a great value overall. And, it's a great place for the college crowd--nice place to gather with friends and enjoy a good meal. We also had great service. Our one big disappointment was the food. One person in our party ordered a burger that was served so overcooked that it was barely edible. I'm sure our son will go to Ibby's many times in the future, but Mom and Dad are more likely to go somewhere off campus.
Good food, interesting chatterbox table companion
This last visit was quite the experience. My boyfriend and I decided to have dinner at Ibby's to celebrate finals and enjoy some good food, and it was his first time there. We both ordered the chicken and the banana's foster and smores tart for dessert. The chicken was very moist, a little salty, and plenty of food for the both of us. It wasn't anything too exciting, but it was still good. I also got a side of smashed potatoes- basically small potatoes that have been smashed down a little and then seasoned and fried. They're pretty good and I would recommend! The banana's foster is a cult favorite. The smores tart had a very dense graham cracker crust and the chocolate ganache filling was pretty rich but the few bites I had were very flavorful.
A few minutes after we sat down and before we ordered, a lone elderly man at the table next to us interrupted our conversation and informed us that what we were talking about (the intersection of humanities and science) was precisely the area his research was in, and talked to us about this until dessert (about an hour). Needless to say, he was very smart and had a lot to talk about! We had a hard time getting a few words in. This may not be an experience many Ibby's-goers will have, but a few lucky ones will be treated to this chatterbox.
People cut the line at the front desk bu ...
People cut the line at the front desk but the waitress didn't seem to care at all. The waiters and waitresses were all very nice, but very slow and unwilling to fasten the pace even with customer's request. They also disappeared very often, making the dining process even slower. Would not recommend if you have lots of time and meal points to kill.
Do college students really eat this stuff?
The food here was terrible. They had vegetable soup it tasted like they had opened a can. A barbecue pork was wet and not hot. No flavor to anything and was charged extra for coffee when we were told drink's were included. The place is beautiful the staff are pleasant but the food is so bad that it is not worth going to. There were five of us and none of us could eat it
food was underwhelming at best. i have been to ibby's many times, but my last few visits have been very disappointing. the salmon sandwich i ordered had a strange smell and tasted nothing like salmon. the burger i ordered instead was cooking all the way through and had no flavor. sometimes i feel students are not given the same quality of attention to their dining experience as visitors and parents.
Too salty food, only fruit eatable
I invited my friend in Ibba's lunch buffet because I like Ibby's service and mood. However, I and my friend couldn't eat any food. All looks good but Turkey and potaop, and pasta--main food everything was too salty. I really couldn't eat any food and my friend just gave up to eat. I just ate some fruit.
It was so disappointing because my friend already had some bad experience for Ibby's food. Last time, my friend ordered Burgers that was also very salty. That's why this time we tried Buffet, and again it was too salty. I don't want to eat never, ever again. My friend was so unhappy so I paid it but I am very unhappy too.
As a proud WashU student, Ibby's epitomizes the high culinary standards that the school has. I'm a regular at this on-campus restaurant and it is hands-down my favorite way to use my meal points. Whether I'm grabbing lunch (there are buffet and a la carte menus available Tu-F) or having a celebratiry dinner after finals, Ibby's is a shining light on WashU's campus. After 4 years, I've seen many cycles of Ibby's seasonally rotating menu. The waitstaff is incredible and service is excellent and always willing to make accommodations and substitutions. I look forward to the new dishes at Ibby's this year.
- Sangria: A pitcher of Ibby's sangria of the day is absolutely necessary.
- Bistro Fries: These are a mainstay on the menu and the love of my life. I always ask for extra sauces, especially the creamy aioli.
- Calimari: Perfectly simple. These won't
- Potato Gnocchi: This is Ibby's signature dish. Creamy clouds in a leek-cream sauce with tomatoes, broccoli and parm. Ask for it with chicken.
- Amish Chicken or Bistro burger: These are staples on the menu. While their accoutrements change, they are ever-present and sure to satisfy a craving. Only once has my chicken come out slightly undrecooked to which the waiters quickly brought me a new dish.
- Bananas foster: The star of the show. Some brownies are better than others but this is always a hit.
- Jilly's ice cream: I haven't had a flavor that I don't like.
Some of my favorite seasonal specials:
- Seasonal risotto: These can be hit or miss but one particular butternut squash risotto was the best I had ever had.
- Sweet potatoes with hummus and goat cheese: A delightful appetizer.
- Smore's tart: GET THIS.
- Vegetable curry: Love this new dish they released after New Year 2016.
These, and many other dishes at Ibby's have left me full, happy, and ready for my next meal. Thanks for keeping me well-fed, Ibby's!
Good value, poor waiting time
I booked Ibby's a week in advanced. Despite this, my group still had to wait half and hour before we could be seated, and since Ibby's is located in a cafeteria, there were no places next to the restaurant to wait. The staff was very accommodating though, and gave us free fries for the inconvenience. The food itself was delicious--a highly recommend the desserts--and there were lots of good vegetarian options. Although more expensive than a cafeteria meal, the price is a decent value when compared with an actual fine dining restaurant. My salad was really small considering how much I paid for it, though. My biggest critique is that Ibby's should set a limit for how long groups can stay or avoid overbooking, since the wait time was ridiculous.
I know you cannot control what your patr ...
I know you cannot control what your patrons do, but I made a reservation for a corporate lunch. We waited for more than 15 minutes past our reservation time, and eventually, a solution was found in which I left others to conduct the meeting and I just left.
I can't rate the restaurant because I never sat down to eat.
I went at 9:45pm with a party of 3. Two of the three of us ordered the ribeye steak. One person had a good cut, but the other had a so much fat and gristle that it was almost inedible. For the price, it wasn't worth it. This is why I steer clear of steak that isn't filet at a restaurant like this.
I was in a party of 4 people. The appetizers came out quickly, but the main meal took a while to come out. It was later in the evening, so not as many people were coming in. Then, the food was a little too salty. My brussel sprouts were burned as well. Have been there when it was better.
I was in a party of 3, and we were seated outside. The drinks took very long to come out. I had to go up to the waitress who was on her phone to ask if the tea was ready. Of course, she had forgotten. Being outside, I felt like we had been forgotten. The food took at least 45 minutes to come out. Altogether, we were there for a little over 2 hours. It wasn't the best service, and not a place to go if you are in a rush on a Saturday night.
As we are over 65, we asked for several items to be shared. This was done quickly with a full set of plates and silverware for each of us. So we had a variety of dishes at a modest price. We even received a discount because we had tickets for the Edison Theater after the dinner and were served quick enough to easily get to the show on time.
Good for students, but not worth it otherwise
I had heard great things about Ibby's from other students on campus, so I thought it thought it would be worth checking out. I wasn't disappointed. The food was exquisitely laid out. Both the entrees and the desserts seemed pretty high-class considering Ibby's was on campus. Service was pretty decent--we were seated within a few second of arriving and our waitress was on top of her game. The restaurant seemed a little bachelor-y to me. It was pretty dark with a black and red color scheme.
Just a couple of things that didnt make me 100% satisfied: It was really loud. It was extremely difficult to hear even the person next to me. The food was amazing, but it was also extremely overpriced. It would be worth it if you were paying with a surplus of meal points, but I definitely wouldn't come here if I were paying with actual money. There were pretty limited options, and I didn't think the food was that amazing considering the prices. I had the Amish Roasted Chicken, which was pretty good, but it was also $18. It seemed more like a $12 meal.
All in all, I was pretty satisfied. I would come back only because I have the meal points for it, but other restaurants in St. Louis can give you better bang for your buck.
Our most recent time eating here is the last time
We have dined at Ibbys a number of times. When we were there we waited at the reception desk for 15 minutes (we had a 6:30 reservation) before being shown to our table. the pasta special had vegetables and scallops. When it arrived i could find no scallops, told the server, and about 10 minutes later was brought very tiny pieces of scallops in a cup with a broth of some kind. I had to use a fork to remove the small pieces of scallop from the cup-the pasta sauce and the broth were not compatible. The scallops were mushy and added nothing to the pasta dish. The pieces of asparagus int he pasta were cut very small-and I said to my husband that they must have been unusually busy, and were cutting the ingredients very small to make them go for a larger number of servings. The pork chop was done on a grill, and instead of putting it in the oven to finish, it was finished on the grill-making it rather tough. The accompanying au gratin potatoes were cheesy and crispy on top-but the potatoes inside were RAW. It must have been cooked at a much higher temp for a shorter period of time, but they were not edible. It was a disappointing meal-maybe they had the students cooking in the kitchen?
FOOD was better than expected!
The food was really great, in fact better than a lot of restaurants in St. Louis, be it from the decoration of the food plate, to the taste of food itself, and it was not very oily/ salty, which was something really great that I liked about Ibby's. :)
It's on the WU campus, which may be a bit tough to find (and for parking too). But good food, plenty of it too - try the crustini for dessert Pork chops and steak were both very good and prepared just right. Just remember to make reservations, because it is usually full. The "front desk" seems to have a lot of duties, so may be a wait to track them down to get seated. A hidden gem.
Great for university visits, no reason otherwise
Ibby's is the best dining option on campus at Washington University. The only higher-end options are for members only. It is located in the "DUC" student center, next to the dining hall area and students are allowed to Ibby's there as part of their dining plan. That should signal about the ambiance. So it isn't a great option to come from the outside if you didn't already want to come to WU. It's also a challenge to park on campus, if you would be coming there just for the restaurant not really worth it. You can park in the garage adjacent to the student center for $1/hour. Overall, I enjoy it and eat there regularly, in case the above sounds too negative!
Quality restaurant food at meal-point pr ...
Quality restaurant food at meal-point prices. I go here bi-weekly and love the choices that accompany the seasonally rotating lunch and dinner menus. Ibby's is a great place to grab a bite with a group of friends, ask that cute girl in your orgo class on a date, or bring parents to when they visit. Attentive service, sensitive of dietary restrictions and open to substitutions.
- Parmesan Fries - A staple in my diet by now.
- Calimari - A crowd-pleaser.
- Gnocchi - Everyone's favorite. Insider hack: ask to mix red and white sauces for a vodka-like tomato cream sauce.
- Brussels sprouts - Extra crispy, of course.
- Bananas foster - Their signature dessert. Bomb.
- House Sangria - Creative flavors and a great way to celebrate any occasion.
- Ice cream - Locally sourced ice-cream. Order Serendipity's Salty Caramel or Bananas Foster and try Jilly's Twisted Pink Velvet, Get Lucky and KABOOMM flavors, among others.
This was my first time at Ibby's this school year, and somehow it has improved tenfold! My waiter was incredibly helpful and charming, and the food quality has definitely improved. The menu variety is much more to my liking. I will definitely be back!
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