Tony's, a St. Louis landmark and nationally acclaimed restaurant, has featured award-winning food, service, and ambiance for more than 40 years. ... More
Tony's - St Louis
Tony's, a St. Louis landmark and nationally acclaimed restaurant, has featured award-winning food, service, and ambiance for more than 40 years. Recognized year after year with the AAA Four-Diamond Award and the Forbes (formerly Mobil) Four-Star Award, among others, executive chef Vincent P. Bommarito creates a signature menu. From lobster albanello to a veal loin chop with truffle sauce, from filet mignon of swordfish to a luxurious tasting menu, all dishes are finished tableside. Tony's complements each meal with a medal-winning wine collection and decadent house-made desserts. Servers, many with Tony's for decades, anticipate guests' needs to create an extraordinary dining experience. Every guest is treated to the gracious hospitality one would receive walking into the Bommarito family's home. Generations of families celebrate special events at Tony's; business and leisure travelers make sure to include dinner at Tony's in their visit.
The food is excellent, the staff wonderful, the decor a bit uninspired. The only reason it does not earn five stars is because it tries too hard. Great service should not be noticed. A diner should never sit around wondering where the next course is, nor should it be rushed. At Tony's, the service interrupts the flow of the meal and the service becomes a performance. It's like a hayseed's idea of what restaurants in the big city are like. Let me tell you something, the big city places ain't like that.
If your looking for 5-star. This is the place. I've gone to Tony's every time I visit St. Louis. Vince(the owner), is not only sweet, but had me seated where everyone could see me when they walked into the restaurant. He sat down at my table and was so friendly. What a doll. I adore that man. (Thank goodness I knew a little Italian). If your a woman, wear a gown. I did. I had a 5 course meal with samples of wine and champaign for each course. I even got a recipes. The food is cooked and served at your table. The chef and waiters are superbly trained and courtious. There is a bar you can sit and have drinks at while waiting for your table. Very comfortable seating. The view is beautiful. This is truely 5-Star... I highly recommend going here.
I am familiar with some of the country's best restaurants and was quite disappointed here. Tony's requires you to wear a sport coat or suit and keep it on throughout the meal, so you can help justify their high prices for food and beverages and blend in with their older, wealthy and stiff clientele.
Our lead waiter has been there for 40+ years and with his broken English treated us as if we were beneath their customer level and were fortunate to be in his restaurant and wanted us to do things his way. He was so insecure he got mad when we spoke to other staff who spoke better English and tried to help us feel more comfortable.
Food is very expensive and is just average- staged with warming skillett before putting food on your plate. The ambiance is very subdued and makes for an uncomfortable dining experience we would not return to. It seems Tony's 5 star rating is given more for its pretentious elegance and stuffy clientele, filling up your water glass and jacket requirement, than it is for providing memorable food and a comfortable dining experience to which you would want to return. Very unremarkable!
After reading some of these reviews we were hesitant to keep our reservation but are certainly glad we did!!
We have eaten in some of the best restaurants in New York, Philadelphia, Florida, Maryland and even in many places in Europe and absolutely enjoyed our experience at Tony's in every way.
We arrived as a baseball game was getting ready to begin and were prepared to pay as much as twenty dollars for valet parking only to find it was complimentary!
Then upon entering we were directed to the living room/bar area as our table was not quite ready.Though we decided not to order drinks at this time the friendly, smiling bartender brought us some cold water and nuts for our comfort. A lovely start to our evening.
After a small wait we were escorted into the dining room where every part of our meal was a culinary delight. Our waiter, Steve, came up with new sauces that he prepared tableside to enhance our experience and every dish we ordered-salad, pasta, veals, vegetables, etc. was excellent as to presentation and taste. The menu offered a good variety of choices and the little extras they serve complimentary are equally excellent, as is the bread.
Even the wine we ended up ordering was a delightful addition to our dinner.
When we told our son what our bill came to he said that he often pays more than that just for two people to go out for sushi! A far cry from the lovely dining experience that we had!
Nothing was stuffy about our experience and we cannot wait to return.
This is the kind of place that you see in movies. All the wait staff wears tuxedoes, your water glass is never close to being empty and the service is impeccable. The food is extraordinary but very classical, very rich, very tasty, and very traditional in the sense of the classical cuisine. You won't find foams or deconstructed anything here, just classic cuisine done in very well.
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