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Elaia

Map & Directions 1634 Tower Grove Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
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314-932-1088
  • Contemporary, Mediterranean, New American
  • Tue-Sat 5:30pm-10pm
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash, ATM/Debit
  • Business Dining, Prix Fixe, Vegetarian Friendly
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Highly Recommended, Accepted
  • Lot available, Street, Valet

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Riverfront Times' Description

Elaia brings elegant modern dining to the city's up-and-coming Botanical Heights neighborhood. The cooking of owner Ben Poremba is Mediterranean in the broadest possible sense: His mother hails from Morocco; he himself is a native of Israel who studied in France and Italy. He is confident enough to combine any or all of his influences in a single dish, and he shifts with ease from sophisticated compositions (a parfait of foie gras so delicate you spread it on toast as carefully as you'd polish your great-grandparents' china) to rustic fare (a salad with slivers of pressure-cooked pigs' ears). An à la carte menu is available, but ambitious diners should consider the tasting menu: a dozen or so courses that showcase the full range of Poremba's skills and talents. Elaia isn't cheap (the tasting menu costs $100 per person), but it belongs on the very short list of St. Louis' very best restaurants. Diners seeking a more casual experience can visit the adjoining wine bar, Olio.

 
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Tips from foursquare

  • Go! Magazine on 03/29/13

    Elaia is not cheap — $100 for the grand tasting, $200 with sommelier Andrey Ivanov’s wine pairings — but you certainly get what you pay for. (Evan S. Benn)

  • ALIVEMagSTL on 05/10/13

    With sister restaurant Olio, Elaia is the co-winner of Most Innovative Concept in ALIVE's 2013 Hot List.

  • Go! Magazine on 01/02/14

    Elaia & Olio, No. 1 on our list of the best new restaurants of 2013

  • Robert N. on 11/30/13

    Fantastic presentation and wine list

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