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Ranked #30 of 2,910 Restaurants in Saint Louis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 21 - USD 50
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Cross street: Broadway
Description: 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.
Saint Charles, Missouri
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2012

The scallop appetizers are amazing! If you go there, you should expect a long meal but amazing food. The waiters are very nice and helpful. Great desserts!

Thank travelchick39
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Saint Louis, Missouri
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2012

Great atmosphere. Wonderful food. Great service. A very enjoyable evening with our daughters and friends.

  • Visited December 2011
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1 Thank dball534
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Still the Best”
Reviewed 3 January 2012

Best restaurant in St. Louis. Don't expect an inventive menu -- just the great food and service that has made this a wonderful restaurant for decades.

Thank PuestaDelS0l
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Understated in an overstated world.....”
Reviewed 11 December 2011

Understated - yes, understated when it comes to food.

Compared to all the contemporary restaurants with paragraph long descriptions of the sources of food and "inventive" and sometimes unappetizing marriages, Tony's simplicity belies is complex composition.

As with my mother's selection - the menu simply stated "Dover Sole"
What the menu did NOT say:
using the freshest selection, flown in daily, skillfully fileted tableside with a light lemon butter sauce and served with your choice of side.

The server has any details you may need - just ask - because he is your gateway to the kitchen and there to make your experience perfect.

Special requests are accepted without question - if they have the ingredients, it can be made.

My daughter (age 11) LOVES carbonara - it was not on the menu, but there was not even a hesitation or having to go to the kitchen to ask. And she was mesmerized by the tableside preparation and serving.

My father's Veal Milanese was pounded to approximately 3/8 inch and was so tender that he commented it was the best outside Italy (and better than some restaurants in Italy).

Eschewing an entree, I thoroughly enjoyed the prosciutto with figs as my starter and the carpaccio for my meal.

Without a doubt, the carpaccio is one of the absolute best items on the menu. The tenderloin is of exceptional quality and with the arugula, shaved parmesan, and white truffle oil - I really can't put it into words - except "when can I go back?"

It went beautifully with wine that Vince Bommarito Jr. suggested from the extensive list.

For dessert - Birthday cake - my father orders it even if it is not his birthday. Or the Triple Chocolate that my daughter inhaled.

No, the menu does not change daily, except for the addition of some specials, and some of the entreesmay have not changed for years (decades?).

Overall, Tony's remains a St. Louis culinary institution because of its consistency - consistent food, consistent service...

Although this might seem retro to some, what it promises is flawless execution.

(How do they do all those subtle sauces every day ???)

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank Lexalu
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St. Louis, MO
Level 6 Contributor
181 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
“Retro Dining, and I Love It”
Reviewed 28 November 2011

I'm a local, and when we want to celebrate a very special occasion, we choose Tony's. This is not Top Chef food. There are no foams, off the wall platings or bacon and basil ice cream offerings here. It is simply prepared, amazingly delicious, high quality food. The quality shows through in everything... even the delectable butter (I think they make it themselves) and delicious bread offerings. Ordering simple dishes like pan seared scallops or Dover sole will highlight the quality of the food and preparation. Service is impeccable if maybe a bit over the top, but I like it! Vince, the owner, comes around to greet and chat with every table. Desserts are phenomenal, and yet again traditional. Dinner is pricey, at the top of St. Louis levels, and dinner lasts 3 hours ish. So just how retro? The walls are covered with autographed pictures of famous visitors, many of whom are dead! Gentlemen, wear your coat and tie, ladies gussy up! Rumor has it the restaurant will be moving, maybe to the county, and we will definitely follow. It will be interesting to see what the next generation of Bommaritos have in store for us... I hope they don't change it too much!

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank MelvinaSt.Louis
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