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Reviews by granger10:
4.15/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
This is just a chill upscale place with a nice beer selection. The tap list was small but effective. Having Maudite on tap is amazing to me. There were also some Schlafly, Augusta, Bell's, and Hacker Pschorr on tap. Bottle selection was also small but effective. Good Belgian choices and some Rogue offerings as well as some other higher quality Euro beers. Also, they had glassware to match many of the beers which is something I rarely see here in Michigan. Having a Kwak in a Kwak glass at a bar is really cool.
Service was solid, nothing astouding but really nice nonetheless. For food I had a pizza which was really good and about the right size, but maybe a bit expensive. They also had cheese and desserts there. Just a really nice chill upscale place to go to.
07-17-2005 13:26:23 | More by granger10
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2.13/5 rDev -42.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 1 | $$$
Seems all the reviews of this place were posted in 2005, when it opened. I'd heard a rumor recently that this wine-bar-with-a-good-beer-selection was under new management, and I needed a bottle of something nice and Belgian, so I stopped in.
First impression: empty. Almost 7 pm and not a soul in the place. It took a minute before I even saw an employee. Fine with me, just perusing the to-go cooler. Signs everywhere: OPEN FOR LUNCH. Oh, hello, doing well, yes, nice enough chap appears from the back, just looking, thanks.
Then, the selection. I remember being very impressed last visit. This time, I stood there staring, realizing there was a better selection at the supermarket down the street. Think of the typical wine bar menu nod to beer. PBR, Stella, Fat, Pale, La Fin. Oy.
"Didn't find what yer lookin for?" Nah. "Well, we've got some good stuff on tap." Not what I came for, but let's have a looksee. Pale lager, pale lager, Guinness, four others I could get pretty much anywhere.
Wine bar. Period.
02-01-2008 17:28:18 | More by gemutlichkeit
4.28/5 rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
[re-review pending change in ownership as noted in getmutlichkeit's more recent review above - below refers to prior ownership]
Beautiful brick and wood bar in the vibrant South Grand neighborhood. Long bar down one side of the main room with comfortable seats and footrail. Smattering of tables, and a private room with a single large table. Limited outdoor seating as well. Entire premises is non-smoking.
Wine gets more emphasis on the list and in the retail portion of Erato, but beer is well-represented. Small, but tight tap list, that appears to rotate quickly and seasonally - with the exception of Maudite, the emphasis was on Spring/Summer fare with: Hacker-Pschorr Hefe; Oberon; Sunshine Wheat; Schlafly 1905; Augusta Tannhauser; Guinness; and one I'm forgetting.
Bottle list was comprised of about 25 selections, with a couple more available in the cooler but not one of the beer menus. Apart from 3 offerings from Anheuser-Busch, the list is targeted at the high end, although the selections could certainly be more daring. Numerous selections from the U.S. craft scene, Belgium, the U.K. and the Czech Republic (not all of them light lagers, either . . .). The bottle menu changes as well.
Everything sampled was in tip-top condition. The tap temperature was slightly too cool for some styles, and the beers from the cooler (which is also used to chill white wine) were way too cold, but better too cold than too warm in my book. I've got time to let a pint warm up, but none for heat damage.
Menu is compact and limited to a selection of five different kinds of single serving pizzas, 10 or so types of cheese, and some desserts. These items also rotate in availability. I had a pizza that was quite tasty, and a slice of Morbier that was in nice condition.
Bottles are available for take home purchase, and the take home prices are quite reasonable. On-premises prices are at the upper level for St. Louis, but not remotely unreasonable in the grand scheme of things.
The staff were very friendly, helpful, and did a solid job. A very nice place and recommended.
05-27-2005 13:41:38 | More by Realale
4.3/5 rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Nice place in the busy and growing part of South Grand. Fairly big space, bigger than most wine bars.It wasn't crowded when I was there, but judging from the neighborhood, on a weekend night I bet this place gets pretty busy. Very comfortable seating and the atmosphere is clean and welcoming. I believe it was non-smoking as well.
Nice, though small tap list of 7 beers with room for an 8th. When I was there, they had Maredsous 8, New Belgian Blue Paddle, Bell's Best Brown, Schlafly Expedition Reserve and Abita Turbodog. Bottled list of about 35-40 beers with two or three macros, the rest being devoted to craft beer. Adam, one of the owners, told me that they'll always have a Bell's on tap and a belgian beer on tap.
They had proper glassware for several of the beers we ordered, including the wonderful Kwak glass and wooden holder. Beer was served a little too cold for my taste, but not much too cold.
Service was prompt, attentive and friendly.
At this point food is limited to cheese and deserts.
All-in-all, a nice place with a decent selection and a good atmosphere. I can see myself spending some time here, as an alternative to my regular stops at 33 and the Chocolate Bar.
Oh yeah, and they mentioned that they're going to try to do some beer tastings.
02-08-2005 15:47:11 | More by nogoodreason
Erato in Saint Louis, MO
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.