Taps: 11 / Bottles: 40
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped in on a Friday night on my way to a movie. Located right on Main St near the courthouse. Very nice, chic kind of place. Walked in and took a seat at a table near the door as the seats at the bar were all full. Was quickly approached by a friendly waitress who showed us the menu and explain their HUGE wine list. The menu was interesting as it's apparently printed new everyday because their food changes daily. Good choice of beers on tap including FFF Gumballhead, Chimay, O'Fallon Cocoa Creme Stout, Framboise, and about 7 others. Bottle list of about 30 bottles. My date had a Framboise draft and I had a bottle of Hopslam, $6 apiece. Didn't partake in the food but am very anxious to try. Nice, upscale place with an nice professional clientele even for a Friday night in a college town. Not much more to say that hasn't been explained well by previous reviewer(Goliath). Overall a really nice place I look forward to visiting again.
02-28-2009 07:39:01 | More by dakid618
4.09/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I've seen this place listed here on BA for about a year now and it's yet to have any reviews. So I finally decided it was time I drive 5 minutes down the road and check it out.
The atmosphere at Erato was pretty pleasant overall. I only sat in the bar area, which had a separate entrance so I can't speak of the dining room. They do upscale food though, so it was no real suprise that they had a good vibe going. Most the people in the bar were in their late 20's to early 30's and seemed well dressed and educated. Most were splitting bottles of wine, but there were a few people running around with beer. There were 3 guys behind the bar, and I was not quite sure what to make of them.
Quality here is not an issue. The beer I ordered was definitely fresh and my girlfriend got a nice glass of chardonay and a white russian during the course of our evening and they were also up to par. We noticed the Halibut on the menu and my girlfriend mentioned wondering if it was any good. The bartender overheard and mentioned that it was excellent and that it had been overnighted from the coast the day before. Seeing that they take enough pride to serve the freshest seafood the midwest can get leads me to believe that they are on top of quality issues.
The service was fine. Nothing exceptional, but fine. The guy took our drink orders and left us alone. Asked if we wanted another etc. and was prompt running my card when it was time to leave. No major complaints, except that none of the guys behind the bar seemed super friendly unless you already knew them which isn't really a great thing for the restaurant.
The selection was pretty good overall. There were 11 taps that rotate fairly frequently from what I've gathered, and a bottle list that runs about 40 deep. There were only a handful of macro beers available and pretty much all craft and decent imports after that.
The value is pretty much standard for a bar, so I didn't have any problem paying the prices. However, if you live in Southern IL and don't care about going to the bar, you can pay half and take the bottle home just by shopping at Corral. BORIS the Crusher was $16, and normally runs about 8, some of the belgian 750's were running in the $20 range and are normally 10 or so. Anyway, you get the idea. All in all a nice stop and a good way to avoid the obnoxious 21 crowd. It will probably become my local go to bar.
02-01-2009 04:07:28 | More by Goliath
Erato in Edwardsville, IL
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.