Cafe La Vie

4.2
20 reviews
$30 and under
American
Cafe la Vie transitions from an Illy Coffee bar in the morning, to a relaxed restaurant and cocktail lounge in the evening. Enjoy Illy Gourment Coffee prepared by a master barista to evening cocktails, sharables, and dessert prepared by a first-class team. The spacious 7,400 sq. foot restaurant is open for breakfast, sparkling hour (our version of happy hour) and dinner.

Cafe la Vie offers dishes highlighting European classics with local St. Louis flavors in a warm and inviting environment. Café La Vie serves French inspired entrees, petite plates, aperitifs, and handcrafted cocktails.


Experiences

  • Van Gogh Dinner Experience

    $45.00 per person

    Oct 6 - Dec 29, 2021

    On Wednesday nights, immerse in Van Gogh with this Prix-fixe menu inspired by the limited engagement, Beyond Van Gogh, and themed after the artist's greatest works. Aperitif - The Potato Eaters - Potato Agnolotti, Bacon Lardon, White Cheddar Fondue, Crispy Potato Skins, Scallions Entree - Lying Cow - Beef Short Rib on Tuscan Kale Risotto, Natural Jus, Tapioca Crusted Vidalia Onion Dessert - Starry Night - Mirror Glazed Chocolate Torte Cocktails $10: Early Works Spicy Gin, Blackberries, Creme du Mure, Apple Juice, Tonic, Poire William The Still Lifes Dry Gin, Lemon Poppy Syrup, Poppy Seeds, Lemon Juice, Honey In Provence Bourbon, Lavender Syrup, Bitters Auvers-sur-Oise Vodka, yellow chartreuse, lemon juice, absinth

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 20 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.1
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service3ambience2

This was not a good experience. Food was below average, the wait staff seemed inexperienced and not very attentive. The ambiance is sub par and the prices are high for what you get. This restaurant may get better over time but right now I can not recommend it. There are many better choices out there.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner was phenomenal!

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RobC
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Corinthian made our 38th anniversary dinner a memorable experience. She and the bartender (a great mixologist) are the best. The meal was delicious (kudos to the chef and kitchen staff), the ambiance was relaxing, and the service was incredible. We’ll definitely visit Cafe La Vie every time we visit Columbia. Again, thanks to Corinthian for all she did to make our special night so much fun.

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Mike
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, quiet atmosphere, delicious food, extravagant drinks, outstanding service by Maddie Wheat..

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Shoutout to Mark and his knowledge for wine. You the man

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice and quiet. Really great food. Service was excellent. Lots of care and attention was paid to ensuring we had a great experience. We will visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Wonderful servers!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed the Van Gogh dinner experience and cocktails! What a great evening with delicious and beautiful food!9

Cafe La Vie
Responded on 22 October 2021

It was an absolute pleasure and true artistic experience to partner with Beyond Van Gogh for this venture. Be sure to sign up for email alerts for all of our special dinning experiences!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If your look for exclusive, this is your place! The food is phenomenal, but the server Corinthian is everything ! She makes ever dish and drink magical. I love this place, quickly becoming my favorite spot in St Louis. The pork belly appetizer omg! The Loster Rav and Halibut are my fav!

Cafe La Vie
Responded on 22 October 2021

What wonderful feedback! Thank you and we are looking forward to your return!

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DebbieM
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's a restaurant in a hotel but I decided to try it because a friend and I wanted to meet in Clayton for brunch/lunch on Sunday and many of the other places are small, cramped and crowded. This was perfect. There were other diners but we could spread out. Lunch menu was small but our Mayfair salads were delicious and the onion soup was good. Our server was very attentive and friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mocktails options always win me over! Great place!

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Anon
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The server that night was a bit grumpy, told us all the drinks on the "sparkling hour" menu were "horrible". Then brought out the wrong drink and proceeded to not take the blame. Tried to say the Paloma was made with mezcal when on the menu it says tequila Blanco. So someone was just trying to cover his mistakes! Wished I didn't have to write this because I had higher expectations.

MO
MarthaO
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not a place for Sunday breakfast nor brunch.
It's the hotel restaurant and it felt like it.

JA
vipJohnA
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Convenient as we were guests at Meridien. Ate there twice. Very limited menu but service was very attentive and quick. They have an excellent salad, good sandwiches. Food was tasty, well prepared, served properly, portions are generous, and reasonably priced.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a reservation. Upon arrival we discovered it’s a hotel breakfast nook. Nothing was setup. No body was helpful. The bartender just looked at us as we looked around trying to figure out what was going on. There was no host to greet, seat, nor welcome us. This is a poor representation of a restaurant. In fact, no was even seated to imply it was a restaurant serving customers. This should not be be listed as a restaurant. It’s a hotels breakfast area with nothing else but a bar. To make a reservation for this is comical and a waste of our time.

JS
vipJohnS
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as well as they service. Its a nice quite place to have a good dinner and conversation.

LH
LeeH
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe la Vie exceeded my expectations. The food and its presentation was outstanding, the service was fantastic, and the ambience was incredible. I cannot wait to return in the future.

JS
JasonS
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a very pleasant Valentine's Day meal. The food was very tasty.
Ambiance was better than I expected for a hotel restaurant.

SW
SnydleyWhiplash
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great Valentines day. Will return after Covid is over.

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Djruaezsol
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is hands down THE BEST FOOD I've ever had in St. Louis. Honestly their menu is underpriced given its quality, composition and refinement. Complexity, color, presentation- their food tops most upscale establishments in the area both in terms of presentation and taste. This place is St. Louis' best kept secret at the moment.

FAQs

Cafe La Vie offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (314) 863-0400.

Cafe La Vie is rated 4.2 stars by 20 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.