Iron Barley Eating Estblshmnt

★★★★☆
  • 5510 Virginia Ave

    Saint Louis, MO 63111

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  • 314-351-4500

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Mon. - Thu. 11am - 10pm;Fri. - Sat. 11am - 11pm;Sun. CLOSED

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First the cons: For $8.00 you get a wedge salad that's two slices of a head of lettuce with some blue cheese/ranch poured over it. If you want bread it's $1.00 a slice and a slice equals 1/2 piece of of traditional sandwich bread. A cup of soup is $3.75 and it is barely a cup if that. Their entrees are expensive. My wife got their version of seafood pasta and it was $24.95.
Now the pros: The seafood dish was very tasty. The staff was very nice. the atmosphere was unique.
Bottom Line: Avoid everything but their specials and you'll enjoy the experience.

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★★☆☆☆

First the cons: For $8.00 you get a wedge salad that's two slices of a head of lettuce with some blue cheese/ranch poured over it. If you want bread it's $1.00 a slice and a slice equals 1/2 piece of of traditional sandwich bread. A cup of soup is $3.75 and it is barely a cup if that. Their entrees are expensive. My wife got their version of seafood pasta and it was $24.95.
Now the pros: The seafood dish was very tasty. The staff was very nice. the atmosphere was unique.
Bottom Line: Avoid everything but their specials and you'll enjoy the experience.

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The food was very different and not what I expected. Waiter did not tell of about the special which looked to be the best thing going. Worth the visit, but go early

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★★★★☆

The food was very different and not what I expected. Waiter did not tell of about the special which looked to be the best thing going. Worth the visit, but go early

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I also tried Iron Barley after seeing it on the Food Network and it was fully deserving of the praise it received. I've been twice. The first time I went, my party of 3 had to wait nearly an hour to be seated. This was longer than the hostess quoted us, but we had a couple Bare Knuckle Stouts at the bar and enjoyed some good conversation with the bartender.

The mussels in cream sauce appetizer is fantastic. The second time I had it, it was a tad undercooked and some of the mussels hadn't opened from the steaming yet, but it was still good.

My first time there, I had the schnitzel & spatzle with mashed potatoes and string beans. Everything on the plate was perfect. My Austrian grandmother would approve of the schnitzel.

I've also had the oak roasted prime rib (large cut for a low price) and the 1/2 oak roasted chicken ($8.95). Both were cooked perfectly and had a ton of flavor. Both, but especially the chicken, had a VERY SMOKY FLAVOR. I think that could have been toned down a bit, but that's the chef's style.

The menu is online at ironbarley. com

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★★★★★

I also tried Iron Barley after seeing it on the Food Network and it was fully deserving of the praise it received. I've been twice. The first time I went, my party of 3 had to wait nearly an hour to be seated. This was longer than the hostess quoted us, but we had a couple Bare Knuckle Stouts at the bar and enjoyed some good conversation with the bartender.

The mussels in cream sauce appetizer is fantastic. The second time I had it, it was a tad undercooked and some of the mussels hadn't opened from the steaming yet, but it was still good.

My first time there, I had the schnitzel & spatzle with mashed potatoes and string beans. Everything on the plate was perfect. My Austrian grandmother would approve of the schnitzel.

I've also had the oak roasted prime rib (large cut for a low price) and the 1/2 oak roasted chicken ($8.95). Both were cooked perfectly and had a ton of flavor. Both, but especially the chicken, had a VERY SMOKY FLAVOR. I think that could have been toned down a bit, but that's the chef's style.

The menu is online at ironbarley. com

Pros: Great food, mellow live music, low-priced

Cons: You might have to wait on a busy night

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After seeing this place showcased on Food Network's "Diner's, Drive-thru's, and Dives" I was exicted to try it out on my recent trip to St. Louis.

It had all the makings of a great dinner, but I left feeling unfulfilled. I ordered the barley salad and the schnitzel and spatzele.

The barley salad didn't seem to have much to it; barley, tomato, roasted vegetables, and a really light vinegarette. It didn't seem to have much depth of flavor, a dash of salt woke the whole thing up. I think a slice of lemon would have been nice too.

The schnitzel and spatzele was pretty dissappointing. It seemed like the schnitzel was boiled in oil instead of fried, the breading was really greasy, most of the oil used to cook the schnitzel was on my plate (as in about a quater of a cup), and the spatzele was a little on the bland side. A side of blanched string beans accompanied the entree.

Maybe it was a just an off night, maybe it had to do with the fact that the proprieter was not cooking at the time, or maybe it was the big takeout order that preceeded me that lead to lack luster meal. Either way, I really wanted to like this place but it was mediocre at best. I'd like to give it another try but that's for a different visit.

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★★★☆☆

After seeing this place showcased on Food Network's "Diner's, Drive-thru's, and Dives" I was exicted to try it out on my recent trip to St. Louis.

It had all the makings of a great dinner, but I left feeling unfulfilled. I ordered the barley salad and the schnitzel and spatzele.

The barley salad didn't seem to have much to it; barley, tomato, roasted vegetables, and a really light vinegarette. It didn't seem to have much depth of flavor, a dash of salt woke the whole thing up. I think a slice of lemon would have been nice too.

The schnitzel and spatzele was pretty dissappointing. It seemed like the schnitzel was boiled in oil instead of fried, the breading was really greasy, most of the oil used to cook the schnitzel was on my plate (as in about a quater of a cup), and the spatzele was a little on the bland side. A side of blanched string beans accompanied the entree.

Maybe it was a just an off night, maybe it had to do with the fact that the proprieter was not cooking at the time, or maybe it was the big takeout order that preceeded me that lead to lack luster meal. Either way, I really wanted to like this place but it was mediocre at best. I'd like to give it another try but that's for a different visit.

Pros: Relax/casual atmosphere, good beer selection, eclectic menu selection, live music

Cons: Smokey and hot in bar section because of poor ventilation, food seemed lacking

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Fantastic food and never too busy! Oak smoked pork and prime rib are beyond compare. The service is very casual but efficent and generally friendly. This guy really knows what he's doing!

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★★★☆☆

Fantastic food and never too busy! Oak smoked pork and prime rib are beyond compare. The service is very casual but efficent and generally friendly. This guy really knows what he's doing!

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Pick a chilly day to go to this wonderful restaurant, it will make it that much better. When we came in on a busy Friday night, all our senses were taken in and welcomed; from the singer with an accoustic-electric at the bar playing Beatle's covers to the delcious smells of steaks on the open grill. The place is small and homey with exposed brick, the wait staff down to earth, the Cask Ale is fantastic. My husband and I both had hearty meat sandwiches for a reasonable price. Overall a wonderful dining experience.

PROS: great food and atmosphere
CONS: not for vegetarians. not really good for small kids.

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★★★★★

Pick a chilly day to go to this wonderful restaurant, it will make it that much better. When we came in on a busy Friday night, all our senses were taken in and welcomed; from the singer with an accoustic-electric at the bar playing Beatle's covers to the delcious smells of steaks on the open grill. The place is small and homey with exposed brick, the wait staff down to earth, the Cask Ale is fantastic. My husband and I both had hearty meat sandwiches for a reasonable price. Overall a wonderful dining experience.

PROS: great food and atmosphere
CONS: not for vegetarians. not really good for small kids.

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