The only thing I think I love as much as I do clothes/shopping is eating. Whether it’s a restaurant or a recipe from pinterest, if the rest of the world is feeling it, I more than likely willing to try it. I particularly love trying new restaurants and sharing them with all of you. When my girls hit me up about going to brunch at Cielo, a rooftop restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, I was all in!
Restaurant Review: Brunch at Cielo Restaurant & Bar
Cielo Restaurant & Bar is located in downtown St. Louis at the Four Seasons Hotel. The restaurant is located on upper floor that’s also home to the hotel’s pool and an AMAZING view of the arch and downtown. When brunch is not being served, it’s known for its Italian cuisine and family-style dining. I’d describe the decor as fresh, modern, and super chic. There is a fully stocked (at least to my untrained eye) bar that sits in front of a full wall of windows. If you’re looking for a great atmosphere for date night with bae, brunch with the girls, or a quick drink with the guy you met on coffee meets bagel, you should definitely consider Cielo.
Now let’s talk all things brunch. As with most restaurants, Brunch at Cielo has its pros and cons. I don’t know any millennial who doesn’t hear the word brunch and immediately think booze. Unlimited mimosas AND unlimited bloody marys are included in this brunch. There is a carving station, raw seafood bar, entree stations including things like mussel stew and ravioli, an omelet station, and more. Now I know you’re probably thinking, gosh that selection sounds pretty great, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say it left a bit to be desired. I thoroughly enjoyed the omelet station, but really wish there had been a waffle/pancake bar. As far as bread options, there is toast, bagels, and french toast, but the french toast wasn’t anything to rave about or crave. My favorite “station” was the raw seafood bar. I love love LOVE raw oysters and was able to have as many as I wanted. There was also shrimp ceviche and raw shrimp. The carving station seems to change on a weekly basis, but seems to always be a beef, pork, and/or lamb selection. When I went with the girls I had the best lamb I’ve ever had IN LIFE. Imagine my disappointment when I went with bae and my beloved lamb wasn’t being served. I find it rather odd that chicken is NOT something regularly offered. Apparently it is only available by special request, i.e. calling ahead a few days in advanced. With everybody trying to be more health conscious and eat better, not serving chicken and turkey seemed egregious.
Now the question that everyone always wants to ask, but is to afraid to do so…how much does it cost. Brunch at Cielo is $62 for adults, $25 for children ages 5-12, and complimentary for children under 4. I am at a total loss about the price for young adults aged 13-20, I certainly hope they wouldn’t have to pay $62, considering they can’t even drink! I expect the price to be a little steep, I mean this is the Four Seasons, but sheesh! Considering all the pros and cons, I can’t say I think this brunch is worth the hefty price tag. While the view/atmosphere is bar none, I’ve certainly gone to brunch at other places, spent less, had bottomless mimosas, and enjoyed the food. However, it’s not all bad news regarding the price because they actually have a Groupon for brunch! For $44 for one adult or $85 for two, you can enjoy the full experience. The past few weeks Groupon also has been offering an additional 20% off using various codes, which REALLY sweetens the deal. The brunch is totally worth it if it’s a special occasion and you’re able to score a Groupon (even better if you can get that 20% off).
Despite the price and my desire for more on the menu, I don’t think any one would regret going to brunch at Cielo. I certainly don’t. I have been twice and plan to go again with my mom. It definitely is not somewhere I would recommend going just because it’s Sunday and you’re hungry, but if you do splurge for it you can expect a stellar view, maybe the best lamb of your life, bottomless mimosas AND bloody marys, to die for shrimp mac-n-cheese, a tasty raw bar, custom made omelets, and more!
Have you ever been to Brunch at Cielo Restaurant & Bar? What food(s) MUST be on the brunch menu for you to consider it good?