Sorry for the old topic. I have been thinking about going to Acero and to me alot of the reviews seemed mixed. Granted they are customer reviews, not the critics. I was asking for feedback on another board and even today I got:
<After at least a year since our last visit, we decided to give Acero another try and coincidentally, just happened to go this past weekend with our neighbors. All four of us did the tasting menu and mixed and matched each course. I can't say anything was really bad, but the only thing that really jumped out at us as being exceptional was dessert (primarily, the chocolate torte...which was admittedly very good). Otherwise, it was rather ordinary. Maybe we hit them on an off night, but the next time we visit a Fiala restaurant it will either be The Crossing (which we favor) or finally give the Terrace View a try. It seems Acero is just not for us.
It is for my birthday and I really don't want a not fantastic experience.
I am considering Brasserie by Niche as well and looking for other suggestions.
Brasserie by Niche
4580 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
The Terrace View
808 Chestnut Street, Saint Louis, MO 63101
As you can tell from my initial response on this old thread, I like Acero and would continue to recommend it. The Crossing has similar pasta courses and better mains so if you're looking for a balance between France and Italy, it'd be a good bet. More formal so it feels like more of an "occasion" place.
If you're looking for Italian food of a similar approach as Acero (local, seasonal focused and not a Americanized, red sauce soaked pasta dish), you should look into Truffles in Ladue. The recent revamp of the dining room and overhaul of the menu to an Italian focus has made it a worthwhile stop again. I ate there a couple weeks ago and the menu was interesting and the food well-prepared. The service was very friendly, but not quite as knowledgeable about the ingredients/menu as they should be. They still have a great wine list and Aleks the sommelier put together some really interesting wine pairings for my meal.
Ate at Brasserie the same week as Truffles and it was as good as always. Roast chicken killed and they had some new desserts that were delicious (lavender creme brulee and peach tart). Brasserie will never surprise, but it's always satisfying and comfortable.
Other recommendations are the standard ones: Niche, Sidney Street, Farmhaus, Monarch (my top 4 in town)
Still good, but not quite the top: Five, Franco, Harvest, The Crossing and Acero would fall into this category as well
New places worth checking out would be Salt, Home Wine Kitchen and maybe just going to Taste for cocktails and bites.
Sidney Street Cafe
2000 Sidney St, Saint Louis, MO 63104
3257 Ivanhoe Ave, St Louis, MO 63139