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Ibby's - Washington University

4.2
4.2
170 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Nestled at the heart of the Washington University in St. Louis campus, Ibby’s is located in the Danforth University Center. This unique campus bistro offers fresh, creative cuisine inspired by local ingredients and the seasons. Behind the scenes, Ibby’s chefs apply classical cooking techniques to their ingredients to produce cuisine that is stunning to the eye and exciting to the palate. With a focus on sustainable and locally-sourced ingredients, Ibby’s offers a delightful, fresh, daily-changing lunch buffet and a la carte menu as well as a full-service seasonal dinner menu.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Phone number

    (314) 935-3940

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Dale Beauchamp

  • Neighborhood

    Clayton

  • Cross street

    Wallace

  • Parking details

    Ibby's is located in the Danforth University Center. There is meter parking in front and a paid garage behind the building. Parking is not validated. After 5pm, you may park in the adjacent lot without a permit.

  • Public transit

    Bus stop is located at the corner of Forsyth and Wallace. <br /><br />Metro link stop is located at Skinker and Forest Park Parkway.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 170 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. J

    Jorgen

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Food was sitting on the counter for a long time before being served. Steak was mid, everything used to be much higher quality in the past.
  2. A

    Astudent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good. I liked the food. Very great experience.
  3. SD

    SalomonD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience3
    Our waiter took our order and only came back to give us the receipt. We had to find another person to get us our drinks. The food was really good but the waiter we had was awful.
  4. SP

    SaoriP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience1
    It was very noises in the restaurant. We were holding a business meting and it was very hard to hear one another.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    The food was not cooked well and it was overpriced
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Service was amazing but the food was horrible. Soup cold, salad chicken dry and crusty, vegetables not fresh. Too expensive for the food you received.
  7. NA

    NicoleA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Be aware that the menu on the website doesn't match what they're serving. We went on a Friday specifically because their website said the Friday buffet was breakfast foods. Who doesn't like breakfast-for-lunch? But when we got there, no breakfast. The server told us the menu changes every week. The website apparently doesn't get updated that often, however. Instead of breakfast , we had grilled cheese and tomato soup, which was very good on a cold day, along with an order of fries. We also shared a dessert (bananas Foster, pretty good). We had trouble getting a server to notice us when we first were seated, but once they saw us, they were reasonably attentive. The place was completely full, mostly with students. The reason I went to Ibby's in the first place was to use a $50 gift card that I won in a drawing. Imagine my surprise when the gift card wasn't accepted. The server came back and said, "Maybe it's expired? I don't know, it said something about [error message]. Everybody back there working is new, so they don't know anything about it. I guess you could call someone? Or I could find someone and ask them about it?" First of all: Gift cards that expire? What is this, 2004? And second: Yes. You find someone and ask about it. Don't come back to me and expect me to deal with it. How is there not a manager on duty that you can go to to solve this problem? I paid with my debit card, because my friend and I were already late returning to work. I don't plan to go back to Ibby's.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love going to Ibby’s! Service + staff are amazing!
  9. r

    rexann

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    Did not realize the restaurant would be crowded with college students who were much noiser than I like.
  10. RW

    RonnieW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service is always fantastic! Make sure your make a reservation, otherwise the wait time to be seated can be long.
  11. MA

    MikaelaA

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I had a reservation for 9:30 pm and the hostess told me that they were super backed up and "would try to get to our reservation." Because of the uncertainty, my guest and I left.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2019

    overall3food5service4ambience4
    Host was aunfriendly. Otherwise great experience
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    amazing food and very nice waiters
  14. LF

    LouF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Limited but upscale menu for college eatery. The corn muffins are to die for. Pricy for college students in general but a good option for students with too much money left in their school meal plan.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing service and food
  16. S

    Samalsar

    San Diego

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great good and service. Noisy at lunch. Would like to try dinner next time as we are told it's quieter.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ibby’s is always amazing... I love it.
  18. MA

    MaAnn

    St. Louis

    13 reviews

    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2018

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    The vegetarian options were minimal (pasta doesn't cut it). The carrot dish was awful--it tasted weird. The soup only had meat in it. And the selections were also monimal. I had a few carrots, a couple of pieces of potato, and lots of water. All for $10. I won't go back.
  19. DK

    DanielK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2018

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    As always the food was decent, especially given I was paying with my meal plan. The service was really lackluster; we had to repeatedly ask to get more plates, were told we had to keep our silverware rather than being given a choice, etc..
  20. AM

    AngelaM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The receptionist refused to seat me because the person I was meeting had not arrived. We are both full professors. I had to stand outside in a busy hallway for ten minutes, trying to prepare for my meeting with her. This is really a ridiculous and pointless policy.
  21. H

    Henry

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good service and fine food. Would definitely return.
  22. h

    hiii

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always love going to Ibby’s because the food is really good and they have excellent service. To top it off, Ibby’s is on GiftAMeal, an app that donates meals to someone in need with no cost! It is great that Ibby’s is supporting people in need :) I will definitely be going back!
  23. MS

    MichelleS

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and the service was excellent. The Bananas Foster was wonderful!
  24. HW

    HertzWhale

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2018

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    Potatoes were super oily and overcooked, and their menu options are super limited. The only thing I really liked was the banana foster. Everything else tasted overcooked.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Ambiance fair rating was the seating for 2 is not very accessible f- two close together - especially for buffet lunch, when wanting to get up for multiple plates.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is friendly and fast! A very nice atmosphere!
  27. m

    mdkangaroo

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Calamari was lit
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Love ibbys! The pasta was a little salty, but the dessert was phenomenal!
  29. WL

    WLSTL

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This has become a glorified campus cafeteria: the menu is uninspired, and lunch buffet is crowded with quick to-go-box orders. Seats are close to each other, and it is noisy. I go there from time to time for business lunch, but it's become more and more of a zoo. It is too bad that there is no place for business lunches on campus anywhere except for the faculty club, which is also crowded and with an uninspired menu.
  30. n

    nanvh

    St. Louis

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2017

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    We've eaten here on a regular basis since Ibby's first opened a few years ago and loved it. The next to last time we ate there the food was disappointing. This time at Ibby's, the food was terrible. The squash pasta was inedible. The chef left the peel on the squash, and it was as tough as wood - just happy I didn't break a tooth. I sent it back and ordered the pork chop. The chop was served very under-cooked and consisted primarily of fat and gristle. The accompanying cabbage was raw yet brunt on one side. Sadly, we will not go to Ibby's again.
  31. V

    Vivv

    St. Louis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2017

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Menu change: from Spring 2017 to Fall 2017, there is a lot less selection with the price jacked up. They took away some of my favorites like the bistro fries and seafood entree options. Their menu sections shrunk by more than half. Not worth it for the price. Service: not professional at all-- It was hard to hear the waitress say the specials over the music. Also, I was still eating when a waiter started collecting all my friends plates, leaving me to eat and have a plate all by myself. What was the rush? There were 3 other emply 4-person tables. He made me feel like it'd be rude for me to continue eating, holding up the dinner. Again, not professional and not worth it for the price. Overall: Just because Ibby's is on WashU grounds does not mean you should become a cheap bougie restaurant. Where did the quality and selection go? Where did the professionalism go? I'm so sad to see the downgrade of Ibby's.
  32. y

    ydron

    St. Louis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2017

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    The food is fine and a pretty expensive. The bread was $8 and honestly was worse than bread that is complementary at most restaurants. The water tasty funky. The service is good, however. And for WashU students, it's a good little restaurant to change things up every once in a while.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2017

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Very good sangria, disappointed over the loss of some menu items (filet mignon, fries, lamb) - but still great food.
  34. O

    Oldmenu

    St. Louis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2017

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Listen!!!!!! Bring back BISTRO FRIES. Just in general the old menu was better. TUNA POKE! 27 dollars for that beef is a crime! #team old menu
  35. W

    Wendy

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2017

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    I feel like the food is smaller in portion than before and the quality isn't as good
  36. f

    food

    St. Louis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2017

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I wish there were more food options for vegetarians. Also, the prices are really spiked up, as if workers forget that we are college students with student debt.
  37. MA

    MaAnn

    St. Louis

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2017

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    The menu options were limited and the vegetarian options were also limited--the ubiquitous pasta and a salad. It would be good to see some imagination--like the quinoa salad Ibby's used to have. Or veggie sandwiches.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Best restaurant on campus since it is the only restaurant; rest are cafeteria. It doesn't have the best ambient lighting or food but if you are on campus you might as well eat here. Don't come here just for food though.
  39. P

    Pickyname1945

    St. Louis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2017

    overall1food3service5ambience1
    Interesting how you provided no room for righteous outrage in your recommendation section. I cannot remember a worse luncheon experience (and it is luncheon experience, not dining). The waitress, whose name escapes me, was a delight and did not make a fuss when we moved away from the gate and its million decibel screeching and the garbage cans and the loquacious garbage professionals. If this is casual elegant I need to go back to the Junior Cotillion, because it was slob city. The food actually was barely OK on my side of the unsteady table -- my luncheon partner loved her breakfast wrap. My buffalo thing was oozing grease, way too pepper-hot (no request was given for hot, very hot or excruciating. I got the latter.) The food itself was cold, even the fries, which were tasty in spite of their Arctic temperature. You need to close the gate or lubricate it. You need to move the garbage cans away from the tables. You need to tell the garbage guys to shut up and go elsewhere for their conversations. You need not to be so greedy about the number of tables you put out. If you are truly interested in casual elegant you will make that a reality by reducing the number of tables by 10 percent. Needless to say I will never come back. Mrs. Danforth, I am certain, is whirling in her grave. Sitting in the DUC would be better, less noisy and the food would be cheaper and less insulting, and the whole lunch would be more pleasant and more fun. You should close the restaurant for the summer and do some serious self-evaluation, and some self-criticism about greed, noise, quality and ambience. You are deficient in all areas except greed, and you get five stars for that. RWD, AB 1967 Adjunct Faculty The Architecture College and The College of Arts and Sciences
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waitstaff is what makes this place the gem it is. The menu changes with the seasons and Ibby's is not afraid to experiment with new flavors. I am impressed every time. Good food, good atmosphere, and great people. :)

FAQs

Ibby's - Washington University offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (314) 935-3940.

Ibby's - Washington University is rated 4.2 stars by 170 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today
Google Map for Ibby's -  Washington University

6465 Forsyth Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Wallace

  • Neighborhood

    Clayton

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Ibby's is located in the Danforth University Center. There is meter parking in front and a paid garage behind the building. Parking is not validated. After 5pm, you may park in the adjacent lot without a permit.

  • Public transit

    Bus stop is located at the corner of Forsyth and Wallace. Metro link stop is located at Skinker and Forest Park Parkway.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Dale Beauchamp

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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