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Ultima Cucina, Saint Louis, MO

Ultima Cucina

4.0
4
226 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
We have created the ultimate Italian steakhouse — a true St. Louis experience. A Farm to Table, scratch kitchen. We make it all fresh. Missouri is a melting pot of some of the greatest cuisine throughout the United States. Ultima Cucina represents the finest Italian cuisine St. Louis has to offer — with our fresh cut steaks, homemade pastas, wood-fired pizza and some of the best wine and cocktails in the city. Make your Reservation today at Ultima Cucina.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizzeria, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Sat 5:45 am–6:00 am
  • Phone number
    (314) 390-2500
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Catering
    We offer full service catering, on and off site.
  • Private party facilities
    We offer endless possibilities to make your event special. Our Events Team will work tirelessly to make sure your event is one of a kind.
  • Neighborhood
    St. Louis
  • Cross street
    On the corner of Washington Avenue and 15th Street
  • Parking details
    The area offers a variety of parking options, we are close to private parking lots or street parking. meters are $3.00 for two hours and free after 7 PM
  • Public transit
    On Washington Street close to Restaurant
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 226 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

226 Reviews
  1. TamiN

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Got there for our 5:15 reservation to find the restaurant wouldn’t be opening for the evening. The employees were sitting around not seeming to know what to do and it would have sure been nice if someone would have called to let us know before we came downtown to try this restaurant. We won’t be back.

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  2. VictoriaJ

    Western KY

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved the Alfredo and our waitress! Great food for a great price and romantic and relaxing atmosphere.

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  3. DanW

    Denver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    We thought we had reservations at what would be a very nice Italian restaurant. Turns out it’s just a restaurant in the lobby of a hotel. 5:30 reservations for two in an empty restaurant got us plunked at a two top table in the middle of a big open room by the bar. No window seat? No quiet dining at the edge? Everything available but the worst position there. Dinner came out with vegetables swapped on plates and they made us scrape them off and switch them. Just nothing like the experience we thought we were going to have whatsoever.

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  4. Djt75

    St. Louis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and ambiance were adequate. But I’ve never experienced a more unenthusiastic or impersonal server or distracted bartender in my life. Definitely NOT worth the visit if you’re a local!

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  5. EllieH

    St. Louis

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    There to have dinner before a show at the Hawthorne. I mentioned in my reservation it was my sister’s birthday. When we arrived there was only one other table seated )This was a Sat night) and the waitress gave us like the worst table in the whole place. A 2 top stuck up against a pillar. Why?!? Maybe that’s why no is at your restaurant.

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  6. KellyI

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I think the restaurant appears to suffer being understaffed as does the entire hotel at The Last Hotel. We did not wait too long for food because on a Sun and Mon there were not many people BUT the food was unevenly cooked. Chicken Marsala was excellent and a good portion whereas a side spaghetti was undercooked beyond al dente and the meatballs were forgotten. The bartend was eating her meal at the bar while patrons were eating: we having a family anniversary and a couple on an obvious date (he gave her a bouquet of flowers) and staff eating just outside dining area slightly in view takes away from the atmosphere for special moments.

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  7. WayneJammon

    St. Louis

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve eaten here many times and have never had a bad experience. The food is delicious, the service is great, and the ambiance is both sophisticated and welcoming. I love this place!

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  8. Virginia

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I ordered the tortellini and it was fabulous!! 10 out of 10! The Bruschetta was equally as magnificent- very different than the usual … the chef knows how to combine flavors- then they offered this Bread that was like gnocchi but not - herbs in it - loved it! Service was outstanding. Would definitely recommend!!

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  9. Seth

    St. Louis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Ordered chicken Alfredo and the chicken was obviously a frozen chicken breast that was heated up. Basically rubber. Pizza was good. Bruschetta was just ok.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Frankfurt

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice unassuming restaurant in the Last Hotel. Mainly Italian with a steak or two for the carnivores among us. Was blown away by the pizza - so thin and just enough sauce and toppings to make it good, with a nice crispy crust. Cauliflower app was also good with a spicy finish. Kudos to chef for the black garlic pasta, as well as the salad options. All in all a good spot for a quiet (no sports TVs, no blaring techno) night out and comfort food.

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  11. Patty

    Chicago

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu isn't extensive, but it has enough choices to please everyone. The Italian pastas are amazing and are very flavorful. The lasagna and the spaghetti with meatballs were both excellent. Our server was good

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  12. RitaH

    St. Louis

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server / bartender Michelle made our visit fabulous. The food was wonderful and the ambiance was lovely. I’d say the only small downfall was the host was missing in action at our arrival ( even though we had reservation) and we were right on time. We stood for about ten minutes wondering if we should just leave. We are glad we didn’t because the food and service were definitely worth going back for.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The chicken Marsala was not a wine sauce. More like oil and butter with a bit of garlic. Overcooked chicken thigh bone dry. Cheese tortellini was better out of a bag from Costco. Disappointing

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The server was great and the food was so good. We will be coming back.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Amsterdam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Best Italian food in a long time! Loved the flavors. We shared a pasta and a filet mignon. It was outstanding’
    Ultima CucinaResponded on August 7, 2023
    Thank you very much! Our kitchen takes a lot of pride in what they do back there. It is always wonderful to be able to pass along good feedback!

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  16. Kyleigh

    St. Louis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I had to wait for 15 min after having a reservation, the food was horrible and I was unable to finish it. My salmon was burnt and crispy. The food took a long time to come out.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    It is not a steakhouse…. One server running like crazy (poor girl). Had to wait 15 minutes for my beer to arrive. Food ok but nothing special.

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  18. SachaS

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Well, we arrived to have brunch on Saturday, which it says clearly on Open Table is served until 1. It isn’t. It is served until 11, so I guess it’s breakfast not brunch. It took 15 minutes for anyone to greet us. Finally, someone came from another small eatery in the hotel and asked the waitress if she would like for her to seat us. Then, it took another 10 minutes for someone to show up with 1 menu (there was 2 of us) which was for lunch, and we believed we were having brunch. It took another 15 minutes for the waitress to show up with only 5 people on 2 tables in the whole place. She finally informs us that brunch ended at 11. We were so put out at this point. We left.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We had a group of 10 (6 + 4). The rest of the dining room was not very full. It took an hour to get bread and another on our food. They should not have gotten the automatic gratuity included on the ticket.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The waitress was outstanding and very attentive. We had the spinach dalad, goat cheese appetizer, and the chicken parmesan. We enjoyed the restaurant atmosphere. In fact, we are planning to stay at the hotel die to our restaurant experience.

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  21. Anonymous

    Springfield

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    one of 6 people in the restaurant, waited over an hour for our food, came out well-done instead of medium rare, waited 20 more minutes for the replacement. Room service was horrible quality and waited over 80 minutes, manager of the restaurant was rude and no help.

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  22. MrMooray

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The simple summary: This restaurant bills itself as an Italian Steakhouse yet did not have a single Italian red wine available. (The online menu showed several, but we were told the wine list was being updated.) Server was polite and competent but overwhelmed with the number of diners. Food was okay, though the white bean puree and carrot didn't pull it off and a $42 steak needs to hit the temperature ordered. Not a lot of options in downtown St. Louis on foot, but we had better luck at our hotel restaurant.

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  23. RacheleB

    St. Louis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The Good would have been delicious if it wasn't so salty. Our waitress was amazing for being the only one working.

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  24. Remmels

    St. Louis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This was hands down one of the worst dining experiences I’ve ever had. I foolishly made a reservation to try this restaurant out for Mother’s Day and it truly ruined the entire vibe for us that morning. We arrived to the restaurant on time and after a few minutes, someone came over to the hostess table and asked us to wait “a minute” while they get our table ready. Ten minutes went by of the five of us just standing there confused and waiting. Various people walked back and forth and passed us numerous times with maybe two of them saying something to us once out of what felt like five times they passed by us. The person who appeared to be the manager (because he was standing around doing absolutely nothing) didn’t apologize to us for the wait once and only said that someone would be with us in a minute. Mind you, the restaurant was nearly empty. When we were finally sat at a table near the back, we could see that there was only two or three parties in the whole restaurant. Because we had a reservation, it made no sense as to why we had to wait so long to be sat. There was also clear confusion on which waiter would be serving us because one person sat us and then said someone else would be around to take our order but then he came back and ended up being our server. The server made us extremely uncomfortable because he appeared nervous and very shaky and had a runny nose, was constantly sniffling, with red eyes. Sure, that could have been allergies but we did not feel good at all about someone in that state serving our food. Once we sat down, we saw a party next to us wait for a single mimosa the entire time and didn’t get their drink until they were halfway done with their food. The food itself was okay/decent so the only credit at all goes to the cooks in the kitchen. This was the worst experience and I’m disappointed to have wasted time and money here. There was no ambiance, service was terrible, and it overall was just a horribly-run restaurant.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    It a good experience They did not have any off the food on the menu and substituted for basic things Slow service and not ready for Mother’s Day

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  26. kristinc

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Good food and decently priced. Most hotel food can easily be written off as a "not here" but the wood fired pizza was tasty and the Caesar and Italian salads were really good. Salads could have easily been a meal by themselves or shared.

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  27. PeggyO

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was excellent doing all she could to make our dining experience excellent. All at our table really enjoyed our dinners but were a little disappointed that there wasn’t a larger selection to chose from.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We waited for 1 hour for someone to reach us just for water. That’s all I would say

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  29. NaomiD

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great. They were desperately short staffed but despite that, our server did the best she could to take good care of us

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  30. KaraC

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I was very excited to have dinner here after visiting the website and seeing the options. I was very disappointed. I will start off by saying the food was pretty good. We ordered a goat cheese/marinara starter. It was a large potion but had the three smallest pieces of bread. We did ask for more bread and it took over 50 minutes to get them. We had already finished and paid at that point. We had a Cesar Salad and pepperoni pizza and both were very good. The waitresses were nice but it was clear they were understaffed, overwhelmed, or not trained properly (or a combo of the three). It took almost 15 minutes to be greeted at the hostess station, even though the staff was walking back and forth several times. Once seated, it took almost 10 mins for water and drink orders to get taken. Most of the beers on the menu were not available. It then took 45 mins for the beers to come out to the table. One was not correct and when we tried to explain this to the waitress she argued saying, "It's correct because I poured it from the can." The beer we ordered was a German pils and the one brought was an IPA. It took food almost an hour to come out after ordering. We had to ask several times for water to be filled. I overheard the tables next to us complaining loudly that they hadn't been served. The restaurant was about 1/4 full but no one was working the bar. All in all, the service shouldn't have taken this long or been this poor. Also, there was a dress code on the website for guests. The host was in leggings and a tee shirt with tennis shoes and the buss boy was in athletic shorts, crocs, and teeshirt. The staff should have some form of dress code that matches what is required of the guests. Most people were dressed in nicer clothes but the staff looked like they were dressed for a fast food chain. It was very off putting and really killed the vibe of the place. I wish we would have had a better experience. It has the potential, but we will not be recommending.

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  31. lorenl

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Nothing was done for the birthday that was mentioned at the time of booking and seating—not even Happy Birthday! Service was mediocre—asking immediately if we were ready to order and then taking forever to bring something. No decaf coffee.

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  32. WayneJammon

    St. Louis

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment we arrived, the staff was friendly and attentive. The food was outstanding and the whole experience was perfect from start to finish.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The servers were trying .. they were overwhelmed .. our drinks took at least 30 minutes from the bar each time we ordered … The restaurant wasn’t crowded .. not quite sure what was going on … disappointed because we live in the area and it’s a place we would frequent … the pizza and salad were delicious .. maybe we will do carry out if we try it again … I wish them well

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Very underwhelmed. The food was fine but not worth the cost. The ambiance was a typical hotel bar but not what we were expecting for a nice dinner.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall we enjoyed our experience. The food was good and nice environment. The service was initially slow, but our waitress was working very hard and doing her best. It was clear the manager and bartender were holding things up.

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  36. EricaH

    Lake of the Ozarks

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unbelievable food! We were staying at The Last Hotel so we decided to eat here and we were so glad we did. We ordered a sausage pizza and fettuccine and they were both perfect. The fettuccine was the best we've ever had, not the normal heavy cheesy cream sauce. It had the perfect seasonings. House made sausage on the pizza was so good and the crust was a little chewy and crisp on the edges just the way I like it. We are looking forward to going again.

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  37. StLBowler

    St. Louis

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Menu shown on OpenTable does not match pasta choices on actual menu. Two choices on both. Fettuccine only on the actual menu. FIVE choices only on the menu shown on OpenTable. I was going to order lasagne only to find it was not on the menu. Disappointing. Also, my wife's fettuccine was extremely salty. We had to send it back, and she ordered spaghetti instead. So, I ate my dinner and then she ate hers.

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  38. KrystalL

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The restaurant was very nice. Thought it was weird the door was locked to the restaurant we had to walk through the hotel. The marinara sauce tasted like something out of a can not good at all. They did not say the buttered Alfredo had mushrooms or I wouldn't of ordered it. The drinks were good the service was amazing! Being downtown I definitely thought the food would have been better.

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  39. QueenKe

    NT

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The customer service and food was great. Can’t wait to come again!

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  40. Foodie

    St. Louis

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I was looking forward to a relaxing dinner with some good wine. The food was good, very good. They”wine list” was dismal. The place has potential but desperately needs upgraded wine list.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Ultima Cucina is rated 4 stars by 226 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Ultima Cucina

1501 Washington Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63103

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    On the corner of Washington Avenue and 15th Street
  • Neighborhood
    St. Louis
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Sat 5:45 am–6:00 am
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizzeria, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    The area offers a variety of parking options, we are close to private parking lots or street parking. meters are $3.00 for two hours and free after 7 PM
  • Public transit
    On Washington Street close to Restaurant
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (314) 390-2500
  • Catering
    We offer full service catering, on and off site.
  • Private party facilities
    We offer endless possibilities to make your event special. Our Events Team will work tirelessly to make sure your event is one of a kind.
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