It’s hard to miss Nathalie’s restaurant, housed in the white historic mansion on Lindell in the Central West End.

Exploring St. Louis One Meal at a Time: Nathalie's - Arch City Homes #st louis #restaurantreview

When I moved to the Central West End 2 years ago, this building held a popular restaurant SALT. I heard great things about SALT’s Sunday brunch…and I absolutely love brunches…but I just never made it over there before the restaurant closed.

When I heard that a new restaurant was opening in the same location, I promised myself that I wouldn’t make the same mistake and would start hitting the restaurants I wanted to try while I could…since you never know how long they will last.

Exploring St. Louis One Meal at a Time: Nathalie's - Arch City Homes #st louis #restaurantreviewWhen old friend Leslie asked me to join her for a show at the Peabody and dinner, I was excited to both reconnect with her after so many years and to check out two St. Louis gems that I haven’t yet visited.

Nathalie’s – The Setting:

Exploring St. Louis One Meal at a Time: Nathalie's - Arch City Homes #st louis #restaurantreviewI should have walked around and taken more pictures, but I got so caught up in reconnecting with Leslie that this is the only interior shot I snapped.

I know that it’s a minor detail, but I think the decor would have looked better with chairs made of a dark brown wood. The house is just so grand and these chairs struck me as belonging in a lady’s tearoom or banquet center.

Exploring St. Louis One Meal at a Time: Nathalie's - Arch City Homes #st louis #restaurantreviewThe mansion was built in 1890 and has over 8,100 square feet of space on 3 stories, plus a basement that adds another 2,000 square feet. That’s a huge house!

I can only imagine the grand lifestyle of the family who built this house.

The main floor of this home is well suited for a restaurant. Consistent with homes built in this era, there is a large foyer as you step into the building and several large rooms that lead directly into each other through pocket doors rather than hallways. The current configuration has 3 similar sized rooms with a 4th room used as the bar at the back. We were seated in the middle of the 3 dining rooms so we had a great view of the entire main floor.

There is more seating up the grand staircase plus bathrooms that Leslie said were pretty amazing, but I forgot to check it out before leaving.

According the the MLS real estate database, the home underwent a major renovation in 2005 that cost over $3,000,000. The building includes an elevator, 2nd floor cabaret theater (not sure if that is in use now), a private wine cellar and the 3rd floor was promoted as usable as a residence or private offices.

See pictures from when the property listed was for sale in 2008

Nathalie’s – The Food:

Nathalie’s offers a very limited menu of farm to table items, with most of the primary ingredients coming from the owner’s personal farm, Overlook Farm in Clarksville, MO.

Basically you have a choice of one beef entree and one pork entree, which vary from day to day, plus a chicken and 3 fish entrees. There is an assortment of appetizers, soup and salads, plus a few desserts.

Exploring St. Louis One Meal at a Time: Nathalie's - Arch City Homes #st louis #restaurantreviewOur meal started with a basket of fresh bread and butter. The bread was good but none of the variations were better than what you get at any other nice restaurant. I had a couple of pieces and then stopped as I didn’t want to fill up on bread.

Exploring St. Louis One Meal at a Time: Nathalie's - Arch City Homes #st louis #restaurantreviewI almost went with the cheddar broccoli soup, but decided instead to go with a blueberry salad as my starter. I figured you can’t go wrong with a salad that has blueberries and goat cheese. The salad was very tasty and the perfect size as a 1st course. It was big enough to split. If I go back, I would likely order an appetizer and split a salad with my dinner companion so I could try more things.

Exploring St. Louis One Meal at a Time: Nathalie's - Arch City Homes #st louis #restaurantreviewLeslie ordered the Kale Caesar salad. I love caesar salads and the reviews said this was really good, but I decided to go a different direction because my favorite part of caesar salad is the croutons, and this salad does a trio of crostini instead of croutons. Leslie seemed to like the salad though.

Exploring St. Louis One Meal at a Time: Nathalie's - Arch City Homes #st louis #restaurantreviewFor the entree, I ordered the pork tenderloin. I do have to say that I was a tad disappointed because both the website and the menu they gave us listed the pork as having a blackberry Zinfandel demi and I thought it sounded amazing. Our waiter didn’t mention that it was no longer available until I got confused when he described the pork entree as a daily special. Honestly, they need to update the menus. How hard can that be?

I went ahead and ordered the pork tenderloin daily special which was wrapped in bacon and served with potatoes and green beens.

The dish was fine, but I wasn’t bowled over. The pork had a prime rib style texture, and I guess I prefer a different texture…more steak-like. The bacon also was soft like it had been steamed. I love bacon, but really only only it when it is crispy. I ended up eating 2 of the 3 medallions. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, just not what I expected for a meal this expensive.

The potatoes and green beens were also good, but nothing spectacular. I could make something with more pizzazz at home myself.

Exploring St. Louis One Meal at a Time: Nathalie's - Arch City Homes #st louis #restaurantreviewLeslie ordered the trout special. I remember exactly what was in this dish but it was a skin-on treatment to to the fish and it was served over spaghetti squash, some greens and had almonds on top.

I normally would have ordered a steak if I was spending this much since I LOVE a great steak. I didn’t because the only steak they were offering was 18 oz! The waiter did say that the steak included a bone that was typically 4 oz, but 14 oz is still way too large for me. I realize there are people who like huge steaks, but most restaurants also offer a filet or something in 8-10 oz range too. If Nathalie’s had done that, I would have ordered steak and I’m guessing I would have walked out liking my meal more.

Exploring St. Louis One Meal at a Time: Nathalie's - Arch City Homes #st louis #restaurantreviewI can’t leave out my drink. The waiter suggested an off the menu beer and I’m really glad I ordered it. It was a nut brown ale from Arcadia Ales out of Michigan. YUM!

It’s hard to believe that I spent 20 years of my beer drinking days sticking with Bud Light. I’m so glad that I’ve branched out and discovered what beer has to offer.

The price tag is a bit steeper than places I usually go. We each ordered an entree, a salad and one drink (Leslie had a cocktail and I had a beer), and our bill came to just under $100 before tip.

Peabody Opera House:

Instead of after dinner drinks and dessert, we headed over to the Peabody to see comedian Brian Regan.

St. Louis Peabody - Brian Regen show St. Louis Peabody - Brian Regen showThe show was great and I was really impressed with the Peabody Opera House. If you ever have a chance to see a show there, it’s worth the drive downtown.

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Karen Goodman leads the Arch City Homes Team with Circa Properties, assisting home sellers and buyers in St. Louis, MO. In order to provide the best possible service to her clients, Karen works with a limited number of clients at a time.