Cafe Ventana

Cafe Ventana

Coffee Shop, Tea Room, and Café$$$$
Central West End, St Louis
  • Brittany B.
    "Great beignets, never busy for weekend brunch."(20 Tips)
    Erika Y.
    "The food is extra regular, but it's a great quiet place to study."(6 Tips)
    Mike K.
    "their Think Tank to the board of Magdalene St."(2 Tips)
    Riverfront Times
    "... lunch of excellent lobster bisque, sip a cappuccino while you study for the..."(3 Tips)
64 Tips and reviews
  • study
  • beignets
  • coffee
  • think tank
  • lattes
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  • Ajose O.
    Ajose OlamiposiFebruary 20
    Adjacent to St. Louis university campus, I found Cafe Ventana. Being a student and centrally located to my housing, I gave it a try. A great combo coffee house and DELICIOUS SOFT MEALS. AWESOME
  • Riverfront Times
    Riverfront TimesJuly 30, 2013
    Here you can have a light lunch of excellent lobster bisque, sip a cappuccino while you study for the LSAT or even blot out a bad day with real-deal absinthe.
  • Benjamin B.
    Love this cafe. Great food - as a coffee snob, I'll say that there is better coffee around, but the ambiance, food, pastries, and everything else is on point. Certainly worth checking out.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BellDecember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is awesome! My favorite place to study in stl. Internet can be a little sketchy at times but the environment, decor, music, great coffee etc etc etc totally make up for it. Love it!
  • Brittany B.
    Brittany BallardDecember 18, 2016
    Best beignets in town. The food is great too. Solid options for vegetarians, not so much for vegans. Veggie omelette was tasty and filling.
  • Dawson S.
    Dawson SchachterMarch 17, 2013
    Love this place, except WiFi sucks (just won't load some sites). Food, coffee, and atmosphere are great, just not a place I can get actual work done. Great for relaxing though.
  • Mary Kate
    Mary KateJune 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Pay attention to what you buy. Stuff adds up quicker than it should. Can you say overpriced?? Still good stuff though. Also, check out the Yelp check-in to get free beignets when you order $10 or more
  • Riverfront Times
    Riverfront TimesAugust 14, 2014
    Sure, you can caffeinate at Cafe Ventana, but you can also brunch, booze and stave off boredom with trivia, movie nights and live music. Read more
  • Kyle K.
    Kyle KratkyFebruary 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    As everyone says, DO get a beignet, chocolate required. The Mexican beignet w/ the Mexican hot chocolate is tasty. Greek salad is very good. Signature crab cakes are unique and great.
  • Zara P.
    Zara PetkovicMarch 31, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Rosemary's Baby is just...oh, my. So so so good (rosemary + honey), and the blueberry muffin is the best I've found anywhere.
  • Timz T.
    Timz TravelerNovember 15, 2014
    Go out of my way to come here when I'm in the area. Great food selections but they're always out of stuff. Service is slow but the coffee's worth it.
  • Mary Kate
    Mary KateJune 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Go in the 2nd building and work in one of the "Think Tanks". It's quiet, and the solitude will help you get stuff done more.
  • Jon F.
    Jon FrankoSeptember 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite spots in St. Louis. Their beignets are great. Good place to work or spend a rainy day. Read more
  • Mike K.
    Mike KinmanOctober 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    We love CV because the generously donate meeting space in their Think Tank to the board of Magdalene St. Louis. Thank you!!!
  • Danielle H.
    Danielle HohmeierApril 13, 2015
    Large patio out back and a second, quieter dining area perfect for meetings or working.
  • Jenna G.
    Jenna GrissomJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Saturdays and Sundays order the biscuits and gravy. It's out of this world. (If it isn't listed on the menu just ask)
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittSeptember 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best coffee, breakfast, lunch, date, study, patio, and live music joints in all of STL.
  • Em D.
    Em DaggsJune 6, 2015
    They have some really cool lattes, but the actual prep is hit or miss. Sometimes they're fabulous... Sometimes not. Great food, though!
  • Marissa T.
    Marissa ThomasJune 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the walkway and little table in between the two sections. Quaint. My hamster loved it.
  • Matt M.
    Matt MitgangAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Good study spot, but the WiFi will periodically kick you off if you're using a VPN.
  • Zara P.
    Zara PetkovicAugust 14, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Their lattes are excellent, as are their bakery goods!
  • Linda L.
    Linda LockhartJuly 21, 2011
    Beats BreadCo., hands down for great lunch at good price with easy access WiFi.
  • Shawn B.
    Shawn BaldwinJune 23, 2016
    An adorable coffee shop, great for a quick meal or a beignet.
  • Mansion House
    Mansion HouseAugust 17, 2016
    For a St. Louis twist on New Orleans style beignets, visit Cafe Ventana!
  • Chelsea P.
    Chelsea PearsonOctober 23, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to Cafe Ventana and get their delicious beignets. Also, perfect place to sit and read. They have uber comfortable leather chairs in front of the fire place. Try to not fall asleep because they are Read more
  • Debbie Y.
    Debbie YeeAugust 14, 2015
    Check out the patio in the back! Great coffee an place to study.
  • Jana
    JanaMarch 9, 2011
    No lie: after the apple & Brie grilled sandwich, I had a gall bladder attack & went to the hospital for surgery. I don't necessarily blame the fatty delicious sandwich...
  • Brittany B.
    Brittany Ballard3 weeks ago
    Great beignets, never busy for weekend brunch.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SalazarSeptember 30, 2012
    The Milky Way Latte the best coffee drink of all coffees
  • Rick M.
    Rick MarshallJuly 6, 2013
    Wonderful food and atmosphere right next to SLU's campus.
  • Erika Y.
    Erika YoungMarch 21, 2016
    The food is extra regular, but it's a great quiet place to study.
  • Sierra W.
    Sierra WilsonAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The lobster bisque is surprisingly good. Nice buttery after taste.
  • Clay M.
    Clay MoranFebruary 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Tenacious Trivia on Tuesdays @ 8:00PM. Free and fun!
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole S.January 2, 2014
    Great atmosphere and good food. Who could ask for anything more?
  • Ronald L.
    Ronald La NiearMay 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The chocolate filled beignets are great.
  • Justin T.
    Justin ThorpJanuary 19, 2016
    The chocolate beignets are out of control.
  • Honghui Y.
    Honghui YuJuly 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Free jazz during weekend brunch hours
  • Riverfront Times
    Riverfront TimesOctober 26, 2011
    2011 RFT Best of St. Louis Winner - Best Coffeehouse.
  • Brian G.
    Brian GoldsteinDecember 11, 2012
    Chicory au lait was alright, but don't order the beignets if it's at all busy
  • Jenna G.
    Jenna GrissomMay 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best b&g's in town. so effing good
  • Brittany B.
    Brittany BallardDecember 18, 2016
    Beignets and coffee
  • Mary Kate
    Mary KateApril 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Their lobster bisque is seriously good
  • caramck
    caramckNovember 5, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    go to cafe ventana and get beignets try a regular and a chocolate one. they are to die for!
  • Emily Z.
    Emily ZzAugust 26, 2011
    Great place but the beignets are not the best
  • J. C. S.
    J. C. SmithOctober 15, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Salads. Spinach salad. Beignets.
  • caramck
    caramckOctober 16, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    take a chill pill, get a giant snicker-doodle latte and beignet or three :) mix it up with a chocolate one!
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SJuly 21, 2011
    Great atmosphere, great coffee, great smoothies.
  • Riverfront Times
    Riverfront TimesNovember 15, 2010
    RFT Best of St. Louis Winner - Best Place to Eat Out Alone
  • Nimble M.
    Nimble MarketingMarch 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't order the crab cakes. They're $10 for 2 with a splash of salad. The cakes are the size of peppermint patty candies. Way too high.
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SavareseAugust 20, 2011
    Grab yourself a punch card!
  • Erin E.
    Erin ElizabethFebruary 3, 2011
    The beignets are amazing.
  • Brittney K.
    Brittney KMarch 6, 2012
    Curtis is super friendly!
  • Melissa F.
    Melissa FasanoNovember 17, 2011
    Incredible Apple Brie sandwich!
  • Renee R.
    Renee R.February 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Worst service ever. No one is helpful, line moves horribly slow, and workers were hiding out in the basement, not working.
  • Ashley
    AshleyJanuary 30, 2010
    I eat and study here at least weekly. It's always pretty crowded though.
  • Graham G.
    Graham GreenMay 28, 2011
    Crab cakes are awesome!
  • Jen R.
    Jen RobertsFebruary 4, 2015
    I left my computer at Ventana. I called and the person who answered refused to go look, claiming that she was just back there and my computer wasn't there. Turns out it was. I won't be back.
  • Brent J.
    Brent JonesOctober 25, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    Grab a bottomless cup of coffee and a sandwich, or a few beignets. Read more
  • girlx
    girlxOctober 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    when in the girls bathroom, look up. ;)
  • Brittany K.
    Brittany KujawaSeptember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Baristas could use some cheering up. Bleh.
  • Ami G.
    Ami GrimesFebruary 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Had to come for beignets after dinner...perfectly tasty
  • Mary H.
    Mary HemmeFebruary 19, 2016
    Gnats, yuck.
  • Kathryn T.
    Kathryn ThomasFebruary 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    delicious crepes om nom nom
  • G P.
    G PaddaJanuary 30, 2010
    Haute Chocolate!!
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