Cafe Ventana

Cafe Ventana

Coffee Shop, Tea Room, and Café$$$$
Central West End, St Louis
  • Ronald L.
    "The chocolate filled beignets are great."(16 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)
57 Tips and reviews
  • study
  • beignets
  • coffee
  • think tank
  • lattes
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  • Mary Kate
    Mary KateJune 25, 2012
    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
  • Matt B.
    Matt BellDecember 2, 2011
    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!
  • 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.
  • Kyle K.
    Kyle KratkyFebruary 12, 2011
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Chelsea P.
    Chelsea PearsonOctober 23, 2009
    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
  • Zara P.
    Rosemary's Baby is just...oh, my. So so so good (rosemary + honey), and the blueberry muffin is the best I've found anywhere.
  • 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!
  • Mary Kate
    Mary KateJune 25, 2012
    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.
  • 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
  • Jon F.
    Jon FrankoSeptember 20, 2011
    One of my favorite spots in St. Louis. Their beignets are great. Good place to work or spend a rainy day. Read more
  • Jenna G.
    Jenna GrissomJanuary 5, 2013
    Saturdays and Sundays order the biscuits and gravy. It's out of this world. (If it isn't listed on the menu just ask)
  • Mike K.
    Mike KinmanOctober 2, 2013
    We love CV because the generously donate meeting space in their Think Tank to the board of Magdalene St. Louis. Thank you!!!
  • 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...
  • Danielle H.
    Danielle HohmeierApril 13, 2015
    Large patio out back and a second, quieter dining area perfect for meetings or working.
  • Nimble M.
    Nimble MarketingMarch 15, 2011
    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.
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittSeptember 5, 2014
    One of the best coffee, breakfast, lunch, date, study, patio, and live music joints in all of STL.
  • Renee R.
    Renee R.February 8, 2015
    Worst service ever. No one is helpful, line moves horribly slow, and workers were hiding out in the basement, not working.
  • 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.
  • Matt M.
    Matt MitgangAugust 8, 2014
    Good study spot, but the WiFi will periodically kick you off if you're using a VPN.
  • Marissa T.
    Marissa ThomasJune 2, 2013
    Check out the walkway and little table in between the two sections. Quaint. My hamster loved it.
  • caramck
    caramckNovember 5, 2009
    go to cafe ventana and get beignets try a regular and a chocolate one. they are to die for!
  • Brian G.
    Brian GoldsteinDecember 11, 2012
    Chicory au lait was alright, but don't order the beignets if it's at all busy
  • Shawn B.
    Shawn Baldwin4 days ago
    An adorable coffee shop, great for a quick meal or a beignet.
  • Linda L.
    Linda LockhartJuly 21, 2011
    Beats BreadCo., hands down for great lunch at good price with easy access WiFi.
  • Zara P.
    Zara PetkovicAugust 14, 2015
    Their lattes are excellent, as are their bakery goods!
  • caramck
    caramckOctober 16, 2009
    take a chill pill, get a giant snicker-doodle latte and beignet or three :) mix it up with a chocolate one!
  • Sierra W.
    Sierra WilsonAugust 10, 2014
    The lobster bisque is surprisingly good. Nice buttery after taste.
  • Debbie Y.
    Debbie YeeAugust 14, 2015
    Check out the patio in the back! Great coffee an place to study.
  • Ashley
    AshleyJanuary 30, 2010
    I eat and study here at least weekly. It's always pretty crowded though.
  • Erika Y.
    Erika YoungMarch 21
    The food is extra regular, but it's a great quiet place to study.
  • Rick M.
    Rick MarshallJuly 6, 2013
    Wonderful food and atmosphere right next to SLU's campus.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SalazarSeptember 30, 2012
    The Milky Way Latte the best coffee drink of all coffees
  • Clay M.
    Clay MoranFebruary 8, 2012
    Tenacious Trivia on Tuesdays @ 8:00PM. Free and fun!
  • Justin T.
    Justin ThorpJanuary 19
    The chocolate beignets are out of control.
  • Brent J.
    Brent JonesOctober 25, 2009
    Grab a bottomless cup of coffee and a sandwich, or a few beignets. Read more
  • Ronald L.
    Ronald La NiearMay 27, 2013
    The chocolate filled beignets are great.
  • Emily Z.
    Emily ZzAugust 26, 2011
    Great place but the beignets are not the best
  • Honghui Y.
    Honghui YuJuly 14, 2012
    Free jazz during weekend brunch hours
  • Riverfront Times
    Riverfront TimesNovember 15, 2010
    RFT Best of St. Louis Winner - Best Place to Eat Out Alone
  • Riverfront Times
    Riverfront TimesOctober 26, 2011
    2011 RFT Best of St. Louis Winner - Best Coffeehouse.
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole S.January 2, 2014
    Great atmosphere and good food. Who could ask for anything more?
  • Mary Kate
    Mary KateApril 9, 2012
    Their lobster bisque is seriously good
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SJuly 21, 2011
    Great atmosphere, great coffee, great smoothies.
  • Erin E.
    Erin ElizabethFebruary 3, 2011
    The beignets are amazing.
  • Jenna G.
    Jenna GrissomMay 27, 2012
    Best b&g's in town. so effing good
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SavareseAugust 20, 2011
    Grab yourself a punch card!
  • Ami G.
    Ami GrimesFebruary 10, 2010
    Had to come for beignets after dinner...perfectly tasty
  • J. C. S.
    J. C. SmithOctober 15, 2014
    Salads. Spinach salad. Beignets.
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