Kirkwood >Citizen Kane's Steak House
Forget about the surroundings and atmosphere (which were good) and focus on the steaks. If your in town looking for a great steak bypass the casino steak houses and come here....you will not be disappointed. The steak I had was the best I have had in St. Louis! The service we received was very good, both my wife's and my steak were cook perfectly to order (medium), and we were not disapponted with any part of the meal. Probably not the best place to bring kids and if you're on a budget Tucker's may be the better choice, but if you really want a top notch steak this is the place. None of the franchise steak houses are even close and it is not as expensive as the casino or some other high end steak houses that don't deliver the same quality.
We loved our dinner here at Citizen Kane's Steak House! The Steak was superb, our salad was excellent and the black bean soup was delicious! I didn't find the menu to be any higher priced than any other high-end steak restaurant ($28 - $45). I would definitely recommend Citizen Kane's if you're into steak and looking for a new place to try!
Great Venue and Ambiance, Steaks good but lacking.
Citizen Kane's is definitely a steak house. The renovated home makes for a good venue and creates a nice ambiance. When it comes to the food, the steaks and pork chops (meat) are well prepared with an excellent taste. Their size are also appropriate (generous) for the price. All other items on the menu leave a little to be desired.
Vegetables taste like they have been infused with garlic. Portions are slightly small. Potatoes are the mid-sized, served with the bare minimum of sour cream, butter and chives. The salad can be spruced up with blue cheese at an additional cost. The wine list is ok.
Given its prices, one would expect a more diverse menu and with more creative sides. Sadly, that is not the case.
They do accomodate children with off the menu items of chicken strips or fettucini.
Warning, stay away from the shrimp scampi and pasta. It is more a bowl of butter sauce with little to no taste.
This is a good restaurant for an occassional dinner for when you have a meat craving but otherwise, would not be a regular venue.
Good, but not worth the cost.
Thanks to some special circumstances, my wife and I were fortunate to be able to go to Citizen Kane's for a recent dinner. The restuarant is beautiful, situated in a scenic old home in the heart of Kirkwood. We're pretty middle-class and most of our steak experience is of the chain-restaurant variety, but I'd been told years ago that Kane's had the best steak in St. Louis.
That much, at least, is true. The steaks are perfectly cooked, wonderfully marinated, and quite tender. On top of that, they are absolutely enormous -- I ordered the Ribeye and it looked well like it could have been 32 ounces. (It was good for two meals beyond the night at the restaurant.)
The rest of the meal was of variable quality. The salad was excellent, particularly with a Mayfair dressing that was as good as any dressing I can recall having. The appetizer sampler, by contrast, was decent but was indistinguishable from (and in the case of the mushrooms, inferior to) the much cheaper fare available at other locales. The entree sides were okay but, again, unremarkable. My wife got the shrimp pasta but found the white wine and garlic sauce a little too strong on the white wine, which may or may not be a good thing depending on your tastes.
One other note: the service was predictably good but there were a couple of oddities about it that sort of offended our more middle-class sensibilities. One, costs for soda and coffee were not listed; were it not for the other reviews on Citysearch we would not have known they charge for refills. Two, when they took our food away to wrap it up for us, they summarily discarded anything that was not part of the main entree, including bread and potatoes. They even threw away any pieces of steak that I had cut off the main piece but had not eaten. Perhaps that is par for the course for a "fine dining" restaurant, but we've certainly been to other places of comparable cost that sent us home with more.
Overall, Kane's certainly is a nice place to go, especially if you adore steak, but in the end it was hard to justify paying two to three times the cost of a Longhorns or Lone Star for a meal that wasn't twice as good.
My wife and I went there for our first wedding anniversary tonight. We decided since this was a special night we would splurge and go for a more upscale steakhouse. Going by what we had heard and reading some reviews on citysearch we made our decision for Citizen Kane's. Our favorite place has been Tucker's for a long time but were made to believe that Kane's was "at a higher level".
We were seated approximately 20 minutes past our reservation time and had to wait (standing) in a very cramped and extremely loud bar area. Once we were seated, in an area that was also noisy, our waiter did a capable job for the most part. My wife had the filet and on the waiter's recommendation I ordered the ribeye. Both were ordered medium but were brought to us to medium-rare at best. Both of us were ready to eat though and didn't want to send them back to have to only wait longer for what we came for. Although undercooked, the filet was still very appealing. The ribeye lacked alot to be desired, though. Even though it was also undercooked, it was somewhat tough. If it had been cooked for much longer, it would have been an unbearable chore to finish. For a $32 steak, the time spent chewing on it should be minimal and this definetely was not.
Also, my wife and I discovered when the bill was brought to us that we had been charged for EVERY refill of soda. Yes, soda. ($2 for each one) Are you kidding me??? Although we didn't ask, I would at least expect the waiter to inform us of this at the time. The drink prices aren't on the main menu, by the way. Had we known, we would have just drank water. For a place that seems to garner such great reviews and at the prices they charge, we honestly expected much more and didn't feel it was worth the extra money. From now on, for the value and food quality we will gladly go to Tucker's.
Lick your Chops. We went to Citizen Kanes for our New Years dinner and what a great way to end a not-so-great year. After reading a review before going that touted the pork chop and its sweet/horseradishy sauce as to die for.... I felt it a must to try. OUTSTANDING!! It was most thickest, juiceist, perfectly cooked pork chop I have ever encountered. I'LL BE BACK!
Excellent Ribeye. We go to Kane's at least once a year. The Ribeye is always flawless. It is juicy and full flavored. I love whatever steak seasoning or steakbutter they use - it's spectacular. Great place to pack and artery. The wines are pretty overpriced - around 23.00 for a bottle that would cost about 7.50 in the store. The salads are mediocre as well as the sides and the service is a little above average - however the Ribeye is great!
Excellent in everyway.
My wife and I have been dining at Citizen Kane's for many years. I can only comment on two of the choices as we are spoiled by them. The first time dining there we were with a business associate who was taking us for diner and he insisted that we get the pork chop. Generally neither of us would have ordered that, but being guests we did get the pork chop. First of all it is a very thick bone in chop.....and I mean large. Secondly, it came with a sauce (kind of a sweet horseradish apple something) to dip that was to die for! The only other thing we have had was a steak on one occasion (they ran out of pork chops). The steak was wonderful. My son in law said it was the best steak he had every eaten. Many people do not like the mash potatoes and I must admit I always get the bake potatoe and avoid that problem. The house dressing (mayfair) is also outstanding. I am not a wine snob but enjoy a good glass of wine with dinner. One of my friends told me to get the house burgundy.....a house wine????? Well he was right. Nice glass of wine at a good price.......I had two.
Well that seems to sum it up, other than to say we have always had wonderful service.
Hope to see you there soon...............maybe the wife will want to go this Friday!
disappointed. My boyfriend and I went there for his birthday. It was supposed to be a special night, but I was disappointed in the unprofessional service (the waiter removed a plate saying, "let me get this hot a*s plate off your table"). We weren't offered a wine list and we weren't told the special dish or soup of the day. After reading the reviews about the food, I was hoping for something special but the steaks weren't cooked to order and really were not that incredble. The food wasn't bad, but given the price I was expecting to be wowed and wasn't.
creeper at citizen kane. This would be a great restaurant if a creepy guy named Coy wasn't hanging around there. He stalks girls at the bar.
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