Party On

Mosaic's food is a blast, but the servers don't seem to feel the celebratory vibe

By the time we got to round three, another problem had manifested itself: Portions at Mosaic are small, even for tapas. Few dishes sustained a full pass around the table. The "roasted sea scallop" described on the menu was just that: a single, nine-dollar disk perched upon a mound of braised leeks and shaved beef, virtually impossible to share. Ditto the lone Maryland crab cake.

There was one server at Mosaic who kind of annoyed me. She kept setting things down unceremoniously, and then telling us what it was in an inaudible whisper, as though she couldn't care less -- kind of like a magician who never bothers to throw in a "Ta-da!" Throughout the meal, used saucers were removed without being replaced with clean ones (at one point, we resorted to stealing a fresh stack from a nearby table), and communal platters were taken away when there were still a couple of bites left on them -- quite the buzzkill considering how wee and pricey the portions are to start with.

Worth the wait: Mosaic's delightful food gets the party 
started right.
Jennifer Silverberg
Worth the wait: Mosaic's delightful food gets the party started right.

Location Info



1001 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63101

Category: Restaurant > Small Plates

Region: St. Louis - Washington Avenue


Caesar salad $6
Oysters on the half shell $8
Gnocchi $8
Bermuda onion rings $6

314-621-6001. Hours: Lunch 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Dinner 5-10 p.m. Mon.- Wed., 5-11 p.m. Thu.-Sat.

1101 Lucas Avenue

Still, a fine time was had by all. With a few fine-tuning tweaks in service and presentation, the party at Mosaic is poised to kick in.

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