This place has promise. It't nice to finally see a west county restaurant willing to upgrade the menu a bit. Unfortunately the food just doesn't stand up. I had the special, flounder. The sauce was good but the fish was dry and over cooked.
Best Comfort Food St. Louis 2011 - The Tavern Kitchen & Bar
Think carefully before bringing Mom and Dad or Grandma and Grandpa to the Tavern Kitchen & Bar. Here the kitchen takes the dishes you love from childhood to another place entirely -- a place you won't want to leave. There is no trick here, no gimmick. There are simply classics, such as meat loaf, Tater Tot casserole and mac & cheese, prepared with top-notch ingredients and great care. The meat loaf, bacon-wrapped, is sauced with a mushroom gravy that wouldn't seem out of place atop an expensive cut of steak. Housemade pasta (shrimp linguini or pappardelle with tomato and sausage) is so straightforward and flavorful that you'll never look at a box of dried pasta again. Want to keep the family happy and still enjoy the Tavern? Direct them toward one of the more contemporary dishes: mahi mahi with coconut curry or the "Saimin Wonton Bowl," which includes an egg cooked sous vide for an hour. And should they figure out that the Tavern has supplanted them in your heart, take comfort: They might be disappointed in you, but you'll never be disappointed in the Tavern.