Founded by Joe Stahr, the restaurant was
named after the patron saint of sailors, St. Elmo. Starting out
with a beautiful tiger-oak back-bar purchased in Chicago, the
restaurant was simply a small tavern with a basic menu. Through
the years, its classic turn-of-the-century Chicago saloon decor
has changed very little, beyond the inevitable expansions.
Don't let the outside fool you. This is NOT a
bare bones, overpriced steak joint with wooden tables and
checkered tablecloths...oh no, it is fine dining in the heart of
It only appears small because you can't see the
room on the other side of the entrance or the myraid of rooms in
the basement. You truly think you might be in New York or Chicago
once you enter into the dining rooms. But, if you're in casual
dress, don't let it stop you. This is not a place that you won't
see all types of dress.
St. Elmo's is THE steak joint to go to. Who
knows, you may see the Colts there. We were told they use the big
dining room in the basement when they come. Of course the walls
are lined with vintage photographs from the early 1900's as well
as all the celebs that have dined.
This restaurant is always busy...