Locals already know it, but visitors will be amazed by St. Louis' array of restaurant options. An infusion of savvy young residents and urban revitalization have ignited a fire under the city's dining scene. Hot spots like the pan-Asian Red Moon restaurant in the city's loft district along Washington Avenue continues to attract hipsters while Eleven Eleven Mississippi blends California and Tuscan food with great results. In Clayton, Finale is the spot for special occasion dining and contemporary American cuisine.
American. This nationally recognized St. Louis fine dining restaurant is the creation of renown chef Larry Forgione. An American Place is located in the historic Statler Hotel in downtown St. Louis and the refurbished architectural interior of the restaurant still reflects the historic era from which the hotel was built, in the late 1910's. Forgione's culinary philosophy revolves around a revival of American traditional cuisine, and the menu at an American place reflects his focus on sustainably farmed, domestic and local ingredients.
Bristol Seafood Grill - Creve Coeur
11801 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, MO 63141
Seafood, American. Bristol's Seafood Grill has two restaurants in the St. Louis area, one location in Creve Coeur and another in O'Fallon. Bristol's Seafood Grill features market fresh varieties of seafood from all over the globe, prepared in equally continental fashion. The menu varies daily with market availability of species, but Bristol's Seafood Grill of St. Louis features a daily oyster bar and a broad selection of wine and cocktails.
212 North Kingshighway, St. Louis, MO 63108
Contemporary American, Pan-Asian. Café Eau is the more laid-back, "younger brother" of its neighboring Eau Bistro, both located in the swanky Chase Park Plaza Hotel. Café Eau features an ice bar and an extensive cocktail menu for young, hip St. Louis restaurant goers. As well, Cafe Eau serves up small plates, appetizers and entrees offering a taste of the American and continental contemporary cuisine served at the Eau Bistro.
Capri Restaurant - Renaissance Grand St. Louis
800 Washington St., St. Louis, MO 63101
Casual Elegant. This brand new St. Louis restaurant is located in the heart of the Renaissance Grand Hotel, and as such caters quite a bit to the traveling business crowd, but the restaurant is gaining a reputation amongst local St. Louis restaurant goers with its elegant Mediterranean cuisine and intimate atmosphere.
Cardwell's at the Plaza
94 Plaza Frontenac, St. Louis, MO 63131
Contemporary American, Vegetarian. This perennial Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner emphasizes a complete restaurant sensory experience, featuring a wood burning oven, a spacious outdoor patio dining area, décor featuring the work of local artists and contemporary American cuisine that uses local St. Louis area farmed ingredients whenever possible. Cardwell's at the Plaza also offers wood fired pizzas and a wide array of vegetarian and vegan dishes.
Charlie Gitto's at Harrah's Casino
777 Casino Center Drive, Harrah's Casino, Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Italian, Continental. The second location of the venerable St. Louis Italian restaurant Charlie Gitto's on the Hill recently opened its doors within the bustling Harrah's Casino of Maryland Heights. This popular establishment serves up Tuscan inspired traditional Italian favorites, including pastas and fresh seafoods, to casino patrons and St. Louis restaurant goers.
Charlie Gitto's 'On the Hill'
5226 Shaw Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
Italian, Continental. The original Charlie Gitto's 'On the Hill' has been pleasing St. Louis restaurant goers with traditional Tuscan inspired Italian faire and old family recipes for over 25 years. While serving a bevy of traditional antipasti, pasta and Italian entrees, Charlie Gitto's 'On the Hill' also offers daily fresh seafood and the finest quality steaks and chops.
Clark Street Grill - The Westin - St. Louis
811 Spruce Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
Contemporary American. Located in the heart of downtown St. Louis with views of nearby Busch Stadium, the Clark Street Grill is an interesting take on a "warehouse" restaurant experience. Clark Street Grill features an open, exhibition kitchen, and a large, open dining area with exposed industrial design elements. The Clark Street Grill is a popular St. Louis lunch spot with the business set, and by night caters to travelers and locals alike in downtown St. Louis to catch a game, a show, or just to be seen.
Dierdorf and Hart's Westport Plaza
323 Westport Plaza, Maryland Heights, MO 63146
Steakhouse, Seafood, American. The brainchild of former professional football greats Dan Dierdorf and Jim Hart, this St. Louis steakhouse has a reputation for serving up enormous cuts of prime USDA beef, fresh seafood, and chops, all brought to your table on a platter prior to preparation so that restaurant goers can hand pick the freshest ingredients. The same holds true for dessert at this well-established St. Louis restaurant, which is extremely popular with the business crowd in both of its St. Louis locations.
1025 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63101
Irish, French. Featuring round-the-clock Irish and European sporting events televised in the bar, the Dubliner is a popular downtown St. Louis hangout. The menu is extensive, offering everything from kids' plates to bar snacks to traditional Irish plates, steaks and seafood. St. Louis restaurant goers speak highly of the happy hour prices at the Dubliner.
212 Kingshighway, St. Louis, MO 63108
Global, International, Contemporary French. The elder and more sophisticated of the Chase Park Plaza's Eau duo of restaurants, Eau Bistro offers high-end takes on contemporary American cuisine with European and Asian influences making their presence felt, such as with the Atlantic salmon roulade with daikon slaw, angulas vermicelli and red curry vinaigrette. Eau Bistro receives high marks for its cuisine from both St. Louis restaurant critics and diners, and features a four-course tasting menu.
Eleven Eleven Mississippi
1111 Mississippi, St. Louis, MO 63104
Californian, Italian. Eleven Eleven Mississippi creates a warm and intimate atmosphere with an open, exhibition kitchen complete with a wood fired oven, a glass enclosed wine cellar that doubles as a romantic private dining area, numerous fireplaces and wood, copper and brick interior design features. Eleven Eleven Mississippi brings the flavors and wines of both Northern California and Tuscany to St. Louis restaurant goers.
25 North Euclid, St. Louis, MO 63108
Indian. This newly relocated St. Louis Indian restaurant offers traditional takes on Northern Indian cuisine and receives high marks for their curries and naan in particular. St. Louis restaurant critics and diners alike also speak highly of the affordable and expansive daily lunch buffet at India's Rasoi.
J. Buck's - St. Louis
1000 Clark Ave., St. Louis, MO 63102
American. The successful restaurant venture by the family of the late, popular St. Louis broadcaster Jack Buck, J. Buck's operates numerous locations across Missouri with each J. Buck's restaurant featuring "The Classic American Bar." Americana is the name of the game at J. Buck's with a menu featuring classic American selections from burgers to pizzas to steaks and seafood. J. Buck's operates two St. Louis area locations - in St. Louis proper as well as nearby O'Fallon, Missouri.
Lucas Park Grille
1234 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63102
Contemporary American. Downtown St. Louis' Washington Avenue loft district has seen a bit of a renaissance in recent times, and the Lucas Park Grille is certainly a vibrant element of the revival. The menu at the Lucas Park Grille mirrors the trendy merge of urban chic with casual youthful hipsterism with items such as a lobster mac 'n' cheese. This popular downtown St. Louis restaurant and bar also features live music.
Maggiano's Little Italy - St. Louis
#2 The Boulevard St. Louis, Richmond Heights, MO 63117
Italian, American. The St. Louis location of the popular Maggiano's Little Italy national Italian restaurant chain is located in the Richmond Heights district, directly across from the St. Louis Galleria Mall. Maggiano's Little Italy of St. Louis features three private banquet rooms, each seating up to 150 people. The cuisine at Maggiano's Little Italy is Southern Italian served family style.
Mike Shannon's Steaks & Seafood
620 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
Steakhouse, Seafood. Former St. Louis Cardinal's great Mike Shannon has opened a massive steak and seafood restaurant and sports bar bearing his namesake in the new Ballpark Village district of downtown St. Louis. The restaurant is predictably packed before and after St. Louis Cardinal's home games, and is also a popular spot for other televised sporting events. At Mike Shannon's Steaks and Seafood the steaks are prepared to order with one's choice of optional rubs, crusts, butters and sauces along with a choice of numerous side dishes.
5257 Shaw Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
Spanish. This distinctive St. Louis concept restaurant brings a bustling authentic Spanish tapas bar to the St. Louis restaurant scene. The atmosphere at Modesto is highly critically acclaimed in local St. Louis publications, as is the food. Aside from the large selection of tapas Modesto offers "American-sized" Spanish entrees and a notable selection of regional Spanish wines.
7401 Manchester Road, St. Louis, MO 63143
International, American. A "Southern Inspired Bistro and Bar" and a dining room boasting "Modern American Cuisine" The larger portion of the space is designated to the Southern inspired casual dining and bar experience anchored by dishes found in New Orleans that more closely reflect the culinary heritage of the two-time James Beard Nominated Executive Chef, Josh Galliano, a native of Louisiana.
Mosaic - St. Louis
1101 Lucas Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63101
Tapas, Small Plates, Fusion, Eclectic. As vibrant as the mosaic wall, created by artist Fred Nelson, that adorns the main dining room, the tapas and fusion plates of critically acclaimed St. Louis restaurant Mosaic offer a wide spectrum of global flavors ranging from Italy to Japan to North Africa and beyond. Mosaic is popular with the St. Louis happy hour crowd for its extensive cocktail menu and its house-made sangria.
1831 Sidney Street, St. Louis, MO 63104
American, French. Niche of St. Louis receives high marks from local restaurant critics and diners for its intimate setting, seating a maximum of 90 diners in its quaint Benton Park location. Niche restaurant serves contemporary American cuisine with an emphasis on locally farmed and sustainably grown seasonal ingredients.
342 Westport Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63146
American. St. Louis Cardinal's slugger Albert Pujols is taking a swing at the restaurant business with Pujols 5 Westport Grill, a unique concept restaurant that combines high-modern dining with total sports immersion. Pujols 5 Westport Grill features numerous themed rooms, each with seasonally changing wall-to-wall sports images. Predictably, Pujols 5 Westport Grill is quickly becoming the place in St. Louis to watch any sporting event while enjoying the broad selection of cocktails, draft beers, and contemporary American grilled fare.
522 North Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103
Contemporary American. Situated across from St. Louis' renown Fox Theatre in the Grand Center Arts and Entertainment District, Reggie's Backstage serves up its signature contemporary American cuisine to theatre-goers and St. Louis locals. Of all the menu items at Reggie's Backstage, the smoked gouda, spinach and apple stuffed pork chop receives the most mention from St. Louis restaurant aficionados.
Ricardo's Italian Café
1931 Park Ave., St. Louis, MO 63104
Italian. "Family" is the word most often associated with Ricardo's Italian Café, a St. Louis establishment in the heart of Lafayette Square that serves up a fairly substantial menu of Italian favorites including pastas, pizzas and numerous steaks, chops and seafood items. Father Mark Adams does the cooking with son Tim, mother and sommelier Michelle Adams hand selects the award winning wine list while son Tom hosts the dining room. St. Louis restaurant critics point to the elegant, yet family-friendly atmosphere as a highlight of the Ricardo's Italian Cafe experience.
10205 Gravois Road, St. Louis, MO 63123
Steak, Seafoods. Sam's Steakhouse occupies a nearly century-old building in a suburb of St. Louis, and the menu reflects a traditional emphasis on the great American steakhouse, but the prices are strictly New World. Despite the conservative appearance, most St. Louis restaurant goers note the unpretentious atmosphere and that Sam's Steakhouse is well worth the price.
Scape American Bistro
48 Maryland Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63108
American. Scape offers St. Louis restaurant goers feasts for the eyes in all directions, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking bustling Maryland Plaza, and an open exhibition kitchen where one can watch Scape's team of chefs prepare contemporary American cuisine with European accents. Scape of St. Louis offers nightly specials and an ever changing seasonal menu.
33 N Sarah, St. Louis, MO 63108
American. Terrene is a fairly new restaurant on the St. Louis scene, yet it's already gained a reputation for its preparations of sustainable, locally farmed, seasonal ingredients. Terrene also offers a range of settings; from the spacious dining room, to an outdoor patio, to a Brownstone bar, in which St. Louis restaurant goers may enjoy their signature eco-friendly contemporary American cuisine.
The Station Grille - Hyatt Regency St. Louis at Union Station
One St Louis Station, St. Louis, MO 63103
Steakhouse, Italian. This classic take on the great American restaurant is located in St. Louis' Hyatt Regency at Union Station, making it an ideal gathering place for travelers and locals in downtown St. Louis for business or pleasure. The Station Grille features private and group dining options, an open grill and rotisserie, fine steaks, and an after dinner scotch and cigar menu.
Top of the Riverfront - Millennium Hotel
200 South Fourth St., St. Louis, MO 63102
American. Perched 28 floors above the swanky Millennium Hotel in downtown St. Louis, the Top of the Riverfront is St. Louis' only fully revolving restaurant, with floor to ceiling windows displaying the 360-degree views of the city. The Top of the Riverfront is an elegant, fine dining restaurant that doesn't skimp on the cuisine simply because of the view, serving contemporary American fare and a popular weekend brunch.
10411 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63131
Italian. Trattoria Branica offers a range of settings in which to enjoy their classic family recipes of authentic Italian cuisine, including a courtyard enclosed with a full skylight, and a mirrored dining room. But for St. Louis restaurant goers more inclined to stay in, Trattoria Branica also offers complementary local delivery.
Truffles - St. Louis
9202 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63131
Continental, Seafood. Truffles of St. Louis prides itself on being one of St. Louis' finest contemporary American bistros within a unique and unpretentious setting, including a pub-style bar with live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and colorful, mural-decorated dining rooms. Offering a daily selection of fresh seafood based on market availability and the finest steaks and chops available, Truffles receives high marks from St. Louis restaurant goers for their food and atmosphere.
Vin de Set
2017 Chouteau Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103
Provencal, American. This traditional take on the French Bistro is in a coveted St. Louis restaurant location, set atop a National Historic Landmark building in downtown St. Louis. Vin de Set features panoramic views of the city from its outdoor dining area and bar, along with ample indoor seating and bar space complete with arched ceilings and large, floor-to-ceiling windows.
Vito's Sicilian Pizzeria and Ristorante
3515 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103
Italian. Vito's Sicilian Pizzeria and Ristorante serves up a variety of classic and eclectic pizzas, pasta dishes, and Sicilian-style Italian entrees to patrons of the Grand Center Theatre and Arts District of St. Louis, in which Vito's Sicilian Pizzeria and Ristorante is located. This busy restaurant is also located close to St. Louis University.