10 Restaurants You Should Try In St. Louis, Missouri

Photo of Helen Armitage
9 February 2017

Known as the Gateway City, St Louis, Missouri, has a rich history and a vibrant, eclectic dining scene to match. Take in city views from a rooftop while eating steak, try classic Provençal-inspired fare or dine on delicious Asian-inspired cuisine; we list the 10 St Louis restaurants to visit here.

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Home Wine Kitchen

Restaurant, American, $$$
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Home Wine Kitchen, located in the St Louis suburb of Maplewood, is a gorgeous, welcoming restaurant with a warm and homely atmosphere. Home Wine Kitchen’s menu changed weekly but guests can expect dishes such as fresh salmon flavoured with honey, lemon, green onion, cherry tomato, basil and red onion. The restaurant also operates a No Menu Monday where Cassy prepares a three or five course dinner for guests of her own choosing.

Cielo Restaurant and Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Italian
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Cielo is an aptly named downtown restaurant situated on the eighth floor of the Four Seasons Hotel that offers sweeping views of St Louis’ cityscape from every table. The restaurant serves modern Italian cuisine typified by simple, stylish dishes full of familiar Italian flavours with creative, contemporary flair complemented by a comprehensive wine list specialising in selections from Italy and California.


For classic, contemporary new American cuisine built around humble ingredients prepared in a way that shows their true potential, look no further than Niche. Relax in stylish, yet warm surroundings as you try simple and flavoursome dishes like the smoked pork shoulder with hickory, popcorn, pecans and Brussels sprouts. Finish your meal with a plate of local Baetje Farms’ cheeses, as artisan dairy farm in neighbouring Bloomsdale.

Niche, 7734 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton, St Louis, MO, USA, +1 314 773 7755

Annie Gunn’s

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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An award-winning restaurant, Annie Gunn’s is a lively and friendly restaurant serving traditional American food. Named after owner Thom Sehnert’s grandmother, a warm-hearted Irish woman who believed in family, friends and good food, the restaurant’s ethos is informed by her values today.

Oceano Bistro

Bistro, Seafood, American, Gluten-free, $$$
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Lovers of seafood can’t go wrong with a visit to Oceano Bistro‘s St Louis’ premier destination for all things pescetarian. Located in the affluent neighborhood of Clayton, Oceano Bistro’s chefs work closely with fishermen to bring to St Louis the type of cuisine usually enjoyed by those lucky to live in coastal regions, which is artfully prepared with local artisanal produce to create eclectic dishes.

Vin de Set

Bar, Bistro, Restaurant, French, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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Established in summer of 2006, Vin de Set is an upscale yet inviting French bistro. Serving approachable, classic French food, the restaurant resides in the lovingly restored Centennial Malt House, a historic building formerly known as Schnaider’s Malt House built in 1876 and features classic design elements like a mezzanine loft level overlooking its bar,

Three Sixty

Restaurant, Beer, American, Vegetarian, $$$
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Sip, see and savour is the motto of Three Sixty and its vantage point almost 400 feet above the city at the top of the Hilton St Louis certainly allows guests to do so with, as its name would suggest, panoramic views of St Louis and its landmarks like the Mississippi River and the Gateway Arch. A spacious, contemporary restaurant, it serves up a menu to match, full of small plate food defined by global influences made local produce from local artisans.

One 19 North

Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar, Wine, American, Vegetarian, $$$
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One 19 North is a cosy, inviting tapas restaurant located in the heart of historic downtown Kirkwood, a charming suburb of St Louis. Inside, sleek dark wood abounds complemented by stucco walls and exposed brick giving the restaurant an authentic Spanish feel, perfect for enjoying its tapas and small plates which include flash fried calamari with a sweet and spicy mango sauces or roasted pork carnitas.

Mai Lee

Restaurant, Vietnamese, Asian, Chinese, $$$
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Serving Vietnamese and Chinese fare, Mai Lee is widely regarded as the city’s first Vietnamese restaurant. Set up by owner Lee Tran, after she escaped her then turbulent homeland of Vietnam, the restaurant quickly became a favorite with locals who welcomed its new cuisine. With the restaurant’s huge menu, everyone can find a dish they will enjoy.


The concept behind the contemporary American restaurant Element was inspired by the fantastic ingredients produced by local farmers in the St Louis area; the resulting menu uses local produce, with a team of multiple talented chefs each bringing different skills and ideas to the plate. Element boasts a beautiful environment in which to enjoy its fare that includes a charming open-air rooftop terrace and several other stylish dining areas.

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