The 10 Best Restaurants In Wentzville, Missouri

Toasted ravioli | © Eugene Kim/Flickr
Toasted ravioli | © Eugene Kim/Flickr
Photo of Helen Armitage
9 February 2017

While nearby St. Louis has its famous barbecue, Wentzville, Missouri is proof you don’t have to go to the big city for first-rate eats. We take in some of the best local restaurants in and around Wentzville, from gourmet burgers to authentic Italian fare.

The Tattooed Dog

Food Truck, American, $$$
The former owner of popular St. Louis food truck Burger Ink, Chef Josh Lemmon, took the brick-and-mortar route when he opened The Tattooed DogWentzville’s hottest burger joint – in 2014. Dubbing its food ‘upscale dive grub,’ the venue offers a gourmet twist on the classic burger and fries combo with inventive options like the Maui (topped with grilled pineapple, white American cheese, teriyaki wasabi glaze, roasted garlic aioli and spring greens) or the Perzola (with cheese, poached pears and gorgonzola crème). These options are then served with loaded, house-made fries topped with the likes of chili cheese or roasted chicken. Appetizers, sandwiches and hot dogs are served too alongside a couple of irresistible desserts – if you still have room, that is.

Cedar Lake Cellars

Bar, Restaurant, Wine, $$$
Over in nearby Wright City, there’s a glorious haven for local lovers of wine going by the name of Cedar Lake Cellars. While budding oenophiles could happily wile away an hour tasting the winery’s wares, foodies will get a kick out of its on-site restaurant and tasting bar’s elegant, seasonal cuisine. Lunch features upscale-casual eats like gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and cast iron cooked pizzas. Meanwhile, Cedar Lake Cellars’ dinner menu boasts mouthwatering entrées including salt-roasted prime rib and creamy lobster mac and cheese. An all-you-can-eat brunch is served on Sundays alongside Bloody Marys, mimosas and Cedar Lake Cellars’ very own sangria.

West Allen Grill

A local dining haunt since first opening in 1996, West Allen Grill has been serving its fresh and casual American eats for more than two decades. A cozy, welcoming space decked out in locally inspired memorabilia entices guests to try appetizers like loaded potato skins, coconut shrimp with sweet-and-sour marmalade and toasted ravioli (practically a local St. Louis dining tradition), followed by an array of mains. These include a range of burgers, sandwiches, flatbreads, pasta and dishes like meatloaf. They are served with mashed potatoes and green beans or BBQ baby back ribs basted in West Allen Grill’s homemade sauce.

West Allen Grill, 9 West Allen Street, Wentzville, MO, USA, +1 636 327 3030

Asabi Bistro Sushi Bar and Grill

Bar, Bistro, Sushi, $$$
In neighboring Lake St. Louis, Asabi Bistro Sushi Bar and Grill is the place to head to for eclectic and authentic Asian cuisine. Chef and owner Dara Thach brings years of experience working in restaurants across the US to his varied menu. Choose from Thai-inspired dishes like red or yellow curry, classic Chinese cuisine like orange chicken and chef specials like the Korean dish beef chap chae (potato noodles stir-fried with cabbage, carrots and Korean brown sauce). You can also check out Asabi Bistro’s extensive sushi menu for options like the Lake St. Louis roll (soybean wrap with yellowtail, jalapeño, cucumber, cilantro, pineapple and black tobiko).

Galati’s Pizza, Pasta, Grill

Galati’s Pizza, Pasta, Grill has been delighting local diners with its deliciously traditional Italian cuisine since Rome-born owner and namesake Mauro Galati opened its doors in the small town of Foristell in 2010. Meat lovers will enjoy the carnivora pizza loaded with pepperoni, ham, cheese and sauce. Other tempting dishes include spaghetti pescatora with shrimp, mussels, calamari and scallops in a light white wine sauce or fresh, homemade gnocchi with porcini mushrooms and cream. Finish your meal with an equally authentic dessert of tiramisu, panna cotta or cannoli.

Galati’s Pizza, Pasta, Grill, 100 South Main Street, Foristell, MO, USA, +1 636 463 1020

Yo! Salsa

Food Truck, Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
The brainchild of owner John Lutgen, Yo! Salsa is a modern taqueria cooking up authentic, fresh and fun Mexican food. Tacos are the specialty – sold by the pair, they come in flavors like chorizo and fried sweet potato, achiote grilled mahi and chipotle lime shrimp. Guests can also chow down on entrées like smoky BBQ pork nachos and brunch items like breakfast burritos. If you’re out and about in the St. Charles County or the Greater St. Louis area, keep your eyes peeled for Yo! Salsa’s food truck. Opened three years prior to the restaurant, it serves a simplified but just as tasty menu as the brick-and-mortar joint.

BC’s Kitchen

Restaurant, American, $$$
Creative, seasonal New American dishes are the focus at BC’s Kitchen – a contemporary restaurant opened by acclaimed chef and St. Louis native Bill Cardwell eight years ago in Lake St. Louis. Menus at BC’s Kitchen change with the seasons, but guests can expect plenty of inventive plates crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Such recipes include smoked St. Louis-style pork baby back ribs with house-made BBQ sauce, baked mac and cheese and a crisp vegetable slaw and gumbo with andouille sausage, chicken, shrimp, steamed rice, green onion and a side of corn bread. These are all perfectly complemented by a range of beers, wines and clever cocktails.

HWY 40 Brews

Bar, American, $$$
Wentzville’s resident neighborhood sports bar, HWY 40 Brews, is a haven for lovers of tasty American food and locally brewed beers. Appetizers like chicken wings, fish tacos and beef brisket sliders are served alongside a range of sandwiches, salads, wraps, pizzas, and burgers. Try the signature burger topped with American cheese, fried pickles, sliced bacon, a fried egg and an onion ring. Entrées such as bourbon salmon and the smoked pork chop are also served. For thirsty patrons, HWY 40 Brews’ extensive beer list features a number of domestic and global beers along with local offerings from the likes of The Saint Louis Brewery and Charleville Vineyard & Microbrewery.

Tommy D’s Pizza

If Tommy D’s Pizza‘s rave reviews of its delicious pizza are anything to go by, it was certainly a successful year in business for this pizza joint. Choose from signature pies like the meat lovers or spinach alfredo, or build your own from a variety of sauces (marinara, BBQ and buffalo ranch included), cheeses and a smorgasbord of toppings like banana peppers, Italian sausage, black olives and pulled pork. Appetizers include toasted ravioli, meatballs and cheesy garlic toast, and a range of salads and hearty, oven-toasted sandwiches are served too.

Tommy D’s Pizza, 708 South Church Street, Wentzville, MO, USA, +1 636 327 9200

Los Portales

Restaurant, Mexican
Authentic, familiar Mexican fare is the order of the day at Los Portales – a restaurant popular with local Wentzville diners since opening its doors back in 2002. Team appetizers like queso fundido or spicy crab cakes with poblano peppers with Los Portales’ range of classic burritos, fajitas, enchiladas and the like. Or, opt for dishes like chipotle salsa-rubbed ribeye or shrimp ceviche tostadas. Finish with authentic desserts like Mexican flan or sopapillas, and wash it down with a selection from Los Portales’ extensive tequila and margarita list.

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