I am participating with many bloggers from Collective Bias in supporting our local communities through showcasing what we think are the BEST Restaurants and eateries in our local area! Here are my 10 Best Restaurants in St. Louis and Surrounding Area!
1. Lewis & Clark American Restaurant – Located in the Historic District of St. Charles where the streets are cobblestone, horse carriages ride alongside vehicles on the street, shops stretch from one side to the other selling everything from aged antiques and spices to modern fashion. Spanning 3 tiers, with outside seating on all, Lewis & Clark’s is a busy area for locals and tourists during the day and a delightful place for elegant and sparkling Fine Dining at night. With lights that twinkle on the balconies, glistening in the warm evening air and the sing song hum of multiple conversations and laughter over drinks, it is certainly magical.
2. Pio’s is located within the same area and started up in 1954 (known then as the Continental Cafe’). My husband had went with this family to Pio’s when he was little and so we carried on the tradition with my tot. One of the best things about Pio’s is their salads, which are huge and hearty! They also use actual Roquefort Blue Cheese! Their Menu is extremely diverse, from some of the best Italian meals to down home southern dishes like Frog Legs.
Their kids Menu is actually called the Grandkid’s Menu and some of the same servers that served my husband when he was young now serve my tot. They are some of the nicest people in the world there, their food is outstanding and I have never been to a more family restaurant than Pio’s!
3. Franco is located in Downtown St. Louis which serves classic country French cuisine. Although it appears to be extremely Fine Dining, they are surprisingly enough very family friendly. The ambiance is very elegant, the food rich and warm, the entire restaurant is so inviting from the moment you walk in to the servers who delightfully greet you at the door.
Their Menu is seasonal so it often changes. The best part is that they use local produce from the Soulard Market (the local St. Louis Farmers Market) for their meals so that you are receiving the best quality of local produce while showcasing the current harvests!
4. Five Bistro will simply blow you away. The name is inspired by the 5 senses because they want to create such a memorable environment that is pleasing to all of them. If you eat here once you will never forget it for as long as you live, I assure you.
The menu is also local, not only the produce but the meat from local farms which they butcher, prepare and cook on their own. It changes daily, so although you may always remember that one dish that made you feel Nirvana, you might never have it again. Which is what happened to the best steak I had ever had in my life and the little Strawberry foam cups that were a mix of science and dessert. Five Bistro is a little on the pricey side and is more for couples, but it will certainly leave you with an unforgettable evening that is well worth it.
5. Modesto Tapa’s Bar & Restaurant is one of the top Spanish Restaurants in St. Louis. With an extensive wines, cheeses and oils it brings the best Spanish ingredients to St. Louis and takes you on an amazing journey. The Menu is mostly in Spanish, with English explanations, so feel free to ask the waitor/waitress for help in ordering. The delightful thing about Tapas is that you can order lots of different little plates, like samplers, and have a lot of fun trying new things!
When we had visited one night with my tot (who was a very little guy then), many people kind of gave us a sideways look because it is more an elegant dining affair. However, the servers were incredible and offered us a special area away from the crowd and treated us so nicely, so don’t be afraid to call ahead of time and ask about reservations for your family.
6. The Rice House in Florissant, MO (St. Louis suburb) isn’t a sit down restaurant, but that doesn’t stop people from traveling from far away to get their Asian Fusion cuisine. From The Angry Bird Sandwich (which is extremely blazing hot!!) to the Happy Box, there are so many unique Asian foods that you can’t help but want to try everything.
The Rice House is very inexpensive for the amount of food they offer per dish, but it is certainly the taste that keeps my family going back in the afternoons!
7. Mizu Sushi Bar in Downtown St. Louis is my very most favorite Sushi Restaurant! The whole place is very open, from the seating to the overly large windows looking out onto the street. A great place to enjoy amazing sushi, great conversation and wind down. My husband took me here for my birthday one year and I ate so much (because it was so good) that I honestly felt like getting in the stroller and being wheeled out. Hands down the best Japanese Cuisine in St. Louis.
8. Pearl Cafe & Simply Thai in Florissant, MO (StL suburb) are “sister” restaurants and although they are both very quaint in size, they are also the most authentic in terms of traditional Thai dishes. I refuse to go to any other Thai restaurants than the sisters, to whom I have loved since moving back into the city. Their curry will send you into a spice filled heaven, cooled only by the refreshingly sweet Thai Iced Coffee and Teas that are like silk. I generally get their food in carry out so I can go home and put up my feet and lose myself in bliss.
9. The Fountain on Locust is the greatest place to bring family, friends and kids from out of town (or even your own family). From having the World’s Smallest Hot Fudge Sundae, Ice Cream Martini’s, the Candy Counter – even their bathrooms are amazing! It is actually the most photographed restaurant in St. Louis and one of my favorite go to spots for treats! (They have Ice Cream Martini’s!)
10. Hokkaido is my kids favorite place to go to eat for a lunch buffet. They have everything from sushi to pasta, steak and crab legs to taquitos. You can eat as much as you want without bursting open! Imagine eating as much Japanese food as you could possibly handle while still letting your kids eat the comfort foods they love! It has saved me time and again. You can check out their whole Menu online as well as look at all the delicious items available!
Those are my picks for the best restaurants, although I have only made the tiniest dent in feasting in St. Louis. There are so many incredible and amazing restaurants here for families, date nights and friends with an amazing display of different cuisines from across the world. Grab your family and have fun finding favorites and don’t forget to try something new!