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Saint Louis’ 10 Best Restaurants with a View

Best Restaurants with a View

Top 10 Scenic Restaurant Views in Saint Louis

St. Louis, MO/March 15, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Louis is a beautiful city, with a history that dates back to the late 1700s and a topography that includes rivers, valleys, bluffs, and cityscape.  With all of the visual diversity of the region, it’s not surprising to find a long list of great restaurants that offer scenic views of the city and the surrounding countryside.  Diners can enjoy a meal while enjoying the downtown skyline, overlooking beautiful parklands, or enjoying one of our many riverfronts.  The best restaurant views depend, to some extent, on what you want to see—city lights, nature’s glory, quaint and historic architecture, etc.

In order to find the best options for a meal with a view, we turned to customer reviews.  We wanted to know which restaurants offered the best combination of delicious food, good service, pleasant ambiance, and a one-of-a-kind view.  And while many of the restaurants on our list have terrific patios and decks, we also required that the view had to be available all year long—whether from terrific picture windows (like Panorama) or a heated patio (like Vin de Set).  That excluded a whole list of terrific restaurants with scenic patios, but no way to enjoy the view during colder weather. (Don’t worry, as it warms up, we’ll write more about those great al fresco views too.)

What we found was that St. Louis diners like a view with their meal.  Even when the weather is less than inviting for outdoor dining, there are still some amazing views to be enjoyed while dining on a great meal.  It’s not surprising that Three Sixty at the Ballpark Hilton topped our list.  This swanky indoor and outdoor rooftop restaurant and bar offers 360-degree views of downtown St. Louis, including a nice view into Busch Stadium.  The spectacular views, extensive wine, beer, and cocktail selection, as well as a delicious assortment of snacks, salads, and small plates combine to make this a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Chef Rex Hale’s approach to bar food elevates his small plate offerings to new heights.  His menu offers inventive takes on sliders, fish tacos, burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and more.  The views are breathtaking, even during winter, making this downtown favorite a rooftop dining destination.

There are a lot of great views among the top ten—from the Arch to Forest Park, and beyond. Don’t take our word for it. Here’s a look at the full list of St. Louis diners’ favorite restaurants offering scenic views:

1. Three Sixty at the Ballpark Hilton (4.12 stars/782 reviews) Downtown, 1 South Broadway, Saint Louis, Missouri, (314) 241-8439.
2. Grafton Oyster Bar (4.10 stars/70 reviews) Great River Road, 215 West Water Street, Grafton, IL 62037, (618) 786-3000.
3. Cielo Restaurant at the Four Seasons St. Louis (4.01 stars/458 reviews) Downtown, 999 North 2nd Street, Saint Louis, Missouri 63102, (314) 881-5759.
4. Panorama at the Saint Louis Art Museum (4.00 stars/124 reviews) Forest Park, 1 Fine Arts Drive, Saint Louis, Missouri 63110, (314) 655-5490.
5. India Palace (3.99 stars/261 reviews) Bridgeton, 4534 North Lindbergh Blvd, 11th Floor, Saint Louis, Missouri 63044, (314) 731-3333.
6. Vin de Set (3.98/527 reviews) Lafayette Square, 2017 Chouteau Ave, Saint Louis, Missouri 63103, (314) 241-8989.
7. Kemoll’s Italian Restaurant (3.90 stars/358 reviews) Downtown, 211 North Broadway, Saint Louis, Missouri, (314) 421-0555.
8. The Loading Dock (3.93 stars/245 reviews) Great River Road, 401 East Front Street, Grafton, IL 62037, (618) 786-3494.
9. Bixby’s (3.93 stars/183 reviews) MO History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, Saint Louis, Missouri 63112, (314) 361-7313.
10. Eclipse STL (3.86 stars/251 reviews) The Loop, 6177 Delmar, University City, Saint Louis, Missouri 63112, (314) 726-2222.

As generally happens when we assemble a top 10 list, there isn’t enough room to share all of the noteworthy restaurants we found to be customer favorites.  So we give them Honorable Mentions.  These two restaurants offer views that are as spectacular as they are unique.  Both are open year round with great views from inside, but they also have outdoor seating that makes them super popular during warmer weather.

Cardinals Nation (3.81 stars/272 reviews) Ballpark Village, 601 Clark Street, Ste. 102, Saint Louis, Missouri 63102, (314) 345-9880.
Boathouse at Forest Park (3.41 stars/566 reviews) Forest Park, 6101 Government Drive, Saint Louis, Missouri 63110, (314) 367-2224.

Five #1s from St. Louis’ Restaurant Top 10s

Five #1s from St. Louis’ Restaurant Top 10s

Spotlighting the Best of St. Louis’ Restaurant Top 10s

St. Louis, MO/March 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – A look at the top of the restaurant top ten lists reveals a glimpse of the vast variety of restaurant styles, cuisines, and atmospheres offered across the St. Louis area.  It reveals a little of the fickle nature of St. Louis diners, and the ever-changing landscape of the restaurant industry itself.

This week, we’re highlighting five restaurants that sit atop their respective top ten list.  Sometimes restaurants featured here are so well-loved, they occupy the number one spot in multiple top 10 lists.  That is certainly the case with the first category this week.  Broadway Oyster Bar, our #1 Happy Hour destination is also St. Louis’ favorite seafood restaurant, and they’re tops for Cajun/Creole cuisine too.  But they’re not the only terrific restaurant we’re highlighting this week.  All five on this week’s best of the top 10s list are worth your attention.

HAPPY HOUR

Broadway Oyster Bar (4.51 stars/1926 reviews) Downtown, 736 South Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102, (314) 621-8811.  This downtown favorite specializes in award winning seafood and cajun/creole cuisine, along with live music every night.  The rustic charm of the 170 year old building, combined with amazing food, a patio made for partying, and killer cocktails.  If the original Hurricane, the Creole Mary, or the Sazarac don’t lure you in from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, the beer, wine and app specials (think oysters 10+ ways) surely will.

CHINESE

Lona’s Lil Eats (4.64 stars/370 reviews) Fox Park, 2199 California Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 899-5582.  This is the home of the “giant rice paper wrap.”  This quaint south city eatery specializes in fresh Asian cuisine with a soul-food flare.  St. Louis diners may tag them as the best Chinese Restaurant in the city, but they’re also highly rated as a fusion food and vegetarian destination.  This is small town Chinese cuisine with a focus on fresh food.  Think spicy cucumber salad, kebobs, Thai spring rolls, and those amazing giant rice paper wraps.

SPORTS BAR

Amsterdam Tavern (4.45 stars/80 reviews) Tower Grove South, 3175 Morganford Road, Saint Louis, MO 63116, (314) 772-8224.  Everyone has their favorite sports bar, just as everyone has their favorite team.  And St. Louis is such a great sports city, so it’s not surprising that we have a lot of great sports bars.  According to customer reviews, Amsterdam Tavern is a as good as it gets.  If you needed any proof that St. Louis love soccer, this bar’s #1 status is it.  AT is a European-style soccer fans’ sports bar, offering craft beer, artisan cocktails, and a beer garden.  The focus here is on soccer and suds, so you’ll have to get your food next door at the Dam.
RESTAURANT WITH A VIEW

Three Sixty at the Ballpark Hilton (4.12 stars/782 reviews) Downtown, 1 South Broadway, Saint Louis, Missouri 63102, (314) 241-8439.  If you want to show off the St. Louis skyline, short of the top of the Arch, it just doesn’t get any better than Three Sixty.  As the name suggests, this restaurant atop the Ballpark Hilton offers 360-degree views of downtown from both the indoor dining area, and the outdoor rooftop bar.  You can even get a good look into Busch Stadium.  The view may draw you to this lofty eatery, but the terrific small plate menu and extensive wine, beer and cocktail selection will keep you there.

LADIES’ LUNCH VENUE

Zodiac at Neiman Marcus (4.5 stars/31 reviews) 100 Plaza Frontenac, Saint Louis, MO 63131, (314) 994-5050.  With all of the tea rooms, boutique restaurants, and tasting specialty shops in St. Louis, one thing is very clear: good ladies’ lunch venues must offer more than just a nice meal.  Most of them include shopping in some form or other.  That’s certainly true at the highest rated ladies’ lunch venue.  Zodiac is on the upper level of Neiman Marcus at the posh Plaza Frontenac.  This Neiman Marcus branded restaurant offers upscale light dining in a tony, elegant dining room, or lovely umbrella-shaded outdoor patio.  Customers rave over the polished service and exceptional food choices like their famous Mandarin Orange Soufflé.