Views of the Arch, Downtown Put Kemoll’s on OpenTable’s Scenic Restaurant List
St. Louis, MO/August 5, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – There’s no doubt St. Louis is a beautiful city, with towering skyscrapers, acres of majestic parkland, breathtaking river vistas, and of course, the magnificent Gateway Arch. There is a lot to do and see here. There are also some terrific places to eat, and few combine sightseeing with dining. In March, we shared a customer review-based Top 10 list of St. Louis restaurants with a view. Now, one of those restaurants, Kemoll’s Italian Restaurant, has been named to OpenTable’s 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America for 2017. According to Opentable, the list is based on an analysis of more than 10-million reviews submitted by verified diners of more than 25,000 restaurants from coast to coast.
According to OpenTable, the restaurants making their top 100 list all offer awe-inspiring views of nature, cityscapes, and travel-worthy landmarks. Kemoll’s position at the top of One Metropolitan Square, 211 North Broadway, in the heart of downtown St. Louis means it offers all three. From the windows on the 40th floor, diners can take in stunning views of the downtown skyline, watch the mighty Mississippi River churn by, and the Arch is so close, it feels like you could reach out and touch it. In the daytime, you can watch the riverboats and barges lugging their loads up and down the river, and gaze off into the Illinois countryside. To the west, you’ll find spectacular sunset views and watch as the city lights begin to sparkle at twilight. Kemoll’s offers 360-degrees of breathtaking views.
Kemoll’s is open for lunch Monday – Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Diners can enjoy a nice selection of soups (including Italian wedding soup), salads, and sandwiches like a tenderloin burger (mixed with caramelized onions and peppers); Italian roast beef on cheese bread (named for the late Cardinal’s minor league manager George Silvey); and hot paninis. There are also kebabs, pastas, and entrees like Chicken Marsala, Grilled Salmon, and Toasted Ravioli. Kemoll’s is open for dinner Monday – Saturday starting at 5:00 p.m. The early evening prix fixe dinner menu (5–6:00 p.m.) includes salad, cheese bread, and chef’s choice dessert with several entree choices including Beef Tenderloin au Poivre, Chicken Parmesan, and Cannelloni or Manicotti alla Toscana. After 6:00 p.m, dinner at Kemolls is a multi-course affair that is meant to be savored. Start with antipasti like fried artichoke hearts or broiled oysters a la Gaetana. Then enjoy a fresh, crispy insalata. Entree offerings include fish, chicken, beef, and veal. There’s also a tempting selection of pastas and risottos, like the Beef Tenderloin Risotto (pan-seared tenderloin tips and asparagus spears sautéed in Merlot demi-glace and served over wild mushroom risotto with pancetta). Finish your meal with an espresso and dolci, all the while taking in the incredible views of St. Louis. One look out the window, and it’s not hard to see how Kemoll’s made the list. No matter when you plan to visit, you will need a reservation.
Two other Missouri restaurants also made OpenTable’s 100 Most Scenic Restaurants list. Both are in St. Louis’ weekend playground, Lake Ozark, Missouri. JB Hooks (2260 Bagnell Dam Blvd) is right on the water. This upscale eatery is known for great steak and seafood alongside creative cocktails, and those spectacular views of the lake. Nearby is Baxter’s Lakeside Grille (2124 Bagnell Dam Blvd), where you find more great lake views from the panoramic windows and waterside dining on the wraparound deck. Baxters offers classic American fare and a great bar in an upscale, but relaxed atmosphere. Great destination restaurants when you’re planning a trip to the lake.
We already knew St. Louis diners had lots of great options for terrific food, beautiful surroundings, and top-notch service. Kemoll’s has always been on the short list (especially if you’re dining to impress), and now they’re on OpenTable’s list of the 100 most scenic restaurants in America for 2017. It’s an honor that’s well deserved.