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Kemoll’s is One of OpenTable’s 100 Most Scenic Restaurants

Kemoll’s is One of OpenTable’s 100 Most Scenic Restaurants

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.

Vin de Set is listed on the 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America

Vin de Set is listed on the 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America

ST. LOUIS, MO/June 7, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Vin de Set – OpenTable is the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations.  Today, OpenTable unveiled the 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America for 2017.  These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 10 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 25,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Showcasing winners in major metropolitan areas as well as resort towns, the complete list features restaurants in 17 states, and includes Miro’s Restaurant in Palm Springs, Latitudes on Sunset Key in Key West, and El Chorro in Phoenix.  California boasts 29 winning restaurants, followed by Florida with 28, and Arizona with 22.  Hawaii has four standout restaurants, while South Carolina has three, and Nevada and Virginia have two.  Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Mexico, and Washington, D.C. are also represented.  While many of the winning restaurants serve American fare, other cuisines proved popular, particularly Italian, Mediterranean, and seafood.

“This year’s list of winners features eateries nestled in nature, many of which offer waterside dining experiences that can make you feel as though you’re traveling even if you’re close to home,” said Caroline Potter, OpenTable’s Chief Dining Officer. “The popularity of these restaurants speaks to diners’ desire for their culinary adventures to also include picturesque views, garden patios, urban vistas and overall just a bit of nature and open-air.”

The 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America list is generated solely from more than 10 million verified OpenTable diner reviews collected between May 1, 2016 and April 30, 2017.  All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration.  Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of reviews for which “great for outdoor dining” was selected as a special feature.

Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America for 2017 according to OpenTable diners.

Vin de Set is the only restaurant in Missouri to make this prestigious list.  STLRestaurant.News would like to congratulate Vin de Set on this impressive accomplishment.  It is a prestigious list that any restaurateur would be proud to be listed on.

Vin de Set is located at 2017 Chouteau Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103 – Phone: (314) 241-8989.

The complete list may also be viewed at https://www.opentable.com/m/best-alfresco-dining-restaurants-in-america.

St. Louis Diners Choose Their OpenTable Favorites

St. Louis Diners Choose Their OpenTable Favorites

OpenTable Releases 2017 St. Louis Diner’s Choice List – OpenTable Favorites

St. Louis, MO/March 1, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) OpenTable Favorites — As lovers of great food know, St. Louis is full of terrific culinary experiences.  We have everything from great take out and sidewalk cafés to artisan food crafters and fine dining destinations.  It is a culinary scene that is as delicious as it is dynamic.  Just as some restaurants seem to vanish, new ones are constantly taking their places.  We, the dining public, have fickle taste too.  Sometimes we want the newest edible in town.  Sometimes we want our old favorite haunts.  Whatever we’re craving on any given day, we want a great meal experience.  And St. Louis restaurants deliver!

Each year OpenTable, the San Francisco-based online reservation service, publishes their Diners’ Choice list to recognize restaurants their users found to be most excellent.  The list is unique because it’s based only on diners who’ve used the site to make reservations to eat at the restaurants they’ve rated.  The 2017 list was just released, and there have been some big changes in diner’s favorites since last year.  Not surprisingly, a St. Louis classic tops the list, but there are some relatively new faces too.  Here are St. Louis’ 2017 OpenTable Diners’ Choice winners:

1. Tony’s, downtown, 410 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63102, (314) 231-7007.  This is one of St. Louis’ most acclaimed restaurants and a St. Louis landmark.  It features executive chef Vincent P. Bommarito’s award-winning signature menu, along with exemplary service and ambiance for more than 40 years.  Tony’s has been recognized year after year with the AAA Four-Diamond Award and the Forbes (formerly Mobil) Four-Star Award, among others.

2. Anthony’s Bar, downtown, 10 South Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102, (314) 231-7007.  Owned by the venerable Tony’s restaurant around the corner, Anthony’s Bar shares its kitchen and its philosophy of providing guests with an incomparable dining experience.  This more casual venue is a weekday power lunch hot spot, a favorite stop for Cardinal’s fans before a game, and a relaxed, but impeccable dinner choice.

3. Napoli 2, West County, 1054 Town & Country Crossing, Town and Country, MO 63017, (636) 256-9998.  This classic Italian restaurant in the heart of Town and Country specializes in fresh fish, meat, and pasta that’s handmade in house daily.  They are always on the short list of best Italian restaurants in St. Louis.

4. The Crossing, Clayton, 7823 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105, (314) 721-7375.  This fine dining establishment features “farm to table” food sourced from local farmer in Missouri and Illinois.  Owner/Executive Chef Jim Fiala has created a series of delicious tasting menus that are a combination of classic French and Italian influences.

5. Annie Gunn’s, Chesterfield, 16806 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005, (636) 532-7684.  This St. Louis classic has been a long-time favorite.  Housed in the unpretentious structure of the historic Smokehouse Market, Annie Gunn’s focuses on “Foods and wines inspired by the richness of country life.”  Chef Lou Rook, III creates irresistible, sophisticated cuisine influenced by the rhythm of the seasons.  They boast an award-winning wine list too.

6. Elaia, Shaw, 1634 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110, (314) 932-1088. Don’t try booking a table on the day you want to eat there.  It takes a week or more to get reservations at this upscale, Modern European style restaurant.  Elaia showcases original and global cuisine with a nuanced approach to fine dining: creating a rare and delicate combination of elegance and rustic charm.  Their unique and extensive wine program is nationally recognized too.

7. The Ritz-Carlton Grill, Clayton, 100 Carondelet Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63105, (314) 863-6300 ext. 433.  One of the best hotels in town also happens to have one of St. Louis’ favorite restaurants.  One of the secrets is the same attention to detail and service that the hotel is known for.  The Grill pairs traditional elegance with a more relaxed, contemporary flair.  Enjoy rare wines from every continent or craft beers from around the corner as you indulge in seasonally-inspired cuisine.

8. Sapore Italian Cafe, Kirkwood, 451 South Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122, (314) 909-7575.  Sapore means flavor in Italian, and this classic restaurant delivers.  They offer classic Italian dishes made with the freshest local and seasonal ingredients.  Executive Chef and owner Paul Buzzetta says he had the best school of teaching, his nonna Elena and mother Lia.  They taught him the most important rule to good food: “use simple ingredients and the food will speak for itself.”

9. The Tavern Kitchen & Bar West, Valley Park, 2961 Dougherty Ferry Road, Suite 101, St. Louis, MO 63122, (636) 825-0600.  This is American fine dining in a well-appointed space, relaxed with the decorative use of reclaimed wood, and an open kitchen. There’s something pretty wonderful about hearing your steak sizzle on the grill.  They offer exquisite comfort food made with familiar flavors that have been artfully and deliciously reinvented.

10. Addie’s Thai House, Chesterfield Plaza, 13441 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63017, (314) 469-1660.  This is a distinctive, full service restaurant that offers authentic Thai cuisine at moderate prices in an elegant setting.  Don’t let the simplicity of the concept fool you though.  It can take a week or more to get a reservation for this fabulous Asian restaurant.

Leaving it to the Diners – St. Louis’ Top 10 People’s Choice

St. Louis’ Top 10 People’s Choice Neighborhood Restaurants

ST LOUIS, MO/December 28, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) We always hear a lot about what the food critics say about which restaurants we should frequent but what about the diners themselves?  After all, isn’t that who really matters in the end?

OpenTable, the San Francisco-based online restaurant reservation service thinks so.  Their website evaluates 400,000 new diner reviews every month to find the best overall restaurants around the world.  In a recent article they ranked the top ten neighborhood restaurants chosen by local diners.

St. Louis’ Diners Top 10 Favorite Neighborhood Restaurants:

1. Candicci’s Restaurant & Bar in Ballwin
2. Frazer’s Restaurant & Lounge in Soulard/Benton Park
3. Demun Oyster Bar in Clayton
4. Tavolo V in The Loop
5. Yemanja Brasil in Soulard/Benton Park
6. Vito’s Sicilian Pizzeria & Ristorante in Grand Center
7. Atlas Restaurant in the Central West End
8. 612 Kitchen & Cocktails in Kirkwood
9. Herbie’s Restaurant in the Central West End
10. Bar Italia Ristorante in the Central West End

Candicci’s Restaurant & Bar, came in at #1 is known for their fine Italian cuisine, which got more than a few fabulous compliments from customers in numerous OpenTable website reviews.  Frazer’s Restaurant & Lounge took the #2 spot.  They serve cuisine driven by palates all over the world.  French, Moroccan, Italian, Mexican and Cajun are just a few of those different cultural flavors.


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OpenTable Releases List

OpenTable Releases List

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) OpenTable Releases List: they are the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 19 million diners per month through online bookings among more than 37,000 restaurants.  The San Francisco-based online restaurant reservation service, recently released a brand new list of top 10 restaurants fit for foodies in the area, and St. Louis continues to flourish as a bona fide foodie city.

Last year, St. Louis made NerdWallet’s list of the “Best Cities for Foodies,” as well as, WalletHub’s list of the “Best and Worst Foodie Cities for Your Wallet.” On that list, they ranked No. 21 out of 150.  This month’s OpenTable restaurants fit for foodies current No.1 spot goes to Five Bistro, located at 5100 Daggett Ave.  That’s exciting news for the restaurant and for diners of the popular Bistro.

Below is a list of the other awesome fit for foodie restaurants in order.  Only one is located outside St. Louis but still in Missouri, and that’s 44 Stone Public House in Columbia.  It came in at No. 2 on the list.

  1. Five Bistro- 5100 Daggett Ave.
  2. 44 Stone Public House- 3910 Peachtree Dr., Columbia, MO.
  3. Publico- 6679 Delmar Blvd.
  4. Elaia-1634 Tower Grove.
  5. Acero- 7266 Manchester Rd.
  6. Parigi- 8025 Bonhomme Ave.
  7. Three Flags Tavern- 4940 Southwest Ave.
  8. Juniper- 360 N Boyle Ave.
  9. Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria- 9568 Manchester Rd.
  10. The Tavern Kitchen and Bar- 392 N Euclid Ave.


St. Louis’ Best Overall Restaurants

St. Louis’ Best Overall Restaurants

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – OpenTable, the San Francisco-based online restaurant reservation service, recently released a brand new list of St. Louis’ best restaurants.  The website evaluates 400,000 new diner reviews every month to find the best overall restaurants around the world.  On this most recent release, there were a few changes from their previous ranking released in January.  Dropped from the prior list are India’s Rasoi, Tony’s On Main, and Porter’s Steakhouse.

However, look for some new additions.  Taking over the No. 1 spot this is Napoli 2, located at 1054 Town and Country Crossing Dr. Offering classic Italian cuisine, handmade pasta, and specializing in fresh fish, makes them a favorite.  Rounding out the list in order is Tony’s Restaurant, on Market St., Anthony’s Bar at 10 S. Broadway, owned by the Bommarito family, which also owns Tony’s Restaurant, right next door. The Crossing restaurant, at 7823 Forsythe Blvd., is still said to be considered the best restaurant in Clayton.

For the best sushi in town, Wasabi Sushi Bar on 1650 Beale St. in St. Charles makes the list.  Zodiac at Neiman Marcus, which offers a contemporary American menu, continues to sparkle with 4.8 stars on OpenTable.  Of course, Annie Gunn’s, located at 16806 Chesterfield Airport Rd, also ranks up there with the best. Add on the posh steakhouse, J Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood, at West County Center, The Melting Pot, the king of fondue restaurants coming in with 4.6 stars, rounded out by Spiro’s Restaurant in Chesterfield, always offering great food with a friendly smile.

Contributing Editor: Kara Savio – FacebookYouTube

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