Neighborhood Dining Guide: Best Eats in St. Louis, MO

June 8, 2018 0 0

If you’re looking for a neighborhood dining guide, and some of the best eats in St. Louis, you’ve come to the right place. Rather than list all the great eateries in the city though, it’s easier to break things down by area. Among the many fantastic STL hotspots to stop at are The Hill, home to nationally renowned Italian food at Charlie Gitto’s, Dominic’s, Lorenzo’s Trattoria and more; Clayton, which includes great upscale options like 801 Chophouse, Sardella and The Crossing; and Tower Grove, where you can find excellent casual fare at Guerrilla Street Food, The Shaved Duck and Eat Sandwiches. We hope you’re hungry. There’s no shortage of food to choose from on our neighborhood dining guide to the best eats in St. Louis.



Central West End

The neighborhood combines of both upscale and affordable dining within just a few blocks. Brasserie and Retreat Gastropub cater to an upscale crowd. Pi and Mission Taco are always great options. Thai 202, Taste of Lebanon and Blk Mkt Eats serve low-key, quality Asian fare. Shake Shack is just the latest addition to the neighborhood.

The Hill

Head to The Hill if you like Italian food. It has you covered, with both upscale and laid-back restaurants like Charlie Gitto’s, Dominic’s, Lorenzo’s Trattoria and Zia’s. Anthonino’s Taverna fuses Italian and Greek culinary traditions. Gioia’s Deli is great for lunch, and Mama Toscano’s offers delicious toasted ravs – both a must on any neighborhood dining guide to St. Louis.


Clayton is home to many of the area’s finest dining. On a nice night out, you’ll want to try the steaks at 801 Chophouse or the seafood at 801 Fish. Sardella offers tremendous Italian cuisine, while The Crossing fuses French and Italian tastes. Bar Les Freres is ideal for a romantic evening. Pastaria and Sauce On The Side are popular, less pricey, options.

South Grand

It’s just a short stretch of the city, but South Grand packs quite a punch. Choose from cuisines from around the world for a lunch or dinner. The King & I and Pho Grand have excellent Thai and Vietnamese fare, respectively. Meskerem serves some of the best Ethiopian food in the city. Mangia Italiano is a great place for pasta, and Gelateria del Leone offers great coffee and gelato. Don’t miss The Vine either, where you can dine on Mediterranean delights for next to nothing.

The Loop

There aren’t as many upscale dining options here, but there are great options for dining. The Delmar Loop boasts more than its share of quality fare, from the barbecue at Salt + Smoke to Middle Eastern food at Ranoush, from the pub fare at Three Kings to the tacos at both Mission Taco and Seoul Taco. Don’t miss The Melting Pot if you’re in the mood for fondue either.

The Grove

In a small area, but The Grove is home to several great places to eat. Sameem provides outstanding Afghan food. Everest Cafe & Bar features Nepalese, Korean and Indian cuisines. At Urban Chestnut, you can combine some excellent sandwiches and German-influenced food with terrific beer. Confluence Kombucha serves a variety of fresh small plates, while The Gramophone offers tasty sandwiches. And Layla’s burgers and shakes are first rate.

Tower Grove

Tower Grove offers plenty of excellent eateries. Guerrilla Street Food’s casual Filipino fare is some of the tastiest in St. Louis. The Shaved Duck’s Smokehouse Specialities are delicious. The aptly-named Eat Sandwiches is great for lunch and Three Monkeys is a solid bar and grill.

Cherokee Street

The restaurants on Cherokee Street combine longstanding and delicious Mexican restaurants with new and exciting options. Try traditional tacos at Taqueria El Bronco or Tower Taco or the Asian-Mexican fusion food at Kalbi Taco Shack. Vista Ramen is a key part of the food scene here. Not that hungry? The Mud House serves tasty coffee and more.


Don’t sleep on downtown. The food options are probably not as heralded as in other neighborhoods, but there are great dining available. Rooster and Pi both have locations here — great spots for brunch or pizza, respectively. Medina Mediterranean Grill has delicious but inexpensive dishes, and Bailey’s Range serves delicious, gourmet burgers. Broadway Oyster Bar serves cajun food in a fun atmosphere


When in Maplewood, don’t skip the comfort food at The Blue Duck or the pub fare at The Muddled Pig. Tapped combines an innovative beer and wine tap concept with quality pizza. If you’d rather, Schlafly Bottleworks offers a similar beer and food option.


No need to feel stuck when it’s time to eat. Go deeper into St. Louis neighborhood dining guides, and some of the best eats in STL here:

St. Louis Magazine — Neighborhood Restaurant Recommendations

Explore St. Louis — Dining & Nightlife

Explore St. Louis — Neighborhoods

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Ben Szanton

A Boston native, contributing editor Ben Szanton has embraced St. Louis but is still learning more about his new city by the day. A young entrepreneur and exercise enthusiast, he's always happy to share the new song he can't stop listening to or taco place he just discovered. He covers a wide range of St. Louis topics for SELECT.

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