There are many reasons to visit downtown St Louis. The Gateway Arch, Busch Stadium, and Ballpark Village draw in hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Downtown is also a good place to go when you're looking for a restaurant. Whether you want steaks or Italian, traditional American cuisine or sushi, you'll find a place for just about every taste in downtown St. Louis.
Lucas Park Grille is a popular restaurant on Washington Avenue that's open for lunch and dinner. The lunch menu is casual with a variety of soups, salads, and sandwiches. The dinner menu includes heartier entrees like pork chops, chicken and beef tenderloin. There is also a large wine list with 300+ bottles.
Bridge Tap House is a fun place for beer lovers. There are more than 50 brews on tap, plus another 150 bottled varieties. Those who prefer wine can select from a list of more than 100 bottles. Enjoy your drinks with a cheese board, duck tacos or mushroom pad thai from the eclectic and ever-changing menu.
The Schlafly Tap Room is another great spot for those who enjoy a beer with their meal. The Tap Room combines high-quality pub food like crab cakes, steamed mussels, and schnitzel with Schlafly's signature beers. You'll find brews like Pale Ale and Oatmeal Stout on the menu any time of the year, or for a special treat try a specialty or seasonal beer.
Charlie Gitto's Downtown
Charlie Gitto's has been serving up casual Italian fare in downtown St. Louis for more than three decades. The restaurant's menu is filled with traditional favorites like spaghetti bolognese, fettuccine alfredo, and lasagna. The Gitto's salad paired with toasted ravioli also makes a great meal. Charlie Gitto's central location near Busch Stadium makes it a good choice before a Cardinals game.
The Broadway Oyster Bar is a little taste of New Orleans in downtown St. Louis. The restaurant's a great place for drinks and local live music, but you'll also find tasty Cajun-Creole dishes like red beans & rice, crawfish and jambalaya. When the weather's nice, check out the outdoor seating on the patio.
Want a steak during your visit downtown? There's no better place than Ruth's Chris Steak House. The restaurant is known for its signature steaks for any appetite from the petite filet to the porterhouse for two. Ruth's Chris also serves specialty entrees like lamb chops, shrimp, and lobster.
Wasabi Sushi Bar
Sushi lovers can find what they're looking for at Wasabi. The restaurant on Washington Avenue offers a wide variety of sushi and other Japanese cuisines. Try the shrimp tempura appetizer, then dig into the California or spicy tuna rolls. Reservations are recommended.
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Pi Pizzeria serves up some of St. Louis' best pizza. The downtown location has pizzas with Pi's thin crust and its famous cornmeal deep dish crust. You can create your own pie, or try one of the locally-themed pizzas like the Delmar which features roasted chicken, cheese, and Pappy's bar-b-que sauce. Pi Pizzeria also has a good selection of appetizers, salads, and a full drink menu.
Rooster is a top choice for many St. Louisans for breakfast and brunch. The cafe's menu includes crepes, french toast and a variety of egg dishes. Another popular option is the Rooster Slinger, a hearty meal of andouille sausage, breakfast potatoes, fried eggs and sausage gravy over thick-cut toast.
You can't really do a list of downtown St. Louis restaurants without including Tony's. When it comes to fine dining in St. Louis, no one does it better than Tony's. The restaurant is known for its incredible service, delicious Italian food, and extensive wine list. When you dine at Tony's, you can expect a meal made from the finest ingredients available. Whether it's the linguine with lobster and shrimp, filet mignon or prime rack of lamb, a meal at Tony's is a meal you will remember.
Kemoll's offers some of the best views while dining downtown. The popular Italian restaurant is located on the 42nd floor of the Metropolitan Square Building. That provides diners with a 360-degree view of the Gateway Arch and St. Louis Riverfront. Kemoll's is also known for serving traditional Italian fare like chicken piccata, veal parmesan and linguine monte mare.