Show your partner (or love interest) that you care about them. The Staff at EAT Saint Louis Food Tours has a public service announcement for you: “It’s ok to show you care when it’s not Valentine’s Day!” Luckily, St. Louis has no shortage of restaurants that not only have amazing food, but their interiors are also carefully crafted to evoke emotion and exude the same passion that goes into their food. We worked hard to compile this list for you, so, go check out some of our favorites…you will be glad you did!
Bar Les Freres
From the rich colors, to the glinting chandeliers and the beautifully appointed bar, Bar Les delivers an elegant (perhaps even decadent) experience. The classic French cuisine lives up to the ambiance surrounding it– gruyere soufflé, roasted beets with chèvre cream and toasted pistachios, almond encrusted trout with citrus butter and haricots verts, and chocolate Grand Marnier mousse and more.
7637 Wydown Blvd. | 314-725-8880 | barlesfreres.net
This place packs a grand entrance– the eye-popping green couch, the stunning approach to the long bar, the low light and leather. It’s vibey, modern, classy. Menu items include red curried mussels (with coconut milk, carrot, lemon-grass, ginger, cilantro slaw, grilled bread), smoked tomato soup (stilton cheese, scallion, bacon lardon), Berkshire pork shank (tequila braise, red mole risotto, queso fresco, anaheim, and cilantro). Happy hour M-F 5:00-6:00pm.
7036 Clayton Ave | 314-932-7818 | boundary-stl.com
Brought to you by the team that also gave us Bar Les Freres, I Fratellini has a playful feel that might best be described as “upscale bistro”– exposed brick walls, dramatic light fixtures, sparkling wine glasses, and grand scale mirrors. It’s a delight for the eyes. And then there’s the menu. It’s hard not to gush about it. The antipasto alone is a treat. Burrata Agrodolce (with warm radicchio, balsamic vinegar, pine nuts, golden raisins, and grilled bruschetta), grilled prosciutto-wrapped Belgian endive stuffed with mozzarella, steamed mussels in a spicy tomato broth with ‘nduju and fennel pollen. We haven’t even gotten to the Pasta or Piatti del Giorno!
7624 Wydown Blvd. | 314-727-7901 | ifratellini.com
The Benevolent King
The Benevolent King is Ben Poremba’s newest creation. This Moroccan-inspired restaurant focuses on small plates and exquisite cocktails in a unique and lively environment. You won’t find the menu online, so head in ready for an adventure in big flavors and delicious surprises.
7268 Manchester Rd. | 314-899-0440 | thebenevolentking.com
Sidney Street Café
This beautiful James Beard Award-winning restaurant is home to outstanding service and flawless execution. Thoughtful, decadent dishes grace the menu at Sidney Street: Filet Béarnaise (stuffed with lobster, herbed pomme purée, and sauce béarnaise), Smoked Sweetbreads (with pear chutney, Indian fried bread, and an herb salad), house made charcuterie, and so much more. Sidney Street is a sure bet.
2000 Sidney St. | 314-771-5777 | sidneystreetcafestl.com
Elmwood has made a quite splash since opening last year in Maplewood. Its clean-lined modern elegance and creative menu have earned it a place on many “favorites” lists. At Elmwood you’ll find dishes bursting with flavor: slow-roasted five-spice short ribs with mustard greens and daikon, sweet potato baba ghanoush with pomegranate and mint, for dessert—roasted local apple with maple, ember caramel, and vanilla ice cream. The drink menu is excellent to boot!
2704 Sutton Blvd. | 314-261-4708 | elmwoodstl.com