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Here, we provide a list of famous restaurants and diners in the St. Louis metro area. Use this guide to satisfy your taste buds when either visiting or living in St. Louis.

Recommended Restaurants in St. Louis
410 Market St
Saint Louis, MO 63102

Description: The waiters refold your napkin when you go to the bathroom, brush the crumbs from your place after you eat your bread, and will even bring you a shawl if you look cold. They even call you by your name at Tony's. The dining room has elegant glass partitions that create private rooms without limiting your view of the surroundings. Italian statues and vases of flowers balance on pedestals. Entrees consist mainly of beef, chicken and veal dishes, with some seafood. Pasta and risotto specials change often. Even the salads are more than just lettuce, including ingredients such as baby asparagus and endive.

Giovanni's on the Hill
5201 Shaw Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63110

Description: As the valet opens the door for you and takes your keys, you'll find yourself surrounded with charm and elegance. Soft music drifts through the air as tuxedoed waiters hurry from the kitchen and bar to your table. Alcoves house both large and small tables of families, couples on dates and groups of older people. A wall of family photos makes it clear that this is a family business -- the chef is the owner's son. The menu consists mostly of Italian dishes such as risotto and pasta, as well as veal and lamb.

Sidney Street Café
2000 Sidney St
Saint Louis, MO 63104

Description: Sidney Street Cafe is consistently voted one of the top restaurants in town. The menu is more of a presentation than a reading exercise -- the list of entrees and appetizers comes on a small chalkboard and each item is described to you in detail by your server, who usually has helpful suggestions. The cuisine is continental or contemporary American, and while there are always certain staples like steak wasabi, Tuscan sea bass and Asian salmon, some offerings change nightly.

Trattoria Marcella
3600 Watson Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63109

Description: St. Louis is blessed with a fine variety of Italian restaurants, from high-end elegant to storefront casual. Many of these are located in the traditionally Italian section of South St. Louis called The Hill. However, one of the city's most popular Italian eateries is just south of The Hill on Watson Road. Trattoria Marcella is a favorite among both locals and out-of-towners seeking to sample St. Louis Italian cuisine. The place is often packed, and reservations are very highly recommended, particularly on weekend evenings.

Eleven Eleven Mississippi
1111 Mississippi Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63104

Description: This wine country bistro is ideal for a relaxing meal in a comfortable atmosphere. It has an industrial-loft-meets-ski-lodge feel, complete with a natural wood and exposed brick interior. A loft overlooking the restaurant is home to a comfy red couch, a selection of easy chairs, and a warm fire to cozy up to while waiting for your table or while sipping on a drink after dinner.

King Louie's
3800 Chouteau Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63110

Description: The restaurant sits in the middle of what used to be known as Billy Goat Hill. There's not much around this industrial area, so don't go for the neighborhood scenery. You won't find a view, but the interior is a different story. Remodeled in the spring of 2001, the restaurant's cozy ambiance is made even warmer with touches like velvet curtains. The "Market Menu" changes nightly, but signature dishes include spicy bouillabaisse with pearl couscous, flash-fried artichoke salad and grilled gulf white shrimp with spicy ginger glaze.

7401 Manchester Road
St. Louis, MO 64143

Description: Boasting an elegant dining room with silk ceiling draperies, sculpted chandeliers and a tastefully eclectic wall mural, cozy bistro and lounge areas, an art gallery, a 3,000-bottle wine cellar and private tasting room and a banquet room, dinner here is a dizzying adventure. And with an enormous, state-of-the-art kitchen where executive chef Brian Hale, whose resume includes Al Bakers, Harry's Downtown and Sqwires, whips up dishes like shiitake and shrimp dumplings in plum broth and trout with blue crab and hazelnut stuffing, you might feel like you've undergone your own, amazingly delicious, metamorphosis.

1059 Big Bend Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63117

Description: Executive Chef Stephen Gontram graduated from university at a time in the early '90s when the economy wasn't booming, and jobs weren't plentiful. It's lucky for St. Louis that he graduated when he did. It meant he pursued his love of cooking instead of an international business career. He headed to San Francisco for cooking school where he worked with greats like Wolfgang Puck. The result is Harvest, one of St. Louis' most popular restaurants. Gontram calls the cuisine "rustic American." That means the menu is constantly changing to use the freshest ingredients available at the time.

Tejas Grill and Cantina
44 N Brentwood Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105

Description: Stephen Gontram has transformed the space that once housed Ramon's Jalepeno into a hip, happening Southwest delight. The menu at Tejas welcomes guests to "cowboy heaven... where the flavors are big and bold, the margaritas freshly squeezed, and the hospitality as nice as you can find this side of the Rio Grande." In the bar, a mural of cowboys gathered around a campfire graces the back wall, while the main dining room features tumbleweeds lined up on a shelf along the ceiling.

Arthur Clay's
7266 Manchester Rd
Maplewood, MO 63143

Description: Settle into this exquisite Maplewood gem at one of the upholstered booths up front, or take a seat in the back dining room, complete with classic white tablecloths, fresh flora in silver vases and soft lighting. Bright paintings and brushed steel artwork accent the otherwise simple interior. The rotating menu features delicious fare made from the freshest ingredients, but you'll almost certainly want to start with a perfectly prepared, enormous serving of the foie gras.

Other Great Restaurants in St. Louis

O'Connell's Pub
4652 Shaw Ave Saint Louis, MO 63110

Happy China Chinese Buffet
12921 Olive Blvd Saint Louis, MO 63141

Hodak's Restaurant and Bar
2100 Gravois Ave Saint Louis, MO 63104

Crazy Bowls & Wraps
12704 Olive Blvd Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Rigazzi's Restaurant
4945 Daggett Ave Saint Louis, MO 63110

Hacienda Mexican Restaurant
9748 Manchester Rd Saint Louis, MO 63119

Fortel's Pizza Den
7922 Mackenzie Rd Saint Louis, MO 63123

Bristol Bar & Grill
11801 Olive Blvd Saint Louis, MO 63141

The Melting Pot
6683 Delmar Blvd Saint Louis, MO 63130

Kreis Restaurant
535 S. Lindbergh Blvd. Ladue, MO 63131

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