We have concentrated primarily on those that are moderate in price and easily accessible from the mid-town area. Also included are some of the finest establishments for special occasions.
The following directory is organized for general reference with respect to the price of an average meal without alcohol. Also, we have not included the large fast food chains.
Restaurants where you can expect to spend less than eight dollars and in some cases, much less.
Amighetti’s 5141 Wilson Avenue, 776-2855. Great sub sandwiches and pizza by the slice. Try an Amighetti’s Special. On the hill. Closed Mondays. Several other locations.
Applebee’s Various locations, including near the Esquire and Crestwood. Nice ambiance, great nightly drink specials, good salads & sandwiches.
Best Steakhouse 516 N. Grand, 535-6033 Across from the Fabulous Fox. Food is inexpensive, of high quality, a little heavy on the salt. Excellent gyros.
Blueberry Hill 6504 Delmar, 727-0880
Set in the 1950’s style with memorabilia on the walls, and old Wurlitzer jukebox with good tunes, and malt shop type booths. Popular for weekend dart competitions. Check out their window displays on the corner. Band Fri. & Sat. nights 11-1, except Sun. 11-12.
Bristol Bar and Grill 11801 Olive St. Rd., 567-0272 Happy hour 4-6:30 Mon.-Fri. West County oyster bar with all kinds of seafood!
Broadway Oyster Bar 736 S. Broadway, 621-8811 Close to stadium, great for pre-post game events. Great for oysters and crawfish. Features a unique atmosphere and jazz on weekends.
Caleco’s Two locations: 101 N. Broadway, 421-0708 and 12466 Tesson Ferry, 849-4443 Features pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and very large salads.
California Pizza Kitchen, St. Louis Galleria, 863-4500 A taste of home for all you Californians. Offers gourmet pizzas and great pasta.
Casa Gallardo Grill, St. Louis Galleria, 727-2223
Chevy’s Mexican Restaurant, Crestwood Plaza, 968-8485 Fresh ingredients, great food.
Chuy Arzola’s Tex-Mex 6405 Clayton, 644-4430 Great fajitas & margaritas. Happy hour.
Cicero’s 6510 Delmar, 862-0009 The place to go for pizza, salad & pasta. Try the New York-Chicago thick crust pizza. Live entertainment in the evenings.
Culpepper’s Restaurant and Bar 300 N. Euclid Avenue, 361-2828 Overall good food. Some say they have the best chicken wings in town.
Dooley’s Ltd. 308 N. 8th St., 231-4200
A great burger for around $3.50. Located downtown. Closes at 7 p.m.
Dressel’s 419 N. Euclid, 361-1060 The food is great. Try a burger, their fried potato chips, or the excellent soups and stews. Has a pleasant, unique atmosphere.
Eat Rite Diner (several locations) A classic diner, watch your six mini-cheeseburgers get cooked by Aunt Bee’s cigarette smokin’ wicked sisters.
El Maguey 7014 Chippewa, 832-3632 Huge portions of great Mexican food. Cheap sangria.
1860’s Saloon 1860 S. 9th, Soulard, 231-1860 Cajun fare, great gumbo, reasonably priced. Large quantities.
First Wok 8534 Watson, 849-2244 $4.99 lunch buffet includes salad bar, tons of Chinese, pizza, and dessert.
Fitz’s 6605 Delmar, 726-9555 Great burgers and fries. They have a bar and pool tables upstairs.
Have a Nice Day Café, Union Station, 436-7311.
Hennessey’s Irish Public House 1730 S. 8th St., 241-8282 Located in Soulard. They offer several dishes at a very reasonable price.
Hon’s Wok 4489 Forest Park Ave., 535-7805 Remarkable cheap Chinese fast food, convenient location with delivery.
Humphrey’s 3700 Laclede, 535-0700 Good food, good drink, good people. Thursday night it’s crowded, rowdy and has a lot of specials. Spring through fall (weather permitting), there is a band playing in the beer garden - Thurs.-Sat.
Hunan Manor 606 Pine, 231-2867 All-you-can-eat luncheon buffet for $5. Good Chinese food and great service. Try the Almond Chicken.
Hunan Star 8116 Olive Blvd., 863-6444 Features several good Chinese dishes including pan-fried noodles. Usually not a long wait.
Kennedy’s 612 N. 2nd Street, 421-3655 Good food, young crowd excellent happy hour!
King and I 3157 S. Grand, 771-1777 RFT votes it best Asian food in St. Louis. Exceptional Thai and Chinese food, decent prices, and close to school. No reservations accepted. Take out also available.
Kohinoor 608 Eastgate, 721-3796 Very good Pakistani food. Closed Mondays.
Kopperman’s 386 N. Euclid, 361-0100 Voted “Best place for Gourmet Food” in St. Louis Magazine. They boast a wonderful deli counter with a wide selection of meats, fresh fish, produce, canned gourmet items and an outdoor café. Imported beer and wine also.
La Sala 513 Olive, 231-5620 The dining room is an elegant hacienda living room, complete with strolling guitar. There is an extensive selection of very tasty Mexican dishes. Closed Sunday.
Lettuce Leaf 444 Chesterfield Center, 537-1808 Features salads (with preview display), desserts and wine. Great atmosphere with service until 9 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and until 8 p.m. on Sundays.
Lou Boccardi’s 5424 Magnolia Ave., 647-1151 On the Hill, a unique restaurant with reasonable prices and large quantities of good Italian food. They offer daily lunch and dinner specials. If you like Velveeta on Ritz crackers, order the pizza.
Lucius Boomer’s 707 Claymorgan Alley, 621-8155 Dinner and lunch served. Typical 21-30 age crowd with live bands nightly. Small dance floor. Drinks are moderately priced.
Magic Wok #1 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 367-2626 All you can eat buffet, full service menu, limited delivery.
Majestic 4900 Laclede, 361-2011 The place to go if you find yourself in the Central West End some morning after a long study night. Greasy but good omelets, but avoid the hash.
Malarky’s 3834 Laclede, 534-4443 A sports bar with a complete menu.
Mama Campisi’s 2132 Edwards Ave., 771-1797 Family owned and run, they offer very good Italian food for a reasonable price, but you may leave not feeling completely full. Great service!
Mandarin House Restaurant Overland Plaza, 427-8070 and Union Station, 621-6888 Some of the best Mandarin Cuisine around. Servings are large so expect to take lots home.
Mangia Italiano 3145 S. Grand, 664-8585 Ciao Bella! The best lasagna on earth. Good pastas and salads (they sell fresh uncooked pasta too).
Manhattan Café 511 S. Hanley, 863-5695 Good pizza and burgers. Neat little bar with old fashioned Coke bottles.
McGurk’s 1200 Russell, 776-8309 An Irish bar with Irish music. A great place to spend St. Patrick’s Day. Tues.-Sat. live traditional Irish music – no cover. Kitchen open 6 p.m.-12 a.m., burgers, salads, soups, steaks.
Mike and Min’s 925 Geyer Avenue, Soulard, 421-1655 Small, usually crowded place featuring live music, mainly Motown and blues, jazz. Drinks are moderately priced.
Milos 5201 Wilson Avenue, 776-0468 The home of the four “walls.” Each wall has 8 drinks for $20.00. If you overcome this obstacle your name is put on a board and you receive a commemorative t-shirt.
Mississippi Nights 914 N. 1st Street, 421-3853 A club-type rock-n-roll bar. Regional bands appear frequently and national stars are brought in occasionally to spice up the line. Usually a $2-3 cover charge for local band entertainment.
O.B. Clarke’s 1619 S. Brentwood, 961-8900 A sports restaurant and bar with very good and inexpensive sandwiches. Try their open faced steak sandwich. Fast service.
Olive Garden Various locations. Best breadsticks in town. Good chicken, expect to leave quite satisfied. Free soup or salad & breadstix with entrée. Gets really crowded and loud on weekends.
Olympia Kebob House 1543 McCauland, 781-1299 Good gyros, shish kebob. Some say the best Greek food in town.
O.T. Hodge Chili Parlor Two locations: 1620 S. Jefferson 772-1215 and 9705 Watson Rd., 966-5151 Great bargain. A local landmark that has served St. Louis with chili since the 1904 World’s Fair. A “slinger” will redefine the term “breakfast”.
Pho Grand 3191 S. Grand Blvd., (between Conn. And Wyoming), 664-7435 Good Vietnamese food. Open 11 am – 11 pm.
Protzel’s 7608 Wydown, 721-4445 Make their own bagels, try them with salmon. Good sandwiches. Cheap and fast.
Red Sea 6511 863-0099 An adventure for the open-minded into the culinary delights of Ethiopia. Simple, tasty, healthy (and often spicy) dishes served uniquely on a breaded plate. Music as advertised.
Sesame Chinese Restaurant 10500 Watson Rd., 821-5038
St. Louis Bread Co. Various locations. Freshly baked sourdough bread and other varieties plus pastries, coffees, and teas.
St. Raymond’s Catholic Church 439 Lebanon, 421-9151 The women of this Maronite Rite Catholic Church serve an authentic Middle Eastern Munch (cafeteria style) on Wed. From 11 to 2:30 p.m. in their church hall. The food is great, prices miniscule.
Silk Road Chinese Buffet Restaurant 510 N. Euclid Ave., 367-9370 Nice place in the Central West end with good atmosphere and tasty Chinese cuisine. The evening buffet is a bit pricey (approx. $9) but serves up some good entrees.
Soulard’s Restaurant 1731 S. 7th St., 241-7956 Located next to the Soulard Farmer’s Market, they have good food, but they can be a little expensive.
Spaghetti Factory Laclede’s Landing, 727 N. 1st, 621-0276 Huge portions and inexpensive. But, they don’t take credit cards.
Sportsman Park 9901 Clayton Road, 991-381 Owned by former Cardinal tight end, Jackie Smith. Somewhat expensive and generally attracts an older crowd. Also good food until midnight. Big screen TV, free snacks.
Steak and Shake Several locations around the city. A small chain of drive-ins serving good hamburgers, cheese fries, shakes, and many other dishes.
Sunflour Café 5513 Pershing, 367-6800 Great gourmet pizza, special pizzas change every few months, or make your own. Usually a short wait.
Sunshine Inn 8 ½ N. Euclid, 367-1413 Good vegetarian menu. You really get a lot of food for only a few dollars. Great Sunday brunch.
Talayna’s 310 DeBaliviere, 367-778 Known for its thick-crusted, New York-Chicago style pizza, cheese garlic bread, great salads, and unique décor. Open until 3 a.m. most nights.
TGI Friday’s Several locations around the city.
Tom’s Bar & Grill 20 S. Euclid, 367-4900 A cozy little bar and restaurant with a fireplace and plants beneath a skylight roof creating a soft atmosphere. A juke box provides the music. Nice place for a quiet evening with a date. Drinks are reasonable.
Tucker’s Place 2117 S. 12th St., 772-5977 This Soulard located restaurant serves one of the best burgers in town. Their steaks are also very tasty.
20 North 20 N. Vandeventer, 289-8008 Mon. & Tues. 25 cent a beer all night.
Two Nice Guys 35 N. Gore, 968-6440 If you happen to be in the Webster Groves area, this is a good place for a sandwich or pizza.
Uncle Bill’s Pancake House 3427 S. Kingshighway, 832-1973 Open 24 hours. This is a great place for late night or early morning breakfasts. Usually crowded but seldom a very long wait. Closed Mondays.
University Hospital Cafeteria. Located through the tunnel in the hospital. Students get a 20% discount on all food and a double discount during late afternoon hours.
Venice Café 1901 Pestalozzi in Soulard, 772-5994 Extremely interesting atmosphere with a few Jamaican dishes.
World’s Fair Doughnuts 1904 S. Vandeventer, 776-9975 The best glazed doughnuts on the planet, usually served warmly fresh. Other doughnuts and coffee very good.
Zia’s 5256 Wilson Ave., 776-0020 Excellent Italian dishes, great salads, but most of the menu is ala-carte which can make it more expensive than it first appears. Located on the Hill.
Restaurants where you can expect to spend between eight and fifteen dollars per person for dinner.
Adam’s Mark Hotel 4th and Chestnut, 342-4664 Excellent cuisine. Featuring a champagne brunch on Sundays.
Balaban’s 405 N. Euclid, 361-8085 Actually two restaurants in one with the cafe in the medium price range and the dining room belonging in the expensive category.
Bar Italia 4656 Maryland, 361-7010 A sidewalk café serving great soups, salads, sumptuous desserts plus espresso and tremendous cappuccinos.
Blue Water Grill 343 S. Kirkwood, 821-5757 Seafood and American style cuisine. A hotspot in town. Must have reservations.
Café Zoe 12 N. Meramec, 725-5554 Nice place for lunch with superb light French cuisine. Don’t miss the pastries from the dessert tray. Open for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays – closed Sundays. Located next to historic Lafayette Square.
Cardwell’s Restaurant & Bar 8100 Maryland, 726-5055 Features American nouvelle cuisine. The service is among the best around.
Charlie Gitto’s 5226 Shaw, 772-8898 (also a downtown location, 436-2828) “Magnifico” describes both the food and the service at this Italian restaurant on the Hill. Exceptional wine list and garlic veggies. Reservations.
Citizen Kanes Steakhouse 133 W. Clinton Place 965-9005. Located in Kirkwood.
Cunetto’s 5453 Magnolia, 781-1135 Great Italian food. The only negative aspect of this fantastic restaurant is the waiting since they take no reservations.
Jake’s Steak Above Boomer’s on the Landing 621-8184 Great steaks, and if you go during your birthday month, you get one free with the purchase of another.
Joe Hanon’s 2430 Old Dorsett, 291-4030 Casual dress. American/Continental food. Always packed so get reservations.
KC Masterpiece Barbecue & Grill 611 Lindbergh, 991-5811 A pricey barbecue that’s worth every penny.
King Louie’s 3800 Chouteau, 865-3662
Lemp Mansion Restaurant 3322 DeMenil Place, 664-8-24 Across from the brewery. Good pasta and fish dishes.
Lorenzo’s Trattoria 1933 Edwards, 773-2223 Authentic Italian food with a touch of contemporary flavor. Located on the Hill.
Nobu’s Japanese Restaurant 8643 Olive St. Rd., 997-2303 Voted #1 sushi bar in Riverfront Times.
Pasta House. Various locations. Unique and interesting atmosphere.
Pueblo Nuevo 7401 N. Lindbergh, 831-6885 Considered by many to be the best Mexican food in St. Louis. For the real Mexican experience try the goat entrees.
RL Steamer’s 14156 Olive Blvd., 439-8060
Rich and Charlie’s 9942 Watson Rd., 822-4909 Great Italian food with intermittently great/okay salads. Dish splitting is encouraged and half-orders are available.
Riddle’s Penultimate Café & Wine Bar 6307 Delmar, 725-6985 Have dinner, make sure you try the great pastas. Instead of one full bottle sample four quarter bottles of unusual yet delectable wines. Bands play there frequently.
Rossino’s 206 N. Sarah, 371-7774 Long time SLU hangout featuring pizza to steaks. Have you ever had an American cheese pizza? More typical pizzas are also available.
Saleems’ 6501 Delmar, 721-07947 “Where Garlic is King.” Very good Lebanese food.
Seki’s Japanese Restaurant 6335 Delmar, 726-6477. Excellent sushi bar, but watch out for the wasabi.
Spiro’s 3122 Watson Rd., 645-8383 Great Greek food and salads with real black olives. Casual atmosphere. Try the Ouzo.
SqWire’s1415 S. 18th St. 865-3522
Thai Café 6170 Delmar, 862-6868 Due to several rave newspaper reviews, tables hard to come by after 7 p.m. Nice wood décor.
Trattoria Marcella 3600 Watson Road, 552-7706. Rustic Italian Food.
Yen Ching Restaurant 1012 S. Brentwood, 721-7507 Excellent Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine. Great takeout!
All of the restaurants listed below take reservations and they are recommended. The price ranges are listed for use only as a guide. They represent only the cost of a single entrée, and at many of the locations you are likely to spend quite a bit more.
Café de France 410 Olive, 231-2204 4 star French food. Expensive but the meal is an event! ($17 to $21)
Cheshire Inn 6300 Clayton Road, 647-7300 Lovely English décor, varied menu with prime rib the specialty. They also feature an excellent Sunday brunch. ($14 to $22)
Faust’s in the Adam’s Mark Hotel, 4th and Chestnut, 241-7400 Absolutely splendid entrees (great duck). Small portions. Coat and tie required; very posh.
Giovanni’s on the Hill 5201 Shaw, 772-5958 Classic Italian Cuisine. It won the 1982 Holiday Travel Award. Closed Sundays. ($15 to $45)
Harvest 1059 S. Big Bend, 645-3522 Voted St. Louis’ “Best New Restaurant” Rustic American Food. Dinner Only.
John Mineo’s Italian Restaurant 13490 Clayton Rd., 434-5244 Very nice restaurant (we’re talking suits). Delight in the wide range of superb Italian dishes offered in the Elysian Ambiance.
Kemoll’s 1 Metropolitan Sq., 421-0555 Excellent Italian cuisine. Gourmet nights (reservations required) feature regional specialties of the continent – must be experienced to be believed. ($10-$27)
Kreis’ Restaurant and Bar 535 S. Lindbergh Blvd., 993-0735 If you’re hungry for beef, this is the place to go. The biggest and best Prime Rib in town. Very popular place. Difficult to get in without a reservation.
Patrick’s 342 Westport Plaza, 878-6767 Pleasant atmosphere offering gourmet dishes as well as Sunday brunch. ($11 - $15)
Robata of Japan 111 Westport Plaza, 434-1007 The tables have large grills in the middle of them where they cook your food. The samurai chef is entertaining but the quantity of food you get is small. Good place to take a small group. ($11 to $22)
Sansui 4955 W. Pine, 367-2020 Simple, elegant atmosphere and good traditional Japanese food make this restaurant a winner. Often crowded, so call ahead. Closed Sunday. Semi-formal. Dinner for two: $50.
Sidney Street Café 2000 Sidney St., 771-5777 A very popular restaurant with a chalk board menu that changes weekly. ($16-$23)
St. Louis Steakhouse 101 S. 11th St. 241-7711 A famous St. Louis steakhouse.
The Melting Pot. 725-414 on Delmar in “The Loop”. Fantastic fondue and a fun experience for everyone. Remember, the more the merrier, and make sure to save room for dessert.
The Ritz-Carlton Grill 100 Carondelet Plaza, 863-6300 Lives up to its reputation. The dining room is beautiful and the food is great and the service is adequate. A very Ritzy place.
Tony’s 410 Market St. 231-7007 some consider it St. Louis’ finest. Excellent Italian cuisine and service to the extreme. The place to take your intended’s parents. Closed Sunday. ($9 to $30) Only five star restaurant in St. Louis.
Breve Expresso Co. 417 North 10th Street, 231-5282. Pastries, sandwiches, soups & salads.
The Coffee Cartel 901 Pine St., 454-0000 A very bright, bustling, busy coffee place. Good cheesecake, if that’s your thing. Open late, good for studying.
Genesis House Coffeehouse 6018 Delmar, 726-4063.
The Grind 56 Maryland Plaza, 454-0202 Open 7 days a week, noon-3:0 a.m. Pool tables, eclectic furniture and art. Reminiscent of a Seattle or Booulder coffeeshop but smokier. The more progressive/alternative crowd hangs out here.
Kaldi’s DeMun and Northwood, 727-9955 Open at 7:30 a.m., various times of closing. Small and quiet, great pastries and other breakfast foods. All you can drink coffee.
Mocabees on Arsenal & Grand. Great vegetarian brunch on Sunday. Good food. Open 11am – 1am seven days a week.
Shaws Coffee Limited 5147 Shaw, 771-6920.
Stacks Café @ The Library, Ltd. 7700 Forsyth Blvd., 721-5303 Sun – Thurs 9am – 11pm, Fri-Sat 9am – midnight. Place to take a break from shopping for books downstairs & CD’s upstairs. Good for studying, too.
Starbucks 6621 Delmar, 862-2664. Many other locations.
Ice Cream Treats
A great excuse for a study break; an effective anti-depressant; or a pleasant way to celebrate a birthday!
Here is merely a partial listing:
Baskin-Robbins - various locations. Sundaes, shakes, banana splits, and special flavors each month. Ice cream cakes and special orders with advance notice.
Crown Candy Kitchen-1401 St. Louis Avenue, 621-9650-A little hard to get to, but definitely worth it. It is an authentic old-fashioned ice cream parlor with high-backed booths, jukeboxes, and scruffy kids; St. Louis original that has to be experienced. They make the best hot fudge in the world; their homemade ice cream flavors are outstanding and they have great sundaes and malts. Reasonably priced-
Dairy Queen - various locations. Their soft ice cream (vanilla only) is good any time of the day. Especially note-worthy are the Brownie Fudge Delight, Banana Splits and Peanut Buster Parfaits. Times vary at each location; some are open year around.
Ted Drewes Frozen Custard 6726 Chippewa, 481-2652 and 4224 South Grand 352-7376. The richest frozen custard imaginable, made with eggs and honey. Famous for hot fudge sundaes, as well as their concretes (i.e. super thick) malts. No self-respecting medical student would miss going to Ted Drewes. A medical school tradition. Chippewa store open from February-December, and at Christmas it’s a good place to buy Christmas trees. Hours: somewhat variable but essentially ‘til 11:30 weeknights and ‘til 12:30 weekends. Huge crowds but it moves quickly. People there in the middle of winter!