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Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in Downtown

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine in Downtown? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of O+O Pizza restaurant
4.9
4.9 (487)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Webster Groves
About the restaurant
We are an Italian inspired, neighborhood restaurant bringing you food that is fresh, casual, and simple yet sophisticated. A place where the service is efficient and the hospitality is heartfelt.

Top review
ColleenB
Dined 7 days ago
We enjoy our visits to O+O pizza, and especially enjoy bringing guests from out of town. We enjoyed everything and the coppa & burrata pizza was a hit! Fresh with a little smoky taste. It was so delicious. Our friend took his leftovers home to central IL. Thanks again for a wonderful experience.
A photo of Rated Test Kitchen restaurant
4.9
4.9 (43)
$50 and over
Fusion / Eclectic
St. Louis
About the restaurant
Rated Test Kitchen is an intimate Dinner Club. Our intent is to give our guests a unique dining experience like no other. Our evolving Menu, prepared by award-winning Culinary Creatives, features seven courses, and you (our Guests) will get to Rate each course. It’s time to channel your inner food critic and enjoy our innovative cuisine.
Top review
RobertG
Dined on May 31, 2024
At this high level. there should be better balance between cocktail and wine options.
A photo of Cobalt Smoke & Sea restaurant
4.8
4.8 (864)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
St. Louis
About the restaurant
Cobalt Smoke & Sea is a bridge that connects uniquely different food sources — the rustic farmlands and the open air sea — and brings them under one illuminated space to create an alluring experience where culinary creativity, globally inspired flavors, and hungry curiosity intersect.

Our chef has meticulously created every Cobalt Smoke & Sea recipe through his deep love for the craft of food and those who will be enjoying it. It is through the selection of ingredients, care of crafting, and joy of presenting our dishes that we offer you true artisanal food with global inspiration. We invite you to share curiosity, tastes, and laughter over any of our dishes. Welcome to our table.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Ribeye was so good. The summer Greek salad and St. Louis style salad were absolutely amazing! Great hand crafted cocktails. Loved the atmosphere. Server was very kind. So glad we found this hidden gem.
A photo of Charlie Gitto's 'On the Hill' restaurant
4.8
4.8 (6778)
$31 to $50
Italian
The Hill
About the restaurant
Charlie Gitto's On the Hill is a landmark for fine Italian dining in The Hill neighborhood of St. Louis.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
It’s a beautiful restaurant. The lasagna and gnocchi were incredible. Also great service. If you’re looking for a quiet/relaxing atmosphere, I’d plan to go earlier at 5:30 pm or wait until 8:00 pm.
A photo of Scottish Arms restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1061)
$30 and under
Scottish
Central West End
About the restaurant
Located in St Louis' Central West End, The Scottish Arms is a rustic traditional Victorian style pub and a comfortable setting for lounging on the patio, a pre-show dinner, or a late night drink. Grab a pint and Fish'n Chips or enjoy a single malt scotch, wine and a four course dinner. The experience is what you make it.


Our menu reflects both Scottish & European cuisine along with some seasonal eclectic choices for our regular West End guests. Our hearts will always be in Scotland so we will have our famous Scotch Eggs, Haddock Fish & Chips, Bangers & Mash, Lamb Shepherds Pie to name a few, all year round.


Enjoy seasonal dinner menu in our pub, dining room, or back patio. And don't forget brunch on Sundays 10am - 2pm with a constantly changing selection of items.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 22, 2024
The food is good. I just thought that the pork porterhouse would’ve been a little thicker than it was. 
A photo of Brasserie by Niche restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3994)
$30 and under
French
St. Louis
About the restaurant
Brasserie by Niche is located in the Central West End. We are open for dine-in, to-go, and delivery.
Top review
kathleeng
Dined 5 days ago
Brasserie by Niche is still on top of my list … since it first opened in the CWE! The food, the staff/friends, the service. And they still reserve my favorite booth/table!
A photo of Hamilton's Urban Steakhouse and Bourbon Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1151)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
St. Louis
About the restaurant
To better deliver on our promise of a refined atmosphere, proper dress is required. Thank you for not wearing: athletic shorts, uncovered sports bras or other bra-style tops, excessively revealing clothing or exposed undergarments, or any clothing with offensive language or images. Men’s shirts must have sleeves. Athletic leggings, joggers or sweatpants are welcome in our bar area.

**Established in 2018.

St. Louis' "Best New Steakhouse" serving only 100% Heritage Black Angus Midwest beef and produce from our restaurants on site greenhouse. Join us now for an intimate unparalleled urban farm to table experience in the heart of Downtown St. Louis.





Top review
LauraBvip
Dined 4 days ago
Absolutely amazing !!!!! I ordered Kansas Strip Steak with a loaded baked potato and two Blueberry Lemon Drops ! Great customer service and 1st time experience. Will definitely re-visit this place if I travel back to STL.
A photo of Lorenzo's Trattoria restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2208)
$30 and under
Italian
The Hill
About the restaurant
Lorenzo’s features Northern Italian fare with a touch of contemporary flavor. Look to our menu for some of the classics as well as some modern Italian cuisine less prevalent on The Hill. Look forward to experiencing the authentic house-made gnocchi and risottos; or our signature dish, braised Ossobuco; our guests' ever favorite, Chicken Spedini; or a couple of the staff favorites, the Grilled Barramundi or Fabulous Veal Picatta.

At Lorenzo's the atmosphere is classy and laid-back. It is the type of restaurant where you can have a nice business dinner or enjoy a meal with the family.

We offer two beautiful private rooms, The Boardroom, which seats up to 14 or The Chefs Table which seats up to 8. You may choose to enjoy our patio on a beautiful day and savor one of the great Italian wines off our extensive wine menu. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable no matter what meal or day you visit. We look forward to showing you all we can offer at Lorenzo's Trattoria.
Top review
SharonC
Dined 1 day ago
Just love this restaurant. The Caesar salad is excellent and my cannelloni was very, very good.
A photo of Frazer's Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1733)
$30 and under
American
Soulard / Benton Park
About the restaurant
Frazer Cameron, executive chef and owner of Frazer’s restaurant, opened the doors to his now iconic restaurant in 1992 in historic Benton Park. Entrees at Frazer’s are inspired by tastes from around the globe, including French, Moroccan, Italian, Mexican, and Cajun. Frazer’s also features an award winning wine & cocktail program, featuring over 50 classic & specialty craft cocktails.

Located down the street from the Anheuser Busch Brewery, Frazer’s is perfect for appetizers and drinks with friends or for an entertaining dinner. We feature many different dining options such as a bar & lounge area, our main dining room, our upper level dining area, takeout. Frazer’s also features street side & patio dining (Outside dining is first come first serve). Please call for any inquiries.

info@frazersgoodeats.com
Top review
ShellyJ
Dined 4 days ago
My husband and I have been dining here for years - it is our favorite restaurant in St. Louis. The food is always amazing, whether it's from the regular menu or one of their several daily specials. The friendly staff and ambiance added to our pleasurable experience.
A photo of Broadway Oyster Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (726)
$30 and under
Seafood
St. Louis
About the restaurant
The Broadway Oyster Bar is a locally owned and operated establishment and has been for over 35 years. The Oyster Bar is widely regarded as the premier New Orleans' style restaurant, bar and music venue in the Midwest. BOB, as it is affectionately known by its many fans and friends, is housed in a building that was built in the mid 1840's and is one of the oldest buildings still in daily use within the city of St. Louis. During its colorful history, our building has had many functions including a family home, a boarding house, a Chinese laundry, a record store and a bordello to name a few. These walls have heard and seen it all. Some people feel that the building is haunted by spirits who, occasionally late at night, play good hearted jokes on the staff such as doors suddenly opening or closing or lights going on or off as if by magic. Then again, it just could be because the building is over 170 years old. However, our historic building has just gone through a renovation so we now have two outdoor patios that are covered and heated during cold or rainy weather and an expanded kitchen to better serve you. Our food has won numerous awards and readers' polls for excellence and features some of the most sustainable seafood available such as fresh Gulf and Blue Point oysters, Louisiana crawfish and shrimp, Prince Edward Island mussels, scallops and crabs. Our Cajun and Creole dishes are our versions of many of the traditional Louisiana favorites. If you love New Orleans, you will feel right at home at BOB. BOB offers live music twice a day every night of the week except on Friday when we feature one act for the evening. We present the best local and national touring acts representing a variety of musical genres such as rock, reggae, bluegrass, blues, funk, R&B, roots, and jam, and weshowcase a wide variety of bands visiting from New Orleans. The live music is free up to 8 times per a week. However, for some of the more popular and well known acts, we do charge a cover which typically goes to the bands in order to keep attracting them to the BOB. Broadway Oyster Bar has been referred to by many as a staple of St. Louis and was recently honored by the St. Louis Chapter of the Missouri Restaurant Association as the 2015 Restaurant of the Year. BOB is a great choice for a relaxing dinner, a celebratory party or an opportunity to dance to a great band. As well known food writer, the late Joe Pollack, once wrote, "There is, quite simply, nothing in St. Louis quite like the Broadway Oyster Bar". That line was written over 30 years ago, but it is as true today as it was then. Welcome to the Broadway Oyster Bar Family.
Top review
CrystalP
Dined 2 days ago
BBQ shrimp is amazing. Shrimp and grits was insane. Love this place
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