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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Midtown

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Midtown? 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 MoMo Coffee Champagne Kitchen restaurant
4.6
4.6 (6)
$30 and under
American
Rock Hill
About the restaurant
We want to bring a different type of fun to the corner of Manchester and McKnight. COFFEE, MIMOSAS, BLOODY MARYS AND GOOD FOOD
Locally Sourced / Crafted for Fun.
The owners of The Mud House, have opened a new breakfast-and-lunch spot next to Hangar in Rock Hill. Momo’s chef is Jesse Mills, a former sous chef at the Tavern and at Hangar. Both Mills and the Sedlaks believe in using the highest quality products throughout the menu, such as farm eggs from Buttonwood Farms. That’s what sets Momo’s aside from other breakfast places. You can see and taste the difference, both in the standard dishes and on the sandwiches containing eggs.

The Momo restaurant’s tagline is “coffee-champagne-kitchen,” which hallmarks of a fun brunch. You can grab a regular breakfast or lunch, or you can crank it up with brunch-based cocktails. Momo is about coffee and cocktails and just happens to serve really good food. The restaurant is open is open for breakfast and lunch daily from 7 a.
Top review
KiranpalG
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
Father's Day breakfast and it was a hit. Will definitely be returning. Though we didn't sit outside, they have a nice large patio area. Can't wait to sit outside in the cooler weather. I like the simplicity of the menu as well! Food was delicious!
A photo of The Capital Grille - St. Louis - Clayton restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1964)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Clayton
About the restaurant
Make it a day to remember. From birthdays and anniversaries to professional milestones, we aim to make every gathering special at The Capital Grille. Open seven days a week, The Capital Grille is best known for our expertly prepared steaks, which are dry aged in house for 18 to 24 days and then hand-cut by our restaurant's on-premise butcher. The Capital Grille's wine list features more than 350 selections, and its floor-to-ceiling wine kiosk regularly houses 3,500 - 5,000 bottles. Reservations are recommended but not required. For more information, please visit our website. We look forward to delighting you.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Austin G was our waiter and he made my wife and I feel so special from our first interaction. We were here celebrating our first anniversary and the whole experience was first class. We were seated at a table with a rose, little bit of heart confetti, and a card signed by the entire staff thanking us for spending our anniversary with them. Austin G was amazing, and we will be requesting him any time we come back!
A photo of Café Napoli restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2167)
$30 and under
Italian
Clayton
About the restaurant
Café Napoli is a family owned restaurant, established in 1989 by Tony and Kathy Pietoso. Quickly becoming a success, they moved the small basement restaurant to a larger location at the corner of Forsyth and Bemiston in the heart of Clayton. In 2003, sons Ande and Kye expanded their family restaurant by adding Bar Napoli, a swank cocktail lounge. A few years later, Napoli Reserve was added onto Bar Napoli allowing for private event space and an additional bar and lounge for the weekends. After years of a flourishing business, Kathy and Tony decided to take their ventures West to Town and Country where they opened their second location, Napoli2, managed by Ande. Kye has taken the reigns from his father and is now the front man for the 8,000 square foot establishment in Clayton. Café Napoli and Bar Napoli have recently undergone a face lift inside and out. Inside the kitchen, Executive Chef from Napoli2 Jon Berger was recently added to the team, bringing fresh ideas and innovation to the regional Italian specialties.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Cafe Napoli never fails to impress me. Attentive service, wonderful food and a good wine selection resulted in an enjoyable evening with a dear friend. I will be back to enjoy the outdoor seating soon.
A photo of Acero restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2639)
$31 to $50
Italian
Maplewood
About the restaurant
Rustic Italian cuisine in the heart of Maplewood that features fresh ingredients from local farmers as well as an all Italian wine list.
Top review
Kimberly
Dined 4 days ago
My husband and I both had the Chef’s Seven Course tasting and it was perfect. Everything was interesting and had outstanding flavor. The night was perfect!
A photo of 801 Fish - STL restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2057)
$50 and over
Seafood
Clayton
About the restaurant
801 Fish offers only globally sourced finned fish and crustaceans from the world's most pristine waters. You'll find chef driven cuisine coupled with exemplary service in a sophisticated and modern aquatic atmosphere at the Clayton restaurant across the street from its sister, 801 Chophouse. In addition to our beautiful and social distanced dining room, we offer limited outdoor seating, available on a first come first served basis.
Top review
JimB
Dined 2 days ago
This was our first experience dining at 801 Fish, but it won’t be our last. This was truly an exceptional dining experience. Our entree’s, Chilean Sea Bass and Alaskan Halibut were outstanding. The New England Clam Chowder was smooth and creamy. Our server, Delbert, was an absolute delight and you good tell he enjoys his job and does what he can to ensure you have a wonderful dinner. Jim from Godfrey
A photo of Casa Don Alfonso - The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1137)
$50 and over
Mediterranean
Clayton
About the restaurant
Renown Italian restaurateur Mario Laccarino is pleased to invite guests for a taste of the Sorrento Coast at Casa Don Alfonso. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, the menu tells the story of traditions passed down for generations in the family homes of southern Italy. These recipes come from a magical place, ripe with the culture and beauty of the Mediterranean. Alongside an unmistakable commitment to hospitality and service, Casa Don Alfonso brings hand-crafted flavors and carefully chosen ingredients with every bite.

Family of Iaccarino honors the culinary heritage of the Campania region, with seasonal ingredients that closely resemble the sun-kissed produce harvested at the Iaccarino family’s farm. Fresh, handmade pastas create an edible narrative of the Iaccarino legacy, while whimsical desserts transport guests to Naples’ nostalgic bakeries.

From Sorrento to St. Louis, we look forward to welcoming you soon.
Top review
KDK59vip
Dined 3 days ago
Great food and great atmosphere. Our waiter, Sebastian was outstanding. Highly recommend a trip.
A photo of The Crossing restaurant
5.0
5 (2434)
$50 and over
French
Clayton
About the restaurant
Featuring local "farm to table" cuisine using a breadth of farmers in the Missouri and Illinois communities. When asked to define of The Crossing, Owner/Executive Chef Jim Fiala often says that he is a chef that buys locally whenever possible and cooks as any French and/or Italian chef would given the ingredients sourced. Joining Jim is Chef Thu Rein Oo who brings passion and years of experience to the kitchen. Our food is fresh, organic (whenever possible), seasonal and by design very simple. The Crossing stays true to classic techniques and the chefs love showing off their skills and passion for elegant food.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
The Crossing is always fantastic. It’s a great place for a casual or a business lunch.
A photo of IL Bel Lago - From the Hill restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1523)
$30 and under
Italian
Creve Coeur
About the restaurant
Il Bel Lago From The Hill. A fixture in St. Louis for 15 years now! Food is what makes an authentic restaurant great, and with its 50 years of experience from their Hill location Il Bel Lago has all the ingredients for excellence. You enter via the fountain plaza to find an open, airy lounge. Il Bel Lago is both elegant and comfortable with floor to ceiling wine racks and private dining spaces.
The Food here is as stunning as the décor. The Italian Cuisine is equal to the very best anywhere in St. Louis. Il Bel Lago's menu rates among the top Italian restaurants in St. Louis, as does the service. Come visit us and see for yourself.
Buon Appetito!
Top review
Outoftownervip
Dined 2 days ago
Date night. Food was excellent, so was the service!
A photo of Russell's on Macklind restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1130)
$30 and under
American
St. Louis Hills
About the restaurant
Russells on Macklind is a neighborhood restaurant that serves seasonal farm to table dinner and weekend brunch. We are well known for our extensive bakery offerings as well as a bar that features seasonal cocktails, local craft beers, and wine. Russells is located in a renovated 100 year old building at the corner of Murdoch and Macklind in the Southampton neighborhood of St. Louis. We pride ourselves on serving exceptional food in a warm and inviting neighborhood atmosphere.
Top review
PeggyGvip
Dined 2 days ago
We consider a few trips to Russell's to be a major summer tradition. The service is always friendly and professional. The menu has variety and appeal. The food is delicious and well prepared and beautifully presented. Last night inspired us to keep the tradition going. Plus we introduced it to friends and they loved it as well.
A photo of Beyond Sweet restaurant
4.5
4.5 (209)
$50 and over
American
The Loop
About the restaurant
Beyond Sweet Kitchen + Bar is St. Louis' newest vibe.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Perfection. Our server, the hostess, the vibe, the energy, the food! We were there for date night. However I would go with friends and family too! Even the bathrooms were cute! Dress light in summer. Warm summer nights make it warm in there! It was our server’s birthday - she is the lead with red hair - excellent - more than accommodating - exceptional. The hostess - a gem - the all black long hair jumpsuit she had paired with her sweetness to accommodate when I mentioned it was a bit too loud. A++++++ Will keep coming back! Avianne Clay
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