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Broadway Oyster Bar
Price: Moderate
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.

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  • FaithC
    1 review
    Dined 2 days ago
    This was our first visit to Charlie Gitto's and it was great! The service was superb and the food was excellent. We will definitely be going there again!
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    Charlie Gitto's 'On the Hill'Price: Expensive• Italian• The Hill
  • RogerC
    1 review
    Dined 5 days ago
    Amazing amazing amazing! We will be back like tomorrow!! Awesome atmosphere, wonderful staff, the food....we have no words except wish we were still eating it! Perfect place for a perfect night for our anniversary! Thank you ALL so much!!!!
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    Broadway Oyster BarPrice: Moderate• Seafood• St. Louis
  • JerryO
    1 review
    Dined 6 days ago
    The air conditioning was on full blast with 4 vents focused on our original table. F-F-F-FREEZING! The waitress would not move us from our table for 4 to a less frigid table for 4 without approval of the manager who was not available for about 10 minutes. I had to go to my car to retrieve a quilted vest for my wife to put on, over her dress and sweater. The other 2 ladies in our party suffered through the cold. The hotel’s maintenance person was nowhere to be found. It was a most unpleasant beginning for an otherwise fine dinner. Our first server was rather bureaucratic. She seemed more like a Social Security Administration employee than a server ready to endear new customers to a fine dining establishment. She warmed up as the evening progressed, tho there seldom ever is an impression as strong as the first one. She ought to go outside the hotel & meet Hakeem and Monday’s other valet. They could teach her a thing or two about smiling, and taking care of customers! Also, I called the restaurant twice to ask if the Executive Chef would be working on a Monday (9/18, my wife’s birthday). NO one ever returned my calls. That was another negative first impression. Maybe Hakeem should be considered for telephone & managerial duties! Whoever the chef was Monday night did a fine job. If I were he, I’d try to go out front & say hello to the patrons, time allowing, of course. The Birthday-candles churros were a nice touch. Respectfully, Jerry
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    Idol Wolf - 21c Museum Hotel St. LouisPrice: Expensive• Spanish• St. Louis
  • ColinD
    1 review
    Dined on Sep 12, 2023
    This place has been around for a while now but has somehow eluded me. Finally went before a concert last night and really enjoyed it. The cocktails were great. Apps were very good. Ordered the ribeye and it was cooked perfectly. I was very happy with the service and meal overall.
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    Eleven Eleven MississippiPrice: Moderate• Italian• St. Louis
  • OpenTable Diner
    San Francisco Bay Area •2 reviews
    Dined on Jan 1, 2023
    Wow! This place is absolutely amazing. We visited for a Sunday Brunch, and we absolutely cannot wait to back. We both loved our food and cocktails, and out waitress did a fantastic job. Very kind and attentive. Compliments to the chef. Seriously one of the best brunch spot I have ever experienced. Can’t wait to go and experience a lunch/dinner.
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    Brasserie by NichePrice: Moderate• French• St. Louis

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Downtown St. Louis has a great variety of restaurants that serve up everything from American to Asian to European cuisines. In particular, the Gateway City has developed a reputation for its delicious barbecue joints. Diners can expect these places to have a wide variety of meat, from ribs to brisket and a great selection of sauces as well. If you're not in the mood for barbecue, there are plenty of different Korean and Chinese spots to choose from. These restaurants serve a great selection of noodle and rice dishes along with soups and specialty meats. The local Italian spots are known for their fresh pasta, brick oven pizzas, and selection of fine wines.

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Dog friendly restaurants in Downtown include Brasserie by Niche, Broadway Oyster Bar and Stone Turtle

Child friendly restaurants in Downtown include The London Tea Room, Broadway Oyster Bar and Lorenzo's Trattoria

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