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Broadway Oyster Bar

4.8
4.8
112 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood

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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Booked 50 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Creole, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (314) 621-8811

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    For catering please contact the restaurant for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    For private events please contact the restaurant for more information.

  • Neighborhood

    St. Louis

  • Cross street

    Gratiot

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    We are located 2 blocks from Busch Stadium transit stop.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 112 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • St. Louis

    Hot Spot

  • St. Louis

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Downtown

    Best Overall

  • Downtown

    Best Food

  • Downtown

    Best Value

  • Downtown

    Good for Groups

  • Downtown

    Hot Spot

  • Downtown

    Outdoor Dining

  • Downtown

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Downtown

    Most Booked

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  1. HM

    HallieMR23

    New Orleans

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place was great! A little slice of NOLA right in the middle of downtown STL. The gumbo was delicious. The crawfish bisque was fantastic- thicker than a traditional bisque though. The crawfish enchiladas were a risky choice for me but the reward was great! Delicious and interesting flavor. They have a kid’s menu just not posted online, but it becomes less kid-friendly the later you go so be prepared for that. Can’t wait to come back for an adult evening and take advantage of the live music and libations!

  2. m

    matt804st

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience. Food and service were amazing.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I always have dinner here while visiting St. Louis. If you enjoy live music, Cajun and creole fare, and New Orleans vibes this is the place for you. Casual, good for groups, and always delicious. As long as there’s not a ball game the parking is street and easy. There are random steps and a lot of the tables are a tight fit so I don’t think this would be a great place for wheel chair users or mobility issues.

  4. K

    Ksays

    St. Louis

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food5service4ambience4

    We dine at the Broadway Oyster Bar quite often and love the food. Last night we had an unfortunate experience. The flies were unbearable! The food was delicious, as usual, service was good, but we will not be returning until after summer or the flies or gone. We were just in Turks and Caicos and they lit citronella candles with lemons on the sides to get rid of the flies. It helped tremendously. BOB needs to do something and quickly. I’ve need had an experience like this here, and I won’t be back until they resolve this. I suspect flies are much worse with fish, seafood, etc.

  5. C

    Carrie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Enjoyed the alligator tacos and Voodoo shrimp tacos. Great service and we were seated right away even though it was busy for Father’s Day.

  6. J

    Jasmine

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very friendly staff. Excellent food as always!!!!!

  7. s

    stephaniew

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love the atmosphere and the food is amazing! We had the best server and will be back ASAP!

  8. AK

    AkassiK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Overall I enjoyed myself with my boyfriend who I invited for Father's day! First the receptionist told me there were no notes on my reservation specifying that I made a reservation for seat outside. But the website only gives you 2 options on where you want to be seated at. She then told us that if we needed space outside , we needed to wait 30 more mins... I'll make sure to come back again when bands are playing, it's so much fun! Staff are great and attentive. Great place and ambience!!!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a very fun place. One of the hardest working staff I've ever seen.

  10. TR

    TinaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyed the BOB very much..!! The food was great the band was great and we had a great time!!!

  11. AT

    AndrewT

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went for Crab Fest- everything was great. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a classic Cajun spot.

  12. AP

    AngP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Hadn't been for quite a while so I emailed with some questions - Mary replied quickly and politely and answered everything I asked. Bit of a wait last night for having a reservation but nothing horrible - place was jumpin'. Only slight disappointments were: 1. being sat at a very tiny 2 top just outside the bathrooms, and 2. why bother asking on the website if the reservation is for a special occasion if all that comes of it is the seating hostess saying a quick "Happy birthday" and that's all? Otherwise, server was nice and food was fantastic.

  13. K

    Karen

    St. Louis

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have never had a bad experience or bad food! It’s one of our favorites !

  14. RL

    RachelL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    How can you not love this place! Every time me and my friends go, we are not ever disappointed.

  15. AT

    AlexT

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4

    Food is great and so is the energetic atmosphere. Server forgot our appetizers so we got them at the very end of the meal. Couldn’t waive down the server for drinks so I had to order from the manager. Food also came so fast that it felt like we were being rushed out for the next customer. I’d come back only to sit at the bar and have a quick meal. But if you want a comfortable meal with some friends I’d go somewhere else.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, great food, great music! My boyfriend and I had a blast!

  17. KK

    KevinK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Fun and unique atmosphere. Great food and drinks!

  18. S

    Samm

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Clean and a very friendly staff. The food was great. If you like oysters a great place to go.

  19. B

    Bobby

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food, wonderful service. The bread pudding was an excellent end to the meal

  20. GS

    GregS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The BOB has increased its quality over the years. As a customer for over 35 years, I’ve witnessed (and tasted) a steady rise in “doing-it-better” and holding onto it.

  21. KS

    KariS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Music was great. Food was good. Service was great.

  22. ES

    EmilyS

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Broadway Oyster Bar continues to be one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. As a former St. Louis native, I go EVERY time I am back in town without fail. This last trip I took some friends from out of town, and the pickiest one said "This is seriously some of the best food I have EVER had." You can't sleep on Broadway Oyster Bar. Everything you get is flawlessly delicious every single time. I have been going for almost ten years now and every time I am back it's the best meal of my life. Whether you go crawfish enchiladas (my favorite), spicy shrimp tacos, or one of the amazing pasta dishes, you can DO NO WRONG.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2

    Food was good enough for me to go back, service was excellent (staff was super friendly), but being new to the area we made the mistake of sitting on the patio after a Cardinals game. There was a drunk and VERY loud couple of tables next to us who clearly had been at the earlier game. They kept singing and just otherwise being obnoxious. We should have opted for indoor seating as they made our experience less than satisfactory. That's not the restaurant's fault though.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Seated 12 of us! Great food Great times!

  25. MY

    MsYumYum

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a great time at B.O.B., spent time in the beer garden before moving into the eating area down the side. Food was fabulous, fresh and really tasty. Every staff member went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed ourselves and we loved it. Great atmosphere, especially with the live music. YamYam were playing and although I hadn’t caught up with them before I’ll definitely make a point of following them now. Highly recommend B.O.B. if you are up for a cool and great value night out in St Louis.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    We made reservations for right after a cardinals game. Luckily we were sat outside right in front of the musician. I truly felt like I was in a bar in New Orleans with this ambiance and food. We ordered the alligator, sausage, and shrimp cheesecake, which was amazing and a must try. The oyster Rockefeller medley was also great. And per recommendation from our server, we also split the crawfish enchiladas, which were also amazing. I recommend all of those items. They also had a great patio with a live musician playing outside. Overall great ambiance, amazing food that is different, and a true experience.

  27. K

    Kathryn

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So much fun to have alive band playing while enjoying dinner!

  28. HU

    HopeU

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everytime we’re in the city we make it a point to be there! Our favorite place to eat. Always great food and service.

  29. EB

    EricB

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The shrimp voodoo never disappoints. It is a Must when you eat at BOB. The drinks are cheap. The music is always great.

  30. K

    Keke

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a wonderful experience,When we come here.There service and food is the best.

  31. J

    Jingle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Service was a little off but attributed to full house, but thought waitress was not very attentive

  32. AC

    AmyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and atmosphere! Gave us free bottled water to take to the Cardinals game!

  33. JA

    JudithA

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3

    The host was exceptional. Waitress was a little swamped but she made it to us and food came on a timely matter. It was delicious we had grouper, and tuna....

  34. KM

    KendallM

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best Cajun options in STL. Long standing patio seating option. Always a solid choice. Parking only real issue

  35. RM

    ReyaM

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience!

  36. K

    Katie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great atmosphere, food and service for a fun night out.

  37. DW

    DeannaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    We loved the whole experience. The vibe was fun and casual. The food was delicious. Server did not hesitate to make recommendations. Definitely recommend reservations if coming after a ballgame on the weekend.

  38. ML

    MegL

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had oysters , shrimp and grits and shrimp voodoo tacos with drinks for my birthday dinner. Everything was great.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food. Traveling on the road and happened upon restaurant. Lucky find

  40. T

    Tevi

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    waiter was friendly and attentive. the food was very good but not superb. the prices were fair and the band was fantastic!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Broadway Oyster Bar using the Order Online button. Broadway Oyster Bar also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Broadway Oyster Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (314) 621-8811.

Broadway Oyster Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 112 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 50 times today
Google Map for Broadway Oyster Bar

736 S. Broadway St. Louis, MO 63102

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Gratiot

  • Neighborhood

    St. Louis

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Creole, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    We are located 2 blocks from Busch Stadium transit stop.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (314) 621-8811

  • Catering

    For catering please contact the restaurant for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    For private events please contact the restaurant for more information.

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