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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Downtown

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies 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!


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4.9
4.9 (41)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Wonderful experience for our first Mother’s Day! The chef curated the food exquisitely
A photo of Hamilton's Urban Steakhouse and Bourbon Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1137)
$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
Gseanh
Dined 4 days ago
Our server Eli was great and the food was too notch. We will definitely return . This is quietly one of the best steak houses in St. Louis.
A photo of Olive + Oak restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1169)
$31 to $50
American
St. Louis
About the restaurant
VIEW TODAY'S MENU HERE https://indd.adobe.com/view/4f193613-6d68-4eef-9d3c-177c76a63667. We set out to create a fun, lively, and approachable restaurant and bar in our own back yard — a friendly, bustling neighborhood spot where the very best in food and drink would be served in a welcoming setting. We are looking at every single detail to make sure that Olive+Oak will be the perfect place to enjoy great wine, craft beer, well made drinks and thoughtful, ingredient driven food with friends and family.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Very nice and they even acknowledged that it was our anniversary
A photo of Cobalt Smoke & Sea restaurant
4.6
4.6 (853)
$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
radpartner
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent food. Excellent cocktails and service
A photo of Perennial on Lockwood restaurant
4.6
4.6 (329)
$30 and under
Brewery
Webster Groves
About the restaurant
We are a small batch brewery, tasting room, and restaurant located in the heart of Old Webster Groves. Perennial on Lockwood is a collaboration between Olive + Oak and Perennial Artisan Ales offering the best in food, beer (yes we have wine and spirits too) and hospitality in a beautifully remodeled historic garage. Join us at our bar, in our dining room or on our patio.
Top review
AlVig
Dined on May 12, 2024
Excellent food and service but the pricing is high ($15 for a Sangria is not a St. Louis price). We were celebrating a special occasion so no grousing about the cost, but $189 for lunch for three detracted from the experience as a host. I can find many lovely and more reasonably priced restaurants in St. Louis.
A photo of Idol Wolf - 21c Museum Hotel St. Louis restaurant
4.6
4.6 (250)
$31 to $50
Spanish
St. Louis
About the restaurant
Inspired by the rich culinary traditions of Spain, Chef Matt Daughaday's inspired cuisine at Idol Wolf takes a playful approach to tapas style dining by combining local and seasonal ingredients with classic Iberian sensibilities.
The menus seamlessly blend traditional takes on Spanish classics, with drinks and dishes that have a distinctly Midwestern point of view – the result is a shared drinking and dining experience that is uniquely craveable, and truly memorable.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
The food was amazing and delicious 🤤! I will definitely return! I can’t wait to try their brunch! The waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable, I wanted everything on the menu the way he explained everything! 5 STARS will definitely be posting on my social media!
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4.5
4.5 (708)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Downtown St. Louis
About the restaurant
Nationally recognized for excellence, Blood and Sand focuses on innovative cuisine, original culinary cocktails, and intimate service. We received the "Best of 'Award of Excellence'" from Wine Spectator Magazine, as one of the premier wine destinations in the world. While open to the public, memberships are available with exclusive benefits for a nominal fee.

Walk-ins Welcome, Reservations Required Fri &Sat
For Parties of 7+ call us at 314-241-7263
Incomplete Parties Will Be Seated When All Guest Arrive

The A La Carte Menu is Available 'til 9PM & F-Sat 'til 10PM
5 and 10 Course Tasting Menu Available 'til 8 PM
Bar Dinner Menu Available Hour Before Close

5 Course Tasting Available for Parties Up to 6

10 Course Tasting Available for Parties Up to 4. Please Note Your Desire In Your Reservation 48 Hrs in Advance.
To Provide the Best Experience for the 10 course, All Diners Must Participate

For the Custom Chef's Tasting Experience Please Call or Email Us 72 Hrs in Advance

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
Definitely do the 5 course with wine pairing. Mitchell was fantastic. Wife and I had a great experience for her birthday.
A photo of Gallagher's - Waterloo restaurant
4.5
4.5 (478)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
St. Louis
About the restaurant
Located in historic downtown Waterloo, Illinois, and just minutes from St. Louis, Gallagher's has served award-winning food and drink for over a decade. After an extensive two-year renovation, our doors reopened in January 2023. Come explore our new food, drink, and atmosphere.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Loved our Mother's Day meal here. The food, especially the fried chicken, was excellent. The dessert of chocolate covered strawberry short cake was the best dessert I have had...it could not have been better. Also loved the rolls, and their gravy can't be beat. Our server was very attentive and very responsive to our needs. The meal was a great experience and worth every penny.
A photo of Armory STL restaurant
4.5
4.5 (25)
$30 and under
American
St. Louis
About the restaurant
Armory STL is the biggest bar in St. Louis! This multi-venue entertainment destination features 250,000 square feet of space to gather, play, eat, drink, and discover. With the largest television screen in town, 40+ free games, 6 massive bars, 2 food outlets, and all the entertainment you could need... plan your next outing at Armory STL!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 13, 2024
Experience was good! Wish there were more food options and possibly healthier options, too. Some of the games, like the baseball throw, needed to be calibrated. But overall, it was a lot of fun! . We’ll definitely be back!
A photo of Ramsay's Kitchen restaurant
4.3
4.3 (117)
$31 to $50
American
St. Louis
About the restaurant
The Ramsay’s Kitchen concept, inspired by Chef Ramsay’s travels, takes guests on a global culinary journey. Celebrating Chef Ramsay’s renowned dishes, the menu offers an array of elevated yet approachable plates, entrées and craft cocktails.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
It was an incredible experience. The staff was all amazing and super friendly, whether inside or outside. The food was not only healthy, but delicious. I loved how comfortable to seating was and the relaxed ambience. This place is definitely a treat.
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