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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Downtown

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 Square One Brewery & Distillery restaurant
4.9
4.9 (916)
$30 and under
Pub
Soulard / Benton Park
About the restaurant
"Patio seating is first come, first served. You can make a request for the patio in your reservation, and while we can't guarantee patio seating we do try to honor your request*

Located in historic Lafayette Square just south of downtown St. Louis, Square One Brewery & Distillery began operations as a Brewery & Restaurant in February of 2006. We strive to produce the highest quality and unique flavors that are not likely to be found in the large volume production of most beer and spirits today. By combining the expertise of the distiller, master brewer, and chef, we are committed to creating an amazing array of flavors and tastes for our customers.
Top review
Andrewvip
Dined 7 days ago
Great food, beer, service, and atmosphere. This is going to be a regular for us and definitely before Cards games. Great value too and don't miss the Scotch Eggs or brownie dessert.
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.

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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 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.
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KateK
Dined on May 23, 2024
What an amazing venue and ambiance! The music was outstanding and the food was next level! I don't think I will be able to eat fish and chips anywhere else after this amazing entree last night - it will pale in comparison! And the Wellington Bites - I wish we hadn't agreed to share them, as I could have eaten all four. Tremendous overall experience - I'll be back soon!
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
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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 Robust restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1221)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Webster Groves
About the restaurant
It is our desire to light a spark of adventure within you and encourage you to explore and rediscover a passion for life through truly experiencing what wine, food and hospitality are all about.

When you experience wine, you experience life. Wine encompasses a world of history, food, travel, culture, and romance. Whether a novice wine drinker or expert, Robust wants to create an enjoyable and enriching experience that educates each guest to the next level.

Sip wines, sample our tasting plates and shop our wines and gifts. Our menu of artisan cheeses, charcuterie and unique gourmet tasting plates are inspired by our wine selection.

Wines are listed by Robust Factor™ - a friendly format to help you navigate through the vast world of wines. With more than 40 wines by the glass, wine flights, and a full bottle list, choose your favorites or our onsite sommeliers will be happy to accommodate you with a selection.
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Kard
Dined 3 days ago
We went to Robust for “Paella on the Patio”. We ordered appetizers and drinks in addition to the paella. The service was outstanding, our young server was very attentive and friendly. The hummus appetizer was a little “thick and doughy “ but tasty. We paid an extra $4 for a few carrot & celery sticks. The drinks were great ! It was a bit surprising that the “spa drink” (non alcoholic beverage) came in a bottle I could have bought at the grocery store. The sparkling Rose was perfect for a hot day , as was the strawberry lemonade. The paella rice was tasty but sparse in the shrimp and seafood department - we each got one shrimp, one clam and no scallops. Overall, we enjoyed the event - pricey for what you get.
A photo of Guido's Pizza and Tapas restaurant
4.7
4.7 (608)
$30 and under
Italian
The Hill
About the restaurant
Serving a "Taste of Spain in The Middle of Italy" Family owned and operated Guido"s has both Spanish and Italian cuisine. We offer everything from Homemade Sangria to tapas and paella as well as the areas best thin crust pizza. Open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner. We also have carry out, delivery and catering available.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Took my dad there for Father's Day cuz he loves Italian based on a recommendation. The food was amazing. One of the best Tutto Mare I have ever had and I tried my dad's manicotti which was also amazing. Definitely plan on going back again.
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A photo of Stone Turtle restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1091)
$30 and under
American
St. Louis
About the restaurant
Stone Turtle is an American Restaurant and Whiskey Bar located in the heart of Dogtown, Saint Louis, just south of Turtle Park.

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LisaM
Dined 5 days ago
GREAT restaurant. We chose this as it showed it near The Muny, and we had tickets for opening night. Food was fabulous, we all had steaks and goat cheese salads. Very nice, attentive waiter. We highly recommend!
A photo of Clover and the Bee restaurant
4.6
4.6 (11)
$30 and under
Wine Bar
Webster Groves
About the restaurant
A neighborhood café and wine bar from the people behind Olive + Oak, bringing you food & wine that is fresh, casual, and simple. A place where the service is efficient and the hospitality is heartfelt. We open early offering fresh baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, and a seasonal breakfast menu. Our lunch menu features sandwiches, soups, and fresh salads. We open Thursday-Saturday evenings featuring an evolving menu of seasonal small plates from Executive Chef Mike Risk paired with wines that have been thoughtfully sourced to showcase the people that make them and the places they are from. A thoughtful list of local beer, cocktails and NA beverages are available to enjoy as well.

Authentic. Unpretentious. Delicious.

Walk in only for breakfast and lunch. Reservations recommended for dinner.
Top review
StLouisFanvip
Dined on May 31, 2024
The food and service were great. They did a good job accommodating a food issue. Very friendly staff. Good food and beverage options.
A photo of Walnut Grill - Sunset Hills restaurant
4.2
4.2 (455)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
St. Louis
About the restaurant
Here at Walnut Grill we offer delicious American cuisine with exceptional fresh seafood prepared by our culinary team. The modern atmosphere of our bar and lounge area makes us the perfect destination to bring a date and enjoy one of our specialty martinis or distinct craft beers. Our full bar is equipped with multiple large screen TVs and can accommodate you and your friends when you are watching your favorite sports team! Or you can come to celebrate your next special occasion in our dining room! If you would like, we also offer dining on our outdoor patio and bar that is sure to make your dining experience with us exceptional! Delicious food, gracious energetic service and our upscale ambiance is designed to please every diner! We accept reservations for our dining room and banquet dining room, our patio and lounge areas are seated on a first come first serve basis.
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paulajeanvip
Dined 2 days ago
The lunch selections are very good and we like the specials. Overall a good value and good service.
A photo of Pennydrop Bar + Kitchen restaurant
3.5
3.5 (28)
$30 and under
American
St. Louis
About the restaurant
Pennydrop Bar + Kitchen serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner to guests and visitors alike. Grab a bite before exploring the city or drop in and celebrate a day well done with drinks, sharable plates and games. Our lounge is just the place to unwind after a day of excitement and accomplishment in St. Louis.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 31, 2024
I truly enjoyed my birthday dinner in the Private Dining Room! The servers Maurice and Devi were extremely accommodating, clean, understanding, and so kind! They have great energy and I loved the atmosphere. Although I must say that the singer they had at the front of the hotel, was kind, but her mic was too loud and she sang songs that weren’t quite in her vocal range. That was off putting and we ended up having to close the doors, unfortunately. Other than that, we had a great time and will be back again!
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