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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Midtown

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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!


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4.9
4.9 (2656)
$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
DavidZvip
Dined 7 days ago
This was a birthday dinner with my family. Everything was wonderful. The food was phenomenal. Nothing was even average. Fortunately for me, my guests let me taste their dishes, so I had a great sampling! The service was also excellent. I have not been in many years, but I'll be back as soon as I can.
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4.8
4.8 (1355)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Clayton
About the restaurant
"Truffles has always managed that elusive balance of refinement and relaxed casualness...” Sauce, 8/2011

“This is a top-tier eatery. The kitchen is reinvigorated and inventive…” STL Magazine, 5/2011.

Truffles strives to produce a menu that easily fuses rustic and contemporary American cooking. With simplicity and seasonality as our guide, house-made specialties such as pasta and salumi are prepared fresh every day and are complemented by choice selections of locally sourced and raised meats, seafood and inventive sides. The Truffles menu begins in the fields, rivers and farms of the Midwest and our award-winning wine list features wines from every corner of the earth. We bring the best flavors of the season direct to your plate.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 14, 2024
Our service and food were both excellent. We will definitely be returning soon.
A photo of Del Pietro's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1017)
$30 and under
Italian
Richmond Heights
About the restaurant
Del Pietro's is a casual affordable Italian restaurant serving fresh pastas, pizza, salads, antipasti, entrees, local beers, and a diverse wine list.
Top review
SallyPvip
Dined 3 days ago
Always great service, food, and atmosphere. Love being greeted by Rose Del Pietro and Mike the bartender, manager.
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4.8
4.8 (602)
$30 and under
Italian
Clayton
About the restaurant
Southern Italian Restaurant and wine bar. Luxurious craft cocktails, worldly wine list. A chic, seen or be seen up-scale eatery in an uncharted area of Clayton's business district.
Top review
Hawkeye
Dined on Jul 15, 2024
Dined at Del Pietros last month, great experience, anxious to dine here. Lovely dining room, welcoming staff. Ordered from Restaurant week menu. Great options for husband and me. Especially loved the tiramisu!
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4.8
4.8 (1138)
$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
LWS2ndvip
Dined 6 days ago
A hidden gem that has become one of our favorite restaurants.
A photo of Oceano Bistro - Clayton restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3561)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Clayton
About the restaurant
Welcome to Oceano Bistro, St. Louis premiere fresh fish bistro.

Our chefs, in partnerships with fishermen, farmers, and food artisans have searched the world's seas to bring the St. Louis area what is enjoyed by those who are living on the coast. We then pair it innovative and exciting fresh local producers and flavor combinations certain to dazzle every discerning palate at prices that are a great value for a great catch.

Top review
Funtimevip
Dined 1 day ago
Great service! Good was excellent! Very enjoyable dining experience with friends!
A photo of Dominics Trattoria restaurant
4.6
4.6 (453)
$30 and under
Italian
Clayton
About the restaurant




Dominic"s Trattoria in Clayton is what a Trattoria is all about; Family owned and operated since March of 1997. Presenting authentic and regional dishes in a casual but elegant atmosphere. Some featured Italian dishes include Chicken Saltimbocca, Tenderloin Monte Carlo, Grilled Lamb Chops, Veal Milanese, Linguini with Fresh Clams and many other delectable creations. Dine in a cozy, relaxing atmosphere with gracious, personal service and a beautiful view of Shaw Park.

Complementary Valet Parking available in the evenings.

Please note: Due to limited seating in our bar, you must contact us to guarantee a table in that area.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Delicious food!!! Can’t wait to go back there again
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4.6
4.6 (178)
$30 and under
Californian
University City
About the restaurant
Welcome to Frida’s and Bonito Bar. We are one of the area's most seasoned healthy restaurants. We pride ourselves serving plant-forward pescatarian and Californian cuisine. We invite you for lunch or dinner with friends and loved ones. After ten years, we have over 30 accolades including Top 100 Restaurants in St. Louis, A-List Chef/Owner, A-List Restaurant, Best Vegetarian and Best Non-Beef Burger by St. Louis Magazine, Feast and RFT.

Our bar and cocktail lounge serves house and classic cocktails, low ABV and fresh mocktails. We also provide a late night snack menu. We are located in a quaint neighborhood setting in North Clayton / University City. Pet friendly / outdoor dining available. Bar is first come first serve.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Everything was perfect. The service was amazing from the minute we stepped in. Food and drinks were SO good. Can’t wait to come back!
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4.5
4.5 (455)
$30 and under
Mexican
University City
About the restaurant
Voted Best New Restaurant by St. Louis Magazine and Feast Magazine. St. Louis Magazine A-List Restaurant. Our Queso Flameado, is described as St. Louis' Best Queso by food editor, Ian Froeb of The St. Louis Post Dispatch.

We are an elevated Mexican restaurant with a beautiful, yet casual atmosphere. Located in a quaint residential area in University City, just steps from Clayton, our tropical oasis awaits you. Our menu is comprised of mostly small plates so you can experience multiple items to satisfy your palate. You can't go wrong with our costra (grilled cheese) tacos, sheetpan nachos, enchiladas or barramundi tacos. Our margaritas and cocktails are made with fresh juice, squeezed in house and only the best ingredients. Relax on our patio, open air or garden dining rooms. We have all day happy hour.


Top review
KevinTvip
Dined 3 days ago
Great food and service. Nice open air ambience. The neighborhood is nice and accessible.
A photo of Boogaloo - St. Louis restaurant
4.0
4 (713)
$30 and under
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Maplewood
About the restaurant
Located in downtown Maplewood we are a fun, casual restaurant and bar featuring Cuban/Creole/Caribbean cuisine served both as Tapas and Large Plates. We have a fun, eclectic aesthetic with alligator skin wall paper, murals, beautiful mirrors and chandeliers and our signature swings at the bar. We serve a full selection of drinks with our specialty Mojitos and Caipirinhas as well as wine, bottled beer and 10 beers on tap.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
Great food, great value, great service. Will be sad to see it go.
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