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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in St. Louis

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in St. Louis? 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 (47)
$30 and under
Unspecified
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 3 days ago
food was absolutely delicious, service was even better. i wish i could give them a 15/10. Nick made the best drinks in STL, and the hospitality was even better. Rita was an amazing server who was so kind, outgoing, and tended to our every need. Brie was so nice and answered any questions we had, overall amazing. We came here for our anniversary and the whole team made the whole experience amazing. We will be back again!!!
A photo of Truffles - St. Louis restaurant
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 Il Palato restaurant
4.8
4.8 (601)
$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
MaryKarenE
Dined 3 days ago
I love eating here. It feels good. The large window is gorgeous and the portion size is just right. We ate every bit. I saw the owner looking at each and every dish as it left the kitchen to ensure it was just right. Excellent quality and fair prices.
A photo of Napoli Sea restaurant
4.8
4.8 (472)
$31 to $50
Seafood
St. Charles
About the restaurant
Napoli Sea located at the Streets of St. Charles is family owned and operated by the Pietoso Family. You will quickly feel as if you are in a coastal city with the beautiful ambiance and nautical vibe. Selections include the freshest fish flown in daily amongst many other other selections.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Amazing experience as always. Delicious food and drinks, with awesome service. Sea bass was great!
A photo of Prasino - St. Charles, MO restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3215)
$31 to $50
American
St. Charles
About the restaurant
Prasino is an eco-friendly restaurant in St. Louis, MO that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Prasino means green, which is at the heart of the restaurant's mission - to provide healthy food at an affordable price in a modern, environmentally conscious setting.

Prasino emphasizes seasonal, local, and organic food whenever possible. Its commitment to sustainability is incorporated in Prasino's eco-chic design.




Top review
NataliaTennis
Dined 1 day ago
We are from out of town and didn’t know what to expect. But was pleasantly surprised to have a delicious sushi roll and beautiful beet/burrata salad. Also ordered the Tuna carpaccio appetizer , but wasn’t fond of it. A bit over cooked and chewy. However, the service was great and timely. I would definitely recommend it and go back.
A photo of Olive + Oak restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1232)
$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
SPClearwaterFLvip
Dined 3 days ago
One of our favorite restaurants. The food was delicious and the service was great!
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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!
A photo of Idol Wolf - 21c Museum Hotel St. Louis restaurant
4.6
4.6 (280)
$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
ChiMom
Dined on Jul 8, 2024
Absolutely stunned with how amazing Idol Wolf is! The food was so delicious, the service absolutely impeccable. If you are in the area and looking for a superb evening, this is your spot. Inside the 21c Museum Hotel, this is a TRUE gem. We arrived early and spent some time viewing the amazing art on the upper floor. Even the stairwell was breathtaking. Truly a phenomenal place. We will most certainly be back!
A photo of The Melting Pot - Town & Country, MO restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1758)
$50 and over
Fondue
Chesterfield
About the restaurant
Located close to Chesterfield Mall just 2 miles from I-64, The Melting Pot is an elegant, yet approachable addition to Chesterfield’s food scene.

In our relaxed, welcoming setting, families feel at home and long-lost friends have the opportunity they need to reconnect. If you're looking for ideas for a date, book a Thursdate™ and we'll take care of the rest. Our crave-able menu selections will leave you begging for more, whether you choose 1, 2, 3, or more courses.

Dip artisan breads into bubbling cheese. Whet your appetite with handmade salad dressings on crisp greens. Cook tender strips of steak or pieces of shrimp with your cooking style and sauces. And end your culinary journey with one of our famous fondue desserts, which include fresh fruits and melted, gooey chocolates. For occasions that matter, we’re proud to be your go-to spot in Chesterfield, Missouri.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Our server Kylie C was very sweet and took awesome care of us.
A photo of Boogaloo - St. Louis restaurant
4.0
4 (712)
$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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