Hottest Restaurants and Bars in St. Louis

November 22, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Looking for the next best place to dine or drink? Check out one of these St. Louis hot spots.

Half & Half Webster Groves
Brunch · $

These daytime haunts serve brunch classics – from biscuits to burgers – alongside craft coffees and cocktails in cheery, light-filled spaces with pale woods and warm vibes.
Katie's Pizza & Pasta
Pizza · $$

These relaxed eateries from a husband-and-wife team dish up modern takes on regional Italian cuisine, including artisanal wood-fired pizzas and handcrafted pastas. Cozy spaces are outfitted with mismatched chairs and modern lights, with a patio at the expanded Town and Country location.
Taco Buddha

Globally inspired tacos headline the constantly changing, seasonally focused menu at this University City haunt, with fillings inspired by the cuisines of Mexico, India, Asia and beyond. The rustic-chic setting features a handwritten menu detailing the offerings of the day, wood furnishings and plants, plus additional seating on the patio.
Nudo House STL
Ramen · $

It’s all about the noodles at this Creve Coeur hot spot (from the team behind Mai Lee Restaurant), where bowls of pho and ramen are complemented by cold appetizers and housemade soft serve (flavors rotate). Mains are assembled in a large open kitchen in plain sight of the stylish dining room with warm woods and industrial hanging bulbs.
Guerrilla Street Food

These brick-and-mortar iterations of a pioneering food truck (one of the first in St. Louis) present a changing menu of ‘old school’ Filipino classics like chicken adobo and clever ‘new school’ creations like a sisig taco in simple spaces that let the food shine. The food truck still makes the rounds, with menu and location details posted online.
Clementine's Naughty & Nice Creamery

These quaint scoop shops churn out a rotating selection of handcrafted ice creams, with ‘naughty’ booze-infused flavors like maple bourbon, ‘nice’ nonalcoholic creations like blackberry buttermilk (made with local blackberries), and vegan options. Handwritten chalkboard menus outline daily offerings in cozy spaces with vintage accents.
J. Smugs GastroPit
Gastropub · $

BBQ staples and housemade sauces share the menu with unexpected starters like bacon-wrapped street corn and smoked meatballs at this low-key 'cue joint on The Hill, which serves plenty of craft beers to wash it all down. Housed in a former filling station, the rustic space offers most of its seating out front at shaded tables.
Mac's Local Eats
Burger · $

Smashed dry-aged beef patties draw a crowd to this burger counter inside Tamm Avenue Bar, where offerings (think boudin balls and candied bacon) change based on what’s locally available. Down-home digs match the straightforward fare, with picnic table seating on a simple patio.
American · $$

Vegetable-forward plates take center stage at this Central West End American from two Blue Hill alums, whose daily changing menu uses local ingredients and sustainable meats. A mostly white palate, dark wood furniture and lots of windows, inside and out, create a chic, contemporary scene, and there's a full bar.