New Restaurants and Bars in St. Louis

December 18, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

You can’t stay on top of the St. Louis dining scene without knowing what’s new — which is why we offer this indispensable list of the most notable restaurant openings around town. We’ll update the guide every month, keeping the latest openings at the top of the page.

Pig & Pickle
American · $$

A Southern-inspired small-plates menu invites diners to graze on a variety of bites, from a fried chicken biscuit to brisket jambalaya, at this DeBaliviere Place kitchen, with classic cocktails to complement the fare. Straightforward digs with a wraparound bar are relaxed in feel.
Hugo's Pizzeria
Pizza · $

Roman-style pizzas feature housemade sauces and pepperoni at this Midtown spot, with gluten-free dough and vegan cheese available at no additional charge. Relaxed brick-walled digs are outfitted with communal tables and bright yellow chairs, and there's additional seating on a patio.
The Capital Grille
Bar · $$$

This Clayton outpost of a special-occasion steakhouse chain serves up classic fare from both land and sea (think dry-aged strip steaks and buttery lobster tails, plus a raw bar) for lunch and dinner in a contemporary setting.
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
Italian · $$

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
Taco · $

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
$

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
Filipino · $

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
Ice Cream · $

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
Barbecue · $

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.