tony's in clayton photo courtesy of ryan weitzel for tony's

9 of the most beautiful restaurant spaces in St. Louis

Going out simply hits different post-pandemic. If you’re planning a night on the town, you may as well have the most decadent experience you can. These spaces will whisk you away to a different reality.

The long-awaited move from legacy restaurant Tony’s is finally upon us – and it was worth the anticipation. Its updated vibe, contemporary architecture and stunning art makes the perfect ambiance for a most extraordinary menu of Italian classics.
105 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.231.7007,

the golden hoosier // photo by carmen troesser

The Golden Hoosier
A newer addition to the South City scene, The Golden Hoosier aims for the rustic charm of your uncle’s favorite hunting lodge. From period light fixtures and taxidermic animals to creative cocktails and a cozy back patio, this welcoming bar has a deliberate aesthetic that you’ll want to inhabit for a few hours.
3707 S. Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, 314.354.8044,

brennan's // photo courtesy of r.j. hartbeck for brennan's

Brennan’s new bar in Central West End – which we lovingly call Brennan’s 3.0 – is one of the most dapper, romantic, sleek spaces in St. Louis. Wood and leather line the lounge, while beautiful art-filled walls make the perfect setting to enjoy some cool cocktails and satisfying spirits.
316 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, 314.497.4449,

edera italian eatery // photo by carmen troesser

Edera Italian Eatery
The lushly planted courtyard patio at Edera Italian Eatery feels like your own secret garden in the city, while the interior is outfitted with gold-embossed wallpaper and dark leather banquettes. Either space provides the perfect setting for the most stylish pizza date this side of Italy.
48 Maryland Plaza, St. Louis, 314.361.7227,

the benevolent king // photo courtesy of greg rannells for bengelina hospitality group

The Benevolent King
All of Ben Poremba’s restaurants have unique and powerful vibes, but The Benevolent King might be his most lavish space. Full of dark wood with halcyon features, romantic mood lighting and, of course, excellent food, it’s a feeling you won’t want to cut away from.
7268 Manchester Ave., Maplewood, 314.899.0440,

casa don alfonso // photo by meera nagarajan

Casa Don Alfonso
Nestled inside Clayton’s extravagant Ritz-Carlton is Casa Don Alfonso, a delightful Italian restaurant from the Iaccarino family, whose first restaurant, Don Alfonso 1890, has been awarded two Michelin stars. Between the gorgeous open kitchen and the elegant decor, this restaurant is a must-visit. (The delicious pizza and enticing wine list don’t hurt, either).
100 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.719.1496,

the bellwether // photo by meera nagarajan

The Bellwether
The Bellwether’s handsome patio is probably the closest you’ll get in this town to feeling like you’re on a chic New York City rooftop. And the inside is a wholly opulent counterpart.
1419 Carroll St., St. Louis, 314.380.3086,

rosalita's // photo by david kovaluk

Rosalita’s Cantina
One of our high-key favorite environments can be found at Rosalita’s Cantina, where a beautiful, airy bar turns any meal or happy hour drink into an elevated encounter.
12796 Manchester Ave., Des Peres, 314.441.7060,

lazy tiger // photo by carmen troesser

Lazy Tiger
Unique, avant-garde drinks and a dark, seductive atmosphere elevate Lazy Tiger to the highest level of our list of coolest bars in St. Louis. It’s the cozy date spot of our dreams.
210 N Euclid Ave, St. Louis, 314.925.8888,