St. Louis Travel Guide

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What to Eat in St. Louis

From St. Louis-style barbecue to classic pub grub to authentic Bosnian and Italian fare, odds are you'll find plenty to sink your teeth into in this vibrant multicultural city. Many of the city's neighborhoods are home to a particular ethnic background and style of cuisine, so if you know what kind of food you're after, consult Explore St. Louis' Neighborhoods page before venturing out for grub. Or if you'd rather heed the advice of past diners, try eating at one of the following traveler-approved eateries.

Should you crave a classic deli sandwich, previous visitors suggest checking out Blues City Deli in Benton Park or Adriana's on the Hill in – you guessed it – The Hill district. For American comfort food like burgers, wings and nachos, dine at Hendel's Restaurant & Market or Stacked STL. And if you're looking for a quintessential rack of St. Louis-style ribs (which are slathered in sweet barbecue sauce before cooking on a grill), head to local barbecue hot spots, such as Bogart's Smokehouse and Pappy's Smokehouse.

No visit to St. Louis would be complete without sampling the city's twist on authentic Italian and Bosnian cuisines. The Hill's Charlie Gitto's and Zia's on the Hill are two places known for traditional Italian fare and toasted ravioli, a local Italian-inspired dish that features meat-filled pasta covered in breadcrumbs and pan-fried. If you'd rather try Bosnian cuisine, head 5 miles outside the city center to Grbic Restaurant & Events. Noteworthy dishes here include cevapi (grilled beef sausages with bread) and sarma (beef- and rice-stuffed cabbage rolls covered in a paprika sauce).

Find the Best Restaurants in St. Louis

  • #1
    Missouri Baking Company
    #1 of 3,308 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 650 reviewsTripAdvisor (650)
    $ - $$ |
    2027 Edwards St, Saint Louis, MO 63110-3033
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  • #1
    Hendel's Restaurant
    #1 of 168 Places to Eat in Florissant
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 461 reviewsTripAdvisor (461)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Seafood, Grill, American
    599 Saint Denis St, Florissant, Saint Louis, MO 63031-4735
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  • #3
    Blues City Deli
    #3 of 3,308 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 333 reviewsTripAdvisor (333)
    $ | American
    2438 McNair Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104-2815
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  • #4
    Ted Drewes Frozen Custard
    #4 of 3,308 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3378 reviewsTripAdvisor (3378)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    6726 Chippewa St, Saint Louis, MO 63109-2533
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  • #5
    Adriana's
    #5 of 3,308 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 228 reviewsTripAdvisor (228)
    $ | Italian
    5101 Shaw Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110-3039
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  • #2
    Old Town Donut Shop
    #2 of 168 Places to Eat in Florissant
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 206 reviewsTripAdvisor (206)
    $ | American
    510 N New Florissant Rd, Florissant, Saint Louis, MO 63031-4802
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  • #7
    Pappy's Smokehouse
    #7 of 3,308 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3782 reviewsTripAdvisor (3782)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    3106 Olive St, Saint Louis, MO 63103-1213
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  • #8
    Gioia's Deli
    #8 of 3,308 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 157 reviewsTripAdvisor (157)
    $ | Italian, Deli
    1934 Macklind Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110-2726
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  • #9
    Roberto's Trattoria & Chophouse
    #9 of 3,308 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 355 reviewsTripAdvisor (355)
    $$ | Steakhouse, Italian, European, International, Asian
    145 Concord Plaza, Saint Louis, MO 63128
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  • #10
    Stacked STL
    #10 of 3,308 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 223 reviewsTripAdvisor (223)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    7637 Ivory Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63111-3347
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  • #11
    Adam's Smokehouse
    #11 of 3,308 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 157 reviewsTripAdvisor (157)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    2819 Watson Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63139-2620
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  • #1
    The Crossing
    #1 of 86 Places to Eat in Clayton
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 238 reviewsTripAdvisor (238)
    $$ | American
    7823 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, Saint Louis, MO 63105-3307
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  • #13
    Bogart's Smokehouse
    #13 of 3,308 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1306 reviewsTripAdvisor (1306)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    1627 S 9th St Soulard area, Saint Louis, MO 63104-3827
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  • #14
    Fountain on Locust
    #14 of 3,308 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 596 reviewsTripAdvisor (596)
    $ - $$ | Bar
    3037 Locust St, Saint Louis, MO 63103-1328
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  • #15
    Grbic Restaurant
    #15 of 3,308 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 221 reviewsTripAdvisor (221)
    $ - $$ | European, Eastern European, Asian
    4071 Keokuk St, Saint Louis, MO 63116-3513
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  • #16
    Charlie Gitto's
    #16 of 3,308 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 876 reviewsTripAdvisor (876)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    5226 Shaw Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110-3042
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  • #17
    Crown Candy Kitchen
    #17 of 3,308 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 983 reviewsTripAdvisor (983)
    $ | American
    1401 Saint Louis Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63106-3920
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  • #18
    Eleven Eleven Mississippi
    #18 of 3,308 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 450 reviewsTripAdvisor (450)
    $ - $$ | Italian, American
    1111 Mississippi Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104-2437
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  • #19
    Fox and Hounds
    #19 of 3,308 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 170 reviewsTripAdvisor (170)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Pub, American
    6300 Clayton Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63117-2500
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  • #20
    Tony's
    #20 of 3,308 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 432 reviewsTripAdvisor (432)
    $$ | Italian, American
    410 Market St, Saint Louis, MO 63102-2735
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