St. Louis Travel Guide

USA  
Credit

Courtesy of f11photo/iStock / Getty Images

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 2,926 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 703 reviewsTripAdvisor (703)
    $ - $$ |
    2027 Edwards St, Saint Louis, MO 63110-3033
    Read More »
  • #2
    Ted Drewes Frozen Custard
    #2 of 2,926 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3591 reviewsTripAdvisor (3591)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    6726 Chippewa St, Saint Louis, MO 63109-2533
    Read More »
  • #3
    Blues City Deli
    #3 of 2,926 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 364 reviewsTripAdvisor (364)
    $ | Deli
    2438 McNair Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104-2815
    Read More »
  • #4
    Adriana's
    #4 of 2,926 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 265 reviewsTripAdvisor (265)
    $ | Italian
    5101 Shaw Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110-3039
    Read More »
  • #1
    Hendel's Restaurant
    #1 of 167 Places to Eat in Florissant
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 499 reviewsTripAdvisor (499)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Seafood, Grill, American
    599 Saint Denis St, Florissant, Saint Louis, MO 63031-4735
    Read More »
  • #6
    Gioia's Deli
    #6 of 2,926 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 178 reviewsTripAdvisor (178)
    $ | Italian, Deli
    1934 Macklind Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110-2726
    Read More »
  • #7
    Pappy's Smokehouse
    #7 of 2,926 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3967 reviewsTripAdvisor (3967)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    3106 Olive St, Saint Louis, MO 63103-1213
    Read More »
  • #2
    Old Town Donut Shop
    #2 of 167 Places to Eat in Florissant
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 230 reviewsTripAdvisor (230)
    $ | American
    510 N New Florissant Rd, Florissant, Saint Louis, MO 63031-4802
    Read More »
  • #9
    Roberto's Trattoria & Chophouse
    #9 of 2,926 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 384 reviewsTripAdvisor (384)
    $$ | Steakhouse, Italian, European, International
    145 Concord Plaza, Saint Louis, MO 63128
    Read More »
  • #10
    Fountain on Locust
    #10 of 2,926 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 622 reviewsTripAdvisor (622)
    $ - $$ | Bar
    3037 Locust St, Saint Louis, MO 63103-1328
    Read More »
  • #1
    The Crossing
    #1 of 75 Places to Eat in Clayton
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 263 reviewsTripAdvisor (263)
    $$ | American
    7823 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, Saint Louis, MO 63105-3307
    Read More »
  • #12
    Stacked STL
    #12 of 2,926 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 257 reviewsTripAdvisor (257)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    7637 Ivory Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63111-3347
    Read More »
  • #13
    Bogart's Smokehouse
    #13 of 2,926 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1343 reviewsTripAdvisor (1343)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    1627 S 9th St Soulard area, Saint Louis, MO 63104-3827
    Read More »
  • #14
    Crown Candy Kitchen
    #14 of 2,926 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1015 reviewsTripAdvisor (1015)
    $ | American
    1401 Saint Louis Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63106-3920
    Read More »
  • #15
    Grbic Restaurant
    #15 of 2,926 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 240 reviewsTripAdvisor (240)
    $ - $$ | European, Eastern European
    4071 Keokuk St, Saint Louis, MO 63116-3513
    Read More »
  • #16
    Clementine's Naughty and Nice Creamery
    #16 of 2,926 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 153 reviewsTripAdvisor (153)
    $ - $$ | American
    1637 S. 18th Street, Saint Louis, MO 63104
    Read More »
  • #17
    Charlie Gitto's On the Hill
    #17 of 2,926 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 970 reviewsTripAdvisor (970)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    5226 Shaw Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63110
    Read More »
  • #18
    Fox and Hounds
    #18 of 2,926 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 181 reviewsTripAdvisor (181)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Pub, American
    6300 Clayton Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63117-2500
    Read More »
  • #19
    Dewey's Pizza
    #19 of 2,926 Places to Eat in Saint Louis
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 255 reviewsTripAdvisor (255)
    $ - $$ | Pizza
    559 N and South Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63130-3920
    Read More »
  • #1
    Twisted Tree
    #1 of 11 Places to Eat in Sunset Hills
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 203 reviewsTripAdvisor (203)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse, Bar
    10701 Watson Rd Attached to Holiday Inn, Sunset Hills, Saint Louis, MO 63127-1005
    Read More »

Explore More of St. Louis

If you make a purchase from our site, we may earn a commission. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.

Recommended

14 Top Jigsaw Puzzles, Games and Books to Keep Travelers Entertained

Even though you're stuck at home, you can still indulge your wanderlust with these activities.

15 Top Cookbooks to Buy

Travel to far-flung destinations and enjoy international food without leaving home.

The 12 Best Language-Learning Apps, Programs and Online Courses

Now is the perfect time to learn a new skill.

The 13 Best Sedona Tours

Get lost in the magic of Sedona's red rocks on these top adventures.

What is an Ecolodge? 21 Top Eco Resorts and Eco Hotels Around the World

Luxury meets environmental welfare at these top-notch ecolodges.

The 12 Best Puerto Rico Tours

Experience island living at its best on one of these guided trips.

I Went On a Cruise During the Coronavirus Pandemic. This Is What Happened.

Coronavirus concerns, itinerary changes and uncertainty lead to an unusual vacation.

5 Travel-Themed Activities to Do at Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Use these suggestions to fill the travel void amid the pandemic.

Cancel For Any Reason Travel Insurance: What You Need to Know

If you are rescheduling a vacation or booking a future trip, consider purchasing an insurance policy with the CFAR benefit.

The 21 Best Costa Rica Tours

Dive into this natural paradise on these exceptional excursions.