Top 10 restaurants in Clayton, United States

April 14, 2018 Nobuko Falco

Clayton is a city in and the county seat of St. Louis County, Missouri, United States, and borders the city of St. Louis. The population was 15,939 at the 2010 census. The city was organized in 1877 and is named after Ralph Clayton, who donated the land for the courthouse. The city is known for its multiple skyscrapers in its business district.
Things to do in Clayton

1. The Crossing

7823 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, Saint Louis, MO 63105-3307 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 41 - SGD 52 +1 314-721-7375
Excellent
76%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 206 reviews

The Crossing

Featuring local "farm to table" food using a breadth of farmer in the Missouri and Illinois communities. When asked to define of The Crossing, Owner/Executive Chef Jim Fiala often says that he is a chef that buys locally whenever possible and cooks as any French and/or Italian chef would given the ingredients sourced. Joining Jim is Chef Matt Abeshouse who brings a wealth of passion and expertise in classic French cuisine to the kitchen. Our food is fresh, organic (whenever possible), seasonal and by design very simple. The Crossing stays true to classic techniques and the chefs love showing off their skills and passion for elegant food.

Reviewed By Bob D - Saint Louis, Missouri

OK. Broken record. Another stellar review. New Year's Eve, limited menu, but it didn't matter. This fantastic restaurant has withstood the test of time and risen to the top of what St. Louis has to offer in the food department.
It is expensive, yes, but it's one of those places that really is worth a splurge. You can listen to the concierge hype about other local high-end eateries, but I say skip the overblown Italian place downtown and allow yourself to be spoiled here. You can thank me later.
This visit we were offered the opportunity to add shaved black truffle to any of our dishes, so we split a portion to complement our pasta course. Wow.

2. Maggiano's Little Italy

2 The Boulevard Saint Louis, Richmond Heights, Saint Louis, MO 63117-1122 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 314-824-2402
Excellent
61%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 391 reviews

Maggiano's Little Italy

Reviewed By CarolTwo - Saint Louis, Missouri

I have a severe garlic intolerance. So, why go to an Italian restaurant? Because my husband likes Italian food and I heard Maggiano's accommodates people with food allergies....and indeed they do!! The waitress brought Chef Brian to our table, where he ask me about my food issues and then suggested several options and how he might prepare them for me. He "custom created" my food. Everything I ate was fabulous and without repercussions. Although I could not eat their pasta dishes, I had flavorful choices.

3. Salt + Smoke

6525 Delmar Blvd, University City, Saint Louis, MO 63130-4502 Television, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Bar, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 30 +1 314-727-0200
Excellent
60%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 471 reviews

Salt + Smoke

Salt + Smoke, BBQ Bourbon and Beer sources and smokes the best BBQ in town! We make everything from scratch from our fries to pies and can help you wash that delicious food down with any of our over 300 beers and whiskies!

Reviewed By Cre8tiv16 - Florida

Greeted by friendly hostess and seated quickly. Waitress was good, however did not seem to know all theBeer options.
The food order came quickly and was served Hot! Everything we ate was Delicious! Pulled pork, pulled chicken, chips, green beans, salad.. every single thing was absolutely tasty and sooo good! We had a great meal and would return when nearby. Would recommend. Not a fancy place, and it was a bit tight at the counter ( we opted not to wait for a table) but totally worth it. And we met some nice people as well!
Enjoy

4. Cafe Napoli

7754 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, Saint Louis, MO 63105-1810 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 28 - SGD 39 +1 314-863-5731
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 292 reviews

Cafe Napoli

When Tony Pietoso opened the original Cafe Napoli in the '80s, it quickly became a success. So Successful, in fact, that it moved to a bigger location at 7754 Forsyth Blvd. The restaurant continued to flourish with its generous portions of regional Italian specialties. Cafe Napoli has recently undergone a facelift and has added Bar Napoli next door. The swank cocktail lounge has soft lighting and a separate wine room that can accommodate 30 diners. The kitchen is headed by chef Jeff Davis, who has been with the restaurant for several years. Fortunato Pietoso, Tony's brother, has also returned to the kitchen. Tony makes rounds chatting with customers, many of whom appear to be on a first-name basis with him. The sons Ande and Kye split their time between the Bar and Cafe, as they are being groomed to take over the family business. Cafe Napoli is a must visit when in the St. Louis area. Some guests include Tony Bennett, Gloria Estefen, Joe Torre and Arnold Palmer to name a few.

Reviewed By elaine3Southport - Southport, CT

Try caprese salad with giant slices on fresh mozzarella cheese on tomatoes and nice basil pesto dressing. The ravioli was excellent and the prawn appetizers looked very big. I enjoyed the flourless chocolate cake.

This was an event which was held in a private room. The servers were innocuous and efficient during the presentation.

5. Vernons BBQ

6707 Vernon Ave, University City, Saint Louis, MO 63130-2523 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 314-726-1227
Excellent
69%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 120 reviews

Vernons BBQ

Reviewed By Tasha T - Chicago, Illinois

I've tried this place on a couple of occasions to only be slightly disappointed as I continue on my quest to find the best barbecue in St. Louis. The sauces here were great. The meats are average. The sides are ok. Still waiting to be wowed.

6. Oceano Bistro

44 N Brentwood Blvd, Clayton, Saint Louis, MO 63105-3710 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Wine and Beer, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 52 +1 314-721-9400
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 288 reviews

Oceano Bistro

We are St. Louis' premiere fresh fish bistro. Our chefs, in partnership with fisherman, farmers and food artisans have searched the worlds' seas to bring to the St. Louis area what is enjoyed by those who live on the coasts.

Reviewed By Jester122 - Saint Louis, Missouri

We were looking forward to a wonderful evening at Oceano Bistro with a large group to celebrate two birthdays. We had heard good things about this place and gave it a try. A couple of people in our group loved this place in the past. I don’t know if the quality has slipped or if this is the new normal, but the whole group left feeling very underwhelmed by the experience. Being Restaurant Week, most of us ordered off of the special menu with a few regular menu items added. The problems started when the servers forgot to bring out two of our chowders as the first course. Eight people in our group of ten were eating while two of us had to wait until they were almost finished before we had to chance to tell them that we had not been served our first course yet. Once the chowder came, it was pretty bland. It wasn’t bad, just needed more salt, pepper and spices. Next came our main course - mine was trout with mushrooms and green beans in a mushroom sauce. The trout was excellent. The mushrooms were very good, but were very sparse. Needed many more mushrooms. The green beans were too raw for me. I like a little fresh snap and crispness to my al dente vegetables, but these were way, way too raw and had no flavor either. Dessert course was either bread pudding with ice cream or a cupcake. The bread pudding was good, but the cupcake was very dry and non-edible.

Lastly, they did nothing to recognize the two of us that chose to celebrate our birthday at their establishment. No drink on the house or complimentary appetizer or anything. A small gesture goes a long way in showing your appreciation for your patrons and making a lasting impression.

This place was trendy and nice all around, but I was not impressed. The next time I celebrate my birthday, it will be at another establishment. There are plenty of wonderful places in which to spend my time and money.

7. Piccione Pastry

6197 Delmar Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63112-1203 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night +1 314-932-1355
Excellent
72%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 102 reviews

Piccione Pastry

Located in the heart of the Delmar Loop, Piccione Pastry is a late-night pastry shop which embraces the time honored traditions in Italian baking. Our pastry chefs create recipes from scratch, bake in small batches & use the highest quality ingredients for their creations. Enjoy signature cannolis, rum baba, tiramisu & many other delicious desserts!

Reviewed By Julia D

The menu had lots of different pastries, coffee, drinks, including italian soda, and gelato. The cannoli had multiple flavors, too. Great staff and casual atmosphere

8. Pastaria

7734 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, Saint Louis, MO 63105-1810 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night +1 314-862-6603
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 394 reviews

Pastaria

Reviewed By Allan H

Excellent restaurant. Can see why a James Beard award winner. Fried Risotto appetizer was excellent. Had the toasted spaghetti with clams - awesome. Someone at the table had the pistachio pasta and thoroughly enjoyed it. Also the pizzas were well received. Either the visit

9. 801 Chophouse St. Louis

137 Carondelet Plz, Clayton, Saint Louis, MO 63105-3429 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +1 314-875-9900
Excellent
56%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 234 reviews

801 Chophouse St. Louis

Reviewed By joesR282TU - Kansas City,

801 has fast become my favorite steakhouse in Clayton. Great atmosphere and bar to start dinner off with a cocktail. Great service, and the food is quite simply excellent. Love the bone marrow app and any of the bone in steaks as their prep truly gets the bone to crack under intense heat.

10. City Coffee House & Creperie

36 N Brentwood Blvd, Clayton, Saint Louis, MO 63105-3710 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 314-862-2489
Excellent
54%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 149 reviews

City Coffee House & Creperie

Reviewed By 2beans2000 - San Diego, California

Before catching our airplane this morning we made sure to run over to the Creperie, one of our favorite breakfast locales in Clayton. Weekday is delightfully less crowded and quieter than the energized bustle and lines of weekends!

The three if is enjoyed.... Nutella-banana crepes; Santa Fe crepes; and a brie/ham/basil on a baguette (late breakfast/early lunch!).

I love that they offer as wide a variety of savory options as sweet options since I favor savory breakfast items.

The Creperie is clearly a community gathering place with coffee klatches and family meals. Perfect for us each time we visit our Clayton family

Two-hour Parking is on the street.

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