Where to Eat in Brentwood: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Deane Carmody

Brentwood is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis, located in St. Louis County, Missouri. The population was 8,055 at the 2010 census. Brentwood is home to Brentwood High School, a 2006 National Blue Ribbon Award winner, and Mark Twain Elementary School, a 2009 and 2017 National Blue Ribbon Award winner.

1. 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.

2. twinOak Wood-Fired Fare

1201 Strassner Dr, Brentwood, Saint Louis, MO 63144-1875 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar American, Bar, Pizza, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 314-644-2772
Excellent
53%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 107 reviews

twinOak Wood-Fired Fare

We specialize in Wood Fired Pizza, slow smoked BBQ and offer a wonderful selection of local craft beer on tap.

Reviewed By Jill R - Overland, Missouri, United States

This place is a must try!! The house margarita on the rocks with salt is yummy! The Wood Fired BBQ baby back ribs fall off the bone. This comes in an appetizer or main entree. The in house made BBQ sauce is amazing. The broccoli...MoreJill, thanks for the great review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed all of the food that you sampled upon your most recent visit! We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon!

3. 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.

4. Acero

7266 Manchester Rd, Maplewood, Saint Louis, MO 63143-2438 Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner +1 314-644-1790
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 119 reviews

Acero

An Italian restaurant acclaimed for it's amazing and authentic Italian dishes and perfect wine pairings.

Reviewed By Leigh Ann W

Recently I was in St. Louis on business and one evening strolled Forsyth Blvd in Clayton and found myself following my nose. It led me to a quaint little place on a corner with 5 or 6 tables outside the entrance. I found my way inside and asked for a table for one. I was met with a blank stare while the young hostess processed the fact that I was dining alone and seemed to be okay with it. :) Ah youth. So much to learn. I was seated immediately and ordered a suggested red wine which was yummy. I wish I had written down the vintage. Sorry. I glanced around over the top of my menu to spy what others were eating. Everywhere I looked tables were enjoying beautiful plates with multiple samples of various courses. Not wanting to eat so much, I opted for the Beet Salad and Tagliatelle with Pork Ragu. My Irish grandmother used to make pickled beets for my German grandfather. I was drawn in by the deep purple color and hooked by the sweet, tart taste. As an adult I have come to love roasted beets; their earthly taste, mildly sweet and still the amazing deep purple. The salad filled the small plate with precisely cut roasted cubes of fresh beet, topped with locally sourced goat cheese, toasted sunflower seeds and lightly sprinkled with sherry vinegar and mirco greens. It was the perfect summer salad. It was promptly followed by Tagliatelle freshly made and sauced with a rich, home style Ragu with pork, tomatoes and peppers. While it was a lovely, delicious meal, I could not help but overhearing the two gentlemen behind me RAVE about the courses of their "Tasting Meal". Per the menu is $50 per person and looks and smells worth every penny. Next time, I will take my husband and we will fast for the entire day so we can savor every bite.

The dining room is small and appears to fill up quickly, even on a week night. There is also a small private dining room in the back and the evening I was there a birthday celebration was taking place. Everyone seemed to know each other so I am guessing a group of neighborhood regulars which is a lovely thing.

5. Missouri Baking Company

2027 Edwards St, Saint Louis, MO 63110-3033 Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible +1 314-773-4122
Excellent
87%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 548 reviews

Missouri Baking Company

Reviewed By Alexis B - Nashville, Tennessee

Charming bakery in the heart of the Hill (St. Louis's historic Italian neighborhood). They have Italian pastries, German pastries, and more! They have freshly baked bread, sweets, cakes - everything you can think of! A friend and I visited on a Sunday morning when the Hill is quiet, and we were helped right away! The employees there that morning answered all the questions we had about the pastries we weren't familiar with and they were very helpful! They're cash only, but they have an ATM set up where you can get cash and they'll give the change for a $1.50 fee. My friend and I both left with boxes so that we could take a little bit of St. Louis home with us!

6. Big Sky Cafe

47 S Old Orchard Ave, Webster Groves, Saint Louis, MO 63119-3202 Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 26 - SGD 52 +1 314-962-5757
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 117 reviews

Big Sky Cafe

Reviewed By Bill M - Springfield, Missouri

Having eaten at Big Sky sporadically over the past few years, I have always been impressed with the consistent food quality, service and value and ambience in this converted house. The weekly updated menu has classic dishes and daily “rush hour” specials based on seasonal...MoreBill, we appreciate the detailed 5 star review! It appears your party picked items that are considered specials and classics - a perfect combination! Thanks so much for bringing friends and spreading the word! Kelly Donovan Marketing & Communications

7. Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

6726 Chippewa St, Saint Louis, MO 63109-2533 Takeout, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa American Late Night +1 314-481-2652
Excellent
80%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

Ted Drewes is closed for the season and will re-open on February 11, 2016.... Could you please update this information on our Trip Advisor Page.... Thank you

Reviewed By danschaumann - Toronto, Canada

I was driving around St Louis on a Saturday night with a friend and he mentioned he wanted to try this frozen custard place called Ted Drewes. We arrived 9:30pm with no expectations and were flabbergasted to see a crowd of three or four hundred people lining up at the shop windows. The queue moved quickly and it wasn't long before my tastebuds savoured the deliciously creamy frozen banana custard, not dissimilar to soft serve ice cream. We ate our custard cups in the carpark, made friends with some locals and couldn't resist returning once again the following evening. Ted Drewes is definitely a St Louis institution.

8. Bonefish Grill

8780 Eager Rd, Brentwood, Saint Louis, MO 63144-1427 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 314-918-1649
Excellent
45%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 167 reviews

Bonefish Grill

Reviewed By John E - Ballwin, Missouri

We had a very pleasant after symphony early dinner here. The decor is casually upscale and makes for a premium experience in my opinion. The service was very professional and more than adequate by every measure. The food was very tasty and reasonably priced. I had one of their specials which was a cod piccata and I thought it was very good, not quite as good as Bristol in Creve Coeur, but not as expensive either. Don't recall what my wife had but she liked it and I liked our sides. So, I sort of consider this as a "Bristol light" type of place--similar in a lot of ways (all positive), but not quite as good and not quite as expensive. We definitely plan to return though because value was extremely good. I do enthusiastically recommend this place though if you want a premium experience at a moderate price.

9. 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.

10. Milagro Modern Mexican

20 Allen Ave Ste 130, Webster Groves, Saint Louis, MO 63119-2351 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 314-962-4300
Excellent
60%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 136 reviews

Milagro Modern Mexican

Milagro Modern Mexican serves chef inspired, regional Mexican cuisine in Historic Old Webster Groves. Our extensive tequila bar is known it's for creative cocktails and local craft beer selection.

Reviewed By stjohnbeachlover - St. Louis, Missouri

My friend and I had lunch here yesterday. It was our first time dining here. I had the lunch special which was two tacos which had scallops, whole slices of avocado, and cabbage. These tacos were incredible! They were served with a side of cilantro rice which was quite good. The tacos were average size but the rice serving was huge. My friend had the vegetarian taco. She liked hers as well. The service was very good. I will definitely be back!

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