Impress Your Date at One of These 10 St. Louis Date-Night Restaurants

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Whether you’re headed out on your first date or rekindling the flame with a long-term partner, you can rest easy with this lineup of top St. Louis date night restaurants.

Elaia + Olio
Israel-born innovator and famed St. Louis-based chef Ben Poremba has a knack for developing hot new restaurant concepts, finding extraordinary talent and then handing off the reigns. It’s a concept he perfected upon opening Elaia + Olio, a dual-sided restaurant with the more casual Olio on one side, and fine-dining Elaia on the other. For a luxurious treat, take your date to Elaia and let the chef stretch your palate with the tasting menu, which diners frequently rave about.

The Benevolent King
Another of Poremba’s innovations is the brand-new Benevolent King, which recently opened in Maplewood. Similar to Olio in style and price point, expect an eclectic array of delicious, authentic eats, like the roasted zucchini, Romanian eggplant, falafel, Bulgarian feta, cured beef and more. Guests are encouraged to share, making this trendy new spot the perfect place to take your date.

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Turn by David Kirkland
Kirkland is well-known for a plethora of eccentric biscuit flavors, like lemon lavender, served with sage gravy and turkey sausage upon request. And who doesn’t love biscuits? The menu also includes entree items like the kale harvest salad and Turn burger, which you can enjoy with your date immersed in an ambiance inspired by blues and soul music.

Shortlisted for the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant, Vicia drummed up a litany of well-deserved buzz upon its opening by husband-wife team Tara and Michael Gallina. With an unapologetically vegetable-forward menu, the Gallina’s set out to bring new combinations of menu items and flavors to St. Louis, bringing about an exceptionally positive response. Take your date to the patio, where you can enjoy a cocktail before or after dinner settled around the ambient fire pits.

No list of St. Louis restaurants would be complete without mention of an establishment from renowned local James Beard Award-winning chef Gerard Craft. With a menu inspired by old-world Italy at Sardella, you and your date can enjoy dinner in a perfectly romantic setting with delicious eats. Pro tip: they serve Sump coffee and also have a killer breakfast menu.

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Another innovation from Gerard Craft, Pastaria in Clayton was so well-received that Craft has opened another location of the casual Italian-inspired eatery in Nashville. The menu sticks with simplified, undone classics and ingredients sourced from local purveyors. We love the wood-fired pizzas, organic pasta and delicious risotto balls.

Sip cocktails and test out a fresh menu of appetizers on the patio while listening to live jazz music at Herbie’s, the perfect place to rekindle the flame of a long-term relationship or get to know someone new. You’ll love the American twist on the classic French bistro—plus, we got the scoop about the venue’s new spring menu from head chef Jeramie Mitchell.

For a surefire way to impress your date, treat them to an evening at this elegant Central West End bar, restaurant, cigar lounge and event space. With an elevated menu of flatbreads, small plates, house specialties and artisan cocktails, it’s the perfect place to get acquainted with your date in a refined atmosphere.

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Cafe Mochi
A sushi-lover’s dream, Cafe Mochi has it all: sashimi and nigiri sushi, classic rolls, edamame, specialty cocktails and more. Once you order a few rolls, you’ll love the beautiful spread that arrives: an artfully arranged variety that’ll satisfy your tastebuds. Pro tip: the crunchy bagel roll is to die for.

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta
Local chef and restaurateur Katie Collier’s endeavors have been well received in St. Louis—and once you try her artisan pizza and handmade pasta, it makes sense why. Beginning with Katie’s Pizza in Clayton, Collier recently opened Katie’s Pizza and Pasta in Rock Hill, the perfect place to get to know your date while enjoying this casual Italian-inspired eatery.

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