DISHING UP VISTAS
While many restaurants offer views of a busy street or parking lot, others are felicitously situated such that the diner can feast on the panorama as readily as on the fare. We offer a variety of scenics, from lofty perches in tall buildings to lakeside tables in Forest Park to outfield seats at the ballpark. Naturally, the scenic splendor is accompanied by some of the city’s best menus: to- die-for Italian, applause-worthy French and seriously upgraded sports-bar grub. Enjoy.
As you can see from the photo, Cardinals Nation offers what amounts to an outfield perch at Busch Stadium where you can enjoy the upscale sports-bar menu of wings, pizza, salads, sandwiches, steaks and seafood. Plenty of indoor seating surrounded by sports décor; get tickets for the ballfield-view seats at www.cardinals.com, 601 Clark St., 314.345.9880. Map 2-4E
Heavenly Italian cuisine is served in this popular downtown restaurant situated on the top floor of St. Louis’ tallest building, providing spectacular views of the Gateway Arch, Mississippi River and the Illinois countryside. www.kemolls.com. 211 N. Broadway in the Metropolitan Square Bldg., 314.421.0555, Map 2-3E.
SCAPE AMERICAN BISTRO
Chic décor looks out onto Maryland Plaza (and its lovely fountain), and the kitchen serves up inventive American cuisine like macademia nut chicken, vegan lasagna, smoked chicken flatbread, shrimp and grits and ribeye with wild mushrooms and cipolini onion. www.scapestl.com, 48 Maryland Plaza, 314.361.7227, Map 4-2E.
Named as one of the top rooftop bars of the world, this sleek spot atop the Hilton at the Ballpark (gracing our cover) delivers tasty food and tempting cocktails, from a most enviable perch, from which one can gaze upon the entirety of downtown. www.360-stl. com, 1 S. Broadway, 314.241.8439, Map 2-3E.
Inside the Missouri History Museum, with a bird’s-eye view of Forest Park, the restaurant offers lunch dishes featuring local food products under the direction of a French Culinary Institute-minted chef. www.bixbys-mohistory.com. Lindell & DeBaliviere in Forest Park, 314.361.7313, Metrolink-Forest Park, Map 4-2D.
Another favorite spot in Forest Park looks out over the lake on which glide paddleboats that are rented from the same location. A favorite for lingering over a glass of wine and appetizers in nice weather, it’s also a year-round destination with casual ambiance. Live music on weekends. www. boathouseforestpark.com, 6101 Government Dr., in Forest Park, 314.367.2224, Map 4-2D.
Our third Forest Park eatery, the aptly named restaurant at the Saint Louis Art Museum, does indeed provide sweeping views of the park outside, through a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. On the menu, plenty of farm-to-table options. www.slam.org/dining, One Fine Arts Dr., in Forest Park, 314.655.5490, Map 4-2D.
VIN DE SET
A lovely restoration of a historic building near Lafayette Park gave the city its first rooftop bar and a bistro serving French-accented dishes with a sparkly view of downtown. www.vindeset.com, 2017 Chouteau, 314.241.8989, Map 4-3H.
Too bad Missouri Botanical Garden doesn’t have a sidewalk café every 200 yards, but the next best thing is this casual, bright café near the garden’s entrance, the outdoor section of which commands a view of the picturesque Linnean House and fountain. www.missouribotanicalgarden.org, 4344 Shaw Blvd., 314.577.9400. Map 4-4E.
Yes, the view is spectacular from the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi and Illinois rivers in Grafton, Illinois, and the facility includes wine tasting and food. One of the region’s most scenic spots. www.aeriesview.com, 800 Timber Ridge Dr., 618.786.8439, Map 1-1E.
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