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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 at­di­, 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.­ 211 N. Broad­way in the Metropoli­tan Square Bldg., 314.421.0555, Map 2-3E.


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., 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-mo­his­ 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. boathouse­for­est­, 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.­ing, One Fine Arts Dr., in For­est Park, 314.655.5490, Map 4-2D.


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.­de­, 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.mis­souri­b­otan­i­cal­gar­, 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., 800 Tim­ber Ridge Dr., 618.786.8439, Map 1-1E.

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