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Restaurant at the Cheshire

The centerpiece of the renovated Cheshire hotel, the Restaurant at the Cheshire offers one of the loveliest dining rooms in St. Louis, the Tudor-inspired space somehow romantic — cozy, even — in spite of its massive size. (If you’re very lucky, you can nab a seat by the fireplace.) Rex Hale’s menu features elegant but approachable fare: spit-roasted chicken and duck, filet mignon, prime rib with Yorkshire pudding. The menu lacks the inspiration that would elevate the Restaurant into St. Louis dining’s upper echelon, but this is the rare place where old-school ambience and service mesh well with contemporary flavors.