Bar Les Frères

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Calling Bar Les Frères a romantic restaurant, maybe St. Louis’ most romantic restaurant, isn’t wrong. The glow of amber light and the fizz of French 75s suffuse lifelong partners and Tinder matches alike. Dining alone at the bar recently, though, staring at all the deer antlers on the wall, I wondered whether this is too reductive a description. More than anything else, Bar Les Frères is an exuberant restaurant. Owner Zoë Robinson and chef Ny Vongsaly revel in the glories of classic French cuisine but deliver them with a modern touch, lighter and winking. An evening spent in the company of the peerless lobster bisque and cassoulet with duck confit, crisp-edged slices of pork belly and Toulouse sausage? I’m in love.

Opened: 2012

Must order: Lobster bisque ($10)

From the owners

Bar Les Frères is a French themed restaurant in Clayton. A sense of romance and intimacy is cut with a splash of nonchalance and sophistication. The slightly unconventional, yet utterly comfortable atmpsphore is welcoming and is proof positive that good things come in small packages. Petite Bar, French Plates. Bar Les Frères also boasts a private room for elegant cocktail or dinner parties.