A new restaurant stands atop the STL 100.
After Gerard Craft closed his flagship Niche, which was the No. 1 restaurant in the first two editions of this list, I thought a lot about what makes a restaurant the best.
Great food, of course. Gracious hospitality. And something else — something ineffable that turns a dinner into an indelible experience.
I found it on a small farm in Cottleville.
This is the 2017 edition of the STL 100.
Stone Soup Cottage
Sidney Street Café
Randolfi's Italian Kitchen
Olive + Oak
Guerrilla Street Food
Reeds American Table
Brasserie by Niche
Lona's Lil Eats
- The STL 100 is divided into the Top 25 and the Rest of the Best. No great gap exists between the two sections. Determining what distinguishes No. 50 from No. 51 from No. 52 would lead to infinitesimal hairsplitting.
- As with my weekly reviews, I make every effort not to announce my presence at a restaurant. However, after writing about St. Louis dining for a decade now, I’m recognized by many chefs, especially those who run or have run multiple venues.
- Though I want the STL 100 to be as current as possible, I also can't chase down every new restaurant right up to my final deadline. Restaurants that opened after Nov. 30, 2016, weren't eligible for this list, and practically speaking, many of the flurry of new restaurants that opened last fall won't be considered until next year.
- Pricing info is estimated per person.