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Bar Les Frères

Bar Les Frères is a perfect restaurant. I don’t mean it’s the best restaurant in St. Louis, though if you’d caught me during my most recent dinner there, my obligatory appetizer of the lobster bisque followed by the otherworldly cassoulet, I would’ve at least entertained the argument. With Bar Les Frères, restaurateur Zoe Robinson and her go-to executive chef Ny Vongsaly knew exactly what they wanted and have been executing that vision without a hiccup for five years now: classic French cuisine, executed with grace but no ego, in a romantic but whimsical setting. It’s ideal for date nights but lovely by yourself, too. Perfect.

Hours: Dinner Monday-Saturday

Last year's ranking: Rest of the Best

Opened: 2012

Must order: Lobster bisque ($11)