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Coastal Bistro & Bar (14 North Central Avenue; 314-932-7377)
Coastal Bistro & Bar seamlessly blends the flavors of the south, New England and the west coast into one smorgasbord of a seafood experience. The raw bar, small plates and entree menu offers favorites like a New England clam chowder with bacon, oysters Rockefeller, jambalaya and Chilean sea bass. The coastal tower sampler is a great place to start with oysters, shrimp cocktail, ceviche and tartar all on one plate. Coastal has also received rave reviews for its lobster roll and shrimp and grits.
Vin de Set (2017 Chouteau Avenue; 314-241-8989)
Vin de Set's French-American menu already includes a wealth of seafood dishes, such as spicy crab beignets, pan seared sea scallops, bouillabaisse and corn battered Troutdale trout. Thursdays, though, are a special day for seafood lovers. Executive Chef Ryan Buettner has partnered with Bob's Seafood to have whole fresh fish flown in every week for an open air, European-style seafood market held spring through fall. Diners can choose between whole fish, prawns or oysters and have them grilled to order right in front of you. Each week's fresh catch is listed on Vin de Set's Facebook page by 11 a.m. every Thursday morning.
Cielo Restaurant & Bar (999 North 2nd Street; 314-881-2105)
Known for its culinary excellence, Cielo Restaurant & Bar is located in the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown St. Louis in view of the arch and the Mississippi River. The menu, crafted by executive chef Gian Nicola Colucci, includes a wide variety of modern Italian dishes with focus on seafood befitting a country almost completely surrounded by the bountiful Mediterranean Sea. For starters, there is octopus, cured shrimp, mussels and clams, blue crab salad, Yellowtail crudo and panzanella with prawns. Main dishes include swordfish, lane snapper, seared albacore tuna, grilled salmon and corvina. Pictured is the sea scallop small plate with fennel apple salad, oyster mushrooms and vanilla bean agro dolce.
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