Thursday, August 21, 2014

The 9 Best Seafood Restaurants in St. Louis

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The European-style open-air fish market at Vin de Set. | Wendy Hamilton
  • The European-style open-air fish market at Vin de Set. | Wendy Hamilton

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's sea scallops. | Sara Graham
  • Cielo's sea scallops. | Sara Graham

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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