Thursday, August 21, 2014

The 9 Best Seafood Restaurants in St. Louis

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Scape's grouper dayboat special. | Brittany Zehr
  • Scape's grouper dayboat special. | Brittany Zehr

Scape American Bistro (48 Maryland Plaza; 314-361-7227)

Scape is an eclectic blend of classic and contemporary American cuisine with a extensive selection of seafood dishes, such as caviar, mussels, crab cakes, scallops, tuna, swordfish, Alaskan halibut, Virginia sea bass and a rotating oyster and sashimi bar. The dayboat special is the chef's inspiration from the day's freshest catch and is listed daily on Scape's website and Twitter feed. Pictured is a Florida grouper dayboat special with grilled vegetable ratatouille and arugula pesto.

The Libertine's grilled octopus. | Josh Galliano
  • The Libertine's grilled octopus. | Josh Galliano

The Libertine (7927 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-862-2999)

The Libertine is billed as a "neighborhood eatery" that focuses on seasonal, regional and sustainable created in close relationship with local farmers. The menu is at once inventive and familiar with a slight nod to Chef Galliano's southern roots. The current menu features grilled octopus with yogurt tahini sauce, crowder pea caviar, melon and cherry tomatoes and a she crab soup with a blue crab spring roll, sherry pearls and Marash chile.

Lobster mac & cheese at Herbie's Vintage 72. | Greg Goldman
  • Lobster mac & cheese at Herbie's Vintage 72. | Greg Goldman

Herbie's (8100 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-769-9595)

The menu at Herbie's combines French, Asian and American flavors in its French-style bistro. Now located in Clayton, large-format French posters still grace the walls, with tables covered with white linen and awash in the romantic glow of candlelight. The classic menu remains mostly the same, with a strong selection of universal seafood favorites such as shrimp dumplings, escargots, smoked Missouri trout, oysters on the half shell, Atlantic salmon, Yellowfin tuna, Maine lobster, shrimp and grits and sea scallops. A long time customer favorite is the lobster mac & cheese with lobster tail meat, corn, four cheese mornay, truffle oil and asiago gratin.

Bar Italia's cacciucco aromatic. | Brandon Kerne
  • Bar Italia's cacciucco aromatic. | Brandon Kerne

Bar Italia (13 Maryland Plaza, 314-361-7010)

Bar Italia offers traditional Italian at its location in the heart of the Central West End and is the perfect spot for digging into a hearty cacciucco aromatic, a seafood stew with fresh fish and seafood in a tangy tomato-garlic white wine broth. Some say that at least five different types of fish be used, one for each of the "c"s in the word cacciucco (Italian for "mixture"). Pair it with some crusty garlic bread — it doesn't get much better than this.

Editor's note: This article was updated in 2017 to remove a restaurant that had closed since the post's original publication. It was also edited to show Herbie's updated name and address.

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