24 Immigrant-Owned Restaurants in St. Louis You Must Visit

St. Louis is lucky to have restaurants with cuisine from all around the world -- and that is largely in thanks to the many immigrants who've made St. Louis their new home. From Saudi to Brazilian to Bosnian and many cuisines in between, here's a look at some of the restaurants and their owners who now bring St. Louis amazing food from across the globe. Check them out, and let us know your favorites as well.

St. Louis is lucky to have restaurants with cuisine from all around the world -- and that is largely in thanks to the many immigrants who've made St. Louis their new home. From Saudi to Brazilian to Bosnian and many cuisines in between, here's a look at some of the restaurants and their owners who now bring St. Louis amazing food from across the globe. Check them out, and let us know your favorites as well.

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The Palm Trees
2837 Cherokee St.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 226-9243
The Palm Trees brings something all together new to St. Louis: the cuisine of Saudi Arabia. Husband-and-wife team Fedaa Alsadeq and Osama Almoerfi fill this void in the St. Louis restaurant scene with their Cherokee Street restaurant, which offers traditional Saudi delicacies in the space previously held by Revel Kitchen. Photo by Mabel Suen.
The Palm Trees
2837 Cherokee St.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 226-9243

The Palm Trees brings something all together new to St. Louis: the cuisine of Saudi Arabia. Husband-and-wife team Fedaa Alsadeq and Osama Almoerfi fill this void in the St. Louis restaurant scene with their Cherokee Street restaurant, which offers traditional Saudi delicacies in the space previously held by Revel Kitchen. Photo by Mabel Suen.
The Palm Trees takes up three floors: the main level is set for traditional American dining with tables and chairs, while the lower level is designed for traditional Saudi-style dining with carpet and low couches. The third level, up a stairwell from the main floor, holds the kitchen. Photo of chef/owner Fedaa Alsadeq by Mabel Suen.
The Palm Trees takes up three floors: the main level is set for traditional American dining with tables and chairs, while the lower level is designed for traditional Saudi-style dining with carpet and low couches. The third level, up a stairwell from the main floor, holds the kitchen. Photo of chef/owner Fedaa Alsadeq by Mabel Suen.
Haveli
9720 Page Ave. 
St. Louis, MO 63132
(314) 423-7300
The exterior of of Haveli doesn't look like much. Inside, however, you'll find Indian cuisine that will spice up your life in the best way possible -- literally and figuratively. Photo by Jennifer Silverberg.
Haveli
9720 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63132
(314) 423-7300

The exterior of of Haveli doesn't look like much. Inside, however, you'll find Indian cuisine that will spice up your life in the best way possible -- literally and figuratively. Photo by Jennifer Silverberg.
You have plenty to pick from at Haveli, including naan, soups, chef specials, vegan dishes and more. Owner Hema Patel is great about mingling with guests, offering recommendations and details about the menu. Photo by Jennifer Silverberg.
You have plenty to pick from at Haveli, including naan, soups, chef specials, vegan dishes and more. Owner Hema Patel is great about mingling with guests, offering recommendations and details about the menu. Photo by Jennifer Silverberg.
Sheesh
3226 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 833-4321
Safa Marmarchi set out to fill a void in St. Louis cuisine when he opened Sheesh, a stellar restaurant serving Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisine on South Grand. The interior is striking, too, with Turkish fabrics, colorful Turkish-inspired paintings and lots of copper. Photo by Mabel Suen.
Sheesh
3226 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 833-4321

Safa Marmarchi set out to fill a void in St. Louis cuisine when he opened Sheesh, a stellar restaurant serving Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisine on South Grand. The interior is striking, too, with Turkish fabrics, colorful Turkish-inspired paintings and lots of copper. Photo by Mabel Suen.
Before entering the restaurant business, Marmarchi (center) owned what he says was the biggest marble company in Iraq. He was resettled in St. Louis as a refugee. Photo by Sarah Fenske.
Before entering the restaurant business, Marmarchi (center) owned what he says was the biggest marble company in Iraq. He was resettled in St. Louis as a refugee. Photo by Sarah Fenske.
Mai Lee
8396 Musick Memorial Dr.
Brentwood, MO 63144
(314) 645-2835
Mail Lee, largely credited as the first Vietnamese restaurant in St. Louis, has been a St. Louis favorite for years. The menu is expansive, featuring sandwiches, noodle bowls, beef dinners, rice plates and more. Photo by Jennifer Silverberg.
Mai Lee
8396 Musick Memorial Dr.
Brentwood, MO 63144
(314) 645-2835

Mail Lee, largely credited as the first Vietnamese restaurant in St. Louis, has been a St. Louis favorite for years. The menu is expansive, featuring sandwiches, noodle bowls, beef dinners, rice plates and more. Photo by Jennifer Silverberg.
Mai Lee owner Lee Tran (center, pictured with her children in 2010) opened her restaurant shortly after immigrating to the United States, starting with Chinese food and then including food from her native Vietnam. Photo by Jennifer Silverberg.
Mai Lee owner Lee Tran (center, pictured with her children in 2010) opened her restaurant shortly after immigrating to the United States, starting with Chinese food and then including food from her native Vietnam. Photo by Jennifer Silverberg.
Himalayan Yeti
3515 S Kingshighway Blvd.
(314) 354-8338
This former Long John Silver's is now home to Nepalese and Indian cuisine that will blow you away. Chef/owner Dipak Prasai grew up in Nepal, but after a stint cooking at Rasoi, he has brought the best of his home country's food to St. Louis. Photo by Mabel Suen.
Himalayan Yeti
3515 S Kingshighway Blvd.
(314) 354-8338

This former Long John Silver's is now home to Nepalese and Indian cuisine that will blow you away. Chef/owner Dipak Prasai grew up in Nepal, but after a stint cooking at Rasoi, he has brought the best of his home country's food to St. Louis. Photo by Mabel Suen.
Himalayan Yeti's aesthetics are far from fancy, but the food could be worthy of a five star restaurant. Prasai has the resume to match, with training at a prestigious culinary school in India and experience in an array of cuisines. Photo by Mabel Suen.
Himalayan Yeti's aesthetics are far from fancy, but the food could be worthy of a five star restaurant. Prasai has the resume to match, with training at a prestigious culinary school in India and experience in an array of cuisines. Photo by Mabel Suen.