Giovanni’s on the Hill
5201 Shaw Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
When presidents and famous celebrities have visited the city, many have stopped to eat here. One of the most notable names of local celebrity visitors is Oprah, while chef Giovanni was also honored with an invitation to prepare food for President Ronald Reagan’s inauguration in 1981. This restaurant on The Hill is a hometown treasure where chef Giovanni Gabriele and his son, Frank, know how to treat dinner guests. More than 30 years ago, Giovanni introduced tasty menu items and hospitable tableside style to the area, which he brought straight from Sicily. Today, they believe that dinner guests should still receive this time-tested exquisite service.
1054 N. Woods Mill Road
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Bring a crowd or come prepared to take home leftovers because Greek Mediterranean cuisine is meant to be shared as this popular restaurant serves food in large portions. Bite into authentic dishes from this, the original, Greek restaurant in the area. For tableside preparations, come to eat during any weekday and order Athenian broil with shrimp, rack of lamb, Dover sole or steak Krasato. No one leaves hungry, as servers prepare these complete, satisfying and filling meals tableside. For a lighter fare, ask them to toss together a light salad right before you as you wait and watch.
Kitaro Bistro of Japan
4551 Highway K
O’Fallon, MO 63368
Blending together Japanese with traditional American cuisine, this restaurant has reinvented the traditional sit-down Japanese restaurant style to offer something to please each individual’s taste. There is a casual dining room and a sushi bar, where you can catch a glimpse of the hibachi grill show or enjoy quiet conversation. For those dining guests who love interactive tableside entertainment, there is the hibachi grill. At the hibachi grill, Japanese chefs put on a show while cooking your meal. Choose from chicken, steak or seafood, and then sit back and watch the show as chefs cook your order the way you like it while putting on an entertaining tableside show in full showmanship chef style.
410 Market St.
St. Louis, MO 63102
Enjoy exquisite dining in the area at this trusted local establishment that believes fine service is just as important as fine dining. Owner Vince Bommarito ensures that customers are greeted with finesse, seated at linen-topped tables and treated like guests of honor. No matter what you order, a chef will prepare it and plate it right at your table. Order the lobster and shrimp, sirloin or a chef salad. Celebrate a special occasion or just enjoy dinner with someone special when you order the five-course chef’s tasting menu for two.
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