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Top Tableside Restaurant Preparations In St. Louis

August 14, 2013 7:00 AM

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Preparing food well is a work of art that should not be confined behind closed doors, inside a restaurant kitchen, where only the chefs enjoy the process. The best chefs know that making and serving food is more than simply following a recipe. Some restaurants have discovered that spotlighting the talent behind the cuisine adds a touch of class and entertainment when it is done right before your eyes at the table. Top tableside restaurant preparations in St. Louis range from Japanese hibachi grills to authentic Greek food to linen tablecloths at exquisite upscale eateries, including one place where presidents and celebrities have enjoyed while in the area. Sit back and watch as your meal is cooked and prepared in front of you, at your tableside, when you visit these four local favorites.

giovannis Top Tableside Restaurant Preparations In St. Louis

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Giovanni’s on the Hill
5201 Shaw Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 772-5958
www.giovannisonthehill.com

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.

spiros Top Tableside Restaurant Preparations In St. Louis

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Spiro’s Restaurant
1054 N. Woods Mill Road
Chesterfield, MO 63017
(314) 878-4449
www.spiros-restaurant.com

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.

Related:  Top Mediterranean Cuisine in St. Louis

kitaro Top Tableside Restaurant Preparations In St. Louis

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Kitaro Bistro of Japan
4551 Highway K
O’Fallon, MO 63368
(636) 300-3399
www.kitarojapan.com

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.

tonys Top Tableside Restaurant Preparations In St. Louis

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Tony’s
410 Market St.
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 231-7007
www.saucecafe.com/tonys

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.

Related: Top Tasting Menus in St. Louis

Tere Scott is a freelance writer and author of e-books and two educational blogs. She loves to research information to share. She currently resides in St. Louis. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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