With all the delectable foods on the menu in St. Louis restaurants, wouldn’t it be nice to sample them all? Before you know how scrumptious a chef’s creation is, you have to let your taste buds savor the flavors. You can explore a variety of foods with top-notch tasting menus that deliver a table full of mouth-watering tastes for one prix fixe price. Enjoy the finest foods in the area from these five top tasting menus in St. Louis.
410 Market St
St. Louis, MO 63102
Price: $180 for Chef’s Tasting Menu for Two ($210 with wine pairings)
Dining at Tony’s is an experience among the finest in St. Louis. Owner Vince Bommarito operates Tony’s with finesse to create an environment as elegant as the linens and exquisite restaurant atmosphere. Savor the fullness of all Tony’s offers on the Chef’s Tasting Menu for Two, which includes a five-course meal comprised of dishes like Tony’s beef tenderloin with foie gras in a port-wine demi glaze, lobster and shrimp penne and antipasto of smoked salmon, mascarpone cheese and asparagus with Belgian endive. This delightful sampling of the chef’s best is topped off with assorted cheeses, fresh fruit and the night’s dessert served with coffee or espresso.
212 N Kingshighway Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63108
Price: $55 for Tasting Menu ($75 with wine pairings); $45 for Vegetarian Tasting Menu ($65 with wine pairings)
The Chase Park Plaza in the Central West End overlooks spectacular views of Forest Park, and the dining inside is just as exquisite. Savor the charm of St. Louis history accented with flavors that include your choice of beef short ribs with sweet potato, bleu cheese and cipollini ragu or Irish organic salmon with celeriac puree and wild mushrooms in a cranberry calvados sauce. Choose from other dishes like tuna tartar with cucumber, ginger and a soy sherry vinaigrette or sea scallops with leeks in a madeira cream and balsamic reduction. Eau Bistro accommodates every guest’s unique appetite and caters to those with a more vegetarian preference. Options include a cauliflower bisque with truffle oil and brie and spring risotto with sweet peas and pecorino romano. Check the menus online before making a reservation to see what you can expect.
1111 Mississippi Ave
St. Louis, MO 63104
Price: Starting at $59.95 for five-course Chef’s Tasting Menu
Taste a variety of what Eleven Eleven chefs offer. Bring seven or more of your friends and slip back to the wine room to share the sampling of a five-course meal. Get ready to bite into a menu custom designed for your group’s individual tastes. Your lineup could span the tastes of chilled muscovy duck, golden sea scallops, lavender-scented sea bass, grilled pork tenderloin and a dessert sampler to finish it off. Get creative with it and ensure you and your friends are treated to a great meal. However, it is best to ask for recommendations as the chef knows best.
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5100 Daggett Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110
Price: $55 for five-course Chef’s Tasting Menu ($75 wine pairing pairings)
Experience a true taste of St. Louis with food supplied and grown by area farmers. Sample this hometown chef’s samplings with a five-course meal. Five Bistro writes its menu daily to reflect what is fresh and in season, but a recent menu included wild copper river salmon tartar followed by a farmers market salad using locally grown produce and meats delivered fresh daily from Benne’s Farm along with farm-fresh chicken eggs from the St. Louis area. Indulge in Troutdale Farm trout, organic king oyster mushrooms, roasted broccoli and Belleville white asparagus for the third course topped off with Benne’s Farm pork belly with Sonoma foie gras, micro greens and cherry chutney for the fourth course. Finally, leave on a sweet note with a local cherry crumb cake, cherry sorbet, vanilla bean anglaise and graham cracker crumb.
7266 Manchester Road
St. Louis, MO 63143
Price: Starting at $30 for four-course tasting menu; Starting at $65 for seven- to nine-course Grand Tasting Menu
Take in the fullness of Acero’s array of flavors from owner Jim Fiala’s Northern Italian cuisine and Chef Adam Karl Gnau’s culinary creations. Select four items to create your own tasting menu or invite your friends and create your own seven- or nine-course meal with Acero’s Grand Tasting Menu options. Choose a little of each from Acero’s classic Italian dishes, savoring soups and its five-hour slow-roasted porchetta; lamb rack with polenta, charred tomato, melted onion and spinach; or the chicken Milanese with asparagus, arugula, tomato and extra virgin olive oil.
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