Just because St. Louis is not a coastal town doesn’t mean you can’t crave seafood. Among the tastiest seafood dishes, you’ll find an edible mollusk that originally had an ornamental, ribbed fan-shaped shell. We’re talking about scallops. When pan-seared or cooked to perfection, scallops are delicious; and when you add a little garlic, butter, and maybe even an artichoke, they are mouth-watering. Discover the top scallops in the area at these amazing restaurants that serve them in tasty dishes.
Sidney Street Cafe
2000 Sidney St.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 771-5777

Come in and relish the European flare with hints of French and a variety of eclectic culinary flavors that bring out the best taste in every dish including sea food. Chef Kevin Nashan, who is also the owner, strives to deliver excellence as he shares his years of restaurant experience including studying across the ocean. He has been known to be creative even offering scallops with grits. Get ready for the pan-seared scallops to melt in your mouth. If you like your scallops seared in a pan, cooked and served with creamed corn, mushrooms and glazed pearl onions, you will not be disappointed.

Pho Grand
3195 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 664-7435

Combine Vietnamese flavor with seafood, and you get some tasty scallops. Enjoy the curry scallops that keep patrons coming back and craving this delicious combination of taste. Cooked with coconut milk and served with spring rolls, this dish offers scallops to remember. Almost equally tasty is the scallops that are sauteed with onions and garlic for a succulent satisfying dinner. Or, if you’re looking to spice things up, try to the scallops prepared with hot chiles and lemongrass.

Vin de Set
2017 Chouteau Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 241-8989

A top spot to enjoy a buffet in the area, this rooftop restaurant also offers some tasty seafood. As if the rooftop terrace view isn’t breathtaking enough, the food offerings will send you soaring with delight. Start your meal with the shrimp and scallop gratinee, also referred to as au gratin. Make it your main course with the seared sea scallops and shrimp that is prepared with olives, capers, onions, and the unique and flavorful addition of artichokes and tomatoes. For dinner, select scallops that are pan seared with truffle cauliflower puree and served with basil pistou sauce.

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Herbie’s Vintage 72
405 N. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 769-9595

Named after Herbie Balaban, he and his cafe’ were there when the Central West End began to be a happening spot in 1972. After living in Europe for several years during his youth, he developed a love for French cuisine and brought this and his own style of cooking to the midwest. The scallops may just take your breath away, because they are melt-in-your-mouth and bursting with flavor amazing. When your plate arrives, your mouth will begin to water. Served with Israeli cous cous pilaf, sauteed brocolli and roasted corn, the flavors will satisfy.

Charlie Gitto’s
5226 Shaw Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 772-8898

A long-time favorite Italian restaurant on The Hill, Charlie Gitto’s is a must-experience for locals and visitors to the city. Sit down in this upscale restaurant and get ready to call it your new favorite place. Not only does it serve the best after-dinner gelato in town, but the chefs cook some tasty scallops too. Tucked away in the seafood risotto is the favor of scallops waiting to burst forth along with a chorus of shrimp, clams, langostinos, and mussels. The entire dish is seasoned with three-pepper butter to create a tender and flavorful dish.

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