Fine Dining in the Show-Me State

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food and drink , specialty foods , family dining , Restaurants
Fabulous Fare
Author: Hoffman Lewis

Whether you’re celebrating a promotion, an anniversary, or any special occasion, Missouri’s restaurants offer the perfect night out. Spend an evening enjoying a wonderful meal, with plenty of Midwestern hospitality and charm.

In the downtown area of Columbia, take a trip to the Mediterranean – right here in Missouri. Casablanca Mediterranean Grill serves favorites from Greece, Morocco, Libya and other exotic locales. Dishes include homemade hummus and gyros filled with tender meat and fresh veggies.

Embark upon another international journey when you dine at Der Essen Platz. Located above Bridal Cave, 10 minutes west of Camdenton, this restaurant offers delicious German, French and American cuisine. Warm up on a wintry night with schnitzel and a glass of red wine. Linger over a slice of house-made cake while you admire a stellar view of the Niangua River and the Lake of the Ozarks. 

For many St. Louis residents, saying date night immediately brings Baileys’ Chocolate Bar to mind. Full of candlelight and red roses, this gem in the Lafayette Square district is a perfect destination for a romantic evening and a great night out with friends. Grab some pals and share several of Baileys’ decadent desserts. They serve more than two dozen heavenly chocolate martinis, 90 beers, wine and spirits, as well as a light-fare menu of pizzettas and cheese plates.

In Cape Girardeau, Saffron Bistro delights diners with tasty, beautiful Asian fusion dishes. Bright flavors (such as ginger and citrus) elevate steak, seafood and pork recipes. Craving classic Thai? Saffron serves some of the best curries and soups in the area. Sushi fans won’t want to miss the long list of inventive rolls, including a “spider roll” filled with soft-shell crab.

Enter the presence of royalty at Lidia’s Italy, in Kansas City – after all, celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich enjoys a reputation as America’s “first lady of Italian cuisine.” Lidia’s kitchen turns out plates as beautiful as they are delicious, including braised veal shank, stuffed quail and creamy risotto. Everything is made on-site, including the pasta and sauces. Be sure to look up from your plate every once in a while; the restaurant’s design mirrors an Italian farmhouse.    

Many important decisions take place in our state’s capital, Jefferson City. When the decision-makers work up an appetite, they often head for Madison’s Café, just two-and-a-half blocks from the Capitol. A favorite among foodies for more than 30 years, Madison’s treats diners to many amazing dishes. Try the lobster ravioli in a saffron-infused cream sauce; celebrate a special occasion with the chateaubriand for two. A glass of wine or a specialty martini completes the meal. Choose a table on the sidewalk, when the weather is good.

Whether you crave something sweet or savory, Aviary Cafe and Creperie always delights the taste buds. Inventive crepe varieties at this Springfield eatery include, among many other choices: shrimp and polenta; roasted pork and vegetable; and caramel apple crisp. Chef John Allen uses locally sourced ingredients to make his crepe creations, meaning everything is wonderfully fresh.


 The Casablanca Mediterranean Grill
Casablanca Mediterranean Grill has been a taste-vacation for many since its opening in 1998. Casablanca ...

 Der Essen Platz
Located on Thunder Mountain, above the Bridal Cave, our restaurant provides an outstanding, panoramic ...

 Bridal Cave
Cave tours travel over concrete pathways, through the cave's 60-degree Fahrenheit environment. One-hour ...

 Baileys' Chocolate Bar
Cozy and romantic nightspot with a full bar specializing in more than two dozen chocolate martinis; ...

 Lidia's Italy
This authentic Italian restaurant is in a former railroad house, just north of the historic Union Station. ...

 Madison's Cafe
Madison's Cafe is a 32-year Jefferson City tradition, offering casual yet elegant dining, with a focus ...

 Aviary Cafe and Creperie
Seasonal menus consist of made-from-scratch meals using ingredients from local farms and fresh vegetables; ...