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Restaurants Near Saint Louis University


4101 Laclede Ave

Southern-style food; great fried chicken, local beer, artsy atmosphere; closed Monday and Tuesday.

Retreat Gastropub

6 N. Sarah Street

Comfort food, good signature drinks and shrubs, casual atmosphere.

Scottish Arms

8 S. Sarah Street

Scottish pub food; restaurant + bar, closed Sunday and Monday.


522 N. Grand Blvd.

Oaxaca-style Mexican food, closed Monday; service can be a bit slow.

The Dark Room

3610 Grandel Square,

across from Angad Arts Hotel

Jazz bar + snacks; closed Monday and Tuesday.

Pappy's Smokehouse

3106 Olive Street

Memphis-style barbecue + ribs, closed Monday and Tuesday.

A bit farther from campus, heading east

(take a car)

Fountain On Locust

3037 Locust Street


American restaurant with very nice soda fountain + ice cream desserts, a bit pricey, closed Monday.


3307 Washington Ave.

Unique restaurant based on Missouri ingredients (mostly foraged); chef is amazing, pricey, closed Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday.

Small Batch

3001 Locust Street

A vegetarian whiskey bar, closed Tuesday-Wednesday.

Neighborhoods Close to Campus

Central West End

2km from SLU, can take bus on Lindell, get off at Euclid and turn right

Many restaurants, shops, and galleries; restaurants include Pi Pizzeria, Mission Taco, Bar Italia, Ranoush (Syrian).  The independent bookstore Left Bank Books is worth a look.


Turning left on Euclid, there are more restaurants, including Little Saigon, Brasserie (nice French, bit pricey).

The Grove

About 2km from SLU, on Manchester (old Route 66)

Plenty of bars and moderately-priced restaurants; Chao Baan (Thai), Everest (Nepalese/Korean), Sultan (Kurdish), Grace & 3 (contemporary soul food), Urban Chestnut Brew Hall.

South Grand

About 2km from SLU, can take bus on Grand

Plenty of moderately-priced restaurants, including Lulu’s Local Eatery (vegetarian), the King and I (Thai), Meskerem (Ethiopian), Pho Grand (Vietnamese

Other Historic Neighborhoods

The influence of St. Louis' rich and diverse history is still evident in distinctive neighborhoods around the city. Here are a few we love.

Lafayette Square

The neighborhood of Lafayette Square is centered around Lafayette Park and is home to some of the finest surviving Victorian architecture in the United States. One of the most popular architectural styles of the "painted ladies" surrounding the park is the Second Empire style. A reflection of the namesake and heritage of the area, this French style is marked by a sloping mansard roof at the top of the facade.

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A refugee of the French revolution, Antoine Soulard moved to St. Louis in 1770 to survey land for the King of Spain. He and his wife Julia Cerre obtained land that included a meadow which farmers had used as a marketplace since 1779. The Soulard Market still draws impressive crowds to this day, thanks to Julia's generosity and foresight to bequeath two blocks to the City upon her death under the condition that it remain a public marketplace in perpetuity. The neighborhood has a brewing heritage due to immigrants of the 1800s who were drawn by the limestone caves and water supply of the area, ideal for brewing and storing beer. The iconic Anheuser-Busch brewery stands at the southern end of the neighborhood.


The Hill

Immigrants from northern Italy and Sicily began settling in this neighborhood in the late 19th century. Its Italian-American roots remain intact, with Italian bakeries, grocery stores, restaurants, and mom-and-pop trattorias lining the streets. The neighborhood's epicenter is the beautiful St. Ambrose Catholic Church, which is adjacent to a newly built piazza.

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