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Apr 26, 2009 07:21 AM

STL area lunch rec with river views?

Looking for a place to take my mom for lunch that has nice river views and outdoor seating?

I live in the city -- so I'm thinking up to 45 minutes to an hour away is the most I want to travel.

I'm open on the type of food. I'm thinking a more casual atmosphere. The main thing is a great outdoors view.

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  1. Indoor only, but Kemoll's moved to the top on the One Met building. Here is a photo I took from my lunch a couple of weeks ago.
    It's on the 42 floor.

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    1. re: alsamuelson

      Oh, that place is great I went there for my bday one year-- but I'm thinking more jeans and flips flops, cocktails and sitting outside in the breeze.

      1. re: tmontauk

        I thought as much. But since they moved to the top floor and have a killer view, I had to throw it out there.

    2. Best bet is heading up to Alton IL...they have some interesting, casual spots with river/outdoor seating. Nothing comes to mind in the city.

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      1. re: CheesemongersWife

        I think I meant Grafton...Not Alton...but Alton is nice too...

      2. Look at the Great River Road that runs up the Illinois side of the Mississippi up toward Grafton. I stayed at the Tara Point B&B once, and it just took my breath away. We poked around Grafton for a morning, and I saw some restaurants that might be what you want.

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        1. re: ChesterhillGirl

          I vote for Grafton: The Loading Dock. When you get to Grafton, turn left and go along Front Street, the road that parallels the river. Indoor/outdoor seating, and a fine view of the tree-covered banks of the Mississippi.

          1. re: Doug

            The loading dock has a nice view but i think its more of a bar atmosphere than quality restaurant food. See for yourself

        2. I would reccomend the Grafton Winery( I was there a couple weeks ago. Its brand new and the view it amazing.

          1. The restaurant at the top of the Laclede Gas building isn't outdoors but has grand views of the riverfront. : Point of View Restaurant – Top of the Laclede Building, 30th Floor, 720 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63101, (314) 421-5941

            Four Seasons has a restaurant on the second floor with partial view of the river AND outdoor seating.

            Millennium Hotel's Top of The Riverfront restaurant revolves and has views of the river.

            My Just Desserts Restaurant
            31 East Broadway
            Alton, Illinois 62002
            (618) 462-5881 Enjoy some of the best sandwiches, home made breads, and home made desserts anywhere while enjoying a view of the Mississippi River.

            Many of the casinos, which float on the river, have restaurants.