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Feb 26, 2011 06:54 PM

St Louis Dining for a Group

Our son is graduating from Wash-U this spring. Family is converging in St. Louis to see the event. We'd like to take everyone out to dinner but don't want to break the bank. Fresh is good. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. Will you have transportation? What's your definition of breaking the bank? Our New York relatives think the expensive restaurants in St. Louis are astoundingly inexpensive. Do you have picky eaters or more adventurous ones? Where have you eaten here before that you liked or didn't like? (I assume w/ a kid @WU, you've been in town several times.) More details, please, and we will help. And how big a group?

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    1. re: lemons

      Hi! Entrees ....$8.00-20.00 (maybe one place cheaper and one more special); Six people who are fairly adventurous and mostly interested in real food vs. the types of places that throw bags of frozen stuff into the fryer. We're from Mpls/St. Paul, so we have had some pretty good choices at home in recent years. In STL, we have eaten at Harvest, Hodak's, Sweetie Pie's, La Dolce Via, Brasserie by NIche, someplace on the hill that we didn't like, Companion, Cafe Napoli, Scottish Arms, Sqwire's...and maybe others, I can't remember them all. We try to go to all sorts of places, with some good results and some not so good. We'll probably need breakfast, lunch, a casual dinner, and a celebration dinner. Thanks for the help!

      La Dolce Via Cafe
      4470 Arco Ave, St Louis, MO 63110

      Sweetie Pies
      9841 W Florissant Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63136

      Hodak's Restaurant
      2100 Gravois Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104

      Scottish Arms
      8 S Sarah St, Saint Louis, MO 63108

    2. Lo Russo's, which is technically just beyond the Hill does Italian that's a combo of trad and nore modern; my vegetarian DIL and grandkid loved it, and Rich is very comfortable with multigenerational groups. Remy's in Clayton does Mediterranean stuff, wine flights, and is reliable enough that we take out-of-towners there, especially since it's open late and on Mondays. What about one of the Chinese places like LuLu's on Olive? Brasserie by Niche in the CWE is a delight. Truffles in Ladue is on the high end but is putting out some remarkably good stuff with the new chef.

      Or you could just take 'em all to Crown Candy Kitchen.

      Crown Candy Kitchen
      1401 Saint Louis Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63106

      Remy's Kitchen & Wine Bar
      222 S Bemiston Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63105

      Lorusso's Cucina
      3121 Watson Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63139

      Truffles Restaurant
      9202 Clayton Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63124

      Brasserie by Niche
      4580 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108

      1. In the Central West End is a wonderful Brazilian restaurant called Coco Louco Brasil. The lunch menu is in the low end of your price range, and the dinner menu is in the high end. Vegetarians have a number of options.
        Their website does not talk about their brunch, but it is delightful.