There’s nothing quite like dining by the water – the stellar views alone turn even a humdrum meal into a memorable occasion. Here are some of the best in Missouri.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Les Bourgeois A-Frame – Columbia
Thanks to its quaint vibe and location overlooking the Missouri River, Les Bourgeois Winery's A Frame is one of the top picnic spots in the state. Purchase sandwiches or a picnic basket with salami, cheese, crackers and fruit on-site. Address: 14020 W Hwy Bb, Rocheport, MO 65279
2.Village of the Blue Rose - Florissant
Associated with a nonprofit that helps adults with developmental disabilities, Village of the Blue Rose Restaurant provides stunning views of the Mississippi River! The menu is standard American. Address: 535 Rue St Francois, Florissant, MO 63031
3. Cielo – St. Louis
Located at the top of the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis, this upscale Italian eatery offers sweeping views of the Mississippi. And the food definitely doesn't disappoint! Address: 999 N 2nd St, St. Louis, MO 63102
4. Big A's on the Riverfront – St. Charles
This St. Charles mainstay supposedly has one of the best views of the Missouri River around. Daily lunch specials are super affordable (only $7.50!) and the menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches, pizzas and classic American entrees. Address: 308 N Main St, St Charles, MO 63301
5. Bushwhacker Bend Winery - Glasgow
This charming winery is right on the banks of the Missouri River. Although food isn't served here, visitors are welcome to bring their own! Address: 515 1st St, Glasgow, MO 65254
6. Sugarfire Smoke House – Washington
One of the most popular BBQ joints in St. Louis has an outpost in Washington. Even better? It's right on the river. Win-win, all the way. Address: 512 W Front St, Washington, MO 63090
7. Johnny Mac's Bar and Grill – Bonnots Mill
Eat classic American bar food within view of the Osage River. Address: 106 Riverview Dr, Bonnots Mill, MO 65016
8. Grist Mill Restaurant - Tecumseh
This quaint restaurant perched along the North Fork River is a must-try if you're in the area. Splurge on the chef's menu, available Friday and Saturday with reservations.
Address: 8 Dawt Mill Drive, Tecumseh, Mo 65760
9. The Blue Duck – Washington
This sophisticated, casual eatery on the Missouri River features house-made, scrumptious dishes.
Address: 516 W Front St #100, Washington, MO 63090
10. Cooper's Landing – Columbia
Head to Cooper's Landing on the Missouri River, for homestyle eats. If you're looking for something more exotic, Chim's Thai Kitchen serves delicious home-cooked Thai out of an on-site food truck.