Missouri April 05, 2016
These 11 Destination Restaurants In Missouri Will Blow You Away
According to Wikipedia, a destination restaurant “has a strong enough appeal to draw customers from beyond its community.” The destination restaurant’s origins were with the Michelin Guide in France, who rated restaurants based on whether they were worth a special trip. This type of restaurant promises a one-of-a-kind experience, while you enjoy both the journey to and the ambiance of Missouri’s great destination restaurants. Here are a few of Missouri’s best:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Abigail’s, Rocheport
Located at 206 Central Street, Abigail’s is a charming little restaurant in a small but beautiful Missouri River town. The menu changes twice daily, and the prices are a reasonable $7–12 for lunch and $11–23 for dinner. Because of the size, get there early for lunch and make reservations if you are coming for dinner. Finish the meal off with one of their delicious homemade desserts.
2. Café Blackadder, Warrensburg
Café Blackadder prides itself on using locally-sourced goods. The menu features a variety of farm-fresh salads and sandwiches, including their Turkey Salami Panini, which was voted best sandwich in Missouri. They also have vegan options, and feature a funky, relaxed atmosphere and counter seating.
Location: 121 N Holden Street
3. The Courtyard at Overlook Farm, Clarksville
This seasonal restaurant (which opens April 22!) offers menu items that have been raised or grown on Overlook Farm, and guests who stay at the spacious and luxurious on-site inns can get items from its menu year-round. It is located next to the Mississippi River just off Highway 79 near Clarksville. The decor features wood burning ovens and grills, open fire-pits, fountains and a waterfall, and they are known for their original blooming wisteria. They also feature live music each weekend.
4. Ophelia’s, Independence
Ophelia’s has been a favorite in Independence for many years. Located in the historic Independence Square, they have an eclectic menu that includes simple soups and salads as well as steak, duck, lamb and seafood like Alaskan halibut. For dessert, try the scrumptious chocolate crème brulee. Guests enjoy a casual, romantic, and friendly atmosphere, making Ophelia’s a true gem.
Location: 201 N Main Street
5. Osage Restaurant, Ridgedale
Osage is one of the amazing restaurants at Top of the Rock in Ridgedale, near Branson. It boasts a beautiful view of Table Rock Lake and Ozark Mountain, and combines modern elegance with natural beauty. Décor includes rugged wood beams and centerpiece iron chandeliers, as well as rich leathers, tapestries, custom artwork and native artifacts. For dinner, try the scallops and the rack of lamb. Finish it off with a delicious dessert like gooey butter cake and vanilla bean ice cream. Osage Restaurant is truly a dining experience like no other, and is a top notch destination everyone should experience.
Location: 150 Top of the Rock Road
6. The Blue Owl, Kimmswick
The Blue Owl features comfort foods like southern fried chicken and biscuits in generous portions. However, they are most famous for their Carmel Pecan Levee High Apple Pie®. This delicious dessert was featured on the Food Network's "Paula’s Party," and, in 2011, was selected as one of Oprah Winfrey's favorite things and was featured in O Magazine.
Located along the Mississippi River about 30 minutes south of downtown St. Louis, the restaurant and bakery serves breakfast and lunch. The Blue Owl Sweet Shoppe features an old fashioned soda fountain, 20 different flavors of ice cream, house made candies, specialty coffee and hot chocolate, and a gift shop, and is located next door to the restaurant.
Location: 6116 2nd Street
7. Audubon's by Chaumette, Ste Genevieve
Located just one-hour south of St. Louis in beautiful, historic Ste Genevieve, Audobon's offers exquisite fine dining. Housed in the former Hotel Ste Genevieve, the restaurant consists of 4,000 square feet of first floor dining, which includes a bar, a main dining room and two private dining rooms, along with a lower level events space with a wine cellar-like atmosphere. Under new ownership as of March 1st, many old favorites remain on the menu along with unique new dishes like bacon-wrapped shrimp with honey-mustard bourbon glaze .
Location: 9 North Main Street
8. Hermann Wurst House, Hermann
Hermann Wurst House is located in historic Hermann in Missouri wine country along Highway 100. They offer more than 40 varieties of fresh and smoked sausages, bratwursts and bacon. The restaurant and deli offers the day’s fresh sausuage choices along with hickory-smoked pulled pork, and deli meat sandwiches. In addition, Hermann Wurst House brews its own line of German-style beer and offers locally crafted sodas.
Location: 234 East First Street
9. Balducci Vineyards, Augusta
Balducci Winery sits on 76 beautiful acres along Highway 94, and includes a winery, tasting room and a restaurant. Pair your meal chosen from their classic Italian menu with one of their award-winning wines. They feature both thin crust and deep dish pizza, Italian favorites like garlic cheese bread, baked brie, and toasted ravioli, along with classic Italian pasta dishes and entrees. Enjoy a delicious meal in a beautiful, relaxing atmosphere.
Location: 6601 S Missouri 94
10. Claverach Farm & Vineyards, Eureka
The 300-acre Claverach Farm is located just twenty miles outside of St. Louis. At first, the farm would grow specialty produce and microgreens and sell them to local restaurants. When they converted their 100-year-old barn into a venue featuring farm-to-table meals for the community, their Saturday "farm dinners" became extremely popular. The meals feature four courses, drinks and hors d’oeuvres, served at long community tables. Guests are welcome to wander through the property’s gardens, orchards and vineyards before and between courses.
Location: 201 Beckwoods Drive
11. Stone Soup Cottage, Cottleville
Stone Soup Cottage is a one-of-a-kind experience in historic Cottleville. Thursdays through Saturdays, Chef Carl McConnell and his wife Nancy offer reservation-only "farm to fork" dinners. They feature a six-course, prix-fixe French and Italian tasting menu with seasonal dishes paired with complementary wines. Located on a 6.5-acre farm, they furnish the majority of their own produce. The décor is rustically elegant, housed in a building that was constructed of wood from the farm's original 1930s barn overlooking the farm's fields and ponds.
Location: 5809 State Highway N
What is your favorite destination restaurant in Missouri? Have you been to any of these places? We would love to hear about your experience!