During the hot, humid months of summer, does anything taste quite so good as a light seafood meal? Whether your style is a lobster roll or deep-fried breaded shrimp, we’ve got some superb options right here 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. Peacemaker Crab & Lobster Co. - St. Louis
With James Beard award-nominee Kevin Nashan at the helm, it's no wonder this is some of the best seafood in the state.
The East Coast-themed eatery offers crab rolls, oysters, shrimp and more. Don't miss its signature dish, the lobster roll. Address: 1831 Sidney St, St. Louis, MO 63104
2. Pierpont's at Union Station – Kansas City
This upscale seafood establishment offers a posh setting and the freshest seafood around.
Show up early for your reservation to enjoy a drink at the iconic 30-foot tall mahogany bar. Address: Union Station, 30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108
3. Saffron Bistro – Cape Girardeau
Specializing in Pan-Asian cuisine, this gem offers everything from crispy fried calamari and spicy Thai-style shrimp to sushi and green curry poached salmon.
There are plenty of non-seafood items on the menu, too, so feel free to bring along the seafood-averse! Address: 1610 N Kingshighway St #101, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
4. Crabby's Seafood Bar & Grill – Joplin
This seafood bar and grill offers an enticing mixture of American classics, like Crab Spinach Artichoke Dip and Seafood Chowder, and more exotic fare, such as Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna and Spicy Thai Shrimp.
Can you say yum? Address: 815 W 7th St., Joplin, MO 64801
5. Lu Lu Seafood and Dim Sum – St. Louis
Any time is a good time to go to Lu Lu for Chinese seafood. Don't miss the expertly prepared dim sum - you'll want to try multiple varieties!
The dumplings are served from metal carts that make their rounds around the restaurant. They've also got a food truck so you can catch their food on the go! Address: 8224 Olive Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63132
6. White River Fish House - Branson
This is not only one of the best seafood restaurants in Branson, but supposedly one of the best overall.
Owned by Bass Pro Shops, here you'll find everything from Smoked Wahoo Dip and New England Clam Chowder to Maple Glazed Salmon and Coconut Shrimp. Address: Branson Landing, 5 Bass Pro Drive, Branson, MO 65616
7. Jazz Kitchen – Columbia
Jazz Kitchen offers seafood with a serious Cajun/Creole kick.
Enjoy live music in a casual, fun setting while you nosh on Gulf oysters, boiled crawdads and more. Address: 217 N Stadium Blvd, Columbia, MO 65203
8. Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar – Kansas City
This upscale spot serves up fresh, delicious seafood. Try the Mornay Baked or Buffalo Fried Oyster, followed by the Blue Crab Cocktail and Pan Seared Scallops.
It's hard to choose when there are so many great options! Bonus: it's committed to serving sustainable seafood. Address: 4814 Roanoke Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64112
9. Ocean Zen – Springfield
When the craving for sushi hits, head to Ocean Zen in Springfield.
Besides an extensive selection of rolls, diners can also partake in lemon butter garlic seafood, seafood paella and roasted Chilean sea bass. Address: 4117 S National Ave, Springfield, MO 65807
10. Colton's Steakhouse & Grill – Kirksville
Although Colton's is primarily a steakhouse, it also offers some killer seafood, such as Mesquite Grilled Salmon, Pan Seared Tilapia and Grilled Shrimp.
Is your stomach rumbling yet? Address: 1116 Country Club Dr, Kirksville, MO 63501
11. Broadway Oyster Bar – St. Louis
Broadway Oyster Bar is a downtown institution, and for good reason: great Cajun seafood and oysters, jamming live music and a fun atmosphere combine to make this one dining experience you won't forget.
Check the restaurant's website for a schedule of live music! Address: 736 S Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102
12. Boudreaux’s Louisiana Seafood – St. Joseph
Its location in a converted warehouse is just one thing that makes this St. Joseph eatery unique.
Here you'll find a wide range of Cajun seafood specialties, including crawfish bisque and gumbo. Address: 224 N 4th St, St Joseph, MO 64501
13. Baxter's Lakeside Grille – Lake Ozark
Enjoy fresh, delicious seafood while gazing at one of the best lakeside views around.
This is one of the best options for upscale waterfront dining on the lake. Address: 2124 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Lake Ozark, MO 65049