We originally came to Bar Les Freres because we didn’t make a reservation at I Fratellini and the wait was too long, with Bar Les Freres being just across the street. They are both owned by Zoe Robinson, with Bar Les Freres being the newer of the two but none the less in quality.
The ambiance is dark but warm, the interior looking like a true french bistro. Unless you come during an off day the place is likely to be severely crowded, but they are expanding soon due to their immense popularity.
One visit and you will understand why it is so popular. Just like it’s Italian brother, I Fratellini, the staff makes you feel like an honored guest and is super friendly, give great advice, and do their absolute best to ensure you enjoy your meal.
Not enjoying your meal would be a feat in itself as the food and drink are truly wonderful. The lobster bisque is hearty and full of flavor and the endive salad was an instant favorite of ours. Even their humble cheese plate is an amazing treat that serves well as an appetizer or dessert.
My absolute favorite thing to eat at Bar Les Freres is their Bone Marrow. The marrow itself is decadent and creamy in texture and pairs perfectly with the parsley salad it comes with. Simple and wonderful.
They have a great wine selection but if you love cocktails, which we definitely do, then ask your server for a suggestion and they will bring you the perfect aperitif or digestif. And if you have any room left after your meal, be sure to order their chocolate mousse, which pairs very well with their brandy alexander.
And if the Mousse does not strike your fancy then one of their specials probably will. The Blackberry Tart pictured above came with an incredible delicate pastry shell and fresh local fruit.
The only thing we did not like about the place was the overly dim lighting but this is a common problem with a lot of great restaurants; apparently dim lighting aids digestion. Still, sitting in the dark is a small price to pay for the best French cuisine in St. Louis. It makes for a great first date or anniversary location, or even just when you feel like spending some time with good friends and good food.
- Pros: Amazing French cuisine that will appeal to more than just Francophiles.
- Cons: Very popular but it is expanding. Darkly lit, which is a plus for some.
- Charlie’s Favorites: Bone Marrow, Boulevardier, Lobster Bisque
- Christine’s Favorites: Chocolate Mousse, Brandy Alexander, Endive Salad
We came back to Bar Les Freres and took some additional pictures. Replaced some above, but here are some more below. Enjoy!