Christine and I came here on a lark after getting a coupon online but we left after having one of our best dining experiences in St. Louis ever. The food was excellent, the waiter was patient and informative, and everything was perfectly plated and presented to us. Simply wonderful.
We go to a lot of New American eateries in St. Louis; it’s our go-to cuisine when we go out for dinner. This place is a new favorite of ours that we will come back to again and again for certain.
First of all, we have to hand it to Jay, our waiter. He was extremely friendly and was ready to answer all our questions about the food and the chefs. He told us about where the food was sourced from and even how some of it was caught and procured, like the diver’s scallops, which are from Nova Scotia where scuba divers actually hand select them off the ocean floor (thus the name).
The scallops were indeed heavenly, just bursting with flavor and that perfect melt-in-your-mouth texture. Another favorite of ours there was the beet salad, which had locally grown beets from the Illinois side of the river and some superb goat cheese from Heartland Creamery.
Everything had amazing flavor and very simple components that go well with each other, something that is at the very heart of New American cuisine. For example, we were served an amuse-bouche that was a play on a shrimp cocktail that featured some simple sprigs of dill that perfectly played with a four-citrus aioli. Also, the cauliflower bisque had a hidden surprise of pomegranate seeds which gave these bright bursts of sweet and tangy flavor in the midst of a savory soup.
We can highly recommend this place to anyone, but do keep in mind parking may be an issue. Jay gave us a useful tip, though: If you eat at the Eau Bistro you can park at Chase Park Plaza for free! Also, if you drink I suggest you ask for a wine suggestion as their cocktails were decent but not as good as their wine. The only other thing of note is that Cafe Eau, which is right next door, has some seriously loud music that can be heard well into the Eau Bistro, which is unfortunate but not something that cannot be ignored.
- Pros: Expertly sourced, artfully plated, amazing flavors cooked perfectly, and an incredible staff.
- Cons: Noisy cafe next door, so-so cocktails.
- Charlie’s Favorites: Diver Sea Scallops, Heirloom Beet Salad, Cauliflower Bisque
- Christine’s Favorites: Cauliflower Bisque, Black Mussels, Endive Salad