Kirkwood has a lot to offer luxury residents outside the city of St. Louis. Beyond being conveniently close to downtown, Kirkwood real estate has many of the amenities of a larger city without sacrificing the benefits of a distinctive luxury suburb. Kirkwood homes for sale have easy access to an array of restaurants, from tasty fast-casual spots to upscale dining. Wherever you’re located in the St. Louis area, when you’re looking for something special for date night or self-care, Kirkwood really shines.
From authentic Italian to exceptional Americana, below are six of Kirkwood’s best restaurants to reward yourself at the end of a long day shopping for Kirkwood real estate. Just make sure you make a reservation!
Citizen Kane’s Steak House
113 W Clinton Pl
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According to its many adoring patrons, Citizen Kane’s Steak House
offers one of the best steaks in Missouri. This is an adorable blink-and-you-missed-it kind of restaurant that’s actually similar to a lot of Kirkwood homes for sale—considering it’s in a renovated single-family home just off the beaten path.
The menu is relatively compact, everything is excellent, and there are rotating daily specials based on what’s freshest. If you’re not a steak person, the Chicken Xanadu is the must-try pasta dish on the menu. This is a perfect, cozy stop after spending a day looking at Downtown Kirkwood real estate, as it’s near the heart of the city.
Sunset 44 Bistro and Banquet
118 W Adams Ave
is Kirkwood’s hidden gem. While they do have an extensive catering menu, the restaurant itself is an excellent place to have a party. It’s also a thoughtful, posh place for a dinner date, or to celebrate closing on one of the many beautiful Kirkwood homes for sale nearby. The menu is elevated without being pretentious, and the chef really focuses on delicious, classic food served well.
The wine list is also excellent, and the staff is very well-trained, so if you’re not sure what you want, they’ll happily guide you through your options. If you’re trying to support local businesses, this restaurant is an exceptional choice.
612 Kitchen & Cocktails
612 W Woodbine Avenue
612 Kitchen & Cocktails
takes classic bar food and gives it an upscale, inventive twist. The atmosphere is cozy and warm, with exposed brick and dark wood. The best seats in the house are outside during the summer, and the patio is both lovely and lively throughout most of the year. As the name suggests, the cocktail list is carefully crafted and very creative—but the restaurant really shines thanks to its kitchen.
Entrées include a wide variety of choices, like the stuffed meatloaf with cheddar mashed potatoes, a bone-in rib eye, and the brisket risotto (which is a port wine demi-glaze braised brisket over brie risotto). Brunch is available Sunday mornings, along with a limited lunch menu. Being so close to some of the best Kirkwood real estate, 612 Kitchen and Cocktails may just become your favorite brunch and/or date-night hangout.
Sapore Italian Café
451 S Kirkwood Road
Photo courtesy of Sapore Italian Café
Bringing the vibe up a notch is Sapore Italian Café
, an Italian kitchen that may look fairly unassuming on the outside, but wows on the inside. You may drive past it while looking at Kirkwood homes for sale, not realizing it isn’t another chain. But, once you step inside, you’ll understand what you were missing.
The menu is relatively small, but everything is made in-house with a lot of care. The pasta is some of the best fresh pasta in Kirkwood, but if you want something lighter, try the Grigliata di Scampi, with jumbo shrimp, Sicilian bread crumbs, and lots of garlic. This is a perfect example of amazing Italian food, just steps from some of the best Kirkwood real estate on the market.
Peppe’s Apartment 2
800 S Geyer Road
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Beyond serving delicious food, Peppe’s Apartment 2
is in an adorable piece of Victorian-era Kirkwood real estate. Dining at Peppe’s Apartment 2 is a great way to not only have an amazing dinner but see what Kirkwood homes for sale used to look like. The environment is inspiring, and the food is exceptional. The menu boasts
a Mediterranean flare. You can order à la carte, but most diners choose a course option, with a two, five, or seven-course tasting menu available.
Peppe’s is one of the highest-reviewed restaurants in Kirkwood for good reason. If you’re celebrating a special occasion or looking for an intimate, upscale date night, Peppe’s is the place to be.
427 S Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO
Photo courtesy of Café Provencal
is a French restaurant that’s located a few blocks outside of Kirkwood but is unquestionably worth a visit. Most Kirkwood homes for sale don’t have walkable access to superb French cooking, but Café Provencal provides just that.
The atmosphere is farmhouse chic with upscale touches, so you can feel comfortable coming in for lunch after shopping, or for a low-key date night. The food feels surprisingly authentic given you’re in the middle of Missouri, and the service is impeccable. The restaurant has been a Kirkwood staple for a long time, and it’s clear that the owners really love the restaurant and the craft.
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