The 9 Best Seafood Restaurants in St. Louis (Ranked by a Local)

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When you think of St. Louis, “seafood” might not be the first word that comes to mind.

BUT… St. Louis is located right on the Mississippi River, the second-longest river in the United States.

Maybe that’s why St. Louis is home to a surprising amount of high-quality seafood restaurants?

In any case, read on to find my choices for the 9 best seafood restaurants in St. Louis.

Map of Seafood in St. Louis

Best seafood boil in St. Louis: Krab Kingz Seafood

If a restaurant offers butter in a variety of flavors, you know you’re onto something good. Not one to disappoint, King Krabz has all sorts of butter flavors perfect for dousing – think cajun, honey garlic, lemon pepper, spicy, and original. What more could you want!?

King Krabz is about as close as you can get to an authentic seafood boil in the Midwest. Located in The Delmar Loop, this restaurant offers seafood platters that come with shrimp, crab, or lobster, served with sausage, egg, corn, and potatoes.

  • Address: 5860 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112
  • Website: Krab Kingz

The perfect date night spot: Bristol Seafood Grill

Years ago, my parents went out to Bristol’s on a double date with some friends. Ten years later, they still can’t stop talking about Bristol’s carrot cake, but I guess it makes sense. With three cake layers and about four inches of icing, one piece of this cake could feed a family of four!

That being said, Bristol’s has everything you could want in a romantic date night spot: upscale atmosphere, warm lighting, delicious food, and even better dessert. Other menu favorites include the lobster bisque, seared scallops, lobster risotto, and complimentary biscuits.

Best lobster in St. Louis: Peacemaker Lobster and Crab

Kevin Nashman, the chef of Peacemaker Lobster and Crab, felt inspired by his time working in New Orleans and traveling to Maine. And he’s now channeled that inspiration into Peacemaker, home to some of the best lobster dishes in St. Louis.

Peacemaker flies in fresh seafood every day. It can be challenging to find a good lobster roll in St. Louis, but you’ll be sure to find one at Peacemaker. This rustic eatery also specializes in Poor Boy sandwiches, lobster mac and cheese, and hushpuppies.

Best Saturday brunch: Yellowbelly

This super-trendy, highly Instagram-able spot brings a West-Coast vibe in the popular Central West End neighborhood. While they have a great happy hour and a fantastic dinner menu, their Saturday brunch is a must-try.

From lobster enchiladas to coconut pecan pie french toast, Yellowbelly’s brunch menu offers a unique spin on standard favorites. Yellowbelly is also known for its cocktail menu. (Definitely created for people who love rum!)

P.S. – If you like Yellowbelly, check out Retreat Gastropub, its sister restaurant. While Yellowbelly seems to be tropics-inspired, Retreat is catered more to the burger and fry crowd (but is equally delicious).

The top atmosphere: Bait

With an elegant but cozy atmosphere, beautiful food presentation, and high-quality seafood, Bait is a great place for a birthday dinner or special occasion. If you mention your anniversary or birthday, you may even get a glass of complimentary champagne.

Menu highlights include lobster fries, alligator tacos, and Chilean sea bass. While you’re here, you’ll definitely find the right wine pairing for your entree; Bait’s wine list might be longer than the actual food menu!

  • Address: 4239 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108
  • Website: BAIT

Best seafood dumplings: Lulu Seafood and Dimsum

If you want seafood with more of an Asian flair, this is the right place for you! In addition to traditional Chinese staples, Lulu’s offers lots of seafood options, like jumbo shrimp, tilapia, and calamari.

Lulu’s might be one of the only places in the city that serves seafood dumplings, and their shrimp dumplings, in particular, seem to drive the locals wild.

  • Address: 8224 Olive Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63132
  • Website: Lulu Seafood

My favorite hangout: Broadway Oyster Bar

This New Orlean’s-style joint is vibrant, friendly, and fun. Located downtown, the Oyster Bar specializes in Cajun-style food, including tons of shrimp, crabcakes, and oysters. Personally, I’m a big fan of the voodoo tacos and crawfish mac & cheese.

The Broadway Oyster Bar also has live music from local bands nearly every day. The outdoor patio is a fun hangout in the summer months, and the bar area inside is always packed. Stay an entire evening for great food, drinks, and entertainment.

Best happy hour: Oceano Bistro

Located in Clayton’s upscale downtown area, Oceano Bistro serves excellent lunch, brunch, and dinner, but the real gem is happy hour. During Happy Hour, prepare yourself for a menu packed with drink selections, flatbreads, oysters, and sliders, all for very reasonable prices.

Besides happy hour, this restaurant is also known for its crabcakes, which you can order at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • Address: 44 N Brentwood Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105
  • Website: Oceano Bistro

Most underrated gem: Blue Crab Juicy Seafood & Bar

If I’m being completely honest, the first time I drove by Blue Crab, I may have judged a book by its cover. Located in a run-down strip mall, I was not expecting much from this place. Luckily, Blue Crab exceeded those expectations!

While the outside of Blue Crab looks questionable, the inside atmosphere is a lot of fun. With shiplap walls and fishing nets all over the place, this restaurant has a ship-at-sea vibe. Their seafood comes drenched in a garlic butter sauce (exactly how it should be, in my opinion!) and the hushpuppies are delicious too!