A Table for How Many? at Red Kitchen and Bar
315 Chestnut Street
Most of us don't think of dining at a hotel unless we are on the road. I associate hotel food with mediocre breakfast buffets and overpriced steak-and-potato dinners.
But some St. Louis hotel restaurants are becoming destinations for locals. Cielo (atop the Four Seasons) can't be beaten for a nightcap with breathtaking views of the city. Even newer to the city, Red Kitchen and Bar in the remodeled downtown Hyatt has a décor and menu that far exceed the image of a dated dining room with bland food.
Eating at a Hotel
As far as group dining goes, hotel restaurants can be a stellar choice. These eateries are designed to handle the masses. They are used to huge parties coming in for conventions and family celebrations and should know just how to treat them.
The downside of heading to a hotel for dinner is often parking. In the case of Red, most of our members were able to find walkable street parking -- though this might not have been the case if there had been a ballgame the night we went. To make things easier and to encourage local diners, it would be nice if Red validated parking in the hotel lot for their patrons. No one wants to add seven dollars to the cost of a meal just to park the car.
Fixed Price Meal
Our group headed to Red for Downtown Restaurant Week, when many downtown restaurants offer three-course meals for $25. Downtown Restaurant Week is always a great excuse to get a group together and head out to eat -- just be sure to make advanced reservations to ensure that you get a table. (The same advice applies to many of the charity dining events offered in this town, like Dining Out for Life.)
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With just one small exception, a member who found her chicken pasta to be bland, our group thoroughly enjoyed the food. The roasted beet salad and the risotto cakes with spicy chicken and jalapeño were big hits, as were the mini desserts (apple bread pudding and strawberry shortcake).