Dining

If you choose to dine on campus, you are welcome to purchase meals in the cafeteria in the Griesedieck residence hall. Cafeteria meals are $6 plus tax.

Cafeteria Opening Hours
Breakfast  7:00-9:00 AM  Mon-Fri 
Brunch  10:30 AM-1:30 PM  Sat-Sun 
Lunch  11:00 AM-1:30 PM  Mon-Fri 
Dinner  4:30-6:30 PM  Mon-Sun 

Should you choose to dine off campus St. Louis has countless excellent options, many of which are within walking distance of campus. Below you will find just a sampling of the plethora of wonderful restaurants in St. Louis's up and coming culinary scene. It might be worthwhile to take a look at the Riverfront Times's Best Of 2017 list of restaurants to find your ideal dining experience. Or, if you would like a listing of restaurants within walking distance, check out Yelp's 10 Best Restaurants near campus and this guide we have put together. Additionally, some of St. Louis' unique neighborhoods harbour numerous culinary options. South Grand and The Grove offer a wide variety of ethnic cuisines. Washington Avenue and the Central West End contain the trendiest restaurants in town. The Hill is the Italian quarter of St. Louis, with a number of fine eateries. The Delmar Loop, just north of Washington University at Saint Louis, features a number of vibrant dining opportunities. Quaint Lafayette Square also offers a handfull of establishments, all worthy of your patronage. Below you will find descriptions of some favorite spots frequented by members of the Saint Louis University community.

The newest location for St. Louis's most popular coffee roaster is right across the street from Saint Louis University, in the beautiful and historic Gerhart building. Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Co. is committed to sourcing the world's finest beans, exceeding certified Fair Trade qualifications with their Relationship Coffees. Stop by the Gerhart café to sample the results of these mindful practices. Grab a cup of coffee to go, or enjoy the atmosphere with specialty drink off the seasonally changing menu. This site also offers breakfast and lunch options.

You will feel right at home as soon as you walk into Crave Coffeehouse. Set in a renovated nineteenth-century church, Crave is an independently owned and operated café and restaurant on campus. The baristas are personable, and are always happy to chat while they craft a quality drink. The décor and exposed brick interior create a warm, welcoming atmosphere, and space—often a rarity in coffee shops—is abundant. Crave also features a full lunch menu, and recently made the list of best grilled cheese sandwiches in town for their Pesto Grilled Cheese. Make sure to stop in to discover why Crave's motto is Peace. Coffee. More.

Pappy's Smokehouse offers juicy Memphis style BBQ prepared daily using only the best ingredients. Pappy's starts by slow smoking their meats from 4-14 hours over apple or cherry wood and finishing them off with a selection of three delicious sauces and your choice of sides all prepared fresh in-house. Come before noon to avoid lines, even if the food is worth the wait!

Voted best Ice Cream Parlor in St. Louis, The Fountain on Locust's impressive hand-painted art deco interior provides a wonderful ambiance for enjoying their wonderful ice cream treats or unwinding with one of their ice cream concoctions. This trendy ice cream parlor is known for its traditional malts, as well as its icream martinis.

Located one block west of Saint Louis University, The Scottish Arms is a proper pub and a comfortable setting for lunch, dinner and late night entertainment. The product driven menu changes seasonally and focuses on the purity and quality of local ingredients and sustainable farming wherever possible. Featuring traditional Scottish fare, the owner boasts, "Our hearts will always be in Scotland so we will have our famous Scotch Eggs, Haddock n' Chips and Bangers, to name a few, all year round."

The Triumph Grill is a chic, understated tribute to Triumph motorcycles. An international variety of flavors abounds in this truly unique atmosphere. The restaurant is conveniently attached to the Moto Museum, which houses more than 80 vintage motorcycles from 20 countries.

Vito's Sicilian Pizzeria is a family owned and operated, full-service, Italian restaurant specializing in award-winning pizza and other family recipes. This pizzeria is right on the edge of campus, and features a daily lunch buffet.

BaiKu Sushi Lounge is a premier sushi lounge located in the boutique Hotel Ignacio in Midtown. They only use the freshest fish, serving the best authentic sushi and sashimi in St. Louis. BaiKu has a great weekly happy hour and offers late night dining and live music on the weekends.

Retreat Gastropub, a mere half-mile from campus, is one of the area's hottest new restaurants. Self-described as "a modern American pub with a rustic touch," the folks at Retreat aim to provide guests with a memorable experience by offering a comfortable atmosphere that showcases a flavorful menu. Their care and dedication are apparent in the seasonally rotating craft cocktails.

Taste strives for perfection in food, cocktails, and drink with locally sourced food and new classic cocktails featuring a top selection of hand-selected spirits. Taste offers an unforgettable experience of atmosphere, flavor, service, and enjoyment. The head chef focuses on pairing hand-crafted cocktails with thoughtfully prepared dishes. Cocktails and food alike are made with attention to detail. Seating is limited, so consider calling ahead.

Bailey's Range is without question the most renowned burger establishment in St. Louis. Everything is made from scratch using only 100% grass fed Missouri range beef. With over 20 gourmet burgers to choose from, as well as handmade ice cream milkshakes, Range is a fantastic option for lunch or dinner.

If you are looking for a great breakfast spot, Rooster is your answer. This European-style, urban cafe specializes in crepes, sandwiches, and brunch items along with a unique selection of coffee, beer, wine and the best Bloody Marys and mimosas in town. With two locations (one just minutes from campus) and ample patio seating, Rooster is easily one of the most popular breakfast destinations in St. Louis.

Pi Pizzeria serves up award-winning deep and thin crust pizza for lunch and dinner. Pi puts a southern spin on Chicago-style deep dish pizza, making theirs with a fantastic cornbread crust. There are several locations throughout the city, each with a thriving bar atmosphere in the evenings.

Square One Brewery and Distillery is a one-of-a-kind restaurant, brewery, and distillery located in a restored building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In everything, they strive to provide the highest quality products and unique flavors. The beer options change seasonally, and spirits made in-house star in creative cocktails. With one of the most scenic patios in St. Louis, Square One is the perfect spot for lunch, dinner, or a late-night drink.

4 Hands is one of St. Louis's favorite breweries. Their year-round brews are local staples, and 4 Hands regularly receives national praise for their creative new projects; barrel-aged offerings are especially sought after. Factor in a menu from the wildly popular Peacemaker and a large game room upstairs (with free skeeball), and 4 Hands is a must for more than just beer-lovers.

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company is an unconventional-minded yet tradition-oriented brewer of craft beer. They call their unique brewing philosophy Beer Divergency—a 'new world meets old world' brewing approach wherein UCBC contributes to the 'revolution' of craft beer with artisanal creations of modern American beers, and pays 'reverence' to the heritage of beer with classically-crafted offerings of timeless European beer styles. The brewery also serves locally-sourced food and has a biergarten. Saint Louis University is conveniently located between their two locations.

St. Louis's largest craft brewer, every year Schlafly produces around fifty styles of fresh beer. The Schlafly Tap Room first opened its doors in 1991 and proudly holds the distinction of being the first new brewpub in Missouri since Prohibition. Housed in a beautifully-restored wood and brick building on the National Historic Register, the Schlafly Tap Room enjoys a reputation as a casual place to drink, dine, and listen to great live music. Their second location, the Bottleworks, opened a few years ago and regularly hosts live music, block parties, and free tours.