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The Crossing

American Restaurant

tasting menu • scallops • beet salad • tenderloin

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  • Photo of mcavStCharles_Mo
    a month ago
    My wife and I went for her birthday. Dinner started with a birthday card on the table...nice touch. We chose the Chef's Grand Tasting Menu and were not disappointed. We also went with the wine pairing which was very nice. Each dish was fantastic and they even accommodated my wife's dislike of goat cheese with a substitute dish for her. Service was perfect...very well paced and she was always there when needed. Can't wait to go back.
  • Photo of papax5
    a month ago
    Jim is one of the most innovative chefs in the area. He never disappoints with new menu items or the old standards. The staff as usual was attentive yet not obtrusive. As usual we really enjoyed our selves.
  • Photo of Thomas M
    2 months ago
    I admit that I dined here with a friend who visits the restaurant regularly and is "known" to the owners and staff. Thus there may have been some preferential treatment. Nonetheless everything was first-class from the service to the wine list. My friend recommended the tasting menu. The menu changes frequently, but the choice is considerable and the price. moderate. We delighted in the Spanish octopus and the campanelle. The deserts are singular from peanut butter semifreddo to spiced cheesecake. I recommend both -- if you are not dieting.
  • Photo of Helen J
    3 months ago
    Charming place with friendly wait staff. Seems like they take the time to know their regulars. Pasta is fresh and yummy. There is complimentary valet parking too, which helps as Clayton can be hard to find parking.
  • Photo of IKE48
    4 months ago
    Excellent service, nice atmosphere topped off with awesome food. The wait staff was wonderful and very knowledgeable about food offerings and wine options to go along with your meal. The Tagliolini: Golden Chanterelle mushrooms, Parmigiano-Reggiano was superb! The owner worked his way through the tables and made everyone feel welcome and well taken care of .
  • Photo of David L
    5 months ago
    We have been visiting this restaurant for some years. On our recent visit we realised that nothing much has changed in that time and it's all looking rather dated - the menu, the decor, and the facilities. The food's still OK, but not as good as it was and no longer really justifies the prices they charge. It all needs a bit of new thinking. The wine list is excellent as ever. But the decor is now in real need of a make-over. Honestly, the toilets are now close to horror standard: faded, scuffed, and outdated. You can no longer justify spending $100 or so a head in a place with toilets like this. If they need to close for a week or two to redo them and refresh the decor, it might allow time for a little culinary introspection.
  • Photo of MountainThunder
    6 months ago
    The menu features some changing seasonal specials. I highly recommend the tasting menu, and if you have time, the 8-course chef's tasting menu is particularly enjoyable. Good for a business dinner or a date night.
  • Photo of 82edg
    6 months ago
    Business lunch for three. Table ready on time, quiet, good server--got in an out of the way quickly. Food was "good" but not really special. Prices were above average. Ambiance (for a different situation) is not overwhelming.
  • Photo of Leftee2202
    6 months ago
    This restaurant certainly lives up to its billing. We tried the premium tasting menu, and everything was delicious: beet salad, gulf shrimp ragu, tagliatelle, salmon, halibut, pecan financier cake. The highlight had to be the shrimp ragu--the shrimp were so flavorful you will think you are dining on the gulf coast. Portion sizes were fair and we had more than enough to eat. It is a nice touch when the owner quietly brings out your entrees. Our server, Gus, was very knowledgeable and pleasant. The food is outstanding, and the prices are reasonable considering the quality of the dishes. This is one of the very best restaurants in the St. Louis area.
  • Photo of lindaleelenzini
    6 months ago
    Clayton Restaurant Week, staff hopping and everything ran like clockwork. Service as leisurely as a European restaurant. B/c of Restaurant Week, we met a chef that served and other front of house folks serving clearing and pouring. Truly a collaborative crew. Then, the food: chilled sweet corn soup, tomato salad with anchovies, a tagliatelle ameritrucia that had my German Irish potato eating husband weeping with joy over the fragility of the tagliatelle. Halibut on eggplant purée, trout on potato purée with sautéed spinach. Creme de caramel for dessert. Did we die in a car crash and go to heaven????
  • Photo of John W
    6 months ago
    The service was impeccable the food was fresh and fantastic. The best halibut I've ever had. Extremely knowledgeable about there wine list. A delightful evening. Thanks
  • Photo of Lawrence W
    6 months ago
    This may be the best meal in St. Louis. Jim Fiala delivers consistently superior and innovative dishes at not extravagant prices. The tasting menus (one at $35 the other $50) are bargains compared with other restaurants and the food outstanding in taste and presentation. The beet salad is the best I have ever had. The foie gras was wonderful. The restaurant is small and not loud so you can carry on a conversation in normal speaking voices. The service is impeccable. The staff does not rush the experience and is as attentive as you want them to be.
  • Photo of Y A
    6 months ago
    The Crossing Restaurant is one of the best restaurants we have eaten at, and we have eaten in many 3 Michelin star restaurants. When we arrived the complimentary valet promptly parked our car and we were seated on time. The server (Caitlin) immediately appeared and graciously asked if we would like to wait to start the meal (no rushing in this restaurant which is great). We were joined by 2 friends and had a nice leisurely discussion without interruptions. The wine list is extensive and we were happy to find several Spanish wines to choose from. Then Caitlin went on to explain the menu and specials as being “farm to table“ cuisine. What struck me as funny was that they have an octopus dish on the menu and I would like to know where in Missouri they find octopi. In any case I ordered the pasta with the Chanterelle mushrooms as an appetizer and the beef tenderloin as the main course and asked for the entree to be served 20 minutes from ending the appetizer. This was executed perfectly. The pasta with the Chanterelle mushrooms was delicious and the beef tenderloin was amazing, and perfectly cooked. The bordelaise sauce, mashed potatoes and green beans matched it perfectly. This tenderloin was by far better than the meat we ate at a three Michelin star restaurant in Xtabarri, Spain that specializes in grilled meats. My husband ordered the four course tasting menu. He had the tomato salad with anchovies (fresh-not from the can). The presentation was amazing. The colors and the texture of the tomatoes were perfect as was the dressing. For the second course he ordered the “local” octopus, which proved to be perfect and delicious in the sauce it comes with. We are used to eating lots of octopus in Spain and this was definitely a novel and delicious way to serve it. For the next course he had the lamb, which was very good, and again the dish was beautifully plated. For the fourth course he had the Caramel Financier Cake with ice cream, which was delicious, and the decaf cappuccinos we had were very good, which for some reason seems to not be the case in many St. Louis restaurants. I highly recommend this restaurant, the food is beautifully plated and delicious and the service perfect and not rushed. We thank The Crossing staff for a very enjoyable evening.
  • Photo of bearcreek
    7 months ago
    This is a first class restaurant with reasonable prices, considering the quality and presentation of food. We visited recently with 6 people, and our Server, Zach was extremely helpful. Every dish was well prepared. The $35 tasting menu, with 4 courses, was extraordinary--loved the gazpacho, the special pasta, and the trout. Barely had room for dessert. It is a small restaurant and not too noisy. Definitely the place to go.
  • Photo of donmacphersonjd
    7 months ago
    Jim Fiala has been delivering outstanding food preparation from a varied menu for nearly 20 years. From starters of gazpacho and beet salad to the tuna, scallops and trout entrees, each dish was memorable and must haves if offered when you dine. Our server Zach and the rest of the staff did an excellent job. The wine list was full of varied and highly rated offerings. Don't miss an opportunity to dine at one of the St. Louis metropolitan area's finest restaurants.
  • Photo of John A
    7 months ago
    We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary with dinner on June 17. We each ordered from one of the two tasting menus. (She - beet salad, shrimp, soft shell crab and torte; Me - chopped salad, crab cake, walleye, and creme de pot). Delicious and a great value. Exceptional service. A wonderful expeeience on a very special occasion.
  • Photo of NXTTRP
    7 months ago
    We met friends at The Crossing to celebrate. We had all dined here before, expected a great evening and meal and were not disappointed. TC is an experience to be saved for a special occasion. The food, drinks and wine list are all well done. TC has a $25 corkage fee, make sure you bring something that's not on the extensive wine list. Megan was our waitperson, she is excellent. TC is not a large restaurant, a reservation, made well in advance, is necessary. There are 5-6 stools at the bar, but I wouldn't count on an empty pair if you decide to wait without a reservation. It's a comfortable setting for an evening. TC is easy to find, valet parking is available is you don't want to circle the block to find a space on the street.
  • Photo of Clif S
    7 months ago
    My wife and I had a lovely meal on a Friday night. Everything we had was delicious but more expensive than I would have expected. It is the prices that kept my review from being five stars. We shared a pasta and mushroom appetizer which was portioned perfectly and the best thing we had. It was phenomenal. I then had rack of lamb which was good but came as 4 single chops. I would have expected at least six or 3 double cut chops for $42. My wife had a good roast chicken and ended with the chocolate torte and ice cream which was her favorite part of the night. With one glass of wine each and tip, the meal was $191.00. There is a great wine list, valet parking and we received excellent service. We would return for special occasions.
  • Photo of Ignatius56
    7 months ago
    We anticipated an A-1 dining experience...we didn't hang around long enough to find out. Made reservations, showed up to barely any patrons in the restaurant. The maitre'd didn't give us the time of day. The hostess proceeded to take us to the back of the restaurant, to a booth closest to the kitchen and the restrooms. I asked if we could be seated elsewhere, and she responded as though it would take an act of God to put us elsewhere. Meanwhile, she runs into a pair of regular patrons, starts with the air kisses, and leaves us hanging, wondering if we are welcome or not. My wife and I have eaten at some of the best restaurants in the country. No doubt we were pegged as a couple of rubes from out of town. Finally, she seated us at a table not much better. We got up and left. No food is good enough to take shabby manners.
  • Photo of Stephen H Z
    8 months ago
    Very comfy place. Food is "farm to table" which is a descrition that too often means flavorless. At the Crossing the food was not flavorless but was just good. Howver, the Crossing is expensive - so for the price for my taste I would expect richer flavors. The service was accommodating and very friendly.

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