Located in the Citygarden Downtown, The Terrace View restaurant fits perfectly within St. Louis newest jewel.
Like the Citygarden, there’s a long list of things to love about The Terrace View. The Citygarden, which debuted Downtown in July, features three fountains and a stateof-the-art water spray plaza. The Terrace View, which opened its doors one month later, features an all-glass exterior and a cool, minimalist space. The Citygarden engages visitors with 24 large-scale, classic and abstract contemporary sculptures. The Terrace View engages—and entices— its visitors with a Mediterranean tasting menu that draws upon seasonal and local ingredients. And the Citygarden (among too many other interesting features to name here) provides stimulating entertainment with an audio tour and an LED screen displaying video art and movies, while The Terrace View offers dining with a view; the charming patio is an urban oasis that overlooks the city’s newest jewel.
Dining With A View
Located on the northern edge of the garden along Chestnut Street, The Terrace View has become an attraction to both city residents and tourists in the short time it’s been open. Much like you’d find in New York’s Central Park, the restaurant offers an enchanting view coupled with sophisticated cuisine. Jim Fiala—established restaurateur and chef of The Crossing in Clayton, Liluma in the Central West End and Acero in Maplewoo —delivers both with finesse. The menu is not only creative and complex, but also supports local farms. The Terrace View is open for both lunch and dinner and reservations are recommended, but note they can only be made for inside seating, not for the prime patio space.
Good Things Come In Small Packages
Diners looking to get more for their money won’t find any bailout plan here. Dishes are true tastingmenu style. Appetizer portions are small, often two to three bites. Entrees, while much larger, are still conservative in size—a bold decision considering the economy is still rebounding. But, as one of my fellow diners put it one evening, the food is incredible, and you’re also paying for the stunning view. I agree, and I do think The Terrace View is worth the price.
I had the warm goat cheese served with pickled cauliflower florets and fresh field greens and was delighted with the freshness of both the greens and goat cheese. Acero restaurant lovers will appreciate the use of fresh pasta here, like in the tomato tagliolini made with a house-made ricotta. The Acero Gnudi is a dish that I’d order on every visit. I loved the soft gnocchi-esque pasta dumplings filled with ricotta and resting on a tomato and extra virgin olive oil sauce with guanciale.
Photo credit: Liz Reiff Sloan