Seated in Saint Louis County, Clayton is a diverse and dynamic Missouri city, separated into sections of urban arts and university lifestyles, downtown nightlife, and close-knit suburban communities. Each area of Clayton offers a distinctive, positive cultural experience, from the campus goings-on of Washington University, to the arts scene of Downtown Clayton, and the neighborhood family fun near the Central West End.
Attraction and entertainment-wise, the city offers a plethora of fun and informative adventures, from science centers and history museums, to several well-kept parks, and loads of great places to eat . . . both grab-and-go and sit-down options.
There are 55 restaurants in Clayton, Missouri!
Like any city, some of those restaurants are better than others. TripAdvisor reviewers have sorted them out, highlighting the best Clayton restaurants, from fine dining experiences, to indulgences and desserts, to cheap eats and fast food chains.
In Missouri, locals love their barbecue, so it stands with reason that Salt + Smoke is ranked as the number one restaurant in and around Clayton. Located close to University City on Delmar Boulevard, Salt + Smoke serves up barbecue classics, like slow-smoked baby back ribs, or a pulled pork sandwich, with homemade sides, like mac and cheese, baked beans, coleslaw, and French fries.
Of course, all of those barbecue favorites are slathered in the restaurant’s delicious, award-winning BBQ sauce. Try a slice of homemade, fresh-baked pecan pie for dessert—if you have the room.
For a fine dining experience, try The Crossing, with farm-to-table American fare and plenty of gluten-free entrees. Order ala-carte or select the multiple course tasting menu. Choose from a variety of foods during your first, second, entree, and dessert courses for around $50 bucks and pair your meal with three 4 ounce wine pours for a little more money. The Ocean Bistro also serves up American fare and fresh seafood, plus is vegetarian friendly and offers gluten-free options. Dine in or outside, and enjoy a light and healthy meal or dive into tasty seafood soffritto, Northern Atlantic lobster tails or perhaps a juicy 16-ounce bone-in pork chop. Top it off with beer, wine and cocktails and stick around for the ultimate desserts!
If you are leaning toward Italian food, try the Pastaria for organic pastas, salads, appetizers and pizza or try Cafe Napoli for a more 'classico' meal. They have an amazing wine list offered by the glass, half bottle, and bottle. More budget-friendly restaurants include The Mission Taco Joint, Protzel's Delicatessan (try the yummy corned beef) or swing over to Barristers for a juicy burger. The city of Clayton and the St. Louis metropolitan area offer so many delicious cuisines!
The Saint Louis Zoo is a family-friendly attraction close to Clayton
Situated on 89 acres, the zoo is home to over 18,000 animals, each with a well-kept exhibit that mimics that conditions of a natural habitat. The zoo not only specializes in public learning and information, but also conservation, management, and research. Most of their animals are rescues from unsuitable conditions, but the team of zoologists and conservationists work hard to ensure each animal is happy and well-taken care of here.
Ooh and awe over the adorable black-tailed prairie dogs, check out a slew of slithering serpents at the herpetarium, and watch too-cute red pandas play, frolic, and romp. Be sure to read all of the plaques around the zoo for information and cool facts about the animals.
Love a great arts scene? Check out the Saint Louis Art Museum!
Free to the public, the St Louis Art Museum is a fun attraction near Clayton . Ginormous, the museum has a rather large collection that spans 30,000 artworks from a plethora of artistic eras. The building itself is an Ancient Roman structure, with tell-tale pillars and beautiful, old-fashioned architecture. So, in essence, this museum is art within art. Bring a good pair of walking shoes, as there are staircases to climb and dozens of exhibit aisles to peruse. If you get hungry, the on-site restaurant offers a mash-up of American and Italian classics with an artsy flair.
Looking for the best hotels in Clayton?
There are many fun things to see and do in Clayton. but you need more than an afternoon to visit and look at everything. Take the advice of some notable online reviewers and plan to stay at one of the best hotels in Clayton, Missouri—Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis, The Ritz-Carlton, Seven Gables Inn, and The Cheshire.
Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis
The Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis on Bonhomme Avenue is a Clayton staple for budget-minded travelers. The accommodations are basic, but with a few luxuries, like an indoor, heated swimming pool, free chocolate bars at check-in, concierge services, airport transportation and shuttle bus services, and a modern, well-equipped fitness room.
Newlyweds, business professionals, and anniversary celebrants often book the event rooms, where a custom decorator is on-staff for your use. Downtown Clayton is 9 miles from the hotel, so catch a shuttle bus and head to downtown for hours of shopping excursions and dining experiences.
The Ritz-Carlton is a notably pricey and luxurious hotel chain, but considered a go-to for honeymooners and business professionals to Clayton. This is where you indulge and truly luxuriate during your vacation. Top-ranked and winner of the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, this hotel offers amenities that you would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere, like a cigar bar, martini lounge, hand-rolled sushi bar, 24-hour room service from an on-site restaurant, and 5-star professional babysitting services for when mom and dad need a night on the town. For upscale entertainment, head to Sasha’s Wine Bar to sample the best and most delicious in local wines and spirits.
The Seven Gables Inn
The Seven Gables Inn on North Meramac Avenue is a small boutique hotel with fresh-baked cookies at check-in, excellent customer service, and super-comfortable beds with plump pillows and warm, plush blankets over clean, fresh linens. For many past guests, this hotel has been categorized as the definitive home away from home. There are 32 suites, each outfitted with everything you need for a pleasant stay in Clayton. For instance, the rooms are outfitted with an en-suite, spacious bathroom, fluffed towels, lots of essential toiletries, custom AC units, and a well-stocked kitchenette.
Other amenities include an on-site restaurant that serves up free daily breakfasts, room service, and concierge services. Feeling indulgent? Take a short stroll to Vincent Van Doughnut for homemade, scrumptious doughnuts, like maple bacon, salted caramel, lavender lemon, and German chocolate cake.
The Cheshire is located on Clayton Road, less than 2 miles from the inner city, but closer to Saint Louis. British-themed with an Old English flair, the hotel brings European charms to Missouri with deluxe and royal class suites. There are 106 suites, each equipped with authentic accommodations that distinguish a British Inn. You can expect turn down services, separations between the bedroom and living room in each suite, custom AC systems, and luxurious, super-fluffed towels in the bathrooms and upon request. Other accommodations include a swimming pool, conference facilities within a business center, a fitness center with all-modern workout equipment, free daily breakfasts, room service, an on-site restaurant, bar, and lounge, and free wireless high-speed internet. Entertainment-wise, you never have to leave the hotel. Take a glass of wine to the main lobby and sit by the fireplace to either relax or mingle with other guests.
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