A romantic dinner by a roaring fire is best enjoyed in a restaurant, and not around the neighbor's emblazoned wicker man. Retain your amorous appetite at The American Bounty Restaurant and Wine Bar, located about an hour from St. Louis in Washington. The American Bounty, which is housed in a 19th-century wine and tobacco shop overlooking the Missouri River, offers diners two fine feeding areas. The first floor houses a restaurant (open Wednesday through Sunday), while a wine bar (open Wednesday through Saturday) occupies the upstairs. In the restaurant, guests can consult the menu to snack on delicious seafood, steak, pasta, and more, or head upstairs to guzzle gourmet wines, beers, martinis, and liquors. The wine bar also has an abbreviated menu that features cuisine such as ground chuck burgers and hand-made, St. Louis-style pizzas.
The American Bounty Restaurant and Wine Bar was featured in the online edition of the Missourian. TripAdvisors give the restaurant an average of four owl eyes. Five Yelpers and four Insider Pagers give the restaurant a four-star average:
- The restaurant is now features both a formal space and casual area. In the formal area, modern art covers the exposed brick on the walls, making the restaurant not just an eating establishment, but an art gallery as well. – Karen Meyers, Missourian
- If you have the time for a wonderful sit-down meal, American Bounty is the best that Washington has to offer. – Scott D., Insider Pages
Old Vine Riverfront Bistro
At Old Vine Riverfront Bistro, proprietor Brian Manhardt draws on more than 25 years of experience to shape a bold bistro menu of fresh seafood, steaks, artisanal salads and stone hearth-fired pizzas. Inventive dishes such as their crab cigars—blue crab meat rolled inside of egg roll wrappers, fried crispy, and served with roasted red pepper aioli—can be paired with local beers, cocktails, and fine wines. Their curated wines and tobacco are sold at an onsite shop.
Situated in a distinctive two-story building that dates back to 1858, Old Vine Riverfront Bistro contrasts an energetic ambiance—punctuated by free live music almost every Saturday evening—with historical décor, such as a stone walled atrium and an excavated cistern that’s been transformed into the restaurant’s wine cellar. On warm weather days, consider dining al fresco on the patio.