Niche

★★★★☆
  • 7734 Forsyth Blvd

    St. Louis, MO 63105

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  • 314-773-7755

About Niche

Hours
Now Open Sundays 5.30PM - 9PM T-Th 5.30PM - 9PM F-S 5.30PM - 10PM

Food

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Niche has found it niche as the best restaurant in St. Louis. The interior design is sophisticated and contemporary with a casual elegance. The cusine is new American -- fresh farm to table. Gerard Craft and his staff deliver a cosmopolitan experience with superb quality and care. Love it!!

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★★★★★

Niche has found it niche as the best restaurant in St. Louis. The interior design is sophisticated and contemporary with a casual elegance. The cusine is new American -- fresh farm to table. Gerard Craft and his staff deliver a cosmopolitan experience with superb quality and care. Love it!!

Pros: Ambiance - Presentation - Service - Food Quality

Cons: Wine list is very limited

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Took my sister here for her birthday. We had the tasting menu and wine pairings. To summarize: the food lives up to the hype but the service is not on par. That said, I will definitely be going back.

Food: Just wonderful. There are very few chefs in St. Louis who do the creative new american thing well, and Mr. Craft is great. Everything was really tasty, even if it sounded odd on paper, and well-portioned.

Service: It was only average, and I expect better from a restaurant with this reputation (and these prices). We went on a busy Saturday night, but I still expected careful service. I think part of it was the kitchen's fault, because some of our courses were not timed well. Sometimes our plates were cleared immediately and sometimes not until the next course was brought out. I did ask to skip the reuben with rye gnocchi course (because I hate reubens and because I was already very full) and the waiter insisted on substituting something more to my liking-scallops (with an upcharge), which was nice. He also switched the wine for that course to something more appropriate.

Atmosphere: really nice, hip and kind of minimalist without being cold. There were diners of all ages. It's great to go to a nice restaurant that isn't stuffy or old-fashioned.

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★★★★★

Took my sister here for her birthday. We had the tasting menu and wine pairings. To summarize: the food lives up to the hype but the service is not on par. That said, I will definitely be going back.

Food: Just wonderful. There are very few chefs in St. Louis who do the creative new american thing well, and Mr. Craft is great. Everything was really tasty, even if it sounded odd on paper, and well-portioned.

Service: It was only average, and I expect better from a restaurant with this reputation (and these prices). We went on a busy Saturday night, but I still expected careful service. I think part of it was the kitchen's fault, because some of our courses were not timed well. Sometimes our plates were cleared immediately and sometimes not until the next course was brought out. I did ask to skip the reuben with rye gnocchi course (because I hate reubens and because I was already very full) and the waiter insisted on substituting something more to my liking-scallops (with an upcharge), which was nice. He also switched the wine for that course to something more appropriate.

Atmosphere: really nice, hip and kind of minimalist without being cold. There were diners of all ages. It's great to go to a nice restaurant that isn't stuffy or old-fashioned.

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Went there last month on a Thursday evening. The food was absolutely divine (the scallops and side dishes were to die for!) our waitress was wonderful, very attentive - we will be back. Only disappointment is that they don't do lunches at Niche restaurant itself- they have a casual bakery next door though.

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★★★★★

Went there last month on a Thursday evening. The food was absolutely divine (the scallops and side dishes were to die for!) our waitress was wonderful, very attentive - we will be back. Only disappointment is that they don't do lunches at Niche restaurant itself- they have a casual bakery next door though.

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I've eaten at many of the recommended restaurants listed on this site from Eleven Eleven Mississippi, Sydney Street, and Vin De Set, and I would put Niche right up there. If you're looking for some place to be romantic, go the extra block or two to Sydney Street. Niche is very urban and in my opinion, very congested. There is not too much of a bar there to wait until being seated. In fact, you might get knocked over by the door as it opens. However, the bartenders are wonderful, insightful, and will openly converse with you regarding any food questions, drinks, and recommendations. As mentioned before, the restaurant is seated very close together, so more intimate affairs might be better off somewhere else. Our sever was very polite and helpful w/ the menu. The food was excellent: ribeye was cook to our specifications, the mushrooms were plentiful and fresh, and the pulled rib meat was wonderful and the deserts deserve accolades! I recommend going with the chef's menu of pick three (salad or soup, choice of entree, and desert for $35. With four people eating, two chose that option. With two entrees, two chef's menu, wine, and two appitizers our total was $300.00 including tip. I would recommend this place to anyone looking to enjoy a nice dinner out with friends, but not for an intimate evening out.

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★★★★☆

I've eaten at many of the recommended restaurants listed on this site from Eleven Eleven Mississippi, Sydney Street, and Vin De Set, and I would put Niche right up there. If you're looking for some place to be romantic, go the extra block or two to Sydney Street. Niche is very urban and in my opinion, very congested. There is not too much of a bar there to wait until being seated. In fact, you might get knocked over by the door as it opens. However, the bartenders are wonderful, insightful, and will openly converse with you regarding any food questions, drinks, and recommendations. As mentioned before, the restaurant is seated very close together, so more intimate affairs might be better off somewhere else. Our sever was very polite and helpful w/ the menu. The food was excellent: ribeye was cook to our specifications, the mushrooms were plentiful and fresh, and the pulled rib meat was wonderful and the deserts deserve accolades! I recommend going with the chef's menu of pick three (salad or soup, choice of entree, and desert for $35. With four people eating, two chose that option. With two entrees, two chef's menu, wine, and two appitizers our total was $300.00 including tip. I would recommend this place to anyone looking to enjoy a nice dinner out with friends, but not for an intimate evening out.

Pros: Great food, Diverse menu

Cons: No parking, Very congested

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Not a good experience at all. Atmosphere was decent, but the tables are jammed together and there is almost no privacy. I had the Halibut, and it was like eating card board. No flavor at all. Also, my date had the ribeye steak. First off, I dont know how you serve ribeye as and entre, and secondly, it was flat and flavorless as well. Also, it ended up being way too pricey. I had high expectations, but it ended up being a huge disappointment.

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★☆☆☆☆

Not a good experience at all. Atmosphere was decent, but the tables are jammed together and there is almost no privacy. I had the Halibut, and it was like eating card board. No flavor at all. Also, my date had the ribeye steak. First off, I dont know how you serve ribeye as and entre, and secondly, it was flat and flavorless as well. Also, it ended up being way too pricey. I had high expectations, but it ended up being a huge disappointment.

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We were celebrating our anniversary and this is not a romantic restaurant. The tables are lined up and very close together. It is extremely loud. We were seated in front of a large group and told it might take awhile to get to us. I told the hostess this was a worry. She moved us and took our order. My Halibut had no flavor. It was unimpressive and so disappointing for a special night out. This restaurant is over priced. My husband's steak was good as was the chocolate dessert but nothing special. Bummer

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★☆☆☆☆

We were celebrating our anniversary and this is not a romantic restaurant. The tables are lined up and very close together. It is extremely loud. We were seated in front of a large group and told it might take awhile to get to us. I told the hostess this was a worry. She moved us and took our order. My Halibut had no flavor. It was unimpressive and so disappointing for a special night out. This restaurant is over priced. My husband's steak was good as was the chocolate dessert but nothing special. Bummer

Pros: Valet parking

Cons: noisey, small, tables close together, not worth the price

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Niche (not nice). Probably the worst service I have ever received as a world traveler and market researcher. The waitress did not make eye contact or conversation once. She did not describe the dishes or specials. She barely uttered the words, "Are you ready to order?" After trying to thank her, compliment the food, ask a simple question to no avail, we finally gave up. My partner and I decided not to tip (which was a first in our lives) We explained what happened to the owner. His response, "if you don't tip, don't come back." Definitely not a pro in PR or marketing. What about the philosophy that the customer is always right (or at least make them feel heard). We know lots of influential people in Saint Louis who love to dine so we intend to spread the word. Another very high class couple that make dining their hobby had warned me about Niche saying they were "pretentious." and the restaurant had unnecessary long waits. They said the food was good but didn't compare to Sydney Street or Vin De Set. As a researcher, I tried not to let their opinion bias my own, but they were right. Perhaps others won't waste their time to get their own opinion and just heed to our first-hand knowledge.

I think Niche is resting on laurels that they have not quite yet earned in the Saint Louis community (unlike the wonderful Sydney Street Cafe). I have lived in Saint Louis for almost two years and tell all friends and colleagues to come here mostly for the excellent dining in Saint Louis. I have experience many excellent restaurants including Vin De Set, 1111 Mississippi, Wine Merchant (new restaurant), MoMos, Barcelona, and Synney Street that all have delicious unique food and excellent service. I thought the food at Niche was good but not as good as the others. Perhaps the service left a bad taste in my mouth that tainted the taste of the food. I believe the community should avoid Niche at all costs.

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★☆☆☆☆

Niche (not nice). Probably the worst service I have ever received as a world traveler and market researcher. The waitress did not make eye contact or conversation once. She did not describe the dishes or specials. She barely uttered the words, "Are you ready to order?" After trying to thank her, compliment the food, ask a simple question to no avail, we finally gave up. My partner and I decided not to tip (which was a first in our lives) We explained what happened to the owner. His response, "if you don't tip, don't come back." Definitely not a pro in PR or marketing. What about the philosophy that the customer is always right (or at least make them feel heard). We know lots of influential people in Saint Louis who love to dine so we intend to spread the word. Another very high class couple that make dining their hobby had warned me about Niche saying they were "pretentious." and the restaurant had unnecessary long waits. They said the food was good but didn't compare to Sydney Street or Vin De Set. As a researcher, I tried not to let their opinion bias my own, but they were right. Perhaps others won't waste their time to get their own opinion and just heed to our first-hand knowledge.

I think Niche is resting on laurels that they have not quite yet earned in the Saint Louis community (unlike the wonderful Sydney Street Cafe). I have lived in Saint Louis for almost two years and tell all friends and colleagues to come here mostly for the excellent dining in Saint Louis. I have experience many excellent restaurants including Vin De Set, 1111 Mississippi, Wine Merchant (new restaurant), MoMos, Barcelona, and Synney Street that all have delicious unique food and excellent service. I thought the food at Niche was good but not as good as the others. Perhaps the service left a bad taste in my mouth that tainted the taste of the food. I believe the community should avoid Niche at all costs.

Pros: not much since the service tainted the taste in my mouth. The bartender was nice but drinks were overpriced.

Cons: Much too pretencious and lousy service. Resting on laurels they have not yet achieved.

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My husband and I went to Niche for a Romantic evening and that's just what we got. Service was Awesome. The food was unique but still familiar, and very delicious-- our beef & fish dishes were cooked just right. The desserts are heavenly!

Ambiance & decor is classy and subtle. The crowd is classy and calm. A very stylish place but not in your face. And, visiting restaurants nestled in historic neighborhoods like Benton Park is always a treat.

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★★★★★

My husband and I went to Niche for a Romantic evening and that's just what we got. Service was Awesome. The food was unique but still familiar, and very delicious-- our beef & fish dishes were cooked just right. The desserts are heavenly!

Ambiance & decor is classy and subtle. The crowd is classy and calm. A very stylish place but not in your face. And, visiting restaurants nestled in historic neighborhoods like Benton Park is always a treat.

Pros: Great Ambiance, Food and Service

Cons: I truly can't think of a con....

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We had reservations for 6 pm on a Friday night. We were seated right away although the place did get quite busy while we were there. The wine was great. The food was presented very nicely and overall was good, but was just a tad blah, it needed just a little something more. I had the halibut and my boyfriend had Niche steak and corn risotto. Our server was very attentitive and the restaurant had a very nice ambiance. The meal was pricey, but for that type of restaurant it was expected. Overall was a good experience and I would recommend this restaurant.

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★★★★☆

We had reservations for 6 pm on a Friday night. We were seated right away although the place did get quite busy while we were there. The wine was great. The food was presented very nicely and overall was good, but was just a tad blah, it needed just a little something more. I had the halibut and my boyfriend had Niche steak and corn risotto. Our server was very attentitive and the restaurant had a very nice ambiance. The meal was pricey, but for that type of restaurant it was expected. Overall was a good experience and I would recommend this restaurant.

Pros: Good food and drinks, great service, nice ambience

Cons: Food needed a little something more

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Excellent wine list, amazing homeade pasta... delicious all a round. We enjoyed the 3 for $30 and enjoyed scallops, goat chesse, filet, their homeade pasta, and desserts. Amazing dinnner.

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★★★★★

Excellent wine list, amazing homeade pasta... delicious all a round. We enjoyed the 3 for $30 and enjoyed scallops, goat chesse, filet, their homeade pasta, and desserts. Amazing dinnner.

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Minimally decorated restaurant serves a rotating menu of New American cuisine alongside rich pastry deserts and wines.

 

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