With fall coming on, Cyndy and I agreed there would be fewer and fewer days to eat outdoors. With that reasoning in mind, we recently picked Vin de Set for lunch, the French bistro with the roof terrace and partial view of the Arch.
The day turned out to be hotter than we expected. But, by golly, we came to dine on the roof and dine we did! Like the proverbial “mad dogs and Englishmen,” we would not be deterred by the noonday sun. While others ate inside, we sat determinedly outdoors, beneath overhead fans.
Vin de Set is housed in the Lafayette Square neighborhood, on the edge of downtown St. Louis. A trip to Southern France inspired proprietors Paul and Wendy Hamilton to rehab the building, turning it into an upscale, award-winning restaurant. The brick walls and exposed wood highlight the interior, as does the lofty cupola, soaring ceilings and arched windows.
For Goodness Sake
The creative cuisine at Vin de Set is based on a commitments by the Hamiltons to being green and sustainable. Many of the ingredients used in the kitchen are grown in their urban farm/orchard and hydroponic/aeroponic green house.
Vin de Set. 2017 Chouteau. Open: Tue-Thu. 11a-10p; Fri. 11a-12p; Sat. 5p-12a; Sun. 5p-10p; Happy Hour: Tue-Fri 2p-6p. Award-winning Brunch: Sun 10a-1p. Fish Market Thursday: 5p-9p (select from freshly flown in seafood and have it grilled to order).