The gem of downtown St. Louis attractions, Union Station is re-opening its doors to the public. For couples beginning to feel the summertime cabin fever, they can now again enjoy the spectacular views of the St. Louis Wheel and sip the aromatic cocktails at The Train Shed.
With safety measures in place and carefully spaced seating, The Train Shed has re-opened their dining room for guests craving a classic cocktail and snacks or a full dining menu. The table options include outdoor (but covered) seating on the boardwalk.
The Train Shed’s menu of 25 essential classic cocktails include celebratory favorites like the Champagne Cocktail to upscale mixes like the Clover Club to summer must-haves like the Mint Julep. For the true old-timey feel, however, we recommend ordering the Aviation. A true classic, this mix of Gin, Maraschino, lemon and crème de Violette with its smoky lavender color is the quintessential classic for those in need of the feeling of a fancy night out.
For the truly upscale, the drink menu even includes five reserve cocktails made with top shelf and rare spirits, all carefully mixed and executed. There are also generous options for wine- and draft beer-lovers.
The décor creates a careful lounge aesthetic, tipping its hat to the iconic St. Louis Union Station location with large leather booths, marble tables, mahogany chairs and a long bar running across the dining room that looks like it could have once been a refuge to lonesome travelers. The large glass walls deliver a perfect view of the lake and lit up wheel at nighttime, while the outside tables overlooking the water feel more like they could be located on a seaside than a Midwest downtown. The longest glass wall even opens up, creating a perfectly ventilated and comfortable environment to enjoy a meal inside while feeling a breeze.
Beyond aesthetics and carefully curated drink lists, the menu provides something for everyone. The offerings range from bar snacks to large plates, each with a unique and elevated flavor. Try the Peel-and-Eat Shrimp for a kick with the “hot and spicy” butter. The Fancified Caesar is great on its own or dressed up with chicken or salmon. The pork steak makes for a true St. Louis summer classic, but do not skip over the sides. The portions are more like side plates and some of the most unexpected flavors can be found on this list, like the smoked cauliflower with pickled fresno. Head chef Patrick Russell manages to craft both an elegant and approachable dinner list.
Most importantly for those still on the fence about journeying outside their long-sealed doors, are the restaurant’s safety precautions in place. Along with carefully spaced tables, the staff’s temperature is taken daily. Everyone working strictly wears masks and scrupulously sanitizes between each diner. Since restaurants are operating at a max of 25% capacity, it is recommended to check in through the Yelp app No Wait.
Guests looking to make a day or even night of their visit, should also take note that both the Aquarium and Wheel can be booked ahead of time and are frequently sold out in advance.
If you have been waiting and wondering where to visit for your first foray back on the town, a classic cocktail and wings at The Train Shed are waiting.