As a regular at STL eatries Niche, Copia, Riddles, Atlas, Kreis?, Monarch, etc I had yet to experience the new Shannon?s from a sit down dining perspective. Though I visited during some 06 games and liked the new place?I had yet to actually have a full meal there. When learning an in-laws visit (particularly my wife?s baseball loving father), I thought this the perfect chance to do the full dinner test. I used opentable, which I recommend as my reservation got me the Yadier Molina snug booth on a busy Sat night (which impressed my in-laws). Once seated, our server was friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable?.but lacked some info on beer selection (we?re not wine drinkers). After Hoegaardens & calamari app were ordered, the atmosphere took over and the wait time seemed like nothing. Upon reviewing the menu you realize like most fine steakhouses--items are ala carte and can be rather pricey. Of the 4 people at the table, 2 ordered steaks (an 8oz filet and a 12oz sirloin with the shrimp add on which I recommend), the chicken tomato entree and the 2? thick pork chops (which were very large and 2? thick). For steak eaters, pay close attention to the temperature guide in the menu. My wife ordered her 8oz filet medium rare, but it came out rarer than she anticipated. On the sides, the asparagus and creamed spinach were particularly liked. From table comments, the food was delivered in a reasonable time, presentation and taste were excellent and though pricey, at least portions were commensurate. Big portions & table sharing left no room for dessert. Once dinner was over, we viewed all the memorabilia including the downstairs private dining rooms. On this occasion, no Mike Shannon, but his daughter Pat did come by to check on us. There were a few very small hiccups, but the atmosphere, food and service were top notch and highly recommend. The steak quality IMO is up there with Kreis?, but Shannons atmosphere is much better.
Pros: Atmosphere and food (nice enough for a date night, the men will love the memorabilia)
Cons: A bit pricey on some items