Café Flora

img_9164 Flora Gate House Salad

img_9165 Belgian Waffles

img_9166 Smoked Salmon and Smoked Trout Salad Platter

Off the beaten path, nestled among the lush gardens at Missouri Botanical Gardens, you can find a peculiar and un-expecting brunch spot at Café Flora in the Spink Pavilion. It is located inside the garden grounds. This means you do have to pay admission to get in, but the upside of that is you then have an excuse to leisurely stroll through the winding paths and explore the endless gardens. Or in our case this past weekend, it was the perfect reason to check out the Children’s Garden and of course make a stop at the Japanese Garden to feed the fish.

The review for brunch at Café Flora leaves me with conflicted feelings. I want to tell you I love it, because I do – the food is good, the view is spectacular, and you are tucked inside the garden walls. A table outside, looking over the reflecting pools with the Climatron in the background – hard to beat. But I also feel compelled to warn you that the moment you walk in, the awkward ordering process is likely to leave you and other patrons with a look of confusion (it is temporary).  To help ease the puzzled looks, here is what you can expect – walk in, join the line, send someone from your group to the front of the line to snag a printed menu, once at the register don’t anticipate much other than giving them your order and paying, they will give you a number… and from there the experience picks up. A greeter escorts you to the table of your choice, and should point out that the coffee/ice tea is self-serve if you ordered it (I point this out because we weren’t the only ones confused when our cup was never filled). If you ordered a mimosa or sangria, it should arrive promptly, followed two minutes later by your meal. The food is served in true Jimmy John’s fashion – freaky fast, which is almost too fast when wanting to sip your mimosa.

On to the food. We had an assortment and everyone at the table enjoyed – Smoked Salmon and Smoked Trout Salad Platter, Belgian Waffle (classic style), Chicken and Bacon Bagel Sandwich, and Flora Gate House Salad. Oh, and don’t forget to order a Mimosa or Sangria… or a Pitcher if you have the time or a friend to share with.

Special Notes: Garden Admission applies to get into Botanical Gardens. No Reservations. Only open Mid-March to End of October, and not open during special event weekends.

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Address: 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: 314-577-0200
Brunch Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, March 19 through October 30
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

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